Today (May 18) is Endangered Species Day
, and in the LearnLiberty.org video
above Professor Don Boudreaux explains how the Endangered Species Act
of 1973 might have good intentions (preserve threatened animals), in reality it often has the effect of giving landowners strong reasons to kill any
endangered species they find on their property. This phenomenon is known
as "shoot, shovel, and shut up," and is one of the unintended consequences of government regulation.