In response to an ever increasing level of environmental devastation caused by invasive species and the resultant concerns for ecological preservation, both the state and federal governments have passed legislation to combat this pressing issue. In this Note, the author evaluates the effectiveness of these reactive and proactive policies in the United States. The author also analyzes the successful, proactive invasive species legislation from Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, and then contrasts them to the failing, mainly reactive laws found in the United States. Despite these shortcomings, the author concludes that it is entirely possible for the United States to transition from a reactive approach to a proactive one and rec-ommends it do so—before it is too late.
William K. Norvell III,
America's Invaders: The Nile Monitor and the Ineffectiveness of the Reactive Response to Invasive Species,
Animal L. Rev.
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