On a daily basis, plants and animals are changing their "lifestyles" to protect themselves in their natural habitats as the environment transforms around them due to a number of human-induced causes. This process is called environmental adaptation. As the environment degrades and animals and plants become more vulnerable to the devastation, radical environmentalists and animal rights activists have become more defined and have gone to extreme, often destructive, measures to advocate their beliefs. If animals and plants can adapt to their surroundings to protect themselves, why can't the legislature do the same? A solution to the eco-terrorism problem that the United States faces today would be for states to enact ecoterrorism legislation to better deter environmental extremists from engaging in destructive measures and restore justice in the harmed communities. Pennsylvania has enacted such legislation, which should be a model for the remaining forty-nine states to follow.
Bardi, Jessica D. 2015. "Environmental Adaptation, Legislation Adaptation: Keeping up with the Eco-Terrorists." New England Journal on Criminal & Civil Confinement 41 (January): 159-182. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/101605807/environmental-adaptation-legislation-adaptation-keeping-up-eco-terrorists