Worms have been denied, wolves could be cut out, but some sea turtles could be added to the U.S. Endangered Species List.
A push to add the loggerhead sea turtle is bolstered by several studies that say they could be extinct in the middle of the century. Besides natural predators, boat strikes, fishing and dredging, baby loggerheads have to contend with humans who see them and illegally take them home, thinking they can take care of them. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center in Georgia says it hears about this happening often.
â€ś(People take them) because theyâ€™re so cute," said Lauren Broome, a marine biologist at the center. "When theyâ€™re hatched, theyâ€™re about â€¦ 2 inches."
But do cuter animals like the loggerhead have an easier time getting on the endangered list than creepier or more menacing creatures?
Patrick Gallagher, director of the Sierra Clubâ€™s Environmental Law Program, says cute or charismatic animals can have an easier time, politically, getting protections from federal officials.
â€śDecision makers feel more protected when they have a charismatic animal at issue as opposed to something more obscure,â€ť Gallagher said. â€śBut the fact is science should drive all the decisions.â€ť
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of the federal administrators of the Endangered Species Program. The FWSÂ is charged with ensuring proper development in areas where endangered animals live, as well as habitat restoration. FWS has consistently stated the list is maintained in accordance with scientific findings.
The program has had great success in the past with certain animals, including bald eagles, which were taken off the list in 2007 after eagle populations increased. Yet some environmentalists say other animals, like wolves in the Colorado region, are removed because of political pressures from developers, farmers and other interest groups.
â€śThe pressure to remove something from the list comes from a variety of sources, including political pressure brought by the opponents,â€ť Gallagher said.
Many environmentalists say they're concerned that key animals and plants are not protected simply because they arenâ€™t popular. Other environmentalists say that the U.S. government should move quickly to come to a determination for some 750 species - many of them, like the wolverine, not exactly known for being cute and cuddly.
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Eat them all. Properly seasoned all these animals would taste delicious. No I am not being sarcastic. Food is food.
You are an idiot.
turtle stew IS rather tasty
Although I agree with you that eating one animal is no different than eating another it is important to realize that ecological balances must be maintained. Even the most insignificant insect going extinct could impact out lives in tremendous ways.
Post a photo of yourself... I bet you are an obese slob.
â€śBut the fact is science should drive all the decisions.â€ť
Unfortunately its actually religion that drives all the decisions. And that is a very sad thing.
Just ask our free goverment.
Georgel, your post was frikkin hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing!!
Of course they do! Do you see anyone offering to protect the endangered sea slug?
Of course cute animals get more protection. That is because so many so called animal rights people are just whackjobs.
They protect the "cute" feral cat, even though it wipes out song bird populations. In Wisconsin, they made the mourning dove the "State Bird of Peace", even though the white rock dove is the so called symbol of peace.
Science, not whackjobs, should manage these issues.
Is the white rock even alive anymore?.. Im mean c'mon man get with the times.
Does John Sepulvado have nothing better to write about?
You all must be from a redneck state
...are so cuddly, China leases them to American zoos to draw crowds. The zoo also agrees to pay 250K per year for koala food/medical. Sea-World does it with cuddly killer whales. Brothel's with cuddly old hags. Churches with an Jesus strictly built for the cuddle. Elephant with a cuddly donkey head.
i think you mean panda bears. koala bears are from australia
I think Koala bears might have had a point.. If he/she was sober. No really, I think they were getting somewhere..
Let's cuddle no matter what.
Mommy, mommy! Lookit how that tiny little donkey head bobbles every time his big-fat elephant bumps into something.
Denis Leary figured this out in 1992.
"No Cure for Cancer" (1992)
Denis Leary: My fluffy little dog.. He's so cute- There's the problem. We only want to save the cute animals, don't we? Yeah. Why don't we just have animal auditions. Line 'em up one by one and interview them individually.
Denis: What are you?
Otter: I'm an otter.
Denis: And what do you do?
Otter: I swim around on my back and do cute little human things with my hands.
Denis: You're free to go. And what are you?
Cow: I'm a cow.
Denis: Get in the @$#%** truck, ok pal!
Cow: But I'm an animal.
Denis: You're a baseball glove! Get on that truck!
Cow: I'm an animal, I have rights!
Thats great! as Dennis Leary was.. But do you have an opinion of your own?
Predators like the wolves have the greedy special interests groups like ranchers and farmers who are pouring millions into killing them. Then these same communities who fall for the special interests whine they are over run by prey animals and they are killing people in car collisions. It's an uphill battle to fight to protect species. Plants have it the worst, they aren't cute at all but they have a vital place in our ecosystem.
Hasn't anyone heard of dolphins being extinct? No because they're too cute for extinction. http://dvrdame.blogspot.com/
if a turtle looses it's shell is it necked or homeless?
Just like cute human do.
Not long ago sea turtles weren't considered particularly charismatic or cute and certainly weren't well protected.
It took some charismatic/cute mammals with names like Archie, Sally, Jack, Neca, Alberto, Karen, Colin, Marydele, Kartik, Frank...to change that!