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Let's Kill Endangered Species to Save Them

Here's a bright idea: allow the importation of endangered species and their parts (as if that were not enough contradiction in itself) to promote conservation.

Yep.

Our very own U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service came up with this wild revelation. So far, thankfully, it's only a proposal. No one in the USFWS seems to have hit upon the idea that it's illegal under the 30-year old Endangered Species Act - which is posted right there on the USFWS website.

The least you think they could have done was read it.

And now, we have another classic, bureaucratice epuhemism for the name of the plan: "proposed enhancement-of-survival policy."

Riiiiiggght.

I think Adam Roberts said it best when he called the proposed policy "a horribly dangerous precedent, a wrong-headed conservation policy propelled by the circus and zoo, trophy-hunting lobby in the United States and others who want to profit by the commercialization of live animals or dead ones."

"Eco-tourism" activities -- such as safaris and whale-watching trips -- generate more income than would trophy-hunting and whale killing, he said. Roberts is a senior research associate at the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, an advocacy group for endangered species.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, October 12, 2003


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