Posts Tagged ‘USFWS’

Salazar Seeks Slither Stop

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

In a proposal yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar followed efforts led by Florida legislators Congressman Kendrick Meek and Senator Bill Nelson to ban import and trade of “giant snakes”–big pythons, boa constrictors, and anacondas.  (I know, trade is allowed within states but that’s insignificant.) 

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Inferior Department: Too Much Turkey, Not Enough Beef

Friday, November 28th, 2008

This fall the Bush Administration, led by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and others, has been working to gut the Endangered Species Act by shifting responsibility for the Act away from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and passing it out piecemeal to government agencies in charge of dam building, highway construction, and other forms of development.  In other words, handing the henhouse keys to the fox.  (Even though this metaphor doesn’t quite work it’s still more effective than any non-wildlife government agency would be at implementing the Endangered Species Act. ) 

Now, the day after Thanksgiving, we get this Black Friday garter snake news that the USFWS does not even have the funds to carry out its own responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.  It should be no surprise that the first warnings of new danger for our wildlife come from a reptile.  How we treat reptiles is often a very good sign of how we will soon treat “higher” animals.  Check out the Center for Biological Diversity website to keep abreast of how the U.S. government is doing on wildlife protection.  Here’s the story from the Tucson Citizen:

Feds: No funds to list garter snake as endangered
by B. POOLE <mailto:bpoole@tucsoncitizen.com>
Published: 11.26.2008, Tucson Citizen

A snake native to southern Arizona deserves endangered species protection,
but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has no resources to make that happen,
the service said this week.

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