Strangeness galore

Posted August 14th, 2009 by kcorliss. Comments Off on Strangeness galore.

First let’s sit back in wonder at the weirdness of a website called carrying an article about the US Fish and Wildlife Service announcing a proposal to list a few more birds as endangered. Are they afraid of losing their "right" to shoot bald eagles or something?

Here’s part of the story:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to protect seven Brazilian bird species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If made final, the measure would extend ESA protection to these species. The decision by the Service was published in today’s Federal Register.

Addition of a foreign species to the federal list of threatened and endangered species places restrictions on the importation of either the animal or its parts. Listing also serves to heighten awareness of the importance of conserving these species among foreign governments, conservation organizations and the public.

I find it odd that the USFWS would list Brazilian birds. That aside, it appears to be a backfire lit by the agency to prevent and criminalize the illegal importation of these birds. Which is a good thing in my opinion. Still, does this have the faint odor of our government flexing muscle beyond its limits or is it just me?

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