Thursday, May 14, 2009

Isn't celebrating "Endangered Species Day" a little creepy?

Is it just us, or does having a holiday dedicated to Endangered Species seem ontologically problematic? Wouldn't it seem more appropriate to have a national day of mourning instead?

The USFWS has this to say about the paradoxical celebration:
“The Endangered Species Act is the nation’s premier law protecting biodiversity today,” said Acting Fish and Wildlife Service Director Rowan Gould. “Without this law, we would probably not see bald eagles soaring in our skies or grizzlies in Yellowstone. Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our shared successes and look forward to a strengthened partnership with the American public to conserve our natural treasures of fish, wildlife, and plants.”
Sure. If by shared successes, the USFWS means having judges twist their arms into providing even the most minimal protections to species on the brink of extinction.

We're a little PO'ed with the USFWS at the moment. Between painting targets on gray wolves in the northern Rockies and shoving polar bears adrift on melting ice floes, we're pretty sure we don't want to go to any parties the USFWS is throwing in honor of endangered species.

Unless, of course, they are going to have jaguar piƱatas. That would be awesome.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You have a point. I liked the little e-cards offered for the occasion by the Center for Biological Diversity, the gist of which is to urge your friends to keep on poking and prodding the USFWS and lawmakers to do the right thing by our endangered critters. Mourning is okay, but raising more hell is even better.

Maybe we need an Endangered Species Day "offering" which we donate to the aggressive, litigating organization of our choice (e.g. Western Watersheds, WildEarth Guardians, CBD).