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 piñatas. That would be awesome.