Wow. Whoever is advising California's Central Valley Farmers on public relations really ought to be let go. Don't get us wrong, we don't mind that the water-greedy farmers look like grade-A-holes. But seriously, are orcas the species you are going to make the poster child for your hatred of the Endangered Species Act?
Backed by a conservative legal advocacy group based in Sacramento, Fresno County farmer Joe Del Bosque and his allies argue that the population of killer whales often found in Pacific Northwest waters doesn't deserve defending under the Endangered Species Act. Protecting the whales also costs farmers precious water, growers say.People love whales, even killer whales, so if you are going to balk at ESA protections, you might pick a less charismatic species to target.
"I'm not a biologist," said Del Bosque, who grows almonds, cantaloupes and other crops on his 2,200-acre farm near the rural town of Firebaugh. "I just know we're being affected."Or, perhaps, a more charismatic farmer to do the targeting.