29 plants and animals considered for endangered spiecies list

In the LA Times article, Darwinian struggle for a place on the endangered species list, they report that after eight-years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would move forward on a review of 29 plant and animal species to assess their inclusion on the federal endangered species list.

That does not, however, satisfy those who want every plant and animal protected including those disappointed about the rejected petitions for nine species, including the ashy storm-petrel, a California seabird.

“Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is continuing a Bush-era approach of denying protections to species based on an incomplete and selective interpretation of the science,” said Shaye Wolf, a seabird biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The decision reads like a laundry list of excuses to avoid acting to protect the ashy storm-petrel rather than a solid evaluation of the science.”

Alas for the forestfly, the glaciers at Glacier National Park are in fast retreat and are predicted to disappear altogether by 2030; sooner depending on how many people smack the one that lands on their neck.

The whole idea of the endangered species act puts in question the idea of Darwanism. Darwin’s theory is based on a principle of “survival of the fittest,” meaning that some species die off so others can survive or “evolve.” So when the spotted owl starts carrying fully-auto AK-47’s, we should probably leave them alone.

Los Angeles Times Blog

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