posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 08:03 AM
Some sad news I have come across today. The US Bureau of Land Management has recently announced that it is planning on murdering hundreds of
endangered desert tortoises....
Why..??? They could at least release them all into the wild and some of them may have a chance of surviving. Or they could try and find homes for them
or sanctuaries that might take them. Apparently this is all due to lack of funding...
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it will kill hundreds of threatened desert tortoises it's been caring for at a Nevada conservation
facility. The slaughter is being blamed on a lack of funds by the agency.
Real estate developers in southern Nevada who wanted to disrupt the habitat of threatened desert tortoises to build their little enclaves of air
conditioning and irrigation in the arid suburbs of Las Vegas have been able to do so -- for a fee. And while at the height of the real estate boom
those fees went a long way toward providing refuge for displaced tortoises, the real estate bust has seen the program implode.
Apparently they do plan on releasing the 'hearty' ones that may have a chance of survival. I would quite happily have them all shipped over to me and
I would happily look after them. However I live on an island of the West Coast of Scotland and methinks it might be too cold for them here.. :/
From source : ~
“It’s the lesser of two evils, but it’s still evil,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service desert tortoise recovery coordinator Roy
Averill-Murray during a visit to the soon-to-be-shuttered reserve at the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley last week.
Biologists went about their work examining tortoises for signs of disease as Averill-Murray walked among the reptile pens. But the scrubby 220-acre
refuge area will stop taking new animals in the coming months. Most that arrive in the fall will simply be put down, late-emerging victims of budget
problems that came from the same housing bubble that put a neighborhood of McMansions at the edge of the once-remote site.
Back at the conservation center, a large refrigerator labeled “carcass freezer” hummed in the desert sun as scientists examined the facility’s
1,400 inhabitants to find those hearty enough to release into the wild. Officials expect to euthanize more than half the animals in the coming months
in preparation for closure at the end of 2014.
NB: I am having probs getting the link to work properly. But I am sure peeps can find it using a search..
Such interesting looking creatures.. They can live to up to 100 years old. Imagine what they have seen in their time.. RIP to the Desert Tortoise.
Maybe this will be the next species to disappear off our planet...
edit on 26-8-2013 by fluff007 because: (no reason given)