Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Oceana
Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.
JEFFREY MOUSSAIEFF MASSON & SUSAN MCCARTHY, When Elephants Weep
Species are going extinct because of habitat loss and warming. I feel deeply responsible and think about it every day. Peter Heller
Endangered Species Act
In a message to Congress on February 8, 1972, President Richard Nixon (R) outlined his environmental policy proposals and requested that Congress pass "a stronger law to protect endangered species of wildlife."
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the act along with the National Marine Fisheries Service, a species may be listed as either endangered or threatened. "Endangered" means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. "Threatened" means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. All species of plants and animals — including subspecies, varieties and, for vertebrates, distinct population segments — are eligible for listing, except pest insects.
President Trump says "environmental rules are out of control." He is supported by his Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, former Representative from Montana who voted against ESA every chance he got.
National Geographic's Christina Nunez reports that once nearly extinct, gray wolves have rebounded in recent years under the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, their numbers grew to around 900 in 2016—a 16 percent increase over the previous year. Those opposed to the Endanger Species Act don't think that is good news. “As wolf populations continue to increase, interactions between farmers, their livestock, rural residents, and wolves continue to escalate without a remedy in sight,”
Trump has blocked any new additions to the list of endangered species for six months which prevented adding a species of bees to the list when bees are in critical danger. Closer to home, the plan to save the Greater Sage Grouse is being reviewed again. Grizzlies have been taken off the list. The areas of National Monuments have been reviewed and recommended to be reduced.
A closer look shows that some of these measures may not have the effects that they appear to have. Let us hope not.
For Those Who Are Interested
Two Miles and Six Feet Under is coming closer to making it's release. The front cover is nearly finished.
The content of the back cover is finished but not the layout. The interior is not formatted. But the book is coming soon.
1. Who gave the President's residence its nickname which has become its common label?
2.Who was the first President to name a black person to his cabinet?
3. Which President installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House?
4, Only one President was elected four times, who was it?
5. One President refused to use the telephone (after it was invented) while he was in office, Guess who?
6. Who was the first President to be born in a hospital?
One for the Road
I forgot my cell phone when I went to the toilet yesterday. We have 245 tiles.
Answers to the Quiz
1.Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to call his residence in Washington, D.C. the "White House." Prior to his term, it had been called the Executive Mansion or the President’s House.
3. Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House.
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only American president to be elected four times. After his service, the
22nd Amendment ratified in 1951, limited the presidential office to two terms.
5. Calvin Coolidge refused to use the telephone while in office.
6. Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital
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