A federal appeals court has turned away a challenge by American Forest Resources Council (AFRC) attorneys seeking to end endangered species protections for a species of bird that resides in Oregon forests. According to the Associated Press, the ruling given this past Friday upholds not only bird protections but is tantamount to halting logging in Oregon forests where the bird species (known as the marbled murrelets) can come to a grinding halt.
The AFRC argued that the US Fish and Wildlife Service knowingly and facetiously designated the Canadian birds in question as endangered despite a section of the federal Endangered Species Act saying political borders are not a valid reason for designation. The appeals court stated that the federal agency did not act any differently than in the past and let the classification stand. The bird was granted endangered species protections in 1992 due to events surrounding its alleged loss of habitat due to logging, oil spills and lack of fish that is part of the bird’s diet.
Someone I know once remarked that a friend of his from a European country (I do not remember which) found it very strange that the United States had endangered species laws. Apparently in the country where he was from their country put the needs of their people first over the needs of an animal. That is the way it should be. Groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Audubon Society receive plenty of funds every year that can meet or even exceed federal budgets used to enact and preserve endangered species protections.
While, to their credit, many environmental groups do own and operate their own preserves, it is obvious from federal lawsuits like this that destroying free enterprise is the primary goal of the environmentalist movement. Someone I know made a remark one time that went: Environmentalists are like watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside. This perfectly describes Gang Green since by getting endangered species laws enacted and using them in lawsuits, the success of such legal actions like the one involving the marbled murrelet throws hundreds if not thousands of people out of work. This while green lawyers and groups they are affiliated reap millions of dollars in recovering attorney costs, out of court settlements and other legal expenses.