Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Oh, Canada

Sadly, this sort of thing just doesn't happen in the U.S. Money, that's what they want.

"Why deny these fish SARA’s protection? Because of “uncertainties associated with changes in the marine environment and potential future socio-economic impacts on users associated with the uncertainty”, that’s why. And because leaving them unprotected “provides future management flexibility related to uncertainty about marine survival and possible difficulties in recovery if marine survival worsens”.

"In other words, it’s because the British Columbia government doesn’t want some pansy federal law impinging upon its ability to continue destroying the rivers where these coho spawn. It’s also because the B.C. Wildlife Federation didn’t want an unfamiliar federal bureaucracy interfering with the sportsfishing industry’s control over which species it will help render unto extinction and which species it may permit to survive.

"In other words, if there is any money to be made, any profits at stake, even remotely, Canada’s endangered-species law will not be invoked to protect an endangered species. As if to rub salt into the wound of that disgraceful fact, here’s another decision that was hidden within the mumbo jumbo of the April 7 “regulatory impact analysis statement”: not even North Atlantic cod qualify for SARA’s protection. Not the cod off Newfoundland and Labrador, not the Laurentian North stock, not the Maritimes cod.

"Think about that for a moment."

Emphasis added. Hat tip to RLK.

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