Stop Plans to Euthanize The Desert Tortoise
  • Petitioned Jeannie Stafford

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Nevada Fish And Wildlife
Jeannie Stafford
Nevada Fish And Wildlife
Roy Averill-Murray
Nevada Governor

Stop Plans to Euthanize The Desert Tortoise

    1. Melanie Neer
    2. Petition by

      Melanie Neer

      Elmhurst, NY

 I recently came across an article from The Washington Post, dated August 25, 2013,  in which it indicated that due to lack of Federal funding, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center located in the southern edge of the LasVegas Valley in Nevada is to close down and hundreds of desert tortoises will be "euthanized", a polite way of saying killed off.  You can read the entire article here:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/desert-tortoise-faces-threat-from-its-own-refuge-as-blm-closes-vegas-rescue-center/2013/08/25/42661004-0d8d-11e3-a2b3-5e107edf9897_story.html

 

The Desert Tortoise was officially added as an endangered species back in 1990, and therefore protected by the Endangered Species Act of the Constitution of the United States.  I was always under the impression that any and all animals listed as "endangered" and therefore protected were just that…protected and could not be harmed in any manner or form, and certainly not killed, and of such if harm were to come to an animal that is an endangered species that criminal charges of animal cruelty or abuse could be initiated against the person or persons causing harm to said endangered species.

 

So now, according to The Washington Post article, it is none other than Nevada's U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service itself who is sanctioning the "euthanizing' of the Desert Tortoise.  Sorry, but isn't this against the law?  Against the principles of the Constitutional Endangered Species Act?  Why should Nevada's U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service be above the law.

 

Therefore, I and many others are expressing an outright outrage that said plans to "euthanize" the endangered species, the Desert Tortoise are to be initiated.  For those of us of the Animal Rights Activist community here in the United States must be a better solution than the killing off any animal listed as endangered.

 

I, as well as others are therefore urging Nevada's U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service to reconsider and come up with a better "plan" and to follow the Endangered Species Act and to truly protect the Desert Tortoise in every sense of the word.

 

Thank You.

 

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. One can email Nevada Fish And Wildlife

      Melanie Neer
      Petition Organizer

      You can contact the Nevada Fish And Wildlife to express your opinions about this issue
      http://www.fws.gov/nevada/contact.html

      Contact Us

      The Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office's mission is to conserve the natural biological diversity of the Great Basin, Eastern Sierra, and Mojave Desert ecosystems.

    3. One can contact the Governor of Nevada

      Melanie Neer
      Petition Organizer

      If you wish you can also contact the Governor of Nevada personally about this issue. Be nice about it and not rant and rave. There's a contact us feature on his website:
      Governor of Nevada
      Brian Sandoval
      http://gov.nv.gov

    4. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Joe Mamma SAN BERNARDINO, CA
      • 5 months ago

      I believe these tortoise are a symbol for the American Southwest.

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    • Keenan Coelho MCKINLEYVILLE, CA
      • 5 months ago

      I Like these animals!

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    • Jonathan Miksch NAZARETH, PA
      • 6 months ago

      The Desert Tortoise is a symbol of the American Southwest and deserves all the reverence that we bestow upon the rugged enduring spirit and memory of the region and its inhabitants. If any creature represents the immortal, enduring image of the greatness of the land it is the Desert Tortoise-- a creature that is a literal living piece of the desert. Dry, cracked, and awash of sandstone, as if a rock from the desert rose up 200 million years ago and marched through the ages, to remind us all that this planet is very much alive. It is our duty to ensure in any way that it remains so, and that we fulfill our obligations to the casualties of our ambitions.

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    • elaine fitzgerald PACIFICA, CA
      • 6 months ago

      we need these tortoises

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    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 7 months ago

      Why kill amazing beautiful interesting animals ? I'm not going to Nevada or Las Vegas ever if these turtles aren't given a good home after letting you research them. Conservation?

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