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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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Follow the truth.

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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Thanks, Kevin.

KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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ESA in the news: big ideas, big controversies...

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 A recent issue of YES! Magazine features provocative ideas about our animal-human relationships -- omnivore vs. vegan, the emotional lives of animals, legal rights for nature -- and asks whether saving endangered species can ultimately save human lives?  But government leaders obviously have their doubts.  In a matter of intense local interest, U.S. Representative Joe Baca (D-San Bernardino) proposed a bill to require the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Delhi Sands flower-loving flies (and any other endangered species for which the service doesn't have an accurate count) from the list of endangered species if the FWS can't show the fly population has increased since being put on the endangered species list. SeeRedlands Daily Facts.  But the cumulative sum of similar battles, all over the nation, over individual species led the Obama Administration to propose their own approach to escaping the rigors of the ESA.  Under a plan discussed in a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Congress may cap funding for the processing of new Endangered Species Act petitions.  Lack of funding could be a formidable defense that would yield more time for juggling its caseload, FWS maintains. See New York Times.  While the government has been increasing its use of "warranted but precluded" decisions on listing petitions, even those decisions produce litigation over whether the  Service properly set its own priorities.  See TheUnion.com