With around 175 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals going extinct every day, wildlife specialists seem to be doing the best they can to protect them. As long as we’re not talking about the state empowered wildlife experts, because what they seem to be doing is pretty much completely not helpful. Against advice from marine biologists everywhere, the US FWS changes Florida manatees from endangered to threatened.
More and more parties are growing concerned with the actions of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as they keep refusing to classify animals as endangered, and are even removing animals that were recently endangered, and classifying them as threatened.
The most recent example happened with the Florida manatee and the green sea turtle, due to an increase in their numbers.
And this might seem like exactly what the Service is supposed to do, decide what animals should be endangered and which not, but according to multiple parties of marine biologists, they are only making the situation worse for the animals.
The main reason for this is because changing the species’ status to threatened will cause the general public to stop caring as much about the animals, leading to both a decrease in charity funding, and to a renewed general uncaringness that can once again lead to decreased numbers.
In 2015, in the Belize, 40 manatees were found to have died due to human causes alone. So far, 4 dead manatees killed by humans were already found this year, speaking of a grim year for the aquatic mammals.
Additionally, the manatee populations have only seen an increase in certain small areas. Should the FWS actually remove the species from the endangered list, the small population which haven’t yet increased might easily be wiped out, leading to complete chaos for the local fauna.
Despite how it sounds, the 500% increase that the Florida manatee numbers have seen over the past 25 years isn’t actually that much, as there are currently only 6,300 individuals compared to 1991’s population, which numbered 1,267.
According to some environmental experts, what the shift in the specie’s classification will do is to lead to a completely redundant series of events.
Classifying the species as threatened will lead to a drastic decrease in their numbers, which will lead to them becoming endangered once more, and then, if we’re to assume that history repeats itself, events will start all over again.
A petition to maintain the species’ current classification will soon be put forward, followed by the FWS’ decision within 90 days.
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