Tortoises collateral damage in FL, tens of thousands crushed to death

The LATimes reported that Florida is updating is protection of tortoises. That is double speak for, “Instead of killing 10,000 this year, well, by golly, we’ll try tocut that down by a little bit.” And its not for food, clothing, or medicinal reasons—just the wholesale destruction of habitat to make way for more homes to get destroyed by hurricanes.

Still here is what goes on:

Since 1991, the state has issued permits to kill more than 74,000 tortoises in the course of construction by burying or crushing. Because of their slow metabolism, the buried animals may not die for months.

Or 7,400 per year. And the tortoises will keep getting crushed because the new law does not back-date experimentation, and but rather grandfathers in old cases.

Gov. Jeb Bush: stop burying these poor critters alive and work some of your legal magic (remember the stuff you used back in 2000 when all those elderly Jews voted for Buchanan?) and have the state protect these tortoises now from this cruel fate.


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