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Bumblebees can be classified as 'fish' under California conservation law, court says


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In a move that could allow a broad range of insects to be considered for endangered species status, the state Supreme Court has found that California bumblebees can be protected under the law as a type of fish.

The decision, which may carry deep consequences for the state's agriculture industry, focuses on the arcane wording and complicated legal history of the California Endangered Species Act—a precursor to the federal law.

The court said late Wednesday that it would not hear arguments over whether the California Fish and Game Commission can consider granting protections to a number of bumblebee species whose populations are in steady decline. For the last three years, state almond growers, builders and pesticide companies had been arguing that bumblebees were exempt from listing because the state conservation law does not mention insects.

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-bumblebees-fish-california-law-court.html

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Well if males can now be classified as women and vice versa,  then we can pick on the bees and the fish too.   :w00t:  A flying fish with wings.  

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Ahh yes... California - the land of fruits and nuts.  At this point there is literally NOTHING the leadership in that state could do that would shock me any longer.  NOTHING.  There are rumors that Newsom - he of the bullet-proof hairdo - is going to run for prez in '24.  If it turns out to be true, he'll be guaranteed roughly 42% of the vote but I think selling the independents on his record in Cali may be a wee tad difficult.

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Yep, just some ingenious people trying to save bumblebees before they go extinct.  Nothing really that started with the governor or legislature, but they are trying to adapt an old law on the books since before US endangered species act.  Insects are below our notice or concern until the crops aren't pollinated.  Of course we can follow China and send  unemployed peasants with paint brushes out to pollinate our fruit trees,  Hand crafted Georgia peaches  no doubt. Not a dam legislature in this country, not California, not Georgia, not Texas or New York  with intelligence or guts enough to face down business interests to keep the beauty and diversity of this world alive long enough for our children to enjoy it.  We will miss bumblebees some, but we will miss honeybees more. 

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