What a sad fate for animals that have lived for years in captivity and helped
advance human knowledge about the world around us. It's a shame that when
some other form of life is no longer useful to people, or it becomes
inconvenient to keep it around or find an alternate home for it, it just gets
discarded. And it isn't true that the Federal government
can't afford to finance this research center anymore, or at least pay for
some humane way to resettle these desert tortoises. A small portion of the money
we've poured into Pakistan and Egypt would make a good start.
If the animals are sick and can pass the sickness on to healthy animals, then
perhaps they should be euthanized, but if they are only judged to weak to
survive in the wild, then maybe they should be released and allowed to at least
try to survive
Why can't they be sent to zoos or even pet stores if they are healthy?
@RedShirtMIT - Most zoos already have tortoises and while some could accommodate
more, most zoos are struggling right now too, since many of them are also
publicly funded. As for sending them to pet stores, tortoises can live to be
well over 100 years old. Most people aren't will to put in that kind of
commitment to a pet (especially one that they can't really do much with...)
To "Shawnm750" the other option is to release them back into the wild.
As the article points out, the tortoises that are brought to the facility are
wild and already know how to survive. How expensive would it be to FedEx a box
of the critters off to a national park somewhere and allow them to continue on