Our beloved Gopher Tortoise, Harriet
As many of you know, we share our property here in Florida with Harriet, our beloved Gopher Tortoise.
She brings us so much joy everyday and we have fought hard to protect her many times since moving here in 2004.
Now some of her kin in the West, are about to be “euthanized” because a Government agency that has for years protected and housed hundreds of her relatives, has run out of money.
The facility in this story is the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, which is just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
What always strikes me as odd, in these seemingly never-ending occurrences, is that the people responsible for their well-being, never find it more humane to ask for adoptive parents to step in, to avoid killing the animals in question.
Why is it, that when large numbers of animals are no longer of value, or money gets tight, do they become a burden to be disposed of quickly, instead of trying to do the right thing for them?
The people running this and many other “animal agencies” are normally government employees, who have supposedly chosen careers in the business of and are dedicated to, the protection of wild things.
When things get dicey in our own personal lives, we don’t normally throw in the towel and walk away, do we?
No, we do what we need to do, to get through the problem and make things work.
Hopefully, some of you living close enough to this situation, can call or email, or best yet, visit this place and ask if they will allow some or all of these Endangered Desert Tortoises to be adopted?
“Euthanasia” should never be the answer.
Please feel free to reblog their story and sign their petition~
Here are places to learn more, please do what you can to help stop this: