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352* Judge Rules In Felonious Frog Transfer

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  • jail4judges
    Apr 14, 2001
      J.A.I.L. News Journal
      Los Angeles, California                                               April 14, 2001 
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      Federally felonious frog transfers, and other endangered species follies. 

      WASHINGTON, DC -- Warning: You can go to jail for moving frogs. That's right, frogs. Transferring certain little green slimy
      creatures from one place to another is now a federal felony. That's what John J. Zentner found out in 1999 when he moved about 60 red-legged frogs and 500 tadpoles from a stream to a pond in

      Although Zentner moved the frogs so they wouldn't be harmed by
      a building project where he worked as a consultant, he violated a
      federal law, since the red-legged frog is classified as an endangered
      species. So moving them is a crime, even if no frogs were harmed by the relocation. 

      As punishment, the federal Department of Frogs -- oops, the
      Department of Justice -- demanded a 10-day jail term because of the "serious nature" of the frog-moving crime. A local judge, however, had mercy, and in February sentenced Zentner to only 200 hours of community service, and imposed a $65,000 fine on his company and a $10,000 personal fine. But either punishment is too extreme, the Libertarian Party says. 

      "Any law that could put people in jail for gently moving some frogs is a load of bull ... bullfrogs, that is," said the party's press secretary, George Getz. "There's no way you can kiss this frog of a law and turn it into a prince." Unfortunately, red-legged frogs aren't the only species the federal government likes better than people, noted Getz. 

      Under the guise of protecting endangered species, federal bureaucrats are now giving special treatment to: 

      * Flies: After the federal government designated the Delhi Sands fly an endangered species, San Bernardino County, California had to spend $10 million to build a special 10-acre "preserve" for the
      buzzing bugs. In 1999, the Interior Department demanded an additional 2,200 acres be set aside for the fly -- land that cost more than $200 million. 

      * Angry grizzly bears: In 1993, the Environmental Protection
      Agency banned an Alaskan pepper-spray called BearGuard that people used to deter attacking bears. The product, similar to pepper sprays that can be legally used against human muggers, is irritating but not harmful. Despite the fact that two people in Alaska had been killed by bears the previous year -- and although the EPA admits the spray is safe enough to eat -- it was banned under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. 

      * Rats: The federal Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) designated
      77,000 acres in Riverside, California as a "rat preserve" to protect
      the kangaroo rat. Homeowners were threatened with $100,000 fines if they cleared brush from around their properties, since it might inconvenience the rodents. As a result, dozens of homes burned to the ground in 1993 after the piles of dry brush caught on fire. 

      * Theoretical birds: The FWS told 75-year-old Margaret Rector
      of Texas that she could not develop her property because the golden-cheeked warbler "might" one day alight on it. The bird, an endangered species, had never actually been seen on Rector's property -- but the fact that it could, theoretically, one day visit her land was enough to qualify it as "suitable habitat." The ruling caused her property to drop in value by 95%. 

      What do all these examples have in common? 

      "Thanks to federal regulations, rats, bugs, and frogs now have more rights than the people who own property in this country," said Getz. "This proves once again that the federal government is one strange animal -- and the frog police are the strangest species of all."
      Sent to J.A.I.L. by
      John Morgan Duty II, (WA. State)

      We wonder what would happen if one of them there rare frogs ate one of them there rare flies for survival? Don't forget to get your federal taxes in there. (D-Day is Monday!) They need 'em to do more of the above.
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