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Success For Flat-tailed Horned Lizards

Success For Flat-tailed Horned Lizards

Thousands of Care2 members took action — and now we’re seeing the results. 

For several months a petition circulated in support of the flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii). Care2 activists from around the world spoke up to protect this rare lizard and help him claim a spot on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced they would reinstate the proposed rule to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

Flat-tailed horned lizards are losing their habitat and struggling for survival due to human urban growth. Additional action needs to be taken to ensure we do not endanger these creatures any further. Two public hearings are scheduled for the end of March to gather additional support. This is our opportunity as activists to show some additional love for the flat-tailed horned lizard.

Thanks to all who previously took part in helping to protect our lizard friend. But there’s still more to do. Sign our new petition to help ensure the flat-tailed horned lizard earns that much-needed spot on the endangered species list.

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5:46PM PDT on May 23, 2011

ahhaa "i love all animals except for!!!!!!"

bible smible, didn't it say rabbits chew cud? people forget other cultures and religions exist, but they have a centric lifestyle and world view, so "no only bible exist" nobody cares snakes are seen good in other cultures.

i am supprized people did something for a lizard, being on line it seems only pretty/helpful/charismatic/graceful..." animals should be protected. what does a blobfish have on anything else? it's not killed "cuz of faerie tales made by farmers in year 1743"

if a bird is loosing habitat and it is pretty people want to save it. if it's "a reptile" feh.

7:45PM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

I love the lizard and other reptiles, except for snakes/serpents because of how it's portrayed int he bible. I'm signing the petition.

8:08PM PDT on Mar 15, 2010

Good news for the small ones.

11:57AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

I hope everyone continues to moniter this issue

2:30PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

It is also, NOT awesome, and as yet, we as a group, have not helped the lizards in question, this must not be allowed to be dropped by some politioco "Public Relations" letter, proclaiming "good news, peace on earth, to all mankind"

When what it really is, is no more than a con, this is the message you send to an opponent.

It is Britains Neville Chamberlain, returning from visiting Herr Hitler, in Germany before the war, with a piece of paper, declaring "peace in our times", just what Germany wanted to hear, while Britain bought time to rearm itself, for the coming war, it buys time for those who want to behave one way, while hiding something else entirely, it is a fraud, it is a scam, it is a death sentence to this argument in favour of the lizards... do not let this pass....

2:20PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

This is just not good enough, put it ON the endangered list, do not simply reinstate a "proposal" to put it on the list.....

2:12PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I read the first few messages here and thought that the cheering missed the obvious point, that thiis was a reinstated "proposal" not an act of protection, just a "proposal" that was being reinstated.

I have now looked at all 60 postings here, and I fear the Lizard is a goner now, too many people, pat themselves on the back here, and did not read this properly, you may all feel "loved up" here, by the news, but I am horrified that all my taxes went to educate any of you, when an obvious "political statement" is taken as being something else, altogether.

This is not a "Triumph" ( unless they have a motorbike, called "the horny flat tailed lizard" in production, in secret ), it is a coming death sentence, it is the problem kicked into the future, it is a nonsensicle piece of politics, and obfuscation, it is a "proposal" that is being reinstated, it is NOT an act of "assistance", and it seems clear to me, from reading this, that the level of resistance, to indifference, has fallen away.

I have a suspicion, that was the intent of the writer, to drop this matter quietly from any agenda that might cause voices to be raised about these creatures, to aid those who actually want to believe they have suceeded in laying back, and resting their jaws, or the flapping gums, to quieten down.

While this is dropped surreptitiously in the lost cases books of envioronmentalist causes, and by heavens, from the backslapping self congratulations, it does that very nicely.

1:56PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

Stop feeling good or virtuous here.

It will cost these Lizards their existence, if we do not watch this bunch zealously.

It is only a "proposal" that is being reinstated, not a reprieve, not a helping hand, simply "a few, nice words".

This battle, can still be lost if those who fought, just go home because they think that it is "all over" here, it is not....

1:51PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

"To reinstate the " proposed" rule, to list the flat tailed horned lizard as endangered"........What ?

Really,.... they are only going to reinstate.... a "proposal", ...?

Why is there a little voice in my head, telling me this fight is not yet over ?

Please people, keep an eye on this , because we are not there yet, and in the meantime, stop all the cheering, it is drowning out the facts here....

The main one of which, is the fact that this is only a "proposal" they are reinstating....not an actual act of protection....keep down the noise, or this will get missed by most reading this....

4:56AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

thanks

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