Save the Ugly Animals!

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By Melissa Lafsky
Oct 3, 2008 1:33 AMJul 12, 2023 6:57 PM


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Remember how un-cuddly and un-fuzzy animals were getting the shaft from both the media and the public alike? Well, finally an organization is taking a stand for the rights of the slimy, the toady, and the generally awful. The Conservation Law Foundation has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to add the Atlantic wolffish—the picture speaks for itself—to the Endangered Species List. As with the majority of aquatic species, the fish is being royally screwed by commercial fishing and could soon be wiped off the planet. The only difference between it and all those photogenic dolphins, however, is that the wolffish is, well, freaking hideous. Which makes it all the less likely that the CLF's push will be well-received—especially considering that New England fishermen are already eying this move as a potential source of more fishing restrictions. So unless it's discovered to make pearls or form the world's greatest sushi, we're not holding our breaths for the foundations and charities to spring forth trumpeting the species' survival. Ah well—we'll always have pictures.

Image: Flickr/eirikm

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