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Weymouth couple could face fine for helping injured baby seal(better to abandon it, let it die)
My Fox Boston ^ | July 24, 2013 | FoxNews

Posted on 07/24/2013 6:37:19 AM PDT by Innovative

Hodgdon said the seal was barely floating and was doing everything it could to take a breath. He got the 2-foot pup onto a raft and it immediately stuck its neck out and kissed Hodgdon. He brought the seal to shore and got a better view of its injuries.

"There was a whole row of marks going across his belly up on his side," Hodgdon explained. "You could just tell his whole body was in the shark. It had to have been."

The rescue quickly turned from a heartwarming experience to a frustrating one. When a New England Aquarium volunteer arrived, they didn't want to touch it or help, the couple claims.

"I think he probably drowned and he's been on my mind every minute since Sunday, I haven't stopped thinking about him," said Mary.

Touching the seal was a violation of the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and the couple could face a $5,000 fine.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxboston.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: babyseal; government; govtabuse
The law itself is self-defeating -- protect the seal by letting it die!!!

The poor thing may have been saved and released after it recovered.

Your government and its laws at work...

1 posted on 07/24/2013 6:37:20 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

If they REALLY cared about the pup, they’d have given him mouth-to-mouth.


2 posted on 07/24/2013 6:40:12 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

It didn’t need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it was breathing on its own, just couldn’t stay afloat in the water because of its injuries.


3 posted on 07/24/2013 6:41:34 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Ax

Look for “2 foot pup” to be voting in the 2016 election.


4 posted on 07/24/2013 6:42:06 AM PDT by albie (t allowed)
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To: Ax

Humans can’t reasonably save all wildlife from natural predation, no matter how cute the offspring are. Left in the water, the injured animal would soon have been finished off by its preditor species. It’s a cruel world.


5 posted on 07/24/2013 6:42:45 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Innovative

It was lunch and they stole it.


6 posted on 07/24/2013 6:44:03 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Innovative

>>The law itself is self-defeating — protect the seal by letting it die!!!

We have something like that around here in the San Joaquin Valley. The Valley Oak. A beautiful giant oak species. Trouble is, if you have one on your property the gooks in the government thinks they own it. You are subject to a raft of regulations about what you can do and how you can do and where and when you can do....

They pretend this is to protect the oak, but everyone knows that it’s to grab power over private land. If someone wanted to “Protect” an oak tree, they would have laws that encouraged people to want to have them on their property. The way it is now, EVERYONE cuts them down when they’re very young before government screws take ownership.


7 posted on 07/24/2013 6:46:17 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: Innovative

Government is not about saving anything. It is about control and Money.

Dear Lord, guide our course.
Tatt


8 posted on 07/24/2013 6:47:04 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Innovative

An d yet, New England Aquarium holds several seals in bondage, Captive in an outdoor pool in waterfront park compelled to provide amusement and entertainment to passers-by day after day, 24/7.

Although they DO get free food and healthcare, and the applause is addictive! LOL!

(BTW, the Aquarium’s DOLPHINS have been retired to Florida, so I still get to see them!)


9 posted on 07/24/2013 6:47:39 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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"Humans can’t reasonably save all wildlife from natural predation, no matter how cute the offspring are. Left in the water, the injured animal would soon have been finished off by its preditor species. It’s a cruel world."

Yes, but why fine the man for an individual act of kindness. This is about power, control and money.

10 posted on 07/24/2013 6:50:08 AM PDT by Truth29
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There is also a video at the link showing the poor little baby seal.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 6:50:24 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: RingerSIX

I read about someone in California who had a large shade tree in their yard, and their neighbor wanted to put up solar panels to “go green”. The shade tree was keeping the sun off the neighbor’s solar panels, so the government said the tree would have to go. Then they discovered it was a “protected” tree species. So we have the law demanding trees be cut down for the sake of greenness, and a frustrated solar neighbor in the nice cool shade. I don’t know how that came out.


12 posted on 07/24/2013 6:58:17 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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To: Innovative

Or fatten it up for the killer shark lurking off shore. Kinda weird that when mx. mark kelley-giffords daughters dog attacked a baby seal in kali, it was no harm, no foul. Weird how that works huh? Maybe this couple didn’t have any political gravitas.


13 posted on 07/24/2013 7:16:01 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Innovative

Jury nullification. It ain’t just for OJ. Conceal your intent to rule on the law as well as the facts, and then vote your conscience. Jury votes are not subject to review.

And remember to “deliberate”. Don’t refuse to argue, the you’ll get thrown off for refusal to deliberate. Just argue your point again and again, but never vote to convict. If they have a video, helpfully express doubts about its authenticity by pointing out how you saw Luke Skywalker blow up the death star on a video.


14 posted on 07/24/2013 7:19:18 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Innovative

Government out of control and insane.


15 posted on 07/24/2013 7:20:29 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: rhoda_penmark

It’s just a basic mark of humanity to try to help an injured animal. Sometimes dangerous yes, and of course it’s usually doomed to fail, but you can’t go through life like a savage Hutu.


16 posted on 07/24/2013 7:23:48 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Innovative
The takeaway here is threefold:

If you see something that needs doing, do it and keep your mouth (and your tweeter) shut about it.

Don't call the government or their lackeys unless you want hassle and ruination.

If the government or their lackeys come around anyway, show them a locked door and demand that they get a warrant or leave.

17 posted on 07/24/2013 7:24:14 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Sender

The solar panels won out:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/07/science/earth/07redwood.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


18 posted on 07/24/2013 7:26:31 AM PDT by TheMightyQuinn
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Weymouth couple could face fine for helping injured baby seal ...
Ironically, this being the Boston area, there's a good chance this couple is pro-abortion.
19 posted on 07/24/2013 7:43:28 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Innovative; windcliff; stylecouncilor

‘You can’t bring that seal in here. This is an aquarium.’


20 posted on 07/24/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT by onedoug
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The poor thing may have been saved and released after it recovered.

SNUFFY!!!!!!!


21 posted on 07/24/2013 7:59:29 AM PDT by Roccus
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“The poor thing may have been saved and released after it recovered.”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnDH1va7iC0


22 posted on 07/24/2013 8:03:54 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Innovative

23 posted on 07/24/2013 8:11:29 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Sender
...the government said the tree would have to go. Then they discovered it was a “protected” tree species.

One of the biggest proofs that liberalism is a crock is the frequency that liberal causes collide.

24 posted on 07/24/2013 8:19:24 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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protect the seal by letting it die!!!

I think that is about the best summation of modernity I have seen.

25 posted on 07/24/2013 8:31:28 AM PDT by farsny
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To: TheMightyQuinn; Sender
Stories like this are why we abandoned our cherished plan to retire to California. If I had to live there I just know that I would wind up financially destroyed or in prison.

At this rate if I can retire at all it may be to another country altogether.

26 posted on 07/24/2013 8:39:54 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: rhoda_penmark

I am reminded of a story:

A man was walking down the beach. In the distance, he saw a figure who appeared to be dancing, just above the waterline. As he got closer, he saw that it was a girl that was picking stuff things and tossing them in the water. he asked her what she was doing, to which she replied, “I am saving starfish that are stranded and going to die, because the tide has gone out.”

The man looked at her, then up and down the seemingly endless beach. He said, “You know the beach is so big, and there are so many of them that you won’t make a difference.”

She smiled a beautiful smile, bent down picked up another starfish and looked at it. She tossed it back in to the water and turned to the man. “I made a difference to that one,” she said as she turned skipping down the beach to find the next starfish.
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While this story is supposed to address charity, and freely giving to those in need. I think it could also aptly speak to Conservationism, as well. As good stewards, we help when and where we can. “Environmental” laws are good intentioned. It’s been proven that they are wrought with unintended consequences, and adhering to them dogmatically, does not, in most cases serve the cause of Conservationism in the end.
And to be quite honest, in this specific case, I think it is a matter of the government thinking that it knows better than anyone else, because the problem isn’t that they tried to help the seal, it is that they didn’t call a government agency first, so it could decide whether to assist or not..


27 posted on 07/24/2013 9:01:45 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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