Worcester’s buttonquail was long believed to be extinct, so you can imagine the joy of ornithologists when one of the birds was captured and photographed on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Then the learned that the bird was promptly sold for meat and eaten.
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines President Michael Lu stated the obvious: “What if this was the last of its species?”
It is like a scene out of the movie The Freshman, where the standard in such cases was clear:
Clark Kellogg: But it’s an endangered species!
Carmine Sabatini: Not any more. It’s in New Jersey, it’s fine.
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