In 2008, J. Clifford wrote about the delisting of the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act, noting that the Bush administration was late in its determination but admiring the unusual deference to scientific opinion by the conservative president. At the time, the ribbon seal
Three of them had their heads cut off. There’s no indication in the reports that the baby seals’ fur had been removed.
Environmentalists need to consider the meaning of the ribbon seal ruling, which suggests that future conditions will often not provide a solid foundation for present-day action through the Endangered Species Act.