If the Canadians have their way, the answer would be yes. According to Live Science a petition is being introduced into the Canadian Parliament that would place bigfoot under the protection of the Canadian version of the endangered species act. Says one member of parliament:
“The debate over (Bigfoot’s) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing. Therefore, the petitioners request the House of Commons to establish immediate, comprehensive legislation to affect immediate protection of Bigfoot.”
They may not exist but we should protect them anyway because of their tenous hold on merely existing? WTF? By that logic it could be argued that all mythological creatures should be protected because of their tenuous hold on merely existing.
Of course that member of parliament soon realized how loopy he sounded and changed his mind:
The petition soon became an embarrassment for Lake, who later issued a press release stating that the proposal had been tabled.
“I take seriously my responsibility to represent all of my constituents, regardless of whether or not I agree with their views. If a legitimate petition is brought forward by one of my constituents and deemed to be in order, I feel it is my duty to table it in the House,” Lake wrote. Lake also clarified that he never spoke in the House of Commons regarding the petition, nor did he endorse the existence of Bigfoot.
That hasn’t stopped some, however:
The fact that Bigfoot (or Sasquatch, as it is better known in Canada) have never been proven to exist is apparently not an issue for those who support such measures, nearly 500 of whom signed the petition. There is some precedent for the proposal: Similar quasi-legal measures protecting unknown creatures have been suggested or passed, for example protecting the Canadian monsters “Memphre” (of Quebec’s Lake Memphremagog) and “Caddy” (of British Columbia’s Cadboro Bay). “Champ,” the lake monster said to inhabit Lake Champlain, is “officially” protected by both the New York State Assembly and the Vermont Legislature.
Uh oh, I guess I snickered at Canada too soon, note that New York and Vermont have both done the same for mythical creatures. Since we are protecting mythical creatures, perhaps we can get God put on the endangered species list…
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