Bees Can't Be Protected As Fish Under Calif. Law

By Michael Phillis (November 20, 2020, 9:40 PM EST) -- California can't protect bees under the state Endangered Species Act's definition of a fish any more than it can squeeze a round peg into a square hole, a state court judge has ruled.

There is no way that the California Endangered Species Act, or CESA, can be construed so broadly that it allows the state to protect insects, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James P. Arguelles said in a decision on Tuesday. The judge sided with industry groups that challenged the power of state regulators to protect four types of bumble bees.

"The court readily agrees that CESA is construed broadly...

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