by John Hawkins | February 21, 2005 12:03 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has, at least temporarily, saved the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the Florida woman whose former husband, Michael, had planned to Disconnect her feeding tube on Tuesday.
The 11th-hour reprieve came in response to a plea from the Schindler family to have Terri classified as a silver rice rat (Oryzomys argentatus), considered an endangered species by the state of Florida and the USFWS.
“It was a longshot,” said activist Randall Terry, who has recently come to the aid of the Schindler family in their efforts to save Terri from death by starvation. “But if we can prove that Terri is a silver rice rat, her life is protected by the state and the federal government.”
Mr. Terry contacted the USFWS after learning that it is illegal to kill dozens of creatures in Florida, including the leatherback seaturtle, the marsh rabbit, the saltmarsh vole, the shortnose sturgeon, the Choctawhatchee beach mouse and the oval pigtoe (a mollusk).
“If we can apply to get Terri classified as a different endangered species each month, we can give her several more years of life,” Mr. Terry said. “I know it sounds dehumanizing, but under our laws a rat has more of a right to life than this woman.”
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