The government subsidizes a living creature, and when the money runs out, it’s dirt nap time:
Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.
You see, they have these endangered living creatures that they can no longer continue to provide for with tax dollars.
So do they put them out in the wild and let them take their chances? No, that’s inhumane.
Do they put them up for adoption in case the individuals or organizations can take care of them? No, that’s inhumane.
Euthanasia is the only answer.
The threat of just killing the turtles (If we can’t have them, NOBODY CAN!) is designed to either get the Federal fiscal firehose turned back on or get more private donations. But private donations are fickle, and Federal funds are forever, or the tortoise get it.