U.S. Senator David Vitter continues to work for Louisiana even as he leaves office. Earlier this week, we brought you the story of the Federal government considering a petition to place the Louisiana crawfish on the injurious wildlife list. If the crawfish would’ve gone on the list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could’ve outlawed the interstate sale of mudbugs, depriving Louisiana crawfish dealers of important out of state markets. It would have destroyed Louisiana’s crawfish industry.
But Senator Vitter announced today that the organization who was behind the petition was withdrawing it.
Today, U.S. Senator David Vitter announced that the outside organization attempting to place Louisiana’s most populous crawfish on the injurious wildlife list will withdraw its petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Today’s announcement follows Vitter’s efforts to ensure the petition would not shut down Louisiana’s crawfish industry.
“There was absolutely no merit to the outrageous efforts to damage Louisiana’s crawfish industry, which is exceedingly obvious now that the outside organization has agreed to remove the red swamp crawfish from its petition,” said Vitter. “It’s a relief to know that Louisiana crawfish will continue to be an important part of our state’s economy, cuisine, and family gatherings, and I’m already looking forward to my next boil.”
This will make Christmas much happier for many Louisiana families. Meanwhile, crawfish lovers all across the country can rejoice and get ready for next year’s boils.