You may have heard of gender fluidity. Now, species fluidity.
Bees now legally classified as fish in California
The 1970 California Endangered Species Act originally offered protections for fish, which were defined as invertebrates in the act. Land invertebrates, such as the Trinity bristle snail, had previously been included under this definition of fish. The California Fish and Game Commission added bumblebees to the endangered species act in 2019 by classifying them as fish, due to them being invertebrates.
Seven agricultural groups, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, opposed this decision and said that bees could not be included in the endangered species act because they were not birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, or amphibians. In 2020, the Sacramento Superior Court sided with agricultural groups and ruled that bees were not classified as fish and could not be protected under the endangered species act.
The Fish and Game Commission appealed this ruling. The Third District Court of Appeals in California ruled in their favor on Tuesday.