Why do we rehabilitate oiled wildlife?
A very easy question, actually. For the same reason that we rehabilitate any orphaned or injured wild animals.
And what is that reason? If you find someone in jeopardy you try to help.
If your best effort doesn't help you try to discover why. You change your approach. You learn your lessons. You improve your result.
It is very simple really. What more needs to be said?
The cost of treating injured wild animals doesn't come from some general fund set aside for issues related to wildlife, pre-established and limited.
No. It comes from the fund that is generated by those who agree that such treatment be available, and those people are few, and funds are scarce.
If it were not for all of those animals that will never be found, the thousands and thousands of dead, it would seem to be a rare moment of justice in a nation as built on wholesale destruction as is the United States, that the party who injures is the party who pays, as the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 demands.
Now, should the party who injures be in any way construed to be the party who cares? Absolutely not.
Dear BP, the only thing you have to give is money. Otherwise, butt out, shut up, and wait for your trial.