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LAME DUCK BUSH DECLARES WAR ON WOLVES

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on November 18th, 2008

HELP THE NRDC ACTION FUND TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER

With just about two months left before he rides off into the Texas sunset (and hopefully into a pile of legal quicksand), President George Bush has declared war on the North American wolf with a new plan that would strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of their endangered species protection making them fair game for any asshole with a gun.

Should Mr. Bush be successful in making his plan a reality, it is estimated that as many as 1,000 wolves could face slaughter in just the fist 12 months. This animal genocide would be a disaster for Yellowstone’s wolf population, which is already headed for a crash, according to NRDC Action Fund, which is currently raining funds in the hope of blocking this cruel deed.

Become an NRDC Action Fund Monthly Partner now, and play a frontline role in protecting the greatest icon of the American West from this senseless slaughter.

- – Denis

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THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, ONCE AGAIN, SAY’S NO TO SARAH PALIN

Posted in Endangered Species, Humane Treatment of Animals, News Brief on October 18th, 2008

GRANTS BELUGA WHALE ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION OVER THE GOVERNOR’S OBJECTIONS

In what is a clear win for environmentalists, the Bush administration on Friday, over the objections of Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, granted endangered species protection to the beluga whales that live in Alaska’s, Cook Inlet. This is the second time this year that the Bush administration has acted in opposition to the wishes off Governor Palin’s administration, the other time being when it granted similar protections to the Alaskan polar bear.

Governor Palin, a well-known foe of the environment, had opposed the beluga listing mainly because of its potential to restrict coastal and offshore oil and gas development.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP

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COMMENTARY: “VAGINA MONOLOGUES” PLAYRIGHT, EVE ENSLER, TAKES ON SARAH PALIN

Posted in Eco Thugs, Eco Warriors, Endangered Species, Humane Treatment of Animals, News Brief on September 17th, 2008

eveensler.jpg“EVERYTHING SARAH PALIN BELIEVES IN AND PRACTICES IS ANTITHETICAL TO FEMINISM WHICH FOR ME IS PART OF ONE STORY CONNECTED TO SAVING THE EARTH, ENDING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN, GIVING YOUNG GIRLS OPTIONS, OPENING OUR MINDS, DEEPENING TOLERANCE, AND ENDING VIOLENCE AND WAR” – - Eve Ensler

Lest we forget, Sarah Palin is in no way a friend of the environment. Her distain for her state’s natural treasures and the little value that she places on endangered animal life makes her fair gain for Ms. Ensler’s Commentary

Thanks to Hank Honig, my partner in the recoveringliberal.com for forwarding this to us.

A lifelong feminist, Ms. Ensler is best know as the author of the worldwide theatrical hit, the “Vagina Monologues”.

- Denis

DRILL, DRILL, DRIL!
by
Eve Ensler

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of
God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be> taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, ‘It was a task from God.’

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next President of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or
whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, ‘Drill Drill Drill.’ I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

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NEWS WATCH! FISH, CRABS, SHRIMP, HEADED TO EXTINCTION

Posted in Endangered Species, Health Watch, New Scientific Data, News Brief, Toxin Alert! on August 15th, 2008

OVER 400 OXYGEN DEPLETED “DEAD ZONES” PLAGUE WORLD’S OCEANS

dead_zone_-_sediment.jpgFertilizer runoff, fossil fuel burning, sewage and pollution-fed algae, are among the items being blamed for depleting ocean oxygen, killing sea life and creating over 400 worldwide “Dead Zones”, covering an area of 95,000 square miles, according to researchers writing in the latest edition of Science.

Hypoxia, as the condition is known, is not a new phenomenon, but as the number of “Dead Zones” has doubled each decade since the 1960’s, it is one that requires immediate attention. Failure to do so, experts tell us, could lead to a day in the not too distant future when man is no longer able to extract enough fish, shrimps, crabs and other sea life from the oceans to feed himself.

The newest “Dead Zones” are being found in the Southern Hemisphere in South America, Africa, and parts of Asia, according to researchers.

Closer to home, the largest U.S. dead zone is at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which at latest count covers some 8,000 square miles. Also threatened is Washington State’s Samish Bay and Yaquina Bay in Oregon.

For more information about “Dead Zones”

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COMMENTARY: WHEN PROTECTED IS LITTLE MORE THAN A WORD

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on June 18th, 2008

BUSH ADMINISTRATION DECLARES WAR ON POLAR BEARS. PERMITS OIL COMPANIES TO “ANNOY AND POTENTIALLY HARM” THE NEWLY PROTECTED SPECIES WHILE DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS

polar_bear_2004-11-15.jpgQUESTION: When is it ok to kill or maim a protected species?

ANSWER: When species interferes with GEORGE BUSH’s friends making money.

Regular readers of libsearthwatch.com will probably remember that it was just about this time last month that the Bush administration, after years of foot dragging, caved to the will of the people – and the threat of numerous well funded lawsuits – and granted protected status under the Endangered Species Act to the Alaskan Polar Bear.

While I praised the administration at the time for their courageous action, regardless of motive, I maintained that I intended to retain a healthy skepticism that this would be different from previous Bush environmental initiatives (Think: the Clear Sky and Clean Water Initiatives) and not weighed down with paragraph after paragraph of loopholes and concessions to Big Oil and other corporate polluters.

In ending that posting, I quoted Natural Resources Defense Council President, Frances Beinecke’s statement that it would “be years and a number of successful court battles before the legislation offered any real protection” to the polar bear.

Sad to say, both Ms. Beinecke and your humble scribe called this one accurately. Now I can’t speak for Ms. Beinecke on the matter, but I was not at all surprised with the recent Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Bush administration has given the go ahead to oil and gas exploration companies to “annoy and potentially harm” the newly protected species as they pursue oil and natural gas deposits in and around the bear’s Alaskan Wilderness habitat. This was, after all, the Bush administration we were talking about.

Needless to say, when the announcement broke, the proverbial shit hit the fan with the more extreme green’s among us claiming that the announcement was merely to pave the way for mass genocide against the offending creatures, whom, I might add, have called the wilderness area home for centuries and know nothing about oil exploration, or that, for their own safety, they needed to stay clear of it.

From their reaction, it is apparent that the administration did not expect such an outburst of support for the bears, probably figuring that with gas approaching five dollars a gallon, manufacturing sector unemployment at an all time high, and people struggling frantically to hold on to their homes, that they would not have time to notice the Fish and Wildlife Service announcement, let alone the mental stamina to raise hell over it.

Well my friends, once again the Bushies were wrong, as they are wrong about so much in America today. So the Shitpublicans did what they normally do whenever they miscalculate the will of the American people, they sent in the damage control wizards.

No way was this blanket immunity, the men and women who lie for a living told us. Moreover, it covered only a small number of polar bears and Pacific walruses that may be harmed or killed in the course of the companies doing business in the area. Trust us, they said; No way was this open season on polar bears. No way! Of course, with the Bush administrations history with telling the truth, the chance of that happening is not too likely.

But let’s talk specifics here. For instance: How do we know how many bears are killed and injured? Will the oil and gas exploration companies be required to maintain not only accurate records but also transparency in making them available? Then there is the little matter of whether the oil companies will be legally required to chase the animals away from areas where they may be at risk? Lastly, will the oil and gas companies accord the bears the sort of treatment one would expect to be afforded to a protected species, such as will injured bears receive proper medical help or just be left to die at the scene of the accident? Because after all, Polar Bears don’t vote, nor do they have the type of assets, which would make them a candidate for one of the Prez’s life affirming tax breaks. So, no cash, no vote: no access. Is it any wonder these critters are being screwed?

In summation, in the earlier posting I noticed that several environmental groups had already filed notice that they intended to sue the federal government for not imposing harsher regulations for oil development in the polar bear habitat.

While these people are well meaning and the litigation may some day make things better for the polar bear, the only problem is, legislation is a slow drawn-out process and the polar bears are in a race against time. The administration knows this, as they most certainly know that they will eventually loose. Bit is almost as if this maneuver was never intended to win, but merely to stall things long enough for the Prez and his enablers to award all the available leases in the area. Brendan Cummings, oceans program director for the Center for Biological Diversity says it best, “The only thing keeping pace with the drastic melting of the Arctic sea ice is the breakneck speed with which the Department of the Interior is rushing to sell off polar bear habitat for fossil fuel development.”

It is news like this that keeps me humming the words and melody of that prophetic 1960’s folk song immortalized by Barry McGuire during that long ago Summer of Love, “And you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.” Never were a song’s lyrics as true for today as this tale of environmental and political apocalypse. The only thing wrong was it’s timing.

-Denis

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BUSH ADMIN BUCKLES AND GRANTS PROTECTED SPECIES STATUS TO THE ALASKAN POLAR BEAR

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Corporate Polluters, Corruption Watch, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Government Shenanigans, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on May 20th, 2008

BUT DID THE RULING COME IN TIME TO SAVE THE POLAR BEAR?

polarbearice_djc.jpgWell, the good news, if you can call it that, is that the polar bear got finally some protection from the Bush Administration last week. The bad news is that in typical George Bush fashion, the ruling granting endangered species protection to the polar bear is chocked so full of loopholes favoring the oil companies and other corporate polluters that many, including Natural Resources Defense Council President, Frances Beinecke, believe that it will be years and a number of successful court battles before the legislation “offers any real protections”.

Sadly this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the workings of the Bush administration, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment. Specifically speaking, one can only wonder if the polar bears, already living on borrowed time, will even be around by the time the Bush Administration’s ruling works its way through our court system, and is challenged by every two-bit polluter and oil company despot who ever bribed a congressman, or funneled undeclared money to a lobbyist?

The facts in this matter are indisputable; as I write this, the polar bears natural habitat is melting out from underneath them far more rapidly than even the most aggressive predictions had foreseen. Now I might be paranoid in making this observation, but as I see it, the only reason that the Bush administration finally went ahead and granted endangered species protection to the polar bears, after years of stonewalling, was because they knew that by the time that the ruling had withstood all challenges, Global Warming would have destroyed most of the Polar bears remaining habitat and the matter would become moot. Either way, with less than a year remaining on George Bush’s term, this matter would be someone else’s problem.

As angry as this sort of political gamesmanship makes me, I have to keep reminding myself that we are talking about a species of animal here, and in the Bush administration and corporate America’s worldview – an all too prevalent worldview in America today – the plight of animals means little when weighed against the potential for profit.

It is no secret that the oil companies have been maneuvering for some time now to get the right to drill in the Alaskan Wilderness preserve. Millions of dollars have been spent to sell this to the American people as the only viable way to end our nation’s dependence on middle eastern oil, and by extension the problems that come along with doing business in that region

The only problem with this contention is that it is not true. Granted it sounds plausible and to a nation of people concerned for their and their family’s future, sounding plausible is often all that it takes.

For the record, the only way to break our dependence on foreign oil is for this country to get behind cleaner, more modern power technologies such as wind, solar, hydrogen and cellulosic ethanol. Corn based ethanol, the standard in this country, is a fine example of what happens when corporations are allowed to dictate policy to politicians. Not only has this movement created worldwide food shortages, but the little publicized fact is that it takes more than a gallon of fossil fuels to make a gallon of corn based ethanol. More importantly, a gallon of corn based ethanol is only about 70% as effective as a gallon of the fossil fuels that it aims to replace.

So who benefits from this exercise, other than the corporations making the ethanol and receiving generous federal subsidies to do so? Certainly not you and me, that’s for sure! But this is a matter for another posting, so we won’t dwell on it here.

Returning to the protected species ruling, the oil companies’ official position is that it will prevent them from drilling in much of the wilderness. They further note that the ruling will force the establishment of buffer zones to protect nursing mother bears and their cubs from the deafening seismic testing, frequent spills, and other distractions so much a part of modern energy exploration.

Now in a better world, this ruling would be a catalyst for change, a reason to begin aggressively developing new sources of energy. But not here! Here it is just a cause for law suits pitting well heeled hired guns against an already overworked and underpaid infrastructure, bled to the bone by a president concerned for little other than that which benefits his rich friends. Sharing the blame for this is a corporate structure that would rather exploit existing technologies regardless of their potential harm to mankind then to spend the money required to make any of the newer technologies commercially viable.

To change this will take leadership the likes of which this country has not seen in seventy years, not since the days of Franklyn Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. To change this will take great courage, courage of the sort exemplified by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and the previously noted FDR, but which we have not seen lately in this country.

One thing is certain, we cannot continue for much longer on the path on which we are heading, not and retain the essence of what is great about this country.

So my friends, it is up to each and every one of us to make this happen. The alternative is just too horrible to consider.

-LIB

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NEWS WATCH! JUDGE TELLS BUSH TO STOP STONEWALLING THE POLAR BEARS

Posted in Corruption Watch, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Global Warming, Government Shenanigans, Humane Treatment of Animals, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors, Sustainable Values on May 8th, 2008

ADMINISTRATION ORDERED TO DECIDE ON POLAR BEARS ELIGIBILITY FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION BY MAY 15th

polarbearice_djc.jpgGood news for our furry white friends, the Polar Bears, came earlier this week when a courageous federal judge ruled that the Bush Administration had violated federal law by delaying it’s decision as to whether it will allow polar bears to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.

In her ruling, Judge Claudia Wilken of Federal District Court in Oakland, Calif., ordered the Bushies to make such a decision by May 15th or be held in contempt of court. Additionally the judge ordered that the decision take effect immediately, setting aside the usual 30-day grace period

Currently, our nation’s polar bear population faces the threat of extinction from rising temperatures and rapidly melting sea ice, two conditions, which have caused food shortages, and led to the destruction of much of their native Alaskan habitat.

Kudos to our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Biological Diversity, and Greenpeace for pursuing and financing the litigation, which led to this important victory.

Not surprisingly, the boys and girls in the executive branch have used the delay to ram through questionable gas and oil leases in the area in question.

Additionally, if I had to venture a guess as to whether the polar bears will receive endangered species protection from the Bush administration, my guess would be no. Drilling in the Artic has long been a goal of the Bush administration and granting polar bears protected status would bring an end to such activities.

Thankfully, the NRDC, for one, has pledged to continue the good fight until all of America’s polar bears win the protection they so urgently need. Should any of our loyal readers have a few spare bucks lying around – I know, what’s the chance of that in this economy – consider sending them off with a letter of support to the good people at any of the groups listed above.

- LIB

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PRESIDENT OKAYS DRILLING IN POLAR BEARS NATURAL HABITAT

Posted in Endangered Species, Global Warming, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on January 18th, 2008

SAYS ALL THE ACTIVITY “WON’T HURT THE POLAR BEAR”

polar_bear_2004-11-15.jpgThe Bushies defended their plans to allow their friends in Big Oil to drill for oil and natural gas in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, today, claiming that they are confident that the process “would not harm the polar bears”, that call the area home.

As one who lives in an area populated by numerous oil drilling sites, I can only wonder how they will manage to do this without seriously impacting the area and it’s animal occupants.

Today’s comments come as the Bush administration continues to stonewall environmentalist’s demands that the polar bear be afforded protection under the endangered species act.

While many in the environmental community believe that this protected status for the polar bear will eventually come to pass, it is pretty apparent that this will not occur until all of the leases in the area have been awarded and drilling begun.

Taking up the cause of the polar bear is Democratic Representative, Edward Markey, of Massachusetts’ 7th District. Markey has demanded endangered species protection for the polar bear before the first Chukchi Sea lease is allowed to change hands, an event that is now scheduled for February 6, 2008.

It is unlikely that this will happen.

Like many of the world’s creatures, the polar bear is a casualty of global warming. Best estimates are that the continued melting of sea ice will cause a two-thirds drop in the world polar bear population by 2050, with overall extinction in as little as seventy-five years.

-LIB

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US DELAYS ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION FOR POLAR BEARS

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Global Warming, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on January 13th, 2008

THE DELAY IS ALLEGEDLY TO ENABLE THE OIL COMPANIES TO SELL THE OIL LEASES IN THE POLAR BEARS NATURAL HABITAT

polarbearice_djc.jpg It is a particular peeve of mine when anyone plays politics with life. This is true whether that life is the life of a fellow citizen, a mammal, animal, or any of the couple of million other species who also call this planet home. Man has no right to play god with their existence, particularly not for something so base as money.

So it was particularly galling this past week to see George Bush and his merry men playing politics with the fate of the polar bear.

Few species have suffered as much in recent years as the polar bear. This marvelous creature has seen its numbers reduced significantly in the past decade or so, much of it the result of the destruction of significant amounts of its natural habitat brought about by the melting of the polar ice.

Without endangered species protection, it is estimated that the polar bear’s numbers will continue to fall, with extinction in as little as seventy-five years.

Now one would think that it would be a simple matter adding the polar bear to the protected species act. A quick flick of George Bush’s pen to some hastily thrown together legal mumbo jumbo and zap, the polar bears would be protected. As a protected species, what remains of their habitat areas would be off limits for any development, whatsoever.

For a while there it looked like the Bush boys were on the same page with environmentalists on this subject. To that end, deadlines were established at which time the administration was to officially rule on granting the polar bears protected status. But now, the initial deadline, and a second, more recent one, has passed, and the fate of the polar bear still swings in the Artic wind.

Now I’m sure it is not that George Bush particularly hates polar bears. I doubt he has any opinion at all on these creatures, or if he could recognize one in a photo lineup. It’s just that he likes oil barons more. And the oil barons are against the polar bears receiving endangered species protection, as it would prevent Big Oil from carving up and selling off the oil leases located in the polar bear’s natural habitat.

Now if the past seven years have taught us anything, it is that George Bush does not like to see his friends’ loose money, and will use all of his powers to prevent that from happening. If you doubt this statement, consider for a minute the war in Iraq. Saddam is dead; there are no weapons of mass destruction, and still over one hundred thousand American troops continue to occupy Iraq with an almost equal amount of so-called “contractors” there as well. If you think that this is for any reason other than to protect the oil leases, then what does that say about you’re powers of reasoning? Protecting Big Oil’s interest in this situation means stalling any attempts to grant the polar bears endangered species protection.

Among the first transactions projected to benefit from the administrations stall tactics is one in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. In the works for some time, this deal is scheduled to close in a matter of weeks.

Particularly distressing is that the area in question provides one-tenth of the habitat for the world’s population of polar bears, which would most certainly be destroyed if or when drilling is to commence.

Taking the point and the heat for the administration on this issue is Dale Hall, USFWS director. His contention, as ridiculous as it is, is that his department has never declared an animal endangered because of climate change, and this fact has “complicated the decision.” Don’t you just love it, the old; we can’t make a decision because we never made a decision on this matter before. Thank God that the men that created our nation did not feel that way or we would still be having meetings to decide whether or not to issue the Declaration of Independence.

Lets get real boys and girls. Never before, or at least not in any of our recollections this time around, has global warming been the problem that it is today. So this excuse does not wash. While we are being real, lets call a spade a spade as Kert Davies, research director for Greenpeace USA does in this fantastic quote reprinted from DigitalJournal.com.

“The Bush administration has squandered seven years denying the devastating scientific evidence of global warming.” “Stalling has cost us dearly, putting the polar bear at risk of extinction and jeopardizing the future welfare of billions of people around the world”.

I could not have said it any better myself.

-LIB

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GRAY WOLVES THREATENED AS THEIR ENDANGERED STATUS IS SET TO EXPIRE

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

WOLF PROTECTION ADVOCATES WORRY THAT OLD ATTITUDES WILL TAKE OVER ONCE THE GRAY WOLF IS DELISTED AND IT WILL BE OPEN SEASON ON THE INTELLIGENT, ADAPTABLE, AND HIGHLY MOBILE CREATURES

articwolf3.jpgSuzanne Stone, a wolf specialist at Defenders of Wildlife is concerned about the recently approved animal management plan that will allow Wyoming to do something that no other state in the Yellowstone region is allowed to do: to kill wolves at any time by any means across most of the state.

In other area states and in the northwest corner of Wyoming near Yellowstone, wolves will be classified as trophy game animals and may be killed only in strictly controlled numbers by licensed hunters.

However, in the 80 percent of Wyoming outside the Yellowstone area, wolves will be labeled predators, and there will be no quotas and no permits required to kill them. This means that any asshole with a weapon will be legally allowed to target the wolves.

Imagine if you will, a state full of Dick Cheney’s running around half- cocked and probably half-crocked as well, shooting every that moves and you will see why this delisting is a bad thing.

And this is supposed to be a Christian country, a place where people value life in all of it’s diversity and splendor.

What a crock that is.

-LIB

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