UPDATE: January 6, 2013 @ 6pm
The California Fish and Game C0mmission refused to take any action to stop the Coyote Killing Contest that starts Saturday in Modec County. Animal rights activists spoke out against the sadistic “contest” today in front of the game commission.
The commission gave testimony that OR7 is too far away from the “hunt” and implied he is not in any immediate danger.
Is the California Fish and Game Commission or California Department of Fish and Wildlife aware wolves can travel 25 to 50 miles per day, one wolf is on record traveling 100 miles while being pursued by hunters. The “contest” is several days away, making it very easy for OR7 to travel in that direction. OR7 has also been known to travel and play with coyotes. Having a bunch of yahoo’s with guns and hounds out in an area, not too far away from OR7, IS A CONCERN!!! AND aside from that coyotes are very important to the ecosystem. A reference was made recently concerning the outbreak of Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park. Well who eats rodents, specifically mice, that can carry the deadly Hantavirus? COYOTES!!
Predators are here for a reason. Mesopredators, like the coyote, help control disease by keeping the rodent population in check. Apex predators, like the wolf, keep ungulate herds healthy and exert a top down effect on ecosystems. Killing coyotes or any animals for fun is WRONG! It’s medieval and must be outlawed!
The only good thing to come out of the hearing was Commission president Mike Sutton “asked staff to clarify the board’s authority to regulate the contests.”…..Tracie Cone, AP
Once again, when we ask officials to stop the brutal hunting and torturing of animals, in this case killing as many coyotes as possible in three days to win a silver buckle, advocates get the proverbial finger!
Calif. officials to research coyote hunting laws
By TRACIE CONE
Click HERE to read more
UPDATE: January 6, 2013
Listen to the California Fish and Game Commission Meeting
Petitioning Director Charlton H. Bonham
Petition By Project Coyote
Please join Project Coyote and partners in calling on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) and the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to stop a coyote hunting contest planned for early February in Modoc County, California, and to conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of the state’s approach to managing predators in California.
Specific details about the contest hunt:
What: “Coyote Drive 2013” Coyote Contest Hunt sponsored by the Pit River Rod and Gun Club along with Adin Supply Company
Where: Adin Supply Company, Adin, CA
When: Feb. 8-10, 2013
More info.: http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote%20drive.htm
Killing coyotes or any wild animal as part of a ‘contest’ ‘tournament’ or ‘drive’ is ethically indefensible, ecologically reckless, and contravenes new legislation (AB 2402) that Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law requiring the Fish & Game Commission to use “ecosystem based management” and the best available science in the stewardship of California’s wildlife.
The contest hunt planned for Adin, CA also poses a significant threat to the recovery of gray wolves in California. This region is where OR-7 (aka “Journey” – the only federally protected gray wolf known to be in California) has been known to range and contest hunts like the one proposed are a threat to his safety and the safety of any other un-collared wolves who may roam the area.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please send the letter below to California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham and to the members of the California Fish and Game Commission and share this petition far and wide!
Click HERE To Take Action and Sign Petition
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 9581
(916) 445-0411 • Email the Director’s Office
Contact California Fish and Game Commission
Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director
Scott Barrow, Deputy Executive Director – Regulations and Policy
Adrianna Shea, Deputy Executive Director – External Affairs and Special Advisor to the Commissioners
Mailing Address:California Fish and Game Commission
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
Physical Address: California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 653-4899
Fax Number: (916) 653-5040
PLEASE SIGN the petition and CONTACT California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission. It’s fairly obvious what this “disgusting contest” is up to, they’re putting OR-7 in grave danger besides killing innocent coyotes!
There isn’t much time, it starts on Feb 8.
Groups trying to protect wolf oppose coyote hunt
By Tracie Cone, AP
Photo: Coyote Killing Contest Petition
Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars
Tags: Take Action, Stop coyote killing contest, OR-7 at risk, legalized sadism, leave innocent coyotes alone, CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife & F&G Commission, Director Charlton H. Bonham, Canis Latrans
Published on Sep 13, 2012 by brooksfahy
“One year after wolves lost federal protection, over 40% of the wolf population has been killed by trophy hunters and trappers in Idaho and Montana. A total of 545 wolves were killed for fun in these two Northern Rocky states. Watch this video to learn more about wolves and help stop the war on wildlife.
“Watch the story of Bella, a husky who lost her leg in a snare that was set in Idaho by a trapper from Wildlife Services at this link:”
Special thanks to Predator Defense, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana and all dedicated wolf advocates who made this rally a success. The rally was well covered by the media and made the Los Angeles Times, my good friend Ann Sydow (NIWA) was mentioned in the LA Times article.
It’s our hope this video, produced by Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense, will inspire you to hold your own rally in defense of wolves. They need our voices to save them from brutal state kill/management. While I type this wolves are being bow hunted in Montana and stalked in Idaho. In Montana an 83 pound male wolf was killed outside of Glacier National Park in the North Fork of the Flathead, arrowed to death. It made the front page of the Hungry Horse News ( a weekly Montana newspaper in the Flathead Valley.)
C-Falls bowhunter takes wolf
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:15 am By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News |
Our wolves have been hijacked for blood sport. The wolf reintroduction has turned from a success story into a nightmare, thanks to the Obama Administration, his rancher Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the US Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid D-Nevada. They sold wolves out in the Northern Rockies to boost Sen. Jon Tester D-MT chances of re-election and hold onto their slim Senate majority.
During the contentious budget battle of Spring 2011, Senator Tester slipped a wolf delisting rider, that prohibits judicial review, into a must pass budget bill. Every Senate Democrat voted for it save three, Wyden, Leahy and Levin. The very same Democrats who pretend to be supporters of the ESA weakened it, by stripping wolves of their Endangered Species protections and turning them over to hostile state management, all for a few votes.
To add insult to injury the USFWS under the Obama administration delisted wolves in the Great Lakes (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin). Minnesota and Wisconsin immediately planned wolf hunts for 2012/2013 but the Wisconsin hunt was challenged in court. Judge Anderson granted an injunction to stop the hunt because Wisconsin wanted to allow hunters to use up to six dogs to hunt to wolves to their deaths. A Michigan state representative has introduced legislation to allowing wolf hunting. This is the dire situation wolves find themselves in. Wyoming is planning to allow wolves to be shot-on- sight in 80% of the state, as of October 1, 2012 but faces legal challenges from two coalitions of environmental groups.
Please remember on November 6, 2012 what the US Senate Democrats did to betray wolves. If your Senator is not Wyden, Leahy or Levin vote them out of office. We cannot allow politicians to play fast and loose with our wildlife.
Wolves not endangered in Rockies? Activists arm for fight
September 4, 2012, 5:38 p.m
On Aug. 30, activists held a rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to memorialize the more than 540 wolves killed in Idaho and Montana wolf hunts since the species was removed from the endangered list in those states in 2011. Last year’s tally in Idaho alone was 379 wolves — not counting wolves killed by government wildlife agents seeking to prevent livestock predations.
“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” Ann Sydow of the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, one of six organizations sponsoring the rally, said in a statement.
Video: Courtesy Brooks Fahy
Photo: Courtesy Hungry Horse News
Tags: Wolf Rally Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Predator Defense, NIWA, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana, trapping, wolf slaughter, Hungry Horse News, Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt
Limpy (photo Courtesy Steve Justad)
September 11, 2012
It was not unexpected but very welcome. Two coalitions of environmental groups put the USFWS on notice Monday they intend to sue over the delisting of gray wolves in Wyoming. Once wolves are delisted, as of October 1, 2012, they can be used for target practice in most of the state. Any method of killing is allowed, which means terrible pain and suffering for wolves in Wyoming. Wolf haters can run wild, anything a twisted mind can come up with. This comes at a time when Yellowstone wolves are being decimated by mange and other disease. Mange wrote the obituary for the famed Druid Peak Pack, who were so revered and loved by wildlife watchers around the world.
Is Yellowstone treating wolves with Ivermectin, which is effective against the infestation? The famous African film makers and big cat advocates, the Jouberts, darted a mange infected wild leopard family they were studying with Ivermectin and in a few weeks the leopards were once again thriving. They decided to act because another leopard they were filming fell to the mange mite and they couldn’t watch the painful saga play out again but I digress.
My biggest worry concerning the lawsuit is securing an injunction to stop the killing before it starts. If the lawsuit proceeds and wolves remain unprotected, Wyoming’s fragile wolf population could suffer major losses even if the lawsuit is successful and wolves are relisted.
The means test for granting an injunction center on two questions the judge will weigh.
1. Will there be irreparable harm if the injunction is not granted?
Certainly the answer to this question has to be yes. Uncontrolled killing of wolves in most of the state could do terrible damage to Wyoming’s fragile wolf population in just a few months. In 2008 the famous Druid wolf Limpy was shot and killed in Daniel, Wyoming when the then Bush administration briefly lifted ESA protections for wolves. Limpy died for nothing. His death broke hearts, he was a wolf who overcame so much, yet his life was snuffed out for blood sport. Think of what could happen to hundreds of Limpys if Wyoming has its way.
2. Do the plaintiffs have a good chance of winning the lawsuit?
It’s very obvious the Wyoming wolf plan is driven by politics and not science. It was reported last week that many of Wyoming’s elk herds have grown so large extra permits will be available to hunters this season. One of the big lies about wolves is they are decimating elk herds in Wyoming, when clearly this is BS. I think the plaintiffs have a very good chance of winning. Let’s hope the judge sees it that way.
Environmental groups to sue over Wyoming wolf delisting
September 10, 2012
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two coalitions of environmental groups filed notice Monday that they intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s decision to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.
The groups oppose the state of Wyoming’s classification of wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in more than 80 percent of state when federal protections end Oct. 1. Wyoming also has scheduled a regulated trophy wolf hunt in the remainder of the state, an area around the eastern and southern borders of Yellowstone National Park, starting next month.
The environmental groups emphasize that Wyoming’s current wolf management plan is similar to an earlier version that the federal agency repudiated after initially accepting it a few years ago. They claim the federal government is stopping wolf management for political reasons, not because the current plan is any better than the last one.
READ MORE: (From the Missoulian)
Yellowstone Wolves Hit by Disease
Less than two decades after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, viral diseases like mange threaten the stability of the new population.
Humans had killed off gray wolves in the region by the 1930s, but in 1995, U.S. wildlife officials tried to restore the native population by bringing 31 wolves captured from Canada into the national park.
The new wolf community initially expanded rapidly, climbing to more than 170 at its peak. But researchers from Penn State University say that the most recent data show the number of animals has dipped below 100.
“We’re down to extremely low levels of wolves right now,” researcher Emily S. Almberg, a graduate student in ecology, said in a statement. “We’re down to [similar numbers as] the early years of reintroduction. So it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as large and as a stable a population as was maybe initially thought.”
READ MORE: (From Live Science)
Photos: Courtesy Steve Justad 2008
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming wolves, Activism
Tags: Environmental groups sue, Wyoming wolves under fire, Limpy, Druid Peak Pack, USFWS, Yellowstone National Park, mange mite, Yellowstone wolves hit by disease
UPDATE: August 31, 2012
The rally was a tremendous success!! Between 80 and 100 people attended, with many wonderful speakers. Bella the Husky, who lost her leg to a trap brought a tear to everyone’s eye. Thanks to everyone who attended. This was the largest wolf rally crowd by far!!
Please keep our beloved wolves in your thoughts and prayers, the wolf hunt in Idaho started yesterday and Montana’s wolf /witch hunt begins September 1, 2012 with wolf archery. Wolf families will be arrowed to death by black-hearted trophy hunters, who take pleasure in killing innocent animals.
“Wolves Belong: Stop the Slaughter”
Rally & Memorial set for Thursday, August 30 in
Coeur d’Alene’s Fort Sherman/City Park, 3:30 to 7:30pm Pacific time
For Immediate Release
August 22, 2012
Contacts: Catherine Feher , Predator Defense
Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater
Ann Sydow, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance
COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — A rally honoring the 379 wolves killed in Idaho, during the 2011-2012 wolf hunt, is set for Thursday August 30, 3:30 – 7:30pm at Fort Sherman/Coeur d’Alene City Park. The rally will feature live music, guest speakers, a ceremony honoring wolves killed, information tables, and a trap-release workshop put on by Footloose Montana, aimed at educating citizens on how to identify traps/snares, and if necessary, how to release a pet from a trap.
Over 500 wolves have been killed in Idaho/Montana since the species was delisted via legislative rider from the Endangered Species List in 2011. The 2012-2013 wolf hunt on public lands in Idaho begins the same day of the rally. Hunting on private lands in the Panhandle region of Idaho has been occurring since July 1, making it a year ‘round hunt in some areas.
“It’s time to end fairy tale fantasies. Science clearly shows that healthy populations of wolves and other predator species are critical for a healthy environment,” said Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense. “The shooting, trapping, snaring and torture of wolves must stop. The slaughter of wolves in Idaho is being driven by a fanatical blood lust that has no place in modern wildlife management.”
Many conservationists in the Northern Rockies feel that the Obama administration has failed in their duties to protect the iconic species.
“Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has utterly failed in his duties to keep federally endangered species like wolves from the blood-thirsty hands of our state fish and game agencies. What is happening in Idaho and Montana is about to happen in Wyoming. A lack of federal leadership and foresight is leading to a killing floor for wolves”, said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater.
According to the 2011 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress report issued by Idaho Fish & Game and the Nez Perce tribe, there were 746 wolves in the state of Idaho last December.
“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” said Ann Sydow with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance (NIWA). “Special interest groups refuse to share their hunting grounds and their grazing allotments, even in publicly owned National Forests.”
Predator Defense, Friends of the Clearwater, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Footloose Montana and Center for Biological
Diversity are co-sponsoring the event.
Event to Honor Slain Idaho Wolves
POSTED BY GEORGE PRENTICE ON TUE, AUG 28, 2012 AT 9:50 AM
Photo: wolf wallpaper (arctic wolves)
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Action Alerts Photo: wolf wallpaper (arctic wolves)
Tags: Coeur d’ alene Wolf Rally and Memorial, Idaho wolves, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, NIWA, Predator Defense, Friends of the Clearwater
“Chimborazo volcano (Ecuador), the farthest point from the centre of the Earth..Wiki”
Animal and plant species around the world are in terrible trouble.
Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the “sixth great extinction” of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.”
“Ecuador rewrote its Constitution in 2007-2008 and it was ratified by referendum by the people of Ecuador in September 2008.” Wiki
Bolivia passed their bill on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
“Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that trees, oceans, animals, mountains have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined. “
The earth is not ours to exploit and ruin but to treasure and nurture.
Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Bolivia and Ecuador show how we should treat animals
“In the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth, and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.” — Thomas Berry, eco-theologian
Nature is a self-regulating system that knows how to govern herself. This government-organized war on nonhumans must end now to be replaced with a healthy relationship, manifesting love for the natural world.
A paradigm shift is rising from the indigenous people of the Southern hemisphere. Ecuador and Bolivia, both countries suffering severe effects of climate change, have written the rights of nonhumans into law. Such laws also recognize the authority of people and communities to defend those rights. This is explained by Cormac Cullinan, author of “Wild Law.”
Bill and Lynne Twist, who co-founded the Pachamama Alliance in 1995, worked with Ecuador to establish this precedent. Lynn affirms, “It changes the legal paradigm from property where you can do anything you want because you own the earth, to understanding that the earth is a living system, a living being with legal rights. That is a gigantic breakthrough… and now it’s being replicated and we are a secretary for a global movement to give rights to nature all over the world. And it’s clear that this is the future.”
They offer “Awakening the Dream” workshops across the country. One will be held in Racine on Oct. 6. It costs $10. The workshop penetrates pervasive denial to discuss the destruction of the environment and biodiversity, and the crises we face. “The picture is pretty confronting. People move from what I will call denial up to despair. That sounds terrible but it is up. Going from numb to despair means you really start to face the crises you’re living in,” explains Lynne.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources just sent out an alert that their Learn to Hunt efforts last year increased recruitment into killing wildlife by 23 percent, surpassing their goal of 2,000, to teach 2,136, mostly children, to kill animals for fun. Rather than include the wildlife-appreciative public, the DNR is throwing more killing at their funding problems with more sadistic methods. Breaking into the school system to teach bow hunting and trapping, luring kids with a special $4 first kill fee (including unlimited trapping), the hunter-controlled DNR is working aggressively to keep its special-interest power base.
The planned assault on 800 wolves proves again that the DNR, as an extension of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, will harvest Wisconsin to depletion.
Thomas Berry admonishes that the Earth is primary and humans are derivative. Instead of treating the Earth and all nonhuman life as a collection of objects, we must recognize a community of subjects. Human hubris espouses hierarchy and oppression. Exploiting and harming the rest of life is as perverse as if we thought we could enhance one part of our body by destroying the rest. No other species on Earth hoards other species by the billions solely for slaughter, or poisons their food supply, blows up mountains, empties aquifers, destroys the climate, the oceans, and life itself for recreational kill quotas.
“We’ve gone mad, stark raving mad, destroying the planet, but more specifically we’re terminating 65 million years of life development,” laments Berry.
Ecuador & Bolivia Grant Mother Earth Strong Constitutional & Legal Rights
The Pachamama Alliance
Humans driving extinction faster than species can evolve, say experts
Conservationists say rate of new species slower than diversity loss caused by the destruction of habitats and climate change
“The IUCN lists west African giraffes as an endangered species. Conservationists say the rate of new species is slower than diversity loss.”
Photograph: Graeme Robertson
Top Photo: Wiki Commons
Bottom Photo: Graeme Robertson
Posted in: Biodiversity, Activism, Wolf Wars, Animal Rights
Tags: Bolivia, Ecuador, Rights of Nature, The Pachamama Alliance, Transformative Workshops, Sixth great extinction, protecting biodiversity, Wisconsin
I AM WOLF. I am the true spirit of nature, a perfect creation, walking beside you, guiding your senses to see the invisible. My true destination will only become visible when humans discard their imaginary fear, false legends, phantasmal myths, to seek the truth….Louise du Toit
Take heart everyone, we will overcome this darkness.
Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can’t are both right.…Henry Ford
Romeo Running Free- Rest Now Sweet Romeo
Video: Courtesy Louise du Toit (YouTube)
Photo: (John Hyde Barcroft Media)
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism
Tags: Re-group, Never give up, A voice for the voiceless, Louise du Toit, Romeo
© 2009-2012 Howling For Justice
May 26, 2011
I want to take the opportunity to once again thank Louise du Toit for creating this amazing song for Howl Across America.
Howl Across America was launched in July 2011 to protest the brutal Idaho and Montana wolf hunts. We continue to demand the end of wolf hunts and wolf slaughter.
Wolves in the Northern Rockies were stripped of their ESA protections in a travesty of justice when the US Senate passed a budget bill with a wolf delisting rider attached. On a dark day, in the Spring of 2011, wolves were delivered to their enemies on a silver platter. President Obama signed the bill into law, making it the second time in just a few short years he had delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies.
We call on the USFWS, Ken Salazar, President Obama and Congress to right this wrong and relist gray wolves before state management silences their howls forever.
Louise has been a stalwart supporter of wolves and this cause. Thank you again dear Louise.
“The song for HOWL ACROSS AMERICA was written by Louise du Toit as a contribution to the August 2011 events, organized by NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice and individual wolf advocates around the world, protesting against the killing of wolves. Music, lyrics, performance and recording by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2011.”
Created by members of NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, and Howling For Justice, HOWL ACROSS AMERICA is calling on all wolf advocates to speak up for the wolves in August 2011. Please join their page at the following link and add your voice of protest against the war on our precious wolves”….Louise Du Toit
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
I watch the wolves go by
It seems as if they fly
As they run across the never-ending plane
With a spirit fierce and wild
And playful like a child
They embrace the earth in sunshine, snow and rain
And we don’t have the right
To keep them from the light
To hunt them down; to let them die in pain
So speak up loud and clear
Let the whole world hear
That roaming free is how they must remain
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive
The earth is full of signs
That we have crossed the lines
But we refuse to listen, see or hear
But endless tears will fall
When we will lose it all
We must stop at once to interfere
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive
(Music and lyrics by Louise du Toit – 11 August 2011)
Video: Courtesy Louise du Toit
Posted in: gray wolf, Activism, Howl Across America
Tags: Louise du Toit, Howl Across America, protest, activism, stop killing wolves, NIWA, Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice
Wolf advocacy has been reduced to putting out brush fires. Every day there’s a new crisis or new campaign to persecute wolves. It goes on and on, draining energy, sending me into dark moods, constantly on the defensive.
I cut back on posting for the last several months for precisely this reason. It doesn’t mean I’m ignoring the bad stuff but I want to concentrate on solving this crisis, to come up with solutions.
I’m a passionate person, I guess I don’t have to tell you that. When I care about something, I throw myself into it wholeheartedly, as I did this blog, which has given me a forum to share my passion with you, to give wolf advocates a home where your beliefs aren’t called into question every second, a place where you don’t have to defend your positions and explain why wolves are worth caring about. I would love to bring you good news every day. To say wolves are doing just fine, that the persecution has stopped and the fairy tale ending has come true. That’s what I wish I could tell you. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
This year has been especially difficult because wolf advocates have had to watch the systematic slaughter of innocent wolves, while feeling powerless to stop it. That is not a good way to feel. It’s a bad way to feel. And it keeps us grounded in sorrow. The hunts took a toll on all of us. Gruesome picture after gruesome picture of dead wolves littered the Internet and still do. The worst is knowing wolves are suffering, the horrors of the past have come home to roost. Many wolves are tortured to death before they finally subcumb. Where’s the “code of ethics” hunters say they live by? Shame on all who torture and kill animals for blood lust.
I don’t want to see one more picture of a dead wolf, I don’t want to hear one more word about elk, I don’t want to hear one more word about cows. I’m sick of it. I’m so sick of it that it makes me sick.
I’m going to focus on what we can do, not what we can’t do. I want to feel energized again, as I did when I started this blog. Letting others dictate how I should feel about wolves or why this battle is lost or no matter what we do we can’t change things, that’s not going to be part of my thinking.
I can’t just hope things will change I want to be part of that change. Is there too much hoping going on and not enough doing? I know many people like to rely on hope but doesn’t that somehow free you from having to do anything about the situation? If you just hope things will change but don’t participate in ways to effect change, isn’t that a cop-out?
If you love and care about wolves then you’ll want to do something about it. No amount of bad news is going to stop you. I’m not going to give up because MT FWP received a $50,000 dollar donation from the RMEF to help kill wolves. I’m not going to stop standing up for wolves because the anti-wolf crowd was successful in removing their ESA protections.
We’re in a difficult battle that’s not going very well at the moment but it doesn’t mean we should give up and go hide somewhere, pretending it’s not happening. Let ostriches do that.
I guess what I’m trying to say is we all have a part to play. Things are bad for wolves right now but lamenting over every bit of bad news keeps us paralyzed. The best we can do with the bad news is to spread it around so the uninformed can become informed and join our fight. Those of us in the trenches already know the sad truth and that’s what gives us strength to keep moving forward in these dark times. I know the wolf hating crowd is hoping we’ll give up and accept that wolves will be killed by the hundreds every year until they are all gone or their population will be so small and beleaguered only their shadows will remain. Well that’s not going to happen!!
So I’m moving forward. I don’t want to keep begging people in power to give me something. Nobody gives up power willingly. Dealing with the states and their wolf hating mania seems futile to me. I believe the only way to save wolves is to bypass the states and go directly to the feds and demand they right the wrong of wolf delisting, which was rammed through riding on a budget bill.
But none of this will mean anything without the participation of everyday Americans, most of whom are unaware of the wolves’ plight because the MSM won’t cover it. They’re too in love with Obama to make him look bad, so they’ve chosen to ignore it. If it wasn’t for the Internet the story would have been completely buried.
We need to concentrate on the big picture and not get bogged down in the minutia of wolf hating policies the states are deluging us with. They’ve proved without any doubt they are incapable of caring for wolves and only want to see their numbers driven to absolute minimums based on an outdated, politically motivated, unscientific “wolf plan” that’s 17 years old.
So put down the fire hoses, we have work to do.
RELIST GRAY WOLVES!!
by Derrick Jensen
Top Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Bottom photo: Courtesy LA Times
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Howling for Justice
Tags: relist gray wolves, wolf persecution, scapegoating, fear mongering, America’s wolves
April 23, 2012
This is what a Wolf Warrior looks like.
Mato in front of IDFG in Boise, Idaho, protesting the slaughter of wolves.
Take heed Warriors. Every single one of us has the ability to do what Mato is doing.
Remember the Idaho hunt is not over. Lolo and Selway wolves are being hunted during denning and pupping season, through June 2012. The alpha females are sitting ducks in their dens. What kind of people kill pregnant wolves or newborn wolf pups? Ask yourself that question? Will we sit silently by as the slaughter continues?
The time for silence is over!!
Photo: Courtesy Mato Woksabe
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Wolf Warriors, Wolf Wars
Tags: IDFG, Mato Woksabe. STAND UP FOR WOLVES, wolf slaughter, wolf persecution