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