Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Can we save the animals — and ourselves?

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

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“Habitat loss and degradation, and exploitation through hunting and fishing (intentionally for food or sport, or accidentally, for example as bycatch) are the primary causes of decline.” ~ World Wildlife Fund report

Wildlife populations across the world have plummeted 52 percent in the past four decades, due to human impacts, the World Wildlife Fund reports. And hunting is a huge factor, according to WWF: “When habitat loss and degradation is compounded by the added pressure of wildlife hunting, the impact on species can be devastating.”

Some 90 percent of the fish have disappeared from of the seas due to human activity, including overfishing. Scientists, ever cautious in predictions, say that by 2048 there will be no more saltwater fish. Freshwater species have declined 76 percent overall. Those are the findings of a 2006 study led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The World Wildlife Fund’s…

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  1. Reflections on Soylent Green 1973 Movie 42 Years Later & Other Movies: Man’s Plight

    Our human sense of specialness, as center of the Universe, created by God in his image, maybe not: Soylent Green, 1973 movie in which the setting is 2022, oceans are dead planet dying, and unknowingly our governments are feeding us Soylent Green, which is made of people. It is good movie to remind us of where we are likely headed (extinction). It seems inevitable and was probably the case at the Dawn of Civilization. Another movie, The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves. points out that we are a destructive species to the planet, animal and plant life and each other. We sense our destructiveness, know it, but cannot help ourselves. Keanu Reeves plays an alien coming to save the Earth from us by killing us. It seems that half the people in this country deny science driven by primitive belief systems. Most people are indifferent and ignorant and care little to change their ways. We are doubling down on greenhouse warming fossil fuels, doubling down on animal farming, doubling down or animal sports killing (aka hunting), overfishing the oceans, and we are breeding like rabbits, 7 billion of us humans now headed to 10-11 billion by the 21st century barring disasters, maybe nature’s way of saying enough! Maybe another relevant movie is Melancholia in which another planet crashes into to us annihilating Earth and us, and maybe pointing out that we are not the center of the universe after all, that the universe is indifferent to our existence.



  2. Observations: Animal Killers (Hunters and Trappers) and Animal Farmers (AKA ranchers) and Meat Preference Oriented Consumers:: Besides right wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation which are empirically obvious there seems the greater likelihood of religiosity, fundamentalist, evangelical thinking, man as center of the universe thinking, man as stewards of the land thinking with all else put here for man’s consumption and exploitation, concrete/either/or thinking (shades of gray drive them crazy), thinking that is housed in belief systems versus science and logic, denial of science thinking, seeing science as a threat to their belief system thinking, doubling down on inherited and traditional right to kill and dominate other animals thinking, efforts to enshrine their traditions in state and federal levels of lawmaking, fear and hate of predators, and doubling down on animal slaughter thinking and behavior. Look at the Red States or red state elements and predisposition to wolf slaughter (jihad) and other predator marginalization; look to the rancher and hunter led war on wildlife. There is also a genetic basis to all this, as we see it world around and over time. Right now there is a polarization, a congealing of right wing thinkers and progressive, left wing thinkers. Unfortunately, wildlife agencies seem immersed with the right, unfortunately for wildlife, wilderness and global warming and the Earth. The conservation fight for balanced wildlife ecologies and predators with the right groups also includes the indifferent, the ignorant, and man’s traditional fear of and war against the wilderness. Conservation futility?


  3. Unsustainable: Anthropocene Extinction Era: Elk and deer do not need to be saved from wolves or other predators, they have millenniums of natural balance for mutual benefit. It is the blood sport killers (hunters and trappers) that are the additive problem. Humans kill 27 million animals daily for consumption, millions more yearly from hunting and”management” and this is not counting the sea life. Humans kill millions of sharks every year. Animal farming is one of the most damaging to the earth and cruelest things we do to the planet, the environment (land, sea and air); it is also eating up wilderness and forest and jungles, polluting rivers and streams, polluting the air, downdrawing stream levels Man is crueler than any alien so far imagined or presented in alien movies. Man is working himself toward extinction by animal farming, extraction industries, development, encroachment on the wild, destruction of biodiversity and is taking most everything else with him. We are 7 billion headed toward 10 billion by the middle to the end of the century. We may have the planet at a tipping point in global warming which also has disastrous effects on much land and sea animal life. The wolves and other predators are healthy factors in the wilderness ecology. Game farming for sports killing is not. We have several major species on the brink and hunters and poachers and farmer/ranchers, extraction industries, development and encroachment are still going at the the destruction. What humans are doing is not healthy for us or the planet or the other animals. We instituted agencies like the EPA and ESA and international and national conservation organizations to protect us from ourselves and the by products of seeking monetary gain at all costs then we try to politically undermine and gut those agencies. We are a destructive species and cannot seem to help ourselves. The direction we are going is not sustainable. For the health of ourselves, the planet, other life, biodiversity, we need to change the way we eat, stop human sprawl, preserve habitat, and basically learn to live with wildlife and healthy environment instead of against it.


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