The Endangered Species Act is not a right to life, as the Federal government likes to prove time again when it guns down entire wolf packs from helicopters for minor livestock depredations.
But, it is some measure of protection against being slaughtered en masse so sexually frustrated miscreants can “get wood” and otherwise direct their self loathing outward at an animal historically used as a scapegoat for any part of nature that inconveniences the desires of hunters, ranchers and various other nature-as-is haters.
While “get wood” is not a phrase I regularly employ, I picked it up from a recent examiner.com article whose title should be self explanatory: Wolf-killers admit it’s all about the sexual thrill, in which author Cathy Taibbi bravely reports on her research into Facebook sites dedicated to titillating wolf haters with photos of various methods of torturing, killing and butchering wolves.
It is these subhuman monsters who are salivating in wait for the Federal government to approve the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposal to completely delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states, preserving protections for a small subspecies of Mexican gray wolves who have struggled since 11 were reintroduced in 1998 in southern Arizona and New Mexico against illegal killing.
After the gray wolf lost Endangered Species protections in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 2011 and soon after in the Great Lakes region, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin immediately threw their wolves to, well, the wolves.
More than 1,690 have been trapped and shot since 2011, with 1,149 of these wolves being killed just during the 2012-13 season.
If you ever wanted to torture animals but felt you might be judged too harshly by society, the wolf hunt is your ticket to act out every sick fantasy on a real live creature and have the Federal Government support you.
While most of the wolves in the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes are in danger of being poisoned, shot, trapped, gassed in their dens, burned and skinned alive and any other method of torture hunters carry out hidden from public view pretty much year round, there are some in various other pockets of the country who are still protected under the Endangered Species Act.
This new proposal from an agency that makes no secret of the fact that it panders to the whims of the ranchers, hunters and trappers who make up its ranks is just another nail in the coffin of the Federal wolf recovery program.
Disappointingly, the blood of the 1,690 wolves killed since 2011 is on the hands of Obama and the Democratic controlled Senate:
“who stuffed a wolf delisting rider into a must pass budget bill and stripped wolves in the Northern Rockies of their protections, WITHOUT JUDICIAL REVIEW! There was no science involved in that. It was a ploy to get Jon Tester re-elected, by playing to the wolf hating crowd in Montana and every single Democrat Senator voted for it except three and Obama signed the bill into law.” (Howling for Justice)
In another instance of Politics trumping Democracy, after Michigan residents collected 250,000 signatures to protect their wolves by putting any proposed hunt to a state vote, the Senate there approved a bill that would designate wolves as game animals despite any vote by the public in 2014.
Then in Montana, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. voted to allow wolves across the state to be subjected to the heinous practice of trapping, even after 90 percent of all the public comments the department asked for were steadfastly against allowing trapping.
I guess people who love to terrify, main, torture, shoot, poison and otherwise inflict pain on others carry more weight than the rest of us who are sickened by their legal actions and their rampant HATRED.
It feels like a lost cause, and it would be easy to give up, give in and go home. But until every single wolf has been slaughtered we cannot give up. We owe this to them, to ourselves and to our children who deserve to have a world as rich in natural balance as we have enjoyed passed on to them.
Meanwhile, you can tell Obama’s new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell not to approve FWS’s proposal to delist almost all wolves here.
Another important and often overlooked way to help wildlife is to stop eating meat. Livestock have taken over our wild places, pushed out native prey animals, and given wolf haters an excuse to wipe out an entire species.