Wildlife Advocates Must Brace Themselves for the Inevitable Wolf Delisting But We Must NEVER Stop Fighting

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**UPDATE 12/16/2015** I have NEVER been happier to say that I was wrong. Much to my shock and the shock of wildlife advocates everywhere the desliting rider was not included in the spending bill. The threats remain but for now we can breathe a sigh of relief. 

As Congress is about to sell out our small population of gray wolves for some type of “political gain” on a spending bill I am left to ponder if it was even a good idea to bring a species back only to persecute, torment, and push them back to the brink again out of sheer hatred and revenge? Should Congress follow through with the very real and likely possibility of attaching a delisting “rider” to the current spending bill we are poised to return to the nightmare that we saw in 2012, 2013, and 2014 with reckless kill quotas that ALWAYS go over, the coordinated eradication of entire packs, unregulated 24/7/365 hound “training” against wolves, and the use of hounds to kill wolves in what can be described as no less than legalized dog fighting. States like Wisconsin will preach that they are “responsibly managing” the species while making sure to kill as many as possible with any and all methods throughout the year all the while presenting inflated population numbers and pretending that the species is “thriving.” It’s history repeating itself all over again.

Just as when on the very day that wolves were officially delisted in the Great Lakes in 2012 when anti-wolf Wisconsin legislators introduced the reckless and deplorable bill that led to the three years of hounds, traps, and overkill the same forces will conspire to kill as many as possible as soon as possible when they are delisted again. How this species has been able to hang on in the small numbers that they have in this state despite 24/7/365 harassment by hounds, killings by state hired USDA “Wildlife Services” goons, huge yearly kill quotas, rampant poaching, and all around government endorsed hostility toward the species is astounding. A hostile state like Wisconsin, as they have abundantly shown, is not capable of responsibly and ethically “managing” a polarizing species such as the wolf yet they keep getting the opportunity. No one seems to care that the federal judge relisted wolves because of the reckless, unethical, and frankly sadistic manner in which states like Wisconsin “managed” wolves. No one seems to care that with the 2012 Wisconsin wolf kill bill, Act 169, Wisconsin wrote legalized dog fighting into law by allowing hounds to be used against wolves. No one seems to care that there are ZERO regulations for the “training” of those very same hounds that can be used against wolves 24/7/365. What does that say about our state, society, government, and humanity in general?

All of this hatred over a wild dog? A wild dog that has no super powers. A wild dog that tries to survive like the rest of us. A wild dog that is not hiding in the shadows waiting to eat your grandchildren. A wild dog that is NOT eating all “your” deer. A wild dog that will always be a better hunter and predator than any human or so-called “sportsman” could ever be. Maybe that is the root of the issue. The wolf is a superior predator and hunter despite all of humanities technologically advanced killing implements and maybe some just cannot accept that and must kill them to feel superior. What else can explain the endless lies, myths, propaganda, and beating of the drum to destroy this species? Is it jealousy? Is it revenge? What is it that causes so many grown adults to harbor such hatred for a wild dog?

That being said no matter what happens in big ag/NRA bought and paid for halls of Congress, the killing cartel owned Wisconsin DNR, or in the hound infested killing grounds of northern Wisconsin one thing is very clear: myself and other grassroots wildlife advocates will NEVER stop fighting for OUR WILDLIFE and we will never stop exposing the brutal practices and corrupt “management” of that same wildlife. If the likely imminent Congressional selling out/delisting of wolves teaches us anything it is that we cannot trust our government to do the right thing when it comes to wolves, wildlife, and the environment in general. It is up to US to be vigilant and work to protect imperiled and vilified species from the apathetic government agencies and bloodthirsty killing cartels that seek their destruction.

In the coming days Our Wisconsin, Our Wildlife will be expanding our online presence with a Facebook page to keep you better informed about the daily war on our wildlife in Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. Despite the inevitable setbacks we have to keep fighting while we still have something left to fight for.

Shame on all of the FAKE “Democrats” that allowed this. Shame on President Obama for DESTROYING the Endangered Species Act. Finally, shame on the states that will ultimately push this species back to the brink or to a second eradication to appease extremist killing cartels and the never satisfied big ag interests.

We will keep you posted.

 

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President Obama’s Legacy: The End of the Endangered Species Act?

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“Wolf by Brooks Falls” by BlackburnPhoto from Overland Park, KS, USA – Wolf by Brooks Falls.

There is no other way to put this so I will be blunt. For all of our hand wringing about Congress likely stripping protections from gray wolves and actively working to undermine the Endangered Species Act itself one thing has been made abundantly clear: the Obama Administration has already destroyed the Act right under our noses and it apparently took seven years for anyone to notice. The Guardian Newspaper, out of the United Kingdom, reported yesterday some sobering and frankly horrifying information about the gross failure of the USFWS to uphold the tenants of the ESA and to protect imperiled species as is their responsibility. Instead the USFWS under current Director Dan Ashe, current Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and former DOI Secretary “Cowboy” Ken Salazar, has actively pursued policies that favor ranchers, hunting groups, developers, and big energy interests to the detriment of each and every species allegedly under ESA protections.

From the Guardian article:

The US government has not halted a single project out of the 88,000 actions and developments considered potentially harmful to the nation’s endangered species over the past seven years, a new study has found.

An analysis of assessments made by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the agency very rarely used its powers to intervene in projects that could imperil any of the US’s endangered plants and animals, which currently number almost 1,600.

Of 88,000 actions assessed by the FWS between January 2008 and April 2015, just two triggered significant further action. A 2007 plan to drop fire retardant in California was deemed by the FWS to be prohibitively harmful to forest-dwelling endangered species, although this was challenged in court. The FWS also stepped in over a plan to divert water from the San Francisco Bay Delta due to concerns over the impact to threatened fish.

88,000 projects that threatened species under ESA protection and only TWO were stopped? At those two were stopped under the Bush Administration which was certainly no friend to wildlife. Red flags were apparent both before and after President Obama was elected. At no time during his campaign or after did any element of the environment come into play except for the political buzzwords of the climate change movement. Obama appeared completely apathetic toward wildlife and their very survival. This was further confirmed with his selection of rancher and former Senator “Cowboy” Ken Salazar from Colorado. Salazar immediately continued Bush administration plans to delist wolves in the Northern Rockies, the Great Lakes, and Wyoming despite strong scientific evidence advising against a delsiting for all of these areas. When a federal court stepped in and relisted wolves in the Rockies the Obama Administration allowed a “rider” to be attached to a must pass budget bill in 2011 that stripped ESA protections from the gray wolf, blocked any court challenge, and led to all out eradication policies from the states of Montana and especially Idaho. The only safeguards remaining for wolves in this region is a provision that if they drop BELOW 150 in the entire region they “may” be relisted.

Then Salazar, and newly appointed Director of the USFWS, Dan Ashe, set their sites on delisting wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming. Wyoming was not included in the 2011 Congressional “rider” delisting because their “management” plan was too toxic for even the anti-wolf congress members and Bush Administration. The Wyoming plan allowed wolves to be killed by any means, at any time, and over the vast majority of the state except for a small area near Yellowstone which would have “regulated” killing under the guise of “hunting seasons.” This plan apparently wasn’t a problem for Obama, Salazar, and Ashe because after a sit down backdoor meeting with Wyoming officials the plan was given the green light and the mass slaughter started almost immediately and lasted until last fall when a federal judge ruled that the Wyoming plan was fatally flawed and resisted wolves under ESA protections in that state.

The same thing played out in Wisconsin in late 2011 and early 2012 when Salazar, Ashe, and the USFWS removed wolves in the Great Lakes from ESA protections and opened the door to over three years of killing season in Wisconsin and Minnesota and one on Michigan. The Wisconsin “management” of the species entailed the 24/7/365 use of hounds against wolves under the guise of “training,” trapping, baiting, electronic calls, and the use of hounds to aid in the killing of wolves during the “hunting seasons.” Once again a federal judge stepped in and relisted the species based on the severely flawed “management plans” of Wisconsin and Minnesota in particular. Like Wyoming, Minnesota allowed for wolves that ventured out of their habitat in the northern part of the state to be killed at will and essentially cut off potential migration routes or any chance that the species could colonize other areas to the south.

Maybe most disturbing of all of the proposals introduced by the USFWS, apparently with the support of President Obama, is to strip ALL ESA protections from gray wolves in the entire United States with the exception of a tiny population of Mexican Gray Wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. Couple this with the refusal of the USFWS to provide ESA protections to wolverines despite only a tiny number living in the United States, and the recent decision to allow hostile states to determine the fate of the imperiled greater sage grouse rather than providing ESA protections. The USFWS also seeks to delist grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone region and once again turn management of an imperiled species to hostile states hellbent on killing them.

This is what the legacy of the Obama Administration will be when it comes to wildlife and the environment. Despite all of the meaningless lip service that the president pays to climate change and “agreements” allegedly to fight it, he has shown that wildlife has ZERO place in the world that he envisions and apparently is only a hindrance to the real agenda of his administration. If NOT ONE of 88,000 events that impact endangered species were stopped by the USFWS over SEVEN YEARS what does this tell us about the value Obama and his administration place on endangered species and upholding the Endangered Species Act?

Under President Obama the Endangered Species Act has been reduced to a paper tiger that allows wildlife hostile states to run roughshod over endangered species, threatened lands, and anything that gets in the way of “development,” agriculture, recreational killing, or just happens to “upset” anti-wildlife governors. Nothing illustrates this mindset better than this quote from Obama’s USFWS Director Dan Ashe who in 2014 made a comment at a Montana meeting stating that environmentalists:

“must accept a world with fewer wolves, salmon, and spotted owls.”

Yes, he really said this and nothing better illustrates the complete and utter contempt that the Obama Administration and his Department of Interior has for environmentalists and wildlife advocates. Time and time again his administration has sided with ranchers, hunting groups, developers, and big energy interests while spitting in the faces of wildlife advocates and environmentalists. I regret voting for this man and I am under the impression that most wildlife advocates share this opinion.

While we have been scrambling trying to stop the disgusting wolf delisting “rider” now pending in Congress, it is apparent that the damage has already been done and the Endangered Species Act has been all but destroyed by an apathetic, arrogant, and pandering Administration more concerned with getting insignificant short term political “victories” than preserving imperiled wildlife. I hope that I am wrong and that Congress and the Obama Administration proves me wrong and stands up for wildlife. I am not holding my breath. This administration is poised to go down as the most anti-wildlife one since the introduction of the Endangered Species Act in 1973, signed by of all people, Republican Richard Nixon. What a shame. Those of us in the wildlife advocacy movement had such high hopes for President Obama after what we thought at the time was the disastrous wildlife record of George W. Bush. We could not have been more wrong and felt duped into supporting this president that is on the verge of destroying not only the gray wolf population in the United States but also the bedrock law of species protection, the Endangered Species Act, and for what? A short term budget deal? A few meaningless concessions from the right wing in Congress?

I do not say this lightly when I say that President Obama has failed our wildlife and the Endangered Species Act. I can show you two wolf riders and 88,000 other reasons proving this to be the case.

 

 

Be Wary of “Conservatives” Bearing “Reforms:” The Rise of Fascism’s New Face

This isn't so funny anymore.

This isn’t so funny anymore.

This post is going to be a little different. It’s not going to be specifically about the war on our wildlife. It’s going to be about the war on the very bedrock principles of our society and how a radical element became mainstream and looks to destroy it under the guise of “reforms.”

Definition of “conservative:”

disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.

cautiously moderate or purposefully low

traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness

having the power or tendency to conserve or preserve

Growing up, through my early years as an Army Reservist, and working in the Law enforcement field I had always considered myself a “rule of law” independent that even leaned to the right on many issues. I still believe in the rule of law but my axis has shifted more and more to the left with each passing year especially since 2008. While I believe that President Obama sold us a line of crap that progressives bought hook, line, and lead sinker the alternative was even more horrifying. My leftward shift really took root when I saw how the right was celebrating someone like Sarah Palin. While I respected McCain (at the time) I was horrified that he would choose someone that was so utterly revolting that the sound of her voice literally made me nauseous and angry at the same time. This was the beginning of a significant chunk of Americans celebrating ignorance and stupidity and making it mainstream. It was horrifying. Then came the emergence of the Tea party and the increasing influence of their Koch Brother puppet masters. While I am no fan of the “Panderer in Chief,” Barack Obama, the blatant and open racism and ignorance that this group openly celebrated absolutely filled me with dread. Then the midterm election of 2010 came and a huge number of these Koch fueled nutbags were elected to governorships, Congress, and to state legislatures. My transformation to full blown progressive came following the election and subsequent “bomb dropping” of Scott Walker here in Wisconsin. Even before the 2010 election that put this goon into power alarm bells were going off in my head about this guy. Wisconsin has never really been known as a bastion of intelligence, outside of Madison (I’ve lived in the state all my life), but the dullard nature of this guy for some inexplicable reason resonated with the yokel community of this state that was bitter at the election of (gasp) a black man to the presidency. Of course that was not the only reason. A constant diet of Faux News and other Koch fueled propaganda scaring people about “socialists” and “minorities” added fuel to the fire.

To appease his rabid Koch fueled yokel and big money base, Walker made sure to declare all out war on public employees, the environment, the poor, education, and women as his first orders of business. The sane among us were horrified at what this guy was trying to do so a recall petitions were circulated and a massive number of people signed on to remove Walker from office and restore sanity. Unfortunately this effort failed and it only emboldened Walker to become more extreme and take his Koch fueled decimation of everything “progressive” or “liberal” national.

In the midst of Walker’s rise to power those around them found out that orange is indeed the new “black” as they found themselves in the very same prisons that Wisconsin famously likes to put so many African American men into. Six of Walker’s close associates and donors found themselves convicted on a myriad of charges that included stealing from a veterans fund to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Somehow Walker kept emerging from these scandalous activities unscathed. Either state and federal prosecutors are not doing their jobs or there is something bigger at play. As someone that up until recently beloved that the rule of law still carried weight I kept out hope that the law would catch up to the blatant corruption and cronyism that Walker and the legislature under his thumb participate in. But that hope appears to be futile as these so called “conservatives” seem only concerned with conserving and enhancing their power rather than the rule of law. The existing law gets in the way of lining your pockets with lobbyist money? “Reform” it. The existing law makes it illegal to coordinate with “dark money” right wing front groups? “Reform” it. Existing environmental law makes it difficult to sell off pristine and ecologically sensitive lands to rape and pillage mining interests? “Reform” it after you get a $700,000 bribe. Nothing fishy there. Walker’s own hand picked board of killing cartel and big ag lobbyists only go along with his agenda 99 percent of the time? Take away all their power and give it to a high school graduate, turned real estate developer, turned DNR Secretary, under the guise of “reform.” The minority party wishes to do their jobs and debate laws put forth by the party in charge? Nope. We can’t do that. “Reform” it. Don’t like that a college mission statement actually espouses that education is good for humanity and searching for scientific truth? “Reform” it. A federal judge makes a ruling explicitly based on the rule of law and you don’t like it? Write a law that vacates that ruling and weakens the Endangered Species Act in the process. Shall I continue? I could go on with hundreds of more examples of this “conservatism” and “reforms” but I don’t feel like typing for the rest of the week. The term “reform” is now used as a substitute for the word dictate in the quest for consolidated power with one person or branch of government at the state level and eventually federally.

Every time I hear a Koch fueled “conservative” like Walker or Taconite Tommy Tiffany talk about being “conservatives,” making “reforms,” and espousing the “rule of law” my blood boils. The only “rule of law” that matters to these people is the laws that they make or agree with. All Americans should be horrified by this type of “conservative” and their “reforms.” I used to be astounded that people would support and vote for people like Walker and Taconite Tommy but not any more. People scoffed at the idea that the backlash against Obama and the rise of the Tea Party had anything to do with race or how different Obama was from prior presidents. Those same people aren’t doing much scoffing anymore after seeing the open racism being exposed by right wing hate radio, astroturf Koch front groups, and propaganda “news” outlets like Fox (Faux) News. Obama has been an complete and utter disaster for wildlife and the environment and I don’t offer much support for him because of that not because his skin tone is darker than mine. For the Teahadists this is quite the opposite. I never thought that blatant attacks on the less fortunate, gay, “minorities,” women, and even the rule of law itself would become mainstream. I expect the gutter slime to spread their hate and fascist worshiping ideas under the cloak of anonymity on the Internet but now entire “news” networks and radio outlets are devoted to the open espousing of these toxic ideas. I like to think that one day people that consider themselves “conservatives” will ask themselves “what the hell are we doing” feeding this monster?” I am not holding my breath though.

Where have we seen this mob mentality and extreme hatred lead our species toward not that long ago? When did the “rule of law” become something to mock and change on a whim? Are there any reasonable “conservatives” among us that have the guts to speak out against the Walkers and Tiffanys that are destroying our very societal foundations and making a mockery of the rule of law? Anyone? I’m not holding my breath for this either.

I hope that I am wrong but I believe that we are seeing the decimation of our society to coincide with the decimation of our wildlife, wild lands, water, and even the air we breathe. There is no force that can equal the power and lust of greed and control. When small-minded men attain such power we are all doomed. Those that enable them are just as guilty as those attaining that power. The biggest mistake that we can make is underestimating these people. All one has to do is look at a certain failed artist and former corporal in a major European army during the First World War to see where folks like these people want to lead us toward.

Think I am over-exaggerating? Every single thing that American progressives or “liberals” hold dear is under attack. Social safety nets are under attack. Healthcare is under attack. Public lands are under attack. Protection of wildlife is under attack. The very air that we breathe is under attack. Even more horrifying is the number of so-called “Democrats” that either stand by or join with the factions assaulting these things. When did it suddenly become a “political liability” to stand up for the environment or wildlife? For social justice? For democracy in general? Is this the kind of society that you want to live in? Where bullying, lies, and demonization of all that is good is mainstream? Where the rule of law is now a punchline for power hungry politicians? It doesn’t have to be this way but we need to stand up and speak out against what the anti-democracy fascists are trying to do to our county. I am not seeing much of that. Are we going to just roll over and let them take our country and the very foundations of our society away from us or change them on a whim? We cannot let that happen.

Please join me in speaking out and standing up for what is right. We need a real “occupy” movement full of average every day citizens and not fringe elements. We need real political progressives that are willing to stand up to the big money interests and vote for people and our fellow species rather than greed and endless wars. We need people willing to stand up for what little remains of our wildlife and wild lands and prevent attempts to weaken their protection and increase their exploitation. That is what it is supposed to mean to be an American. To speak up and to fight for justice and the rule of law. Are we going to let them take even those remaining principles away from us? It’s up to you.

Shall Not be Subject to Judicial Review: How Anti-Wolf Hatred is Destroying YOUR Civil Rights

Does this document matter to you?

Does this document matter to you?

Following the shameless Democratic Party sellout to big agriculture, extremist gun groups, and trophy hunting cartels with the 2011 wolf delisting “rider” an even more disturbing element was contained within that legislation. The “rider” was attached to a “must pass” spending bill and it stripped Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves living in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Included at the end of this disgusting political pandering piece were these words that forbid court challenges of the delisting.

“shall not be subject to judicial review”

While most of the anger over this pandering piece of garbage bill was directed at the act of the delisting, not too much was made about the stripping of a fundamental right of American citizens: the right to challenge laws in the federal court system and the separation of powers. A constitutional challenge was filed against this onerous provision by several REAL conservation groups but for some inexplicable reason the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that giving away the court’s own powers was “constitutional.” I find it rather disturbing that the judicial system would allow their powers to be whittled away by overzealous factions within Congress.

“The rider goes against a bedrock principle of our democracy: checks and balances between branches of government,” stated Nicole Rosmarino of WildEarth Guardians. “Legislators can’t pick off specific court decisions they don’t like. That’s not fair for the wolf, and it’s certainly not good for our democracy.”

Now, history is repeating itself as anti-wolf legislators in Congress are preparing to introduce an equally onerous bill that will strip ESA protections from wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming following their relisting in December by a federal judge. This is a summary of the proposed legislation that is about to be introduced by anti-wolf politicians in the House. This bill is supported by anti-wolf elements from both sides of the political aisle:

· The Ribble/Lummis legislative fix would require the Fish and Wildlife Service to reissue the respective 2011 and 2012 rulings. The reissued rulings would not be subject to judicial review.

· This language does NOT modify the Endangered Species Act, NOR does it prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from deciding to relist the gray wolf in the future if it determines that the wolf population is in need of federal protection.

· There is recent precedent for this legislative approach. In 2011, a similar, bipartisan fix was signed into law to protect the Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist the gray wolf in Idaho and Montana.

Legislative Language

SECTION 1. REISSUANCE OF FINAL RULE REGARDING GRAY WOLVES IN THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on December 28, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 81666) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance shall not be subject to judicial review.
SEC. 2. REISSUANCE OF FINAL RULE REGARDING GRAY WOLVES IN WYOMING. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on September 10, 2012 (77 Fed. Reg. 55530) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance shall not be subject to judicial review.

Funny how proponents of this bill claim that it will not “modify” the ESA. Indeed, it won’t modify it at all. It will eviscerate it just as the 2011 rider did. The ESA is now just a shell of itself because anytime big money special interests are bothered by a court ruling or the listing of a species they can run to Congress and the pandering politicians up to and including the President will strip those protections away for political “gain.” It is not just wolves that this is occurring to. At the end of the year the “lame duck” congress a spending bill was passed, with presidential support, that blocked the federal government from listing the greater sage grouse as endangered:

Among one or two other things, the spending bill that President Obama signed this week forbids the federal government from listing the sage grouse as endangered.

What should be horrifying to wildlife advocates is that time and time again this president and his administration gives anti-wolf/anti-wildlife factions whatever they want and no one can figure out what their endgame is. The complete and total disconnect and lack of caring about wildlife from this president and his administration should be an affront to each and every environmentalist or real conservationist that voted for him. This is what Obama’s choice as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, had to say about how important wildlife is to his agency and Obama’s Administration:

Director Ashe told the small group that he sees a “giant clash” between those who favor conservation and those who favor economic development and that he believes that conservationists “must accept a world with fewer wolves, salmon, and spotted owls.” The Director of the very agency most responsible for protecting the nation’s biodiversity went on to say that, in the name of compromise, we must accept “a world with less biodiversity.”

Is it any wonder why Obama and his allies in Congress sells out wildlife any chance that they get when THIS is the type of person they put in charge of the agency directly responsible for the overall well being and survival of our wildlife?

That a president would sign a bill that blatantly discounts the separation of powers and tells Americans that they cannot challenge onerous legislation in the court should have constitutional scholars and civil rights advocates across the country horrified. YOU should be horrified as well. Can you imagine if such a provision were included in the Affordable Care Act legislation? How about a “rider” to a “must pass” bill that eliminates all legal challenges to Roe Vs Wade? How about a “rider” that legalizes all illegal immigrants in the country without judicial review? See where this is going? Congress and the Obama Administration have started to whittle away at the very foundation of our constitutional principles in order to protect the seat of a fake “Democrat” like Jon Tester so that he could show the yokels in Montana that he hates wolves as much as them. This should infuriate each and every American regardless of where they stand on the wolf debate.

As for the current attempt to undermine the Constitution and ESA this is what anti-wolf Tea Party Wisconsin Representative Reed Ribble had to say:

In the last two years, a combination of legislative and legal actions have heightened debate over the extent to which gray wolves should receive federal endangered species protections. In December, a federal judge overturned a US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes Region from the Endangered Species Act.

Now, in response, a Wisconsin Congressman is sponsoring legislation to return management of gray wolves back to the state regulators in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wyoming. The bill, which has been drafted but has yet to be introduced, would delist the approximately 4,000 wolves in the region and allow them to be hunted.

“Wisconsin’s wolf population has significantly recovered over the last several decades, and I am confident in our state’s ability to manage the population,” Wisconsin Representative Reed Ribble, a Republican, told VICE News. “I am pursuing a bipartisan legislative fix that will allow the Great Lakes states to continue the effective work they are doing in managing wolf populations without tying the hands of the Fish and Wildlife Service or undermining the Endangered Species Act.”

Effective work? Mass overkill. 24/7/365 hounding. Plummeting populations. Ignoring public concerns. I suppose if eradication is your goal, as it likely is, then it certainly is “effective work.” I would also like to know how Ribble can make the claim with a straight face that his legislation wouldn’t “undermine” the ESA. The point of this legislation to undermine the ESA. A federal judge, appointed by Obama, made a sweeping and thoroughly backed up ruling showing that the anti-wolf U.S. Fish and Wildlife service did not follow the tenets of the ESA when it decided to delist the wolves in the Great Lakes and that the various state “management” plans did not provide adequate protections as is the intent of the ESA. Now Ribble and his coalition of anti-wolf GOPers and fake “Democrats” want to strip those reinstated ESA protections from wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming. If that isn’t the very definition of “undermining” I don’t know what is.

ALL Americans should take a step back and ask if giving up one our fundamental Constitutional rights to challenge onerous agency rules and legislation in courts is worth it just so freeloading big ag interests and trophy killing interests can eradicate a species they hate for a second time? If that is the case maybe when REAL progressives finally take power then every pro-environment, pro-woman, pro-social program, pro-healthcare piece of legislation should include that little stipulation at the end stating: “shall not be subject to judicial review.”

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Political Hypocrisy, Group Hypocrisy, and an Abundance of Stupidity and Sadism

Photo via: Wikimedia Commons

Photo via: Wikimedia Commons

Democrat and “Environmentalist” Hypocrisy 

One thing that I have a hard time understanding is how supposed “environmentalists” preach about issues like climate change yet have am almost complete and total disconnect when it comes to wildlife protections. Our president is a blatant example of this. Doug Peacock of the Daily Beast also noted this in a November 2014 article about the potential for removing protections for grizzly bears in the Western United States:

“The polarity between Yellowstone grizzly advocates and the government’s position reveals the heart of the flawed relationship between American environmentalists and the Obama administration: First, the Eastern, urban-based Obama White House remains largely unresponsive when it comes to the rights and welfare of iconic animals like grizzly bears, bison, wolverines, or wolves—why the president has turned his political back on efforts to protect wilderness animals continues to baffle supporters, especially in the West. Second, the federal agency that advises on grizzlies, the FWS, has failed to confront the considerable and urgent threats presented by global warming.”

I am astounded that President Obama stands before millions and preaches the perils of climate change while his administration undermines the Endangered Species Act and the Wilderness Act each chance they get. The hipster cause of the day is climate change yet those pushing the hardest seem to care nothing about the wildlife that is most impacted by it. What is the reason for this disconnect? Wildlife advocates need to start pushing the idea of the entire ecosystem and not just feel good elements that the phony “progressives” and hipsters cling onto. While we as humans have f—ed up everything and plague this planet like a mutated disease we need to start working with nature instead of trying to control/destroy it. That is what the modern crop of Democrats seem to forget or ignore. Without a healthy environment there is no hope for us or our offspring. Is short term greed more important than the survival of our species and other species?

I think that a major goal of wildlife advocates across the country should be to make sure that our disconnected politicians realize the connection between climate change and wildlife protections. Fake “progressives” like President Obama and many Senate Democrats have this major problem where they cannot seem to grasp that wildlife are the “canary in the coal mine” for climate change and that their protections are vital because without wildlife what exactly is the point of any environmental protections? A dead planet is a dead planet. There won’t be an environment without wildlife and there won’t be human life without wildlife.

When is the last time anyone has seen President Obama make an appearance at a National Park or wild area? Maybe it’s time for true environmentalists to ask him why he and his allies like to differentiate between the cause of the “environment” and wildlife protections. They are the SAME thing. Without one you cannot have the other.

“Wildlife” Group Hypocrisy

Major “wildlife” groups like the “National Wildlife Federation” use climate change and cute fuzzy pictures of wolves and other imperiled wildlife to raise money while undermining wildlife protections in the background. One look at their website will make you think that the group is pro-living wildlife and wants to “educate” children about the wonders of nature. On the NWF website you can even symbolically “adopt” wildlife species like the gray wolf, black bear, red fox, and various other wildlife species that just happen to inhabit the state of Wisconsin. Then after “adopting” one of these species please take a look at what the National Wildlife Federation’s State Affiliate, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, likes to do with these species

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting fish and wildlife habitat, fishing, hunting, trapping, and other outdoor sporting and recreational opportunities. We develop and advance policies that protect fish and wildlife habitat, and that promote public access to lands and water for outdoor recreation.

The National Wildlife Federation proudly begs on their website homepage to “Help Wildlife Safeguard America’s Wildlife and Wild places and Donate Today.” Behind this plea is a beautiful picture of a wolf. The NWF wants you to believe that they exist to “protect” species like wolves. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Their state affiliate, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, has rabid anti-wolf people on their board and loudly proclaims their wish for allowing only a token wolf population to remain in Wisconsin. The WWF also openly supports the use of dogs against wolves and flaunts that hunters, trappers, and hounders are exempt from animal cruelty laws in Wisconsin.

Notice the hypocrisy?

Notice the hypocrisy?

Wildlife advocates that donate to the National Wildlife Federation should really reevaluate their support for this group. Do you want your money going to support a group that on the surface pretends to want to “protect” wildlife while behind the scenes supports the wholesale slaughter of wolves and defends the sadism of their state affiliates? I sure don’t. Need another example of the doublespeak from the NWF. This quote came from the group following the recent federal court decision reinstating ESA protections for wolves in the Great Lakes:

The National Wildlife Federation also was critical of the ruling.

“If you care about protecting Great Lakes wolves, you should be disappointed by this decision, which vacates years of hard work by the states and federal government in recovering Great Lakes wolves and conservation efforts within the region,” Andy Buchsbaum, vice president for conservation advocacy, said in a statement.

He said that the ruling eliminates many tools states were using to resolve conflicts between humans and wolves.

This is one of the "tools" that the National Wildlife Federation supports.

This is one of the “tools” that the National Wildlife Federation supports.

What tools are those, NWF? Rampant poaching? Hounding? Trapping (see above)? Anti-wolf hate websites? “Advisory” groups stacked with anti-wolf groups? Are those the “tools” that the NWF considers acceptable? This group makes money off of the illusion that they are for “protecting” wolves yet are in bed with George Meyer, Laurie Groskopf, and other rabid anti-wolf zealots? Really? Like the Obama Administration they want to have it both ways. They want you to think that they actually support living wildlife along with the environment and then undermine it every chance that they get. Quotes like the one above show what the NWF and similar two faced groups are all about. They use words like “protect” yet support bloodthirsty policies and have the most rabid of anti-wildlife sadists as their “state affiliates.” Please consider this before supporting or donating money to this group. Don’t be fooled by their fluffy pictures and their calls to “adopt” imperiled species.

Killing Contests and the Devolution of Humanity 

Our species has impacted the weather and now even the planet’s own geology. We are CAUSING earthquakes now and are not just random victims to the forces of nature. We are the main force in nature now and the planet is revolting. Just imagine if we took that same power and put it into protecting and restoring our planet instead of destroying it? Instead our species has to hold killing contests and use every archaic and sadistic means to torment wildlife. Christopher Ketcham of Vice magazine said it best in his recent article about a predator killing contest in Idaho:

This is not hunting for meat. It is not hunting to prevent threats to human safety. It is killing for the sake of killing. To join in the derby was an unnerving experience for me, an immersion into the ugly side of rural mountain folkways in the American West.

Unfortunately it is not just in the west where this type of archaic and toxic mindset is prevalent as shown by the anti-predator hate sites all over the internet. In the Vice article Brian Ertz, President of Wildlands Defense, summed up this noxious “culture” this way:

“These people honestly believe that sterilizing the landscape of predators will enrich their economy and preserve their culture,” says Ertz. “Events like the derby validate those who have been conditioned to believe that their way of life, or more accurately their way of death, is under assault by environmentalists. They’ve got a point. Americans in general are becoming more compassionate toward nonhuman animals, and our appreciation of ecology and the contributions of wildlife communities is growing. This awareness and compassion threatens any culture that predicates itself on wanton destruction and an appalling disregard for the suffering of sentient beings.”

Ertz could be describing Northern Wisconsin or a myriad of other rural locations across this country. In Wisconsin we see this disregard of life encouraged by the state Department of Natural Resources and among the various “snuff pieces” written in major state newspapers by “outdoors” writers. This vitriol also manifests itself in the various anti-predator hate sites that plague the internet. Not only are wolves and coyotes the target of these disgusting sites but “minorities,” “liberals,” and anyone “different” than the hate purveyors running the pages or their “fans” are as well. This isn’t so much a rural/urban divide as much as it is a toxic and sadistic mindset fomented and allowed to fester in these areas. It doesn’t help that state and federal entities constantly pander to these hate filled factions in the hopes that there will be some political gain as we saw in 2011 with the infamous “delisting rider” for the wolves in Idaho and Montana. Now we see the same process being set into motion for the wolves in the Great Lakes following the federal court ruling reestablishing ESA protections last month.

This recent “letter to the editor” of the Fond Du Lac Reporter says it all about the people who are dictating wolf/wildlife policy in Wisconsin and nationwide:

I read with great dismay that some judge at the prodding of the Humane Society is putting the wolf back on the endangered list again.

How can some person do this? How can someone with no knowledge of habitat make a ruling like this? The system is completely flawed if this can happen.

The wolf population has decimated the deer herd in Wisconsin.

Many businesses are losing money because of lack of recreational funds not being spent.

Wisconsin lost many deer hunters because of what the wolves have done to the deer herd.

Each one of us must contact our legislators immediately to stop this.

I would also recommend that no one contributes any money to the Human Society.

Loren Voss

Fond du Lac

The last sentence says it all. Thank you FDL Reporter for not editing this drivel and posting it exactly as written.

Maybe the creationist nutballs are correct when they say that humans didn’t “evolve.” Some of us sure haven’t.