Monday, March 10, 2008

Not a dry eye in the house

This anonymous op-ed ("Second extinction near for reintroduced wolves") in today's Arizona Daily Star struck a nerve. It's the true story of a woman who loves the land as much as ranchers claim to, and who lives among the ghosts of the Mexican gray wolf. She really sums it up:
The citizens of our nation have gone through a lengthy democratic decision-making process with regard to the Mexican gray wolf, a process that actually started with the passage of the Endangered Species Act... The overwhelming majority supports the lobo's recovery...The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is legally and morally bound to carry out our decision. And, in the face of the possible second extinction of the Mexican wolf in the wild, I am losing patience, and I am outraged.
I'm outraged too. And I'm outraged that more species are going extinct every day. And will continue to do so until we systematically address the excessive lifestyles of the developed world that rides on the back of the developing one. No, really. The wolf can't come back unless we all agree that there need to be limits on what we take from the planet. (Twice.)

Sigh.

Anyone else think that the Fish and Wildlife Service should be renamed? It sure the heck isn't serving polar bears. I suspect that they will have to list polar bears. But they won't designate critical habitat, and they won't provide any meaningful links to the causative factors imperiling the species. Instead, they'll spin their over sized wheels and allow more oil and gas to be plundered from the Arctic, put into combustion engines, and spewed into the air, thus completed the closed loop of Arctic devastation.

Don't mind me. I'm just not getting enough anti-depressants in my drinking water. Better go get myself a glass.

1 comment:

Lif Strand said...

The anonymous author of "Second extinction…" should check her facts.

Mexican wolves cannot be “reintroduced” to an area they never historically occupied. Mogollon wolves lived in the Gila, not Mexican wolves, and would not have tolerated encroachment on their territory.

Mexican wolves live in zoos, but also in reserves and probably in the wild in Mexico. They are not in danger of becoming extinct.

In captivity Mexican wolves are fed the meat of domestic animals. If they feed on domestic animals in the wild, it is only because they are already familiar with the scent and taste.

The democratic process is not simply majority vote. This is why we have the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Amendments, which protect the rights of individuals against the tyranny of majority vote. These guiding principals of democracy were sorely tested by the Civil War, and are continually tested by those who think their agendas are more important than the next person’s.

The Mexican wolf project was an experiment, and if it is a failure, it is likely due to being based on and managed using faulty science. It is a gross misuse of the ESA and against everything this country was founded on.