Wednesday, April 24, 2013

For shame!


Lately, we here at DL have been thinking about our tendency to use shame as a tactic, and to try to embarrass people into better action by exposing their bad behaviors. It's occasionally effective. Usually we stick to the issues at hand, but sometimes we can't resist the schadenfreude of activities unrelated to, oh, say, hating Mexican wolves and wanting the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to support their delisting. Sometimes a bad apple is bad all the way through.

And sometimes, the bad apple is so obviously rotten that the failure to remove it from the bushel is really the problem. For example, the USDA's Wildlife Services has a few doozies on its payroll, the most recent example of whom is the "wildlife specialist" who shot one of the 72 wolves in the wild after "mistaking" it for a coyote. And apparently, despite having done this killing of an endangered species in January, and having participated in, shall we say, problematic? incidents in the past, he's still on the payroll of said agency and, by proxy, of the American taxpayer. We can't be the only ones outraged by this travesty.

So, we respectfully suggest you call the New Mexico State Director Alan May and ask some very pointed questions about why this person is still employed.

New Mexico Wildlife Services State Director Alan May
8441 Washington St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Phone: (505) 346-2640 
Toll Free: 1-866-4USDAWS

And if the State Director doesn't have an explanation, ask to speak to the appropriate supervisor at the Western Regional Office in Fort Collins, CO (h/t to our regular readers!). And keep going up and up and up until you find someone appropriately embarrassed enough to provoke some action.

Because really, these folks ought to be ashamed of themselves.


1 comment:

Ida Lupine said...

One of the Wildlife Service employees "walked up to the front of his truck and picked up his rifle and pointed it at me and said I had no business being there," Dassow said in the telephone interview.

Wow. Just wow. How is this allowed to go on. I hope she hauled his butt into court.