Category: Animal Rights

Grizzlies once again endangered by the depraved idiots who run the wildlife management departments across the nation.

Trump’s appointments in this area are naturally making matters worse, although they have been pretty bad for a very long time. We need better and broader public education and mobilisation campaigns to shift the value system against the real frivolous predators, amongst us, “sports hunters”, and greedy ranchers. All of these types know only one thing: looking at nature and its animals as a source of exploitation. This is the mentality that devastated the West, is devastating what remains of the habitats around the globe, and has brought us climate change and ecological death. It is an ideological continuum. Deal with it. 

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Bad News for Those of Us Who Like Meat—We’re Doing Ourselves in and the Planet, too.

LEE CAMP—Most people knew deep down that slavery was wrong, but they were fed dozens of different reasons to keep it going. They were told all kinds of crap science, crap history and distorted Bible verses. Now imagine if—on top of that—in the 1800s there had been television commercials constantly inundating the public with how great slavery is. How it’s normal and wonderful and delicious and you can sprinkle slavery on top of your chocolate. Would it have lasted another 30 or 50 years? Maybe.

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New Information on 2017 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Deaths Should Nix Trophy Hunting in Core Habitat

LOUISA WILLCOX—In grade school, I was taught that our democratic society depends on citizen access to good information to make good choices. That in order for journalists and citizens to serve their function as watchdogs, government must be transparent, both in terms of information used and in processes employed to reach decisions. And that science involves a healthy debate about what conclusions are best supported by the data at hand.

I was also taught that totalitarian regimes are obsessed with controlling the flow of information. So, I was puzzled to discover how tightly controlled information about grizzly bears was, and still is, by managers, and how opaque decision processes are, especially after delisting.

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Under the Gun—our grizzlies once again in the firing range.

The states may ban hunting bears with cubs, as the memorandum of understanding between the three states outlines (Montana’s plan would only allow hunting of solitary animals). They may also ban hunting during the part of the year when females, who emerge from dens later and go into hibernation earlier, are more likely to be killed (Montana’s plan would do this). But mother bears, upon which the survival of the Greater Yellowstone grizzlies depend, could still be taken. That includes 399, until now so adept at living with people.

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Crackdown in Yellowstone

GEORGE OCHENSKI—Wenk’s reliance on science rather than being a puppet for politicians’ whims, however, ran counter to the approach of the Trump administration toward anything that gets in the way of development, resource extraction, or industry.

Wenk found fault with the Interagency Bison Management Plan’s contention that Yellowstone’s “carrying capacity” for bison should be 3,000 animals and that those wandering outside the Park’s invisible boundaries should be hazed, hunted, captured and shipped to slaughter. Instead, relying on science not politics, Wenk believed the Park could easily handle 4,000 bison and that any excess should go to repopulate tribal lands.

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