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.READ ON
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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.READ ON
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.READ ON
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.READ ON
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.READ ON
A kitty with Short Legs Looks Like a Tiny Potato | This sight-impaired 3-pound cat was born with very short legs and a lot of other issues — but her mom was determined to help her get strong from the minute they met. Today on Little But Fierce, watch Potato surprise everyone by learning to scurry around the house on her little legs and chase all of her cat siblings!READ ON