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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Jane Goodall condemns trophy hunting as sadistic

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Indeed, Palmer is not the only hunter deserving of our contempt and anger. Far from it.” ~ Jane Goodall

Trophy hunting should be stopped in Wisconsin today, with an emergency stop to the September bear slaughter. This You Tube video shows a Wisconsin bow hunter, safely hidden, killing one of our bears over bait. His sadistic thrill, glorying in the blood trail, is followed by the usual triumphant trophy pictures.

Jane Goodall posted a strong condemnation of trophy hunting Aug. 20 after learning that Cecil the lion’s brother, Jericho, had abandoned Cecil’s cubs and one had already been killed by a rival male. “Almost certainly the other cubs will be killed as well,” she lamented.

She expresses the grief and outrage being felt worldwide as men and women serially kill our world’s wildlife: “And the question we should ask ourselves is this: Just because he was named, and loved and part of a scientific study, does that make him any different, in the world of the lion, than the other lions killed by ‘sport’ hunters? All those splendid individuals whose decapitated heads disfigure the walls of countless wealthy homes?”

Goodall cites another trophy hunter, Sabrina Corgatelli, who “began boastfully posting pictures of herself grinning gleefully as she poses with the various animals she has been killing (including a large giraffe).”

In the face of the public sorrow over the killing of Cecil and his cubs dying, Corgatelli was gloating over her kill. “’Such an amazing animal!! I couldn’t be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget!!!’” As the anger poured in, she, the entitled one, promised many more trophy kill pictures for her “haters.”

Many hunters seem to enjoy the suffering of people who care about animals as much as they thrill at their killing. They know they have the “right” to kill. Why doesn’t the majority who doesn’t kill have an equal right to protect?

A recent article by Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse, describing a study in the journal Science, says: “Humans are super-predators that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday (Aug. 20), urging a focus on catching fewer and smaller creatures. … And humans slaughter large land carnivores such as bears and lions at nine times the rate of predatory animals in the wild.”

Rather than nine times the rate, it must be hundreds of times, if not thousands, in Wisconsin, where the DNR brags of killing more bears than anywhere in the country.

“The ways humans hunt and fish ‘change the rules of the game’ of evolution from survival of the fittest to survival of the smallest,” the co-author of the study, Chris Darimont, a Canadian professor, is reported as saying. “Our impacts are as extreme as our behavior and the planet bears the burden of our predatory dominance.”

Sheridan writes: “He (Darimont) said the recent outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion may be an indicator that societies are ready to at least cut back, if not stop all together trophy hunting of large beasts.”

“Based on a survey of 2,125 predators around the world on both land and in the water, scientists found that people cause ‘extreme outcomes that non-human predators seldom impose,'” Sheridan writes. These include extinctions. “If humans want to continue to see large beasts like rhinos, elephants and lions (and bears and wolves) in the wild, as well as ensure the health of ocean life, scientists said big changes are needed.”

“This might include increasing revenues to local communities derived not from hunting, but from non-consumptive uses such as eco-tourism, shooting carnivores with cameras, not guns,” Darimont told reporters.

“If you use natural predator-prey quotas as some type of sustainable guide, we would be talking perhaps close to an 80 or 90 percent reduction in our global take,” study co-author Tom Reimchen said, according to Sheridan.

Conservation expert Stuart Pimm of Duke University, who wasn’t part of the study, praised it, according to an Associated Press story. “We ought to be harvesting animals that are about to die from other causes,” Pimm said. (That is what bears do in salmon predation, after the spawning, as salmon are dying anyway.)

Goodall mirrors the outrage Cecil’s killing unleashed: “For years I have puzzled about the psyche of the ‘sports’ and trophy hunters. How can Sabrina feel ‘happy’ as she contemplates with pride the severed heads of her innocent victims, the trophies she will take back to her home?”

“But I simply cannot put myself into the mind of a person who pays thousands of dollars to go and kill beautiful animals simply to boast, to show off their skill or their courage. Especially as it often involves no skill or courage whatsoever, when the prey is shot with a high-powered rifle from a safe distance,” Goodall wrote.

“How can anyone with an ounce of compassion be proud of killing these magnificent creatures? Lions, leopards, sable antelopes, giraffes and all the other sport or trophy animals are beautiful — but only in life. In death they represent the sad victims of a sadistic desire to attract praise from their friends at the expense of innocent creatures. And when they claim they respect their victims and experience emotions of happiness at the time of the killing, then surely this must be the joy of a diseased mind?”

From South Africa to Algeria, from Europe and Canada, Brazil and Ecuador, from all over the world, people are protesting this upcoming Wisconsin bear slaughter in a petition to the state DNR to end this cruelty.

But what of the majority who enable this ecocide with their silence? 4,750 black bears will be killed starting in two weeks, and not a show of local outrage. Caring folks, church-going folk, environmentalists — silent. If we cannot even be bothered to save our bears, can we expect, ultimately, to save ourselves?

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Wisconsin citizens can remedy this injustice by acting to democratize the funding structure of the DNR. Call your state legislators. Contact DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp at DNRSecretary@Wisconsin.gov or 608-266-2121. Contact information for the DNR regional director for your county here. Contact Sen. Tom Tiffany, Sen.Tiffany@legis.wi.gov and 608-266-2509, chair of the Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee. Assembly Sporting Heritage Committee members can be contacted here. Direct contacts are the most powerful thing you can do.

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Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: 4,750 Wisconsin bears to be killed by trophy hunters next month

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“Bears are really 200-pound ground squirrels.” ~ Jeff Traska, Wisconsin Black Bear Education Center

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! What lovely species they were — if only we had known them.

Here is the story and video of two little black bear orphan cubs rescued along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina this spring.

Jeff Traska of the Wisconsin Black Bear Education Center created the first open-top enclosure for captive rescued black bears in Wisconsin. By his own description, he is a “reformed sport hunter” — a reformed bear hunter. He says, “I was curious about bears and found I did not learn anything when they were dead in the back of my truck.” He now takes care of four rescued bears on seven wooded acres with a pond. His website says, “He soon learned that bears are not the highly dangerous animals portrayed in so many sensational news stories, but instead are intelligent, gentle animals who play a critical role in the functioning ecosystems they inhabit.” One of the stated goals of the center is “Dispelling the myths and misconceptions that have led to the widespread, unnecessary persecution of bears.”

Like Cecil, the lion killed for his trophy head, our bears, deer and wolves are too often valued mainly as decapitation prospects for sociopathic “glory.” Though fast-moving mass extinction threatens animal and ultimately human life, we are still allowing the cruel few to kill our wild brethren for heads on walls. To modify Elizabeth Warren’s outrage over GOP proposals to defund Planned Parenthood: “Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1850s?” It is 2015. We are in a crisis of wildlife extinction. We are regressing rapidly.

The general public could stop this trauma to fragile ecosystems and natural, innocent beings.

The bear hounders have lobbied successfully for statewide year-round running dogs on coyotes, so they are terrorizing all the wildlife on 7 million acres of our public lands.

Bear hounding officially started July 1 in the heat of summer, after baiting the bears since they emerged from hibernation. Bears do not have sweat glands. Their dark fur holds heat. When they are run for miles by dogs that are traded out when they tire, the bears have seizures and die when they stop running.

A friend experienced this. She ran her sheepdog on a half-mile bike ride in 90-degree heat in New Orleans. When she returned, the dog — a young dog — crawled under the house and died. The heat build-up of running cannot be dispelled fast enough to survive.

I have written about Rick Hanestad, a former coyote trapper who was enlightened by adopting a coyote pup. Rick was raised in a trapping/hounding environment. He told me that in the spring the trappers catch as many raccoon babies as they can, and the hounders loose them in farmers’ fields with no trees and let the dogs “train” to bloodlust by killing them.

When I tell people that 4,750 bears are the killing goal the Department of Natural Resources set for this fall, the usual response is: “In the entire country?” Over 26,500 bears have been killed the past six years in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR website states, “The state remains a leader with more bears harvested each year than any other state in the country.”

A leader in destruction of bears — a degrading distinction attracting worldwide condemnation.

10,690 hunters are licensed to kill bears this year and run dogs on them all but the last week of the 35-day “hunt,” Sept. 9 through Oct. 13. The license to kill a bear costs $49, but a child 10-11 years old only pays $7 for the fun. Most of the bears killed are less than 2 years old.

Children killing cubs — the DNR’s “connect with nature” program.

New this year, limitless bear hounders can, at no charge, run packs of dogs on bears, while the 10,690 are killing them using dogs and bait. Hounders do not have to wear back-tags. Since the dogs run miles ahead with radio collars, trespass is common. If private landowners do not want to confront packs of dogs or armed men and women, they have no recourse for the identification of trespassers.

Only 1 percent of New Jersey citizens are hunters. David Stewart of their strong bear protection group wrote an opinion piece about the proposed New Jersey bear hunt, forwarded to the Madravenspeak mailbox, titled “Injustice”:

“With 10,142 residents responding to the required 60-day comment period regarding the proposed amendments of the state game code by the Fish and Game Council, 94% were opposed to the (bear kill) proposals in their entirety. As officially recorded, 390 were in support while 6,635 were opposed. Of those responding 87% opposed extending the hunt and/or adding an additional hunt, and 79% were in opposition to permitting archery weaponry.”

He continues:

“As was entirely anticipated, at its August 11th meeting, the 8 member hunter-dominated council unanimously approved its proposals and amendments to the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy. … Why have a public comment period? … The Public Trust Document clearly states, a state’s wildlife has no ownership, we are all stakeholders, yet we, the public, have no voice in wildlife management policies. When a council, aligned to the hunting community, can usurp public opinion and implement its own policies and having full control, does that not imply ownership?

“It’s time the state’s constitution be amended to address this injustice and composition of this highly biased council.”

The same hunter corruption and tyranny dominates Wisconsin. Save our bears!

Actions:

Wisconsin citizens can remedy this injustice by acting to democratize the funding structure of the DNR. Call your state legislators. Contact DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp at DNRSecretary@Wisconsin.gov or 608-266-2121. Contact information for the DNR regional director for your county here.

Citizens can sign and network the Wildlife Ethic petition to stop killing our bears.

Sign against promotion of bear-killing equipment on facebook here.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

FYI: Watch ” Cecil’s Story ” ABC News 20/20 Friday 8/14/2015 10 PM eastern DST / 9 PM Central time

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It gets worse – Palmer used an elephant carcass as bait. They dragged the carcass from the sanctuary out of the park and waited. Jericho, Cecil’s brother showed up first – but Palmer wanted the dark-maned larger lion Cecil. So they killed an elephant too.

Watch the story on ABC 20/20 Friday night at 9 pm central/ 10 pm eastern:

“What we know [is that] there was an elephant carcass as bait,” Stapelkamp, 37, said. “The hunters dragged the carcass behind their jeep, leaving a trailing scent, and allegedly attempted to lure a lion off the reserve and onto private land.”

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing Cecil the lion: A tipping point in exposing hunting’s rape of wildlife

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“The revulsion about the lion Cecil’s death is an indication of changing times.” — Thom Hartmann

Walter Palmer, Minneapolis area dentist, paid some guides to tie a carcass to their vehicle to bait a protected lion, a beloved mascot for Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He shined a spotlight on Cecil to shoot him at night, bow-hunting. What is not widely known by non-hunters is that bow-hunting, like trapping and hounding, causes an extremely cruel and torturous death. Palmer and his guides wounded the lion, but he was left to die slowly, killed 40 hours later by rifle. It is common once an animal has been wounded with an arrow to allow him or her to bleed out slowly, to weaken that animal for an easy kill a day or more later. Baiting, killing using lights, killing a father with a pride — this is extremely sick behavior. The Wisconsin DNR avidly promotes much of this in hunting, adding in packs of dogs, traps, and snares. Shining is not promoted, but there is little oversight.

Bow-hunting has not always been considered an ethical way to kill large animals. But now bow-hunting seasons are the longest in any hunting category. Deer season in Wisconsin was extended from nine days to four and a half months for bow-hunters.

“The 13-year-old big cat was known to the park’s visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, according to reports.” He brought in millions of wildlife watcher dollars annually.

Trophy hunters, as all hunters, kill under the guise of “conservation.” Rare and endangered species are highly prized. Hunters’ claims that “killing is for conservation” is like BP claiming that they devastate landscapes for oil to promote renewable energy. BP oil money goes into making more oil profits. Hunting money goes into providing more hunting targets, recruiting more hunters and trappers to keep their power base, and creating more hunting opportunities. The Pope and Young Club touts: “Components of the Club’s Conservation Program include wildlife research, education, pro-bow-hunting activities, partnerships, wildlife conservation projects and kids programs.” They are not conserving wildlife. They are conserving their killing access.

Jimmy Kimmel quipped that Palmer “has killed half of the animals that were on Noah’s Ark.” Learning to kill wildlife at age 5, he has killed all but one of the 34 species indigenous to North America measured by Pope and Young trophy killing standards. Palmer had a conviction for killing a black bear illegally in Wisconsin in 2008. The penalty was a paltry $3,000 and one-year probation. Head hunters like Palmer also travel to kill exotic species in other countries — even endangered species like the leopard and rhino he killed.

Ironically the skull-measuring and antler-points mentality is framed on the Pope and Young site as “a poignant opportunity to honor each individual outstanding big game animal, for posterity and throughout all of time.” Poignant: “keenly distressing to the feelings.” Poignant for whom? Certainly not the dead animal. Certainly not the braggart killer.

Johnny Rodrigues, head of Zimbabwe’s Conservation Task Force, said it is likely that Cecil’s 12 lion cubs have been killed by rival lions since Palmer killed Cecil on July 1: “When two males fight over a pride, the winner kills all the cubs and introduces his own bloodline.” Lack of funding and sanctuary for the cubs inhibit any action to save them.

The arrests of the local poachers hired by Palmer is unusual and due to negative publicity. Rodrigues said that 24 radio-collared lions have been lured from the park to be killed, adding, “Most of the hunters are unethical.”

Rodrigues says that a moratorium on all lion hunting is the only way to protect lions from extinction within a few decades, if not sooner. Fifteen lion breeders now breed lions for canned hunts in fenced enclosures.

The Born Free organization estimates that lion populations have declined from 80,000 in 1980 to 25,000 today. Killing this lion is proportionate to killing 400,000 humans out of a population of nearly 8 billion. The 12 cubs killed because of Cecil’s death compares to killing 5 million people and their potential offspring.

The goal to keep lions from extinction depends on putting high value on the remaining lions. With cheap poisons being used to protect cattle from lions, their lives depend on money getting to these farmers. Although hunters proclaim that trophy killing brings a high price, a 2013 analysis by Economists At Large exposes that only 3 percent of that money reaches communities adjacent to hunting grounds. Most of it goes to government agencies and elites in positions of power.

We are allowing the few to terrorize and kill dwindling wildlife on dwindling habitat. Ultimately it must be stopped by changing the funding of wildlife agencies to give a value to life, not death. Jeff Flocken from the International Fund for Animal Welfare is calling for protection of world wildlife, with even highly endangered species “being killed in mass numbers we have not seen in half a century.” He says that many buy package deals that are perfectly legal.

Brent Stapelkamp, researcher with the Oxford University lion project, working from his office in Hwange National Park, realized that Cecil’s radio collar had stopped transmitting data on July 3. The next day his team found Cecil’s carcass, stripped of his skin and beheaded.

He said that the one positive thing about Cecil’s death is that it will raise questions about conservation and hunting. “People have got away with so much nonsense, going on for years,” said Stapelkamp. “I have no faith in hunting and it needs to be cleaned up.”

“I was trained and taught that hunting was good for conservation.”

“But it is no longer the case.”

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Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org or http://www.facebook.com/wiwildlifeethic?fref=ts

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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: ‘Game farming must go,’ wolf and wildlife conference told

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“Put a price on death — that’s what you’ll get.” — keynote speaker Darrel Rowledge, Canadian hunter, director of the Alberta Wilderness Association

The huge challenges we face in getting the nonhunting majority to get involved in caring for our wildlife and public lands were the focus last week of the Wolf and Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence Initiative. The theme throughout the two-day conference was how to replace powerful special-interest groups’ influence over legislators, the Natural Resources Board, and the Department of Natural Resources with an all-inclusive democracy and science.

The most cruel and unethical sports killers (bear, wolf and coyote hounders and trappers) have drafted rules and legislation that co-opt our public agencies and legislators. They bypass the public will.

The conference was held at the Ho-Chunk Conference Center in Baraboo and co-sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, supported by other tribes, wolf groups, and others. The event began with drums and a Ho-Chunk blessing, followed by a touching welcome by the Ho-Chunk Nation president. He reminded us that First Nations had lived in harmony with the earth and her creatures until they were invaded and treated as savages. He said, “Now the animals do not have freedom either. … Maybe it is too late, but we appreciate these efforts.”

Darrel Rowledge, keynote speaker, warned that chronic wasting disease is the conservation “fight of our lives.” His premise is that agricultural practices used on wildlife in game farms are a recipe for disaster and possible pandemic. As the No Accident website notes: “’Nightmare scenarios’ of CWD emerging as contagious in people as in deer are all but unthinkable. Top scientists are holding their breath, but not their concern. They are ‘worried,’ and point out that ‘the threat is far from negligible.’” Rowledge says, “Game farming must go.”

Wisconsin has game farms, fur farms, canned hunts, and fenced hounding enclosures all over the state. These cruel enclosures stress animal immune systems and promote injury, animal fighting, and disease. They are a health hazard and the DNR is not monitoring them. The hounding enclosures are supposed to make quarterly and annual reports of animals killed and animals purchased or taken from our woods, but they are not submitting them. I found altogether 10 reports from a couple of the 23 hounding facilities.

Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife rules coordinator, told me I was probably the first person to look at them.

Peter David is the wildlife biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. He was the one pro-wolf biologist DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp allowed on the state wolf advisory committee only because participation is a sovereign right of the 11 Ojibwe nations he represents. He said, “It is arrogant that we rule since we are dependent.” He decried wolf management. “One doesn’t manage — this should be about wolf stewardship, protection, coexistence.” He described the wolf as brother and educator of the people. “They keep the deer healthy, and teach stamina, work cooperation, family and community support.” He said, “Finally a wolf and wildlife conference not dominated by white middle-aged males,” remarking that women, like natives, are usually excluded from the narrative.

Throughout the conference the 1999 wolf “target” of 350 for minimum survival of the wolf was dismissed as “pulled out of the air.” David said, “Don’t pretend this numbers game works. Three hundred and fifty is not about the health of wolves. They are not recovered until they reach natural populations.”

That is indeed the science documented by Michael Soule’s work for the Rewilding Institute and “the three C’s of conservation” — cores, corridors and carnivores — known since the 1990s. As Dave Foreman writes in “Rewilding North America”: “First, the structure, resilience, and diversity of ecosystems is often maintained by ‘top-down’ ecological (trophic) interactions that are initiated by top predators. … In turn, the large predators require extensive space and connectivity.” Large, strictly protected core areas are essential. Corridors must connect these core areas for migration and genetic integrity. The focus is on self-regulating wildlife communities, not management for killing as the main interest.

Jeannine McManus, a scientist from South Africa, emphasized that we can no longer just think of singular species protection but must prioritize holistic ecosystem preservation. She described research on the efficacy and economy of nonlethal methods used to deter natural predation on farm animals versus the counterproductive lethal methods that increased depredation and costs.

Her studies show that South African national forests bring in much more revenue from wildlife watching than hunting. A discussion ensued that Wisconsin national forests should be set aside as wolf sanctuary treasures and protected from hunting for future generations. Wildlife watching and ecotourism replace violence, allowing our state’s life support systems to recover, balance, and flourish.

Demographics have shifted away from killing for fun and recreation. The abusive cruelties supported by the Legislature, DNR and Natural Resources Board are a violation of the public trust. Their desperate measures of $5 recruitment licenses, indoctrinating children into killing, and exponentially increasing hounding and trapping do not represent our public interest or public health.

A paragraph from the Rewilding Institute sums it up well: “Without the goal of rewilding for large areas with large carnivores, we are closing our eyes to what conservation really means — and demands. Disney cinematographer Lois Crisler, after years of filming wolves in the Arctic, wrote, ‘Wilderness without animals is dead — dead scenery. Animals without wilderness are a closed book.”

The conference was filmed and will be put on YouTube.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan emailed into the conference that the House bill H.R. 2822 is full of riders that gut the Clean Air Act, foil efforts to address climate change, and remove protections permanently from Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves. The bill has dozens of riders, all bad, that deregulate environmental and wildlife protections. Please call your representatives and ask to remove these riders from this bill.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Are humans, along with vanishing top predators, ‘the walking dead’?

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“If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on.” ~ Gerardo Ceballos, lead author researching a new stage of mass extinction

We humans may exit our devastated planet early on. Maybe there is more at stake in the recreational killing of our wildlife than just murderous trophy carnage. It seems that wildlife and nature are not just an afterthought. Human extinction is in play, possibly in this century. Oops.

What will it be like without wolves, bears, cougars, lions, tigers, elephants and large natural predators as we allow them to be extinguished from the earth? Humans hyping themselves as the ultimate predator are at the pinnacle of risk of extinction. Will humans die off soon, leaving the rest of life to recover? Is there merit in the American Indian prediction that as the wolves go, so go humans?

Somehow people have the idea that the ongoing mass extinction magically exempts us. We are at a confluence of tipping points that threaten survival of all life on earth imminently — and it is snowballing. A June report by scientists from Berkeley, Stanford and Princeton is described in the UK’s The Independent, which blares the emergency: “The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are ‘essentially the walking dead’ — including our own.”

When William Stolzenburg published his 2008 book “Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators,” he was interviewed as part of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Conservation Action Series. Stolzenburg said, “Science has changed dramatically. There has been a groundswell of studies showing that top (natural) predators have disproportionate power.”

That is a positive power cascading to create healthy intact life support systems. Human trophy hunting and poaching are on fast track to erasing them from earth.

Stolzenburg warned that no endangered species is getting enough funding to protect it. Certainly there is not the political will to help them — just the opposite. The year of the interview with Stolzenburg, $1.4 billion was allocated for endangered species. At the time, $1.4 billion was being spent every three days on war in Iraq. With state and federal agencies funded on killing licenses, and the general public excluded from democratic participation in decisions about nature and wildlife, there is little hope for their survival — or our own species’ survival — on this trajectory.

So what is next?

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, true to its killing bias, last week refused a “sensible compromise” from 22 environmental groups to downgrade protective status of wolves from endangered to threatened. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Humane Society of the United States, along with 20 others, made this scientifically unwarranted sacrifice/proposal to allow livestock owners to kill wolves that threatened their profits. (Wolves qualify for the more heavily regulated “endangered” status under the Endangered Species Act.) The proposal was meant to ease the senseless hatred of wolves, but killing wolves has only fueled hatred. Wolves have borne the irrational anger of hunters and farmers who resent federal protections as interference with their “rights” to do whatever they want, and take their hatred of government out on wolves, which they want at zero population.

Evidently humans are the only predator allowed to eat on the planet. Everything is ours and the rest of the species can die trying to find something left to eat. With half the planetary land base in animal agriculture or the feed to raise 70 billion farm animals for the slaughterhouse, there is not enough water, food or space available. Keystone predators are being starved out, targeted by hunters, and/or forced into hostile human contact. Natural predators receive the death sentence if they prey on animals raised for human consumption.

Kill by wanton kill — be it farm animal or wild animal — we humans are recklessly digging our own graves. So it would be a good time to step up to defend the wildlife humans are destroying for recreation. Since man started walking the earth, the composition of animal life has been transformed by human aggression, from 99 percent wildlife ecosystems to 2 percent wildlife and 98 percent human and farm animal systems.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, “All hunting endeavors on land, globally” are a major cause of extinction, second only to habitat loss (much of it due to animal agriculture).

The time for a revolution to upend this death spiral is now.

To that end, a coalition of Indian tribal wildlife biologists, Adrian Treves of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, UW-Madison, along with Jodi Habush Sinykin, counsel for Midwest Environmental Advocates, have created The Wolf and Wildlife Conservation Coexistence Initiative, to take place July 15-16. Speakers will “discuss the need for wildlife stewardship in Wisconsin reflective of democratic values and public interests, best available science, and the U.S. public trust. This conference will discuss the processes within current wildlife stewardship and the biases within these systems.”

It will be held at the Ho-Chunk Convention Center, S3214 County Hwy. BD, in Baraboo. Registration is $100. All citizens interested in democratizing the care of our wildlife and public lands and learning more about wolves, wildlife, existing politics of special interest control, and the science of keystone predators are invited to attend, contribute, and ask questions. Click on the above conference web site for speakers, schedule, and registration.

The status quo is killing us. Come help us save our wolves and our world.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Vegan Fest June 27 celebrates the sentience of all beings

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“It seems like the vegan lifestyle is the solution to so many of our problems.” ~ Jon Stuart, interviewing Gene Bauer, author of “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life”

The facts raise the question: Are humans sentient, or just operating on indoctrinated auto pilot?

People are increasingly aware that farm animals — cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, and chickens — are all just like their family cat and dog. They are individuals who crave and respond to affection and fear harm, as we do.

Science has belatedly caught up with what animal lovers have known for a long time. The July 7, 2012, Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness declares that “non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses also possess these neurological substrates (that generate consciousness).” In plain English, this means that all animals and birds evolved in parallel consciousness to humans and feel the same pain, suffering, and happiness as humans. We are all beings gifted with life.

Jon Stewart is moved by the plight of farm animals. In he prepared to retire from his show, he and his wife purchased a farm to rescue abused farm animals.

Humans are easily indoctrinated and extremely habitual. That is why the billions spent on the “beef, it’s what’s for dinner,” “pork, the other white meat” and “finger-lickin’ good” advertisements are so deadly effective. The addiction to carcasses is really an unnatural aberration promoted by the industrial agriculture conglomerates. It is extremely unhealthy for humans, farm animals, wildlife and is threatening the survival of life on earth.

This is stunning: “10,000 years ago 99 percent of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals; today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98 percent of the zoomass.”

The Cowspiracy documentary explores the terrible costs of eating animals. Consider this from the film fact sheet

• 70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.

• Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

• Livestock is responsible for 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide — a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.

• Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.

• 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.

• 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1 pound of cheese.

• 1,000 gallons/liters of water are required to produce 1 gallon/liter of milk.

• 1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver.

• Livestock covers 45 percent of the earth’s total land. Nearly half of the contiguous U.S. is devoted to animal agriculture.

• Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans.

• A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.

• 90 million tons of fish — as many as 2.7 trillion animals — are pulled from the ocean each year. (As much as 40 percent is discarded as by-catch.)

• Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.

• 40-50 million sharks are killed in fishing lines and nets.

• We could see fishless oceans by 2048.

• Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 percent of Amazon destruction.

• Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.

• 82 percent of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by Western countries.

• 15 time more protein can be derived from any given area of land with plants, rather than animals.

• A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50 percent less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th the amount of oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to a meat-lover for their food.

The Cowspiracy fact sheet references the 2004 Global Species Assessment as the most recent empirical data on global extinction rates covering just 38,047 species.

Simon Stuart, Ph.D., chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, gives this assessment of meat-eating as of 2012:

“Habitat loss from grazing livestock and feed crops is far and away the most pervasive threat to terrestrial animal species, impacting 86 percent of all mammals, 88 percent of amphibians, and 86 percent of all birds. One in every eight birds, one in every three amphibians, and one in every four mammals is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. Overexploitation of wild animals for consumption remains a second major factor for extinction, such as can be seen in bushmeat trade in Africa and Southeast Asia and all hunting endeavors on land, globally.”

Repeat that: “All hunting endeavors on land, globally (as the second major factor of extinction).”

The Alliance for Global Conservation estimates 36 percent of all species on our planet are in danger of extinction.

With 99 percent of wildlife biomass on earth now reduced to 2 percent, it is clearly insanely inappropriate for state agencies to be promoting and recruiting more recreational killing, as Wisconsin’s DNR is doing. All trapping and hunting of wildlife in any civilized country should be eliminated immediately.

Welcome to Mad City Vegan Fest at the Goodman Center June 27, where you can explore life-saving alternatives.

The House and Senate have added policy to strip protections from Great Lakes wolves and gut the Endangered Species Act, throwing the few wolves we have left back to the brutality of the Wisconsin DNR. Please act now and contact your federal representatives by phone and here.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

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