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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Human ability to destroy nonhuman life exceeds all expectations

30 Mar

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Humanity now demands over 50 percent more than what the planet can regenerate.”~ Global Footprint Network

The last time I wrote about how “Wisconsin Hates Wildlife,” in 2011, the World Wildlife Fund had estimated that “the population of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians has plummeted 35 percent worldwide in the last 35 years.”

Starting with their self-serving age-old lie that killing is “conservation,” the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is out to “conserve” the last third of that wildlife into the annals of extinction history.

Human abilities to destroy life have exceeded all expectations and WWF now states, “There will be a 67 percent decline in global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles from 1970 levels by the end of this decade (in three years).”

Doubling the kill in just a fourth of the time is no doubt due to that busy opposable thumb (or trigger finger) and our prized “reason.” We are the special species set apart from all others. We can rationalize almost anything.

We are such a violent and “sportive” species that half of all species are likely to be extinct by the end of this century. We may be one of them, since oceans are predicted to be fish-less (dead) by 2048, and as ecosystems collapse, war will likely ensue to consume the last scraps of life left.

Now, thanks to accelerating efforts by the Wisconsin DNR, similar agencies in other states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the new secretary of the interior (Ryan Zinke, an avid hunter), Trump’s pick for secretary of agriculture (Sonny Perdue, an avid hunter), and farm bureaus and ranchers, this longtime effort to kill wild creatures is killing off life on earth. Farm bureaus facilitate poisoning our food systems with chemical soups wiping out birds, bees, insects, bats and amphibians throughout the network of life. Dirty-energy billionaires are in control of the federal government. Legislators have focused great efforts on opening former wildlife refuges to lead shot and shooting ranges and are hellbent on killing the few wolves left that might balance CWD, bubonic plague, Lyme disease, and artificially high populations of deer and elk — farmed, of course for heads on walls.

Wyoming courts are set to allow hunters to kill wolves on sight.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau, upset about that about 2/10ths of 1 percent of livestock are killed by wolves before making it to the slaughterhouse (USDA figures), sent their president, Jim Holte, to petition legislators in Washington to put the Wisconsin DNR in control of the state’s wolves. Ninety-five percent of the livestock that die before the slaughterhouse, die from subsisting in horrific unhealthy conditions, not from attacks by wolves.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau, upset about that about 2/10ths of 1 percent of livestock are killed by wolves before making it to the slaughterhouse (USDA figures), sent their president, Jim Holte, to petition legislators in Washington to put the Wisconsin DNR in control of the state’s wolves. Ninety-five percent of the livestock that die before the slaughterhouse, die from subsisting in horrific unhealthy conditions, not from attacks by wolves.

The Wisconsin DNR is certainly doing its part to perpetuate wildlife killing. A few years ago hunter enthusiasm was flagging. Although hunters were encouraged to kill from wheelchairs if necessary, they were aging out. Allowing year-round killing seasons and packs of dogs to pursue wildlife keep wildlife watchers from meeting or caring about wildlife.

Four years ago, the DNR started a “more-killing-needed sale” and offered $5 licenses as an incentive to recruit and train new trappers and hunters. Over the past four years, women were attracted to $5 raccoon mittens and children held up dead trapped animals like stuffed toys. 10,000 new trappers were trained and wildlife from our woods headed to Toronto auctions as Chinese and Russian supply dwindled due to their woods emptying.

Even with 60 percent of large mammals now threatened with extinction, and six of the eight species of bears on the endangered list for over a decade, 109,000 applicants to kill black bears in Wisconsin is the norm. The DNR says more wolves and bears exist, based on anecdotal evidence. They plan to allow hunters to kill another 5,000 bears this fall, mostly spring cubs and yearlings. It is a half-million-dollar-a-year bear sale.

Meanwhile the Vatican met recently, and is evidently on the creator’s side. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a “Workshop on Biological Extinction: How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend.” They find: “Among the changes that are detrimental to the continued existence of biodiversity are the clearing of land for agriculture and urban development; the introduction of alien species, including weeds, pests, and pathogens worldwide, for the last 500 years, at a dizzying rate; hunting and gathering animals and plants at an unsustainable rate for consumption, building materials, or as medicine; and global climate change.”

The PAS president stated recently, “The question is now not so much how our children and grandchildren will fare, but whether the world will be able to function sustainably during the remainder of our own lives.”

Petition to stop trophy-hunting of giraffes here.

Contact legislators here against Alaska opening national refuges to shooting hibernating bears with their cubs, shooting grizzly bears from airplanes, killing wolves and their pups in dens, and the use of steel jaw traps and wire neck snares.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on March 12, 2017.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Human ability to destroy nonhuman life exceeds all expectations

  1. Exposing the Big Game

    April 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

     

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