Over time mankind’s hunting beliefs were and remain detrimental toward our wildlife. Now exists a multitude of destructive factors focused on our wildlife and the deadly combination of hunting, trapping, corporate intrusion, politics, and ignorance. These types of intervention not only destroy our wildlife, but destruction of our country. Whereby, nature serves as an example, and where it goes our nation goes —
Today the fact that we call ourselves a civilized society simply becomes another oxymoron. A slight perusal of facts, when it comes to wildlife analysis and the outright destructive and abusive methodology used today. The situation is definable, the reality obvious.
Oddly, debates both within the decision making process and politics remain based more on myth and hatred — rather than respect, concern, reality, or compassion. The realities, or facts of the issues, approached complacently at best with no consideration given them, do exist but not included. Thereby, most often and up to this point, the decision making process to actually save our wildlife becomes non-existent as well as extremely flawed.
The truth is we have a government that has been, for a few decades now and becoming worse, administrators for nothing more than foreign corporations and small lobby groups. Within this context propaganda directed toward subjective reasoning and ignorance plays a significant roll in the extinction of species — i.e. Wild Horses and Wolves for example, are heading down the path of extinction at a tremendous rate of speed. People’s callousness and ignorance just as deadly as a bullet to the head.
Modern Society and Wildlife
Today’s extinct species list, as well as the endangered species list, contains proof of excessive or mismanaged hunting and trapping principles. Ironically, this history more than documents the arrogance of our society in centuries past, not only the Buffalo but other rare species, for one reason or the other, that become formidable targets for trophies or combined with gender egos.
“Let them kill, skin, and sell until the buffalo is exterminated, as it is the only way to bring lasting peace and allow civilization to advance.” – General Philip Sheridan
General Philip Sheridan said the same thing about the American Indians, and life or living things in general, simply did not make sense to him. His perceptions carried over into the more ignorant of people, and the rest history, in both the Buffalo hunts and the blatant massacres of Indians in the old west.
Where are we today – as a people, as a society? This shows us not only a past circumstance of ignorance, not unique in any way within history, but oddly a current phenomena as well. Beyond a doubt this behavior is allowed to progress, which history defines as a matter of truth. The present challenges to our wildlife becomes the daily task of simply staying alive, mostly accomplished by avoiding humans. Inclusions of less wildlife habitat, exploitation of our water and mineral resources, increased cattle onto Public Lands, and corporate profits which out rightly demands less government regulatory management at a time when there should be more management, is a normal situation now. The fact is wildlife has no chance of living unless things change rapidly!
The book, “Extinct and Vanishing Animals” (i.e. Ziswiler, 1967), develops a sound conclusion to some of the history of animals destroyed through ignorance in the name of civilization. This book directs people’s attention, written in 1967, to the “. . . morbid pleasure of killing. . .” throughout the previous couple of centuries by trophy hunters, poachers, and trappers.
Inclusive of one category, this situation sums up a large percentage of those that hunt today. One can honestly make the statement, from a prolific perusal of historical fact, that nothing has changed over the centuries. The obvious links in this chain of notable events is disturbing, it becomes quite obvious that “necessity” has been replaced with blind ignorance and contempt toward our wildlife.
The truth, the “necessity” to kill our wildlife no longer exists and is simply a morbid sport or deranged kill-only management paradigm of today. It’s apparent we learn nothing from history, and there exists no inward look at ourselves, as a civilization, when it comes to the treatment of our animals.
History most often can be viewed as objective, despite the subjective witnessing of many events of the past. When we study the events of Wounded Knee, or May Li Massacre in Vietnam, for example, we often wonder why it was covered-up for so long.
But another aspect, and more interesting toward this discussion, is we discover the same mentality or psychology and mentality portrayed by human weakness and what actually follows. History demonstrates this quite well, and over the past centuries. That of slaying or murdering those defenseless beings, whether people or wildlife, is a psychosis of a low mentality, low self-esteem, for men an attempt to obtain manhood, demonstrate power over another-whether human or animal, and either/or when combined with ignorance remains a dangerous mental state of affairs. (to start your research see: Animal Cruelty and Psychiatric Disorders – Roman Gleyzer, MD, Alan R. Felthous, MD, and Charles E. Holzer III, PhD)
The examples abound by our government’s treatment of the Wild Horse Herds, cattleman’s lobby, or the sportsmen’s lobby efforts which evolve into the murdering of Wolves and Wolf Puppies. The wild horses being rounded up abusively, even deadly at times, and sent to slaughter. The wolves are being aggressively shot, skinned alive at times, burned-out or gassed in their family dens, or even shot from airplanes and left to die and suffer for hours before doing so! To say these situations are perpetrated from a psychosis remains an understatement.
To say this is humane practice or for management of the wildlife is strictly psychotic, and demented as well! There is so many options that the kill-only option is antiquated, and the kill-only aspect simply subjective and with no legitimate references in doing so. When compared to objectivity, favorable toward life — resources and data abound and in abundance as to directly involve and provide appropriate alternatives, rather than the killing of wildlife.
Ignorance and Civilization
When we say ignorance, in the form of academic discussion, it is derived from a none the less proven and fact filled history. To be more precise, the acts of people toward nature become horrendous, and when looking back to particular events we as a people state clearly, “That should not have happened, and how can we avoid it happening again?” (i.e. author’s quote) Again, we can look past the Buffalo hunts of last century and the ongoing wild horse herd roundups and wolf hunts of today (which history will no doubt record in the same venue as the Buffalo hunts).
History: American settlers feared wolves of centuries past, considering them vermin of the worst type. Keep in mind nothing was known of their contribution to an ecological system, or enhancements to our environment until this century. But laws were made, for example in South Carolina and in 1695, “An Act for Destroying Beasts of Prey”.
This same law, in 1695, Mandated All Indian Braves be required to bring in yearly at least one wolf, panther or bear skin, or two Bobcat skins. If he failed to do so he would be “severely whipped” but if he brought in at least one skin he would be rewarded.
During the 1800’s wolf hunters were considered hero’s, eliminating the expressed and supposed dangers of the wolves and grizzly bears from the Great Plains states. The Plains Wolves, their white glowing fir, made for easy targets, and are an extinct species today.
The significant situation that existed here is the fact the Great Plains states in America, that is until the 19th century, rivaled East Africa in wildlife quantity — A resource that, assumed, our forefathers could care less if those of us today could see. But a few of us can still imagine — with a tear in the eye, the Great Plains and actually see such a devastating sight of beauty, being the “Sight of all Sights” — and of so much wildlife and variety of animals, running free, healthy, and in abundance.
In reality it is just as ignorant, contrary and disgusting to any civilized people then as now, that similar laws to those of killing wolves or be whipped, remain as disgusting as the recent State Constitutional Amendment in Idaho for making it a “Right” to murder wolves. Good God, is anyone paying attention to this?
But as a society we are just now acknowledging the benefits of the wolf, and the positive attributes to ecological systems. The similar aspects of America’s Wild Horse Herds, with their roaming and non-destructive grazing habits are benficial to our Public Lands.
In Idaho and other states, though they want to openly kill wolves on America’s Public Lands, and essentially ignore the safe-guards of these same Public Lands for ecological preservation and having them still around for the future, is blatantly and abusively ignored by these hunters. So we indeed see nothing more than hatred and blind ignorance of the worst type!
So when the ecological systems collapse from overly-stressed browse from the sports animals, then the sportsmen should pay for this — the same with cattle and the cattleman’s lobby. Because after all — Public Lands belong to America, not the sportsman’s lobby groups or the cattleman’s lobby groups. They should remain responsible for their decisions, not the innocent tax payers who take no part in the destruction of wildlife and our environment!
Their science is the subjective and ignorant science of hatred that spawns more hatred. This, conclusively, must be changed, as hatred is not a necessity or an item to pass onto our future administrators and management people. Saving Our Wildlife Saves Our Humanity, Our Ethics, and Our Morals for better days to come.
Ziswiler, Vinzenz. 1967. Extinct and Vanishing Animals. A Biology of extinction and survival. Springer-Verlag, N.Y. Inc.
Nowak, Ronald M. 1972. The Mysterious Wolf of the South. Natural History, Jan.; and Nowak, R.M. 1979. North American Quaternary Canis. Museum of natural History, University of Kansas, Mongraph #6, 154 pp.
April 29, 2013 at 7:06 am
Talk by Michael Blake, Dances With Wolves author/filmmaker, at Stop-the-Roundups press conference preceding a national meeting of the federal Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
April 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm
I hope humans can quit hating but it seems to me they have become more violent toward each other and animals.
April 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm
COMMENTS DUE APRIL 29
OPPOSE ROUNDUP OF OREGON’S SOUTH STEENS MUSTANGS
Public Comment Deadline: April 29, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is giving the public just 17 days to submit comments on a plan to roundup and remove wild horses living in the South Steens Herd Management Area (HMA), which is located 75 miles south of Burns, Oregon. Known as the “Hollywood Herd,” the South Steens horses are both colorful (many pintos) and accessible, making them one of the most popular and frequently photographed populations in the U.S.
Livestock: 9,577 (one permittee)
Projected removal numbers for roundup: 156-301
May 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm
BLM states 37 wild horses have died at Nevada facility not including dead foals and others
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Protect Mustangs
Freedom Lost & Hell Begins (Photo © Cat Kindsfather, all rights reserved)
Concern mounts over hidden death count
We learned today that the BLM’s public affairs officer (think public relations expert) eventually responded, on April 18th, to our inquiries from April 12, 2013, wherein we requested to know the number of dead wild horses at the Nevada short-term facility since January 1st.
The Acting Facility Manager refused to give us a simple death count. He told us we must file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to know the number of dead wild horses at the facility from January 1, 2013 to April 12, 2013 . This appeared to be a blatant lack of government transparency.
We saw the public affairs’ officer’s email for the first time this afternoon. It was unopened and was lost amongst emails. We don’t understand why the BLM did not respond back to our last email to let us know they had eventually answered our question. Emails can go unseen unlike certified letters.
We are very concerned the BLM facilities are not keeping an accurate death count related to roundups and holding facilities. The BLM admits they are not including the unbranded foals, aborted fetuses, animals born dead nor dead newborns in their count. One must ask, “How many are really dying in holding facilities after roundups?
May 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Source: Written by Mark Robison as published on RGJ.com
The discrepancy seems to come about mostly from the counting of baby deaths.
Palomino Valley ~ by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
The number of horse deaths at the BLM’s Palomino Valley wild horse facility is vastly underreported, according to rendering receipts uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act request made by the farm animal advocacy group Animals’ Angels.
Animals’ Angels sought the Palomino Valley facility’s rendering receipts for the services of Reno Rendering, whose legal name is Nevada By-Products. Rendering is when animal carcasses are hauled away and processed into other usable materials. (Possible uses: Cartilage, tendons and hooves are turned into gelatin used in such products as Jell-O and Altoids; stearic acid is used in car tires; blood and bone meal can be used for fertilizer; and some tissue is used as “byproducts” in animal feed.)
Animals’ Angels found:
According to the contract paperwork, Nevada By-Products was chosen over landfill disposal due to cost effectiveness and the fact that “Due to the sensitive nature of the public to the wild horse and burro program, it is necessary to dispose of these large animals as quickly and discretely (sic) as possible and Reno Rendering fulfills these requirements.”
In addition to the contract itself, our FOIA request obtained all records of deceased horses and burros sent from the BLM holding facility to the rendering plant from January 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012.
During that timeframe the BLM itself reported in the official Palomino Valley Mortality Detail Report that only 241 horses and burros died at the Palomino Valley facility and 50 at the Fallon facility. However, the records from the rendering plant tell quite a different story. According to the Nevada By-Product invoices for that same time period, a startling 577 dead horses were received from the Palomino Valley Facility. This is a shocking difference of 286 animals (336 horses if Nevada By-Products does not render the horses from Fallon), a number simply too large to ignore.
May 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm
5-7-20135-7-2013 Much greedy money is being made of the backs of America’s precious wild horses-burros by these sociopathic welfare pseudo “cowboys”. More disturbing to our humanity is our ignorant President is doing nothing to stop this. That tells me he is a one big phony. Likely on his last day in office, he will be serving roasted Bow for dinner and laughing about it all the way to the dinner table.
Betty Kelly in Nevada
Long time wild horse-buro advocate/rescuer
May 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm
New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Waiting for Study on Wild Horses?
Posted: May 8, 2013 by R.T. Fitch in Horse News, Horse Slaughter, Wild Burros, Wild Horses/Mustangs
Source: By Allison Sherry ~ The Denver Post
Mainstream Article, once again, skewed against wild horses and burros…
BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
WASHINGTON — New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that she is still undecided about how to handle a burgeoning? wild horse and burro population that is eating more than half the horse budget at the BLM and sparking outrage among wild horse advocates.
Jewell said in an interview with The Denver Post that she is awaiting a National Academy of Sciences study, slated to come out in early June (and directed by the BLM not to look at the millions of welfare cattle grazing on the same land), to determine how best to handle the horses
November 16, 2013 at 3:38 am
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