I received a letter yesterday from Defenders of Wildlife and thought perhaps those here who have sympathy for all higher animals ‘out there’ might take a moment to read it, maybe even to follow the embedded link and tell the BLM to do the right thing (for once) and deny the ridiculous request by A “hunters’ rights” organization [which] has formally requested a federal permit to hold a multi-year predator-killing derby in Idaho — on national public lands!
The letter continues:
If approved, this will be the second competitive wolf-killing competition held in Idaho – and no predator will be safe!
If you care about wolves and other predators as much as I do, please help by telling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Department of the Interior to deny the request to conduct this organized killing spree.
As if the competitive targeting of wolves was not bad enough, this proposed derby would sweep all predators in Idaho into its gun sights, rewarding the killing of coyotes, skunks and even weasels.
Last year’s wolf and coyote-killing derby included prizes for killing the most coyotes and killing the largest wolf. This is not hunting; this is simply mass-killing for fun based upon hatred and fear.
Defenders is adamantly opposed to this sort of competitive killing derby and the dangerous and unethical precedent that it sets. Please stand with us and call on the BLM to immediately deny this outrageous request!
If you think it can’t get worse, consider this: The proposed event would take place every winter for five years when wolves and other wildlife are most vulnerable out foraging for food in the snow and extreme cold.
This proposal sets us back to the barbaric 19th century approach to predators when their value to the environment was not understood. These are exactly the kinds of extermination era tactics that drove wolves to the brink in the first place! This is not modern wildlife management, and it has no place in civil society.
Thank you for taking immediate action.
(Defenders of Wildlife)
As Mark Twain once observed, “If man could be crossed with a wolf it would improve man, but deteriorate the wolf.” (Actually, I took the liberty to substitute the word “wolf” for “cat”, but the point remains).
Personally, I find it impossible to believe, much less imagine, that IDIOTS such as those who apparently claim to be parcel to some sort of “hunters’ rights” organization even exist, much less could ever exercise any sway over an organization that’s supposedly dedicated, at least in part, to preservation of wild lands. But yes, they’re clearly ‘out there’ doing all they can to destroy everything but their own miserable selves. Gotta wonder: where the hell do ‘they’ come from? And why? And if their interest is in “predator-killing” why bother with wildlife? Why not just kill each other and make the world a FAR better place in result?