Could somebody tell me, please, who put humans in charge of deciding which species belongs where, and how many should be allowed to live? Humans themselves have grossly overpopulated this planet to the point where in some areas, there are not sufficient resources such as water and food, to support the population. But humans think it is their right to determine how many wolves or moose should be in a given area? Why do humans always have to manipulate, to be in control? Who the Sam Heck left humans in charge of this planet? A planet, I might add, that they have done a lousy job of caring for.
Read the following sentence from an article in the Anchorage Daily News …
“The ADF&G [Alaska Department of Fish and Game] is charged, by the Board of Game and the Alaska Legislature, to manage moose numbers in Unit 13 at the optimum harvest level for the hunting public.”
Humans believe it is their right to “manage” the number of moose to make certain there are plenty for those damned hunters to kill, come fall – or whenever hunting season is in Alaska! But wait … it gets even better.
Somebody in Fish & Game, or in the legislature, thinks that when the moose population drops, it is a result of wolves and/or bears killing the moose. They don’t know for sure, but they think so. They have determined what is the ‘ideal’ number of wolves in one particular area of Alaska referred to as Unit 13, and that magic number is between 135 and 165. This year, however, somebody determined that there are between 350 and 550 wolves in Unit 13, and they are concerned that the wolves will dine on the moose and … aw, golly gee, the hunters will be unable to kill moose!So … guess what they are doing to “manage” the number of wolves? It’s called ‘aerial wolf hunting’, and it is exactly what it sounds like … killing wolves with high-powered rifles from airplanes. For no reason other than that hunters want to be able to kill moose! Back when Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska, she encouraged aerial wolf hunting, and even offered cash incentives!
Congress passed the Federal Airborne Hunting Act of 1972, which made it illegal for hunters to shoot animals from a plane or helicopter. However, once the Fish & Game guys determine there are “too many” wolves, then the government gives special permission for this mass slaughter. But, here’s the catch … how do you know how many wolves there are? Again, quoting from the article in the Anchorage Daily News …
“In recent years, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been able to do population surveys and provide estimates that are a bit more reliable than those of the past. However, one needs to remember that although Unit 13 has boundaries, the wolves do not. [Emphasis added] Obviously real populations are difficult to accurately pin down.”
I’ve got news for these bloomin’ eejits … the wolves and moose were there long before humans were, and hopefully will still be there long after! They co-existed in nature without any manipulation by humans! People are the interlopers here, folks, not the wolves and not the bears … people.
Now, if we wish to take this a step further, to extrapolate some data here … as I mentioned in the beginning, humans have already overpopulated the earth. There are currently 7,558,988,647 humans on this planet as of the moment I am writing this, approximately 1:00 a.m. You can check for yourself. Go ahead … see how much it has increased since this writing. It is estimated that by the end of the century, at current growth rates, there will be more than 11 billion humans on earth. Such population cannot be maintained given the rapid depletion of non-renewable resources or given the degradation of the capacity of the environment to give support to the population. (Makes the anti-abortion crowd look rather silly, doesn’t it?)
So, what do you think? Humans have already proven that when it comes to making babies, they think more is better, so they aren’t likely to police themselves. Personally, I think China had the right idea with their ‘one child’ policy. But, given humans’ disdain for the lives of wolves, deer, and a host of other beautiful animals, what would you say to instituting a ‘predator management program’ similar to that in Alaska in order to thin the human population?
Now, before any of you start beating the keyboard sending me comments asking me if I’ve lost my marbles, yes, I am being facetious and no, I would not condone the random killing of humans simply to thin the pack. But there are two points I am trying to make here:
- Humans do not have some superiority that gives them the right to kill animals for sport. They damn sure don’t have the right to decide how many of a certain species should be allowed to live in a specific area. The critters were here long before we were, they are far more beautiful, and far more self-sufficient than we are. Leave them alone!!!
- You’ve heard the expression about making sure your own house is clean before you go about criticizing somebody else’s? Same applies here. We are doing a crap job of taking care of this planet. We spew toxins into the air, water and ground as if they would simply dissipate. They don’t. We spray chemicals on our food … chemicals that then contaminate our water sources. We are, whether the climate deniers would agree or not, destroying the only home we will ever have. No, folks, there is no home for us on Mars, or Saturn or the moon. Earth is it … and we are killing it.
I am appalled by the story about killing hundreds of wolves from airplanes just so there will be enough moose for hunters to kill and mount the heads over their fireplaces, bragging to their amigos. Want to impress your friends? Do something good like join Jimmy Carter in Habitat for Humanity and build houses for poor people. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter. That impresses me much more than the head of a moose who gave his life so you could brag.