NO Dammit … Just NO!

The press release from the U.S. Department of Interior dated 05 June 2019 reads, in part …

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.

According to Bernhardt …

“… Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands, and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing more access to hunting and fishing by the Fish and Wildlife Service at more stations and across more acres than ever before. Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy, and our American way of life. These refuges and hatcheries provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and women and their families across the country to pass on a fishing and hunting heritage to future generations and connect with wildlife.”


How the Sam Heck is the murder of animals “vital to the conservation of our lands and waters”???  And why must animals die for “our outdoor recreation economy”???  Did they ever hear of swimming, picnicking, playing ball, tossing a Frisbee, running, hiking, and all those other non-violent forms of outdoor recreation?  Must we murder in order to have fun outdoors???  If that is what is considered the “American way of life”, count me out!

Lion-not a trophyAs one opponent of the move said …

“We looked up the word refuge: a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. Now if you and your family need a refuge we assume you would not want to be the target of gunfire. The same holds for our fellow animals.”

Bernhardt’s predecessor, Ryan Zinke, ordered the department in 2017 to review ways to expand hunting and fishing access to public lands. His spokeswoman said the Obama administration “did not appreciate access to hunting and target shooting like this administration does” and developed overly restrictive policies.


Don Trump, Jr. (left) and Eric Trump with beautiful leopard they murdered in Zimbabwe in 2011

And as I was looking into this most recent abomination, guess what else I discovered?  Here is what the Department of Interior has been doing to wildlife protections since Trump took office:

  • Opened nine million acres of Western land to oil and gas drilling by weakening habitat protections for the sage grouse.
  • Overturned a ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands.
  • Overturned a ban on the hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges.
  • Ended an Obama-era rule barring hunters on some Alaska public lands from using bait to lure and kill grizzly bears.
  • Withdrew proposed limits on the number of endangered marine mammals and sea turtles that people who fish could unintentionally kill or injure with sword-fishing nets on the West Coast. In 2018, California issued a state rule prohibiting the use of the nets the rule was intending to regulate.
  • Amended fishing regulations for a number of species to allow for longer seasons and higher catch rates.
  • Rolled back a roughly 40-year-old interprentation of a policy aimed at protecting migratory birds, potentially running afoul of treaties with Canada and Mexico.
  • Overturned a ban on using parts of migratory birds in handicrafts made by Alaskan Natives.

And currently under consideration are even more heartbreaking rollbacks …

  • Proposed stripping the Endangered Species Act of key provisions.
  • Proposed relaxing environmental protections for salmon and smelt in California’s Central Valley in order to free up water for farmers.

A former friend informed me not too long ago that “God put everything on earth here for our enjoyment and convenience”.  You may now understand why she is a former friend. Apparently, that is a belief shared by Donald Trump, Ryan Zinke and David Bernhardt, but I do not believe it is shared by the vast majority of people in the U.S.

trophy hunting 2I do not believe that any creature was put on this earth for men to get their jollies by shooting them with guns.  Back in the day, when that was the only way people could eat, perhaps it was justified, but even then, people of conscience killed only what they needed to eat.  When people kill just for bragging rights, I find myself hoping they end up face-to-face, mano-a-mano with the animal, be it bear or lion, and let the chips fall where they may.

Tiger, Petchaburi, Thailand

That our government believes a man’s right to kill senselessly supersedes an animal’s right to life, then that government is not one I can or will ever support.  Oh … and to all my hiker friends … better wear a bullet-proof vest from now on when you’re hiking, for the damned hunters don’t really look very closely … if it moves, they shoot.

The Trump boys with their trophies …


58 thoughts on “NO Dammit … Just NO!

  1. Jill, this exploitation of public lands started in full force with the Dick Cheney run George W. Bush white house. Trump has been able to mask what is being done with his distractions. He has been allowing this exploitation under everyone’s noses. I think many of his followers have little idea how he has greased the skids for business leaders to exploit our country for their gain. He would simply tell them it is fake news. Keith

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Just when I think there’s nothing more to damage, destroy or trample … there’s something else!! … ‘U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.’ … I truly HATE, TOTALLY LOATH this administration and ALL of those ‘serving’ in it!!

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  4. Well, this is not surprising. Just look at the glee that the Trump clan show, hunting down iconic wildlife for a photo op and muscle flexing. Primitive behaviour does not maketh the man. This is a sickening and repugnant development when we should be doing our utmost to preserve what is left of biodiversity.

    The MAGA fans are hell bent on deceiving the world about the fact that we are living on a dying planet, let alone living in failing Nations.

    I belong to a group on Climate Change Mitigation.
    I got into an interchange with a couple of Americans who made some rather startling claims about Human population and its effects on the planet. Basically, they said it had no real effect and that the population would not ‘over populate.’

    I refuted their claims with some ideas about how we improve the world situation.

    One of them was the demilitarisation of all nations (wars don’t fix anything) and as a result, education and better living standards would result in a lower birth rate.

    Another proposal included governance and how we apply laws. I suggested that the right to bear arms was an outdated law made from fear, greed and power principles (that includes the right to kill animals as well as people). To keep this short, I backed up my various hypothesis suggestions with several examples.

    After a back and forth of being accused of Malthusian (I am not), and Eugenics oriented (I am not), they gave up. The original post was removed, maybe by the originator, but more likely by the moderator, especially as the poster said that he was done with the group.

    One of those people is a teacher… And that is worrying because the belief in the rights of people and population increase, over the rights of all other life on this planet, will ultimately lead to our own demise as we take all habitat and leave nothing for other life forms. Have we learned nothing! 😕

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    • Incidentally, some of that interchange might have included some Russian interference as the claim was that the Russians are reducing population, when actually, many of Putin’s initiatives are to increase it. Propaganda comes in many forms, and with all the bandying about of fake stories, it is difficult to refute anything in the world of deception fed to us wholesale.

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  5. I try to respect all living beings, even though I know it is impossible. Most living beings we cannot see, they are too tiny for our wonderful vision apparatti to even see without the help of microscopes or magnifying glasses. Think about those you can see, and multiply that by a billion or so. If we cannot see them, how can we avoid them?
    But the ones we can see, we can generally avoid harming them if we so choose. Now MR. KILL IT IF YOU CAN SEE IT Trump wants to wipe out that which is beautiful to see. Would he ever draw a line? If it is okay to kill human babies, it must be okay to kill anything! It pleases him to kill. He is a megalomaniacal hater of all things not white and bi-pedal. He has to be stopped before the system that is this ecological world collapses and life disappears completely.

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      • Yeah, the logical part of me knows that, but I cannot shut up. What Dumby is proposing is sheer murder. And while it may seem like nothing to some, it opens the door to hunting anything anywhere. Humans do not have the right to commit murder for pleasure. Where does it end? With people killing people without compunction, or compassion.
        This is just opening the door. There is going to be a stampede through it.

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        • And nor should you ‘shut up!’ Without condemnation and action against sheer cruelty, we would have a very evil society. Please keep shouting from the roof tops – Trump and his cronies may ignore it, but the tide might just turn on the next election when the Good people can cast him in to the anals of ‘failed leaders.’

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          • “Failed?” Failed means he at least tried to be a leader. A bully is not a leader, he’s a “forcer.” He tries to use submission to get people to do his bidding. And that is where he fails. He appeals to other bullies, and to those wannabees who don’t have the guts to do it themselves. He doesn’t care one whit about anyone but himself. This is not a leader, this is the “modus operandi” of a desperate man, one who needs to prove he is popular, a man who “must” leave a mark on this world to say he was here. Whether that mark is greatly admired or greatly hated doesn’t matter, just so long as it is there!

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    • If … IF I knew how to stop him and the atrocities he is sanctioning, I would do so. All I know to do is make people aware and keep reminding them. The arrogance of the human species will, I think, bring their own downfall — I just hope it happens before they cause the destruction of all others. Sigh.

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  6. A person who thinks wholesale slaughter of wild animals is okay and believes themselves to be religious will always be able to use the Bible as an excuse. I’ve noticed God didn’t create wildlife with bullseyes on them. I hope some of the earth’s animals and the wild areas manage to survive the Trump administration. These animals and wild areas were not created to give practice to those who have guns, belong to the NRA., and get their thrills by shooting, destroying, drilling, fracking, hacking, and burning. When all the wild animals are gone will they get permits to enter zoos and kill what’s left? I’m sick of this blood lust and greed. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • I think it is the epitome of arrogance to believe that humans, simply because they have developed high-tech killing machines, have the right to kill other beings for no other reason than because they can. Frankly, I would love to see the animals sneak up behind the hunter and win the fight. Sigh.

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        • You’ve been away from Word Press, I take it. No problem.
          I just hot back from a two week evacuation order. Our homes in High Level are okay, but not everyone was that lucky. The fires got to within a few kms of the town, then turned away. 280,000 hectares of prime forest and muskeg already destroyed, and still eating away at more. Other fires in the general area could still merge, and that is scary.
          We will probably be under an 8 hour alert all summer. Without substancial rain the fire will smoulder underground, and a good wind could flare it up.
          But humans and pets are all safe. I cannot say the same for plant or animal life. That toll will never be counted.

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          • Glad to hear you and your home are safe, good sir. I can’t imagine the stress. Here in southwestern Ontario we are sheltered from the extreme weather plaguing other parts of the continent. I count my blessings.

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            • Thank you, John. I and my partner must be weird, but our stress levels did not rise. We were together, our cats were with us, that was all that mattered. All material goods could be replaced; maybe not heirlooms, but they are unimportant in the big picture. I was worried about our plants, but they all survived, so we are content.
              It is all a matter of perspective.
              However, few were like us. The stress levels others were dealing were over the top. We felt very sorry for them.

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  7. “A picture’s worth a thousand words!” Just look at the pic of Jr., after his kill! He’s a psychopath!!!! It begins with the killing and torturing of animals! They’re raping and pillaging, with full support of the Republican Party! Seriously, who would take a child…. from his mother’s arms? Who would put a child, in a cage? No honor! No compassion! No conscience! It’s horrifying!!!!!

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  8. Oil and Gas drilling and shale gas fracking are all damaging to the environment. But they should not be issuing licencees to be drilling or fracking on land which ha\s already been deemed to be public as reserves. Reserves are supposed to be protected places for wildlife where people may be able to see them.To take away that protection and allow Trump’s sons and their ilk to start taking trophies is wrong..Where do the next generation find these creatures to look at, in a zoo? To be honest I’d much rather keep the animals they killed than keep them. I hope any new President in 2020 will be ready to rescind all Trump’s orders regarding the preservation of the National Parks and all of it’s wildlife.

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    • I’m with you there … I’d much rather keep the animals they killed, the ones who typically walk on all fours, than the two-legged animals that killed them. To me, it is the epitome of arrogance to believe that humans have the right to kill other species just for bragging rights, to post a picture on social media of them proudly standing beside their trophy, or to mount a head above their fireplace. They brag, but they have no cause to, for it wasn’t a fair fight … that bear or tiger or deer didn’t have the advantage of a high-powered rifle, night-vision goggles and all the other paraphernalia that hunters spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on. And for our government to not only sanction, but applaud this is unthinkable! Sigh.

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