WARNING: This is a rant, and one for which I make no apologies.
Humans comprise only 1 of 2.12 million species on the Earth today that we know of. Some scientists believe there are actually somewhere between 5 million and 10 million species on the planet. Think about that one for a minute … we are not the ‘be all and end all’ of the planet, although it seems we are trying very hard to end life on this planet for most all species including ourselves. The one thing that humans take the #1 place for, though, is arrogance. Humans evolved and at some point, decided that they are the most valuable, superior species on Planet Earth. To that end, mankind has somehow concluded that it is his “god-given right” to kill members of every other species either for food or for sport.
Do you remember a man named Greg Gianforte? He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2017-2021 and is now the governor of Montana. But what Gianforte is most famous for is beating up a member of the press, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, simply because he didn’t like the question Mr. Jacobs asked him regarding his view on health care policy during his 2016 campaign. Gianforte tried to claim that Mr. Jacobs had grabbed his wrist, but that was proven to be a bald-faced lie by witness testimony and recordings of the event. In the 2016 election, Gianforte was elected despite (or perhaps because of?) his assault on the reporter … says something about the state of Montana and its people.
Gianforte lasted only four years in Congress but is now the governor of Montana and never has there been a more despicable example of the human species. What has he done now, you ask?
It happened last December 28th when Gianforte decided to commit murder. The 5-year-old mountain lion was wearing a GPS-tracking collar that Yellowstone biologists use to monitor the rare and elusive predators. Park staff knew the animal by its research number: M220. I have no idea what gave Gianforte the notion that what he was about to do was in any way fair or honourable, but what he did was chased the mountain lion with hounds until it ran up a tree for safety, at which time Gianforte and his friends shot and killed the lion.
There was no ‘fair fight’ … Gianforte and his group had 4 bloodhounds and hi-powered guns that could cover a distance far greater than the lion could, while the lion had only his claws and teeth and he could not possibly have gotten close enough to cause so much as a scratch on any of those so-called ‘men’.
This was far from the first murder Gianforte has committed upon other species. Less than a year earlier, Gianforte killed a Yellowstone wolf in a similar area that was also wearing a tracking collar, prompting an outcry among environmentalists. On October 28, 2000, he was fined a measly $70 for violating state Fish and Wildlife Commission rules by killing an elk. In February 2021 while governor, he violated state hunting regulations when he trapped and shot an adult black wolf known as “1155”. This sorry excuse for a ‘man’ believes he has a ‘right’ to murder innocent animals for trophies!
Gianforte has four children … this ‘man’ should NEVER have been allowed to reproduce! Why isn’t this ‘man’ in prison??? He committed a crime … a crime against this entire nation, against all inhabitants of this planet!
While I believe that Gianforte is among the very worst examples of the human species, there are others vying for that title. In a period of just under six months last year, hunters shot and trapped 25 of Yellowstone’s wolves — a record for one season — the majority killed in Montana just over the park border. The hunting has eliminated about one-fifth of the park’s wolves, the most serious threat yet to a population that has been observed by tourists and studied by scientists more intensively than any in the world. The Republican-controlled legislature in Montana passed laws mandating a decrease in the state’s wolf numbers and allowing hunters to catch wolves in neck snares, hunt them at night and lure them with bait, sometimes chopping off the animals’ feet and heads, among other atrocities.
I’ve long said, only half-jokingly, that if I get the chance to come back to Earth again, I’m coming back as a wolf. I still hold that hope, for I’ve always felt that the wolf is my ‘spirit animal’ if such a thing exists, but today I hope that if I do return to Earth as a wolf, it is almost anyplace other than the United States! People here love their guns and are so damned arrogant that they believe they are superior to every other species and that it gives them the right to murder members of other species. Heck, I won’t even kill an ant or cricket I find in my house if there’s any way to rescue them and return them to nature! Apparently I am an anomaly among the human species, at least in this backward nation!
Meanwhile … no, humans, you are quite possibly the most flawed species that exists today. You fight against doing those things that might ensure the survival of yours and others’ futures here on Earth, but would rather keep driving your big cars, keeping your house the perfect temperature, and buying more and more ‘boys toys’ — guns to kill, to murder. To murder … helpless wolves, mountain lions and other beautiful animals who have never harmed you in any way.