Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin Update

(Jim Dutcher's hand to wolf paw photograph)

A "wolf paw high five" and a big "WAY TO GO!" to U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington for the following:

For overturning the Bush administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region from the Endangered Species List!

On September 23, 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked a judge in Montana to return gray wolves in the Northern Rockies to the Endangered Species List, reversing a proposal to drop them earlier this year. That followed the judge's order in July barring plans for public wolf hunts in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The biggest practical effect of Friedman's ruling is to rid the states of new policies permitting those in the Great Lakes area to kill wolves that are perceived to be attacking livestock or pets. It also halts the issuance of permits for the purposes of hunting or trapping of wolves. Thankfully, those "remedies" had not yet been implemented.

After being pushed to the brink of near extinction, the wolf occupies only about 5% of its historical range, which once took in most of the continental United States.

Thankfully - and no thanks to wolf haters - the wolf has recovered steadily in the Western Great Lakes Region since the late 1970s, having migrated from Minnesota into Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Approximate wolf numbers are as follows:
2,921 in Minnesota, 537 in Wisconsin, and 520 in Michigan.

The State of Wisconsin will now have to revoke permits that were previously issued to seven farmers. Those permits allowed for the shooting of wolves attacking livestock and natural resources. Of course, I feel the need to say here that the circumstances would be strictly subjective. What was to stop a permit holder from just killing a wolf that was in plain sight, just passing by, and not attacking livestock or "natural resources"?

While the issue remains unresolved on a permanent basis, state officials have reported that they will most likely seek federal permits that will allow for non-lethal methods to deal with wolves that continually harass livestock. Good idea, and why can't this be a permanent solution?

Of course, the above is all about legalities. We who care about the future of our wolf populations can only hope that everyone will, in fact, abide by the law. Those who are against wolves and fear and misunderstand the wolf and its significance remain fighting to strip the wolf of its protections, and those individuals and organizations are greatly numbered and have financial backings. We who are "pro wolf" need to be counted as well and also need to be doing all that we can to ensure that the wolf remains protected and even respected.

As the Vice-Presidential Candidate Debate is upon us, and Palin is still traveling around the country trying to gain supporters, my question to myself and those who are reading these posts is this:

What can I do to show my support of the wolf and to educate others on this very important issue?

What am I willing to do?

If I lack the finances to donate to this very worthy cause, am I willing to stay current when it comes to the upcoming debates and to make sure that I do not miss an opportunity to be heard in my own community concerning Palin's stance on wolves?

Am I willing to make a sign or signs for others who share my views to take to these rallies - and even the debate - that will bring to the attention of those in attendance Sarah Palin's wolf (and even bear) slaughtering ways?

What about a simple bumper sticker or window sign for my car?

What can I do to Save The Wolves Now?

These are the tough questions that we all need to be asking ourselves, folks, because the wolf haters are strong in number. How did they become so strongly numbered? One wolf hater at a time. We can do the same. We must increase our numbers one at a time, too.

Tell me what you are willing to do, plan to do, wish to do, or are going to do. We all need to have a plan and to stick with it because long after the election, the wolves will remain a target. The fight is far from over, and we have to take action and stay involved.

Wolf lovers unite to Save The Wolves Now!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Earthjustice and Defenders of Wildlife Announce Victory

Wolves Safe in Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies - For Now

Earthjustice and Defenders of Wildlife have experienced a major victory in their legal fight to save the gray wolves of the Northern Rockies!

The Bush administration advised that it will vacate its legal defense of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule declaring that gray wolves in the Northern Rockies have fully recovered. That decision resulted in the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list. Finally, the Fish and Wildlife Service has come to terms with the fact that there are significant scientific and legal problems with that plan. The delisting of wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies just doesn't make sense.

Thank you to Earthjustice and Defenders of Wildlife and to everyone who loves the wolves and is willing to donate money and time to restore and maintain their protections.

Please know that the battle is not over. The Fish and Wildlife Service are going to review the rule and could re-issue it. The Fish and Wildlife Service together with Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana must now negotiate a more sensible and responsible plan to ensure that wolves are fully recovered with healthy, sustainable, and diverse population levels before they are removed from the list of federally protected species. Even then, we will need to keep a close watch because there has always been and will always be people who misunderstand and fear the wolf. That in turns caused the villainization and hatred of our wolf friends.

We all want wolves to recover so that there is no longer a need to have them on the endangered species list; however, as long as there are those individuals that see the wolf as a villain and a dangerous predator, they need to remain on the endangered species list . . . because people threaten them. They need to be de-listed under humane conditions, with all proper protections and rights that they deserve. We don't want them hunted, trapped, poisoned, or gunned down from planes.

Thank you to all who care about wolves and keeping them wild, free, and protected.

This is far from over, and we must remain vigilant. The fight to ensure that wolves are protected is not a recent battle nor is it a battle that will end after the upcoming elections.

All eyes must remain on these areas including Alaska and the Southwest! Please go to Defenders of Wildlife and take the time to sign all of the petitions available to let government know how you feel about wolves so that we can Save The Wolves Now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sarah Palin - Wolf Expert?

Is Sarah Palin a wolf or wildlife management expert? I think not. Hunter? Yes.

First - a bit of history:

Alaska 1920s - 1930s

Alaska's history of attempting predator control dates back to somewhere in the 1920s and 1930s. At that time, wildlife biologists were insisting that wolves were important to the area's natural ecology. Furthermore, the wildlife biologists insisted that wolves were not responsible for a significant number of deaths of moose, caribou, or sheep. Thanks to misgivings of the general public and the long history of folklore concerning the wolf and society's need to villainize or place blame upon an entity for circumstances that are beyond its control, the educated and well-intentioned scientists lost their fight to educate the public and protect wildlife populations. This is largely due in part to ranchers, hunters and government officials, who, of course, supported the inevitable extermination of tens of thousands of wolves. Aerial hunting dates clear back to the 1940s. From that point on, aerial hunting went through to the 1960s after Alaska had earned statehood.

Alaska in 2003

In 2003, former Alaskan Governor Frank Murkowski reopened the aerial hunting program. He made it available to citizens with special permits. Murkowski also expanded predator-control programs to cover 60,000 square miles of state and federal land. This is the largest known wolf slaughtering plan to be instituted ever since Alaska first became a state. It was Frank Murkowski's intention to reduce wolf populations in some areas by at least 60 to 80 percent. Since reinstituting the aerial hunting program and providing citizens with special permits to do so, gunners have killed at least 795 wolves. That is a sugar-coated number. Conservationists state that the true number of wolves who have lost their lives to trapping, aerial hunting, and being chased down by gunners on snow machines is more along the lines of 2,000. Each and every year! That includes those who were killed by "legal" means and illegal means.

The Experts Speak

In 2007, 172 scientists signed a letter directed to Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. That letter expressed concern over Palin's lack of scientific knowledge behind Alaska's wolf-killing operation. According to the scientists, state officials set population objectives for moose and caribou based on "unattainable, unsustainable historically high populations." As a result, the "inadequately designed predator control programs" threatened the long-term health of both the ungulate and wolf populations. The letter from the scientists begged Sarah Palin to reconsider her stance on the conservation of wolves and bears "on an equal basis with the goal of producing more ungulates for hunters." (Definition of ungulate: Having hooves. Resembling hooves; hooflike.")

Hunter Sarah Palin did not care. She introduced state legislation in early 2008 that would divide the predator-control program from science. Sarah Palin's legislation transfers authority of the predator-control program from the state Department of Fish and Game to Alaska's Board of Game. Funny thing: The members who make up the Alaska's Board of Game are those individuals who are appointed by yes, you guessed it: Sarah Palin. This action was so bold that it has caused some hunters to react.

Sarah Palin's Alaska Board of Game will have "more leeway without any scientific input to do whatever the hell they basically wanted," Mark Richards, co-chair of Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Thankfully, the legislation is currently stalled.

"Across the board, Sarah Palin puts on a masquerade, claiming she is using sound management and science," says Nick Jans, an Alaskan writer. "In reality she uses ideology and ignores science when it is in her way."

From Gordon Haber, a wildlife scientist: "On wildlife-related issues, whether it is polar bears or predator controls, she has shown no inclination to be objective," he says of Palin. "I cannot find credible scientific data to support their arguments," he adds about the state's rationale for gunning down wolves. "In most cases, there is evidence to the contrary." What does Gordon Haber know? Well, he has studied wolves in Alaska for 43 years. Haber further advises that Alaska's reported numbers are wildly inflated. Four decades of wolf research conducted by Gordon Haber have revealed to him that wolves are mostly scavengers. "Sixty to 70 percent of the moose they eat are scavenged, not killed," Haber says. Haber additionally states that the wolf population estimates released by Alaska are based on secondhand observations and extrapolations - - which are also high.

In summary: Wolves are responsible for less "kills" of caribou and moose in Alaska, and the wolf population in Alaska - as reported by Alaska - is exaggerated. While we are here, I also want to suggest to some of our wolf-hater visitors that after 4+ decades of wolf research, Haber would certainly know the true character and habits of wolves and in particular, those in Alaska. (That is not to suggest that wolves living elsewhere have different behaviors.) How could Haber have become an advocate of wolves if their behavior and habits were so heinous? No way would he be. Not to mention that he is afterall a wildlife scientist.

Alaska's Stance on "Predators"

Alaska maintains that predators kill over 80 percent of the moose and caribou that die each year. Alaska also maintains that hunters and trappers kill less than 10 percent of all moose and caribou.

The true experts of wildlife science and biology maintain that Sarah Palin does not base any of her actions concerning predator control on real knowledge or science. The Palin administration is systematically killing wolves without a true knowledge or understanding of the relationship between the carnivore and hoofed animals.

Governor Palin, disappointed with the efforts of aerial hunting in 2007, offered the $150 bounty for wolf paws. State officials' aspired to the killing of 382 to 664 wolves during the 2007 predator-control season. However, 115 wolves were killed, and Sarah Palin felt that the gunners had come up short.

It was Sarah Palin's hope that the $150.00 cash bounties on wolf paws would make the predator-control season more successful, if you will. However, Gordon Haber (the wildlife scientist and observer of wolves for 43 years) had this to offer: "I can tell you from my own research that the reason they didn't get many wolves in certain years, particularly last winter, is because they have scraped those areas clean." Certainly, if anyone would know, he would.

Thankfully, in 2007, Democratic Representative, George Miller of California, introduced some logic into the mix. Rep. George Miller introduced legislation designed to curtail predator-control programs. It was to be used only as a last resort. "It's time to ground Alaska's illegal and inhumane air assault on wolves," Miller said. To that, Sarah Palin wrote a letter in response. She defended Alaska's program by stating that Alaska has "managed its wildlife so that we still maintain abundant populations of all of our indigenous predators almost fifty years after statehood."

"This is a reflection of somebody who doesn't have any use for science." Says Nick Jans, co-sponsor of the losing initiative to outlaw aerial wolf hunting, and Alaskan writer.

What can we gather from all of this? That there is some hard evidence on the table to suggest that wolves are not to blame for diminishing wildlife, if any. I myself have observed wolf hunt demonstrations and very quickly learned that no wolf, not even an entire wolf pack can effectively take down any healthy large animal and definitely not entire herds or populations of "big game", as the hunters like to call them. In fact, no wolf or wolf pack can even come close to any of the herd's young. I have witnessed this myself on numerous occasions. Though wolves are tireless - unless they are being chased on snowmobiles or helicopters - I have never seen any "big game" or young taken down in the demonstrations that I've witnessed.

What else can we gather from this small bit of Alaska's history and actual experts who have reported in on the subject? That there is much to do in this battle to protect, preserve, and Save The Wolves Now!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin Pro-Life and Hunter ?

Our dear wolves need to remain on the run when it comes to Governor Sarah Palin's stance on wolf hunting and the overall futures of wildlife, not just in Alaska but possibly the rest of the country if Palin makes her way to the White House.

How can one be pro-life but then hunt wildlife for sport? Many hunters and outdoorsmen argue that they are eating what they kill, and Sarah Palin claims to have hunted and eaten some of her "catch", but does she eat bear and wolf, too? We know that she kills them and promotes the aerial hunting of them. We know that she has proposed a bounty on the left forelegs of wolves. Isn't there more going on here than mere hunting? Sounds more like slaughter and savage murder to me. If it were a human doing this to another human, everyone would agree that we were dealing with a serial killer. Afterall, isn't it the serial killer who typically keeps "trophies" from its victim?

What goes through the mind of a hunter, anyways? How callous can anyone be the one to pull the trigger that will stop the beating heart of a beautiful animal, that will cease the steps of an animal and keep it from making more footprints in the snow? How can anyone be behind legislation that will silence the calls of the wolf? How can pro-life Palin promote aerial hunting and slaughter of any animal and especially that of an animal who is such a close relative to man's bestfriend? Did God not create the animals? It reminds me of an old hymn. I have posted just a few lines from it here:

"All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all."

(From Hymns for Little Children by (Mrs) Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1848)Music: Royal Oak, arranged by Martin F. Shaw (1915)

Sarah Palin is an avid hunter. Likely, she learned her disrespect for wildlife from her dad, Chuck Heath, a retired schoolteacher. He used to take his children ice-camping when they were young. According to Sarah Palin, her dad now goes around to Alaska schools teaching "Alaskana" — as termed by Palin. She advised Newsweek in August 2007 that "Alaskana" encompasses the following activities: "hunting, fishing, avalanche survival, fending off bear attacks and taxidermy." Apparently, some of that fending off would involve premeditated murder - - preferably aerial hunting. While I am certain that aerial hunting is not covered under "Alaskana" when Palin's father is teaching school-aged children, it is easy to understand where Sarah Palin gets her stance on wildlife. Chuck Heath, Sarah Palin's dad, expected all four of his children to be expert shots and expert fishermen.

Sarah Palin's mom, Sally Heath, was also a school secretary. The front yard of Sarah Palin's parents' home in Alaska would most certainly reflect "Alaskana" values - - piled high with racks and pelts of formerly wild, free, and alive animals. The walls of Sarah Palin's childhood home are adorned with stuffed moose, antelope and bear heads. Sarah Palin's parents live amongst hundreds of sets of trophy antlers and a taxidermy collection that includes a giant moose head and a full-grown mountain lion. I wonder how many of that collection were contributed by Sarah Palin.

From elk hunting to aerial hunting of wolves, bears, and other wildlife, Sarah Palin is your average all-around outdoorsman/woman as the case may be.

And did Sarah Palin really need that bear rug? Was that a necessity for her to keep herself warm? I think not. It is just another "trophy". Do you think she'll take her bear rug with her when she gets to the White House?

Please do whatever you can to stop the needless kill of so many cherished animals everywhere. A mass slaughter is in progress. The futures of so many animal species are at stake. We need to save them. Let's start with the wolf.

Save The Wolves Now!

Sarah Palin TV Ad - Wolf Killing Record

It appears that everyone is coming together to support the wolves.

There has been an overwhelming response to the Defenders of Wildlife powerful TV ad highlighting Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's brutal record on aerial hunting of wolves. I want to join Defenders of Wildlife in thanking contributors (more than 4,500 caring wildlife supporters) for their support. As a result, the powerful Sarah Palin commercial has already been on the air in Ohio.

But we must not become lax or slow down. As you know, the wolf haters and those in support of their slaughter are many; therefore, we must continue to get the word out in an effort to grow the number of supporters in favor of keeping the wolves just the way they deserve to be: Beautiful and wild.

With additional help, Defenders of Wildlife can air the Palin commercial in Florida which is another important swing state. Can you contribute $40.00 or another amount to help run the Palin ad in Florida? As it is right now, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin could be just steps away from the White House.

Please help Defenders of Wildlife be a strong voice for our wildlife. We owe it to the animals to get the word out on Sarah Palin's killing record and especially her stance on aerial hunting before it's too late.

Yesterday, the Defenders of Wildlife received calls from ABC, NBC, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and several Ohio newspapers -- all interested in the Sarah Palin TV ad that you're helping to run. Please donate today to help ensure that even more people know the truth about Sarah Palin!

Put Palin’s wolf-killing record on TV. I know that these are tough economic times for everyone, and you may think that you cannot make a difference with what you can comfortably give, but let me just show you what a huge difference a small amount can make:

$20: Part of one 60-second TV ad
$40: Two parts of a 60-second TV ad
$200: A full 60-second TV ad

We can all do something. Send out mass emails on behalf of the wolf. Put a signature line in all of your emails with links to support our wolf friends. Or give even just $5.00 today to the
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

Together - you and I - we can Save the Wolves Now!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin's Wolf-Killing Record

We need to get the word out on Sarah Palin's wolf-killing record.

We are at war. Yes, we have military at war overseas; however, we are battling in America as well. Not just for our rights but for the rights of those who have no voice.

Sarah Palin has a brutal record of slaughtering wildlife, and she hopes to continue in her killing ways - - in particular, her very active and extensive promotion of aerial hunting of not just wolves, but bears also.

Unfortunately, it costs money to battle those who wish to do our wildlife harm. Not only does it cost Earthjustice attorneys to defend wolves in court, but it also costs wildlife organizations money to educate the public concerning this fight and the facts surrounding it.

Last week, Defenders of Wildlife released an informational video concerning Sarah Palin's record and stance on wildlife, wolves in particular. I created a link for it in last week's post, and it is available here for you to view. More than 68,000 people viewed the Defenders of Wildlife video which was posted at YouTube.

Defenders of Wildlife has now created a powerful television piece that will educate everyone concerning Governor Palin’s efforts to kill wolves and bears. But guess what? It will cost money to do so. Please, please, please help Defenders of Wildlife do what they do best: Defend wildlife! Don't forget that this is our wildlife, our country, and our world. We live here, and all forms of life deserve the right occupy this place with us. Moreover, we have a responsibility to care for and protect them.

As you may already know, running a television ad is not cheap. Defenders of Wildlife needs to raise $100,000 by September 17, 2008, to run their ad and support the work to provide a voice for all endangered wildlife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5JZgtYy6oA

Please help get the truth out. It is the only way to educate people on issues that they may know nothing about. More importantly, it is our only hope to possibly change the hearts of those who think they know what is going on, and therefore, they are just fine with aerial hunting of these beautiful creatures. Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has proposed payment of a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each dead wolf. The aerial hunting program she vigorously promotes has already killed nearly 800 wolves. Sarah Palin has opposed efforts to save America’s polar bears from extinction, and she has fought against efforts to save some of the world’s most endangered beluga whales.

Governor Palin has sided with Big Oil, mining companies, wealthy trophy hunters, and other entrenched special interests in support of policies that would greatly harm and potentially cause extinction of the wild animals that we so treasure.

Sarah Palin affirms that she is pro-life and that it is a Godly position. Did God not create the animals? Are they not His creatures?

This is not an Anti-Palin Campaign. I am not an Obama supporter. The intention of this site is that of a Pro-Wolf and Pro-Wildlife Campaign. I am a supporter of so-called "lesser" life forms.

Join the fight for the wolves and all wildlife. They're not just my wolves and my wildlife. They are yours, too.

Support Defenders of Wildlife in their mission to save wildlife. Save the Wolves Now!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sarah Palin Eyeglasses Need Adjusting

Sarah Palin Eyeglasses Need Adjusting

It would seem that everyone now wants to wear the same glasses as Sarah Palin. Well, let's hope that everyone's vision will not be adusted to reflect the vision of Alaskan Governor Palin. Given the fact that she sees things as she does, I would have to say that her eyeglasses are in need of an adjustment.

In a news article from the St. Petersburg Times, we learn more about who John McCain has placed on his ticket as his running mate:

Hardly An Earth Mother (written by Former Times reporter Julie Hauserman is a writer and environmental activist in Tallahassee)

"Everybody wants to debate Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's motherhood skills because she has an unmarried, pregnant teen daughter.

Enough already. If you've got kids, you know that before you throw stones at another parent because their child is clueless, you better knock on wood at your own house first.

The key question that mothers should ask is this: What sort of world does Palin intend to leave for her new granddaughter? Or to yours?

Palin's public environmental policies offer plenty of clues: It'll be a wounded, polluted planet with a fresh round of extinct animals.

She's photographed in the latest Newsweek sitting on her office couch, which has a dead bear draped over it, complete with its sad, shaggy head. George Bush and Dick Cheney's polluter-friendly environmental policies have been cynical and devastating, and Palin is even worse.
Where to begin? Let's start with greedy, reckless thrill killing. Palin supports a disgusting and unfair blood "sport" where hunters in low-flying airplanes chase Alaska's magnificent wolves and bears through the snow until the animals are exhausted, and then they shoot them. Sometimes the animals don't die right away; it is hard to make a clean kill when you're shooting from a moving airplane.

Her bubble-headed logic is that if hunters kill off more wolves efficiently from airplanes, then fewer wolves will kill moose and caribou, and then people will have more moose and caribou to kill. What wonderful values to model for our children!

Palin wants fewer protections for rare creatures than even the anti-environment Bush administration does, and that's saying something. In a rare moment of compassion, Bush's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the polar bear as "threatened" on the endangered species list because Alaska's arctic sea ice shrank to record lows last summer. The polar bears' summer home is melting away under their fat white paws.

Instead of recognizing the high stakes at hand, Palin filed a ridiculous taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to block responsible protection for the only polar bears in America.

And the Anchorage Daily News caught Palin making up a bogus excuse to bolster her case. Palin told federal officials that her state scientists did a "comprehensive review" that found no reason to support a threatened species listing. The Anchorage Daily News got hold of e-mails that contradicted the governor completely. The e-mails showed that Alaskan state scientists — including the head of the Department of Fish and Games' Marine Mammals Program — agreed with federal researchers' conclusion that polar bears are threatened by shrinking ice. Whoops.
"The governor's decision was clearly based on politics, not on science, and was primarily designed to protect the oil and gas industry's stampede into the Arctic Ocean," University of Alaska marine biologist Rick Steiner told the Los Angeles Times.

Sounds like Palin will fit into Bush and Cheney's cozy Washington special-interest boots just fine. We'll be the ones on the outside, wishing someone would responsibly step up to preserve some clean air and water for our kids.

I used to sing my daughter a song called Baby Beluga, about beluga whales. She loved those mysterious, pudgy white creatures in the picture book. Palin apparently doesn't. She fought against protecting a rare population of genetically distinct belugas located only one place on Earth: Alaska's Cook Inlet. Scientists say the whales are one of the most endangered mammals in America. They numbered 1,300 in the 1980s. Sadly, there are about 375 now.
Still, Palin told federal regulators that putting the 375 remaining whales on the endangered species list would be "unwarranted." Why would Palin sell out Baby Beluga? Money. An endangered species listing, she wrote, "would do serious long-term damage to the vibrant economy of the Cook Inlet area."

Like Bush and Cheney, Palin favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The GOP's top dog, John McCain, does not.

"When America set aside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we called it a 'refuge' for a reason," McCain said sensibly.

Does anyone really believe that if we throw out protections for wild things that the world will be better off and we'll all be richer? That our grandchildren will thank us later because we killed off species, made corporations fatter, and extracted every morsel of oil and mineral out of the planet, then used it recklessly until it ran out?

I would like my daughter, and her children, to one day see the Beaufort Sea, off the coast of the arctic refuge. I'd like her to see the endangered bowhead whale, the beluga whales, the bearded, ringed, and spotted seals. I'd like her to see polar bears. I'd like these animals to live without the threat of getting slimed by a giant oil spill.

Palin has only been Alaska's governor for two years, and she's already laid an impressive path of environmental destruction. I don't get it. A true conservative would want to, um, conserve Alaska's famous wilderness treasures. If Palin is so quick to sell off Alaska's prodigious bounty, what will she do when she gets her hands on the rest of America's natural legacy?

Bush, Cheney, Palin and their Big Oil friends are out of step. Their greedy natural resource policies constitute shameless theft — from their grandchildren, and from ours."

Ahhh . . . the joys of a democracy. Where do We The People go when there are no good choices left in an election? Now, there isn't even a lesser evil to turn to.

We have to save ourselves so that we can Save The Wolves Now!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Video - Sarah Palin's Stance on Aerial Hunting of Wolves

WARNING! Graphic and disturbing images of wolves being hunted by air.

Here is the link to the video which is coutesy of Defenders of Wildlife:


Should you choose not to follow the above link to view the video of Sarah Palin's stance on wolf hunting, I urge you to share the video with your friends, family, and anyone else who cares about the future of wolves everywhere.

While we are on the subject, may I suggest to you and anyone else out there - wolf hater or wolf lover - that this is not hunting? Where is the sport in it? Where is the respect? It is out and out murder, a slaughter, and nothing but a mere show of man's dominance and arrogance. It is also a clear demonstration of what happens when respect for other life on this planet is lost and given license.

As I suggested in a more recent post, there is much more at stake here than wolves, and while it may be too late to save the human race from becoming more sub-human, it is my greatest hope that it is not too late for wolves and wildlife everywhere.

So, please do what you can to Save the Wolves Now!

Alaska Governor Palin's Stance On Wolves

Have you been wondering what Sarah Palin's exact stance is on wolves? I know I have been wondering.

Well, on the eve of her acceptance of the nomination to run as Vice President hopeful on the McCain ticket, I have that information for you.

Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is guilty of the following:

Proposing a bounty of $150.00 for each left foreleg of every dead wolf.

Approving a $400,000.00 propaganda campaign - funded by the State of Alaska - to promote aerial hunting.

Introducing legislation to make it more permissible to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears.