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Wolf Killings Are Based on the Most Cynical of Premises (Governments in Russia, Canada and Scandinavia)


Animals  (tags: Wolves, Shot, Killed, Slaughtered, Abused, ethics, cruelty, animalrights, death, killing, sadness, wildlife, protection )

Roxy
- 549 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Killing wolves suggests that the caribou are being protected, even while they are being driven to extinction by scarcely regulated industry. Already, hundreds of wolves have been shot and poisoned. The wolves are driven to exhaustion by snowmobiles



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Roxy H. (340)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:40 am
Wolf killings are based on the most cynical of premises :

A worthwhile read....and sentiments The Wolf Army fully agree with...

Governments in Russia, Canada and Scandinavia claim they need to protect lesser species and habitats while continuing their smash and grab raid on natural resources....

If, as she has threatened, Brigitte Bardot moves to Russia in protest at the treatment of animals in France, she's in for a major shock...

But if Bardot does move to Russia, which I reckon is about as likely as Vladimir Putin being elected to the board of Amnesty International, she'll find that France's record on the treatment and protection of animals, while often brutal, is almost exemplary by comparison to her adopted country's. Take for example the decree on Tuesday by the president of the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia) in Siberia.

There are 3,500 wolves in Sakha, which sounds like a lot until you discover that the republic is the size of India. President Yegor Borisov wants to reduce the population to 500 through an intensive three-month hunt, supported by a state of emergency, bounties for every wolf shot and a prize of 1m roubles for the hunters who kill the most.

This "emergency" massacre is necessary, he claims, because wolves are killing too many domestic animals. Last year, apparently, they incurred 5m roubles' (103,500) worth of losses - considerably less than the likely cost of the wolf hunt. Would it not make more sense to use the money to compensate the farmers? Would it not make more sense to protect the wolves' natural prey: animals such as hares which are currently being overhunted by people, driving the wolves to look elsewhere for food?

n November, when I wrote about plans to exterminate wolves in Norway, some of those who supported the killings wrote to me to explain that there are plenty of wolves in Russia, so why bother protecting them in Scandinavia? Doubtless the Russian supporters of Borisov's bloodbath will respond that there are plenty of wolves left in Canada, so why bother protecting them in Russia?

Well they too are likely to be disappointed, as similar massacres are being planned there, on the most cynical of premises.

In Alberta, the province systematically corrupted and brutalised by the oil curse, and whose polluted politics are now corrupting public life throughout Canada, the government plans to carry out a mass killing of wolves by shooting them from helicopters and poisoning them with strychnine.

The reason, ostensibly, is to protect the woodland caribou, a subspecies of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus caribou), whose numbers have been diminishing rapidly. This, according to the Alberta Caribou Committee, is because wolves have been killing them.

So what is this Alberta Caribou Committee? As you might expect, it represents all the usual environmental organisations, such as, er, PetroCanada, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, Koch Petroleum, TransCanada Pipelines, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries and the pulp company Daishowa Marubeni.

Between them they have decided - and apparently convinced both the provincial and federal governments - that the problem afflicting the province's caribou is not the fragmentation of their habitat by seismic lines, pipelines, roads, oil platforms, timber cutting and the transformation of pristine forest into wasteland by tar sands operations, but the natural predator with which the species has lived for thousands of years.

Never mind that analysis of wolves' faeces show that they eat very few caribou, as they prefer to hunt deer. Never mind that the woodland caribou is highly susceptible to disturbance, and that all the evidence points to the destruction of their habitat as the major factor causing their decline. Something other than the smash and grab exploitation now raging across Saudi Alberta must be to blame. And what better scapegoat could there be than the animal demonised for centuries on both sides of the Atlantic?

Like Alberta's, the provincial government of British Columbia plans to relax the regulations governing the killing of wolves and to wipe them out in some parts of the province. Again, the excuse is to protect caribou; which again are threatened primarily by human activities.

So I wonder what the advocates of the wolf massacres in Canada will say: don't worry about our populations, because they're thriving in Russia, I mean Norway, I mean Edinburgh zoo?

Read more here :http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/jan/18/wolf-killings-cynical-premise

http://www.monbiot.com/
 

Teresa W. (657)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:56 am
noted, thank you
 

Danuta Watola (1179)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:21 am
noted
 

jules r. (7)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:29 pm
noted , please leave them alone
 

. (3)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:37 pm
Noted. It's disgusting!!
 

Leslene Dunn (71)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:47 pm
Noted - I so wish that these evil spawn of satan that hunt these precious wolves die the most agonising deaths - not only them but all who are associated with them.
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:19 am
Don't forget they're essential part of our ecosystem
 

Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:57 pm
noted, thanks
 
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