When the so-called ‘wolf rider’ was attached to budget negotiations, not only were North America’s endangered Grey Wolves sold down the river, a dangerous precedent was set for any species protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Now, any species deemed ‘inconvenient’ by special interests and big business can be used as a bartering tool to push their agendas – and is therefore vulnerable to extermination.
By delisting gray wolves during totally unrelated budget negotiations, any and all power of the ESA to fulfill its role was effectively hamstrung.
People aren’t immune to this selfish and short-sighted Corporate mindset, either.
What must be made clear is that what befalls our animal friends also befalls us.
Take for instance the insidious pesticide atraczine. The company that makes it, (and those that distribute, sell or apply it), isn’t concerned that is proven to cause birth defects and cancer in humans — or that it’s decimating the remaining imperiled frog populations around the globe by causing chemical castration — they just want to keep making profits while poisoning our food and water supply. (You can help get atrazine banned here.)
With the current political climate of pandering to Big Business and Corporate demands, it won’t be long before inequities towards humans accelerate.
For instance, despite vigorous local opposition, a big utility is trying to push a major wind development down the throats of native Hawaiians who are actively fighting it. The $3 billion project — spearheaded by the state, HECO, Los Angeles real estate developer Castle & Cooke Inc., and Boston-based First Wind Holdings LLC, will only be capable of providing 14% of the energy needs of the island chain but will destroy a third of the land mass of the small islands of Molokai and Lanai to do it.
They will also destroy the homes and way of life of the native peoples who love and honor this land. (More on this in an upcoming report).
This series of conflicts actually comes down to a Human Rights issue – huge corporate interests against the rest of us. No matter how the financial and business giants frame it, such unpopular legislative outcomes are rammed through at the expense of the powerless.
One of the main functions of government should be to make the smarter, wiser, tougher decisions that the average ‘Joe’ isn’t able or willing to make – decisions that take into account the bigger picture and also protects the little, and the powerless from the stronger forces who are motivated by self-serving interests rather than the long-term good of the whole.
Our government needs to protect our vital, living planet for the future of all life on Earth.
If you care about people, a healthy, vibrant and sustainable world, complete with diverse life and beautiful natural vistas, it’s time to get involved.
To learn more please visit or join one of the respected conservation organizations such as Center for Biological Diversity, EarthJustice,Defenders of Wildlife.
To help wolves please see Wolf Education and Research Center and Wolf Haven International on Facebook.