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The Wildlife Holocaust

September 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

There's a speeding freight train heading for a major city. It's carrying a bomb that can destroy that city. Everybody knows the train is coming. Everyone knows about the bomb. Even the engineer! But his boss told him to keep rolling. His boss's boss told him to keep rolling. All the people who want him to keep rolling know about the bomb and don't give a damn about what it does to the city. They know it will kill. The coming conflagration will destroy treasures and cause irreparable damage. Yet the train keeps rolling.

It's not powered by diesel or coal. A train powered by diesel or coal can be easily stopped. But this one is powered by the most powerful destructive force in the world. Greed. Avarice. The unquenchable thirst to acquire at all costs.

The train is called Wildlife Services. It's a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and it specializes in killing wild animals that threaten livestock—especially predators such as coyotes, wolves, and cougars. Few have heard of Wildlife Services. They killed 2.7 million animals in 2014 and 3.2 million in 2015. They even publish the lists: here are the links for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Here are a few examples from the 2015 list:

  • 375 Armadillos in 8 states
  • 21,557 beavers in 39 states
  • 708.486 red-winged blackbirds in 35 states
  • 68,810 coyotes in 48 states
  • 6,903 white-tailed deer in 40 states
  • 1,278 red-tailed hawks in 42 states
  • 583 great blue herons in 39 states
  • 1,807 eastern and western meadowlarks in 33 states
  • 205 wild turkeys in 32 states
  • 383 gray/timber wolves in 8 states
  • 293 robins in 27 states

What possible reason exists for a Federal Agency to kill nearly 6 million animals in a 2 year period? Meadowlarks? Robins? Red-tailed hawks? Why?

The USDA web site laments that "The population of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in North America has increased from 300,000 in 1900 to more than 17 million in 2006." Well of course they have, you morons. You've killed all the coyotes, bobcats, wolves, foxes and cougars that would have preyed on them.

I'll talk more about this in future blog posts. In the meantime, educate yourself. The world we're leaving to our children and grandchildren is being damaged beyond repair and the only weapon we have to stop this is education on a massive scale.

Stop and listen to the birds. Before they disappear.

- Jeff


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