New Jersey bearhunts - destroying the new coalition

Why can't the Sierra Club and the New Jersey game counsel get along? They should stick to protecting the environment and saving species from extinction. Campaigning to stop bear population control is counter-productive.

The Sierra Club NJ Prez had this to say:

 "This is a victory for good government but it's also a victory for the bears," said Jeff Tittel, head of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. "It's the best Christmas gift they could have this year."

Since when do animals celebrate Christmas? but anyways...

The AP feed also mentions that the alternative to a bear hunting season is contraception. Do we want to be the people denying these hunters a gaming season in order to somehow equip hundreds of bears with condoms? maybe a pregnancy pill laced salt lick? Its impossible to maintain any of the environmental conscious middle, when our interest groups are going after human enjoyment of the wilderness for hunting.

A anthropocentric perspective on many environmental issues is the only way to go in my opinion. Let's stop global warming to save us. Let's prevent deforestation to save us. Let's keep species around to protect biodiversity to save us.  Let's keep our wilderness pristine, because we find it beautiful, and we like to hunt, fish, hike, climb, mountain bike, snowmobile (gasp), and camp there.

Hunting isn't something i will ever try, and its not something that most of us in do. Think of it like abortion. If you don't like hunting, don't hunt.

But for god sakes, when the Republicans put the environment on the chopping block for 6 more gallons of oil per year, we're gonna need everyone that appreciates the earth on our side. If we let these squabbles over hunting divide us, we will be run over by the Bush backed forces of resource extraction. We can't have outdoorsmen community leaders saying:

 "You've taken 50 years of very successful wildlife management and turned it upside down, subjected it to the whims of one political appointee," said Game Council Chairman Scott Ellis. "It's obvious that this commissioner is beholden to the whacko animal rights crowd."

We can't be the whacko animal rights crowd. We have to become the friendly earth stewardship crowd. We might even be bumped back into the White House because of it.

Here's the article.

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don't mess with mother nature
Population control through natural predation is, hard as it is for some of us to believe, part of nature.  Just as overhunting disturbs nature's balance, so can underhunting.  I'm not a hunter, but responsible hunters are not bad people.  There must be something better for the Sierra Club (of which I am a member) to do.
by bluestatespecial 2004-12-03 04:01AM | 0 recs


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