Thursday, February 19, 2009

This is the letter to the editor written by Mary Lou Schmidt I'm refering to...

Dear Editor:
Ashley Judd did an ad for Defenders for Wildlife showing a wolf being shot by a person in an airplane.
Sarah Palin stated that Defenders of Wildlife is an extreme fringe group just because they want to stop the senseless murder of wolves by humans using airplanes. This is a cowardly way to hunt just as fishing with dynamite is a cowardly way to fish.
Some think we should not blame Palin for the hunters being able to hunt this way because it was law when she became governor. Now that she is governor she could change the law but she won't. She is a proud member of the NRA and she appears to enjoy killing animals. Wolves have the right to survive and feed their young.
For those who support the delicate balance of nature please contribute to the Defenders of Wildlife 1130 17th St. NW Washington DC 20036-4604.
We have already lost too many species of mammals.
Mary Lou Schmidt


  1. I agree that hunting from an airplane is cowardly. In fact, it's not hunting at all. Hunting is getting on the ground, tracking your prey.

    I think we're stupid to be killing off wolves and bears. I realize that many folks hate and fear these predators, because they're competitors. And because they remind us that we are NOT at the top of the food chain.

    Humans have become the cancer of this planet. We work just like a cancer. We contribute nothing, and only consume...and grow. That's what cancers do. They grow and eat, and grow and'll notice that cancer victims waste away as they the end that's due much to anorexia and nausea...but in the beginning it's the cancer itself using up calories...resources that the body needs.

    We humans are breeding like it's the only thing we know how to do, and we're taking up more and more space, using up more and more resources. Land that used to be used for farming is now paved over and "developed" with ugly homes...that are getting larger every year. Families of 6 used to live quite nicely in homes under 1000 square of 2 and 3 are wasting space in 2000+ square feet. It's insane.

    We force premmies to live in intractable pain, and then with chronic disease should they survive their exruciating first months in the NICU. We force our elders to live with bone pain, muscle pain, severe disablilities... and in abject poverty.

    We pass laws stopping agencies from dispensing birth control, and we waste billions on IVP and surrogate uteruses.

    So...we're killing off competetors; we're killing off any diseases that might have helped keep our population in control; we're forcing fetuses the body tried to abort to live with whatever congenital problems nature was trying to spare them; and we're forcing people who should have died already from deterioration, to live on.

    And what for? So they can consume more? So they can purchase things? Serve the medical-industrial complex? (chronic illnesses never seem to get cured - only treated with expensive drugs and surgeries).

    I realize I'm off on some tangents here, but I find this all related. Humans need to remember that we are a part of a whole. We are not here to dominate. Domination is only going to kill us in the end. We will run out of room and resources. Killing off wolves, bears, and the occasional virus...ain't gonna help.

    btw...I do like your blog. It's well organized, and you write well. You offer much for folks to ponder on. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for stopping by catnapping. And sorry for taking so long to get back with you. Last night was a little on the chaotic side around here.

    catnapping, I can already tell you and I will probably disagree on a lot of topics. But not on everything.

    For instance, I rarely ever think of mankind as a cancer. I've had several members of my family die of cancer in recent years so I just don't think that way. As for forcing premmies to live in intractable pain. That's a tough one.

    Two years ago my son and his wife had a little girl named Emily. She was born 16 weeks premature and we did everything possible to save her life. We had her with for almost a month before she died. I don't have the words to tell you how hard it was to watch my own son watch his daughter die. Looking back, maybe it was for the best. Had Emily lived, she might have had other serious health issues we hadn't even though of. Who knows?

    We do agree that humans are extremely wasteful. And the whole 2 or 3 people living in huge houses thing you spoke of was right on. You nailed it when you called it insane. Does it make us bad though? No, I think it makes us stupid.

    Do me a favor and google Shawnee Mission Park and see for yourself the damage that can be done when wildlife populations are allowed to grow unchecked. It's the same with the wolves in Alaska. If allowed to, the wolves in Alaska will eventually grow in numbers to the point they'll kill off most of the caribou (their main source of food) and eventually they'll start starving to death. Are these game management laws cruel? Probably. But I believe it's necessary to keep some kind of balance to assure all species live on.

    Again catnapping, thank you for stopping by and thank you for the kind words about my blog. I don't want this to be a place where everyone agrees with everything I write. I want it to be a place where people can treat each other with a certain level of respect as they dicsuss the issues of the day. Your thoughts are always welcome here...

  3. The best I can do is reserve judgement about the airplane thing. I'm guessing that, if the wolves are being hunted as "vermin" then nobody wants to do it and the hunters need the airplane to cover the vast distances of Alaska. Best guess. All I know for sure is that they all look like dogs to me, and I eat, breathe, and sleep with six of them here in the house. Besides, dogs are very hard to kill even when you want to: such as when they do indescribably stupid things like pissing on my guitar.

    Men using flying machines and automatic rifles on dogs isn't exactly fair, but neither is a dog having four legs while I have only two, et cetera, ad nauseam.

    Nice to see you here, Catnapping!

  4. I'll tell you what, if I caught my dog pissing on my guitar, I'd probably...

    Oh never mind. I forgot, I don't have a guitar...