NATURAL PREDATORS AREN’T “PESTS”
Every year the U.S. government murders more than 4 million animals*, including perhaps thousands of wolves, under the guise of “predator population control” or “animal damage control.” This wrecks the law of nature. Wolves are essential in the web of life on earth. The government carries out this taxpayer-funded killing spree on behalf of wealthy ranchers and hunters. (In 2006 the government wasted about $108 million in all its wildlife extermination programs. As of 2010 the annual cost is over $126 million.*) Ranchers consider any natural predator a pest because they want to steal the land—that is the animal’s rightful territory—for their own misuse. Hunters perceive natural predators as competition for prey. For instance, elk slain for frivolous trophy “sport.” [*Data from 2010 Freedom of Information Act report.]
The real reason wolves and other species are considered a “problem” and killed: human overpopulation. A single wolf can roam up to 30 miles a day, possibly more. Human population continues to explode. And the earth is finite. When animal interests collide with human interests, animals lose.
Who are the killers? Within the USDA, there is an agency euphemistically called Wildlife Services. Popular killing methods include steel-jaw traps, chasing and gunning from helicopters, and using a hellish poison called Compound 1080—invented by the Nazis. Oh, setting fire to or gassing a den of wolf pups is another common method.
The first basic step you can take to support wildlife is to live a vegan life. Whenever we’re not eating or wearing the miserable “products” that come from ranching, we’re bringing our dream of a more peaceful, healthy earth into reality.
Ranchers are elitists who terrorize wolf protectors, with death threats and other underhanded stunts. These profiteers intend to bring about the extinction of wolves. Wildlife Services serves the ranchers—and it gets away with it. Killing is a sweet addiction. The junkies in Wildlife Services are psychologically similar to the goons hundreds of years ago who murdered native peoples and pinned their body parts as ornaments on hats. Every citizen serious about protecting wolves must simply stop the lethal hardware of the killers.
One earth, one home…for all.
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THE LAST WILD WOLVES: GHOSTS OF THE RAINFOREST
See coastal wolves share a remarkable world with spirit bears and dolphins.
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Ranchers in British Columbia continue to wage war on the wolves. They collude with the government to spread anecdotes and public relations spin to blame wolves—who were living in the territory long before the first invading ranchers—for the “loss of cattle.” According to environmentalists who have personally investigated the terrain, up to 95% of “cattle lost” are a result of “disease, toxic flora, calving problems, bad weather, getting hung up in the ubiquity of barbed wire fences, hit by vehicles, or killed and butchered by rustlers.” The wolves primarily hunt salmon. They also eat small prey such as mice, rabbits, and insects. Occasionally, they feed on salal berries. The proof is in their scat.
According to generous estimates of biologists, there are up to about 70,000 wolves in North America. A teacher had a fatal encounter with wolves in Alaska. It remains the only fatality. [In 2005, a college student was found dead in northern Saskatchewan but whether he was killed by a bear or a wolf is inconclusive, though the latter was blamed.] Consider the fact that wolves have been exterminated from nearly all of their original homelands in the U.S., ruthlessly hunted and murdered for centuries, and it’s clear who are the victims of brutality.
A SANCTUARY IN COLORADO CALLED MISSION: WOLF
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JOHN STEINBECK’S THOUGHTS ON HUNTING
We have never understood why men mount the heads of animals and hang them up to look down on their conquerors. Possibly it feels good to these men to feel superior to animals, but does it not seem that if they were sure of it they would not have to prove it? Often a man who is afraid must constantly demonstrate his courage and, in the case of the hunter, must keep a tangible record of his courage.
INTRIGUING INSIGHTS INTO THE SECRET LIVES OF WOLVES
You’ll be drawn into their elusive world and discover a profound understanding of nature. At the end of the journey, you’ll reach a deeper awareness of yourself and your place within the universe.
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