Most people think that “conservation” is about protecting wild animals and wild places from being destroyed or exploited. But that is not what conservation has been about in the United States. At the turn of the 20th century, the meaning of “conservation” was hijacked, and has never been returned. On the second anniversary of Florida’s brutal bear massacre, the organization that fought back against the state’s “Conservation” Commission exposes the truth without which effective resistance will be impossible.
In the wake of the violence at Charlottesville, VA, a professor of neuroscience has urged America’s “left” to readjust its brain in order to fight “the real evil,” which is presented as the emergence of homegrown Nazism under the wings of President Trump. We find it necessary to offer the professor a brief course of remedial education, in the hope that his own brain might come to perceive the nature of evil in America a little more clearly.
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With anti-Russian hysteria reaching fever-pitch in America’s corporate-owned mainstream media, there is a desperate need for an objective look at what Donald Trump’s foreign policy might actually mean for America and the world it has long sought to dominate. A major course correction is in the offing, taking the empire toward its objectives in an entirely different way. But for America’s established rulers, victory on Trump’s terms is a prospect about which we are not even allowed to think.
Since animals are individuals, when we attempt to listen to their point of view we should also open ourselves to the possibility that different individuals have different points of view. If you were a victim of New Jersey’s lethal bear management, how would you feel, and how would you express those feelings?
Wildlife conservation in North America treats animals as renewable natural resources, and allocates them between different human “user” groups, assuming that they belong to people. This is not just spectacularly arrogant. It also ignores the science proving that animals are sentient individuals whose lives matter to them, and who have emotions much like ours.
America’s state wildlife agencies have proposed a “Blue Ribbon” funding reform that would tie them to the oil and gas industries. The plan is being sold as a way for all Americans to “invest” in wildlife conservation. In truth, it has much more to do with the protection of corporate profits from the Endangered Species Act, and the protection of wildlife managers from a public they do not respect.
Hillary Clinton presents herself as a safe choice for America, alleging that Donald Trump is dangerously incoherent in foreign policy and a misogynist. But her own policies have resulted in the deaths of countless women and children, and her aggressive pursuit of imperial designs threatens all of us with grave dangers blithely ignored by the corporate media.
Florida’s decision not to hunt black bears in 2016 came after an exhausting public battle with an agency that had seemed completely oblivious to popular uproar. But the war may not be over. We analyze the FWC’s decision and find three distinct blocs of opinion, the balancing of which will determine the fate of Florida’s bears in 2017 and beyond.
On June 22, 2016, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will decide whether to hunt bears again this year. We review the four options that have been presented by FWC staff, exploring their meaning through the eyes of the special interest groups with the most weight in the policy-making process.
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This letter was delivered to the Commissioners and Executive Director of the FWC in advance of the June, 2016 Commission meeting at which bear hunting was on the agenda. On behalf of the people of Florida, the letter holds the FWC to account under the principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and finds the Commission wanting across every dimension of the analysis.
Why is Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States, endorsing the Environment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership when so many other environmental groups have opposed it? The answer to this question may change your view of the Humane Society forever.
In America’s ongoing war against wildlife, the cries of the victims are seldom heard. This is just the way the ruling elite likes it. But thanks to the work of a Florida videographer, all the world can now hear what wildlife “management” sounds like when our forests are turned into battlefields.
What if American humans were “managed” in the same way as American wildlife? Given the depravity of America’s track record at home and abroad, this question is only far-fetched for those who believe the evil will never extend to them. This essay combines existing ingredients into an alternate American reality.
We are told that we must not anthropomorphize animals, yet heeding this misguided advice deprives us of the opportunity to perceive reality through the eyes of the other living things with which we share this world. After a year of exceptional brutality toward our animals, take a journey with them through the State of Florida, across space, time, and the range of emotions that we all feel, whether we wish to acknowledge it or not.
Millions of Floridians were shocked by the FWC’s decision to allow bear hunting in 2015. Its 2012 Bear Management Plan appeared to have denied that hunting and conservation were compatible. But the length of the Plan discouraged perception of the many ways in which it anticipated hunting and thereby betrayed the trust of the people who value wild animals as individuals with a right to life that can not be managed away.
Florida State Senator Alan Hays is easily dismissed as a politically incorrect buffoon, but the danger he presents to democracy, the Constitution, and our environment must not be overlooked. Eager to curry favor with the ruling class, and too ignorant to be qualified for high office, he epitomizes everything that James Madison despised in the state governments of the 1780s.
The true extent of the suffering inflicted by man on the rest of nature is almost unimaginably vast. A continuation of current human behavior will crown that suffering with mass extinction and ecological collapse. We look at two ways to avert that catastrophe: traumatic knowledge, and a recalculation of human happiness.
Less than a week after Florida’s bear hunt, and one day before Halloween, FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski told the people that the killers he had just unleashed on the state’s iconic wild animals are actually better conservationists than everyone else. Inadvertently, he made a compelling case for reform of wildlife management.