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Is it 2010 or 1910? Politicians appear to be confused

[large thumbnail url=”is-it-2010-or-1910-politicians-appear-to-be-confused” filename=”editorial” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”is-it-2010-or-1910-politicians-appear-to-be-confused” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”10″ day=”06″] A guest column which appeared in Montana’s Flathead Beacon – which claims to be Fresh. Local. Enlightning. – by Rep. Denny Rehberg shows a narrow, and dangerous viewpoint.

“It’s like a bad horror movie where the monster keeps coming back no matter how many times you think it’s been killed.”

This is the opening line of a guest column written by Montana’s US Congressman, Rep. Denny Rehberg, called “For Wolf solutions, Look to Montanans” which appeared in the Flathead Beacon.

The desire to demonize the wolf is a strategy employed at the beginning of the last century.

Michael J. Robinson, author of Predator Bureaucracy, said this when referring to a strategy adopted by the media and government during the mid 19th and early 20th century.  

… calling wolves criminals, desperados, and so forth was part of a propaganda program by the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey (predecessor to today’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to the secretive USDA Wildlife Services) to arouse a largely urban Colorado citizenry in the 1920s, a citizenry ravaged and outraged by the violence surrounding Prohibition. If wolves were like the homicidal bootleggers that made headlines regularly, little mercy need be extended to them.

These exact same strategies are being used right now, by modern day politicians and media outlets, to continue the demonization of wolves in order to do exactly what Robinson refers to above. To make these animals unsympathetic so that any measure taken to satiate the deadly hunger of the anti-wolf movement will be accepted happily by the public.

You can read the entire article on For Wolf Solutions, Look to Montanans

Note the use of the term “culprits.”

The continued referencing of wolves as being part of a “horror movie.”

It’s the same bag of tricks implemented in a new century. Heck, a new millenium!

It’s time to top paying reimbursements for livestock loss and instead invest in preventative measures – which will not only protect animals against wolf predation, but also other predators as well.

It’s time to simply learn to live with the environment surrounding you rather than trying to mold it to conform to some financially advantagous vision.

It’s time to let science control the discussion, not political special interests.

It’s time to vote for the candidates who recognize the value of America’s amazing biodiversity and are willing to defer to scientists, while at the same time protecting  those scientists from undue external pressures which would lead to them making unbiased decisions.

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