I wish that I could wave a magic wand and make the world a kinder place for animals; cats, dogs, cows, pigs, sheep, horses, whales, dolphins, elephants, animals used in laboratory experiments — you get the picture, right?
Animals are awesome.
Animals should have legal rights — they should be better protected and defended.
Everyone has issues they’re passionate about, and this is one of mine.
No animal needs our help more than wolves.
Wolves are being killed, slaughtered, mutilated, exterminated.
I went to Sacramento so that I could testify at the Fish and Wildlife Service‘s wolf delisting hearing on November 22. He was there to make sure that I stayed out of jail. It’s kind of a joke but not really. Being around hunters and others who enjoy killing animals makes me so mad that you can almost see me explode with RAGE. The smoke-out-of-the-ears kind of rage. The kind of rage that has no filter. THAT kind of rage.
I’m sure that I’m one of the most skeptical people in the world when it comes to the reasons why our government is motivated to do ANYTHING, but this particular issue boggles my mind to a crazy degree.
This horrible and scientifically flawed idea that wolves are in a position to have recovered enough numbers to be formally removed from the Endangered Species List is what has driven thousands of Americans to protest, speak out, argue against it, and do whatever they can to continue to protect these beautiful creatures from certain extinction — again.
A hunter who kills a wolf belongs to a subsection — a microcosm — of a human being whose sole purpose in life is the extermination of a species.
It’s scary, people. Really scary.
From what I understand, funded in part by the Koch Brothers’ smoke screen organization, American Prosperity Group, ranchers and hunters have declared an all-out war against the wolf — any wolf, Gray Wolf, Red Wolf or Mexican Wolf, coyotes, any and all predators that they incorrectly believe threaten THEIR skewed right to breed, grow, and eventually murder their own cattle and sheep.
Current research indicates other successful non-lethal options to protect their “investment” animals — living and breathing creatures whose sole existence is to breed and grow to one day be killed — yet another reason why we don’t eat meat.
What this potential delisting has helped to unleash is a group of sadistic hunters who are entrenched in zoosadism.
Zoosadism is a term used to refer to the pleasure that an individual gains from the cruelty to animals. SEXUAL PLEASURE. Zoosadism is getting sexually excited by causing harm to animals and is considered a form of animal abuse. Have you seen all those horrible photos on the internet? Zoosadists are true sociopaths.
At the hearing, one of the first speakers was Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem WintuTribe of American Indians near Mount Shasta. She received much deserved applause and shouts of support when she said that the wolf had long been a spiritual figure for her tribe.
“The wolf is our teacher,” she said, explaining that its extended pack relationships served as an example for human families. She compared the hunting of wolves out of fear to the killing of American Indians.
There were so many amazing speakers who spoke with intelligence, passion, dedication, and concern for the wolf.
WIth 500-600 attendees, and the knowledge that there was a videographer who recorded all the speeches as official government testimony, you’d think I would have been nervous, but I’ve always had plenty of public speaking confidence (some might call it chutzpah,) — especially with five-inch heels and a Chanel on my arm.
***TRANSCRIPT OF MY SPEECH***
“It is past time to take the words of Gandhi to heart: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Why is the term “delisting” synonymous with hunting, bloodsport, and the murder of a species?
Is this the only barbaric method “good science” has for “species management”?
Instead, let’s call it what it really is: government sanctioned murder.
De-listing really means that it’s OK to hunt, torture, and destroy species and is really just legalizes more brutality.
We cannot allow the current administration to give up on wolf recovery for the gray wolf OR the Mexican wolf or relinquish species survival to the states.
I’m from here in California where we have excellent habitat but no wolves and I absolutely do NOT support any (Fish and Wildlife Service’s) proposal to delist the gray wolf, a barely recovering endangered species that’s currently being slaughtered for political gain.
We need to manage wolves and other wildlife in a healthy and sustainable way so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of our rich wildlife heritage. However, management cannot mean the hunting and murder of a species.
That the irrational and enduring hostility to wolves still exists, and that hundreds of more wolves will be killed — is wrong and the cruel methods allowed for hunting and trapping wolves are deeply disturbing and sociopathic, egregious, and inhumane.
Our own life changing visit to Yellowstone in August fulfilled my lifelong dream to see the wolves of Lamar Valley.
At 6:00 a.m., a few miles outside our camp at Slough Creek, we followed others to a bison carcass, and our efforts paid off with a multiple sighting of many wolves, including 755.
There was an overwhelming sense of awe among the dozens of us who silently watched him cross the road and then a collective sigh of relief when he disappeared safely over the ridge.
Those same wolves are being murdered the instant they cross that invisible border out of the park. It’s absolutely insane.
WE hold the power to ensure that we’re not the last generation to view a wolf in nature; not confined in a zoo, or most importantly, not dead after being tortured and then displayed as a “trophy”.
The truth is that wolf recovery is far from over.
According to many leading scientists, we’ve entered into an era of mass extinction, which will not have run its course until biodiversity levels are less than twenty-five percent of what they are now.
I’m here to push back against this culture of extinction.
I’m here because of the legacy I want to leave behind for our children.
More than thirty years ago, I did my small part to advocate for the addition of wolves to the Endangered Species List.
I wrote letters and joined forces with groups dedicated to protecting the wolf from certain extinction and it’s shameful that we’re back to the beginning.
It appears that the last thirty years have culminated in the nurturing of this species’ growth for the single sacrificial purpose to provide animals for thrill killing hunter/murderers and that’s why continued protection is even more necessary.
Our collective legacy will not be celebrating wolf recovery, but rather their unnecessary deaths will become your ONLY legacy.
Do NOT delist the gray wolf. Outlaw all hunting of wolves.”
Cleveland Amory: “Hunters should be hunted themselves, to prevent hunter overpopulation and to undo the effects of inbreeding.”
More pics of the Fish and Wildlife Hearing in Sacramento on November 22, 2013
- Red Wolves Critically Close to Extinction After Hunters Kill 10 Percent of Population (inhabitat.com)
- Wolf hearing draws crowd of around 500 people (abqjournal.com)
- At least 11 wolves killed in Mich. hunt (toledoblade.com)
Good for you for getting involved! I grew up in a family of hunters–for food, not sport. I really don’t understand the point of hunting canids.
Thank you for stopping by. I don’t understand how people could kill for no other reason than to kill. Hub knows hunters (food) and while we don’t agree, it’s easier to understand that mentality.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Great speech! I’m a huge animal lover and activist and it brings my heart so much happiness when I see/hear of others working hard for animal equality and safety too. What they are doing to wolves is disgusting and should be illegal.
I’m glad tugboat man was there with you! I bring my guy with my anywhere I might get “amped up” about animal rights, because he has to calm me down!
I know there are so many like you and me, but money seems to be the driving factor here, and the will of the people is being ignored. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
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I scooped this and posted it everywhere, including Serendipity. I don’t do that often, but this is important. Thank you for fighting the good fight.
How very sweet of you, as much as I like everything to be about ME (haha) this fight to save a keystone species is bigger and more important. Like rescuing, saving animals, I really believe the way we treat animals, children, women defines us as a species. Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate). I hope you are feeling better these days!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I’m much better, thanks. And a happy thanksgiving to you, too.
Glad to hear it. Stay healthy.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Good for you! Animals need activists like you to advocate for them. As an animal lover myself, I thank you for putting words into action.
Animal lovers are the BEST. Thank YOU!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Good speech. Thanks for joining in the fight and helping make sure these wonderful animals continue to be protected.
Wish your mom could have been there to fight this good fight with us! Plus, we would have had fun later in the bar!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Wish I could have been there too!!
You would have added a great element to the day! Happy T-day to you and your lovely family.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Happy turkey day to you and yours as well!
Is the professor gracing San Diego with his presence?
Yes, he and DIL will be here tomorrow. Hence my frantic cooking and baking all day!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Frantic? That makes it sound bad… and you know you enjoy it! 😉
I know I do, but listen to this menu for Wed/Thurs. Spinach lasagna (homemade marinara sauce) Homemade French Bread Choc cookies (in the oven now) Lentil nut loaf Kugel Stuffing Sweet potatoes Mashed potatoes with gravy Fresh cranberry sauce Apple pie/pumpkin pie Challah Guacamole (special request)
That’s what I mean by frantic LOL
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Okay, frantic based on quantity, not the act itself.
Hmm, and that all sounds really good…
I think I’ll drop by…
Open invitation. Wouldn’t that be so much fun? Got a big backyard in case the little guy needs to roam…
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
He might be ready to run by Thursday…
So close to taking his first steps… so very close. 😀
Sadly, SD is a bit too far South to manage this year since I still have to work on Friday and my alarm goes off way too early.
OK but someday you’ll have to visit.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I know! And, you know you are always invited to pop up the coast for a visit too, right?
I’ll pass that on to the tugboat man, and thank you! He just left to order a new surfboard so he’s a very happy guy.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Yeah! New surfboard ordering – that has to be one of the highlights of the week! Well, you know, that and the fun dinner tomorrow with all the scrumptious food you put together. 😉
Just having the big guy home AND my baby coming home is all I could ever want. That’s how us moms feel.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Applause! Applause! Applause! I love that you are so passionate about animals and their rights. Your speech was fantastic and you looked fabulous AND fierce!
Chanel does have a way of helping to unleash the power ha ha. I’m little but don’t F with me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and of course, Ted!
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Right back at you, friend! Enjoy your tofurkey!
Ha ha, have you ever tasted a tofurkey? It tastes so bad my dog wouldn’t even eat it and he ate everything.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Ha! No, never had tofurkey….because of what you just said. 🙂
Too funny. My son told me about something called Fieldroast which sounds cool but they don’t sell it anywhere in Cal.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Way to go!!! And, you look fabulous. We wish the same thing for our animal brethen.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂
Thank you, my friend. And right back at you. (Happy Thanksgiving I mean)
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Well said! I don’t get why they are looking to delist the wolves. It took me a long time to understand why they allow hunting for deer. If the population gets too big then there is more suffering in the winter for example. But I never get on board when people think hunting is a sport or it’s for decoration. It’s hardly a fair fight. There are a lot of families where I live that rely on the food they get from hunting. A deer can feed them for months. I have more understanding of those that treat hunting and the animals with respect rather than a male bonding experience look at me I’m cool thing. They aren’t trophies!
Well said. I couldn’t agree more.
On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Great speech. People say they love animals, but few actually get involved to this extent. I know I don’t. Good for you for taking the time to make your voice heard. You are my idol – for real. 🙂
You are too kind, that’s for sure. I had been feeling guilty about never actually doing anything, just talking about it, so that was part of my motivation, plus I love being the center of attention (!!!) and a big group like that fed my ego ha ha. Cooking and baking, that’s what I’m doing today. How are you?
On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 5:34 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Good. We just got a big dump of snow. I’m off to navigate the slippery streets pretty soon. Otherwise, just doing the regular – blog, workout, and working on our new business. That’s a big one. You’ll see more about that soon. I’m very excited.
And you? Nice having “the man” at home, I’ll bet. Have any more special plans for the near future?
Be careful, there are crazy drivers out there! Can’t wait to hear about your new venture. The only thing we might do is go camping at Zion National Park and/or a surf trip to Nicaragua. J just ordered a custom board esp for traveling. How could I say no to him when he generously got me another Chanel, right? He should be home until late Jan. fingers crossed.
On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
That sounds awesome. I look forward to the pics!
I am crazy tired.
On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I’m sure you are. You do a lot for your man. 🙂
Thank you very much!
On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I love and admire your passion and conviction…wolves are so majestic and beautiful.
Killing seemed normal growing up, my dad was a hunter and trapper in Alaska. Much of it was for food, but some for selling the fur. As I got older it became more difficult for me to accept and became (another) point of contention between us. I’m glad people like you make the effort to protect these beautiful and intelligent creatures. We can each do our part to make the world more peaceful and loving.
What lovely words and I appreciate you so much for saying them. Your experiences in Alaska are so incredible; I wish more people were like you who see a different way for us to treat our wildlife (and all animals!)
On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Good for you–I have always wondered why people hunt–especially for sport–you put action behind your words and I hope all the passionate pleas did not fall on deaf ears
I am pretty cynical; I think everyone’s speeches HAVE fallen on deaf ears. Backroom deals where lives of animals are used as pawns is how government works, I guess. We’ll see. Happy holidays!
On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 3:14 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I’m glad you were there to give ’em hell Princess Rosebud!
Thank you! I was one of many, I hope it made a difference…
On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
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