- CRITTER TALK
The magnificent Gray Wolf with cub
For those Hard Lefties who accuse me of being an apologist for the president they couldn’t be more wrong. I am vehemently opposed to much of what Obama has done since he took office. As a matter of fact I hated his appointment of Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary, and quite frankly, with a few exceptions, I doubt Obama’s record on the environment is much better than his predecessors. That does not mean I will call him names, or make idle threats or try to organize silly protests as do some.
The main issue here, however, is not the positions of the Haters but the tragedy that is politics without courage, and that is what has happened to our wolves. Pawns in a game played with man’s arrogance, they will now be shot down without regard to their legacy or their beauty, all because a bunch of politicians decided to trade them for compromise. The parties involved, including Barack Obama, should be ashamed. Even Adolf Hitler thought it important to protect the wolves.
Here is the sad story:
While condemning Congress’s budget-bill rider stripping protections from northern Rockies gray wolves, a federal judge on Wednesday nonetheless reluctantly denied a challenge to the rider by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies. Declaring the rider “a tearing away, an undermining, and a disrespect for the fundamental idea of the rule of law,” the judge effectively agreed with the Center that it violated the separation-of-powers clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, he wrote, he was constrained to uphold it by binding appellate court precedents.
The Center and other conservation groups had challenged the rider, approved in April, which removed Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah. The decision marked the first time that Congress, rather than scientists, took a plant or animal off the endangered species list. “Today’s decision means that hundreds of wolves that need protection won’t get it,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center. “Although wolf numbers have risen, the job of wolf recovery in the northern Rocky Mountains is far from complete.”
Tell us what you think of this government exercise in wolf killing, and the president’s role in it.