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Extinct Means Safe Forever

Written by PETA | April 1, 2008

Does anyone else find it a bit depressing that everyone breaks out the party balloons after an animal gets taken off the Endangered Species list, when all it really means is that people can start the killing again? So it goes with the Gray Wolf, who now needs to start watching his back following an announcement that he’s no longer in imminent danger of extinction. Now that he’s off the list, he can once again be shot by ranchers who are protecting their flocks so they can kill them on their own time.

I’ve always thought that the “save endangered species” stuff was kind of a selfish notion at its core — as if we suddenly realized that the animals we’ve royally screwed over for generations actually enriched our lives just by being around, which apparently means that it’s time to panic for a few years and put them on a “safe list” until there are enough that we can start killing them again…

Anyway, the point is that the Gray Wolf is officially no longer on the Endangered Species List — but given the way we’ve treated these animals in the past and will now continue to treat them, I’m not sure I really feel like celebrating. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments — I’d love to hear people’s opinions on this one.

Update: It looks like Environmental Graffiti had a similar mixed reaction to the news.

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  • rodeogal505 says:

    Hey, idiots, have any of you ever lived on a farm? Ever depended on your livestock for food? no because you are a bunch of right city people. You honestly think a fence will hold back a wolf. Hell we bait and shoot those guys out at our farm cause they’ll kill your livestock and they’ll kill a small child. Try living on a farm before you comment on farming

  • WolfWhisperer says:

    i love the wolves. i joined Defenders of Wildlife and have raised money for them. Those ranchers need to get lives.

  • Hunter says:

    Okay… some of you are right and some are not. We hunters and fisherman do not try to inflict pain we hone our skills for instant painless kills. And we always feel terrible after a kill.

  • AUTUMN MILLER says:

    NO ONE SHOULD HUNT THESE ANIMALS. THERE IS A SUCH THING AS FENCES AND OTHER WAYS TO PROTECT LIVESTOCK. AND THEY ARE NOT AN ANIMAL TO BE HUNTED. I HATE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE HUNT IN THE FIRST PLACE. HERE IN CONRAD MONTANA IN THE LITTLE NEWSPAPER WE HAVE HERE SOMEONE TOOK A PIC OF A WOLF ON THE GUARDRAIL OFF THE OFFRAMP OF THE INTERSTATE. SOMEONE HAD HUNG IT THERE. IN THE PAPER THE WRITER IS MAKING JOKES ABOUT THE DEAD WOLF AND THINK IT IS FUNNY. YEAH BLOOD FROM A POOR ANIMAL THAT IS HANGING OVER TEH GUARDRAIL FOR EVERYONE TO SEE THE DISGUSTINGNESS OF MAN IS REALLY SOMETHING.

  • Kitsuna says:

    This Displeases the Pengiathan someday the wolf murders shal pay someday… sigh

  • Liz says:

    I agree with Jaclyn. How would any of those hunters like it if their leg got caught in a trap or someone hiding behind trees shott them? These amazing creatures should be protected and not killed or turtured in any way.

  • Holly says:

    Sad as it is suffering is a part of life some suffer more than others. it is sad very sad. But as humans we can choose we can choose to do no harm… Go Vegan… also Thank you Maya for your kind words… I respect you so very much Maya because you see things through a clear eye you are honest and stand by what you think is right. You are kind and respectful to all.

  • Holly says:

    Its been 26 days since wolves were stripped of federal protections in the Greater Yellowstone area and at least 17 wolves have already been killed in Idaho Montana and Wyoming. And there are surely more to come. Officials in Idaho changed their state law on the day wolves were delisted making it far easier for anyone to kill wolves near livestock or domestic animals.

  • Holly says:

    WASHINGTON Human beings may have had a brush with extinction 70000 years ago an extensive genetic study suggests. The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa apparently because of drought according to an analysis released Thursday. The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age. httpwww.foxnews.comstory0293335246100.html

  • M says:

    “I just wish those who torture hunt kill and inflict pain on animals could literally feel the exact intensity of painfear they cause these beautiful creatures.” Yeah those wolves who hunt deer should feel what its like to be eaten while still alive to have your stomach ripped open while you’re desperately fighting for your life. Or how about the baby rabbits who starve to death frightened and alone because a fox ate their mother? Maybe we should just kill off all life or at least all predatory animals. Then there wouldn’t be any suffering.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Beautifully said about mindfulness Holly. When we talk about overpopulation or trying a vegetarian diet all too often people jump to the conclusion that we are trying to put people in concentration camps for such things!! Not at all most of us are just asking for SOME forethought and mindfulness. Would it kill us to think about these things once in a while? Antigone also touched on one of the most overlooked issues in our society children given up for adoption who suffer from foster home to foster home and sometimes in abusive situations. How lovely it would be if we could save the Earth by choosing to adopt a child in need even if it’s after the first child for those who “must” have one of their own. Well said Antigone and Holly.

  • Holly says:

    Maya is correct. I am not telling anyone to have or not to have children although I do feel we need to be mindful when we do and part of that being mindful is world over population and the problems that go along with it. in the news Riots and hunger feared as demand for grain sends food costs soaring thats another reason to be mindful before thinking of having a large family. And all the resons I have stated above Maya and Antigone1000 are correct… also it is true Adoption is a wonderful and I totally agree.

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