April 17th, 2011 18:10 EST
The Budget Deals Unfortunate Victim
The financial showdown that has beset Washington these past few weeks has ensnared an unfortunate victim, the grey wolf. Added in as a late addition to the budget deal, the wolves now are once again not spared from the domination of mans` greed and the end of a gun.
This marks the first time congress has removed an animal from the endangered species list. At center stage is whether wolves, the subject of hunting in the west for many decades, have recovered at a healthy level. The wolves had all but vanished from the landscape until they where reintroduced in the 1990s, and their protection status has allowed them to flourished in a part of the world that by all respect belongs to them and which is rightfully theirs.
It`s unfortunate but here is yet another attempt by man to stake his claim. The grey wolf, representing the majesty of the western world is being subject to the prejudices` and ignorance of man. It`s no different from racism or classism; the wolves are being singled out based on their skills to live endowed to them by nature and their ability to thrive at it.
It`s common for humans to push out animals when they come into conflict with their livelihood, but at what cost to nature? We humans constantly strive to live beyond our means, it`s a fact that I know not all of us are willing to embrace.
I understand the cries of discontent being claimed by the ranchers and farmers being affected by wolves, but I feel that it is them that fail to understand that wolves don`t recognize boundaries or claims to land. Land is not just seen as a commodity to wolves as it is to us humans. The wolves stake their lives in this very truth, believing in its essential doctrine for faith.
I think Leopold said it best when he claimed, "But wherever the truth may lie, this much is crystal-clear: our bigger-and-better society is now like a hypochondriac, so obsessed with its own economic health as to have lost the capacity to remain healthy." (1.) The funny thing is, is that this was a claim written over 60 years ago, and it`s as real in its meaning then as it is now. The urgency now seems only more urgent.
Legislators in congress are agreeing to, carrying out, proposing plans about the environment and wildlife defending their actions on financial grounds. I argue that we can all agree that economics should not be the determining factor when it comes to the health of our nations` natural grandeur and beauty.
(1.) Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River. New York: Ballantine Books, 1970. xix. Print.