“…the Indians, after all, were little different than wolves, both being beasts of prey, tho they differ in shape, who deserved nothing from the whites but total ruin.”
George Washington, 1783
[The American] was obliged to push the backward Indians “with the beasts of the forests into the StonyMountains.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1812
“… [The government] was obliged now to pursue them [the Indians] to extermination, or to drive them to new seats beyond our reach.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1813
“The famed Harvard physician and social commentator Oliver Wendell Holmes observed in 1855 that Indians were nothing more than a ‘half-filled outline of humanity’ whose ‘extermination’ was the necessary "solution of the problem of his relation to the white race." Describing native peoples as ‘a sketch in red crayons of a rudimental manhood,’ he added that it was only natural for the white man to ‘hate’ the Indian and to ‘hunt him down like the wild beasts of the forest, and so the red-crayon sketch is rubbed out, and the canvas is ready for a picture of manhood a little more like God's own image’.”
“I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”
Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
What do these quotes have to do with the proposed, and outrageously approved, “Predator Derby” in Idaho? Everything! The consistent call for the extirpation of the Indigenous Peoples of this land by the abovementioned men reflects the attitudes prevalent in the corrupted relationship between humanity and nature. It is, by any and all standards, wrong to assume superiority over those that are “different”. Imagine, if you will, the indiscriminate hunting of human beings for sport. It has happened, here in what is now called the Americas, and throughout the world – and still does. The same is being done to Wildlife; the hunt, NOT for food, but for sport. Because of the arrogant assumption of “dominion” over peoples and nature, we have lost approximately 50% of Wildlife species, and with blatant disregard for the consequences, we continue to commit wholesale murder for the sake of “recreation”.
Despite the Bureau of Land Management's decision to revoke the SRP for the mass murder of, not just Wolves, but ANY Relative of what we call "wild", I honestly cannot trust the State of Idaho to abide by the revocation of said permit. According to Richard Conniff (Please visit him, and even follow him on Twitter): "Last month, Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter signed a law creating a wolf control board with the explicit purpose of killing all but 150 of the state’s remaining 650 wolves. State officials would have preferred total extermination: “If every wolf in Idaho disappeared I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” the new fish and game commissioner declared at his confirmation hearing in January." (Take Part; "Strange Behaviors Column")Moreover, from Mr. Conniff's report on Yahoo ("Inside Idaho's Irrational War on Wolves"), "In one remarkable example of institutionalized lawlessness, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings in 2011 sponsored what he called the “308 SSS Idaho County Sheriff's Wolf Raffle.” He claimed that the abbreviation SSS stood for “safety, security, and survival.” But in rancher parlance, “SSS” means “shoot, shovel, and shut up”—that is, kill the wolves, bury the evidence, and never mind what the law says. To drive home the point, Giddings posed with a Winchester .308, a shovel, and a smile." (Ibid) (c) Richard Conniff. All rights reserved.
We need to make it crystal clear that this behavior is unacceptable, and in fact, createsMORE PROBLEMS, than the perpetrators care to admit. The root cause is reportedly financial, which is over-compensated by Idaho tax payers: "Since then, much of Idaho seems to have turned to shooting, shoveling, and shouting about it. The decision to abet this process with $400,000 a year in taxpayer funds comes in response to confirmed killings by Idaho wolves of 46 cattle and 413 sheep in 2013. Even taking top market rates of $900 for cattle and $150 for sheep, that adds up to just $103,350 in losses, for which the federal government now provides compensation funding. In the 25 years from 1987 to 2011, compensation paid to ranchers in Idaho for wolf losses totaled $1.4 million—less than the state now plans to spend in the first four years of its new killing program. So much for fiscal responsibility for Idaho Republicans like Otter." (Ibid) However, the TRUE cause is much, much darker: HATRED.
We must expose these crimes, which as stated before, are tantamount to the attempted, and dangerously ongoing attempted, genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of this hemisphere. Mr. Komze, we do NOT trust Idaho to abide by the BLM's revocation of the SRP for their "Predator Derby." The State of Idaho must be called to task, Governor Otter, Steven M. Huffaker, and all with political authority (e.g. Idaho County Sheriff Douglas Giddings) held accountable for their crimes against Nature.
The above statement for petition remains as a reminder that the "Wild" is NOT the playground for human beings, and Wildlife are not our toys, or our enemies. The Earth, and ALL Her children are Sacred.
*Special thanks to Mr. Kornze, and the BLM for revoking the Special Recreation Permit for the perpetration of this terrible crime against Nature. Please ensure that the revocation is followed, and enforced, for the sake of future generations.