Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save The People

Several years ago, I somehow found myself campaigning to save the environment.

I must admit that I was inspired by the people I worked with; their enthusiasm, activism and desire to make a difference. I never questioned that their intentions were good, and supported and admired their efforts.

However, over the last several months, I've started noticing some huge holes in environmental activism, and am starting to doubt my efforts of years past.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not about to stop recylcing or start clubbing seals, but I do feel like something has been lost in the efforts to save the planet.

What has been lost is the concern for the well-being of humans.

It appears that some activists have become so entrenched in achieving their goals that they are not looking down to see who they are stepping on. In Canada, the World Wildlife Fund and International Fund for Animal Welfare were successful in stopping the hunting of spring bear.

They saved the creatures, but at what cost?

The cost was the livelihood of people; family business and tourism.

Have we really gotten to the point that the well-being of animals is more important than the well-being of people?

Apparently so.

Now that I have accepted the fact that I was duped and voted for a President that sold his soul to activists, I can only wait and watch this trend unfold.

At the end of the month, a Federal task force fueled by our President's debt to the people who put him in office will have a resounding impact on the recreational fishing industry, an industry that employs over a million people and contributes billions of dollars to the economy.

These decisions will not be based on science, and will wrongly put recreational fishermen in the same boat (tee-hee) as commercial fishermen.

I am all for properly managing our fisheries, but that being said, policies should be founded on science and economical impact, not from a hidden agenda to stop people from fishing.

We may be able to save the fish, but who is going to save us?

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