It is once again the time of year for politics, and generally I try my best to avoid such things. However, this year there is an issue on the ballot that I feel particularly strong about, and I wanted to voice that opinion. Can you guess what it is?
The wolf hunts here in Michigan. That’s right. I will admit I have a bit of a pro-wolf bias, but even as a hunter I see no good justification for these hunts. Let me just lay it all out there for a moment. When I hunt, I intend to use everything I take, and if not I will find someone that can. Burying the remains also does happen, but that is only as a last resort or when the spirit specifically demands it. There are ethical concerns, conservation/ecological concerns, as well as spiritual concerns. It gets complex real quick, and I’ve talked about it before. So moving on.
Now for a small bit of history. Wolves in Michigan were put on the endangered species list in 1965. In 2008 a law was passed that allows lethal methods to be used on wolves if they are found attacking dogs or livestock. Wolves were officially taken off the endangered species list in late 2011 – 2012, and the first wolf hunt was sanctioned in 2013.
The short history is only the beginning however. The whole legislative process concerning the wolf hunts has been filled with lies, half-truths, fear mongering, and downright corruption on the part of Michigan politicians. That is almost a bigger issue than the hunting of wolves. Our politicians have deliberately and intentionally ignored the will of the people when it did not agree with their agenda. No, I do not think wolves should be hunted. But a corrupt and incapable government is just as bad, if not worse.
As far as the “sound science” line of argument is concerned that comes from pro-hunt groups, I have yet to see any convincing science that lays out a case to hunt wolves. In fact, the first link below is a report from two world renowned wolf experts, and they do a pretty good job arguing against any pro-hunt arguments.
I think this whole business has more to do with corrupt politics than it has to do with science, and that is a problem. When politicians, our so called leaders , ignore the will of the people they govern, that is a problem.
The wolf hunts are not “sound scientific” wildlife management, nor are they good policy. The hunts are not about conservation, and are more reflective of the sad state of our political climate in Michigan.
So yes, I intend to vote NO on proposals 1 and 2. And yes, I realize that these referendums have no real bearing at this point. That is how much those in Lansing value my voice, and the will of the people. None at all.
I also intend to vote against any incumbent that had a hand in this. It is time for a change in leadership.