Letters to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / February
To the Editor,
We trap them in brutal ways without regard to age or gender, pain or suffering.
We chase with snowmachines, running them to exhaustion. We've poisoned them (along
with non-targeted species) and have offered bounties which prove ineffective
and subject to considerable abuse.
We've dragged their pups from their dens and killed them as the parents watch.
We've stomped their chests while they were trapped to save a few cents on a .22
cartridge. We've snared them and watched as they chew limbs off in futile efforts
to escape. We do things to wolves that done to a dog or cat would land us in
jail with a hefty fine for cruelty to animals. Yet, because they are wild animals
by some convoluted thinking we exempt them from feeling the pain, the agony,
the sheer torture of these acts.
Now, thanks to Ralph Seekins and his ilk, we don't have to concern ourselves
with even the pretense of ethics. We perpetuate brutalities on our wildlife that
a decent person would find repulsive and know our governor, our Legislature,
the Board of Game, the Alaska Outdoor Council, and the trappers will condone
the practices without hesitation.
And we can cover it up nicely with that favorite phrase of Fish and Game, "a
Seekins, stooge for the AOC and trappers, knows full well were his wildlife bills
submitted to public vote they would fail. Instead, he chooses a sleazy path,
pushing it through a Legislature that mostly shares his same lack of ethics.
As other legislators seek to restrict the average Alaskan's ability to address
such behavior by making the initiative process more restrictive Seekins now goes
after bears with a similar lack of conscience or principles.
Yeah ... we know how to manage our wildlife. We remain silent while Seekins and
his kind ransack this resource we all own equally but which he seems to regard
as a private reserve for an elite few.
How long he gets away with it is up to you. Call him at 456-8161 and let him
know it's time to stop the madness ... his madness.
Art Greenwalt / Fairbanks
to Current Events 0204]
Song of Alaska, P.O. Box 671670, Chugiak, Alaska 99567-1670
Wolf Song of Alaska.
The Wolf Song of Alaska
Logo, and Web Site Text is copyrighted, registered,
protected, and cannot be used without permission.
Web design and artwork donated by She-Wolf Works and Alaskan artist Maria Talasz
All rights reserved