Oh goodie – another one from the files of I Swear I’m Not Making This Up!
Headline in my local paper: Ranks of Hunters Show Signs of Sharp Decline
According to the Associated Press story, “Hunters remain a powerful force in American Society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically, and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the ______________.”
Can you fill in the blank? My mind went to things like thinning herds, animal population control – the sorts of things a wildlife agency is charged with worrying about, and that hunting has been said to assist with over the years.
The answer? Here’s the end of the quote: “…and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue.” The article goes on to say that “Most of the 50 state wildlife agencies rely on hunting and fishing license fees for the bulk of their revenue, and only a handful receive significant infusions from their state’s general fund.”
Now let me get this straight: Can it possibly be that we care so much about those animals that we bemoan there are not more people willing and able to kill them, to raise the money to care for them?
The topic of the book I have been holed away writing is “Why Nonprofits / NGOs Have Not Changed the World and How They Can.” For months, I have been feverishly writing about what happens when we put greater value on the means than the end results – money over mission. I have been writing about what happens when we rationalize, using situational ethics (“If we don’t focus on money, we won’t be able to afford the mission.”)
And then this amazing gift falls right into my lap!!!!
Here is a quote from a representative of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies: “They’re trying to take care of all wildlife and all habitats on a shoestring budget.”
Hey, I’ve got an idea. If we value having incredible natural environments with a rich abundance of wildlife; if we think that is an asset we might want to, as a nation and a planet, cherish for posterity, so our grandchildren and their grandchildren will also have incredible natural environments to nurture their souls – what if we were to aim our policies at THAT?
I am tired of being told the only way for me to get good healthcare is to get bad healthcare (and go broke trying to get it.) I am tired of being told the only way for us to have peace is to have war. Now I can be equally tired of being told the only way we can have an abundance of wild creatures is to kill them.
Hey lawmakers – please, oh please, stop rationalizing the higher value you place on means over ends, and start aiming higher. Personally, I have higher expectations for what my country (and my planet) can be. Why don’t you?
Click here for 11 Ways to Focus on Ends Over Means
Photo credit: US Fish & Wildlife Digital Library