Sunday, October 12, 2003

Un-flipping Believable

Just when you think that the cretins in charge in Washington can't possibly get any more cretinous, something like this rears its exceptionally ugly head:

The Bush administration is proposing far-reaching changes to conservation policies that would allow hunters, circuses and the pet industry to kill, capture and import animals on the brink of extinction in other countries.

Giving Americans access to endangered animals, officials said, would feed the gigantic U.S. demand for live animals, skins, parts and trophies, and generate profits that would allow poor nations to pay for conservation of the remaining animals and their habitat.

This and other proposals that pursue conservation through trade would, for example, open the door for American trophy hunters to kill the endangered straight-horned markhor in Pakistan; license the pet industry to import the blue fronted Amazon parrot from Argentina; permit the capture of endangered Asian elephants for U.S. circuses and zoos; and partially resume the trade in African ivory. No U.S. endangered species would be affected.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph...isn't it time, past time, that the "gigantic U.S. demand" for EVERYTHING just be shut the hell off? Kiss the following animals goodbye, folks, so rich parasites can get a big kick out of killing them and hanging them on their &*^%ing wall:

The proposal identified several species:

• Morelet's crocodile, an endangered freshwater crocodile found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Its skin is prized by U.S. leather importers.

• The endangered Asian elephant of India and Southeast Asia. The declining population in U.S. breeding programs "has raised a significant demand among the [U.S.] zoo and circus community," the proposal said.

• The Asian bonytongue, a valuable aquarium fish, found in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

• The straight-horned markhor, an endangered wild goat in Pakistan distinguished by corkscrew-shaped horns. According to the proposal, "allowing a limited number of U.S. hunters an opportunity to import trophies from this population could provide a significant increase in funds available for conservation."

And of course, friends, lurking behind this monstrous proposal is, no surprise, a big donator to Dubya and the Repugs:

Safari Club International gave $274,000 to candidates during the 2000 election cycle, 86 percent of it to Republicans. It also spent $5,445 printing bumper stickers for the Bush presidential campaign. Monson has made a variety of contributions himself, including $1,000 to the Bush for President campaign.

Teresa Telecky, former director of the wildlife trade program at the Humane Society, blamed lobbying by Safari Club International and other special interest groups for a "sea change" in conservation policy. "The approach of this administration is it is all right to kill endangered or threatened species or capture them from the wild so long as somebody says there would be some conservation benefit," she said.

Our best bet to stop this insanity? Vote these shits out. Whether you're a Democrat, an independent, or a Republican with a brain - and you're out there - we need a massive get out the vote effort in 2004 to get these hogs out of office.

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