by Stephen Capra
If you could have a wish granted, what would it be? We all have our answers, world peace, end of poverty, clean energy! Why such lofty goals seem often out of reach, the concept of will can often break down the walls of what is possible. I mention this in the context of my Christmas wish-the reform of our State Game Commission.
While some may see this as ‘lofty,’ it seems more likely that it can be achieved, but will require real leadership, a solid strategy and many people coalescing around the need to make this a priority. I say priority, because in a world of issues and concerns, sometimes the issues of animals and their rights can be lost in a sea of human concerns around the need to make this a priority. I say priority, because in a world of issues, sometimes the issues of animals and their rights can be lost in the mirror of our likeness.
In a time like Christmas, we often think of those less fortunate; the spirit of sharing becomes more ingrained. Yet, the most vulnerable in our midst are the bears, wolves, cougars and prairie dogs that sadly meet their fate at the hands of those who kill for sport and fun. Or those select sadists that find trapping to be an acceptable way of life.
No for my Christmas, these animals roam free, never in fear of their lives at the hands of men, but rather partners in our quest to make our environment whole again. In my dreams the grizzly returns to New Mexico and with brother wolf continues to bring our rivers back, and keeps our elk in check. More importantly, they have the room to roam because the cow is moved off much of the land to give room for wildlife.
The key to this dream lies in ending the madness and the torture that comes at the hands of the New Mexico State Game Commission. The people of this Commission, like the trappers I have met come to you with dead eyes, their soul was long ago jettisoned for personal profit, and each has killed and continues to kill the very wildlife that defines wildness.
This commission has a bloody history, but never has it displayed the arrogance and murderous blood lust that we see today. Ending their reign is essential, and it must happen within the next two years. In 2017, we will have a long session at the Roundhouse, between now and the demise of this commission must be made.
Never before has there been an opportunity to do more for wildlife, never before has there been an opportunity to break the back of the special interests-livestock, oil and gas, farmers that continue to control the commission and continue to kill all predators across our state, inviting killing contests and ignoring sound science and public furor.
Bold Visions Conservation will continue its push to end this commission. We believe in the free will of all species and understand that like racism, we must continue to educate and push change at all levels. For you see, WILDLIFE MATTERS. It is the soul of the land; it is the heartbeat of humanity.
So as you make your Christmas wishes and think what could I do? Think big, think lofty, and focus your energy with us in the quest to end the barbarism that is the New Mexico State Game Commission. With your help and lots of hard work and determination we will bring down an institution that has filled our land with blood since the turn of the last century.
For humans the evolution continues, we are not the kings of the land, rather we share this inheritance and our responsibility remains to share this with all creatures and ensure that the next generation inherits something better than we were blessed to have. It begins with life, and allowing all species to live, while removing the very people who in their own delusion feel they have a right to control nature.
Bold Visions Conservation