by Stephen Capra
In my state, (like so many others,) we have a State Game Commission that is hand-picked by one person: the Governor. So rather than continue to complain about the fate of our bears, wolves and coyotes, the time has come to affix blame for slaughter that is being allowed in the name of the livestock industry. In my state, one person bears responsibility for allowing animals to wither in pain, caught in the jaws a trap or snare. One person is to blame for leading us towards the destruction of more than 50% of the bears that live in our state. One person is to blame for children being encouraged to learn to trap and kill animals, that person is our Governor Susanna Martinez.
Governor Martinez is a pawn for the livestock industry. Actually, she is more than a pawn; she is a true believer in killing predators to support a group that enjoys the generous welfare her fellow republicans shower on the rancher class, that are our western poster child of stealing from taxpayers. Ranching would not exist in our state, without direct welfare payments from the federal government and the largess of groups like NM Game and Fish, that handout tags to owners of ranches to continue to profit from killing our lands and wildlife. Our Governor is in truth the coyote, or the trickster. She acts one way in public, but in reality carries a very different persona, meaning she is not genuine.
The Governor clearly knows that her policies, in relationship to wildlife, have been condemned from the outset. Her strategy in response- Ignore, ignore, ignore. The calculation is simple one: issues of wildlife or conservation will not have a real impact on her or her super-sized plans for her future. Even the press has pushed hard for some sense of reform and the response is to simply ramp up the level of torture, the level of killing. So there are more traps set, the state battles the feds over the reintroduction of wolves, bears are being killed in completely unsustainable numbers and now mountain lions can be trapped, her plan is to not respond, not make any changes and kill more, while listening less. She is a disgrace.
This is not a case of getting the right facts and having a friendly conversation that could change her opinion; this is a ‘we will not sit by and allow your slaughter to continue,’ kind of moment. This Governor has blood on her hands. Let me say this again, This Governor is wildlife’s angel of death. It is the blood of wolves in the Gila, running wild and recapturing the lands that they have called home for millennia. It is the bears that lumber through the Sandias, or play as the first snow falls in the Pecos. Perhaps it’s the elusive mountain lion that stalks the rock outcroppings at the base of Alamo Mountain in Otero Mesa.
These animals want only a chance to live, to make our environment that much more whole. They want as we all do to create a balance, a biodiversity that makes our wild lands sing. Yet, we have a Governor that wants not to sing, but to crush, to steal life and condone ignorance. This New Mexico Game and Fish Commission is the legacy of our Governor. It is filled with animal murderers. People if you can call them this, who have displayed a level of soullessness and even a personal zeal, to be a player in the destruction of wildness and the animal spirit.
These people must be stopped. This Governor must be stopped, and it begins by making her accept responsibility for HER actions. The killing of wildlife, the slaughter of predators and the unconscionable actions of those who run the New Mexico State Game Commission is something that must be stopped, but the blood that flows from these actions all begins and ends with one person- Governor Susanna Martinez. Governor, only you can stop the bleeding.
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