Blinded by 20:20

Blinded by 20:20 Re Yukon Fish and Wildlife: a 20:20 vision: "Wildlife Management" for human "use" has been and will continue to be a failure for wildlife (history has proven this time and time again). So when the public is asked with respect to wildli

Re Yukon Fish and Wildlife: a 20:20 vision:

“Wildlife Management” for human “use” has been and will continue to be a failure for wildlife (history has proven this time and time again).

So when the public is asked with respect to wildlife, “What is your vision for the year 2020?” I would say that wildlife need and deserve their basic rights, meaning that they are not the property of humans to fulfill our wants and desires.

They should be allowed to live in accordance to their nature. This is the only sure way to protect wildlife and “their” habitat.

Wildlife are not “resources” or “inventory” to be exploited and killed for human interest; they are sentient beings (they feel pleasure, fear, hunger, pain, etc.) and must be respected as such if we truly want to protect them far beyond the year 2020.

The interest of the wildlife will never come first as long as hunters are put in charge of “wildlife management.”

So let’s not be blinded by the status quo: that wildlife are “ours” to manage for our own interest, and fool ourselves that in 2020 wildlife populations will be healthier than they once were.

Want to truly protect wildlife? Protect ‘their’ habitat and let them be!

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse