Thursday, September 13, 2012

Personal Attacks Posing as Science

I snorted coffee through my nose when I read this "news story" by George Wuerthner,on a supposed newspaper called News West.

"The wolf-hunts are predicated upon morally corrupt and inaccurate assumptions about wolf behavior and impacts that is not supported by recent scientific research. State wildlife agencies pander to the lowest common denominator in the hunting community—men who need to booster their own self esteem and release misdirected anger by killing."

The article is primarily personal attacks on people the writer dislikes with a few vague allusions to science. When did the author develop magical powers to see inside the minds of others. I've met people who claim to have had their animals killed by predators: Wuerthner dismisses them with the statement:

"While any loss may represent a significant financial blow to individual ranchers, the livestock industry as a whole is hardly threatened by wolf predation."

Imagine the outrage that would ensue if a Libertarian said: "Yeah, a few houses would burn down if we stopped paying firemen, but the housing industry as a whole would hardly be be threatened by fires."?

Lost livestock is a tax that ranchers must pay to feed Wuerthner's self-righteousness. The consumers bear the tax in higher food prices. A large wolf population will put free ranch meat out of the price of most Americans.

BTW: If I ever demanded a tax on others to feed my self-righteousness, I would be drummed out of the country.

Wolves happen to be biological entities that experience exponential growth in their population. Hunting is a way to manage that exponential growth.

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