March 18, 2004

Killing Eagles to Save Marmots?

It was revealed today that the BC government has been killing golden eagles on Vancouver Island in an attempt to protect the hightly endangered Vancouver Island marmot.

This is yet another idiotic, heavy handed effort by the so-called most intelligent species on Earth to intervene in nature. When will we learn?

Even spokepersons for the group spearheading attempts to revive the marmot population were aghast to learn of the killings, and thought they served no purpose. They were never consulted.

The largest contributing factor to the declining marmot population is loss of habitat. To pursue a somewhat Swiftian argument here (remember eating babies?), what species is destroying the marmot's habitat? Why isn't that species being culled?

Because that species is homo sapiens -- us. And we consider ourselves to be above the law -- the law of nature.

Posted by Paul at March 18, 2004 07:12 PM