Monday, March 05, 2007

Tonights USF&WS meeting on the proposed listing of Polar Bears as threatened

Wow! What an experience! For a conservative cowboy like myself this was quite a unique event! While I am happy in America that we are all allowed to stand up and voice our opinion I think there needs to be some basic rules!

The first is that everyone should be allowed at least 5 minutes to comment as they see fit! 3 minutes is no where near enough time for all sides to state their case!
The second is that props like funny little hats, and people dressing up as polar bears should not be allowed. The third is that press agents should try to interview people from both sides of the debate in any public session. The fourth is that while kids should be allowed to comment, they should not be used as props. Just my opinion for what that is worth!

Otherwise the reality of the situation is that if public comment is in anyway a deciding factor in this process then the reality of the situation is that the American public is going to strongly support the listing of the polar bear! Tonight The US Sportsmens Alliance and the Safari Club International both sent representatives to speak tonight against the listing of bears as well as the Alaskan Fish and Game Department and several other lobbying organizations. The majority of the people at this event were strongly in support of the listing though.

The number one word of the night was ICONIC. As in the Polar Bear is an Iconic symbol of the wrong doing of America in the world of global warming! Think about that clearly now for a second and realize that if the USF&WS actually lists the Polar Bear as threatened they will then have the power they need to use this animal as an iconic symbol and try and push policy to clean up greenhouse gases all across the United States. Isn't it the job of congress to set policy and law!

Hunters & Conservationists I hope each and every one of you takes the time to sit down and write your comments to the USF&WS in regards to this very important manner! Personally I am against it, you all know that by now! Whether you are for or against this proposed rule change for the polar bear, my hope is that all of you will begin the process of speaking out for what you believe! The lack of hunters at this meeting was appalling to me!

Comments and information will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. Alaska Time on April 9, 2007, and may be submitted to: Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road MS-341, Anchorage, Alaska 99503

USFWS Polar Bear Issue

Everyone please get out there and write a letter, make a difference and stand up for what you believe!