Observations From The Planet 12/9/18

Observations From The Planet 12/9/18

So the Senate passed a bill to make it easier to kill sea lions who are feeding on endangered salmon in the Columbia River. While I appreciate anyone who is trying to save imperiled species, the reason the particular salmon species is threatened is due to our increasing consumption as human population grows and our tampering with water flow (such as installing dams) which interfere with salmon breeding and also create a back up of the fish next to dams as they slowly navigate the fish ladders, making them easy prey. As usual our solution to a problem we ultimately created is to KILL the competion and to brush aside our errors and responsibilities. You can find other examples of this with the bison/brucellosis debate, and grizzly bear and wolf recovery. I used to think we were evolving as a species and becoming more enlightened, but this is more proof that collectively we are not. Instead we just keep putting band aids on our self-inflicted wounds and cause further harm on everything else around us, all the while promoting ignorance and fear. Why do we have to be so stubborn and delay being responsible for our own population and actions, just to be forced later by the inevitable environmental punishment that awaits us? In this specific case, if roles were reversed, how do you think the sea lions feel about it? How can you morally apply the same solution for a natural population and not for our unchecked one where we have technologically removed ourselves from the limitations of our environment? That’s insanity on a finite world. Even math proves that. This isn’t war. Killing something to save something else is hardly the appropriate strategy.