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  Extinction Is Forever
by Mr. Ed
Friday, September 14, 2012
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Very Sadly Inspired By Our Horrendous History,

And By What I See Happening All Around America Today;

Even Sadder, On Protecting Endangered Wildlife In Our Nation,

Not One Of Our So Called ‘Leaders’ Have Anything At All To Say

 

“As I traveled on, the air was literally filled with pigeons.”

Naturalist John James Audubon, 1813

 

Photo: An American Pigeon Hunting Expedition, 1891

 

Music: Nature’s Lament

 

Many people say it’s just a ‘natural cycle’

We are not to blame, for animals vanishing

But how can we claim that, when we kill them

‘Unnatural Extinction,’ to many animals we bring

 

There once were billions of Passenger Pigeons in America

We shot them down by the hundreds, as a national pastime

The very last one in our entire nation, died in a zoo, long ago

This is not a ‘natural cycle,’ but one of our anti-wildlife crimes

 

There once were hundreds of Jaguars, roaming our vast Southwest

The very last one was trapped and killed in Arizona several years ago

Today, there are less than 50 Lobos still left, in our southwestern states

And both government officials and numerous ranchers say they have to go

 

Down in Florida only about 100 panthers remain, once there were thousands

Once, they roamed the southeastern section of our nation, in numerous states

Every day, these remaining 100 panthers lose more and more natural habitat

And once we bulldoze over these remaining few, extinction will be their fate

 

In the woods of Minnesota, Moose are experiencing a dreadful decline

Some blame climate change for their deaths, others blame nasty parasites

Yet, despite their drastic reduction, annual Moose Hunts merrily continue

Government officials refuse to stop them, to every Moose Hunter’s delight

 

Today, off our western coastline, we are killing our once protected sea lions

Because they have the audacity of continuing to dine on our vanishing salmon

Despite all the dire warnings from marine biologists, we have over-fished salmon

Yet when the last sea lion is caught and killed, many will say ‘you can’t blame man’

 

And today, we have unleashed anyone with a gun, to shoot down wolves in the Rockies

Because they dine on our elk, which are now also in decline, from lack of food and water

I see little that is ‘natural’ about the disappearance of our once plentiful, god-given animals

Humanity, in our greed arrogance and selfishness, sends all these creatures to their slaughter

 

America’s now extinct Passenger Pigeons were once unique in all the world not only because of their vast numbers, but also because of the manner in which they roosted, nested, flocked, and migrated. The great American Naturalist John James Audubon wrote this account of the passing of a flock of what he later estimated to be more than 1 billion Passenger Pigeons in the Fall of 1813:

“As I traveled on, the air was literally filled with pigeons. The light of noon-day was obscured as by an eclipse, and the continued buzz of wings had a tendency to lull my senses. Before sunset I reached Louisville, Kentucky. The pigeons passed in undiminished numbers, and continued to do so for three whole days in succession.

“The people here were all armed, and the banks of the Ohio were crowded with men and boys, incessantly shooting at these pigeons, which flew lower as they passed over the river. Multitudes were thus destroyed. For a week or more, the population here fed on no flesh other than that of pigeons, and they talked of nothing but killing pigeons.”

 

Today, Many Blog and Brag About Killing Wolfs and Sea Lions That Eat ‘Our Fish’

Nothing ‘Natural’ About Our Extinction Efforts, and Our Nature Ending Death Wish

 

 

 

©September 2012, Mr. Ed

 
  


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Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 9/17/2012
Mr. Ed ~
An enlightening piece to comprehend such loss of wildlife.
Thank you Mr. Ed.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/17/2012
Devastatingly sad...and it will only continue...

Anna
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/16/2012
TIMELY, sadly

m
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/16/2012
At least we brought the Canadian Goose back from near extinction. They are plentiful during the summer on the St. Joseph River in Elkhart Indiana. We also discovered what DDT did and brought back the bald eagle, osprey and other raptors. We've still got a lot to learn. Mourning doves are alive and well in my neighborhood, even though they are fair game in season.

Ron
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/16/2012
for me, to brag about any killing
is just not on..what's there to be
proud of - the small picture?
what's to be gained?
keep challenging us, Ed

john
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 9/15/2012
Such a Sad, Sad State of Affairs!!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 9/15/2012
I can only call you Voice of Nature my friend. If all people felt like this!
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 9/15/2012
Well said. It's a form of insanity really, as we simply can't live without them. Even without thinking of ethics, you'd think that a form of enlightened self-interest might prevail; but no, the savage destruction goes on and on.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 9/14/2012
A very sad situation. Mankind does what it wants without thinking of the consequences. Yes, you are right Mr. Ed about government officials not caring or talking about the problem. Thank you for your information and credible work.

Deborah
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 9/14/2012
No matter which way Ed, the murderers will always be among us, just that there is more of them now, but also those like you who care, and remind them of their misdeeds, and remind those that still sit on the sidelines to take up arms of sort, bless you!
Reviewed by Odin Roark 9/14/2012
Having spent several months in South Africa and several animal sanctuaries providing safe, anti-poacher acreage for their continuation, I witnessed what would seem like relatively natural and conservation-minded mandate that our Government could take in creating more natural parks for the containment of species. But, I'm perhaps naive as to complications in doing such a act. At any rate, many thanks for brings these facts to our attention.

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