Justice delayed is justice denied.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
How many different ways can you say it?!? Free him already!
"Since the late 1800s, the farmers and ranchers who live along Lolo Creek's banks have used its water to hydrate their crops and cows."
Water law needs to evolve to reflect today's reality--that of population growth & climate change--instead of staying firmly stuck in the frontier mentality to the advantage of the few. Squandering a scarce resource on an unnecessary product--livestock grown for meat--is a large part of this problem. Irrigating hayfields for livestock feed is a problem. Time after time I've seen water cannons along US12 blasting huge streams of water into the hot, dry, windy air at mid-day!
If I were king, there'd be no more meat production, which intensely consumes resources all out of proportion to the calories it produces. Water would be allocated for growing crops for a plant-based human diet. Those who still wanted to raise livestock would have to purchase their water. Another problem: Look at Lolo Creek Trails subdivision. Every house has a plot of emerald green lawn. Where is the xeriscaping? We live in a semi-arid climate! If developers won't step up and do the right thing, the county must impose landscaping restrictions on subdivisions.
First and foremost, the water in Lolo Creek belongs to the creek itself and the wild inhabitants who live in it and near it. They are the ones who NEED it, and they are the ones making ALL the sacrifice.
"There's no doubt about it," Brown says. "The level of attention by the public to trapping has obviously been increased with the allowance of FWP of a wolf trapping season. It's just made the whole issue of trapping more high profile." That's true--wolf trapping has upped the ante in the trapping debate. But the push for trap-free public lands has ALWAYS been about "more than... banning the trapping of wolves."
Yes, trapping is more high profile now. Prior to the advent of the trap-free public lands campaign, trapping flew largely under the radar in Montana. Most citizens didn't even realize it still existed until Footloose Montana was organized in response to the tragic death (yet another) of a dog in a trap at a popular Forest Svc. recreation area. But even today, general trapping information is buried within the hunting info at MT FWP's website despite the fact that many hunters themselves find trapping an abhorrent practice. What hunter would leave a loaded gun in the forest--hooked up to a trigger tripping device--and walk away from it for a couple of days? Yet that's what trappers do with every trap. And that compromises our safety on public land.
You just can't dress trapping up to be anything other than what it is: hazardous, cruel, inhumane, often indiscriminate, and lacking in any kind of ethical base that strives to minimize suffering. When it rears its ugly head in (usually unwanted) media coverage, it's only to show its true colors.
And if Mr. Brown is worried about the "fiscal toll" on his private profits, let's remind him that taxpayers are already heavily subsidizing his public land grazing fees. Sheep ranchers pay a paltry $1.35/month to graze five sheep on the citizens' land. But that's not enough for the entitlement-driven livestock industry. They want the native predators killed off to protect their bottom line. Now they want the Attorney General to scrap a citizens' ballot measure so said citizens can face the random threat of concealed traps when they recreate with their kids and dogs on their own public lands. Wow, what a deal.
" and is located in borderline or out of True Widerness country boundaries.."
"can't even send in a Helicopter to respond to an emergency?"
God forbid this commenter should do any actual research before he makes a public display of what he doesn't know.
Well said, Sarah Jane. Stand strong. Ahehee'.
"choosing to surreptitiously nick loyal readers"
That says it all. Thanks for the heads-up, Indy.
Thank you, Dave W., for your tireless efforts. We will prevail.
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