How would we treat this planet if we saw wolf as our “brother” and earth as our “mother” ?
Sigurd F Olson believed that the wolf was an impressive influence in the wilderness and that its removal could change a situation that has been in the making for centuries. He saw how integrated its well-being was with the well-being of all creatures, and understood that artificial management of the wolf would change the character of the wilderness.
Chief Seattle believed, like Olson, that all things are connected. He understood, like John Donne, not to ask “for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”… for all of us. Whatever happens to one essentially happens to all. How can we continue to contaminate our water, our air, murder our brothers and sisters, destroy the wild places and animals under the guise of “management”, without suffering the consequences of this disrespect?
The North American Indian understood this and respected the earth as “mother”, the wolf as “brother” …. As we propose to slaughter this creature starting in the upcoming Minnesota deer hunting season with 6000 hunting and trapping licenses for 400 pelts, how could the purpose be any clearer? We have made the wilderness our battleground – for what? The wolf will be gone or “managed” into a tame shadow of its true self. Our wilderness areas will be turned into amusement parks, game farms, and vacation areas for the wealthy or sold to corporate greed for timber and precious metals. Our children will never know the true wealth and beauty of life-affirming and pristine wilderness. We will have arrived at the “end of living and the beginning of survival” as Chief Seattle so wisely predicted some 157 years ago.
As a friend once asked, “what has become of us when we can’t tell the difference between a national park and a battlefield?” Battlefields, historic buildings, and monuments to men’s wars are now included as National Parks alongside our park lands. How can this be reconciled with the original intent of the National Park System to preserve the masterpieces of creation for all time and all people?
If you would like to speak up against the wolf hunt scheduled to begin this November, 2012 in Minnesota, please contact your representatives, the DNR and check out the links below. Through your understanding and support perhaps we can move in a more rational direction and stop the taking of another priceless treasure, pitting brother against brother.
Anita Suzanne Tillemans
October 26, 2012
Office of the DNR Commissioner, 500 Lafayette Rd, St Paul, MN 55115 Tom.Landwehr@state.mn.us 651-296-6157
Office of the Governor, 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St Paul, MN 55155 firstname.lastname@example.org 651-201-3400, 1-800-657-3717, Minnesota Relay:800-627-3529Fax: 651-797-1850