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    Loving Nature with a Gun



    Commentary on the Sierra Club?s Support of Hunters and Killers



    By Captain Paul Watson



    To what depths of immorality is the Sierra Club USA prepared to go to suck up to the hook and bullet redneck crowd.

    The Sierra Club plainly and painfully embraces guns and the killing of sentient beings.

    Last year the Club hosted a web page showing Club leaders posing with macho smiles of triumph with their slaughtered bleeding trophy victims. We saw them proudly gazing at the cameras with pitiful corpses of bighorn sheep, deer, ducks and fish. You could see the frigging bulges in their Eddie Bauer pants from getting off on the sick perversion of killing an animal for kicks and sexual thrills.

    It was a goddamn embarrassment and even more embarrassing to discover that as a National Director of the Sierra Club, no one told me anything about the tens of thousands of dollars we had allocated for ?hunter outreach? programs.

    Now not only were we posting their snuff snaps, we were actually spending money to promote the murder of wildlife and enticing more of the sadistic snuff deviants into joining the Club because Executive Director Carl Pope said the Sierra Club was a really big tent and hunters and anglers are welcome, as are butchers, trappers and loggers. The only people that Pope will not welcome into his big fading green tent are animal rights and welfare advocates and anyone who is concerned about the growing number of people in the world.

    And now the Sierra Club Insider features an article about Why We Love the Marines?

    It was bad enough that the Sierra Club allowed the U.S. Marine Corp to have a recruiting booth at the Sierra Summit in September of 2005, now we are lauding the jarheads for being ?conservationists.?

    Yes sir, the cops of the world have been given the thumbs up by the Sierra Club. Again as a Director, I was not given any notice, didn?t get a postcard, a fax, an e-mail or a notice, just a headline explaining why I love the frigging Marines.

    The article begins with:



    When you think of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Marine Corps probably isn't the first group that comes to mind.



    No shit Sherlock. Carpet bombing and agent orange dispersal instantly come to mind. Gunning down elephants on the Ho Chi Minh trail comes to mind. Tank drivers chasing down coyotes and crushing them under their treads comes to mind. The Endangered Species Act is not even the last thing to come to mind, in fact it is does not come to mind at all.



    The article continues:



    But the Corps has proven to be an excellent caretaker for the native plants and animals on its bases. In Hawaii, it has helped raise the population of endangered Hawaiian stilts from 60 birds 22 years ago to 160 today. How'd that happen? Just before nesting season, the Corps conducts "mud ops" training exercises with amphibious assault vehicles on the Nu'upia Ponds wetlands. By churning up the ground, they kill invasive pickleweed and provide better nesting sites and feeding opportunities.



    Wow, lets have more tank treads grinding up the beaches and the wetlands. I just bet that was what they are thinking when they hit those beaches with the assault vehicles. ?Sarge, I just can?t wait to hit the shore and waste that pickleweed so the little stilts can build their nest.?

    I wonder how they waste the pickleweed without squashing nests and burrows, crabs and coral, and I just bet the oil from the machinery is organic.

    Let me get this straight ? heavy artillery and assault vehicles with metal treads belching diesel fumes and firing off live ammunition into the bush is an activity endorsed by the Sierra Club?

    I guess so because according to a spokesperson for the Sierra Club, not only is the Marine Corp caring for the environment, they are doing an ?excellent? job of caring for the environment.

    I wonder if the Sierra Club would call the Navy an excellent caretaker for the marine environment? After all the Marines work in partnership with the swabs.

    Let?s not let a little Low Frequency Sonar (LFA) killing of a few whales get in the way of some good PR.



    But the article continues:



    The Corps has also helped on the mainland with the desert tortoise in California and the red cockaded woodpecker in North Carolina.



    Really, it?s not that they don?t run over a few desert tortoise and flatten them like crunchy pancakes, they just try not to do it often.

    Now the point can be made that military installations keep out the gun-happy shoot everything thing off-road maniacs with their snow mobiles and all terrain mud bikes but that is not the reason these places are off limits.

    I grudgingly acknowledge that some species are better off being isolated from the redneck civilians even at the price of losing some of their number to tanks, bombs, nerve gas and chemical weapons testing.

    The point is that the jarheads are not consciously hiking the wetlands, assaulting the beaches and shelling offshore islands because they care for the species that live there.



    Finally the article ends with:



    The Department of Defense sponsors range tours of its installations, promoting interaction between the environmental community and the armed services to protect native habitats and species while balancing the military's demands for on-site training. The tours began in 2000, and Maribeth Oakes, the Sierra Club's Lands Program Director, believes that the program is becoming increasingly productive.



    It?s called public relations Maribeth, and it looks like the Sierra Club Insider has fallen for the hype. What next? The Sierra Club realizes the benefits of clear cut logging, citing the biodiversity that flourishes in a clearcut.. Perhaps an article on how killing animals makes one appreciate nature more.



    First we glorify trophy hunters and now we pay tribute to the Marines. This is of course the same Sierra Club that refused to criticize the Iraqi invasion and at the last Board meeting made a point of gifting each director with a Sierra Club published booklet about a soldier bird-watching in Iraq. I guess birding is a welcome break from murdering Arabs in their homeland.



    Has anyone ever stopped to think about the incredible number of birds, frogs, snakes, small mammals, endangered plants, insects and animals and plants of all sorts that have been blasted and shredded into bloody oblivion by American artillery, bombs, missiles, mines, and rifle fire in Afghanistan and Iraq? Does anyone even care?



    Because if the Sierra Clubbers did care, if they had given it some thought, they would not have published an article entitled Why we love the Marines?




    IMPORTANT NOTE: This commentary is a criticism of a policy decision made by the Sierra Club USA by a Sierra Club USA Director. This criticism is not directed at the Sierra Club of Canada where there really is no gun culture or any evidence of pandering to the military by denying the environmental degradation caused by military exercises, training programs and warfare.

  • #2
    Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

    this might be an old fashioned statement when i say this but i like animals. i like them enough to not join the military, the sierra club, don't own a rifle, don't have any flea infested fur clothing, i eat meat seldomly, people from india eat more beef then me. the people of israel might not agree with me here but i can eat an entire pig! and i like poultry. in ending i am anti pre-emptive and believe that satan loves you!

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    • #3
      Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060404/...iran_missile_1


      loving with a whale too or hoot....

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      • #4
        Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

        Thinking about the title of this thread - I recall a day in my time in Antarctica when a tourist ship arrived (great excitement, floating luxury hotel arrives on your relatively impoverished doorstep!). The tradition was that base personnel go aboard, get fed and watered and in return someone gives them a slide-show, on this occasion it was me.

        The base I was on was a very wildlife-rich area, so there were many pictures of local animals. One guy in the audience to the increasing irritation of his fellow passengers and my fellow base-members kept enquiring "do you hunt them?", "what are they like to eat?" and other similar questions.

        My eventual answer of something like "We're here to study and record the biological diversity of Antarctica - not to consume it" met with not the mass ejection of me and the other base members that I expected, but a spontaneous round of applause from all in the audience.

        Some people will always see the world as their restaurant I guess.

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        • #5
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          that is funny. tell you the truth i am tired of thinking about it. your bound to offend someone by talking about animal conservation and which animals are okay to eat or not. it's like going in a circle. i still feel that people should not be profiting from animals for food end of story. it's one thing to live off the land and it's another to hunt for money including clothing etc. such as the seals or whales. it isn't the 1600's anymore. but non the less it still goes on so lets hope those type of people catch flesh eating viruses and die!!

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Pirates Armada
            It isn't the 1600's anymore.
            Amen to that.

            But it seems to be the reasoning of the Japanese whale eaters and more - my ancestors did, therefore so shall I.

            Yeah well, your ancestors also only lived to about 45, 5 out of 10 kids died before they were 2, many women died in childbirth and the king would most probably make you go to war (where you would most likely die) to fill his treasure chest.

            Tradition - worst reason in the world to keep crap things going.

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            • #7
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              Paul it's okay to admit you eat whales some traditions are good and some yes are bad for sure. a traditionless world is like a world with no culture....BORING!! my cousin married a girl from iran who if she would have stuck around would have been royalty or a princess or something cause of her families name but who am i to judge. iran is no iraq that i do know.

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              • #8
                Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

                Hats off to the author of that rather entertaining yet thoughtful piece of literary genius. I laughed so hard that my head stopped aching. It was just the thing I needed after a solid four hours spent on a stupid assignment.

                I agree totally (even though I do eat some animals but not whales, and I don't wear their skins). If everybody cared for the world the way that person obviously does, we would all be wearing flowers in our hair and floating in a cloud of smoke...which wouldn't be too bad I suppose.
                I never realised this site was so educational!!

                psr

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                • #9
                  Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

                  Loving Nature with a gun was written by the following Person:



                  Captain Paul Watson
                  Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977-
                  Co-Founder - The Greenpeace Foundation (1972)
                  Co-Founder - Greenpeace International (1979)
                  Director of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006)
                  Director - The Farley Mowat Institute
                  Director - www.harpseals.org

                  Whom when I asked from what place he came,
                  And how he hight, himselfe he did ycleepe,
                  The Shepheard of the Ocean by Name,
                  And said he came far from
                  the main-sea deepe.
                  - Edmund Spenser
                  A.C.E. 1590

                  www.Seashepherd.org
                  Tel: 360-370-5650
                  Fax: 360-370-5651

                  Address: P.O. Box 2616
                  Friday Harbor, Wa 98250 USA

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                  • #10
                    Re: Loving Nature With a Gun

                    Originally posted by Pirates Armada
                    that is funny. tell you the truth i am tired of thinking about it. your bound to offend someone by talking about animal conservation and which animals are okay to eat or not. it's like going in a circle. i still feel that people should not be profiting from animals for food end of story. it's one thing to live off the land and it's another to hunt for money including clothing etc. such as the seals or whales. it isn't the 1600's anymore. but non the less it still goes on so lets hope those type of people catch flesh eating viruses and die!!
                    I completely agree
                    Unless you're going out with spears killing them yourself, then killing animals is just blatant profiteering.

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