I’ve been thinking about how PETA, ELF and similar radical groups have given wildlife conservation a bad name, especially among political conservatives (which is ironic, given that conservation should, by definition, rightly be the province of conservatives).
Those left-leaning groups seem more interested in pushing an anti-people, socialist agenda than in helping the animals they purport to care about. But then, we knew it wasn’t about the animals anymore when they started destroying property and threatening lives.
The idea of a "pro-animal" group recklessly releasing creatures into the wild that have been in captivity all their lives and have no skills for surviving is as hypocritical and wicked as the idea of a "pro-life" group murdering doctors and blowing up clinics in the name of saving unborn babies.
If you really care about animals, you don’t throw paint on someone else’s fur coat. That is guaranteed not to win them over to your side and to make more enemies for your cause. If you really care about animals, you spend your time taking care of orphaned and injured animals, not marching with signs.
And if you really care about animals, you realize and understand that they’re part of a complex ecosystem, a food chain that in most cases includes eating other creatures and yes, sad as it is, being eaten. And you realize that humans are part of that ecosystem too, and stop trying to turn them all into vegetarians or trying make those who eat animal protein feel that they’re wrong and evil.
Maybe it’s my American Indian heritage on dad’s side (yeah, I know that’s not the politically correct term, but that’s what we called ourselves for hundreds of years in this country and it’s good enough for me), but I’ve always felt a close connection with those of other species – sometimes closer than the one to my fellow humans.
I love animals, and I respect them and want to help them – not some political "cause." That’s why I’ll give my time and money to a local wildlife conservation group that’s putting its resources into caring for sick and injured animals, instead of one of the national "big name" organizations that puts most of its efforts into lobbying for political advantage.