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Trophy Hunting Threatened Species Travesty

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by: Sam Jojola

Post updated 11/18

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  1. “The proposal is a monumental waste of money due to Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) who has helped push five (5) bills from the Natural Resources Committee that would conceivably dismantle the Endangered Species Act over a period of time. The ESA plays a major part of wildlife conservation. It would make more sense to form a council to fight these destructive proposals that would destroy the ESA or have the Secretary of Interior request Rep. Rob Bishop to resign. If Rep. Rob Bishop has his way to “invalidate” the ESA, imagine trying to protect wildlife and regulate hunting. Dismantling the ESA in any form or fashion is destroying large fragile ecosystems at the expense of wildlife resources for future generations.”

 

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

On November 8, 2017, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the creation of the International Wildlife Conservation Council. The devil is in the details and what will follow in days, weeks and months to come will shape this Council and their priorities. Since the Council involves aspects of conservation, hunting and law enforcement, I wonder if Council heads will be selected from recognized leading experts in those three areas of focus. I am particularly concerned how the Council will deal with the ESA’s foreign listed species and import permits that are mentioned in this press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-announces-creation-international-wildlife-conservation-council

I believe the creation of this Council comes at a very bad time given the recent news of Zimbabwe’s regime shakeup and the most recent proposal for the U.S. to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe. I hope now that President Trump has moved to keep the ban in place, that he and Secretary Zinke will consider keeping the ban given the current developing instability of Zimbabwe over the past several days: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/trump-puts-decision-allow-elephant-hunting-trophy-imports-hold-022152590.html

Five illegal Leopard trophies entering U.S. in 2008 detail Zimbabwe’s corruption

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Sam Jojola, former Deputy Resident Agent-in-Charge for U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement, on wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting, Safari Club International, poisoning of birds by the mining industry and kill permits for the wind energy industry (Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Wed., 10/4/17)

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Fighting Wildlife Crime amid Bureaucracy and Solutions

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Sam Jojola

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Background

“This article was originally published for World Animal News in November, 2015 and titled “Wildlife Crimes: Why Is It So Difficult to Enforce Laws”. This is an updated version that includes reference to a 2016 GAO report detailing the shortcomings and successes of combating wildlife trafficking. It often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are some positive changes, but they are slow.”

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Global Anti-Poaching Act of 2015

The passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) through the House on June 25, 2015 was long overdue and very encouraging news for wildlife law enforcement. It will greatly assist in addressing the rapid expansion of wildlife criminal syndicates and terrorist groups globally. Finally, after decades of “paralysis by analysis” there is some political motivation in the U.S. to deal with the exponential growth of wildlife crime here and around the world. Why has it taken so long?

The most recent GAO report dated September, 2016 titled Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Agencies are taking a range of actions but the task force lacks performance targets for assessing progress: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679968.pdf

Perhaps there will be another GAO report this year to show measurable progress.

Layers of bureaucracy and political meddling

When one examines the primary agency responsible for investigating wildlife crimes on the federal level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement (USFWS/OLE) has been and is the lead entity to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is primarily a biological entity under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior that oversees a host of at least nine (9) agencies, like the U.S. Park Service (USPS), the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to name a few. The USFWS/OLE is just one of fifteen (15) National programs managed by USFWS. In essence many layers of government within the Department of the Interior which is not a law enforcement entity like the Department of Justice. Other law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, and the Secret Service, are not under the umbrella of a non-law enforcement entity that can sometimes run political interference and impede wildlife investigations and protection. More

THE DROUGHT & THE SMELTDOWN AT THE DELTA?

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new logoChuck Frank

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In the last five years, California, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has flushed nearly a trillion gallons of State Water Project water into the ocean in support of a bait fish
called the Delta Smelt. So there’s not enough water for domestic use?

Since when and how did the mainstream media miss this one? They didn’t. They just refused to report it.

Just a little bit of censorship here and a little there, but none dare call it Newspeak which is the term taken from George Orwell’s 1984 which explains how the media and school textbooks secretly uses bias for the sake of those elite players at the national level, while clouding the political landscape, and promoting the use of politically correct
terms such as “Climate Change.” Compromised freedom of speech and the prevention of the flow of ideas is the endgame which is controlled by the Newspeak machine and the careful manipulation of the English language.

So in this process, a $45 billion agricultural industry in the Central Valley ends up being decimated, all the while the smelt take precedent over the people and our food production. So Californians must now ask themselves why is Governor Brown, the courts, the environmentalists, and the legislature on a mission to prevent all people and the farmers from having natural rights to their own water?

The statewide water system was designed with the peoples tax dollars to benefit domestic needs first while fish survival would still be provided for through a secondary measure with a system of dams to
where water would be released in measurable amounts for spawning. And in spite of what the news media reports, there is still enough water to go around unless a person wants to believe that it is still
important to allow nearly a trillion gallons of water to go to the ocean while food prices are soaring and foreclosures in the Central Valley are ongoing.

What else could one expect from a government which is run by a bunch judges and legislators who care more for the livelihood of fish and critters than the people.

Let’s not forget that the Central Valley water system was designed decades ago to withstand a 10 year drought. Then why was an estimated 400,000 farm acres taken out of production last year and how
many more acres will be taken out this year?

So where’s the bulk of the water ending up? It’s on its way either to Southern California for domestic use and swimming pools or ending up in the ocean while America’s richest farmland lies fallow boosting the prices of food nationwide. And this is a government for and by the people? I am afraid not. It is a government that does exactly what it wants to no matter how the people vote or what they think. Will saving rainwater falling into our rain gutters become the next illegal act signed by the governor?

The P.G.& E. is already requiring smart meters on all of the new wells that are going in. If persons are drawing too much water from their well will they be fined or will their well pumps just be turned off automatically via satellite? Control the water and the food of the world and you will control the people.

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