Reps. Young and Miller in Dog Fight Over Wolves
“Americans love dogs, but they detest the cruel treatment of wolves. Alaska's aerial hunting program is a blatant effort to skirt federal law. Fortunately, Mr. Young's letters are helping us build overwhelming bipartisan support for Miller's PAW Act.”
Conservative Rep. Don Young of Alaska and liberal California Rep. George Miller are going at it like wolves. via The Washington PostFull Story
#1 Jan 18, 2008
Ms. Akers, with all due respect, there is gaping hole in your reporting on this issue.
The question for George Miller is NOT "Who do you love more - dogs or wolves?" The REAL QUESTION is "Who do you love more - WOLVES OR PEOPLE?"
The real issue here is the impact wolves have on people. A rampant wolf population threatens the availability of the food - moose, caribou, etc.- many Alaskans depend on to feed themselves and their families.(More wolves mean less moose, less caribou). The primary purpose of the predator control program is to ensure that wolves don't limit people's ability to put food on the table.
Unlike George Miller's district down in California, we don't have a Whole Foods on every corner, nor do many of us have the money to spend $30 on an organic, farm-raised cut of meat.
Rep. Young explains this in his letters, but understanding that people like George Miller care more about animals than people, it seems he thought it necessary to bring dogs into the debate in order to get people's attention.
Apparently, it worked. Unfortunately, all the attention went to the dogs.
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