Saturday, 9 June 2012
Trying to protect endangered species is simply the wrong approach to protecting wildlife.
What we do is allow open season on development/destruction of wildlife habitat unless it contains endangered species. Then we make a half-hearted token attempt to protect those species, often while still allowing the development/destruction of the habitat they depend on. When that fails and the species is wiped out in that area it is open season on developing/destroying the habitat again.
This of course is because the purpose of the legislation is to interfere as little as possible with development while appearing to care about the environment.
The way to protect wildlife is to protect their habitat from destruction/development before they become endangered, not after it is too late.
We need to strengthen environmental legislation, not weaken it, as both provincial and federal governments intend to do, and not even openly but stealthily using illegitimate omnibus budget bills