Thursday, October 15, 2015

Updated November 6. 2015
So, how about all of those online and email petitions? 
Do they work?
Do they save our Buddies?

Hey Wolves, and all of us who work to help all of our animal Buddies.
I did not mean to ruffle anyone's feathers by saying that online petitions are useless. 
But they are a waste of your energy, and they cost us the lives of our animals.
When you simply sign a petition, and think you have solved a problem, but you have not?
The problems facing our animals still exist.

All I wanted to do, is to build a community of folks that would put forth the effort to change the tide, to build a better future for our animals and our earth. We can alter the future, but not by flailing away as slacktivists.

Contact your Congress by email or phone, if you truly care.

If they know they will not get your next vote at election day, they will take action.

Been looking back at all we have been through in the last couple of years, trying to save our wolves from not just the wolf hunters, but from those who allow and encourage those hunters to “manage” our recovering wolves….. “manage”, “harvest”, “control” … three words that are more palatable than “slaughter”, “hunt”, “kill”.

So we online become enraged when someone shares an unidentified photo of a wolf hunter, holding up a dead wolf.
There are many of those photos, I waded through all of them to post on my wolf blog, and then used them in a tweet storm.
My goal was indeed to get folks so pissed over this war on wolves, so that they would take action.
They got pissed. They tweeted. 
But they did not take action.
I monitored how many views there were on the wolf blog, when I made postcards, to make it easy for folks to comment to the USFWS about delisting our gray wolves, and then again about placing protection on our Alexander Archipelago wolves in Alaska.

Bottom line?
If we don’t take realistic action to protest the bloodshed of our animals, by contacting our Congress, we are kidding ourselves about what is entailed to be an activist.
Most of these online petitions are bullshit, (sorry to be crude there.)

1.The danger of online petitions. Have we become slaktivists?

2. Evidence points to futility of online petitions
April 10, 2015
Andrew Masterson
There is significant evidence that the proliferation of online petitions is leading to the widespread substitution of big action with tiny gesture.

3. AUG 12, 2010 11:27AM ET
Your Online Petition Is Useless


5.Truth or Fiction: Concerning email and online petitions

6."Is hashtag-based activism all talk, no action?"

7."Don’t be an armchair activist"

Many of them are tossed out immediately, as the agencies and politicians that receive them know that are prone to be fraudulent. 
You can sign a petition several times, under different names, and the petition author will not know.

If you care about the fact that our appointed officials are selling out our wildlife and wilderness?
"Science Endangered at the Fish and Wildlife Service"  .........
then start sending emails, or snail mail, or placing phone calls to your Congress.
I set up that information on every blog I have.
Here it is:

Won't share any more bogus petitions from questionable NGOs 
(Non Government Organizations).
Other than Defenders of Wildlife, I have no faith in the rest of them, after working with them for several years.

I have been blessed with a once only in a lifetime love, friend, and partner who encouraged me to quit following the path of the naive online activist, fueled only by rage. 
Rage can force us to act blindly, to act without question. 
But we need to question. 
There are those who would manipulate activists for profit.

Let's be informed, and awake, folks..... we still can change the world.

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