Week of: August 12, 2001
Make Endangered Species Act Extinct
by F.R. Duplantier
"The world will be a better place when we stop letting the extremists impose their views on the rest of us."
Save the salmon and save the seal,
Save the gator and save the eel,
The dolphin, the whale,
The mussel, the snail:
Save them all for my next meal.
"The planet will survive if the condor doesn't," declares Henry Lamb of the Environmental Conservation Organization. "The planet may no longer need whales, grizzly bears, or red-legged frogs," he suggests. "Believe it or not, the planet would survive even if the Klamath Lake sucker fish bit the dust. But the farmers, whose lives depend upon the water that accumulates in Klamath Lake, may not survive, if government continues its foolish effort to stop progress and preserve every species that some environmental extremist says is endangered."
In a recent installment of his internet commentary at eco-logic on-line (www.eco.freedom.org), Lamb charges that the Endangered Species Act is "not really about saving species; this is only the sales pitch used to stir the emotions of humans who are suckers for a cuddly puppy dog, a kitty cat, a panda bear, or an injured anything. Environmental extremists have exploited the natural human compassion for animals," he claims, "in order to use the law to torture humans whose behavior or lifestyle is different from what the environmentalists think it should be."
Lamb denounces the underlying principle of the Endangered Species Act, the idea that "non-human species must be preserved no matter what the cost to humans." He insists that government "has no chance of preventing species from becoming extinct. Attempts to do so give rise to massive investment in unnatural processes that are destined to ultimate failure."
According to Lamb, "The very idea of trying to save species flies in the face of the natural process. Environmental extremists," he observes, "contend that species loss is 'unnatural' as the result of the habitat destruction by humans. This suggests that habitat modification by humans is not natural. How ridiculous! It is perfectly natural for humans to modify their habitat in any way their intellect and energy will allow," Lamb affirms. "Inappropriate modifications bring natural consequences," he adds. "Both human and non-human species learn from those consequences. Those species that can adapt through the learning process survive; those that fail to adapt, don't. Nor should they."
Lamb endorses the truly natural response to any species faced with extinction. "So be it," he says. "Such a thought sends shivers down the spines of PeTA people, and of others who hold non-human life to be of greater value than human life. They would contend that the 'web of life' depends upon all species, and the loss of any species weakens the web that supports human life," Lamb acknowledges. "How silly! The 'web of life' lost a major chunk of its being when the dinosaurs departed the planet," he comments. "I say good riddance; I'd hate to have to compete with those guys for food and shelter."