Defenders of Wildlife

The Trails

The Trails

I Grew up in the Dallas Metroplex, not exactly a place to see whildlife. Though through the Boy Scouts of America organization, I have been to 25, of our beautiful states. I have seen the majestic Black bears, Bald eagles, otters, racoons, and countless other wildlife in my travels. I am an Eagle Scout. I now live in the outskirts of Beaumont, Texas where I can still see plenty of wildlife. If the Endangered Species Act, is so Gutted, then what is being an Eagle Scout supposed to mean to me, and my countless brethren, when tha noble bird is gone. Phrases like "cunning as a fox", or "As mean as a bear" will have little meaning in the future, if our children and grandchildren don't know what these animals are. Like the dodo bird, how do I know it ever really existed, what it looked like, or anything. Pictures of these great living treasures mean nothing, and seeing them in cages is no better, no matter how modern the zoo. a habitat sorruonded by a fence or enclosure, is still a cage. When I think of all the wonderful times I've spent out on the countless trails across this country, and the wonderful animals I've encountered, I am truly ashamed of my government, who wants to take them all away, just because of some lousy Oil, or anything else. I'd gladly tell the land barons, Oil giants, and who ever, that they are the reason this country isn't getting anywhere, why we needed cleaner more efficient cars, and better means of power. They are the ones to be locked in cages and stared at by people.

 

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