How does the following photo make wolf and wildlife advocates feel? Angry? Outraged? Absolutely!
Here is the challenge for all of us – Don’t take out that anger by commenting on the appearance of the people in the photo or by reinforcing stereotypes. That is not what’s important about the photo. What we need to focus on is the message the t-shirts in the photo convey – the misinformed hate, fear, and killing of another living, sentient species.
This is the message our politicians here in Wisconsin are promoting – holding anti-wolf rallies and whipping up the emotions of the attendees into an angry, witch-hunting, frenzied mob. Read about the article that featured the t-shirt photo.
“Anger is a powerful emotion, but it is not a plan.” ~Hillary Clinton
Are these the type of behaviors we want our elected officials condoning? Are these the values – hatred and killing – we want our future generations to hold?
We need to channel the anger and outrage we feel from seeing photos like this one into positive action and energy. We need to continually contact our local, state, and national politicians and demand an end to their fear-mongering rhetoric. We must tell them that we expect legislation based on sound science and compassion in the stewardship of our wolves, wildlife, and the environment.
“The goal isn’t to never feel angry. The goal is to understand your anger and choose healthy ways to respond to it.” ~Unknown
We need to make it loud and clear to our elected officials, no matter our political affiliation, that if they continually sponsor anti-wolf and anti-environmental legislation, that it is time to vote someone else into office who holds these values.
Use this link to contact your representatives: democracy.io Call, email, or write often. Turn the hate and anger of the t-shirts into positive action.