Renowned scientist and animal conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is speaking out against the government’s efforts to drop the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species List, a move which would allow the vulnerable and revered animal to become but a trophy “mounted on a wall.
“Goodall is among 58 prominent scientists that on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) director Daniel Ashe denouncing their proposal to make grizzlies of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) available for trophy hunting.
A mother and baby grizzly bear spotted in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo: I-Ting Chiang/cc/flickr)
It doesn’t matter if you grew up thinking this is okay. Things are different now. Hundreds of species are going extinct every month. We are in the midst of the 6th Mass Extinction Event. It’s time to reassess what we want to kill and what we want to nurture. We’ve killed enough. Time to give back.