“For North Americans to kill 11.1 vertebrate creatures every second as they scurry across our roadways or fly through the air or swim in bodies of water around the clock without end and without reason—must be the most amoral and unprincipled savage act in the universe. To kill 1 million a day and 365 million annually runs beyond the scope of understanding.” FHW
(Over 365 million creatures end up as road kill annually in the USA. The number must be into the billions around the world.) Photo: Wikipedia.com
On one of my bicycle rides from Canada to Mexico down the Continental Divide, wildlife experts placed colored flags for 10 miles alongside the road for every animal that cars or trucks or busses ran over. (It’s Route 3 in Canada that leads into Route 93 in Canada and continues south into the United States.)
I picked up a brochure that gave the species of the animal signified by the flag color. On a bicycle, at 12 miles per hour, I don’t just fly by the flags as so many colored flowers, but in this case, every flag signified a creature that suffered an instant death or endured a horrible death from being wounded by a vehicle traveling at 65 miles per hour.
(When a turtle moves at .1 miles per hour, it stands no chance against a 4,000-pound car or 20,000-pound truck racing at 60 miles per hour on our nation’s roadways.) Photo by Wikipedia.org
The colors astounded me because they equated to: bear, deer, antelope, eagles, hawks, black birds, geese, robins, blue birds, turtles, skunks, swans, mice, fox, coyotes, elk, moose, crows, ducks, hummingbirds, rats, squirrels, bats, chip monks, wild pigs, mountain lions, lynx, beavers, rabbits, owls, martens, ferrets, prairie dogs and well, you get the picture because it extends to another 100 colored flags.
As I pedaled my bike down this “death alley”, I couldn’t help but feel a kind of sickening feeling welling up in my stomach.
“My God,” I muttered. “We humans kill an astounding number of other creatures with no thought whatsoever. And, we kill them not for food, but because they were going about their own lives. We kill them because they chose the wrong time to cross our asphalt jungles covering the wilderness.”
(This eagle could end up along with the rabbit as road-kill if he’s not alert or doesn’t hear the next car heading at him at 65 miles per hour.) Photo by Wikipedia.org
The Numbing Numbers
“Everyday in the U.S., 254 million motor vehicles hit the road, and one million animals get hit by motor vehicles. That's counting cars, buses, motorbikes, and trucks, but not ATVs, snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles. The figure includes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, but not insects and bugs, which somehow never count. Every year our nation's experimenters kill 100 million lab animals, hunters kill 200 million "game" animals, and motorists kill nearly 400 million road animals. For every dead animal counted, three or four more die unnoticed. Even at 55 M.P.H., we smell the remains of far more dead skunks than we see. The walking wounded die far from the road, so only instantly killed animals are seen and get counted.” Source: www.CultureChange.org
A pronghorn antelope features the body-shape of a deer with long legs, a short tail and a long snout. In the early 19th century, pronghorn numbered an estimated 35 million in North America. Today, about 700,000 remain, and the majority of them live in Wyoming.
(Once a beautiful pheasant flying through the air, one car reduced this creature into mashed feathers and bone in a split second. Notice this human smiling over her road-kill.) Photo by Sfgate.com
Today, wind machines rip through the air in California, Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania and many other states: those huge 50 yard long blades travel at 179 MPH at the tip and act like a razor on any bird that unsuspectingly flies into their whirling clutches: According to the Associated Press, turbines kill 573,000 birds annually in the USA. Source: www.livescience.com
On the water, our propellers slaughter countless marine life whether it swims, paddles, hunts or rests on its home turf.
Across our nation with 319 million people and across the globe with 7.2 billion humans, our machines kill countless billions of other creatures 24/7.
(When I cycled around Australia, kangaroos died like flies on the highways. Trucks and SUV’s feature “Boong Bars” to crush any animal before it gets to the grill of the vehicle. They run over snakes, emus, kangaroos, frilled lizards, birds and just about anything that hops, flies, crawls or breathes. In China, they add 27 million new cars to their roads annually. I’ll be amazed if they have any animals left to run over by mid century.) Photo by www.dreamstime.com
When you understand that the United States faces a projected doubling of its population to 625 million within the next 80 years or less, the figures I reported will double the mayhem, slaughter and out right extinction of countless animals. According to the U.S. Department of Interior, Americans kill off 250 species every year, or 2,500 every decade. Extinction: it’s forever.
What kind of a sentient species do we consider ourselves? Moral? Ethical? Religious? Responsible? Principled?
As of 2014, we fail the Natural World at every juncture. We fail our fellow creatures on this planet. In the end, we fail ourselves. Because, at some point, animals’ extinction rates will cripple the natural world. Those extinction rates will cascade into enormous vacancies in the animal kingdom. Finally, as we devour the building blocks of Mother Nature by killing all her creatures in the vast web of life, we most likely will hang ourselves in the cosmic gallows in the process. Payback will be a bitch!
Solutions: we must gather leaders from our cities, our states and our nation to move toward a concerted “population stabilization” path for the United States that should expand to the rest of the world. We cannot continue on our current endless “slaughter” of the Natural World.
(A friend’s touring bike beside a poor critter that didn’t make it across the road.)
“Humanity is a biological species, living in a biological environment, because like all species, we are exquisitely adapted in everything: from our behavior, to our genetics, to our physiology, to that particular environment in which we live. The earth is our home. Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the home in which we evolved, and on which we completely depend.” — Edward O. Wilson
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Alexandra Paul talks about human overpopulation and saving our world by all women having 1 child only:
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Too Many People Video series
How Much Degrowth is Enough? "NEW" Sept. 2012
The Human Predicament and What to Do About It Feb. 2012
Overpopulation Means Civilization Collapse Aug. 2011
Important books to read and educate yourself:
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, edited by Philip Cafaro and Eileen Crist, 2012
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman 2007 A scholarly research on how the Earth will fare after Homo sapiens are gone.
Man Swarm, and the Killing of Wildlife, Dave Foreman 2011 Mankind as locusts.
Take Conservation Back, Dave Foreman, 2013
The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler, what America faces when oil runs out.
Overshoot by William Catton
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Peek Everything: Facing a century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Plan B, 4.0, Saving Civilization by Lester Brown
The Population Fix by Edward C. Hartman
America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans by Frosty Wooldridge
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