Habitat loss, climate change, animal agriculture and hunting threaten all wildlife, not just officially endangered species. Environmentalists Against Ranching, Trapping and Hunting (EARTH for Animals), based in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, believe it is time to recognize our enemies and stand up to them. Polling data shows that hunters are at most 11% of the U.S. population (the U.S. Census Bureau puts the number at 4%), yet hunters and trappers, with the support of livestock interests, control state wildlife policy throughout the USA.
It is time for the vast majority of the population, who do not hunt or trap, to take control of wildlife policy. We have adopted as our motto the phrase from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy which has become a rallying cry in the United Kingdom for opposition to the undemocratic policies of their government. We apply the phrase literally to mountain lions (Puma concolor); the image is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you—
Ye are many—they are few.”