June 7th, 2007
|09:45 am - A letter to my local TV station|
After reading the story "Bears Make Themselves at Home", I wonder why NBC4 has chosen to run what amounts to an ad for someone seeking to put out a hit on a black bear. The last two paragraphs in particular are just what this article is:
While she can't shoot the bear legally, Wilkins said she wouldn't be opposed to someone else taking care of the situation.
"I would not shoot it because I don't want to go to jail," she said. "But if someone else wants to shoot it, I would not care."
According to the Division of Wildlife, there are between 50 and 100 bears in Ohio year round. They are listed as an endangered species in this state, and your willingness to run the above statements indicates that your organization is perfectly at peace with the idea of advertising that there is a bear who is "fair game" to be shot.
Ms. Wilkins' ignorance and disrespect for nature is only surpassed by your willingness to advertise such a reprehensible act for her. I'm honestly shocked that any news organization would run a story like that. Integrity isn't just about reporting what goes on, what people say, and what events occur; there is a strong aspect of social integrity that this particular article shows is lacking in your organization.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: "Carnival World", -JB
Brace yourself for a harsh statement...
"Ms. Wilkins, I would not shoot you because I don’t want to go to jail. But if someone else wants to shoot you, I would not care."
You'd think someone living in that part of the state would have learned to live WITH nature instead of trying to get rid of it.
One would think.
At least she's not endangered. Well, unless stupidity is endangering her. . . though so far it only seems to be serving to make her famous.
I don't quite get how NBC4 figured this was newsworthy. I've re-read this story three times now and watched the video. I can't imagine how Durbin got a lead for this story, why he bothered interviewing this person, or why the news producer thought it should be aired. *scratching head*
(I also wonder why no one suggested to her that she contact animal control or fish & wildlife...)
|Date:||June 7th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)|| |
It's local TV news. That explains it all for me.
Now, I can say this, because I lived in Appalachia:
It's freaking Appalachia, there's nature there. And, there are dumb people. That is more or less what it's made of. Don't get me wrong, I love my old home and the people I know there. And, realistically, there are as many stupid people in urban areas as there are in rural areas.
Anyway, good reply. I'm pretty surprised that they put that out, because for better or for worse, someone is going to take that as a challenge.
Hmm, maybe they should drag the woman to Woof's...let her see how friendly bears can be!