MAN SWARM: THE SLAUGHTERING OF AMERICA'S WILDLIFE
January 9, 2012
A book review: Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife by Dave Foreman
Every week, I write relentless commentaries on America’s immigration-environmental predicament. I feel like most of my work falls on deaf ears after 40 years of writing and speaking on immigration-population issues. Not only that, open borders advocates call me various and vicious names. Our U.S. Congress allowed 100 million immigrants to settle into our country in the last 40 years. At current immigration rates, we expect another 100 million within 38 years.
My two books: Immigration’s Unarmed Invasion—Deadly Consequences (eight years ago) and America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans, (three years ago) spelled out exactly what we face and how to stop it—but I am positive that our leaders and the majority of Americans do not possess a clue as to our portentous future as a civilization. They (we) don’t understand how an added 100 million immigrants will devastate our civilization. Immigration quite literally will destroy us and our American way of life! All the while, the American people rely on the intellectually arrogant meatheads in Congress and our presidents to serve us—but instead; they keep pouring 3.1 million immigrants into this country year in and year out. (Source: www.cis.org, Dr. Steven Camarata)
Ironically, no matter how many souls we bring to this country for a better life, they come from a line that grows by 80 million annually.
Today, at seven billion humans around the planet and accelerating, humanity needs more food and water to survive. In America, with 315 million hungry people, we use tractors, planters and combines to feed ourselves with vegetables, grains, beef and chickens.
At the same time, few people understand the ramifications of adding 100 million legal immigrants and their children to America by 2050—a scant 38 years from now. To feed their explosive numbers, we must destroy 25.4 acres per added American known as “ecological footprint.” Each added American utilizes 25.4 acres to support that person. (www.footprintnetwork.org). If you multiply 25 acres times 100 million, that equals 2.54 billion acres of arable wilderness must be destroyed.
What does that mean for our wildlife? What does it mean for our animal habitat? What does it mean for all the big wild ones that struggle to maintain their food sources for themselves and their families? Today, 250 species suffer extinction in the lower 48 states annually. That equals 2,500 species going extinct every decade. (Source: Dept of Interior, US gov)
Harvard University biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson said, “The worst thing that will probably happen—in fact is already well underway—is not energy depletion, economic collapse, conventional war, or the expansion of totalitarian governments. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired in a few generations. The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.”
Dave Foreman of www.rewilding.org wrote Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife to give us an idea of the death toll of animal life in America and worldwide. According to the High Country News road kill study, February 7, 2005, Americans kill 1 million vertebrates trying to cross our roads daily and 365 million annually. [Link]
How many species suffer extinction daily around the planet? Dr. Norman Myers, Oxford University, United Kingdom, substantiates 80 to 100 species end their time on this planet every day via human habitat encroachment. Humans kill species at such a prolific rate that it is deemed the “Sixth Extinction Session.” The first five sessions arrived as ice ages, meteors and other deadly events.
Foreman’s book cannot be dismissed. It cannot be ignored. It cannot be put down once started. Foreman shows the unraveling the wild world at the hands of humanity. For anyone that thinks unlimited immigration can continue, this book knocks out all the myths perpetrated by economists, religious leaders and pro-immigration advocates.
In my own media battles on the population/immigration/environmental front, I have had to contend with big time radio talk show hosts who support unlimited immigration growth, i.e., Ernest Hancock of www.freedomphoenix.com. Top television news personalities such as Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and Charlie Rose will not touch the subject, but they report about the consequences—failing to make connection—on purpose.
Newspapers like the Denver Post’s Vince Carroll remain convinced that unlimited growth is beneficial. The Los Angeles Times encourages as much immigration as possible even as California chokes on its toxic air, gridlocked highways and crumbling infrastructure. It adds 1,700 immigrants daily and 400 vehicles. Even small town newspaper editors like Jonathan Thompson of the High Country News advocate for unlimited growth. Bob Shieffer of “Face the Nation” and David Gregory of “Meet the Press” scamper away from the topic like gazelles. Every National Public Radio host avoids the topic at all costs. Only last year did Thomas Friedman finally write, “The Earth is full.”
But the slaughtering continues:
“Upwards of two hundred species, mostly of the large, slow-breeding variety, are becoming extinct here every day because more and more of the earth's carrying capacity is systematically being converted into human carrying capacity. These species are being burnt out, starved out, and squeezed out of existence—thanks to technologies that most people, I'm afraid, think of as technologies of peace. I hope it will not be too long before the technologies that support our population explosion begin to be perceived as no less hazardous to the future of life on this planet than the endless production of radioactive wastes.” Daniel Quinn
While you may hear a lot about “carrying capacity”, you never hear about carrying capacity for all the other creatures on our planet. It’s like they don’t exist or are unimportant. Foreman loves wild things and I love them, too.
Foreman writes, “We have come on like a swarm of locusts: a wide, thick, darkling cloud settling down like living snowflakes, smothering every stalk, every leaf, eating away every scrap of green down to raw, bare wasting earth. It’s painfully straightforward. There are too many men for Earth to harbor…we are crippling Earth’s life support system by such a flood of upright apes is bad news for us.”
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Dave Foreman’s book will rock your senses. It will affect your children. It will change all life on this planet if humans continue their endless onslaught around the globe.
“We've poured our poisons into the world as though it were a bottomless pit and we go on gobbling land up. It's hard to imagine how the world could survive another century of this abuse, but nobody's really doing anything about it. It's a problem our children will have to solve, or their children.” -Daniel Quinn
Fellow Americans, are we going to continue to be victims of this relentless immigration onslaught? Are we going to allow it to continue? You can stop mass immigration by joining 1.1 million members at www.NumbersUSA.org, www.capsweb.org, www.FAIRus.org, www.TheSocialContract.com, www.Alipac.com, www.FireCoalition.com
Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife by Dave Foreman
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