Ryan Cleary’s retort to another call for a moose cull (by MP Steven Fletcher, on this occasion) smacks of tunnel vision. According to Cleary, the best way to stop moose/vehicle collisions is to slow down, but even then, there’s still risk — that’s the reality of life in Newfoundland and Labrador.
He ironically calls on all of us to “... renew the debate on cellphones and driving. It is unbelievably dangerous … and (yet) too many of us still do it.”
So in Cleary’s “logic” we should be aware of several dangers out on our highways. He has mentioned speed and cellphones but he “... is so flippantly …” almost ignoring the great opportunity of cutting down on the very greatest of dangers — the sheer number of moose on our highways!
Cleary states that it’s not about human life versus moose. However, if man is the greatest predator of moose and also the frequent victim of moose “contact” then what is it about?
Perhaps if Ryan Cleary were to show more empathy towards Steven Fletcher and other moose/vehicle accident victims then he himself would not appear to be “an instigator, misguided (person) or a fool” as he labels Steven Fletcher, the “MP … conservative.”
Well, as for this writer, who is neither a staunch Liberal, Conservative or NDP instigator, I, like the vast majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, do not want to see the moose population of our province wiped out. However, it’s reasonable to expect a lot more taking place than “perhaps even (increasing) moose licences in certain areas,” as the misguided Ryan Cleary suggests; what we need is an increased hunting in all areas.
However, I also agree with a “cull” of the speeders who help cause both moose and all sorts of accidents on our mostly two lane highways.
Editor Brian Jones recently suggested the RCMP must “issue tickets, not advisories.” He so rightly states that “ …with even a smidgen of effort, catching speeders (on our) highways would be as easy as catching caplin in the old days.”
Yes, it does very little good to ask people to show down to avoid moose; they must be forced to do so. Why aren’t MPs such as Ryan Cleary suggesting more policing resources and a beefed-up police policy to deter speeders? The answer is that he is playing the “moose have become part of our culture” card and to snag some votes; that is his “reality of life in Newfoundland and Labrador.”