You gotta read the whole thing. The level of eco-colonial arrogance and disregard for the safety of the local people on the part of these Nature Conservancy clowns is off the hook.
Their ancient custom is never to harm the dragons but if the current course of action holds that is almost certain to change.
For centuries, local tradition required feeding the dragons — which live more than 50 years, can recognize individual humans and usually stick to fairly small areas.
Hundreds of years, Baaaaah, natives what do they know!
> You gotta read the whole thing. The level of eco-colonial arrogance and disregard for the safety of the local people on the part of these Nature Conservancy clowns is off the hook.
Don’t you just love it how Pointy-Headed Intellectuals, once again, know what is best for everybody — even tho’ there is absolutely no reason on earth why they should?
Ask the Average Jue in the street “who knows more about Komodo Dragons: the Pointy-Headed Intellectual from the US, or the villager on Komodo Island who lives with the dragons and whose ancestors have lived there from the beginning of recorded time?” and 100% of the time you know the answer ain’t going to be “The Pointy-Headed Intellectual”.
So how is it that the Pointy-Headed Intellectuals get to run the show over on Komodo Island? Wouldn’t it be more fun to feed one or two of them to the dragons, and make their Pointy-Headed Intellectual friends watch what happens?
It would certainly be more instructional. I bet if they did that, the villagers would be back to feeding the dragons goats and deer in seconds flat.