Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wolf photo violated code

The photo of the smiling U.S. Forest Service employee Josh Bransford (April 6) was disturbing. What is equally disturbing is the last paragraph of the story in which the Idaho Department of Fish and Game had concluded that Mr. Bransford's actions had been investigated and there was no wrongdoing—technically, according to the laws of Idaho.

Josh Bransford is a representative of the Forest Service, whether he is on duty or not. He shows a complete lack of ethics and judgement in posing for a photo, smiling, while an animal is allowed to suffer. He then goes a step further and posts the image on the web.

Mr. Bransford no doubt regrets his actions, but it does not absolve him of his responsibility. In the Forest Service code of scientific ethics, it reads, "I will prevent abuse of all resources entrusted to me and endeavor to treat human and animal subjects humanely, following established guidelines where they are available."

Carmen Northen


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