Food for thought
Copyright © 2009 C.R.Edmunds
It is a crime for a human to stalk another human, not because of actual physical harm that has occurred but because it causes psychological damage (trauma) and could lead to physical harm.
Psychological abuse can be justifiable cause for divorce or removal of a child from a home even though no physical abuse has occurred.
Waterboarding, deprevation and humiliation are used as forms of torture even though no physical damage occurs.
According to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, non-physical torture appears to cause as much mental distress and traumatic stress as physical torture. (See Science Daily article).
Yet environmental groups and the Mexican wolf program do not consider psychological damage (what looks very much like PTSD) that is documented in the families of Catron County residents to be cause for removal of Mexican wolves that stalk children and families in the program area.
What is wrong with this picture?