What’s at stake? The psychology of dissent

Concerning the conflicts centering on the killing of the Washington wolves, first, there are organizations that claim they’re against the killing, or what is called the “authorized removal” of wolves, yet they have not made a clear public statement saying “no more killing.” Next, there are conflicts among some individuals who are against the slaughter of these wolves but who also work for organizations that are sending out a mixed message — the groups say they don’t support the killing but are mum on saying it publicly, or their public statements are then modified by using the word “but” to provide reasons for allowing it to happen at this point, but hopefully to in the future. Of course, there is no guarantee that it won’t happen again, and clearly, allowing wolves to be killed in 2016 did not stop killing them in 2017. It’s easy to see why questions are raised about where allegiances fall — should individuals simply assume the position of the group for which they work or support, or speak out as individuals assuming no fear of reprisals? It’s a tricky situation, but, as I’ve said, during the past few weeks I’ve had some interesting exchanges with people who are experiencing some deep conflict about these matters, namely, they like the organization they support or for which they work but disagree with their views on the killing of the wolves and other matters.

Source: Wolves and Cows: Individual and Organizational Conflicts | HuffPost