Target: Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin
Goal: Withdraw legislation that would promote the destruction of the Mexican gray wolf
Mexican gray wolves are facing extinction. While they used to have a population ranging in the thousands, this majestic animal was nearly wiped out through hunting and rampant predator removal by the United States government in the 1970s. A shocking bill that actually encourages cruel hunting methods recently passed in the Arizona Senate. If this bill also passes in the House, Mexican gray wolves may be lost to this world.
In 1998, Mexican gray wolves were bred and reintroduced into their Arizona habitat. According to the wildlife preservation organization Defenders of Wildlife, “The goal of the reintroduction program was to restore at least 100 wolves to the wild by 2006,” but there are currently less than 75 in Arizona today. This deadly bill would allow hunters to “destroy predatory wildlife” using guns, snares, traps and any other legal form of hunting. The bill even states that “dogs may be used to facilitate the pursuit of depredating bears, wolves, and mountain lions.”
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums states that, “The greatest threats to the Mexican gray wolf population are human-related and include habitat loss and hunting.” These threats are well within humanity’s control, but bills that encourage hunters to kill these wolves are accelerating their extinction. To make matters worse, Arizona is also considering legislation that would fight against federal expansion of the wolf-recovery zone while encouraging wolves to only be reintroduced into their natural habitats in Mexico.
By signing the petition below, you will urge Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin to withdraw this deadly bill and take a stand towards protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf.
Dear Senator Gail Griffin.
I was shocked to learn that you introduced a bill in the Arizona State Senate which would allow hunters to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves and other “predatory animals” using guns, snares traps and any other legal form of hunting. Perhaps you weren’t aware that there are less than 75 Mexican gray wolves left in Arizona and that this bill would encourage the extinction of these majestic animals.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums states that, “The greatest threats to the Mexican gray wolf population are human-related and include habitat loss and hunting.” I am asking you to use your power and influence to lessen these threats by withdrawing this deadly bill.
[Your Name Here]
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