Target: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
Goal: Don’t allow hunting of endangered African antelope.
An amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill has passed the House of Representatives that will allow ‘canned’ hunting of three endangered species of African antelope. This type of hunting offers trophy seekers the ability to shoot fenced-in animals that have been bred in captivity. The U.S. Senate must not allow this regressive amendment to pass.
It wasn’t long ago that the hunting of endangered animals in captivity was regulated by requiring permits. Such permits ask that applicants show how hunting the animal helps their populations in the wild. Now Representative John Carter wishes to reverse the law and allow unregulated hunting of the scimitar-horned oryx, addax, and dama gazelle, all of which have been endangered since 2005. The oryx in particular is now classified as extinct in the wild.
In addition to concerns about killing an endangered animal, the methods used for canned hunting are unsportsmanlike and difficult to justify. Animals bred in captivity are domesticated, often bottle-fed and accustomed to humans. Hunters shoot the unsuspecting, fenced-in animals at close range in a manner that resembles execution more than sport.
The hunting of threatened animals should be controlled by federal government regulation. By signing the petition below, you can urge U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to oppose the amended Interior Appropriations bill that will allow unfettered hunting of these rare antelope.
Dear Senator Cantwell,
An amendment has been added to the Interior Appropriations bill that will once again allow hunting of endangered African antelope. The practice of ‘canned’ hunting (trophy hunting of captivity-bred animals) was only recently monitored by the requirement of permits. Now an amendment has passed the House of Representatives that will reverse this progressive legislation. The Senate must not allow this amendment to pass.
Not only does this hunting activity target rare and even technically extinct species, but it is unsportsmanlike as well. These antelope are practically domesticated, having been hand-raised by humans. They are fenced in with their hunters and shot at close range in a manner that resembles execution more than sport. As an effective advocate for animal welfare, you can make an important difference for these rare and majestic animals. Please don’t allow canned hunting to go unregulated once again. Oppose the Interior Appropriations bill until this amendment is removed.
[Your Name Here]
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