Target: Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker
Goal: To prevent the planned wolf hunt in Wisconsin and provide protections for wolves.
The gray wolf is perhaps the most iconic species within the wolf family. Living throughout North America and Eurasia, these animals are the largest species of wolf as well as the most immediately recognizable. Sadly, through history they have often been persecuted for being a threat to livestock, which in turn severely depleted wolf populations over the years.
Despite this, Congress has officially eliminated federal protection for gray wolves. This puts them at great risk as many take the removal as an open invitation for hunting these majestic animals. There is a tremendous threat that this newfound vulnerability to hunting will allow these animals to fall prey to large-scale culling. This is disheartening as hunting of these animals should be severely limited and conducted in a highly regulated fashion as is proper with such an important species.
Wisconsin’s upcoming October 15, 2012 wolf hunt highlights the issues present with removing protection from gray wolves. It is Wisconsin’s intent to not only allow wolves to be hunted indiscriminately, but also to allow the use of dogs by those hunting gray wolves. This is cruel to both wolves and the dogs used to hunt them. Even what would be termed a successful hunt could result in dogs being maimed or killed by wolves that are simply trying to protect themselves.
The decision to allow both dogs and the nighttime hunting of wolves takes an unacceptable concept (the hunting of a species that should be protected) and renders it detestable. If Congress will no longer protect these animals then it falls to the people themselves. Take the first step towards protecting these animals by stopping Wisconsin from conducting its October 15th wolf hunt.
Dear Governor Walker,
Gray wolves have historically been unfairly persecuted for the threat they can pose to livestock. This persecution reached such extreme levels that eventually many countries including the United States adopted laws protecting these animals to prevent them from being completely decimated.
Unfortunately, Congress has now voted to eliminate federal protection for these majestic animals, leaving them once more vulnerable. There is a tremendous threat that this new-found vulnerability to hunting will allow these animals to be killed at an unprecedented rate. If they are to be hunted at all these animals should be at the very least be protected by laws requiring wolf hunting be conducted in the severely limited, highly regulated fashion that should be associated with such an important species.
Wisconsin’s decision to allow not only the nighttime hunting of these animals, but also the use of dogs reflects this unfortunate lack of regulatory protection. This decision is cruel to both the wolves being hunted and the dogs being used during those hunts. This decision means that wolves will not only be tracked and killed, but harassed needlessly by dogs chasing them during the hunt. Even if the hunter is successful, it still could result in the death or maiming of his own dogs by a wolf merely attempting to protect itself.
Wisconsin must stop this from happening. Removing federal protection from a species does not make it an open target to be hunted back into threatened status once more. Gray wolves are far too important to be hunted down recklessly.
Stop the planned October 15th wolf hunt to protect these animals. If that cannot be achieved, at the very least ban the use of dogs when hunting these animals. Protect our wolf population before it is destroyed.
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