Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Provide funding for the research of large carnivores
Large carnivores are disappearing from the face of our planet and their disappearance has disastrous consequences on both the ecosystem and the environment. Wolves, lions, bears, leopards, and other large carnivores inspire fear in humans who have to co-exist with them, and these predators often target their livestock. However, humans need to appreciate the role these predators have in balancing our environment. Funding toward researching these large carnivores is imperative to existing with and understanding them.
Scientists are trying to understand the ripple effects of large predators disappearing from the environment. But when science itself cannot identify which species of large carnivores are disappearing, and at what rate, these ripple effects are difficult to analyze. The interplay between animals and plants is a system scientists are struggling to understand as well. Current research states that if there are too few predators such as wolves or bears, the population of their prey will become massive and eat too many plants. Large scale grazing creates erosion, and scientists have concluded that both the prey and predators determine the course of rivers and streams. For example, if there are too many deer and not enough wolves, the topography of the land is changed. This phenomenon is called the trophic cascade, when a change in the predator disrupts everything in the food chain.
Ecologists recently published a study about the benefits of predators, revealing that if predators and prey are balanced, the environment is in a natural state. However, in many parts of the world it is difficult to persuade humans to see the benefit of large carnivores. If funding is provided, scientists and other activists can convince others of their importance, instead of merely regarding them with fear. This funding will also help scientists further understand the impact predators have on the ecosystem.
You can help with their endeavors by signing this petition and telling the House Speaker and Congress to provide funding.
Dear John Boehner,
A recent study that was published described the benefits of large carnivores on the environment. The study states that large carnivores such as wolves and bears not only help to keep the population of prey balanced, but also influence the topography of the land. Findings suggest that large carnivores have a role to play in how tall the grass grows and whether streams in the area keep their course or change. The study found erosion in the banks of streams where animals such as deer were allowed to grow to massive numbers. This erosion could be stopped by large carnivores.
I am asking that you give more funding towards ecologists who are studying large carnivores, as their research could aid the environment and the continued existence of animals such as wolves and bears. I realize that these animals have a love-hate relationship with humans, but the fact of the matter is they need to exist so the land does not erode. By providing funding, you are helping our environment and changing our perception of large carnivores.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Daniel Mott via Wikimedia