Target: Victoria Touchstone, Refuge Planner at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Goal: Uphold the ban on hunting in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to introduce a new conservation proposal which would allow hunting in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. At over 11,152 acres, the refuge currently provides a home for populations of deer, rabbits, and migratory birds. By allowing recreational hunting, these animals will be put at risk of being gunned down.
The proposal, known as the Comprehensive Conservation and Environmental Assessment Plan, is a 15-year roadmap on how to oversee the refuge. It includes four options for the refuge’s management, two of which would allow for hunting in designated areas.
Renee Owens, a member of the National Sierra Club Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee, has pointed out that the hunting provision would be inappropriate for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge for several reasons. Firstly, the conception of the refuge in 1996 was the FWS’s contribution to the Multispecies Conservation Plan, whose main goal is conservation and protection. Therefore, recreation is of secondary concern. Furthermore, the public lands of the refuge are mostly used by hikers and bikers. Only about 6% of revenue actually comes from outdoor hunters; thus the anticipated financial benefit of the provision is minimal.
Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agency is taking comments until August 18 about its draft proposal. By signing this petition you are demanding that the hunting provision be deleted from the Comprehensive Conservation and Environmental Assessment Plan.
Dear Victoria Touchstone,
Under the Comprehensive Conservation and Environmental Assessment Plan, hunting will be allowed in your refuge. This means thousands of birds, deer, and rabbits will be put at risk of being killed for entirely recreational purposes.
This will only contradict the main mission of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, which has been focused on conservation and protection since its establishment in 1996. Furthermore, hunting will not provide much financial benefit to the refuge, since only 6% of its revenue actually comes from hunters. Instead, the majority of people who make use of this refuge are hikers, bikers, and families.
Therefore, the proposal to allow hunting is unnecessary and cruel. I am urging you to ensure that the hunting provision is deleted off the Comprehensive Conservation and Environmental Assessment Plan; the animals deserve a safe sanctuary to reside in.
[Your Name Here]
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