Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Don’t allow black bear trophy hunt in Florida.
A cruel black bear trophy hunt may soon be opened in Florida, even though the bears have only recently been removed from the endangered species list. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does not even know how many bears are in the state, as the last count was almost fifteen years ago. If approved, the event would be the first open trophy hunt permitted in twenty years and could place the recovering species in imminent danger and possibly make the bears extinct.
It is also possible that if the proposal is approved, the FWC will allow extremely cruel methods for people to hunt their bear trophies, including hounding where bears would be chased by packs of dogs, and baiting where bears are lured to hunters using food.
Time is running out for these bears. On June 24, 2015 their fate will essentially be decided for them. The FWC Commission Chair has continually ignored the citizens of Florida’s objections to this proposal. However, Governor Rick Scott appoints the FWC commissioners and has the power to influence the outcome of voting on the proposal. Urge Governor Scott to protect black bears by signing this petition.
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing this letter to you to ask you to help protect black bears in the state of Florida by urging the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to vote against a proposal that would allow for an open trophy hunt for the first time in twenty years.
Black bears in Florida have only recently been considered not endangered. Opening a trophy hunt will create a setback in all of the progress that has been made in helping the black bears to flourish. Additionally, there is no way that this trophy hunt can be conducted in a practical and reasonable way because the last state count was conducted almost fifteen years ago.
If this proposal is approved, bears may be subjected to cruel and extremely harsh tactics all for the sake of a trophy. The ethical decision is clear. You have an amazing opportunity to protect a vulnerable species that desperately needs protection. Thousands of Floridians are depending on you to help prevent black bears from returning to the endangered species list.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ian Matchett