Target: David Canavan, Acting Chief Executive for the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Goal: Support the RSPCA in securing sports nets that cause injury to wildlife.
Sports netting is a dangerous trap for small animals. The netting can become tangled around their necks, causing serious injury or death. Support the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in demanding that sports clubs store or raise this netting when not in use to ensure the safety of surrounding wildlife.
In England, a fox was seriously injured when it became tangled in a football net. The netting, left outside following a game, trapped the fox in place and became wrapped around its neck and limbs. By the time rescuers responded, the fox had stopped breathing. It was successfully resuscitated but, had they arrived any later, it would have died.
Net traps put small animals in a vulnerable position. Unable to run or fight, they run the risk of being attacked and killed by predatory animals. If they manage to escape the net, their injuries put them at a disadvantage in the wild. Limb injuries limit the animal’s ability to protect itself, find shelter in harsh weather, and scavenge for food. Without proper treatment, the animal isn’t likely to survive.
Pollutants such as plastic rings and wire have long been recognized as a danger to animals. Sports netting, however, is not widely acknowledged. By signing below, you are joining the RSPCA in demanding secure storage or raising of sports nets when they are not in use.
Dear Mr. Canavan,
Recently, a fox became caught in a football net and nearly asphyxiated. It sustained serious injuries to its entire body and narrowly escaped an encounter with a predatory animal. If not for the diligent work of rescuers, this fox would have died.
Sports netting has become a serious threat to local wildlife. Should a small animal become trapped, it may sustain injury, asphyxiate, or fall victim to predators. Much like plastic rings and other pollutants, sports netting must be acknowledged as a hazard to animal life. Action needs to be taken to ensure that nets are properly stored or raised when not in use.
We acknowledge your work in animal welfare and wish to show our support for the secure storage and raising of sports netting. It is time to take a stand for these vulnerable animals and prevent further suffering due to human interference.
[Your Name Here]
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