Target: Olemic Thommessen, President of the Norwegian Parliament
Goal: Stop hunters from slaughtering over half of the wolves in Norway.
Hunters plan to kill over half of the wolves in a particular wolf population in Norway. Over 10,000 people may be given hunting licenses and granted permission to shoot 16 out of the 30 wolves that are thought to reside in the Norwegian wilderness. We need to take action to better ensure that these wolves will not be completely wiped out.
Hunting season runs from Oct. 1 to March 31. A main reason why wolves are hunted is to protect livestock. However, this reason is difficult to justify when one considers that a great deal of illegal hunting is speculated to take place in Norway. Furthermore, since hunters are allowed to kill all but three breeding females, the wolves are not able to reproduce at a fast enough rate to keep from dying off. With this being the case, hunting season should be canceled to ensure the wolves have a chance to thrive.
Demand hunting season be made against the law until these wolves drastically increase in number. If Norway continues down the same path, all of the wolves that live there will soon be dead.
Dear President Thommessen,
Hunters will soon be allowed to kill off over half of the wolf population in Norway. It does not make sense that thousands of hunters may be given the right to hunt 16 wolves when it is thought that there are only 30 left in the entire country.
Since Norway has a population of over 5 million people and there are only approximately 30 wolves in the entire country, there are likely not enough wolves in the region to eat the massive amounts of livestock the country contains. Experts speculate that illegal hunting takes place in the region, making hunting a majority of the wolves there unjustifiable. Since hunters are only required to make sure that the lives of three breeding females are spared, and female wolves only have between four to six wolf pups per year, the wolves will likely soon die off if they continue to be killed. Because of these circumstances, hunters should not be allowed to kill anymore wolves until their population significantly increases.
I therefore urge you to outlaw hunting season for the time being in Norway in order to give these beautiful animals a chance to flourish. If we don’t do something to help these animals, they will likely all soon be dead.
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