Target: Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks
Goal: Demand government step in to stop inhumane and ineffective coyote-killing event.
Hunters who can kill the most coyotes in a day will be rewarded with a cash prize in a hunting contest in Alberta, Canada. Hunters will gather on private farmland for one day to compete in a highly publicized spectacle where coyotes are brutally shot to death for “sport” and entertainment. As this event goes on annually despite massive public outcry against the organizers, it is time to ask the Alberta government to stop the event permanently.
Coyotes are incredibly important to the health of the Canadian ecosystem, yet can pose a threat to the province’s livestock. For this reason, many consider them to be nuisance animals. Most farmers opt to shoot, trap, or poison the animals despite overwhelming scientific evidence that such methods are ineffective and can actually cause more harm than good.
When one coyote is killed, disrupting established pecking orders and family units, others will move into its former territory. Wildlife researchers suggest that these new animals are less aware of the dangers of living so close to humans and livestock, and are therefore more likely to cause problems. Though an estimated 25,000 coyotes have been brutally killed in the past five years, Alberta’s coyote population has remained strong.
Not only is a publicized spectacle a cruel and inappropriate way of decreasing coyote-livestock encounters, it is ineffective and unnecessary. In order to have a long-term impact on the issue, the government must employ alternative measures to restrict animal harvests such as sterilization. Sign the petition below to demand that the Alberta government put a stop to this barbaric event.
Dear Minister Phillips,
A contest in which hunters are paid for killing the most coyotes will soon take place on private farmland in Alberta. This public spectacle has been an annual event aimed at reducing the population of coyotes, which are considered by some to be pests. The event will continue this year despite massive public backlash and against a large body of scientific evidence which states that coyote culls are inhumane and ineffective.
The province of Alberta should seek a more long-term solution to the coyote issue, such as sterilization. Until then, we ask that the government step in to cancel this barbaric and unnecessary event which will see dozens of coyotes killed for entertainment.
[Your Name Here]
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