Target: Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg
Goal: Save Norway’s last 30 wolves from being targeted and killed by over 11,000 hunters.
Norway’s endangered wolf population faces decimation at the hands of thousands of hunters. The government has awarded licenses to 11,571 people to shoot 16 animals. This is more than half the total number of wolves in the country, which is estimated to be lower than 30. This means that hunters outnumber the wolves 763 to one. These animals have no chance of surviving.
The decision to open up wolf hunting to the public this year was supposedly taken to protect livestock, despite the fact that the wolf population is so fragile and far too low to cause farmers any losses. Furthermore, international wolf expert Petter Wabakken believes that the wolf population is already being kept down by illegal hunting, explaining why their numbers are so disturbingly low.
The main pack of wolves lives in a designated habitat in the southeastern part of the country, but as soon as an individual wanders out of this area, he or she is fair game to be shot by thousands of trigger-happy hunters. The government has adopted the irresponsible policy of only allowing three litters of wolf pups to survive per year, clearly not enough to sustain a healthy wolf population in the country. Moreover, it is not clear how officials aim to identify and protect three breeding females from over 11,000 hunters if these wolves were to stray from their designated area.
Allowing this hunt to continue could mean the extinction of Norwegian wolves for good. Ask Norway to reconsider this reckless decision and revoke the hunters’ permits immediately.
Dear Prime Minister Solberg,
I am writing to oppose your government’s decision to open up the wolf hunting season to thousands of people this year. You are certainly aware that there are fewer than 30 wolves left in Norway, yet your government has awarded licenses to 11,571 people to shoot 16 of these animals. This is more than half the total number of wolves in the country. This also equates to hunters outnumbering the wolves 763 to one, meaning these animals have no chance of surviving, essentially spelling out the extinction of this beautiful and precious species.
I understand that this decision was taken in order to protect livestock. However, wolf numbers are far too low to cause farmers any losses. Furthermore, international wolf expert Petter Wabakken believes that the wolf population is already being kept down by illegal hunting, explaining why their numbers are so disturbingly low.
Norway’s wolf population is incredibly fragile, and the government’s policy to only protect three breeding females and their pups is both irresponsible and unclear. How are three specific individuals meant to be protected from 11,000 hunters were they to stray outside their designated habitat?
This hunt may be the last nail in the coffin of Norway’s wolves. Please reconsider this reckless decision and revoke the hunters’ permits immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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