Target: Idaho State Legislature
Goal: Don’t allow domestic dogs to be used as live bait for wolves.
The recovery of wolf populations in North America has been seen as nothing short of a small miracle. However, the lives of wolves and their domestic counterparts are now threatened by a new law in Idaho.
The Idaho State Legislature has recently passed a law that ranchers can now use domestic dogs as live bait in order to lure wolves into their pastures. Using dogs as bait will allow the ranchers to kill the wolves which are supposedly threatening their livestock.
Domestic dogs are not the only animals which could be used as bait—sheep and goats could be used as well. Using these creatures as bait also exposes them to intense psychological trauma. It is entirely possible that the animals could die from stress before a wolf even comes near them.
The law also has devastating consequences for the wolves. This species was just taken off the endangered species list in December 2011, because the North American population was on the road to recovery. Allowing ranchers to kill wolves will cause the numbers to drop drastically once again. The law also allows the ranchers to use specialized technology in order to kill the wolves. Night vision goggles can be used to track the animals, and airplanes can be used to shoot the wolves from above.
This law endangers the lives of both domestic and wild animals. Tell the Idaho State Legislature that this law legalizes cruelty to domestic animals and will send the North American wolf population back to the brink of extinction.
Dear Mr. Brent Hill, President Pro Tempore:
The law proposed by Mr. Jeff Siddoway which allows ranchers to use live bait in order to kill wolves endangers the lives of both domestic and wild animals. The animals which are approved to use as bait will suffer from intense psychological stress.
The law also endangers the lives of the wolves, who have not yet fully recovered from their listing as an endangered species. Allowing ranchers to kill wolves will cause their populations to drop drastically once more, sending them back to the brink of extinction.
I urge you to repeal this law which will inflict cruelty upon both the recovering wolf populations and their domestic counterparts.
[Your Name Here]