Target: Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment
Goal: Stop shooting endangered wolves just to protect hunters.
Endangered wolves are being slaughtered in Finland because some hunters claim they are dangerous. However, there are only 235 wolves in the entire country. Furthermore, the wolf is a protected species in the European Union, which should make hunting them illegal.
Sadly, 43 wolves were recently killed as a part of this campaign against the species. This number does not include the 34 other wolves that were also shot by police and hit by cars. To pile on, the government is now permitting 53 more wolves to be killed this year.
In relation, people are rarely attacked by wolves. In fact, one scientific study showed that when wolves were approached 125 times, the wolves ran away all but twice. In the other two instances, mothers solely displayed protective behavior toward their pups and no direct aggressive behavior toward the people who approached them.
Continuing to kill wolves only ensures that this beautiful animal will become extinct. Demand wolves be saved from this horrible fate. We have to act now if we want these awesome animals to be around for years to come.
Dear Minister Tiilikainen,
Endangered wolves are being slaughtered in your country, even though they are protected by the European Union. It is important that we do everything possible to save this beautiful animal so that they will be able to thrive.
Claiming that wolves have to be shot for the purpose of protecting hunters is a poor argument. Unfortunately, the government has apparently already allowed many wolves to be killed and plans to continue having countrywide hunts take place.
People are hardly ever attacked by wolves. One study even revealed that when wolves were approached, they are most likely to flee instead of act aggressively. The two wolves in the study that did not immediately leave when approached were mothers who only showed protective behavior toward their cubs, rather than aggressive behavior toward the people who approached them.
Continuing to allow wolves to be hunted will only lead to their extinction. We therefore demand that wolves be protected in Finland rather than hunted. If we don’t do what we can to save them today, they may disappear forever.
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