Target: President Obama
Goal: To support making the sale of black bear parts illegal in the U.S.
There has been a rise in black bears being killed and dismembered across North America. The black bears have been found missing gallbladders, paws, genitals, and other parts. The bears are killed for their body parts that are sold here and abroad. According to Mark Lucero, a patrol captain with the Department of Fish and Game, black bear gallbladders can sell for $500 nationally or up to $5,000 in some parts of Asia. The bear parts are usually used for alternative medicine practices as sometimes as an aphrodisiac.
There is a lot of regulatory inconsistency regarding the protection of black bears. It is illegal to sell bear gallbladders and bile in thirty-four states, but five states allow these sells. Some people and groups object to protecting U.S. wildlife from poachers, but animals deserve protection. It is cruel to kill bears like this. The black bears deserve to be protected, especially since they are being targeted for their organs.
Please, ask President Obama to support protecting the American black bear and making it illegal to sell black bear organs in the United States.
Dear President Obama,
Black bears across North America are being killed and dismembered so their organs can be sold. Rotting black bear remains have been found with missing gallbladders, paws, genitals, and other parts. The black bear parts are used in alternative medicine practices and sometimes as aphrodisiacs. They are also sold nationally and internationally. According to Mark Lucero, a patrol captain with the Department of Fish and Game, black bear gallbladders can sell for $500 nationally or up to $5,000 in some parts of Asia.
The protection of black bears is very inconsistent. In thirty-four states it is illegal to sell bear gallbladders and bile, but in five states it is legal to sell black bear parts. Some people and organizations object to protecting animals from poaching, but animals need to be protected. It is upsetting that the black bears are being targeted this way. Killing the bears to sell their body parts is cruel. We need to protect the black bears.
Please, make it illegal across the United States to harvest and sell black bear parts and protect the American black bear.
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