Target: Jonas Gahr Støre, Parliament Minority Leader of Norway
Goal: Don’t pass amendment that would allow a majority of endangered wolves to be killed.
Norway’s government is considering an amendment that would allow “recreational and cultural” killings of endangered wolves. There is no quota on the amount that can be killed, seemingly allowing the species to be hunted until it is nonexistent.
There are only nine packs of the animal in Norway. Sixty-five wolves live in the country, with another 25 in nearby Sweden. Law allows animals that are considered to be a “nuisance” to be killed. However, wolves do not seem to cause too many problems as they account for only eight percent of yearly sheep deaths in the country.
This is not the first time the wolves have been threatened. In the 1990s, only 10 wolves remained in all of Scandinavia. Since then, their numbers have multiplied. However, they are still endangered and if not protected may see their numbers decline again. Sign the petition and demand that the amendment not be passed.
Dear Mr. Støre,
I am deeply troubled by the Norwegian government’s impending law that will allow the already small population of endangered wolves to be hunted to extinction. Surely there are larger problems in Norway than its wolf population.
There are only 65 wolves that make their habitat there. Only eight percent of more than 20,000 sheep deaths per year are caused by wolves. They are not a nuisance and not a menace, but an endangered species attempting to survive as industrialization and development encroaches on their dwindling habitat. I ask that you not give hunters the right to eliminate this animal.
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Photo Credit: Taral Jansen