Don’t Kill Off Bears and Wolves

Target: Gratiela Gavrilescu, Environment Minister of Romania

Goal: Don’t let hunters kill 140 bears and 97 wolves by the end of the year.

Romania has been looking to relax a hunting ban on both wolves and bears. The announced plans follow a recent uptick in animal attacks on humans and complaints from farmers and villagers living near the country’s forested regions.

The proposal would allow authorities to manage quotas, allowing hunters to kill up to 140 bears and 97 wolves by the end of the year. This is not the first time that Romania has tried to enact hunting quotas. In 2016, Romania announced it would allow hunters to kill hundreds of lynx, wolves and bears before widespread public outcry forced them to retract their position. Once more, we need to stand up for the animals and demand that they be protected from trophy hunters.

As long as bears and wolves continue to lose habitat due to deforestation, these predators will continue to have close and potentially dangerous encounters with humans. Sign this petition to demand that the Romanian government focus on conserving virgin forest lands and abandon this cruel and inhumane proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Gavrilescu,

Recently, the Romanian government announced a plan to kill numerous bears and wolves as a response to recent attacks on humans. If carried out, hunters will now be legally allowed to kill 140 bears and 97 wolves by the end of the year. With over 60 percent of Europe’s brown bear population found within your country, this could be a crippling blow to biodiversity on the European continent.

Furthermore, enacting quotas would run counter to your 2016 ban on trophy hunting, and would encourage hunters to kill these magnificent creatures for their own selfish and greedy desires. There is no reason to permit these killings when nonlethal means of control exist, such as relocation or the protection of remaining wilderness areas.

We, the undersigned, demand that you retract this proposed quota system and commit instead to conserving the forests these creatures call home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marlene Thyssen

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6 Comments

  1. Have you ever taught that it’s not the animals fault for attacking humans. Humans are increasingly spreading beyond their “territory” and animals in response and their instinct are just trying to protect their territory. Please be humane.

  2. I agree with Kumar N.

    Let the Bears and Wolves run free, they have the right to enjoy life in the same way we do.

  3. ROMANIA BE HUMANE TO THE GREAT WILDLIFE NOW.

  4. ROMANIA STOP MURDERING ANIMALS NOW! THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE FREE AND WILD, WITHOUT FEAR!

  5. BEARS AND WOLVES WERE THERE LONG BEFORE HUMANS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE FREE IN THEIR LAND, HUMANS CAME IN AND THINK THEY HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN WILD ANIMALS THEY DONT, WILD ANIMALS HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO, HUMANS CAN CHOOSE WHERE THEY LIVE BEARS AND WOLVES CANT CHOOSE, WILD LIFE IS VERY IMORTANT TO THE WORLD AND TO ROMANIA, HUMAND HAVE TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH WILDLIFE, BEARS AND WOLVES OR THIS WILL BE A POORER PLANET FOR IT,DONT KILL BEARS AND WOLVES YOU SHOULD TREASURE YOUR WILDLIFE NOT KILL EVERY THING FREE WILD AND BEAUTIFUL.

  6. BEARS AND WOLVES WERE THERE LONG BEFORE HUMANS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE FREE IN THEIR LAND, HUMANS CAME IN AND THINK THEY HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN WILD ANIMALS THEY DONT, WILD ANIMALS HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO, HUMANS CAN CHOOSE WHERE THEY LIVE BEARS AND WOLVES CANT CHOOSE, WILD LIFE IS VERY IMORTANT TO THE WORLD AND TO ROMANIA, HUMAND HAVE TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH WILDLIFE, BEARS AND WOLVES OR THIS WILL BE A POORER PLANET FOR IT,DONT KILL BEARS AND WOLVES YOU SHOULD TREASURE YOUR WILDLIFE NOT KILL EVERY THING FREE WILD AND BEAUTIFUL.

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