Target: National Park Service Deputy Regional Director Joel Hard
Goal: Enact hunting regulations to protect Alaska’s bear, wolf, and coyote populations.
There is one particularly inhumane hunting method that is banned in forty-nine states. It consists of shooting innocent bears after baiting them, and is widely considered a cruel and inhumane form of hunting. In Alaska, this practice is a legal and common occurrence throughout the state. Brown bears in particularly are being indirectly targeted as a result of the legal status of these practices. In other words, because these cruel hunting practices are still allowed, they are still happening.
While this is not representative of Alaska’s entire population, many residents of the state do in fact partake in the baiting and shooting of bears, wolves, and coyotes. Often, these animals are hunted and shot while they are raising young. Generally, hunting practices take specific precautions to avoid killing animals that are very young, pregnant, or raising young. Sadly, they are still killed at alarming rates. Alaska’s laws suggest that the state does not wish to comply with the hunting regulations followed by all other states. Baiting and killing is a dangerous practice – not only dangerous to the animals, but also to humans and the environment.
The National Park Service has begun to take action. They have proposed regulations which would make these hunting practices illegal in Alaska in several nationally preserved land plots. These regulations must be enforced and made a permanent part of Alaska’s laws. Sign this petition to show support for these regulations which will protect bears, wolves, coyotes and the humans involved from these inhuman hunting practices.
Dear Deputy Director Joel Hard,
Baiting and hunting is one of the most cruel and inhumane forms of hunting that is currently practiced. I acknowledge that hunting is practiced widely throughout the world, and that for some people the practice has great cultural significance. I respect that. Unique practices and traditions lay the groundwork for unique, culture-rich communities. However, when one culture’s practices begin to endanger other people and their environment, as well as the animals involved, it is time to take action.
I would like to let you know that I support the recently proposed regulations to stop these horrific hunting practices and protect these innocent animals. However, the proposed regulations are temporary, and that may not be enough. While I support the actions you have already taken, I also encourage you to make these regulations permanent. This is essential to ensure that we have long-lasting effects in Alaska and throughout the nation. These animals must be protected from vicious hunting practices which endanger humans and the environment as well.
Thank you for your continued efforts, and please consider my request to make these regulations permanent to stop these inhumane practices now.
[Your Name Here]
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