Stop Legalized Slaughter of Rare Wild Sheep

Target: Pascal Canfin, Chair of European Parliament Committee on the Environment

Goal: Don’t slaughter the rare mouflon sheep.

Once again, animals have made a home in a habitat forced upon them by humans. And once again, the humans are now declaring these animals “invasive” and legally eradicating them. This time, the location is a small Italian island known as Giglio, and the animals are a rare wild species of sheep. Without action, mouflon sheep could be culled en masse and essentially disappeared from the land they now call home.

The current sheep are thought to be ancestors of a group brought to the island in the 1960s by a landowner who abandoned the flock. They are not native to the area but have since settled across the island. Roughly 30 remain, but they are now the targets of a European Union (EU) sanctioned cull by hunters. The true reason for the targeting of these animals likely arises from complaints of local farmers that their crops are being compromised.

Advocates have sought to block the ongoing cull and potential future efforts through appeals to EU Parliament. They argue that the sheep should be relocated to the Italian mainland and perhaps even granted protected status. Sign the petition below to urge leaders to choose these life-saving approaches over needless slaughter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Camfin,

The European biodiversity initiative should be an avenue for preserving and protecting at-risk animals, not ending their lives. The mouflon sheep of Giglio arrived on the island through no fault of their own, and they have peacefully lived on these lands for several decades. They should not be the target of a widespread cull meant to appease farmers that is disguised as conservation.

Please heed the calls of true conservationists who want to save these animals. If mouflon sheep cannot remain on Giglio, relocate them to a new home. And grant these animals legal protections that will safeguard them from systemic slaughter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jorg Hempel


36 Comments

  1. Agree all comments leave them alone. JUSTICE NOW FOR THESE ANIMALS , STOP NOW!!!. I agree cull these humans who do this to animals.

  2. Gabriela Torres says:

    MAN IS A DESPICABLE, SELFISH, UNCULTURED BEING, WHO DOES NOT THINK ABOUT THE DAMAGE HE DOES FOR PLEASURE. SOMETIMES I WISH THAT SOME OF THE ANIMALS HE KILLS VIOLENTLY, WOULD INSTEAD ATTACK AND KILL HIM.

  3. Milantia Roy says:

    A bunch of cowards, that’s what they are!

  4. This a HORRIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME!!!! ANIMALS have the right to this planet, equally with humans!!!!
    THIS PRIMITIVE KILLING MENTALITY MUST END and BE HARSHLY PUNISHED!

  5. Julia Edinger says:

    Senseless “murder” of these precious animals must stop,,,,they are very important to the environment!!

  6. Vicki Pfeifer says:

    These animals are beautiful with their golden horns. Only 30 left is not good. They will be extinct soon. Sad what humans do to animals.
    Build a barrier so they don’t get into your area. Or
    Transplant the people see how they like it. Take animals back to their origins.

  7. Once again humans are just so happy to KILL KILL KILL is that the worth of a human mind. This world needs to wake up before the only things we have is humans. What a dreadful thought.

  8. Roseanne Jackson says:

    You need to save these poor animals instead of just killing them off. Why do they get to decide what dies? There’s only 30 left. They’re almost extinct!

  9. Alysha+Edelman says:

    THE EVIL HUMAN RACE NEEDS TO STOP MURDERING ANIMALS AND STOP DESTROYING THE PLANET!!!! THE EVIL HUMAN RACE NEEDS TO BE EXTERMINATED!!!!!!!

  10. These sheep are now rare, due, of course, to human hunters! It is a pity they cant go back to their natural place, to bolster their numbers! Have animal charities been asked to take them? Has PETA been asked to help find them homes?

  11. I agree with all comments. We humans think we can slaughter everything without it being questionned – It’s time to show them they can’t!

  12. Figure out another way to protect Human farms WITHOUT KILLING Sheep — transferring Sheep to other safer locations is another option – whatever you do, the Sheep MUST NEVER be killed — such a solution is beyond depravedly cruel, hateful & insane — these are beautiful Animals — let’s hold onto them and ensure they live happy, healthy lives.

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