Target: Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Goal: Demand an immediate end to wildlife poisoning near Texas church.
The Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wolfforth, Texas, has distributed poison for the purpose of killing “unnecessary” wildlife, mainly the thriving population of prairie dogs who live on the land near the church. There have been reports describing graphic and inhumane deaths of many prairie dogs, involving horrific suffering and blood pouring from the their mouths and noses. A population of burrowing owls (who are protected by federal law) also inhabits the land located near the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
The poisons being used to kill these prairie dogs are particularly virulent and have been known to cause “convulsions, vomiting, internal bleeding, and gradual cardiac collapse,” the combination of which results in “immense suffering and a slow, agonizing death.” Many family pets such as dogs and cats are also at risk of being killed by the poison, as well as wandering small children. Despite being provided with nonlethal and humane animal control methods, the church decided to settle its issue with violence, despite the risk of incurring the $15,000 fine for killing a federally-protected bird like the burrowing owl.
We must convince the officials of the church to stop its inhumane crusade against native wildlife and protect the prairie dogs from further destruction.
Dear Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church,
Recently you have distributed poison with the intent of killing “unnecessary pests,” particularly the peaceful population of prairie dogs who inhabit the land near the church. Witnesses to this cruelty have described graphic and inhumane deaths of a great many prairie dogs involving blood dripping from the their noses and mouths. A population of the federally-protected burrowing owls also lives on the land located near your church.
The poisons you are using to kill these prairie dogs are especially barbaric and have been known to cause “convulsions, vomiting, internal bleeding, and gradual cardiac collapse,” the combination of which results in “immense suffering and a slow, agonizing death.” By setting out poison, you also put family pets such as dogs and cats at risk, not to mention small children. It is important to protect every creature, both animal and human.
We demand that you immediately remove all poisons and instead focus on the humane and effective wildlife deterrent options provided to you earlier by PETA.
[Your Name Here]
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