Target: David Lansford, Mayor of Clovis, New Mexico
Goal: Relocate New Mexico prairie dogs as an alternative to poisoning and killing wildlife at the taxpayer’s expense
Most United States taxpayers don’t support the killing of innocent wildlife. It’s even less popular when the killing takes place on the taxpayer’s dime. Prairie dogs have had a rough last few months in New Mexico, where government officials have planned to poison them so they don’t inhabit neighboring properties. There is a large prairie dog population around Ned Houk Park in Clovis, New Mexico, and the city has stocked up on Rozol, a poison that causes convulsions and painful death. Move forward with prairie dog relocation efforts and stop killing wildlife at the taxpayer’s expense.
Animal rights activists enjoyed some success when they raised enough money to relocate New Mexico’s prairie dogs to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ranch that is currently inhabited by prairie chickens. But at the last minute, the city commission in Clovis voted to halt the relocation effort and poison the prairie dogs anyway. While the animal rights activists’ relocation plan would cost taxpayers nothing, the city’s poisoning plan will cost them $30,000.
Other areas of the country have begun to realize the value of prairie dogs in the Great Plains landscape, as personable and useful members of the squirrel family. To learn more about the issue and keep up with recent happenings, follow the Bold Visions Conservation Project. Sign the below petition to urge the city of Clovis and other regions facing prairie dog concerns to explore relocation efforts as an alternative to unnecessary killings.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Mayor Lansford,
The Clovis city commission’s last-minute decision to withdraw support for the relocation of prairie dogs to safe lands was senseless and irresponsible. Not only was this decision inhumane to a native species, but also unfair to the taxpayers of New Mexico who must pay for the inhumanity. Prairie dogs are important species to the local environment, and they are part of the food chain for endangered and threatened species like black-footed ferrets and burrowing owls.
It is understandable that neighborhood residents don’t want prairie dogs living in their yard. However, local environmental groups already found and funded a solution. I am urging you to reconsider your opposition to relocating the Clovis prairie dogs to uninhabited BLM land in Chaves County. A majority of residents in your area do not support the poisonous eradication of wildlife, and they most certainly don’t want to pay for it.
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