Target: Mr. Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor
Goal: Implement a humane anti-skunk program in place of the current euthanasia program
The city of Windsor, Ontario, spends 80,000 dollars yearly on its anti-skunk program, which traps and kills skunks. With just a phone call, residents can order a trap to be placed in their yard or a crew to remove a trapped animal. While trapping and relocating skunks can be helpful to not only humans but the animal as well, the city has instead chosen to euthanize the animals.
City workers set up hundreds of baited enclosures during skunk season. When they are captured, the animals are left for hours at a time, and young kits can starve to death in their tiny cages due to confinement. The traps can also capture unintended animals such as small rodents.
Once gathered, the skunks are sent to a private company to be killed. Some Windsor residents have complained that they don’t want the animals to be euthanized and have requested humane alternatives. The city council has not made animal release available even by request, which has prompted some residents to boycott the program altogether despite skunk issues.
Skunks are harmless to humans and generally remain unseen. They are peaceful by nature and show many warning signs before spraying, and only spray if threatened. They burrow mostly in yards that are unkempt or have ready food sources such as uncovered garbage to scavenge.
Though urban skunks can sometimes be a nuisance, there are capture and release alternatives available. A humane program would appeal to residents who are anti-euthanasia, and would therefore be more effective in terms of the number of skunks captured and removed. Educating citizens on how to deter skunks from nesting in unwanted places could keep the skunks from entering in the first place. Your signature will demand that Windsor’s city council deal with urban skunk issues in a humane manner.
Dear Mr. Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor,
The expensive and inhumane anti-skunk program is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of skunks per year. Animals can be left in traps for many hours and kits can even die from starvation during the wait. Requests by residents to offer a different solution have been refused.
There are compassionate and cost effective alternatives to euthanasia that could also prove more effective. A greater number of citizens may be inclined to use the service if the skunks were released to the wild or to a sanctuary. Providing residents with literature on how to properly keep and clean their yards could deter the skunks from burrowing in residential areas to begin with.
I ask that you implement a catch and release skunk removal program. Skunks pose no danger to humans and euthanasia is not necessary.
[Your Name Here]
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