Target: David Perdue, United States Senator and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
Goal: Outlaw hunting ranches in the United States that fence in animals and make them completely helpless.
Exotic and endangered animals are sold to ranches to be slaughtered by hunters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. If something is not done to stop this, many more animals will be shot in cold blood.
People often pay to shoot animals at these ranches–also known as canned hunting ranches–for the sole purpose of hanging a prize on the wall. Hunting practices used at these places are so pathetic that ranch operators guarantee all paying customers will take home a kill. If that is not bad enough, oftentimes animals are coaxed to run or walk in the direction where hunters are waiting.
One such ranch operator even admitted on camera that he tranquilized the animals, since people paid him to hunt on his ranch. Just as bad, he stated that one of the animals had a bounty on its head, likely indicating there is a reward for killing animals considered to be more of a nuisance to ranch property owners. When one considers these animals are kept in fenced-in areas, such practices become even more deplorable.
Sign this petition and ask Congress to ban all canned hunting ranches in the United States. Animals do not deserve to be senselessly killed by individuals who need an instant ego boost.
Dear Senator Perdue,
The Humane Society of the United States found that many exotic and endangered animals are bought and sold to ranches for the purpose of being hunted by people who pay to kill them. If this practice is not banned, many more innocent animals will soon cease to exist.
Nothing about this type of hunting requires skill, as customers are guaranteed to go home with a kill. Animals are usually urged by ranch operators to wander toward the hunters. The animals are even sometimes tranquilized so they are not able to easily get away, and they are kept inside fenced-in areas.
Since animals are not being killed to either feed starving people or to clothe people who may die unless they are able to use animal skin for warmth, it is disgusting that these ranches are still legal to operate in 30 states. For all of these reasons, I encourage you to highly suggest to other congressional members that these ranches be immediately closed down and made illegal. No animal deserves to be killed by a fraudulent hunter who selfishly does so solely for bragging rights.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Scott Bauer