Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown, and California lawmakers
Goal: Applaud approval of ban on commercial and sport trapping of bobcats.
A ban on commercial and sports trapping of bobcats has just been approved in California. The practice was said to contain the extreme population growth among these animals by keeping their population at a constant rate. Bobcats were being lured from protected areas into deadly traps set by those willing to sell their fur for financial gain. This ban was passed thanks to efforts from activists around the world and ForceChange’s Stop Cruel Bobcat Trapping.
The new ban settles a controversy that has been ongoing in California for a long time. The action was taken after concerns were raised over the threat to bobcats. The new ban directs the Fish and Game Commission to set up trapping-free buffer zones around wildlife preserves, national parks, and other places where trapping has been declared illegal.
Bobcats in California had come under increasing pressure from trappers in the recent years due to a combination of the unlawful use of cat furs and fashion trends that increased the demand for bobcat furs. The historic ban shows California’s national leadership is serious in protecting wildlife. The move will go a long way in protecting California’s native cats from the international fur market, where individual bobcat furs are reported to sell for as much as $1,000 per pelt.
The number of trappers has been reported to be declining as the sport goes out of fashion, though individual trappers were said to take more cats due to the financial gain from their pelts. The ban has finally been imposed and it is a win for activists who were trying to protect these animals. Sign this petition to congratulate California lawmakers for imposing such an important ban.
Dear Governor Brown and California lawmakers,
Thank you for enacting a ban on commercial and sports trapping of bobcats. These animals were being lured from protected areas into deadly traps that were set by those willing to sell their fur for financial gain.
The ban settles a controversy that has been ongoing in California about the safety of the procedure and its impact on the population of the cats. The ban comes after initial concerns over the threat to bobcats in the state of California.
These animals have come under increased pressure in the recent years as a combination of the unlawful use of cat furs and fashion trends demand their fur. In fact, bobcat furs have been reported to go for as much as $1,000 per pelt further putting the animals at a risk of trapping for commercial gains.
The move will go a long way in protecting California’s bobcats from international fur market and is an indication of the commitment by California leaders to protect wildlife. As an animal advocate, I am writing this letter to commend you for imposing such a ban, as the move will mean that the animals will be free and will be protected from extinction.
[Your Name Here]
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