Target: Secretary Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Goal: End Wisconsin’s bear hunting practices.
Every year, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources allows hunters to lure thousands of unsuspecting black bears into a firing range where they release dogs and gunfire upon them. In the past six years, over 26,500 bears have been killed by the hands of hunters. Hunters use bait to entice black bears and their cubs to a set location. Once the bears are in the area, the hunters release their dogs after the bears. In the summer sun, these bears quickly overheat while running for their lives and take refuge high up in the trees. After finally feeling safe, the hunters shoot down the bears from their temporary shelter back amongst the dogs. If the bear is not already dead, then the dogs will attack the bear until they are.
This practice does not just affect the dead bears. It affects their families. Chances of survival drop drastically for orphaned cubs. Not only is this yearly slaughter cruel and unnecessary, but it is also environmentally harmful. It completely disrespects Earth’s natural and delicate ecosystem. Let us honor the animals and their environment.
Sign this petition and demand Secretary Cathy Stepp and Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources to put an end to this mass killing.
Dear Secretary Cathy Stepp,
The exceedingly brutal bear hunting practices that happen yearly in the state of Wisconsin must be put to an end. In the last six years alone, over 26,500 bears have been killed.
This cruel and unnecessary practice does not only affect the dead bear, but their families and the environment as well. Chances of orphaned cubs surviving are slim and this all leads to an unstable ecosystem.
For these reasons, I am urging you to end bear hunting in Wisconsin. This would save the lives of thousands of bears and cubs in the future and maintain Wisconsin’s natural ecosystem.
[Your name here]
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