Target: Diane Eggeman, Division Director, Florida Hunting and Game Management
Goal: Reinstate ban on bear hunting in Florida.
Bear hunting has been banned in Florida since 1994, however the ban was recently lifted and 207 bears were killed in a single day. The reason for the lift is supposedly to control the bear population. However, the last time a statewide count was taken was 13 years ago. It is estimated that about 3,100 bears live in the state and 3,778 hunting permits were sold. There is no logic in selling more permits than bears.
The ban lift does not only affect the bears being shot, but also their families. According to the BBC, the first bear killed was a mother who was still lactating. Instead of killing these animals, land reservations should be made so bears have more land to roam and less of a chance of coming into contact with humans. Instead, more land is being lost to industrialization. Not much is being done to help the bears and now they are being killed for it.
After 20 years of peace, it seems unusual that the ban has been lifted. Sign this petition below and demand that Florida puts the ban on bear hunting back into action.
Dear Ms. Diane Eggeman,
After 20 years of peace between humans and bears, the state of Florida has decided to lift the ban on bear hunting. There seems to be no logical explanation for the recent lift. Controlling the bear population is supposedly one reason. A better way to help bears would be to give them more land rather than killing them. If more land reservations were created then human and bear interactions would decrease. It is also more environmentally friendly than killing bears, which can throw off the environment’s natural ecosystem.
In addition, a statewide tally has not been taken in 13 years. It is estimated that about 3,100 bears live in the state. However 3,778 hunting permits were sold. There is no logic in selling more permits than there are bears. The hunting does not only affect the bears killed but also their families. According to the BBC, the first bear killed was a mother bear who was still lactating. Killing mother bears puts cubs in grave danger.
Humans and bears were living in harmony in Florida for 20 years. Killing them is cruel and senseless. Please consider putting the ban back on bear hunting and save the lives of hundreds of living beings and their families.
[Your Name Here]
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