Target: Vidar Helgesen, Norway Minister of Climate and Environment
Goal: Reverse decision to kill two-thirds of Norway’s last 68 wolves because they kill a tiny percentage of the nation’s sheep.
Norway is about to kill off 47 of its wolves, which is about 67 percent of the total of this critically endangered population. The country came to this decision because the wolves have been preying on domesticated sheep. However, conservation organizations have pointed out that the 117 sheep killed by wolves last summer are only a tiny percentage of the 110,000 sheep that simply go missing every year.
Conservationists also speculate that this decision has a lot to do with Norway’s hunting community. Hunting is a very popular pastime in this country, and many hunters consider wolves to be “competition” for moose. Of course, this is ridiculous considering the fact that there are only 68 wolves in the entire nation and they kill moose to survive, not for fun.
Wolves have long been made scapegoats by humans, demonized because they hunt our domesticated animals. However, they are essential for a healthy ecosystem as apex predators and there are much better ways to protect sheep than by slaughtering innocent wolf packs that are just trying to survive after humans invaded their habitats.
The Friends of the Earth and World Wildlife Fund have said that the organizations will file appeals to the decision to go ahead with this massive cull, but unfortunately, leaders of the groups have predicted that they will only be able to reduce the amount killed by a few animals. Saving these innocent wolves will require a massive outcry and support from animal lovers everywhere. Sign our petition to demand that Norway leave these wolves at peace and find better ways to protect their domesticated sheep.
Dear Minister Helgesen,
I understand that the Norwegian government is planning on culling two-thirds of its critically endangered wolf population–47 out of 68 of these animals. This decision apparently came about because the wolves are preying on domesticated sheep, even though far, far more sheep go missing each year than have ever been killed by predators.
This is clearly a poor excuse to kill innocent animals. Wolves have done nothing wrong–they are only trying to survive in an area that has been invaded by humans that can’t seem to share the space. Apparently, hunters are angry at wolves for following their instincts and killing moose for food, leaving fewer for hunters to kill for fun and bragging rights.
Wolves are apex predators that are essential to a healthy ecosystem. More importantly, they are innocent living creatures who don’t deserve to be murdered for convenience. Please reconsider this entire cull and let your nation’s wolves live out their lives in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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