Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Goal: Stop hunting wolves for sport in Minnesota
The 2013 wolf hunting season in Minnesota has commenced, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has allowed wolves to be hunted for the second time since they were removed from the endangered species list just last year. Already, a survey shows that the Minnesota wolf population has dropped by more than 700 animals since 2008. This is a persistent problem, and the wolf hunts must stop immediately. Urge Governor Mark Dayton to oppose wolf hunting in 2014 and work to end this practice for good.
In the past, Gov. Dayton has defended the hunt and claimed that only the Legislature has the power to enact change. But Gov. Dayton believes that state officials actually have the power to control wolf populations, which is untrue as wolves regulate their own populations without human intervention. In addition, the vast majority of Minnesotans oppose hunting and trapping of wolves not because it is cruel, but because it is unnecessary. Now that the 2013 hunting season has begun, opponents of the hunt are outraged and are striving to inform citizens about the barbarity of harming already low wolf populations. Gov. Dayton should be among those who spread the truth about this unnecessary practice.
At one time, wolf populations numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and now, only a few thousand remain.
Still, some argue that wolves are a nuisance to their cattle, their pets, and even their small children. These people forget that humans encroached on wolf territory, not the other way around. Humans, who built homes on top of natural wolf habitat, will undoubtedly have to deal with their actions, but they do not suffer the way wolves have suffered at the hands of humans. Non-lethal management plans continue to be viable options, and many organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, still believe that hunting will not be necessary in the future as long as society values these animals enough to work toward their conservation. At present, they are not valued by those who have the influence to stop the hunts.
Urge Gov. Dayton to value Minnesota’s dwindling wolf population, and speak out against hunting in the future. It may be too late to save these wolves from harm in 2013, but with the efforts of many, the 2014 wolf hunting season can be eliminated.
Dear Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton,
Now that the 2013 hunting season has commenced, and more wolves will be killed for unnecessary sport, I urge you to take immediate action and speak out against next year’s hunt. In the past, you have claimed that nothing you do will result in change, as the Legislature is the only body capable of doing anything significant, but I believe that your opposition to the hunt can have great influence. Many people are still unaware that Minnesota’s wolf populations have decreased by 700 since 2008, and they do not understand that continuing to hunt wolves could be catastrophic for the ecosystem. Your support matters.
It is public knowledge that the legislation that authorized the hunt last year did not reflect the desire of most Minnesota residents. It is important that you stand with the majority who hope to see this hunt suspended in the future. While there is no one person who can end this brutal practice, you can help our wildlife by supporting non-lethal conservation efforts, and by speaking out against wolf hunting and trapping for sport. Please side with the many Minnesotans who vehemently oppose this practice and hope to see it ended in the near future. It can be done.
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