Target: Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba and Cathy Cox, Minister of Conservation
Goal: Increase presence of conservation officers in Manitoba in order to better monitor illegal night hunting.
A group from Manitoba is calling on their government to ban night hunting in order to keep residents safe and conserve their overhunted wildlife population. Although this practice is already illegal to anyone who is not aboriginal, there have been increasing reports of carcases being abandoned and property being damaged overnight. Offenders are getting away with their crimes because budget cuts have prevented the hiring of more officers to monitor hunting lands.
Usually, the practice of hunting at night involves spotlighting, which is when the hunter shines a bright flashlight in an animal’s eyes, stunning and blinding it, before taking what has become an easy shot. Spotlighters have been accused of taking shots from their vehicles, which also goes against the law. Recent allegations state that half-butchered deer were found on private property, which even indigenous hunters must ask permission to use. Locals noticed that just the best cuts of meat were taken, which is evidence of negligent hunters who do not care about conservation.
In the dark, it is hard to see what is behind the target being hunted, and many stray bullets have killed livestock and damaged houses and farm equipment. One report tells of a woman who woke up in the middle of the night after a bullet went straight through the wall of her house, just above her head. Farmers say they are afraid at night because they can see the abusers hunting close to their property and never know when a stray bullet will fly through.
The amount of officers patrolling Manitoba’s forests for night hunters has decreased by about 35 percent over the past 20 years, meaning each officer has to patrol a greater area. In addition to more officers, residents in the southwest region of the province are calling on their government to ban night hunting for all people as well as do more to manage the decreasing moose and bear populations.
Show your support by signing this petition to demand that Manitoba’s provincial government allocate funds to protecting citizens and wildlife from dangerous night hunting.
Dear Premier Pallister and Minister Cox,
Increasing reports of night hunting in Manitoba have rallied citizens together to call for a total ban on this dangerous practice. Livestock have been shot dead, houses have been penetrated, and farm equipment has been damaged due to stray bullets from those who hunt at night. Offenders get away with this crime because there are not enough conservation officers available to patrol hunting grounds.
Night hunting typically involves shining a spotlight into an animal’s eyes and then shooting it while it is blinded and stunned. This is inhumane, and it is contributing to the decrease in wildlife populations. I urge you to take action and work to allocate funds for wildlife management and for hiring more conservation officers.
[Your Name Here]
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