Stop Hunting Animals in the Name of Conservation

Target: Jim Kurth, Acting Director of U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: End the practice of hunting animals as a form of conservation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uses hunting as a form of wildlife management, despite the fact that the animals killed during hunting seasons are the healthy stock that would be needed to keep the population in good condition. Each year throughout national parks all over the country, humans engage in an activity they cruelly call a recreational sport.

In order to keep wild animal populations in check, hunters are let loose to kill healthy, valuable animals. Deer hunters aren’t going hunting to find the sick and weak deer. They go hunting to find the buck with the most points on his antlers. The bigger the buck, the better. If hunting were a conservation tool in managing deer populations, then hunters wouldn’t be going after the healthiest and biggest animals. Those are the animals that are vital to keeping an animal population healthy and generally disease free.

A balanced ecosystem is where the animals are able to manage their own populations without the interference of man. Wildlife populations are controlled by natural predators such as wolves and bears. These predators keep prey populations healthy by killing the sick, weak or young. Conservation should be focused on preserving the healthy ecosystem, not on handing out hunting permits.

Many argue that hunting brings in revenue for wildlife management organizations. While hunters have to pay for permits, this isn’t a sustainable business. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should instead focus on ways to involve the public with wildlife that don’t involve killing. Banning hunting would bring in natural predators, which in turn would bring in more tourists. National parks could also offer wildlife count contests or events where people would help in the counting of wildlife populations in the area. There are other ways to bring in money and still cherish our wildlife. Please sign this petition to end the use of hunting for conservation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kurth,

Healthy animals are being slaughtered in the name of conservation. Wildlife populations are suffering because hunters are killing off the healthy breeding individuals that animal populations need to survive. Wildlife management cannot be done effectively by offering killing permits to hunters.

If the money brought in from hunting permits is a large part of the draw of continuing to use this brutal practice, there are other less cruel ways of bringing in money. If hunting were banned, national parks would see an increase in visitors coming to see natural predators like bears and wolves. Without hunting, these big game predators would flourish and keep prey populations balanced and healthy. People would be drawn to national parks to see these animals which used to roam all over the country.

Hunters pay money to be able to hunt the largest and most impressive animals. By killing off these healthy animals, hunters are weakening animal populations all over the national parks. This makes species more susceptible to diseases. If hunting were a true wildlife management tool, then hunters would be finding the weaker and diseased individuals and killing those.

Conservation can still flourish and make a profit without the use of hunting. Please end the use of hunting as a tool for wildlife management. It isn’t sustainable and is a cruel practice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Blaine Hansel

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