Protect Newly Discovered Wolves From Hunting

Target: Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

Goal: Ensure that a newly discovered wolf pack in Denmark is not subject to the same persecution that caused the species to previously become extinct in this nation.

It has been nearly 200 years since Denmark was home to a pack of wolves after severe persecution and hunting drove the species to extinction. Yet in 2012, a male wolf was spotted within Danish territory, leading to hopes that more wolves might arrive from nearby Germany. Now, scientists have confirmed that there are five or six wolves present in Denmark’s remote west Jutland region, making this the country’s first wolf pack in two centuries.

While many people are celebrating the wolf’s return in Denmark as a symbol of environmental progress and returning biodiversity, not everyone in cheering. A number of Danish sheep farmers have blamed the wolves for the deaths of several sheep and have pressured the government to regulate the newly discovered wolves’ numbers. One Danish politician has stated that the farmers should have a “a right to put a bullet in a wolf’s head.”

Many Scandinavian countries where wolves are present currently use or have used culling as a means to regulate wolf populations, giving hunters permission to shoot or trap wolves. To allow such culling in Denmark would likely spell a death sentence for the few wolves known to reside within its borders, who have not even had a chance to bear their first litter of pups.

Wolves are a crucial part of restoring healthy forest habitats and must be protected. Sign this petition to tell Denmark’s Prime Minister that the persecution against wolves must not be allowed to begin anew, and that this wolf pack must be allowed to thrive.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Rasmussen,

The newly discovered wolf pack in west Jutland has been celebrated by scientists as a symbol of returning biodiversity. Wolves help to naturally manage prey populations, which in turn keeps forest habitats healthier for all wildlife. Having a wild wolf population in Denmark after the species’ 200 year absence should be welcomed, not feared.

However, many sheep farmers have expressed their concern over the wolves’ return, claiming that the predators will harm their livelihood and have called for “management” of even this tiny population. Scientific data does not support these fears, as it has been shown that wolves only kill a very small percentage of livestock wherever they are found. Furthermore, culling wolves has not been shown to be effective in reducing livestock losses.

I urge you not to allow the same type of indiscriminate killing and persecution that caused wolves to vanish from Denmark two centuries ago. Please do what you can to make sure this pack is protected from harm.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ken Miller

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