Target: President Francois Hollande
Goal: Close loophole that allows culling of wolves in France
Despite having legal protection, wolves in France are being hunted because they’ve become a nuisance to sheep farmers. Due to an exception in the law, this allows hunters to kill wolves legally. Wolves were once extinct in France, but made a comeback thanks to a wandering mating pair. However, it seems that these magnificent creatures are on the chopping block for the killing of livestock. This culling and attitude towards wolves need to stop.
In the 1930′s, wolves were hunted to extinction in France thanks to the efforts of farmers. But in 1992, a mating pair from Italy wandered into the nation and restored the species. There are now 300 individual wolves in 25 packs. The wolves are protected under the Berne convention and European law, so how are they being legally hunted by farmers and “wolf lieutenants?”
That is because of an exception, or a loophole in the law. If the protection used to protect their livestock has failed, a farmer has every right to exterminate the wolves. Under a government plan, 24 wolves can be killed annually due to this exception.
The heavy push for this cull might be due in part to where the attacks on sheep flocks have been happening. One of the places is 25 miles inland of Nice on the French Rivera, a popular tourist spot. This place is also 15 miles from Grasse, France’s perfume capital. The hills in this area have lost 100 sheep to the gray wolf.
Of course, the culling has sparked outrage among conservation groups. The gray wolf used to be extinct in France due to farmers, and some are worried that this could happen again. Wolves have come under attack recently in both France and the United States, and in both countries, wolves were either extinct or on the brink of extinction. The wolves in France are supposed to be protected, and thanks to a loophole farmers are allowed to kill them again. Sign this petition and demand the French government to close this loophole.
Dear President Francois Hollande,
In the 1930′s, wolves were extinct in France thanks to farmers. But in 1992, when a mating pair from Italy crossed into the country, their species resurfaced. There are now 300 wolves in the country, and 25 packs. I am grateful to hear of the wolves’ return, but farmers have recently become angered by these animals and have started killing them for the same reason that made them extinct – the wolves continued to kill off livestock.
Wolves are protected by European law, but a loophole allows wolves to be culled. If all options for protecting a farmer’s livestock has failed, farmers are allowed to kill wolves. I can see this excuse being abused to the point of bringing wolves to extinction once again. I am writing to demand that your government do something to close this loophole. The wolves have a right to live in France, and this is their second chance. The farmers have no right to take this away.
[Your Name Here]
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