Target: Director of Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel M. Ashe
Goal: Support plan to protect prairie chicken from extinction
The prairie chicken is a type of grouse native to the southern part of the United States and the species has been recently declared threatened. Now that they are declared threatened, farmers and companies are throwing lawsuits at the federal government because of a loss in profit. A federal plan has been devised to make both the chickens and humans happy, but it needs support for it to be implemented. Sign this petition and help save this species from extinction.
There used to be a million prairie chickens in the south, but thanks to farming, oil companies, and wind turbines, their numbers have been reduced to a squat 18,000. The chickens used to live in an enormous area, but now reside in pockets in Oklahoma and Kansas. Then in 2012, their numbers halved. Their reduction in population prompted the Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the species threatened. The species becomes protected, but in doing so forces the farmers and companies to compromise.
With farmers and ranchers owning most of the bird’s habitat, and companies refusing to have the federal government step in, a plan has been devised to solve the dispute. The federal government will pay farmers and ranchers to make their land more habitable for the chickens. Also companies that degrade the land will be forced to compensate landowners to make more of it elsewhere. The plan looks promising and could be profitable for both farmers and ranchers.
Prairie chickens only nest in the ground, staying around from trees or massive wind turbines. The chickens have already lost 80 percent of their natural habitat and with the ensuing drought, their chances for surviving are slim. For this plan to work, farmers and other landowners have to be willing to buy into it. Unfortunately there are proponents to this plan, since many farmers feel they are entitled to the land they own. Sign this petition and lend your support to this plan. While the farmers may own the land, the chickens were here first and they deserve the right to live as well.
Dear Daniel M. Ashe,
I understand that the prairie chicken is now a threatened species, granting it protection so the species can grow and populate. However in doing so the Fish and Wildlife Service have angered farmers, ranchers, and company owners who own the land or wish to use it to gain profits. The Fish and Wildlife Service responded to this outcry with a plan that will make farmers and ranchers money, but there are still opponents against it.
I am writing to lend you my support. These chickens have suffered because their habitats have been destroyed by human beings. We should do our part and help save their numbers because they have a right to live on this land as much as we do. Even if the landowners do not accept your plan, please do everything in your power to ensure that these chickens still receive protection.
[Your Name Here]
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