Target: President of the California Fish and Game Commission, Michael Sutton
Goal: Ban bobcat trapping throughout the state of California.
Bobcats are being lured out of their protected areas in national parks and into deadly traps set by those who wish to sell their valuable fur. Bobcat pelts have been in rising demand in China and Russia, causing trappers in California to go to extreme lengths in order to catch them.
The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 was enacted to protect wildlife from this exact situation, but it has shown to be useless when the California Fish and Game Commission will not enforce it. With bobcat numbers dwindling, it is vital that we take action now to protect California’s precious wildlife. Many visitors come to California just to view the wildlife there and it is a disservice to people everywhere if we allow them to be hunted to near extinction.
Coaxing bobcats out of protected areas just to hunt them is inhumane and needs to be stopped. Please sign the petition below and urge California Fish and Game Commission President Michael Sutton to implement a statewide ban of bobcat trapping so we can protect them from greedy trappers looking to make a quick profit.
Dear Mr. Sutton,
Bobcats in California have been hunted for their pelts for a very long time, but trappers are now taking extreme measures to acquire their pelts by luring them out of national parks and ensnaring them into deadly traps. The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 was enacted to help prevent this, but it is no good if the law is not enforced.
Many tourists come to California to view its beautiful scenery and wildlife. Bobcats are an important part of the wildlife in California and it would be terrible to see their numbers drop to near extinction because we allowed trappers to take advantage of an unenforced law.
I would like to see a statewide ban of bobcat trapping so that trappers can no longer lure them out of protected areas. Making bobcat trapping illegal would help restore their numbers and protect them from China and Russia’s rising demand of their pelts. Having bobcats in the state is healthy for the ecosystem and we need to keep their numbers stable. Please enforce the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 and push for a statewide ban so that we can protect them from a cruel fate.
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