Urge Officials to Cancel Plans to Trap and Hunt Gray Wolves!

The federal government has removed Minnesota’s gray wolves from the threatened species list and returned management to state officials. Now the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing an inaugural hunting season that would allow hunters to shoot and trap up to 400 wolves.

Animals trapped in the wild suffer excruciating pain and experience a slow, painful death. Mothers desperate to return to their young will often chew or twist off their own legs in a desperate attempt to escape. Those who can’t free themselves can suffer for days without any food or water before trappers return and strangle, stomp, or bludgeon them to death. Please write to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the governor of Minnesota and urge them to stop plans to hunt and trap gray wolves.

The Department of Natural Resources claims that these methods are necessary to prevent wolves from entering inhabited areas and attacking livestock, but there is no excuse for this cruelty, especially when nonlethal methods exist. Killing the wolves would actually backfire by encouraging them to breed at accelerated rates to replace lost family members. Minnesota officials should focus on humane ways to deal with the situation, such as making areas inhabited by humans less attractive to wolves by safeguarding livestock and eliminating other sources of food that attract the wolves.

Please take a moment to write to the Department of Natural Resources and Gov. Mark Dayton and politely urge them to cancel the proposal to hunt and trap wolves. The state senate will consider this proposal soon, so please act quickly!

Dear [Decision Maker],

I was shocked to learn that the Department of Natural Resources is introducing a plan to allow the hunting and trapping of wolves in Minnesota. Hunting is cruel, and trapped animals experience a slow, painful death and can suffer for days without any food or water before trappers return and strangle, stomp, or bludgeon them to death. What’s more, removing animals from the area will backfire, as remaining pack members will breed at accelerated rates in order to replace lost family members. Also, more animals will simply move in from outlying areas! Lethal methods are extremely cruel, tearing families apart and leaving young animals vulnerable to death by starvation or dehydration. Relocation is inhumane, too, as relocated animals often cannot find reliable sources of sustenance and die of malnutrition or in territorial maulings.

I am disappointed that the state of Minnesota is promoting cruelty to animals when other methods are available to control the wolf populations. I urge you to reconsider your plans for this inaugural hunt and instead focus on effective, humane methods, including containing food sources and modifying the area to make it unattractive to wolves. I look forward to a humane and compassionate resolution to this issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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