U.S. Wildlife Services; Dept of Interior: Make Gut Shooting and Spine Shooting Wildlife Illegal
  • Petitioned Sally Jewel

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Secretary of the Interior United States of America
Sally Jewel
U.S. Wildlife Services
Director Dan Ashe

U.S. Wildlife Services; Dept of Interior: Make Gut Shooting and Spine Shooting Wildlife Illegal

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Although hunting and trapping remain legal in the United States of America, deliberate torture and prolonged suffering of targeted wildlife must be illegal and punishable as a felonious act and crime against nature.
Deliberate cruelty to domesticated animals is illegal -- wild animals deserve the same protection against heinous acts of cruelty.
Examples of this cruelty is the movement among many trophy hunters to gut shoot wolves to assure a prolonged and agonizing death. These hunters/trappers have said as much on their many public forums and have even come up with a celebrated decal (highlighted in this petition).
Wolves who are gut shot run off to die---death taking hours, days, or even weeks depending on many factors; it varies with each assault as to how long it takes for each victim to bleed out or die from a slow gangrenous infection. More often than not, the wolves are not tracked and the wolf hunter makes no claim about it and gets to keep his wolf tag for another day of horror.
Bears, elk and other wildlife are subjected to deliberate spine shots from hunters in tree stands. The victims of these spine shots are many times paralyzed or partially paralyzed but they do writhe on the ground in agony and extreme fear -- while on public videos one can hear the hunters laughing and rejoicing regarding the cruel acts.

Trapped animals have been egregiously tormented and tortured prior to the 'kill shot'; even muzzled and skinned while alive, so as not to ruin the pelt.

It seems that a law must be enacted to protect wild animals from the sadistic nature of some hunters and trappers who, by their actions, should lose all rights to a hunting or trapping license, and further if convicted they should be fined heavily and serve time in a federal prison.

Laws must be created, be on the books, and enforced by all wildlife technicians and rangers to protect innocent wildlife from cruel, inhumane, and brutal treatment.

Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior United States of America
Director Dan Ashe, U.S. Wildlife Services
Make Gut Shooting and Spine Shooting Wildlife Illegal

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    Reasons for signing

    • kathy martin ROANOKE, VA
      • 8 months ago

      Gut shooting, and all trophy hunting for that matter, is subhuman behavior. These blood thirsty deviants would torture and kill people if they could get away with it. Unfortunately all we can do is try to legislate morality to stop these horrific acts.

      • 8 months ago

      Enough is Enough.

    • Mary Elizabeth Hardesty VOLUNTOWN, UNITED STATES
      • 8 months ago

      SERIOUSLY, WHAT????????? As IF 'hunting' and killing are not bad ENOUGH, there's THIS going on too????????? OF COURSE laws MUST be enacted to protect wild (and all) animals from further egregious acts than that are already inflicted on them. I VOTE, and issues concerning animals are the most important to me. Not only that, the violence humans inflict on other animals is, imho (and others'), at the ROOT of all violence perpetrated by humans on ANYBODY.

    • lesley murdoch DUNDEE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      because i love wolves its a sin to kill such beautiful animals xx

    • Elizabeth Harding AIKEN, SC
      • 8 months ago

      this needs to be addressed immediately - unbelievable that anyone could behave like that


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