Please help permitted wildlife rehabilitators in North Carolina be able to care for raccoon babies just the same as squirrels and not have to turn them down due to North Carolina laws.
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Professional permitted rehabbers want to be able to rehab orphaned and injured baby raccoons to release. The current North Carolina wildlife law states that no one can rehab raccoons because they are a RVS (rabies vector species.) Most professional permitted rehabbers have taken protective measures, including getting rabies vaccines for themselves, to ensure their safety. In the rehabilitation process, the raccoons also receive a complete set of shots, which includes: feline and canine vaccines and wormers. These shots protect the raccoon from those diseases that they could otherwise pass to other raccoons, and enable it to have a better start to a healthy life. Under the current North Carolina laws, if a professional permitted rehabber is caught trying to help a raccoon kit that the mom was killed by a passing car, the raccoon is euthanized. Even after the rehabber has spent hundreds to thousands of dollars of their own money not to mention the countless hours spent to keep these babies alive. This is outrageous and very sad for mankind to feel that they have the right to kill our maker’s creatures. Therefore we petition that permitted wildlife rehabbers, be able to legally rehabilitate all RVS (rabies vector species) babies that so desperately need our help. Please help us to get North Carolina laws changed to be able to help the RVS (rabies vector species), just like the current permit structure allows us to help the other mammals like squirrels, ground hogs, chipmunks, opossums, flying squirrels and cottontail rabbits
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