Help rehabilitate wildlife in California
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Upon rescuing a litter of helpless, orphaned baby skunks, I learned more than I ever thought I would about these creatures and their behaviors.
What most people do not know is that skunks are not pests; they eat bugs, lizards, and other nuisance critters but are also victims of natural predators such as dogs, cats, owls, and humans.
This petition aims to not only shed light on their usefulness in the wild, but that they are also able to be kept as household pets. We believe that this could help reduce skunk deaths and maintain their population in Southern California without doing damage to their natural ecosystems.
This was brought to my attention as a problem after calling Los Angeles animal control, local animal control, various animal shelters, and every wildlife center in Los Angeles and Ventura county to find that not one facility would take the babies in because they are skunks.
When their mother was found dead on the side of the road I had no choice but to bring them into my care until I could find a proper rehabilitation center for them.
After two days of calling and emailing every facility in the area and being told to simply "exterminate" them, we finally found a place that promised the love and care they deserved- the Pasadena SPCA and Humane Society.
Once we were fully reassured they would be in good hands, the babies were brought to their new location.
Sadly, they hadn't even been there a full 24 hours before the wildlife center allowed them to die in their care, even with all of the advanced medical equipment and staff they had available.
If I could go back in time to undo this mistake I would. Knowing this, I will never trust or work with the SPCA again and I urge you to do the same.
This petition is to allow for, through the state laws of California, skunks to be kept as pets and/or for licenses to be more readily accessible as we deal with rising numbers of skunk populations in the springtime.
The only facility to offer "help" allowed these poor animals to die at merely 3-4 weeks of age.
If there were more wildlife centers or licensed professionals in the area catering to skunks, this would have never happened.
Thank you for your wishes, thoughtful consideration of this issue, and concern for the natural wildlife of Southern California. Your petition is greatly appreciated.
LA Animal Services
- Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers
- Board of Commissioners
LA Animal Services
Please help rehabilitate wildlife in California, specifically skunks. With the growing number of babies being born in the springtime, babies are often abandoned or killed. As you may already know, skunks are not dangerous animals and, in fact, help keep gardens free of smaller rodents and other pests. Something you may not know is that skunks are actually very friendly, like some squirrels, and can be kept as household pets under proper care and supervision. In 14 states skunks are legal to keep, but not in California. Because of this, there are less wildlife rehabilitators and ultimately, they are left to die and/or populate urban areas where they are in serious danger.
Please help us by petitioning a re-examination of this unnecessary law. Skunks can be domesticated, vaccinated, dewormed, descented, and kept as household pets. Signing this would allow for a more humane outcome for these harmless, lovable critters.
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