Petition to Tom Landwehr, Bob Meier, Sarah Strommen, Mark Dayton
Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota
If killing defenseless animals for prizes sounds like fun to you, be sure not to miss Minnesota's annual "Save the Birds" Coyote Hunting Tournament. Cash prizes are awarded for the most coyotes killed, and the largest and smallest killed as well. There aren't many rules, and there's no limit. Wildlife-killing contests are currently allowed as a form of "charitable gambling" in Minnesota. Many have looked the other way, not wanting to interfere with the seemingly-popular fishing contests and "big buck" deer hunting contests, but it's harder to look away as the bloody carcasses of coyotes accumulate. Coyotes in Minnesota are classified as ?unprotected wild animals,? so they're hunted and trapped year-round, with few regulations, no limits, and often no sense. Although the targeted removal of coyotes can be necessary when they cause problems on farms, these coyote-killing competitions aren't any part of that. These tournaments are disastrous to wildlife, and glorify killing for the sake of killing. Please join me in calling on the Minnesota DNR to ban this bloodsport and prohibit wildlife-killing contests statewide. Organizers of these events often claim that they are helping to control predator populations, but studies have shown the opposite effect: increased predator reproduction followed by increased attacks on livestock. Many of these tournaments encourage junior participants, saying that it's an opportunity to teach the ethics of sportsmanship to young hunters. But there's nothing ethical about it. The piles of carcasses at the "finish lines" of these events show that this is not hunting, but thrill-killing on a staggering scale. These contests are ineffective at best, savage at worst. In areas where predator control is needed, professionally developed best management practices are more effective, and more humane. Other states are heeding the call to ban these contests--last year, California outlawed events that award prizes for killing wildlife. In addition, they've been banned on federal land in Idaho, legal action has halted gambling on them in Oregon, and legislation has been introduced to outlaw them in New Mexico, Nevada, and New York. Let's call on the Minnesota DNR to join the movement toward ethical wildlife management, and ban wildlife-killing contests statewide.
Petition to International Olympic Committee
No Olympics In U.S. Until Trump's Travel Ban Is Lifted For Good!
We implore you to not allow any American city to host the Olympic games until Donald Trump's travel ban is gone once and for all. Athletes work a lifetime to achieve their dream and to have their hopes and dreams dashed because of this ban is against everything that the IOC strives for! "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." Donald Trump's travel ban defeats athletes from several countries without them ever being able to compete. We believe that those who strive a lifetime to achieve, deserve their chance. The travel ban will not allow for this.