wildlife management

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Petition to Steve Bullock, Bradley Hamlett, Dan Ashe, Anna Munoz

Keep Protections For Montana Grizzly Bears

  Tell The US Government To Keep Protections For The Northwest Montana Grizzlies We are urging the US Government to keep Montana grizzly bear protections in place. If protections are removed, this could allow for the grizzly bears to be trophy hunted. In the 1970's, Hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Grizzlies were granted protection in 1975; since then Grizzlies have made a comeback. But ranchers, hunters, and lobbyist are threatening the future of the Grizzlies by influencing government agencies to remove grizzly bear protections, which could allow for trophy hunting and  "incidental take" of Grizzlies in a region dominated by agricultural land. Although, grizzlies have recovered from near extinction, now is not the time to remove protections. They face more threats today than ever before with increased logging, mining, and land development; we should not add hunting to the list of threats Grizzlies have to contend with, especially when it was hunting that required the Grizzlies be protected in the first place. In July, the federal government lifted protections of an estimated 700 Grizzlies in the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming due to increased pressure from State Officials. This transfer afforded state game agencies jurisdiction over Grizzlies, which could open the door to possible trophy hunts in the future. We must prevent this from happening in Northwest Montana, please sign and share our petition.  

11,321 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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.

Scott Slocum
183,587 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia (MINAE) (Juan-Jose Castro-Chamberlin Technical Coordinator), Costa Rica's Environmental Agency (Costa Rica Ministerio del Ambiente y Energia (MINAE)), Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia (MINAE)

Save the Sloths from unscrupulous Sanctuary in Costa Rica

The Sloth is Costa Rica's most well known iconic animal.  The recent report of two former Veterinarians who worked at the Sloth Sanctuary and reported on deplorable conditions in an article in The DODO , needs to be investigated.   They reported things such as animals crammed together in crowded cages often causing fighting and unwanted breeding.  Animals taken from the wild that should have remained in the wild captured and kept in tiny cages not allowing them to climb which causes horrible medical conditions that become life threatening, animals that can be rehabilitated and returned to the wild are kept and not released, deplorable and unnatural diets of foods that cause them to choke and then require emergency surgery to clear their airways of the food.  Babies not being feed as frequently as they should be which causes stunted growth. Sanctuary owners playing Doctor and administering medicines without proper knowledge or training, often over medicating and causing harm to the animals.  The Sanctuaries rate of intake, rehabilitation and re-release is deplorable.  As reported in The Dodo online "Since its founding, the sanctuary has taken in around 725 sloths but released only 41 rehabilitated animals, fewer than two per year, according to figures provided by Dunner. In a 2014 video, Avey-Arroyo says the sanctuary has released 122 sloths in its 20-plus year history, which would be about five per year — a still-low number that appears to be inflated by including sloths who were simply relocated by the sanctuary without being admitted. Yet of the 191 sloths who lived at the sanctuary in March, Dunner said, only 25 were non-releasable."  A Sanctuary's mission should be rescue, rehabilitation and release back into the wild.  The owners of the Sanctuary are getting funds from online fundraising campaigns and using it on themselves rather than putting it towards what the animals in their care need.  The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica needs to be investigated to ensure these iconic animals are properly cared for as they should be.    We ask Costa Rica Environmental Agency Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia (MINAE) to see that this is looked into.  

Candy Copeland
1,110 supporters