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ACT NOW/ Save Coyotes From Undeserved Torment March 07, 2006 12:00 PM

**Time is short. Kentucky's HB 608 has already passed the House of
Representatives and will shortly be heard by a Senate Committee. It could
pass anytime. But you can help, EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIVE IN KENTUCKY. Please
take a few moments to voice your concern TODAY. Don't let coyotes endure
this undeserved torment.

3/7/06--ACT NOW/ Save Coyotes From Undeserved Torment
KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN
http://www.kinshipcircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION
HB 608 is not about sport. It's about torture.
http://www.kerwoodwildlife.com/KENTUCKYCOYOTES.htm
Vivian, Kerwood Wildlife: Vivian@kerwoodwildlife.com

Animal Protection Institute
http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts?p=751&more=1
Camilla Fox, API: chfox@api4animals.org

Additional contact information
http://governor.ky.gov/contact.htm
 
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Review carefully!
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KENTUCKY RESIDENTS ONLY
Email, call or fax your STATE SENATORS and urge them to oppose HB 608.
Contact information for Kentucky Senators:
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Whoswho/whoswho.htm

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS ONLY
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-372-7181

EVERYONE: KENTUCKY & NON-KENTUCKY RESIDENTS
Governor Ernie Fletcher
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601
ph: 502-564-2611; fax: 502-564-2517
web email:
http://governor.ky.gov/contact.htm

Lt. Governor Steve Pence
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 142
Frankfort, KY 40601
ph: 502-564-2611; fax: 502-564-2849

First Lady Glenna Fletcher
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 112
Frankfort, KY 40601
ph: 502-564-2611; fax: 502-564-8154

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#1. SAMPLE LETTER
NON-KENTUCKY RESIDENTS
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Honorable Officials of Kentucky:

Please accept my comments about pending legislation in Kentucky that has
garnered international attention. If HB 608 passes into law, it will let
trappers market coyotes (up to $100 a head) to hunters and allow "nuisance
wildlife control trappers" to trap and sell live coyotes throughout the
year. HB 608 sets an irresponsible precedent for wildlife law in our nation
and world.

HB 608 has gained momentum in the state legislature under the pretense it
addresses coyote management in Kentucky. In fact, HB 608's intent to
diminish coyote numbers could work in reverse to inflate the state's coyote
population. These animals breed more and generate larger litters in reaction
to reduced density and population.

Granted, the bill does offer financial impetus to deal in coyotes. But
"coyote penning," the gruesome practice of conditioning hunting hounds with
live coyotes in enclosed pens, is profoundly inhumane. Coyotes are routinely
maimed and killed. In addition, cornering wildlife to slaughter at close
range is a "canned hunt," punishable under the law in some states.

HB 608 does not stand up to scientific scrutiny. At 25 to 40 pounds, coyotes
do not significantly threaten livestock. They seldom destroy farmed animals,
but rather, consume small rodent, rabbits, insects, fruits and berries.
Feral dogs pose a far greater risk to livestock in Kentucky.

There is also little proof to substantiate the notion that coyotes attack
pets in Kentucky. Even if this were a viable danger, people could safeguard
their companion animals with appropriate fencing, shelter and guardianship.

Coyotes do not deplete large game reserves for hunters. Accept for an
infrequent deer fawn, the coyote's larger food sources are scavenged.

The use of live coyotes in canned hunts with dogs is a step backward to an
unenlightened era. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,
the state Office of Public Health, and the Kentucky Veterinary Association
oppose HB 608 due to its potential for disease transmission related to
interstate trafficking of live coyotes. Texas classifies the transport/sale
of live coyotes as a Class C misdemeanor on these grounds alone.

Please declare your opposition to HB 608 and do everything possible to kill
this bill before it disgraces Kentu
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 March 07, 2006 12:01 PM

and inflicts pointless suffering.

Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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#2. SAMPLE LETTER
KENTUCKY RESIDENTS
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The Honorable
[Your State Senator's Full Name]
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601

Dear Senator,

As your constituent, I respectfully ask you to oppose HB 608, pending
legislation that would let trappers market coyotes (up to $100 a head) to
hunters and allow "nuisance wildlife control trappers" to trap and sell live
coyotes throughout the year.

Please vote "no" on a bill that sets an irresponsible precedent for wildlife
law in Kentucky, our nation, and the world.

HB 608 has gained momentum in the state legislature under the pretense it
addresses coyote management in Kentucky. In fact, HB 608's intent to
diminish coyote numbers could work in reverse to inflate the coyote
population. These animals breed more and generate larger litters in reaction
to reduced density and population.

Granted, the bill does offer financial impetus to deal in coyotes. But
"coyote penning," the gruesome practice of conditioning hunting hounds with
live coyotes in enclosed pens, is profoundly inhumane. Coyotes are routinely
maimed and killed. In addition, cornering wildlife to slaughter at close
range is a "canned hunt," punishable under the law in some states.

HB 608 does not stand up to scientific scrutiny. At 25 to 40 pounds, coyotes
do not significantly threaten livestock. They seldom destroy farmed animals,
but rather, consume small rodent, rabbits, insects, fruits and berries.
Feral dogs pose a far greater risk to livestock in Kentucky.

There is also little proof to substantiate the notion that coyotes attack
pets in Kentucky. Even if this were a viable danger, people could safeguard
their companion animals with appropriate fencing, shelter and guardianship.

Coyotes do not deplete large game reserves for hunters. Accept for an
infrequent deer fawn, the coyote's larger food sources are scavenged.

The use of live coyotes in canned hunts with dogs is a step backward to an
unenlightened era. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,
the state Office of Public Health, and the Kentucky Veterinary Association
oppose HB 608 due to its potential for disease transmission related to
interstate trafficking of live coyotes. Texas classifies the transport/sale
of live coyotes as a Class C misdemeanor on these grounds alone.

Please firmly oppose HB 608 and do everything possible to kill this bill
before it disgraces Kentucky and inflicts pointless suffering.

Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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my world stopped. I clung to my Lhasa Apso, Stanley, and my orange tabby,
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found was a soul, endless and deep. All the tumult, pain, joy, courage and
stamina of the animal kingdom spoke to me through this little creature's
eyes. That night, long forgotten cries crushed my indifference. Billions of
nameless deaths walked through my apartment. I was awake. I was alive. And
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