The first Wisconsin wolf hunt is scheduled for October 15th and is planned to continue through February. Wisconsin is the only state that will allow hunters to use dogs to pursue wolves, and current hunting regulations lack any regulations such as leash and lead requirements.
Hunters argue that they can use radio collars to tell dogs to stop, but dogs don't always listen to them. Because wolves are known to attack hunting dogs, current hunting regulations create the potential for brutal conflicts between dogs and wolves. Endangering dogs in this way would violate Wisconsin's animal cruelty laws.
Rhino poaching deaths in South Africa have risen from an average of about 15 in 2008 to 448 in 2011. South African National Parks wildlife veterinary services head Markus Hofmeyr estimates that at current rates, rhinos could go into decline by 2016 and go extinct in the wild by 2050.
Rhino horns are sold to China and Vietnam for use in medicine thought to relieve cancer symptoms. The horns have fetched up to $60,000 on the black market.
In April 2011, Congress approved a budget rider removing wolves from the endangered species list in five states. Starting on September 3, 2011, hunters in Idaho and Montana received the green light to kill and trap native wolves. 11 wolves have been killed in the week since hunting season began.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, only 566 wolves live in Montana, and 705 in Idaho. Despite these low numbers, Montana has set a kill quota of 220 wolves for the 2011 season, while Idaho has no set limit.
Wolves are a beautiful species that enrich the natural landscape. They control deer and elk populations, which preserves the balance of native plant life. They also control predators such as coyotes, which preserves native species such as snowshoe hares and the Canada lynx.
Texas Governor Rick Perry recently signed a new law giving licensed hunters the right to shoot feral pigs and coyotes from helicopters, using semiautomatic rifles. The "pork chopper bill" went into effect September 1, 2011, enabling hunters to shoot these animals from the sky after taking safety classes and securing rights from landowners.
While it's true that pigs and coyotes cause property and wildlife damage, shooting them from the sky is an inhumane way to control these intelligent animals. Aerial hunting is likely to cause much pain and suffering, as pigs and coyotes targeted from the sky are more likely to be wounded than killed. More humane solutions to the problem include tightening laws on hog transportation and release, both practices perpetuated by hunters.
Aerial hunting is not the answer. Please ask Gov. Perry to reconsider the new law in favor of more humane control methods.
Sign the petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ask-governor-perry-to-stop-aerial-pig-and-coyote-hunting/
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