Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Wolves of Washington State. In the Shadow of the Wolf

Tweetsheet and letter to send. For the letter you can use your own words

Subject: The Wolves of Washington State
Dear Director Unsworth and Mr. Martorello:
The ongoing lethal removal of wolves to stop depredations on livestock grazing on public lands in known wolf territory is not acceptable and frankly an abomination.
The state’s policy calls for wolves to be widely distributed throughout Washington, and the slow progress toward meeting statewide recovery goals can easily be attributed to lethal measures utilized to protect livestock.
The fact that Washington, home to over 7 million people, well over 1 million cattle, and approximately 50,000 plus sheep, can not allow room for a little over 100 wolves is just plain outrageous.
Ranchers getting subsidized forage on our public lands, reimbursement for losses due to depredation, as well as grazing livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept their losses and/or terminate their lease.
Our public lands and ecosystems should not be sacrificed for the private profit of individuals.
Study after study has demonstrated that grazing of livestock, ment to be slaughtered, depresses virtually all species of wildlife, and on western rangelands has probably had a greater adverse impact on wildlife populations than any other single factor.
We all have a responsibility to the Earth, our environment, and our wildlife, including wolves. It is far past time for the health of our planet and the survival of our co-inhabitants to be of the utmost importance; our focus should be on eliminating that which degrades our forests and other public lands and destroys our ecosystems.
The ongoing slaughter of our wildlife at the interest of private businesses needs to come to a full stop.

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