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Wildlife Refuges, Not Hunters’ Playgrounds

October 25, 2013
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Update, comments are now closed, thank you for your help!


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Once again, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) wants to turn even more wildlife refuges into playgrounds for hunters and other “consumptive users” of wild animals.

The U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System includes 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of waterfowl protection areas and four marine national monuments, totaling more than 150 million acres. Despite being called “refuges”, more than half of all national wildlife refuges are already open to hunters, trappers and anglers.

Consumptive users also have millions of acres of public and private lands outside the refuge system available to them to pursue their frivolous and violent activities of “recreational” trophy hunting and fishing, and trapping for fur. They should not be allowed in refuges, which often are the last remaining places for animal species already struggling for survival.

Furthermore, as the USFWS’s own 2011 survey has shown, wildlife watchers have already well outpaced and outspent wildlife killing interests. Wildlife watchers are a growing economic force, and their overwhelming preference to see living animals needs to be considered and respected.

Wildlife refuges, as the name indicates, should be true sanctuaries for wild animals where they are sheltered from the killing spree that surrounds them.


What You Can Do:

Please copy and paste the comment below to the USFWS and tell them that hunting, trapping and fishing should not be allowed in national wildlife refuges at all.


Please follow these steps to send your comment to the USFWS:

1. Click here to submit your comments:

2. Copy and paste the text below into the comment section

3. Please personalize your comments – 5000 characters max.

4. Choose whether you want to provide your contact info, and if so, fill out the boxes— if not, click on “continue”

5. Preview and check the box that says, “I read and understand the statement above”

6. Click on “Submit comment”


Sample Comment

Dear Director Dan Ashe,

As a supporter of In Defense of Animals (IDA), and a wildlife advocate who enjoys wildlife watching, I strongly oppose your proposal to add several national wildlife refuges (NWRs) to the list of areas open for hunting and/or sport fishing, and to increase hunting and fishing activities in even more refuges.

More than half of the 550 NWRs are already open to wildlife killing activities. Hunters, trappers and anglers also have millions of acres of public and private lands outside the refuge system available to them to pursue their frivolous and violent activities of killing animals for recreation, trophy hunting, fishing and fur.

Consumptive users are a minority, and they are no longer the chief financiers of conservation as they often claim to be. As your own 2011 survey has shown, wildlife watchers have already well outpaced and outspent wildlife killing interests. Wildlife watchers are a growing economic force, and their overwhelming preference to see living animals needs to be considered and respected.

I request that my interest in watching living wild animals be considered in making any decisions on wildlife treatment in refuges, which are often the last remaining places for animal species already struggling for survival.

As the name indicates, wildlife refuges should be true sanctuaries for wild animals where they are sheltered from the killing spree that surrounds them. I ask that you close all wildlife refuges to hunting, trapping and fishing. Thank you.

 



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until manunkind stop using
this world as a playground,
you see.
he will be lost in his own
barbarity.
our species will never be
truly evolved,
until we learn that around us
this world does not revolve.
wildlife refuges should be
a haven for safety and
peace.
all forms of hunting there,
and elsewhere
should forever cease

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2013 12:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul.

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  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 25, 2013 2:15 pm

    untll manunkind stop using
    this world as a playground,
    you see.
    he will be lost in his own
    barbarity.
    our species will never be
    truly evolved,
    until we learn that around us
    this world does not revolve.
    wildlife refuges should be
    a haven for safety and
    peace.
    all forms of hunting there,
    and elsewhere
    should forever cease

    Like

  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 25, 2013 2:39 pm

    link no longer open for comment…guess they had enough 😉

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    • October 25, 2013 2:41 pm

      Oh, no! Thank you for letting me know, hon. I have this problem where I’ll draft an alert and then not post it for a couple/few days. I really need to stop doing that.

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        October 25, 2013 2:46 pm

        not a problem…it is called being busy and we all gots it 🙂

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        • October 25, 2013 2:57 pm

          lol, I am in the middle of doing it again, I have about ten drafts, some of which are petitions. …sigh…

          Like

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