1. End Hunting at the Patuxent River State Park
As we mostly do local campaigns, it seemed fitting to try and end hunting at a State Park near our house. Our plan is mostly to email them and inform them of why they should ban hunting on the park grounds. Please join us! You can email the park officials at firstname.lastname@example.org and write to tell them why they should ban hunting. Here's a sample letter a member of ours has sent them:
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to address the issue of the sport hunting allowed to take place at the Patuxent River State Park. As a dedicated animal advocate, I am greatly concerned for the welfare of the deer and other wild animals that live in the park area. Any form of hunting is cruel and unnecessary. Besides the obvious cruelty of shooting defenseless animals, there is the problem of hurting the population of the animals that are hunted. Hunters mostly go after big, healthy animals because they are better for meat and for trophies. This leaves the diseased and weak animals to breed, thereby corrupting the gene pool, and encouraging the spread of disease.
Some say that hunting helps control the population of deer, as it would be unsafe if the population was too large. This is false. Nature has mechanisms to control the population of the creatures living here. For example, let’s say that a piece of land has the capacity to support 400 deer. If one year, there were more births than losses due to the winter deaths, then the population may be brought to, say, 500. This would make less than sufficient browse for the deer. If deer are hungry, not starving, but not well-fed, then the male deer do not have the same drive to reproduce. Because of this, a portion of the deer population would not reproduce during the breeding season. When the normal deaths during winter combine with the smaller than normal birth rate in the spring, the total population would decrease.
If the deer population still remains too large, officials can reduce food sources by wrapping saplings in deer netting, and install deer fencing to keep deer out of unwanted areas. They can advise nearby residents to plant native species of plants, as those plants have more likely evolved to resist browsing, while deer are attracted to exotic plants. Keeping deer out of people’s yards and off of roads is easy, as you can teach the public how to use motion detector-triggered lights or sprinklers to keep deer out of yards, enforce a strict wildlife-feeding prohibition, and place 10 foot high deer fencing along roads near where the deer live.
Hunting is a dangerous practice. In a park where so many people go through the park, or live near it, having bullets flying through the air creates a safety risk much higher than any risk that the deer themselves can create. Accidents can and will happen, and keeping such a dangerous sport going in the Patuxent River Park is foolhardy.
If you care about the wildlife in the parks, and the safety of those around and in the park, you will prohibit any of the cruel hunting practices in the Patuxent River State Park.
Thank you for your time.
Please personalize that letter and send it! The more emails they get, the better.
How could you kill them?
2. Supporting Veggie Families
This project is mostly aimed towards our family. We are trying to get our families to go vegetarian as well this year, before 2013. Join us by going vegetarian, and showing others why they should be vegetarian also.
Learn more about vegetarianism on our Vegetarian page!
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4. Snuggles Project
This project is meant to raise funds and supplies for local animal shelters. What we've been doing is raising money so we can buy food and donate money to the shelter. Also, we've been using scrap fabric, old clothes and old towels to sew toys and blankets for the shelter.
You can help! Check out the links below to get started, and contact your local shelters to see what they need.