|May 28, 2008|
Last chance to comment on WDFW's wildlife management plan
This Friday, May 30, marks your last chance to tell the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) how you feel about the future of "hunted wildlife" in Washington State. Last September, PAWS announced a great opportunity for the public to respond to WDFW's 2007 wildlife management survey. Sadly, even though King and Snohomish County residents were the top survey participants last fall, 92% of those surveyed held hunting licenses! If you are a non-hunting citizen in Washington State who also cares about wildlife management, please take the time to share your opinion today!
Take the WDFW survey before this Friday! Don't let the 17 pages discourage you---you can comment on just a few sections (such as page 8 for Black Bears, page 9 for Cougars or page 17 for general comments on wildlife management). Urge the WDFW to seek more humane ways to manage wildlife populations on lands already stressed by human encroachment:
Ask the Whidbey Island Eagles Club to cancel next month's donkey ball event
Whidbey Island's local Eagles Club is sponsoring a donkey ball fundraising event June 21, at Maxwelton Park. Donkey ball is in its essence an inhumane version of basketball or baseball, where human players move around an arena on the backs of helpless donkeys. In Defense of Animals reports donkeys used in these games are shipped around the country in cramped conditions, routinely denied food and water to reduce "soiling," and are forced into as many as 300 games a year. Often stereotyped as goofy and stubborn, these intelligent and sensitive animals actually freeze up when they are mistreated and overstressed, which often leads to further mishandling by inexperienced riders---such as pulling, hitting or kicking the donkey to urge them to move.
An animal in duress can also pose a serious potential risk to the handler---participants have broken bones after being thrown from a stressed-out donkey. Contrary to what owners of these donkey ball companies claim, these donkeys are not rescued---if the animals' welfare was truly of interest, these donkeys would be living in one of the many rescue facilities across the nation. Games like donkey ball send the wrong message to our community, especially our kids, that exploiting animals for amusement and charity is okay.
Please contact the Whidbey Island Eagles at 360.321.5636 and respectfully request they end this inhumane fundraising tradition. You will get a representative when you call. Politely ask the person to tell the Eagles board of trustees that you would like them to cancel this year's donkey ball event. Ask that they support their community with fundraisers that don't use animals. Emphasize that humane events not only raise money, but also raise awareness of their group while bringing the community together.
You can also write the Whidbey Island Eagles at:
Read about other donkey ball events that citizen involvement helped to end:
Join PAWS in celebrating National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month in June
You can help PAWS observe this month in several ways:
Thank you for your actions to help animals in need!
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