LETTER: PA Game Commission's Pro-Kill Policy
- From The AnimalSpirit Newsletter: 08/23/02
SOURCE: humanelines@... (hsus.org), HUMANElines, Issue 207, 8/7/02
Mr. Vernon Ross, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Email: vross@... (state.pa.us)
SEND COPY TO:
Email: pgccomments@... (state.pa.us)
Email: gfeaser@... (state.pa.us)
Allow licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers to do their jobs
Please accept this letter as a petition opposing the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) memo to its Wildlife Conservation Officers instructing them to kill orphaned wildlife, rather than allowing the baby animals to go to any one of the 50 licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers in the state.
This new policy prohibits citizens from rescuing orphaned wildlife under any circumstances, even if the mother is known to be dead and the citizen plans to transport the animal to a wildlife rehabilitator himself. Not only is this policy cruel, but it can also backfire. Once people realize that orphaned wildlife will be killed, they are very likely to hide those animals in their homes and try to raise them themselves. Having untold numbers of baby wild animals being kept by many well-meaning, but unqualified and ill-equipped, people will put both animals and the general public at risk.
Every year, licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers take in countless baby wild animals who are orphaned after their mothers are killed by human actions such as vehicle strikes, hunting, or �nuisance� wildlife control. Please allow these rehabbers to do what they do best -- save lives.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
"Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls."
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant
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