The seven people below have requested a permit to import sport-hunted trophies of male bontebok, an endangered antelope primarily found in South Africa.
Speak out for these animals by telling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service how endangered animals should be protected. Below is suggested text, but please personalize your message for the most impact:
I oppose granting permits to Amy Evans, Madera, CA, Permit No. 33093D; Philip Geisse, Westlin, OR, Permit No. 28644D; David Schultz, Waukesha, WI, Permit No. 22128D; Madeline Demaske, Greeley, CO, Permit No. 24619D; Joseph Hohenthaner, Madison, SD, Permit No. 23082D; Jeff Demaske, Greeley, CO; Permit No. 24612D; Daniel Meyer, Cypress, TX, Permit No. 26444D.
These permits require that the applicant demonstrate the activity will benefit endangered species but these animals were killed at private game ranches that do not manage breeding. Further, these applications request the import of a hunting trophy – the result of the premature killing of an endangered species. Canned hunting does not benefit endangered animals, it benefits only the hunter and the commercial interests of the hunting ranch. Canned hunting threatens both the individual animal who is killed and the health of an endangered species as a whole. Granting this permit would violate the spirit and letter of the Endangered Species Act. It is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s responsibility to protect endangered species, not further harm them. I strongly oppose the granting of these permits. Thank you.
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