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Prairie Dogs in Canada; Gopher Derby



Facts:

-Every year in Canada takes place the so-called Gopher Derby - a shooting competition which consists in killing the Prairie Dogs that inhabitate Canadian prairies.
The competition takes place between May and September. The first prize is awarded to the individual who brings the largest number of ground squirrels' tails - last year the winner brought about 6000 tails.

-The Government explanation in approving this massive slaughter of ground squirrels is that they consume farmers' crops and they damage farmers' livestock by that that the livestock injure their legs in Prairie Dogs' burrows.

-As the name imply - "Derby"- this slaughter of Prairie Dogs is as well an entertaining activity, at which armed Canadian children are invited to participate actively in killing the wild animals.

-In approving the Derby the Canadian Government ignored scientists' advise that pointed out the importance of this species of wild animals and ignored the reaction of Animal Protection groups which characterized the Derby as "barbaric".

-At this moment, the squirrel is the most hunted animal in North America ,as numbers.Generally, the squirrel is the most abused animal in North America, possibly holding the title of the most abused animal in the World.

-It is well known that in the last centuries many species of wild animals and birds were extinct or pushed toward extinction in North America, due to hunting and abuse (very few examples:Whooping Crane, Buffalo,Pigeon Passenger).

-While around the World, at this moment, the conservationists put weight on preserving wildlife, many times at the expenses of domestic livestock or even humane health - as is the case of Tsetse Fly (in Africa) - it is not the same attitude in Canada with regard at the local wildlife - see this case about Prairie Dogs.


By signing this Petition ,you, as a citizen of modern World:

a) Express your absolute disagreement to the Canadian Gopher Derby.

b) Express your absolute disagreement to the extermination or slaughtering of Prairie Dogs by any means , such as poisoning, shooting, running bulldozers over their burrows, feed them alive to the dogs, "fish" them(catch them in a fishing hook, then beat them to death), or any other cruel creations of humane hate and bestiality.

c) Ask the Canadian Government and authorities to: 1)outlaw and criminalize such practices; 2)immediately stop the infamous Gopher Derby and 3)work with scientists and other experts to find acceptable solutions for this issue, such as local sterilization or relocation of Prairie Dogs or any other methods that do not involve killing, extermination, cruelty , inhumanity or abuse.

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Latest Signatures

  • 10 December 2015100. Anne Marieh
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 201599. Lesly M
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 201598. Ljm Krause
    This is disgusting!! Country, telephone number USA Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 26 October 201597. Ashleigh Bullock
    В Country, telephone number Canada Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 27 September 201596. Janice Y
    No creatures on this earth should be killed. They have a purpose here just like we do. Country, telephone number Canada 780-536-7365 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 07 September 201595. Erica H
    I had never heard of this practice but I think it's disgusting like any blood 'sport'. Country, telephone number United Kingdom Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 30 August 201594. Chester Them
    someone should shoot you people for fun Country, telephone number 000-000-0000 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 14 August 201593. Barbara B
    find some compassion in your hearts Country, telephone number usa, 303-245-9448 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 21 June 201592. Kenneth L
    I support this petition
  • 25 March 201591. Jenylyn C
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 201590. Kathy L
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 201589. Hugh J
    You people are FAGS!!!!!!!! Country, telephone number 000-000-0000 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 09 January 201588. Rajiv B
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 201487. Clayton J
    gophers have there place in prairie ecosystems Country, telephone number 541-574-0124 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 02 December 201486. Bernadette S
    Request that this cruelty be stopped immediately! Country, telephone number USA Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 01 November 201485. Brissaud Hopkins
    I support this petition
  • 17 October 201484. Monica S
    UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Stop this type of "entertainment". What type of cruelty are you teaching with this!!!! Country, telephone number USA, 303-456-4771 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 15 August 201483. Elizabeth G
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 201482. Stephanie R
    I support this petition
  • 14 July 201481. Elif K
    Stop the Derby!! Country, telephone number Canada, (416) 614 01 04 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 03 July 201480. Cassies Villarreal
    It is wrong. their only animals!! this is not Right!!!!! Country, telephone number Canada,694-2346 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 17 May 201479. John B
    where (and why) do we draw the line condoning unneccesary killing? ... horses, dogs, pigs, gophers, humans, ... Country, telephone number Canada Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 07 May 201478. Kathy C
    The presence of prairie dogs supports many other wildlife species on the plains. Not only is this "Derby" cruel and wasteful, you are encouraging the complete collapse of your plains ecosystem. Country, telephone number USA- Environmental Organizations Me
  • 02 April 201477. Fo Morrow
    F.O. Country, telephone number F.O. Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No
  • 06 March 201476. Anita H
    This species is classified as threatened and qualifies to be classified as endangered. Please immediately stop your short sightedness and protect this important and misunderstood, corner stone species. Country, telephone number USA - 303-233-2483 Environm
  • 19 December 201375. Ashley S
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 201374. Jeff S
    please stop this cruelty Country, telephone number 303-456-4771 Environmental Organizations Member No Animal Rights Organizations Member No

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