A terrible bill has been introduced that will allow for the expanded hound hunting of cougars. This cruel and unsporting practice was rightfully outlawed by voters in 1996.
Under this proposal, counties can authorize a hound hunt based on public safety complaints of cougar sightings. The existing law already allows for citizens to protect themselves if they feel threatened by a cougar. Despite the fact that seeing a cougar does not constitute a threat and cougar kittens are extremely vulnerable to attacks by packs of dogs, proponents of the bill want to bring back the trophy hunting of cougars with hounds. This program was in place from 2004 until 2011, and resulted in widespread, guided recreational hound hunts offered by hunting clubs throughout eastern Washington.
Please call your state senator today to stop this dangerous proposal. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent, and I am calling to ask you to please oppose SB 5940.”
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Unfortunately I am unable to sign, but will be sure to share on twitter/FB . The first link says page not found but this one works:
Thanks for the right link!
There is also a bill that would allow bear baiting in Washington. Geez, are we going the way of Idaho? The East Side of the state is on their wave length with all the hunting and conservative politics, and we have to rely on the more liberal West Side to help us out. Unfortunately, Senator Maria Cantwell, usually a staunch supporter of animal-related issues, did vote for the bill that would delist wolves. That is an ominous sign. I must call her office today.
Anyway, the same question arises, What kind of people get pleasure in terrifying animals and causing them to suffer and die? Sad to say, but the planet and so many of its creatures would be better off without them.