To: Lena Ek, Swedish Minister of the Environment
She has lost her mate to a hunter's bullet and now Susi is fleeing for her life. Her crime? Being a wolf - she and her mate were attacking herds of reindeer, stock that the Sami people rely on for their livelihood. Wolves, too, rely on animals to survive. They are highly intelligent and it...…
She has lost her mate to a hunter's bullet and now Susi is fleeing for her life. Her crime? Being a wolf - she and her mate were attacking herds of reindeer, stock that the Sami people rely on for their livelihood. Wolves, too, rely on animals to survive. They are highly intelligent and it is completely understandable that they would choose to go after a herd of comparatively placid and plentiful beasts rather than spend days tracking down one wild one.
The Sami are one of the very last truly nomadic peoples left on the planet. They rely on their reindeer so much that the reindeer are protected, allowed to roam at large and at will, on public land and on private, without concern for national borders. They have lived this way for centuries.
But Susi is one of the last, if not THE last, scion of a genetically pure line of wolves - and the wolves in Sweden are in serious danger from inbreeding. The wolf population has plummeted - they are dying too soon; the few pups being born often suffer congenital problems causing early death.
Today, the population of Swedish wolves in the entire country is less than 300. The wolf population in Finland fares little better.
There is no need to kill Susi and a great need not to kill her when there are alternatives:
- she could be relocated to another part of the country where she will hopefully attach to another male and her strong, healthy DNA could revitalize a fading gene pool.
- she could be trapped and moved to a nature reserve such as the one in Haliburton, where wolves live with as little interaction with humans as possible but are provided their food to keep them in top health. Get the Sami to herd reindeer that she can hunt - with a ready supply of "sacrificial animals", she will not need to chase after bespoke herds and everybody's needs are met.
Destroying Susi could be the death knell for an entire species and that is absolutely unacceptable.
This petition closed on March 31, 2013.
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It is the right thing to do - with the wolves gone, Nature goes out of balance. Everybody is stressing about global warming - but if we allow entire species to be wiped out, there will be nothing left to care that the planet is heating up!
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