Support the PAW Act - End Alaska's Aerial Hunting Program!

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  • target: U.S. House of Representatives

So far, more than 1,000 wolves have been chased down by gunmen in low-flying aircraft and killed with high-powered rifles. This year alone, at least 232 wolves have been killed – putting the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season on pace to become the deadliest in years.

In just a few weeks, Congressman George Miller will re-introduce the Protect America's Wildlife (PAW) Act, federal legislation to end the controversial practice of using aircraft and gunmen to chase and kill wolves in Alaska.

It's time to stop aerial hunting once and for all. Sign the petition below to urge your Representative to sign on as an original co-sponsor of Representative George Miller's re-introduced PAW Act to help end this awful practice in Alaska and prevent it from spreading to places like the Northern Rockies.

Re: Please Co-Sponsor the Protect America's Wildlife Act in the 111th Congress

Dear [Decision Maker],

As one of your constituents and someone who cares about protecting wildlife, I urge you to sign on as an original cosponsor of Representative George Miller's soon-to-be introduced Protect America's Wildlife Act, federal legislation to end the controversial practice of using aircraft and gunmen to chase and kill wolves in Alaska.

Officials in Alaska have flouted the intent of the Federal Airborne Hunting Act that Congress passed in 1972 and perpetuated a scientifically unfounded aerial wolf killing program.

[Your personal comments will be added here.]

So far, more than 1,000 wolves have been chased down by gunmen in low-flying aircraft and killed with high-powered rifles. This year alone, at least 232 wolves have been killed -- putting the 2008/2009 aerial wolf killing season on pace to become the deadliest in years.

This brutal practice has been condemned by wildlife biologists, hunters and conservationists from Alaska and around the world... and with good cause.

Under the program, private trophy hunters can use planes to track and shoot down wolves from above or chase them to exhaustion and kill them at point-blank range. It is not ethical hunting and the state has no reliable numbers on which to base their decisions on how many wolves are killed under the program or any solid data to substantiate the program's effectiveness.

I am outraged by aerial wolf killing and hope that you will do everything in your power to stop this awful practice as an original cosponsor of the Protect America's Wildlife Act.

Thank you for considering my comments. I look forward to your response.
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