POLL: Should Arizona’s wild cats be protected from trophy hunters?



Voters in Arizona could soon have the chance to protect wild cats in the state from being senselessly killed for sport thanks to a ballot measure that was just launched in the state.

Arizonans for Wildlife, a coalition of dozens of animal advocacy and conservation organizations and state lawmakers, recently filed a ballot initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office that aims to protect wild cats in the state, including mountain lions and bobcats, from being targeted by trophy hunters who use some of the cruelest hunting methods around.

According to the coalition, Arizona currently ranks sixth in the U.S. when it comes to the number of mountain lions who are killed by trophy hunters every year, and bobcats who are targeted for their fur can be hunted in unlimited numbers.

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They tragically face being shot, trapped with steel-jawed leg hold traps, body-gripping traps, snares and cages, being baited, and chased by hounds. Not only are these methods cruel and unsporting, they’re also indiscriminate and put other non-target species and dependent young at risk.

Not only will this measure protect bobcats and mountain lions from being senselessly killed, it will also protect jaguars, lynx and ocelots, who are all currently federally protected species, but are at risk of being accidentally shot, trapped or killed by hounds, and it will ensure that they are never targeted in the future.

“If passed, this initiative will spare thousands of Arizona’s wild cats from a cruel death at the hands of trophy hunters and trappers, who chase down these animals with packs of hounds, and trap them with barbaric steel-jawed, leg-hold traps and snares.

It will also spare the dependent kittens, who are often left behind as a result of trophy hunting, from an agonizing death by starvation, predation or exposure,” said Kellye Pinkleton, campaign director for Arizonans for Wildlife and the Arizona state director of The Humane Society of the United States. “Trophy hunters kill these wild cats for nothing more than to display their heads or hides, and Arizonans don’t want to see their iconic species subjected to such pointless cruelty.”

Killing these wild cats isn’t about subsistence, wildlife management or even hunting, but about killing for amusement, trophies and personal gain, all while ignoring the valuable role our native carnivores play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Still more troubling is that the onslaught against them is believed to run counter to the goal of reducing conflicts with us by disrupting family groups.

These wild cats pose little risk to us –mountain lions have even been found to flee from just the sound of our voices – and the measure includes exemptions for situations where a cat is posing a threat.

Supporters still needs to collect 150,642 signatures by July 5, 2018 to qualify for the November 2018 election, and there’s already opposition from the hunting crowd.

For more on how to help, check out Arizonans for Wildlife.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 14 Oct 2017.


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Susan roberts
Susan roberts

What is wrong with these dick Americans. Mr Trump has legislated to kill most of the wildlife in this country. They must be some of the most deplorable, barbaric, unintelligent people on this planet. The rest of the world has to unite against these people.

Tanya Vudler Casale
Tanya Vudler Casale

Yes, they should be protected!

Isabelle Fernandès

Nous vous invitons à partager votre opinion si les chats sauvages de l’Arizona devraient être protégés des chasseurs de trophées? Veuillez voter et laisser vos commentaires au bas de la page.

Les chats sauvages de l’Arizona devraient-ils être protégés des chasseurs de trophées?

Oui (98%, 346 Votes)
Non (2%, 7 votes)
Je ne sais pas (0%, 0 Votes)
Nombre total d’électeurs: 353

Rikki Salty

Definitely!

Tina Shurtleff

Yes! Trophy hunting is not necessary. It’s for enjoyment of killing. Stop it and let the states that back it know your dollars will go elsewhere

Tonia Vassila

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angela Hewitt

Deffo

Donna Buelt

Yes.

Mike Mac

Yes

Kay Harris

Absolutely!!

Inge Pleschette

yes

JD Creager

When a female is treed, she is not killed if she has kittens, thats another damn LLBH lie. Fact is seldom will hunters kill a female.

“”””Not only will this measure protect bobcats and mountain lions from being senselessly killed, it will also protect jaguars, lynx and ocelots, who are all currently federally protected species, but are at risk of being accidentally shot, trapped or killed by hounds, and it will ensure that they are never targeted in the future.”””””

The writer is totally lies on this quote, Protected species are not killed.
http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/es/ocelot2.shtml
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/36367135/jaguar-caught-on-trail-cam-in-chiricahua-mountains

LLBH always lack the facts.

JD Creager

Another crock of crap from leaf licking bunny huggers. Yes there is a need for the funds produced from hunting the cats to protect cat ranges. Again LLBH speak with little to zero knowledge of what it takes to manage the cats. Protectionism is what you ask rather than conservation. Yes there has been several cat attacks on humans, Arizona is prime as is several other western states. Several children have been killed and eaten by the cats. Do you know that in fact the cats are extending their range!!! Do research don’t depend on these story filled with lies.… Read more »

Valerie Troup

Yes

Jean Daniels

Yes – all “trophy” slaughter is a disgrace!

Nancy O

Animals need more protection and harsher penalties for the abusers.

Kimberly Jane Rodgers

Yes !!!!

Kimberly Jane Rodgers

All animals need to be protected !!!

Ally Lehto

Yes

Maria Garcia

YES!!!

May Lennox-Milton

Yes all animals NEED protection in all countries

Jose Ortiz

Yes

Patricia Randolph

Organizations like Focusing on Wildlife could be educating constantly to work at the roots. As long as federal and state wildlife MAN-agement agencies continue to be funded on killing licenses and gun and ammunition taxes ( Pittman-Robertson ) for more recruitment of more killers – killing wildlife will continue to be recreational and increased.

Jirsa Antoneta

Please protect ♡♥ Arizona cats ♥♡ !

Katey O Fiske

ALL animals ought to be protected from trophy hunters.

Irene Broussard

YES YES YES

Robyn Bonner

YES …

Chandra Kulupana

Voted YES Shared

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

trophy hunting is an abomination!!!

Donna Buelt

Yes.

Phyllis Rygh

Yes

Maggie De-silver

Yes. Hunting should be made illegal

Pat Burgert

Yes

Dana Johnson

Yes, no exceptions in regards to all animal species & subspecies, the environment, all life on the planet, and so on.

Juanita Cunningham

Yes..signed

Courtney Turnipseed

Yes!

Janice C Lennox

ABSOLUTELY

Eva Passerini

yes!