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Sign this petition to show your support for an end to the government sanctioned reindeer culling and the reintroduction of wolves to Norway!

Reindeer are being killed in mass numbers in Norway in an effort to control their growing population, but the reindeer boom isn't some sort of unexpected proliferation. It is directly related to the elimination of the reindeers' primary predator, the wolf. In 2016, Norway decided to eliminate 70 percent of its wolf population, thereby providing room for reindeer to grow out of hand [1]. The country destroyed 47 of its remaining 68 wolves to protect livestock farmers [2].

An estimated 2 million sheep a year are released unsupervised to graze in the wilds of Norway. As many as 1,500 of them are killed by wolves each year, and the farmers that owned those sheep compensated by the government [3]. Many more sheep die in accidents, falling off cliffs, drowning, or from illness, than from wolf attacks [3], but the wolves bear the brunt of the blame.

Reindeer numbers have increased, and a deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD) is spreading through wild herds. In response, the Norwegian government has marked no less than 6 percent of the total reindeer population for death, some 2,000 to 2,200 wild reindeer.

This is a misguided attempt to curb their degenerative prion disease from spreading to livestock [4]. Reindeer have inhabited lands in Norway for over 4,500 years, living in balance with their habitat and the predators that once naturally kept their numbers in check.

Norway faces a turning point in its conservancy efforts, as mismanagement and myopic policies continue to erode native species.

The best method for returning balance to the Norwegian ecosystem is to reintroduce wolves to the reindeer habitat. This is an uphill battle, as Norway's recent call for wolf hunters drew enough to outnumber the animals 723 to one [5]. A reported 11,571 hunters registered for a chance to kill 16 wolves [5].

But responsible wolf conservancy is possible. In Denali National Park & Preserve, wolves are a keystone species, as they are in Norway, and their behavior and movements are tracked diligently with the help of smart collars [6]. Researchers are not only able to see how the wolves are interacting with their own kind, but with other species, as well. Wolves are the solution to controlling reindeer!

Sign the petition and tell Jon Georg Dale, Norway's Minister of Agriculture and Food, that his country's approach to reindeer population control is obscene and ineffectual, and should be halted immediately in favor of predator reintroduction.

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To Norway's Minister of Agriculture and Food,

The reindeer slaughter Norway has committed to is a symptom of mismanagement and myopic conservancy policy, and the people of the world demand you halt this mass murder before further ecological damage is done.

The population boom reindeer are experiencing isn't some sort of unexpected proliferation. It is directly related to the elimination of their primary predator, the wolf. All but eradicated in 2016, it's natural that their numbers have grown out of hand.

Reindeer have inhabited lands in Norway for over 4,500 years, the most recent few centuries during which the indigenous Sami people have depended on them for food and fuel. Now linked to "prion disease," in league with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other highly infectious conditions, your country is killing these animals en masse.

The reindeer would not pose such a pressing issue had your government not helped multiply their numbers, and put them at risk for deadly pathogens by dumping at least 90 percent of your infectious sewage sludge on land.

Killing the reindeer may shrink their numbers, but it won't slow the spread of a deadly and highly-contagious disease once it enters the human food system.

It's time to determine whether or not Norway's conservancy policies will support a healthier and more compassionate future, or the destruction of one.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 25, 2018 Erin Tedesco
Apr 25, 2018 Natalie King
Apr 25, 2018 Aubrey Schuring
Apr 25, 2018 Rebecka Mendoza
Apr 25, 2018 Bryana Nemecek
Apr 25, 2018 Melanie Goldberg
Apr 25, 2018 Kay Kimbler
Apr 25, 2018 Beverly Kontney
Apr 25, 2018 candice ables these beautiful animals deserve to live!!!
Apr 24, 2018 Alison Ray
Apr 24, 2018 Sylvia Byerley
Apr 24, 2018 Robin Smith
Apr 24, 2018 Robin Krause
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Bailey Arnold
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Karen Reid
Apr 23, 2018 Storrey Rogers
Apr 23, 2018 Jacqueline Gary
Apr 23, 2018 Kathleen Miller
Apr 22, 2018 Sharon Childers
Apr 22, 2018 Jodie Ryan
Apr 22, 2018 stacey alexander
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Jennifer Baiamonte
Apr 22, 2018 Julie Ottman
Apr 22, 2018 Teresa Ledbetter
Apr 22, 2018 Lisa OBrien
Apr 22, 2018 Pam Kistler Stop the insanity!
Apr 22, 2018 Cecilia Gonzalez
Apr 22, 2018 Connie Mogull What kind of horrible people allow the killing of the wonderful creatures that try to share their earth. You don't deserve the animals that you are killing. Surely there is a way to do what is morally right to these innocent beings.
Apr 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 22, 2018 Paige Pulaski
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Gina Spadafore Leave the wild be as nature is naturally
Apr 21, 2018 Lala Chappelle
Apr 21, 2018 Emilia Maria Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2018 Angela Furbee
Apr 21, 2018 Teresa Golden
Apr 21, 2018 Margarita Orozco
Apr 20, 2018 luigia salvadori
Apr 20, 2018 Dee Childress That is so sad and should be stopped
Apr 20, 2018 Raas Riepins don't kill the reindeer in Norway needlessly; not at all.
Apr 20, 2018 Heather Vargas
Apr 20, 2018 Helena Zagar
Apr 19, 2018 Jenny Mills
Apr 19, 2018 Meric Mizrakli

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