DEAR FRIENDS OF ANIMALS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD - HELP THE SLOVENIAN BEARS
From: The Society for the Rights and the Liberation of Animals - Slovenia
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 14:10:02 +0100
Subject: Dear friends of animals from all over the world - help the Slovenian bears
Dear friends of animals!
My name is Damjan Likar from Slovenia. I am the member of The Society for
the Rights and the Liberation of Animals.
We will be glad if you send your protest letter about killing bears in
Slovenia to adresses, writen down.
This message you can send to all media in your country.
Thank you for your help!
P.S. Do you know in your country some former hunter, who stop killing
animals, because he loves animals and he realized that the nature regulates
the number of animals by itself. I would like to make interview with him!
SLOVENIA IS ABOUT TO KILL
AROUND 100 OF ITS BROWN BEARS
The Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, Mr. Janez
Podobnik, has issued a decree by which approximately 100 brown bears should
be killed in 2006.
The Minister argues that there are too many bears in Slovenia and that the
size of population of the animal has to be balanced with the environment.
In Slovenia, the brown bear is an endangered species, protected by the
Endangered Species Act. The Minister's decision to decree the culling of the
bear population - arguing overpopulation, no less - is therefore
incomprehensible. How can there be >too many< bears if they are endangered
and accordingly protected by a number of legal acts, in Slovenia itself as
well as internationally?
Besides, nature can be trusted to take care of overpopulation and ensure
natural balance by itself - it is not necessary for man to do so. In many
areas where hunting is outlawed (e.g. natural parks and reserves) there are
no occurrences of natural imbalance. Human interfering with natural
processes will only bring about even greater imbalance.
Even though the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning is bound
by the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia to ensure the preservation
of the environment and natural habitats, he has decreed the killing of no
less than 100 inhabitants of this country - for they are living beings and a
part of our natural wealth.
Is the killing of bears consistent with preserving this natural wealth - or
is it about destroying it?
Even though any incitement to violence is unconstitutional, the Minister of
the Environment himself has decreed the killing of living creatures, which
will inflict immeasurable violence upon nature. And even though torture of
animals is expressly forbidden by the Slovene constitution, the animals to
be killed will be victims of immense suffering.
Furthermore, Slovenia already has a strategy of brown bear population
management. It was adopted by the government and it provides for many
non-violent means which could be used in this case, without having to resort
to killing. In light of this Strategy, the Minister's decision to order the
killing of bears, instead of managing their population by other means
available, is even more incomprehensible and unacceptable.
We ask you to join us in our protest against the imminent killing of bears.
The Society for the Rights and the Liberation of Animals
Stanko Valpatič, President
Address your protest to:
Minister za okolje in prostor
Vlada Republike Slovenije
Dunajska c. 48, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Predsednik vlade Republike Slovenije
Gregorčičeva 20, 25, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Dr. Janez Drnov’ek
Predsednik Republike Slovenije
Erjavčeva 17, SI-1000 Ljubljana
BELOW IS A SAMPLE PROTEST LETTER FEEL FREE TO EDIT IT.
I, the undersigned, protest against the killing of 100 brown bears in
Slovenia, planned to take place in 2006.
There is no rhyme or reason in causing suffering to innocent living
creatures and in violence towards nature.
If it is true, as alleged, that there are too many bears in Slovenia, that
is no reason for resorting to killing, as there are other, non-violent means
of resolving the situation. Slovenia has provided for such means, witness
its Strategy of brown bear population management. Furthermore, nature can be
trusted to ensure natural balance on its own; there is no reason for man to
interfere, as attested by numerous natural reserves where there is no
hunting and also no imbalance. Human interfering with natural processes can
bring about ever greater imbalance - and ever greater damage to all of us.
Your Excellency, I appeal to you to do everything in your power to prevent
the planned killing of bears - the killing of innocent living beings that
have the same right to life as humans.
Thank you for your kind attention.
(Your name and address)