PETA: Speak Out Against Hawaii’s Sheep Eradication

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world – Action Alert:

Speak Out Against Hawaii’s Sheep Eradication

Marksmen in Hawaii are shooting wild sheep from helicopters on the slopes of Mauna Kea in an effort to protect the palila bird. Because the sheep and birds eat the same rare tree, three decades ago, a federal court ordered that wild sheep be removed from and kept out of the endangered birds’ critical habitat. Although more than 40,000 sheep have been massacred in ground and aerial hunting, the palila’s numbers continue to decline and the species’ survival is still uncertain. After slaughter, sheep carcasses are often left to rot, attracting additional palila predators. It’s time that Hawaii stop slaughtering sheep and focus on more effective and humane methods of protecting the palila.

Please contact Hawaiian officials today! Politely ask them to declare a moratorium on shooting wild sheep and to research more effective and humane methods of palila protection.

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