Monday, February 18, 2008

From Leslie: oppose-trapping-season-on-otters-and-bobcats-in-illinois

my very first petition!
Yesterday Gerald and I were at breakfast at the cafe and he was reading the outdoor section of the Peoria Journal Star. I could see a picture of an otter and a bobcat on the page he was reading and my blood immediately ran cold. I just knew that it was an article in favor of bill HB 4632, which is in favor of trapping these dear creatures. I grabbed the paper and started reading the article and sure enough, that is what it was about!
I was so upset! Otters had been trapped out years ago and reintroduced. I can't understand why peeps would both to bring them back, just to kill them again. There is no need. Peeps don't eat them and in this day and age to fur trap is archaic and unnecessary. I was so upset I was literally starting to cry. We left the cafe quickly and Gerald took me for a ride in the country to calm me down. All the while I am ranting and raving about this. We drive down Banner Dyke Road along the river. The ice damn was breaking up due to the heavy rains and the river was at its wildest and most magestic. We sat in the car watching it and admiring the pure strength of nature when a dark little creature runs across the road in front of us. We hurridly got out of the car to pursue it and were shocked and delighted that it was a little otter. I have always considered the otter my special power animal. I believe firmly in the value and worth on our planet and have waited to see one in the wild my whole life.! I took this little otter sighting as a sign that she wanted me to do more than just care. She wanted me to act for her future. So today, I have created a petition I would like you to read and please consider signing. I also encourage you to contact your state legislature representative, for those of you who live in Illinois. I would like all peeps to sign the petition I will be presenting to Governor Rod Blagojevich in regards to this issue. He vetoed this bill in 2005. Thank you one and all for your kind consideration on this matter. I hope the petition sounds professional. I have never aurthored one before and I composed it while entertaining Lily and Evan!!!LOL
I appreciate any feedback also! love and hugs to all! Leslie

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Running Deer! You are such a wonderful
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