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RAPTOR ENCLOSURE FUNDRAISER
THIS SPECIAL FUNDRAISER RUNS FROM DECEMBER 5TH TO DECEMBER 31ST 2017
$950 RAISED OF $1200
A View of a Raptor Enclosure
Our exciting journey continues…
After the initial convalescent period a bird needs to be placed in an enclosure to allow it to gain strength by taking small, short flights. Just as you wouldn’t start running after an injury before you could walk with confidence and safety, the same is true for our winged ones. Short flights to strategically placed perches within the specially designed enclosure helps empower the bird to gradually make their way back to the beautiful day they will be released. Why do we call it an enclosure and not a cage? Cage correlates to confinement as one would be in a barred cell. At MAWC, defining it as an enclosure conveys safe haven. Enclose the winged ones in security and comfort and watch over them in a conscientious compassionate manner.
We will create with your heartfelt donations enclosures that will meet all the bird’s needs. How can we do anything less for these visionary messengers of beauty and wisdom.
100% of donations goes directly into building our first raptor enclosure.
All donations that exceed our $1200 goal will be placed into a fund to build our second enclosure.
Thank you for caring about wildlife and for showing your support with your donations!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE 1-12-2018
May this note find you all well and happy! We wanted to offer our deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the generosity of all those who donated to our Raptor Enclosure Fundraiser. The grand total was $950! This will enable us to purchase a good portion of the building materials. We will keep you posted with our progress....! Many Blessings to You…Thank you!
CALL TO ACTION!
The Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center is endorsing the Arizona for Wildlife campaign to end trophy hunting of our wild cats. MAWC will be facilitating an informational session with the Arizona for Wildlife campaign staff for the community on
December 13th at the Sierra Vista Library (1011 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635) from 2:00 - 4:15 pm in the Mona Bishop conference room.
If anyone can come, listen, learn and help get signatures within our community, it would be appreciated. Please contact us for more information.
Arizonans for Wildlife Launches Ballot Campaign Coalition gives voters the opportunity to end cruel trophy hunting practices on Arizona’s wild cats
(Sept. 28, 2017) - Arizonans for Wildlife, a coalition of more than 30 non-governmental organizations and state legislators, has filed a ballot initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office aimed at restricting trophy hunting and trapping of Arizona’s wild cats, including bobcats, mountain lions, jaguars, lynx and ocelots. None of these big cats are killed for food.
Arizonans for Wildlife will need to gather more than 150,642 signatures by July 5, 2018 to quality for the November 2018 election.
If qualified and approved by voters, the measure would restrict the taking of mountain lions, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots, and lynx on state lands. The measure includes reasonable exemptions for killing a wild cat if an individual’s personal safety is threatened and for the removal of wild cats if livestock or property are targeted. Activities by researchers, zoos, rehabilitation facilities, and wildlife managers or other purposes are also exempt as authorized by law.
“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,” she added.
Trophy hunting is where the primary motivation is to kill an animal in order to display its body, whole or in part, or for bragging rights but not for subsistence.
Trophy hunters and trappers kill thousands of mountain lions and bobcats legally in Arizona each year. Arizona’s policies are extreme, with the state ranking sixth in the U.S. for the number of mountain lions killed by trophy hunters. Bobcat hunting is unlimited in the state. California has barred any trophy hunting of lions for more than a quarter century, and has policies in place to protect bobcats that are similar to the elements of the Arizona initiative.
The majority of mountain lions are killed by trophy hunters using paid outfitters’ hounds to track and bay the cats. Packs of barking hounds stress wildlife, including non-target animals such as deer, which can have detrimental effects on their health and reproductive abilities, studies show. These hounds run on public lands, and often trespass onto private lands or restricted lands where they are not permitted, such as national park lands.
A female mountain lion will spend up to 24 months raising and provisioning her young. If she is killed, she can leave up to three kittens orphaned. Biologists have learned recently using remote trail cameras that kittens under 12 months cannot dispatch prey on their own. So orphaned lion kittens are often left to die from dehydration, starvation, predation or exposure. The state never counts these deaths in its total hunting quota.
Bobcats are killed by trapping or other means, including shooting by trophy hunters who are permitted to use hounds to track and bay bobcats. Trophy hunters are also permitted to use bait to lure in bobcats for easy hunting.
Bobcats are trapped with painful steel-jawed leghold traps on private land and cage traps on public land. Traps are only required to be checked once a day, or in some cases just once every three days, so animals are left suffering in excruciating pain for hours. The trapped animal may die slowly from exposure, or injure itself trying to escape.
Arizona is home or a travel corridor to wild cats found almost nowhere else in the United States: jaguars, ocelots and lynx. Although trophy hunting and trapping of these three cat species is prohibited, these cats or their kittens could be accidentally shot, trapped or killed by hounds. The initiative will establish that trophy hunting of jaguars or ocelots won’t be opened up at any point in the future.
Source: Arizonans for Wildlife press release