Today was my first time flyering! A pressing issue my university’s animal rights club has been working on is protecting the Michigan wolves. This afternoon, we handed out flyers on a street corner asking people to vote no on Proposals 1 and 2 in the upcoming election. If these proposals are passed, they will allow an indiscriminate wolf hunt in Michigan and remove the voter’s power to decide on important wildlife issues.
Michigan’s wolves were critically endangered until recently, and in 1989 the population was down to only 3. Wolves do not pose a threat to people. It is very rare that a person will come across one, and if one wanders onto property, they often flee when people yell to scare them away. So allowing people to indiscriminately hunt wolves is unnecessary, cruel, and destructive. If the second proposal is passed, the Natural Resources Commission could be given the power to add almost any protected animal to the list of game species to be hunted without consulting legislators or voters. So to promote awareness of this issue, the Michigan Animal Respect Society distributed these flyers:
I enjoyed this experience very much. I have been wanting to go leafleting for a long time, so this made good practice! I felt shy about asking strangers passing by to take a flyer. If a passerby declined or ignored us, we laughed it off and did not take it personally. All of our efforts were made worthwhile when someone expressed interest, paused to have a conversation, or agreed to think of the wolves when voting. I will be looking forward to getting more involved in public outreach in the future!
And if you were interested in learning more about our club, you can visit the Michigan Animal Respect Society page on Facebook and “like” it to receive updates! I was appointed to Social Media Chair, so I will be posting there regularly. 🙂
To learn more about the Michigan Wolves, look here.