Boycott wines produced by bear-killing vineyards in California.

by James K. Sayre

On December 26, 2005 there was a lead story in the second section of the San Francisco Chronicle entitled, "Wine country casualties" about how the Aetna Springs Vineyard in Pope Valley, Napa County had four black bears (Ursus americanus) killed because the the bears had been eating ripe grapes. It seems that grape growers are invading the traditional habitats and haunts of the Black Bear in their never-ending search for new vineyard locations.

Please boycott the wines produced by the Aetna Springs Vineyard in Pope Valley, Napa County, California and also Rutherford Ranch Winery, which also use grapes produced by Aetna Springs Vineyard.

We need to discourage vineyards from being placed in critical habitat needed by California wildlife such as Black Bears. Vineyard owners in the North Bay region have also had Wild Pigs (Sus scrofa), Deer (Odocoileus heinionus), Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopara) and Mountain Lions (Felis concolor) killed to protect their precious grapes (Vitis vinifera). No one should need to drink pricey wines so badly that they countenance this barbaric and unnecessary killing of our wild animals.

27 December 2005.





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