LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- John Jay Middle School student Ashley Stagnari has always loved visiting the South Salem Wolf Conservation Center and was inspired to take action when she learned about Canadian government-led action to euthanize wolves living in British Columbia.
“I have always been interested in wolves, and I follow the Wolf Conservation Center on Instagram,” she said. “I saw they posted a picture of wolves being shot, and I decided I wanted to do something.”
Stagnari received permission to speak in all of the school’s home base classrooms about the effort and collected 75 signatures through a petition she created. She then went on to speak with representatives from the WCC, publicizing the petition through the organization’s website and collecting more than 1,000 signatures.
Stagnari believes wolves are a misunderstood breed and hopes her efforts will help change people’s minds. “A lot of people don’t like them and think they are scary,” she said. “I asked my [peers] to think about them like a family member or pet to show them I think they are good.” When she started the petition, Stagnari was not sure of the impact she would have and is blown away by its momentum. “All your little voices can seem big,” she said. “You should always speak up if you have something on your mind.”
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