Just how 'overwhelming' are 10,000 people? More than 150,000 attended last year's CLA Game Fair alone. And how hard can it be to get gullible, well meaning members of the public to sign a petition to save the ickle animals? I could rustle up a hundred signatures in an afternoon standing outside my office door, spinning some yarn about animal suffering, from people who wouldn't know a snare from a Larsen trap, or a stoat from a weasel.
Sorry LACS, your feeble 'petition' is worthless. If you want to protect wildlife from cruelty, how about a campaign to ban the keeping of domestic cats?