Target: Mayor Emeterio Corona
Goal: Put stricter regulations in place on reservoir pollution
Tens of thousands of dead fish were recently found washed up on the shore near a reservoir in Jalisco, Mexico. The dead fish were the result of an unnamed firm polluting the reservoir. This is a devastating incident that has a large negative affect on both the environment and the people nearby.
Although the firm remained unnamed, it is believed to be a nearby cattle plant working without a permit that poured hundreds of liters of molasses into the reservoir. The molasses is a leftover by-product from refining sugarcane and beet for cattle feed. The molasses in the reservoir caused the fish to die from asphyxiation.
This not only threatens the environment and animals living in the reservoir, but the livelihoods of fishermen who work in the area and their families as well. The number of families reported to be living off of fishing on the reservoir is 180.
The Mayor of nearby town Acatlan de Juarez, Emeterio Corona, responded by saying, “The environment and the sustenance of everybody [in the community] was damaged. What will they live off? I’m outraged. This is a tragedy.”
This incident illustrates the need to put in place stricter regulations on firms such as the one responsible for the contamination of the reservoir. Corporations have been able to get away with destructive practices in the past and will continue to do so until there are more stringent repercussions in place. Ask Mayor Emeterio Corona to punish the cattle firm and put stricter policies in place to prevent this from happening again.
Dear Mayor Emeterio Corona,
It has come to my attention that pollution of a reservoir in Jalisco resulted in thousands of fish washing up on the shore dead after being asphyxiated.
This is an important issue not only for the extreme environmental impact, but for the impact on the livelihoods of fishermen and their families as well. When this many fish are killed, there is a devastating ripple effect through the food chain, as the fish play an important role in the ecosystem of the reservoir. The fishermen and their families are also affected drastically when the fish in the reservoir are killed and their livelihood threatened.
I urge you to put stricter regulations in place on polluting reservoirs and other bodies of water to protect both the animals using them as homes and the people who rely on them to provide for their own needs. Although the firm responsible for this incident was working illegally, having stricter regulations in place would act as a deterrent so that other companies do not do the same thing in the future.
I hope you take this issue with the seriousness that it deserves due to its long reaching implications and put stricter policies in place to protect humans, animals, and the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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