Target: Indian Government
Goal: Ban the chemical Carbofuran, which is used to kill tigers
Recently, poachers in India have been using a cheap chemical known as Carbofuran as a pesticide to kill tigers. Poachers use animal carcasses tainted with the chemical as bait for the tigers. It is believed that the tigers die within an hour of eating the contaminated carcass. The poachers then sell the highly profitable tiger remains, including the skins, teeth, bones, and claws, to Chinese and Tibetan merchants.
India’s tiger population already faces enough danger, having declined 90% in the last century. Today there are around 1,700 tigers in India, and although numbers have shown a slight increase in the last two years, this new poaching technique could potentially destroy the little progress that has been made and further decline the tiger population. In addition, the chemical threatens other forms of wildlife, such as leopards.
If it is not outlawed, the use of Carbofuran as a method for killing tigers will very likely catch on in popularity because it is inexpensive and difficult to detect, and because poachers are put in far less danger by simply poisoning the tigers. Please sign the petition below to demand a ban for Carbofuran in India to protect Indian tigers and wildlife.
Dear Indian Government Officials,
Recently, poachers have been using a chemical called Carbofuran to kill tigers in India and then sell their remains. Carbofuran is difficult to detect and incredibly effective, but it threatens the already low population numbers for tigers. The number of tigers in India has decreased by 90 percent in the last century, and although that number has increased by a little in the last two years, this new poaching technique puts this increase at risk.
Not only could the use of Carbofuran destroy the little progress that has been made, it puts other wildlife in danger as well, such as leopards. Numbers of of both tigers and leopards have been found dead for no apparent reason, but now it is being speculated to have been caused by Carbofuran. If the chemical is strong enough to kill a tiger within an hour of ingestion, it is potentially fatal to any other animal around.
At this point, the use of Carbofuran for poaching will increase in popularity if it is not outlawed. It is inexpensive, difficult to detect, potent and effective, and it puts the poacher in far less danger than if he were to use other poaching techniques.
I urge you to make the substance Carbofuran illegal before its consequences get out of hand.
[Your Name Here]
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