Target: Russian President Vladimir Putin
Goal: Thank President Putin for stricter laws on trafficking endangered wildlife
Thanks to newly drafted laws, anyone found trafficking endangered wildlife in Russia will be prosecuted under criminal law. This is an important step in the protection of endangered animals that are typically poached and sold illegally. The law prior to this ruling was very lenient and full of many loopholes, allowing poachers to get away with murder. President Putin made a valiant and wise decision in favor of his country’s wildlife by proposing stricter laws.
Before President Putin submitted this law the punishment for smuggling endangered species was based on if the species in question was worth more than 30,000 dollars, but legislation was not able to decipher a value per species. This loophole made it very difficult to prosecute anyone smuggling endangered species. With the new law anyone caught smuggling any part of an endangered species, be it predator, bird, or prey, are to pay a fine of 35,000 dollars. The fine is the beginning punishment; poachers and criminals may face more serious charges beyond the fee if caught.
This new law is an amazing asset for the endangered species of Russia, and the humans that try to protect them. While there are many poachers who risk fines and sentences, as other areas where poaching is prevalent has shown, this law will increase the control over illegal poaching. This law is a positive step in the fight for endangered species. Thank President Putin for realizing the importance of keeping Russia’s animals safe.
Dear President Putin,
Recently you passed a law in favor of harsher punishments for trafficking and poaching endangered species in your country. This is a very positive step in the fight to keep endangered species alive and prosperous. It is an improvement on the prior law that contained many loopholes, allowing criminals to poach and traffic species with little repercussion.
I want to particularly thank you for including in the law no monetary worth, per animal part, to decide the punishment of the convicted. The fine of RUB1.1 million, or 35,000 USD, for a person caught with any endangered animal part, no matter the amount or species, is a clear and heavy fine. This allows for no loopholes, and will make the rulings and punishments easier to administer. Please consider a heavier fine, including prison sentences, in the future if your country does not see a decline in illegal trafficking and poaching.
Thank you for being a voice for the endangered species of your country. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated.
[Your Name Here]
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