Target: President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino
Goal: Applaud increased penalties for animal abusers
Legislators in the Philippines want those that abuse animals to know that their actions will not be tolerated. The President of the Philippines recently signed a bill that increased the severity of the penalties of those accused of animal abuse. This is an important step for the Philippines, and a good example of how animal abuse should be dealt with worldwide.
The President signed the bill at the same time an uproar over a video showing three teenage girls torturing and killing a puppy started circulating. The video sparked intense opposition from animal rights activists and was a hot topic for the Philippine media. The perpetrators of the video have been in jail for years: the video was old, but it was still circulating and causing commotion amongst the Philippine people. This new bill will deter many from animal abuse, as well as encourage citizens to become more alert to others abusing animals.
The penalties for animal abuse in the Philippines have increased from two years in jail and a 500-peso fine to three years in jail and a 500,000-peso fine, or 580 United States dollars. This increase tells the citizens of the Philippines that their government cares about animals and their welfare. Applaud the Philippine President for this bill and its potential to encourage stricter animal welfare laws everywhere.
Dear President of the Phillipines, Benigno Aquino,
I am writing to commend you for passing the recent animal rights bill that increases penalties given to animal abusers. Because of this bill, offenders will now face up to three years in prison and will be fined 500,000-pesos. This ruling is very timely: a video of three teenage Filipino girls torturing and killing a puppy is circulating and gaining protests. While the video is old footage, animal cruelty is unfortunately not something of the past.
This new bill will deter animal abusers; you have shown that your country does not tolerate animal abuse. It is my hope that your wise ruling will be a positive influence to many other Asian countries, along with the world. Please continue to be an ally for animals in need and consider increasing the penalty if animal abuse cases do not decline. The world is watching, and we commend you.
[Your Name Here]
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