Target: Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
Goal: Ban the chaining of working elephants
Elephants are often forced to work in the fields, forests, and busy city streets of Nepal. Their front legs are chained together to prevent them from running away, sometimes leaving them with painfully deformed feet. This debilitating enslavement be stopped immediately.
Elephants are not only used as a work force in the fields, but they are used as tourist attractions in Nepal, India, and Thailand. The elephants give joy rides and play polo or football for the tourists to watch. But since elephants don’t naturally do this in the wild, they have to be trained, and the practices involved are brutal and abusive.
The chaining of the front legs leads to improper posture and lack of proper exercise. Sometimes their enclosures are dirty, and having the chains on their legs often leads to infections and open sores. Left untreated, these infections painfully deform the animals’ feet. Oftentimes, elephants begin swaying and rocking back and forth from the pain. Elephants who don’t have medical treatment end up dying, sick and broken.
The Nepalese government is working with Elephant Aid International to create the country’s first chain free corral. Housing 63 elephants, each elephant will have their own one acre enclosure, and all enclosures will be interconnected so the elephants are allowed to socialize. The Nepalese government has also promised to make all working elephants chain free. However, this commitment is facing opposition, as some people believe elephants will go wild if they are free from chains.
Help support the welfare of these animals, as they cannot voice their suffering and wants. Ensure the Nepalese government keeps their promise and ensure working elephants will never be chained again.
Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,
It has recently come to my attention that working elephants in your country have their front legs chained to inhibit their movement and for owners to better control their animals. I find this practice to be barbaric as it has led to many health problems. The chains lead to improper posture and prevents the elephant from getting proper exercise. These chains also promote infections and open sores, and if the elephants are standing in their own waste and the wounds aren’t treated, it can lead to deformed feet.
I cannot stand the thought of a living creature being treated this way, especially if poor nations depend on working elephants for their economy. I understand that poor nations need working elephants, but they could at least be treated with respect and care. I realize your nation has made a promise to keep working elephants chain free. I am writing this letter to urge you to keep this promise, as I know the opposition believes elephants will run wild if they are not chained.
I believe elephants and humans can coexist so long as respect and compassion is shown between the two parties.
[Your Name Here]
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