Target: Indian Government
Goal: Harsh punishment for the guard who killed a tiger at sanctuary.
In central India, a guard at a tiger sanctuary killed one of the tigers because he thought certain body parts would bring him sexual prowess. The population of Bengal tigers is already at a dangerously low 1700; unnecessary deaths like this must be prevented. Demand that the Malaysian government harshly punish the guard responsible and demand a higher standard for the hiring process at the tiger sanctuary in Chhattisgarh.
Guards at tiger sanctuaries have an easy but important job, protect the tigers from being killed or stolen. But a 48 year old guard at a sanctuary for Bengal tigers in Chhattisgarh decided that he would completely ignore his duties to protect the tigers and kill an adult female because he believed that certain body parts like the whiskers had medicinal and spiritual powers, in this case in the bedroom. Beliefs that certain animals contain magical powers are not uncommon, the demand for ivory is in part due to the belief by some people that they have supernatural abilities. In the face of extinction, the Indian government must make it a priority to at least try to educate people about the fallacies of these beliefs and the importance of the continued existence of the tigers.
They must also send a message that prioritizes protection of Bengal tigers by harshly punishing the guard who killed this tiger. They must also require that in the future, all employees that deal with these types of animals have a in-depth background check to make sure they have a proven commitment to animal welfare and nothing that might cause a conflict of interest. We cannot afford to lose these endangered animals because of carelessness and lack of understanding when it comes to the importance of one’s job.
Dear Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh,
A recent case where a guard at a vital Bengal tiger sanctuary located in Chhattisgarh killed an adult female tiger because he thought her whiskers contained supernatural powers is tragic and unnecessary. Though we understand that it is sometimes impossible or insensitive to forcibly dispel beliefs surrounding animals and their mythical abilities, we cannot have people who are not 100% committed to protecting these animals working at these sanctuaries.
We ask that you harshly punish the guard who was responsible to send the message that no matter what the reasoning may be, killing one of these endangered animals is completely unacceptable and irresponsible. We also ask that you make sure that any employees that are hired at the sanctuary are checked to make sure that they have a history of commitment to animal welfare and nothing that may prevent them from fulfilling their duties to these animals.
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