Target: Chinese President Xi Jinping
Goal: Require citizens of China to leave injured and non-injured wildlife alone
Recently, tourists in the south of China allegedly aided in the uncomfortable last moments of a dolphin in distress. An injured dolphin was swimming near the shore when a few men handled the dolphin and picked it up out of the water to take a photo with it. The distressed cetacean died shortly after of a collapsed lung. While it has not been proven that the unnecessary handling was the cause of the collapsed lung, what is certain is the handling added intense stress to the dolphin during its last moments. Measures must be taken to ensure that this does not happen again; tourists and citizens must be forbidden to handle wild animals.
The incident happened at a popular resort in China. The dolphin was swimming around the populated area, apparently in poor condition, when lifeguards attempted to help the dolphin by monitoring it and calling for specialized help. Professionals that may have been able to help the dolphin were far away; in the meantime tourists touched and handled the dolphin until it died. Had the dolphin been left alone to wait for help it may still be alive.
Had this incident happened in the United States, the people who unnecessarily handled the dolphin would be charged as criminals, and would be given a hefty fine. There is no clarity of whether or not these tourists will face criminal charges, but they should. Handling a wild animal which is clearly in distress, for one’s own pleasure and photo opportunity should never be tolerated. Helping a fellow creature should always trump a photo opportunity. Sign this petition and urge the Chinese Government to increase penalties dealing with wildlife.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
A group of tourists in China were recently involved in the death of a dolphin near a popular resort. The injured dolphin was looming around people near the shore when lifeguards attempted to help and call professionals. Tourists, however, took this moment as a prime photograph opportunity and handled the injured, fearful dolphin until it died of a collapsed lung.
President Jinping, I urge you to penalize the people who were handling the injured dolphin. This kind of behavior cannot be fostered; please stick up for the wildlife of China and issue penalties for tourists and citizens that handle injured wildlife with no intent on helping them. Encourage people to leave wildlife be and contact someone who understands how to care for the animal in question.
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