Target: Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel
Goal: Cancel plans for a new T.V. series celebrating a hunter of wild and threatened African animals
African animal killer and Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones has landed a hunting show on the Sportsman Channel, scheduled to air in 2015. Jones has made several trips to Africa to hunt elephants, lions, rhinos and other wild animals across the continent. She claims to be acting in the name of conservation, supporting her assertion with anecdotes about helping researchers and veterinarians during her trips. This claims mean little in light of the beaming photos of her posing alongside her recently-slaughtered prey. No amount of help she gives or research she assists can give back the lives of the innocent animals she killed in her search for fame.
Jones was eager to have a T.V. show, and Sportsman Channel has picked up her series. Sportsman Channel is therefore supporting Jones’ actions and promoting the idea that more Americans should go to exotic lands and “conquer wild beasts.”
Other organizations are currently working to prevent Jones from posting and promoting her conquests on Facebook. With African nations and reserve owners make a killing (literally and figuratively) from hunters like her, it will be much harder to stop these hunting practices abroad. But we are not powerless. Sportsman Channel says that they are “devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans.” Well, it is our responsibility to show the channel that the lifestyle Jones promotes is also considered repulsive by millions of people around the world.
Call on the Sportsman Channel to cancel plans for Jones’ show, and to end its support for the senseless slaughter of threatened African animals.
Dear Mr. Harvey,
As the CEO of the Sportsman Channel you have the power to stop production of a new show featuring big-game hunter Kendall Jones. This young American has spent a considerable amount of time in Africa hunting vulnerable and endangered animals for sport. While your network may specialize in hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure Jones’ behavior and practices are far from what the average American wants to see. Sportsman Channel claims to be “devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans.” It should be clear to you that the lifestyle which Jones promotes is not supported by millions of Americans.
Additionally the philosophy of a “Red, Wild, and Blue America,” which celebrates the great outdoors in connection with the American spirit, is contradicted by Jones’ actions and potential show. Not only is she destroying the great outdoors moreso than celebrating it, she does so without demonstrating the American spirit. The famed American spirit includes such characteristics as ingenuity, patriotism, diversity and tolerance. Jones displays none of these qualities when she hunts, kills and poses beside threatened and endangered wild animals.
Putting an end to this show would not only serve your company by preventing disgruntled customers, it would also genuinely benefit the conservation of wild African animals. The majority of American people are not interested in viewing the unnecessary killing of beautiful, exotic and wild animals. Plans for Jones’ show should be cancelled immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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