Target: President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba
Goal: Stop issuing licenses to hunt endangered elephants
The Nambian government has issued nine hunting licenses to kill desert elephants. With only 100 of these elephants remaining in Africa, animal conservationists are outraged that the government could even consider killing these creatures. These animals already live in a harsh and brutal region, and adding hunters to the mix will only place them closer to extinction.
The licenses were sold to foreign hunters for an undisclosed amount so they could kill the “problematic animals.” While desert elephants are not a distinct species, they are extraordinary because they have adapted to the dry and harsh climate of the desert. These elephants were nearly wiped out in 1989, and it’s estimated that only 100 of these creatures are left in the wild. They can only be found in Namibia and Mali, where they migrate from one watering hole to the next in search of food. Like all endangered animals, their population faces threats from poaching and changes to their environment.
The desire to kill these animals comes from confrontations between wildlife and humans. Their numbers are dwindling and the government should not have the power to kill off these animals.
Communities in Africa face a variety of problems with the local wildlife, but thanks to conservation efforts, many have learned to coexist with them. Tell the Namibian president to stop issuing these hunting permits, and instead that the government should be focusing their efforts to prevent elephants from coming into contact with people.
Dear President Hifikepunye Pohamba,
Recently, your country issued nine hunting permits to foreign hunters for an undisclosed amount of money. These permits allow the hunters to kill the desert elephants of Namibia, where there are only 100 of these creatures remaining in Africa. These statistics are grim and show that their population is in decline. Public opinion is against poaching, smuggling, and the ivory trade, so I am infuriated that you are risking the livelihoods of these animals.
I am writing to demand that you stop issuing these permits. It is sending the wrong message, and promotes the killing of endangered species. These elephants have suffered enough by humans and it is time that they are given the chance to rebound and thrive once more.
[Your Name Here]
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