Target: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Goal: Demand stricter anti-poaching laws to prevent revenge killing of elephants
While authorities in Kenya are attempting to arrest and prosecute poachers who viciously slaughter elephants for the illegal ivory trade, these heartless poachers are still being released on bond shortly after their arrests. This gives angry poachers the opportunity to seek revenge against authorities and kill even more elephants, an alarming trend that must be stopped immediately.
Recently, a total of six innocent elephants— including four calves —were killed near Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park by a group of poachers who had been released on bond after they were arrested, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. The poachers were reportedly seeking revenge against Kenyan authorities, who seemingly provided the poachers with the opportunity to go on a killing spree by allowing for their release.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the world, but sadly, the cruel activities of poachers have jeopardized the safety of these poor creatures even there. More than 20,000 elephants were killed for the illegal ivory trade in 2013 alone, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. Stricter laws regarding the release of poachers must be put into effect as soon as possible to prevent future revenge killings. Urge the President of Kenya to take action against revenge killings and immediately begin the process of strengthening anti-poaching laws.
Dear President Kenyatta,
While I commend the Kenyan government for continuing to prosecute poachers who kill elephants for the illegal ivory trade, angry poachers are still being given the chance to seek revenge against authorities by being released on bond shortly after their arrests, resulting in the killing of even more innocent elephants in Kenya.
As you may know, six elephants (including four beautiful calves) were recently slaughtered near Tsavo East National Park by a group of poachers who reportedly went on a vengeful killing spree after they were released from a Kenyan prison on bond. Sadly, these poor creatures can find no safety even in one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the world.
The Kenyan government must work quickly to prevent future revenge killings by denying poachers the opportunity to be released from prison on bond after their arrests. I urge you to immediately begin the process of strengthening anti-poaching laws by creating stricter laws regarding the release of poachers from prison.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Addo Elephant National Park via Flickr