Target: Representative Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan
Goal: Don’t force pandas to leave nature preserve in China for New York City
For 15 years Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan has been attempting to bring two giant pandas to the United States, specifically New York. Maloney insists that the pandas will be very well cared for in the Big Apple, hoping the bears’ presence in the city warms the hearts of visitors and residents. Maloney has announced that she has, in writing, a promise that the first stages of transporting the pandas to New York are underway. Pandas are an endangered species; they are lax with breeding and are easily stressed. Pandas must not be put through undue stress and do not belong on display in New York.
Maloney recently returned from a two-week-long trip to China, where she visited nature preserves and spoke with officials of the country. While Maloney understands that pandas are not given to other countries freely, nor is the transaction carried lightly, she lacks empathy for what is truly right for the two pandas. Air travel is extremely stressful for the bears; not to mention, an enclosure in New York would fall short in comparison to the animals’ nature preserve in China.
The future of pandas is yet to be determined. It is important that the species is allowed to safely roam natural preservation land in China, surrounded by native land and familiar creatures. Pandas must not be bought and put on display. Keeping the bears’ best interest at heart is of utmost importance. Urge Rep. Maloney to halt all panda dealings with China immediately and indefinitely.
Dear Rep. Carolyn Maloney,
We, the undersigned, are writing to you today on behalf of the two giant pandas you are attempting to re-home from China to New York. It is understandable that you feel deeply for these cuddly animals and sincerely believe that New York would benefit from their presence. Rep. Maloney, you are gravely mistaken. New York would gain two living stuffed animals to gawk and coo at; the pandas will undoubtedly be scared and uncomfortable in their unfamiliar surroundings.
Rep. Maloney, we urge you to develop empathy for these pandas. We urge you to leave them be, safe within their nature preserve in China. Pandas are notoriously anxious travelers; the plane transportation and busy, noisy and smelly atmosphere of New York would only enable depression. Pandas must be left to thrive in China. The species’ declining numbers will not justify relocation.
Please reconsider your motives to bring the bears to the United States. Instead, utilize your admiration for these animals in manners productive for them.
[Your Name Here]
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