Target: Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Demand protection for domestic camels in China
Pictures recently surfaced on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, showing a camel without limbs tied to two men begging for money. The limbs of the camel appeared to be mutilated and caused a backlash over concern that the two men had deliberately mutilated the camel to gain sympathy and therefore make more money from the public.
The men were begging in Fuzhou in Southeast China, where they tell the police that they rescued the camel after it was run over by a train. The police do not buy this story, and it makes no sense that two men who are resorting to begging would take on the challenge of healing a hurt camel. The police think it is more likely that the men deliberately mutilated the camel in order to make more money. After all camels do for humans in China and around the world, this abuse is outrageous and should not be tolerated.
In China, wild camels are protected by the law, but this camel was a domestic Bactrian camel, which is under no such protection. Since domestic camels are not protected in China, local law enforcement can do little more than make the beggars leave. The beggars will simply move and find a different area in which to pander.
The idea that someone could mutilate a camel to make money is appalling, and we should take action before more beggars begin resorting to mutilating the domestic camel to make more money. Please sign the petition below to urge China to establish better protection for domestic camels.
Dear Ambassador Tiankai,
Recently, pictures surfaced on social media showing a mutilated camel being exploited by two beggars in Fuzhou, China. I am deeply concerned over these recent pictures, and I think it is wrong to let this abuse continue without repercussions for the cruel humans responsible. If action is not taken, I am worried that more beggars will begin resorting to mutilating the domestic camel to make money.
Since the domestic camel is not protected under Chinese law, all the police can do is force the beggars to leave the area. This solves nothing because the beggar will simply continue his abuse in a different location. I urge you to intervene and put a stop to further camel abuse by enacting laws to better protect this vulnerable species.
[Your Name Here]
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