Target: President Xi Jinping
Goal: Abolish tiger farms in China
Tiger farms are becoming popular among the wealthy in China, where hundreds of these majestic creatures are placed in concrete and metal cages. These tigers are trained to perform for tourists and their bones are used to make wine and other medicinal products. Unfortunately, this demand is leading to the animals’ demise, as more and more tigers are being found in captivity than in the wild. Tell President Xi Jinping to abolish tiger farms, as these operations are inhumane and abusive.
Tiger farms are being visited by the wealthy in China, where tiger-bone wine, tiger rugs, and stuffed tigers are purchased as status symbols. The tigers are trained to perform for tourists and other visitors, and are housed in small, cramped cages that are beginning to rust. While many animal welfare activists oppose this practice, the tiger farm industry states that the drive for tiger products from farms will relieve pressure on tigers in the wild. This logic has been blasted by various conservationist groups; the demand for tiger products has always resulted in the decline of wild tigers, as can be seen in the rise of poaching rates.
Unfortunately, tigers have been threatened for decades. Many Asian countries view their body parts as having medicinal qualities, but these claims have not been held up by modern science. All this killing does is lower the tiger population. Even though a ban has been placed on Chinese medicine shops to stop selling tiger products, the tiger farm industry is still booming. Sign this petition and tell President Xi Jinping to eradicate tiger farms in China, as these operations do nothing beneficial for these majestic creatures.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
In the early 1990s, tiger farms shot up in popularity. With a ban on selling tiger products in Chinese medicine shops, Chinese citizens have turned toward tiger farms to make a profit. These operations care nothing for the animals, and use them simply for profits. Many of these animals have been born in captivity, and have not experienced what it is like to live in the wild.
It greatly upsets me that there are people willing to make money off of the suffering of animals. Tiger farms should be eradicated, as they do nothing for the well-being or survival of tigers. All they do is increase the demand for tigers and their body parts. If these farms truly wanted to improve the livelihood of these majestic creatures then these tigers would be housed in proper enclosures and not be part of a circus act. You have the power to stop this abuse, and I implore you to do so immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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