Target: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
Goal: Enact stricter penalties to discourage illegal dog breeding.
Although many countries breed dogs, Zimbabwe has recently seen a dramatic boom in the breeding of man’s best friend as a result of hard economic times. The people of Zimbabwe are trying to make ends meet by breeding and selling dogs. Unfortunately, these operations are often illegal and cause the dogs to suffer due to poor treatment.
The Zimbabweans who are breeding dogs are doing so out of extreme necessity because of the poor economy. If the people are having a hard time and struggling to find the resources to feed and take care of themselves, then the dogs will suffer because their welfare will not be the first priority of their breeders. The animals are only seen as a means for money instead of living beings that are in desperate need of care and proper treatment. As another result of the breeders not being able to provide for the dogs they breed, many of the animals end up abandoned on the streets.
Even though this practice is illegal, those who are found guilty of illegal dog breeding only have to pay a $20 fine before they are able to return to breeding and selling puppies. The punishment barely fits the crime and as dog breeding increases, people like Marylin Stodart, the head of the Animal Friendly Foundation, an animal sanctuary for abandoned dogs, are becoming more concerned about the welfare of the animals. Sign this petition and urge President Mugabe to stop the dramatic increase in Zimbabwe’s dog breeding by enacting harsher penalties for illegal breeders.
Dear President Mugabe,
I am troubled by the news of the dramatic boom in illegal dog breeding in Zimbabwe. From my understanding, the people of Zimbabwe are turning to this method of earning money due to the poor economy. Although their situation is a hard one, the dogs are suffering too.
If the breeders are struggling and are having a hard time finding the resources to take care of themselves, they will be unlikely to spend any of their resources taking are of the animals they breed. Essentially, these dogs are becoming a second priority. They are being abandoned because their breeders can no longer care for them.
The boom in dog breeding is concerning because it will increase the number of abandoned dogs. I would like you to know that I am highly concerned about this issue. Please crack down on the illegal dog breeding business in your country.
[Your Name Here]
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