Target: INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi
Goal: Praise organization for the capture of notorious rhino poacher.
INTERPOL police, along with authorities from Nepal, captured Rajkumar Praja, a wildlife criminal responsible for the deaths of dozens of rhinos. Although illegal, a rhino horn can fetch thousands of dollars, and this demand has fueled poaching. Millions of rhinos have been killed to feed human greed, and a handful of rhino species have gone extinct or are about to die off because of illegal poaching. Nabbing those who are responsible for the death of so many innocent animals is no small task. Please congratulate those who were involved in arresting Praja by signing this petition.
Praja was suspected of running a large rhino poaching network in Nepal, and his actions warranted a 15-year sentence. Rhinos are prized for their horns, which are considered status symbols in Asian countries. (The rhino horns are carved to resemble cups or other decorative items.) Unfortunately, this demand has resulted in poaching networks that resemble drug networks, and authorities are noticing stark similarities between these two illegal industries.
Praja was arrested in 2013 in Chitwan National Park by a coalition between the Nepalese police, army, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. He and a dozen other suspects were arrested, but Praja managed to escape capture. In January 2015, he was apprehended by Malaysian police forces who were working with INTERPOL police. Praja has been wanted by police around the world for his poaching activities, and many agencies were working hard to capture him.
There are at least 100 people in 36 countries that INTERPOL police suspect to be involved in illegal poaching. It is frustrating to learn that the illegal poaching trade has grown and is even rivaling the drug trade, but vigilance on the part of international bodies is what is going to save our animals. Sign this petition and praise INTERPOL’s President Mireille Ballestrazzi for the organization’s ongoing work in saving and preserving our animals.
Dear President Mireille Ballestrazzi,
Recently, Malaysian police apprehended Rajkumar Praja, a notorious and wanted rhino poacher. This man ran an extensive poaching network that resulted in the deaths of dozens of rhinos—and it was all done for their horns. As a compassionate human being, I find it disturbing that other humans would be willing to kill an animal for their tusks or horns and sell it to the highest bidder.
Our animals deserve better treatment and I am grateful that your agency is doing all it can to stop poaching and smuggling. In the next few decades, poaching will more than likely become more of a problem. With climate change and the bleak survival of many of our species, the illegal wildlife trade might become more fierce. Thank you for your work in capturing this man, and I hope INTERPOL will remain forever vigilant regarding animal welfare.
[Your Name Here]
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