Target: Chief of Law Enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ed Grace
Goal: Commend the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for promising to take necessary action against Cecil the Lion’s killer.
The federal agency responsible for enforcing animal protection laws in the United States has stated that it will investigate the death of Cecil the Lion. The move follows accusations that an American citizen, Dr. Walter Palmer, killed the lion illegally. The agency has expressed its concerns about the killing and is gathering facts about the matter. Animal rights activists around the world are outraged by Cecil’s cruel murder and their efforts, combined with the work of a ForceChange petition, to bring awareness to the killing were vital in ensuring that the federal government launched a full investigation.
The Zimbabwean government has accused Dr. Palmer of killing Cecil the Lion during a safari visit in Zimbabwe. According to the allegations, Dr. Palmer killed the star attraction at Hwange National Park even though the animal was under study and was being tracked by Oxford University researchers. Two Zimbabwean natives who were also implicated have already been arraigned in court and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Dr. Palmer claimed that he was not aware of the lion’s identity and that everything about his trip was handled properly. Reports have also uncovered that Dr. Palmer had hunted several big-name animals in the past. The United States Department of Justice is aware of the incident, though it remains unclear how it will respond to an extradition request.
Due to increased human conflicts and habitat loss, African lion populations are severely threatened. For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that lions be listed as an endangered species to create restrictions on hunting. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that lions and other wildlife continue to roam freely in the wild.
Sign this petition to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for launching an investigation into the murder of Cecil the Lion.
Dear Ed Grace,
There has been an uproar over the death of an iconic lion named Cecil, which is alleged to have been committed by a U.S. citizen. There have been calls for prosecution from the ForceChange community as well as other activists around the world. Two other individuals involved in the hunt have also been arraigned in court and could face jail time if found guilty.
Cecil the Lion was a national icon and a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park. The lion was a popular attraction for international visitors to Hwange National Park before his life was brutally cut short.
Cecil’s death is a disaster to Zimbabwe’s tourism and it is only right that your department take action against the alleged murderer. I would like to commend your department for launching an investigation into the matter, as that is a major step in ensuring necessary action is taken against the culprit. I urge you to cooperate with Zimbabwean authorities and apprehend the alleged suspect, Dr.Walter Palmer.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Vince O’Sullivan