Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Goal: Declare poaching a critical issue in Africa so that decisive action can be taken to prevent, combat, and eliminate the act.
Rhinos, lions, elephants and other big game animals are substantially declining in number across Africa. Poaching has put these creatures on the brink of extinction. At the current rate, these animals could disappear in the next few years. If we let that happen, then we will have done an injustice to our grandchildren since it is our generation’s responsibility to safeguard these creatures.
Africa should come together as one to take a stand against poaching to save these species. The first step is to prioritize poaching as a major problem that needs an urgent solution and to change tact in combating the menace.
Poachers are becoming tougher by the day, killing these animals at an alarming rate. These criminals are always on the move to make profits from international black markets where rhino horns and ivory are sold at very high costs. This group is getting access to powerful weapons, making their work easier and threatening the remaining wildlife in Africa.
Illegal wildlife trafficking is not only a threat to these species and ecosystems, it is also a threat to tourism and affects the livelihoods of local communities. The act compromises efforts in the eradication of poverty and the achievement of sustainable development. For this reason, African countries need to prioritize ending poaching and adopt effective strategies for preventing and countering this serious problem that is threatening their future.
The wild animals are irreplaceable, and therefore, in a bid to save them, the United Nations should declare poaching an urgent problem for all its member states in Africa. Once the problem is given full attention, decisive action will be taken to prevent, combat and eliminate the illegal activity. Sign this petition to demand that the United Nations declare poaching an urgent issue on all its member states in Africa.
Dear Ban Ki-Moon,
Rhinos, lions, elephants and other big game animals are under threat across Africa. These animals are on the edge of extinction due to poaching, and their numbers continue to decline each day. To save these species, African countries need to work together and change tact in combating the menace.
The United Nations can greatly facilitate the process by declaring poaching an urgent problem in Africa. Once such a declaration is made, full attention will be given to the matter, and decisive action will be taken to prevent, combat and eliminate this illegal activity.
Poachers are becoming tougher by the day as they continue to get access to better weapons and larger returns for their items. Poaching is not only a threat to these species and ecosystems, but it also threatens tourism and affects the livelihoods of neighboring communities. Take action and declare poaching an urgent problem in Africa.
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