Target: Chris Grayling, MP Secretary of State for Justice for the U.K.
Goal: Punish man who allegedly illegally bought and traded endangered animals to make a profit.
A man in the United Kingdom has allegedly lied about being a taxidermist and admitted to buying and trading endangered animals to flip a profit on their skins. Aaron Halstead has reportedly been found to have illegally obtained three sperm whale teeth, the skull of dolphins and cheetahs as well as a snowy owl. Many of the animals that Halstead reportedly possesses are endangered.
According to reports, Halstead attempts to hide his crimes by describing himself as a taxidermist, yet his is not an official taxidermist and instead buys and sells endangered animal skins and keeps them in his home. This is not the first time Halstead has been accused of illegally profiting off of endangered animals. According to police, he received a warning for selling birds he had stuffed from an endangered species.
Demand the United Kingdom justice system rightfully punish this man for his alleged crimes. Animal endangerment is not to be messed with, and definitely not meant to be profited off of. Sign this petition and demand this man is prosecuted.
Dear Secretary Grayling,
I am writing you today because I am extremely offended by the behavior of Aaron Halstead, a man allegedly profiting off of the skins of endangered animals. He has been accused these crimes before–in 2011, Halstead reportedly sold endangered birds illegally.
Halstead’s home was recently searched by police and he was reportedly found to have illegally obtained three sperm whale teeth, the skull of dolphins and cheetahs and a snowy owl. Many of the species Halstead allegedly possesses are endangered and their existence is threatened by extinction.
Halstead has justified his possession of these illegal items by attempting to write himself off as an official taxidermist, yet his supposed “office” is reportedly his parents’ basement and according to police, he is not in fact a taxidermist. With the threat of extinction surrounding this precious animals, we cannot let men like Halstead walk around boasting of his pride for wearing their skin. This behavior is wrong and despicable.
I urge you to not let Halstead get away with this behavior any longer. I ask that you push for the maximum punishment against him if he’s found guilty to send a message to the public that endangered species are not to be profited from.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Aaron Halstead