Target: Sar Kheng, Minister of the Cambodian Interior
Goal: Find and apprehend people who left smuggled monkeys for dead.
Forty-three monkeys were allegedly callously tossed and tied up in bags by a person who was trying to smuggle them across the border. We need to take action to ensure that whoever committed this heinous act is brought to justice.
The smuggler was reportedly stopped in Cambodia near the border and may have been trying to smuggle long tailed macaque monkeys into Vietnam. While it is good news that these monkeys were saved, successful smugglers often sell the animals as pets, or—even worse—they are oftentimes sold to people who kill them and sell them as meat.
Monkeys are further said to be sold to laboratories for the purpose of performing experimental medical tests. In fact, such smuggling operations are so big in Cambodia that officials estimate there were approximately 93,000 long tailed macaques exported from the country during a seven-year time period.
Demand authorities do everything in their power to find and capture all individuals behind this latest operation. If they get away, the lives of many more innocent animals will be at risk.
Dear Minister Kheng,
Authorities recently pulled a car over and apparently retrieved 43 monkeys that were suffocating in bags. Although the person who was driving the car was able to flee on foot, it is important that officials continue to search for him in order to better ensure that he will not be able to harm any more animals.
Authorities state that the individual was trying to smuggle in animals from Cambodia into Vietnam. They further indicated that many monkeys in similar predicaments are either illegally sold as pets, or sold to someone who will apathetically kill the animals and sell them as meat. Unfortunately, monkeys are also oftentimes thought to be sold to other countries for laboratory testing purposes.
These types of smuggling operations are thought to be so large that officials claim nearly 93,000 long tailed macaque monkeys were smuggled between the countries of Cambodia and Vietnam during a seven-year time period. If the people who are thought to be behind this latest operation are not caught and apprehended, many more innocent animals will likely suffer and die horrible deaths.
I therefore urge you to do everything in your power to find and apprehend all people who are thought to have played a part in committing this crime. Animals don’t deserve to be treated like disregarded commodities.
[Your Name Here]
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