Target: E. Chidziya, The Director General of The Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority
Goal: Devise a plan to help animals during drought instead of selling them to unknown buyers.
Thousands of animals may die as a result of being sold to trophy-hunting companies and other unsavory individuals. We need to take action to ensure these animals can continue to live out the rest of their lives on their homeland.
Because Zimbabwe is currently experiencing an unforgivable drought, it plans to sell many of the country’s wild animals to unknown buyers. While officials claim money made from the transactions will help the other animals to thrive, selling animals in the past has apparently led to horrible outcomes. For example, many baby elephants that the Zimbabwe government sold to China were thought to have died as a result of being severely mistreated.
Countless animals—including endangered species—could meet the same fate if Zimbabwe carries out its plan. Trophy-hunting companies will also not have a difficult time purchasing the animals since they will only be required to turn in paperwork revealing little about their land and saying how the animals will be housed.
Demand Zimbabwe officials do not sell their wildlife and that they do everything in their power to help them overcome this struggle. If something is not done immediately, many majestic animals will likely soon be dead.
Dear Director General Chidziya,
As you know, The Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority is trying to deal with a current drought by selling wildlife so that money can be raised to feed other animals. It is important that such transactions do not take place in order to ensure that no animals will be harmed or killed.
Since potential buyers only have to turn in paperwork that reveals little information about their land and a statement saying how the animals will be housed, it will not be difficult for unethical companies and people to purchase wildlife. In fact, baby elephants were supposedly kept in small metal cages and died as a result of harsh mistreatment after Zimbabwe sold them to China.
Selling many animals to try and take care of the others will likely also ensure that more animals will meet similar unspeakable fates. Additionally, many endangered species could very well go extinct if they are sold to trophy-hunting companies, or to other unsavory individuals.
For these reasons, I encourage you to devise a new plan that will include possible options on how to help the wildlife in your country, instead of selling them. Putting these animals up for sale shows little regard for the wildlife that Zimbabwe inhabits.
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