Target: Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Enforce strict monitoring of the wildlife trade and implement harsher punishments for wildlife traffickers.
China is the largest market for the illegal wildlife trade, yet traffickers and buyers are not investigated or prosecuted enough. Forest police in southwest China have confiscated 22 live snakes and a number of animal parts from two men who have reportedly been purchasing and selling wildlife for some time. Live rat snakes and cobras as well as pelts from dead leopard cats and other wild animals were reportedly seized from what is just one of countless wildlife trading groups.
Unfortunately, China’s wildlife protection law is vague and does not go far enough. It does not protect species that have declining populations but are not yet listed as endangered, and it allows for wild animals to be caged and farmed. Punishments for traffickers are equally lacking. Wildlife in China is not sufficiently protected by the law, meaning that countless animals suffer and are killed simply for traders to turn a profit.
Sign this petition urging China to crack down on the wildlife trade by strengthening punishments for offenders, increasing surveillance to catch and stop more traffickers, and by enhancing the legal protection of wild animals.
Dear Minister Chen,
Wildlife trafficking is an incredibly destructive trade in China, yet one that is not monitored, combatted and punished as effectively as it should be. Forest police in southwest China recently seized a large number of live and dead animals from what is just one of countless trafficking groups. China must increase surveillance so that wildlife traders are stopped and prosecuted.
Moreover, animals in the country desperately need far greater legal protection than they are currently afforded. Wild animals should not be poached and killed, traded and sold, or farmed and kept in cages for commercial purposes.
Please take urgent steps to curb and stop the wildlife trade to keep wild animals safe from horrific cruelty and death at the hands of traffickers.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bill Fitzpatrick