Target: Beningno Aquino III, President of the Philippines
Goal: Increase public education and awareness of endangered species such as the Philippine monkey-eating eagle.
A Philippine monkey-eating eagle, broadly categorized as endangered, was shot by a hunter who immediately turned the grievously injured animal in at a local wildlife foundation. Though the animal survived the shooting, its health and quality of life could be permanently impacted by injuries sustained in the ordeal, including a shattered wing, and its chances of long-term survival are not known. The hunter who turned in the eagle surrendered himself to the police and could face up to 12 years in prison or a substantial fine as recompense.
The Philippine monkey-eating eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world, is a striking and iconic symbol of the Philippines. Once densely populating the entire archipelago, the eagle is now extirpated from many Philippine islands. Fewer than 200 remain in the wild, according to estimations. For this reason, the life of each eagle is absolutely crucial; the loss of an individual eagle presents a threat to the survival of the entire species.
Sadly, many are under-educated about the importance of animal conservation, and lack access to information about the endangered species in their locality. Education can be pivotal in turning a species’ survival chances around; many who mean well are unaware that their actions could negatively impact an endangered species, or are unsure that their locality is included in the range of certain endangered animals. Ask that the Philippine government implement a broad public education campaign to improve knowledge of endangered species, conservation, and the plight of the Philippine monkey-eating eagle.
Dear President Beningno Aquino III,
The endangered Philippine monkey-eating eagle is an iconic symbol of the Philippines, and one that is in danger of permanent eradication. Recently, a monkey-eating eagle was shot and gravely injured by a hunter. Though the animal survived, its ability to fly was permanently lost, and its quality of life and lifespan will almost certainly be impacted.
We, the undersigned, believe that every endangered animal’s life is crucial and must be fiercely protected and fought for. Additionally, we believe that the best defense against cruelty and violence to endangered species is comprehensive, targeted education about these animals, their importance, and strategies for mitigating human impacts on their lives. We urge you to implement a far-reaching public education campaign about endangered species, and the Philippine monkey-eating eagle in particular.
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