Target: Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection
Goal: Save cats from fatal poisoning in Rio de Janeiro.
A group of stray cats are in severe danger at a Rio de Janeiro airport in Brazil as the city prepares for the Olympics. These animals are considered pests, but rather than simply taking them to a shelter or a safe place to be cared for, people are leaving out poison in attempts to kill them. Two cats have already been reported dead, and many more could follow.
While it is understandable that the city would want to clean up for such a large, important event, killing stray cats is a disgusting, inhumane method of doing so. These cats may be dirty, but they are still beautiful living creatures who have every right to be alive. People are leaving food laced with poison because stray cats will eat anything, which is cruel manipulation and trickery of the animals. Poisons such as these are also extremely dangerous to wildlife and even people, as they can contaminate food chains and water. Furthermore, it is reportedly a slow-acting poison which causes the animals to suffer before they finally expire.
A team of rescue workers is on its way to help save these animals, but more needs to be done. We must establish legal protection of these cats, ensure that whoever wishes to kill these animals will be punished accordingly. Animals should not have to die just to keep a city clean. Stray cats deserve a place to sleep and feel safe, not to be tricked into ingesting poison. Sign this petition to help implement a law to protect more cats from a gruesome fate.
Dear Mr. McIvor,
A group of innocent stray cats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are in severe danger of dying slow, painful poisoning deaths at an airport, and two already have succumbed. People are putting out food laced with poison to get rid of them, as they are thought to be dirty and are not wanted lingering in public places during the Olympic games. However, being dirty and underfoot is never a valid reason to kill a living creature.
We need you to work to implement a law against the slaughter of defenseless animals in Brazil. Stray cats have the right to life, and should be taken to a shelter or a rescue center rather than killed just to take them out of the way. Even if every cat is rescued before they can be killed, steps must be taken to prevent such a thing from happening in the future. Please help to make poisoning stray animals a criminal offense.
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Photo Credit: Eric Sonstroem