Target: Michael Bauer, Chief Financial Officer of the World Wildlife Fund
Goal: Save the African Wild Dogs from extinction due to revenge killings and habitat destruction.
The African wild dog has been endangered for 20 years and is currently on the brink of extinction. Six thousand may seem like a large number, but these dogs are constantly being killed or poisoned by farmers who blame them for wild cats killing their livestock, and like many wild animals they are losing their homes to the growing human population as their habitats are turned into settlements, farms, and roads. In addition, they are just as susceptible as all canines to the diseases distemper and rabies.
These dogs deserve better. We must do more to protect them and allow them to increase their population, as their numbers dwindle more and more every day due to human-wildlife conflict–the crux of the issue. Humans have a hard time living with dogs being dogs, and while it is understandable to fear for their safety and that of their livestock, slaughter is not the answer and neither is depriving these animals of their homes.
We must be fair to these dogs by allowing their habitats to remain unspoiled and by criminalizing the act of killing them in revenge for the death of livestock. Even if it is wrong for a wild dog to kill a farmer’s chickens, it is just as wrong for the farmer to kill that dog. African wild dogs are wonderful creatures, and it would be a shame to see the species entirely wiped out. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection of the African wild dog and the preservation of its habitat.
Dear Mr. Bauer,
African wild dogs are losing their lives every day to cruel acts of humanity, mainly poisoning, revenge killings, and their habitats being turned into settlements and roads to accommodate the growing human population. These animals do not deserve to be treated as pests or to be pushed out of their homes. No living creature does.
Please start pushing for stronger protection of this species. Issue laws against killing and poisoning them out of revenge, guard them from exposure to rabies and distemper, and demand their habitats remain untouched so that they are not forced from their homes by humans looking to build roads and settlements. Encourage humans to learn to live alongside these dogs, not to see them as an obstacle.
[Your Name Here]
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