Target: Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
Goal: Protect endangered tigers from being poached by gang members for profit and prestige and call to expand the tigers’ protected habitat.
Bangladesh has seen a rise in the killing of tigers by mafia-style gangs brandishing illegal weapons. Once a country with a healthy tiger population, today it is home to only around 100 endangered tigers.
British colonialists are largely to blame for the rapid decrease of the tiger population. They were hunted for sport, until there were too few left to hunt. Hunting the animal was outlawed in 1974, but since then the tigers have had to deal with other threats.
They are often killed to establish goodwill with the local communities. The tigers often attack people because they have had their territories over-hunted and encroached upon. Locals talk about seeing gang members with tiger skulls and limbs. They create talismans with “mystical powers” from parts of the tigers to sell or wear. Being armed with modern weapons makes the poachers feel safe from the tigers.
Around 30 people are killed each year from tiger attacks. This creates animosity towards the animal in local communities. There is a growing movement to turn poachers into wildlife protectors by paying them to protect the animals. If the government increases the habitat for the tigers and hires gang members to protect the area, the tigers would have a better chance of thriving without interfering with humans.
Globally, efforts have been made to end the killing and trafficking of this ferociously beautiful animal. Sign this petition to request that Bangladesh does more to protect this endangered animal from poaching gangs, and to ask that they set aside more territory for tigers to prevent deadly altercations with the community.
Dear President Hamid,
The population of endangered tigers in Bangladesh is very low and it is being threatened by mafia-style gangs and by the proximity of locals to the tigers’ habitat. Tigers kill as many as 30 people in your country a year because locals hunt their normal prey and encroach on their territory. Tigers must be given more protected territory, if they are to coexist with people.
Local gangs kill the tigers to gain status or to endear themselves to the community. You have the power to hire the people who work outside of the law to protect the tigers. This would grant legitimacy to the earnings of these gang members and save the tigers from slaughter. Please work to expand tiger habitats and end illegal poaching in Bangladesh before there are no tigers left in your country.
[Your Name Here]
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