Target: François Butedi, Human Rights Defender in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Goal: Stop the murder of park rangers who protect endangered animals.
Too many rangers have lost their lives or been at serious risk of losing their lives to protect endangered species from poachers. Their noble goal is turned into a bloodbath by poachers who can’t see past their own selfish needs for ivory, meat, and furs. The rangers who are spared instant death are instead tortured heavily as punishment for daring to protect these animals.
While these rangers are very brave to risk their lives, they should not have to go out there knowing they could die at any time. Instead, poachers must be the ones to back down and stay away from these animals knowing that the price of their materialistic needs is another human life.
We must do all we can to protect both endangered species and the rangers who care for them. Too many lives, human and animal, are being lost to the selfishness of poachers. We must enforce stronger laws against poaching, issue protection of rangers, and make the wilderness an overall safer place for both. Sign this petition to demand stronger punishment of poachers and the protection of those who risk their lives for animals.
Dear Mr. Butedi,
Many rangers in charge of protecting endangered species have been killed, injured or tortured in the line of duty. While their determination to protect the wildlife is admirable, they still do not deserve to lose their lives or come to such harm. We should be taking steps to protect them in addition to the animals they risk their lives and safety for.
People who want to protect the wildlife are some of the strongest and selfless people in today’s world, especially with poaching and hunting running rampant. The selfishness of poachers who cannot see past their own wish for material gain is the worst excuse for ending lives, be they human or animal. Please implement and enforce stronger laws to protect not just the endangered animals, but the brave rangers who protect and care for them, as well as to punish poachers more strongly.
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