Oppose Namibia’s Plan to Transport Wild Animals to Cuba

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Target: The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA)

Goal: Show the NSPCA that you support their fight against the relocation and caging of wild animals.

Namibia has announced that it is planning to go through with the capture and transportation of roughly 150 wild African animals in a project dubbed ‘Noah’s Ark II.’ The scheme involves taking wild animals out of their natural habitats and flying them thousands of miles to Cuba, where they will be contained in a zoological park. Some of the animals scheduled to be transported are elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards, lions, antelopes, and vultures, among other native African species.

The purpose of this ‘Noah’s Ark’ project is to respond to a promise made to Cuba’s president, Raul Castro, during a previous visit to Namibia. The National Council of SPCAs (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in South Africa however, has recently expressed their outrage and disgust at the plan, claiming that it does not take into account the welfare of the animals. Not only will this diverse group of species be taken from their natural environment and transported to a completely new one, but they will also have to endure the long flight from Africa to the Caribbean, which can cause significant stress to the animals.

These animals are comfortable in their wild environment, and to take them away from that and deprive them of that freedom is cruel.  The country of Namibia, as well as the Cuban President should be urged to reconsider this plan.  Namibian taxpayers are the ones who will ultimately be paying for the capture and transport of these animals, essentially contributing directly to the relocation of the various native species.

It is important to allow wild animals to thrive in their natural environments, and capturing them to be transported to a zoo thousands of miles away will do nothing to benefit them. Show that you support the NSPCA and their opposition to project ‘Noah’s Ark II’ by signing this petition to express your frustration at this plan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear members of the National Council of SPCAs,

I would like to show my support in the opposition against Namibia’s proposed project, ‘Noah’s Ark II.’ I don’t believe that it is humane in any way to capture and transport nearly 150 wild animals from Africa to Cuba. It is unfair to take these animals from their natural habitats and force them to endure a potentially stressful journey by plane.

It is important for people to stand up and voice their concerns about the welfare of animals, and I want you to know that I don’t agree with Namibia’s plan. I don’t believe that these animals should be deprived of their freedom, only to endure a lifetime of captivity in a zoo, located in a foreign country.

I support the criticism of this plan, and would like to take a stand for the welfare and rights of these animals, in order to prevent unnecessary cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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