Target: Director General of Environmental Affairs, Mr. Thomas Mbedzi
Goal: Don’t allow the use of painful wild animal traps
The South African government has proposed new legislation that would make soft traps legal to use. The government has renamed the gin trap ‘soft traps’ in this new proposition. Despite the name, soft traps are not as delicate as they sound.
Gin traps are used to capture wild animals near farms and livestock. Gin traps are usually used without any professional supervision. The mechanical devices trap the feet and limbs of innocent animals. Animals are often forced to bite off their own limbs just to survive these cruel traps. They are left with damaged tendons, torn ligaments, torsion injuries, and fractures. Other animals that cannot escape are often euthanized.
Gin traps have been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1958. They are also illegal in 90 countries worldwide. Thousands of innocent animals, such as giraffes, are murdered every year in South Africa by these horrid devices.
The South African government cannot pass this new legislation simply because the name of the trap changed. The soft traps are still as destructive as the gin traps and they must be banned.
Dear Mr. Thomas Mbedzi,
I urge you to help thousands of innocent animals from suffering a gruesome death. The new proposition legalizing the use of soft trap must not be passed. The soft trap, which is identical to the gin trap, kills animals every year.
The gin trap is a horrid device that traps any animal that accidentally steps on it. It tears the limbs of animals and destroys their ability to walk and run. Animals that escape these traps do so at the expense of chewing their own limbs off. Animals that cannot are killed. Thousands of animals are murdered every year.
I urge you to prevent this new legislation from passing. Gin traps must stay banned because they are destructive and harmful to the animals and their environment.
[Your Name Here]
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