Target: Biosecurity Queensland
Goal: Revisit claims of turtle and dugong abuse and monitor traditional hunters suspected of torturing sea animals
Biosecurity Queensland, a research and protection organization, has recently dropped investigations into the traditional hunting of turtles and other sea creatures. Footage of turtles being mercilessly butchered alive and a dugong (a creature similar to the manatee) being dragged alive behind a small boat were publicly aired on television. The investigations ensued after such incidents were discovered, but the claims later dropped after security could not find other evidence to substantiate the abuse. Evidently, those responsible for such cruelty are skillful in hiding their despicable actions until no one is watching.
Because these terrible events happened so recently, it is likely that they will continue unless something is done to stop them. Still, the protection organization claims that a lack of witnesses and uncertainty regarding the location of the incidents contributed to their decision to halt the inquiry. “[We] were unable to take the matter further,” one statement issued. However, it is possible that security would find evidence if the search were to be continued, and because abusive crime has already occurred, action must be taken to stop it.
It is also important that the investigation continue because earlier this month, the state government removed animal cruelty law exemptions for traditional hunters. Consequently, these crimes are legally severe and must be addressed, even if evidence was not obtained during the search. Because horrific evidence already exists proving that the hunters resorted to inhumane actions, they must at least be monitored consistently to be sure that incidents are not recurrent.
Urge Biosecurity Queensland to continue their investigations, if only on occasion to ensure the safety of sea animals that are proven to be at risk in the hands of traditional hunters.
Dear Biosecurity Queensland,
Thank you for your thorough investigation of traditional hunters in Queensland who were suspected of animal abuse. While you found no substantial evidence and have decided to drop allegations against them, I urge you to continue to investigate this crime. Evidence proving that animal abuse occurred is enough reason to continue this search, or at minimum, monitor traditional hunters carefully to safeguard the well-being of sea creatures and ensure that cruelty is not a recurrent practice.
Please do not give up on this investigation. The state government has now changed animal cruelty laws, removing exemptions for traditional hunters, and so the issue at hand is a legal one. Please stand up for these innocent animals and do everything you can to stop animal abuse and discover those guilty of it.
[Your Name Here]
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