Target: U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
Goal: Applaud creation of global coalition to end wildlife trafficking
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced that the State Department plans to increase its efforts to end illegal wildlife trade throughout the world. In recent years, this dangerous practice has become even more organized and has started threatening local economies and human safety, in addition to endangering protected animal species. The State Department hopes to enlist the help of activists and governments around the world in order to educate the public about the practice and to ensure that related laws are being enforced. The U.S. should be applauded for making such a comprehensive effort to end this global problem.
Because illegal poaching is so lucrative, poachers have the ability to acquire dangerous weapons that lead to violence, threatening the people in their communities. Additionally, these groups become more powerful and have the ability to resist the authority of the governments where they do their poaching. The poaching also affects economies because many of the countries where these animals are being killed depend on tourists who travel to see the wildlife that is now being threatened.
Although a majority of the illegal animal poaching takes place in African and Asian countries, the products are purchased around the world, with the United States being one of the largest markets. With such a high demand for these illegal goods, the trading will continue until people are educated on the danger of continuing to buy these products. The State Department plans to come to an agreement with the leaders of other countries to place local agencies around the world that will enforce hunting and trading laws and educate the public.
Conservation groups and governments have been working on these issues, but with cooperation between countries around the world, they will be more likely to come to a solution. Commend the State Department for prioritizing this issue and realizing that it is not only a matter of animal welfare, but of human safety.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
Your recent announcement to create a global coalition to end wildlife trafficking will not only save endangered species and preserve biodiversity, but it will reduce violence in the communities where animal poaching is becoming more common.
By enlisting the help of activists, people who purchase these products will become educated on the effects of participating in wildlife trade. Cooperating with other government leaders will help countries around the world develop methods of enforcing the existing trade laws and preventing the violence that comes with illegal hunting.
While conservation groups and governments have been working on this problem, it is a problem that affects the entire world and therefore requires cooperation between countries to work together and come up with a solution. Thank you for making this issue a top priority within the State Department and for encouraging other countries to come together to end the violence caused by this illegal and dangerous practice.
[Your Name Here]
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