Stop Selling Wildlife for Relief Funds

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Target: Hage Geingob, President of Namibia

Goal: Stop the auctioning of wild animals in Namibia.

At least 1,000 wild animals are being put up on the auction block as Namibia faces its worst drought in 90 years. This drought could kill millions of living beings without the proper funding to protect the people as well as wildlife conservation areas.

This is a cruel and unethical measure. Animals are living creatures, especially wild animals, and these auctions would reduce them to objects to be passed from hand to hand. Furthermore, it is unknown who would be buying these animals, and for what purpose. They could very easily fall into the hands of pelt and ivory dealers, or those who would abuse them in other ways. Such measures are also counterproductive, as they are selling the lives of existing animals to protect others.

The auctions would be raising money for the benefit of many rather than for selfish reasons, but there are more humane methods to finance a country in dire straits. Sign this petition to stop the auctioning of wild animals in Namibia.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Geingob,

Your country’s plans to auction off wildlife are a cruel and unethical measure against the current drought you face. Not only is it wrong to treat living creatures as collateral to be bought and sold, but there is also a great risk of these animals being sold to ivory or pelt dealers, or to those who would abuse them in other ways.

You must seek more humane methods of funding your country in a time of crisis. The objectification of animals is never acceptable, regardless of the circumstances or what the money will be used for. Furthermore, such measures are counterproductive; the auctions are intended to fund conservation efforts at the expense of other animals’ lives. Cancel these auctions immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Animals are not for auction. This is cruel & needs to be stopped.

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