Target: Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra
Goal: Commend the Prime Minister’s promise to end the ivory trade in Thailand and urge her to follow through.
At a recent meeting in Bangkok, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made a promise to ban the ivory trade in Thailand. Currently, African elephants are a critically endangered species residing in sparse populations in countries such as Thailand. Ivory, a valuable commodity that is extracted from the elephants quite violently, is the source of frequent elephant slaughters. An estimated 50 to 100 African elephants are killed every day to meet poaching demands. The prosperous ivory trade, popular in China and throughout Africa, could have a disastrous impact on the fate of the African elephant species.
In the past decade, populations of these elephants have plummeted by sixty percent. There are only about 6,500 African elephants remaining and they are in great danger of becoming extinct. It is no secret that since the dawn of their existence, humans have had a drastic impact on the world they live in, but it is important to remember that humans are not the only species on the planet.
Currently, ivory taken from slaughtered endangered elephants can be legally sold in Thailand. Thailand is second only to China in the booming ivory trade market. Animals are being slaughtered every day to meet materialistic economic demands of the ivory market. This is unacceptable and Shinawatra has recognized that this abusive, inhumane behavior must not be tolerated in her country. Because the ivory trade is currently legal in Thailand, it has historically played a crucial role in promoting the ivory market and as a result has become the recipient of harsh criticism.
The Prime Minister claimed that “no one cares more about the elephants than the people of Thailand.” And yet it is the people of Thailand that have slaughtered hundreds of innocent elephants for their own economic benefit. She did make a vague statement acknowledging that “many people have used Thailand as a transit country for the illegal international ivory trade,” but seems hesitant to blame her own country for the abuse of the system. It is clear that Thailand should accept responsibility for the consequences of their laws on an endangered species like the African elephant, and Shinawatra’s promise to ban the ivory trade in Thailand is absolutely a step in the right direction.
Sign this petition to thank Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and support her in choosing to ban the ivory trade which is impacting an innocent species.
Dear Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra,
At the most recent meeting in Bangkok, you announced your decision to ban the ivory trade in Thailand which has resulted in the slaughter of thousands of African elephants in an attempt to promote an economic market. African elephants are a critically endangered species, and Thailand is one of the few places where they still reside. However, every day innocent elephants are slaughtered to meet poaching demands and promote the ivory trade market. In the past decade, populations of these animals have plummeted by sixty percent. African elephants are clearly in great danger of extinction.
One of the most crucial factors in driving the species to extinction is poaching practices used in the controversial ivory trade. Obviously, you recognize the harmful impact the ivory trade is having on the African elephant species. Furthermore, practices used to obtain ivory from elephants are violent, gruesome, and cause great pain to the animals. If Thailand truly does care about the African elephants, then the people surely recognize the importance of eliminating the ivory trade and giving these animals some peace.
I would like to thank you for your decision to ban the ivory trade in Thailand and support your future actions to protect the African elephant species. Please continue to follow through with your plans to ban the ivory trade and give this beautiful species a chance.
[Your Name Here]
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