Target: Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Goal: Praise Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for announcing her support in putting an end to elephant poaching
In 2012, more than 25,000 elephants were killed due to the perpetuation of the international ivory trade. The practice of poaching elephants for the extraction of their tusks goes back hundreds of years. After all this time, it finally looks like environmentalists have reason to be optimistic. A few days ago, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, announced her plans to aid in the elimination of the destructive ivory trade. “We will work towards amending the national legislation with the goal of putting an end to ivory trade. This will help protect all forms of elephants including Thailand’s wild and domestic elephants and those from Africa,” said Prime Minister Shinawatra.
The battle over the killing of innocent elephants for the sake of personal adornment may be coming to an important historical climax. This conflict is far from over, but at least we are seeing some headway. Thailand has been a major hub for the ivory trade industry, so an assertion of devotion to elephant preservation is a major move in the right direction for animal conservation.
However, to talk about change is one thing, to make definitive action on behalf of elephant conservation is another. Prime Minister Shinawatra has stated where her stance is on the subject; she now needs to act. Sign below to let her know that we greatly appreciate her pledge to end the ivory trade in Thailand, and that we support her in all her future efforts to destroy the malicious practice of elephant poaching.
Dear Prime Minister Shinawatra,
We want to thank you for speaking out against elephant poaching. Please know that we are all behind you on this subject. The killing of innocent creatures for the sake of personal ornamentation is a disgusting, unsustainable practice that must end.
Now that you have taken a stand on the subject vocally, we need you to act on this. You are now in a position to end a practice that has plagued this world for far too long. By aiding in the eradication of this terrible institution, you can set an example for other leaders who, hopefully, may follow your lead.
We thank you and hope that the actions you take will be considerable enough to permanently put a stop to elephant poaching.
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Photo credit: African Wildlife Trust