Target: U.S. Ambassador to Chad, Mark Boulware
Goal: Create harsher penalties for poachers, and create more effective regulations protecting elephants
A brutal killing spree took place in Chad recently, when 86 elephants were slaughtered by poachers on horseback. Thirty-three of the slain elephants were pregnant females, making the massacre even more devastating. Poachers hacked out their ivory in the worst elephant killing spree since early 2012.
The demand for ivory has not abated, as it goes for $2,000 a kilogram on the Asian black market. Countries like Thailand and China still have thriving underground ivory markets, making poaching lucrative. The constant demand keeps elephants in constant danger.
The Central African elephant population is also rapidly shrinking. One of the last remaining elephant populations in Africa now faces the danger of extinction. It is estimated that 150,000 elephants lived in Central Africa 30 years ago. Today, that number is estimated to be only 2,000. In order to protect the elephants, justice must be dealt to the poachers who have been driving down the elephant population. Those who poach must be punished, and there must be stricter laws protecting the elephants. Demand that these animals are given the opportunity to survive.
Dear Ambassador Boulware,
The elephant population in Chad is rapidly declining, and the loss of these magnificent animals would be devastating. They face threats on all sides, and some of these are out of human control. Others, however, could be fixed with government intervention and more effective legislation. The poaching that intermittently takes the lives of dozens of elephants needs to be stopped, and in order for that to happen, there must be punishments so harsh that the potential risks outweigh the potential profit made from ivory.
The punishments dealt to poachers must be carried out as well. When a number of elephants are killed, every effort must be made to hunt down the poachers and show the country that only punishment will come from committing such a crime. It is the government’s duty to create such legislation, and the U.S. must negotiate with Chad to begin the necessary dialogue required to create these regulations.
Elephants must also receive increased protection with harsher punishment not only for poachers, but for others who harm the elephants in other ways, whether it be by maiming them, disturbing them, or harming their habitats. As the elephant population dwindles, the governments in which their populations still reside must make an active effort to protect them. The U.S. must begin a discourse with Chad in which these issues are brought up in the hopes that they can be resolved.
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