Target: United States Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Goal: Protest Chinese festival where tourists shoot live chickens, forcing them to slowly die as part of a game
At the Jilin Ice Festival in northern China, tourists are handed bows and arrows and allowed to randomly shoot at live chickens. The chickens are hung by their feet from an ice wall and are forced to spend their last moments suffering upside down, waiting for an unskilled archer to strike them.
Even when the chickens are finally hit it is not the end. The tourists are usually not accurate archers, and the chickens do not usually die instantly. Instead, they fall from the ice wall, still breathing, and die a very slow death on the cold ground. They bleed out from a wound in a non-fatal area, all as part of an immense tourist attraction.
Organizers of the event declared that ‘The game was very popular and people enjoyed it,’ and that they ‘plan to do it again next year.’ This festival represents a horrible act of animal cruelty, and needs to be changed. Animals should not have to die torturous deaths for human entertainment, and it is time this festival eliminated the use of live animals in its games. Demand that the festival is changed into an event that is safe for all animals involved.
Dear Ambassador Huntsman,
The Jilin Ice Festival, an annual occurrence in Northern China, is home to a startling act of animal cruelty. Tourists and locals are allowed to shoot down live chickens that have spent the day hanging upside down from an ice wall. The amateur archers who participate in the event usually fail to kill the chickens right away, causing the birds to slowly die after being shot down. This practice is disturbing in its cruelty, and in the effect it must have on the community. Such open displays of violence and cruelty must have unseen repercussions, and it is necessary that this brutal practice be changed or eliminated.
Instead of using live chickens, the festival could employ decoys, fake chickens, or even dead chickens. There is tradition and appeal associated with using the live animals, but such brutality is no longer tolerated in the world. The festival must adapt to a changing world and remove the violence and killing from its agenda.
[Your Name Here]
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