Demand Harsher Penalties for Animal Poaching

Target: Zimbabwe Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Saviour Kasukuwere

Goal: Impose harsher punishment for animal poachers

Poachers have poisoned an estimated 69 elephants in Africa’s Hwange National Park.  The poachers run a syndicate, which laces salt with cyanide poison and then pours the salt into a elephant drinking pools.  As a result, countless elephant carcasses are spread about the National Park. Although the Zimbabwe government promised to crack down on his horrendous practice, the Zimbabwe national park system and police departments fail to work together to stop the poisoning.  So, elephants continue to suffer gruesome deaths.

According to the Discovery News, elephants are particularly intelligent animals.   In fact, elephants have outwitted humans during certain studies. Scientists have grouped elephants with cognitively advanced animals, such as dolphins and chimpanzees.  It is particularly disturbing when an animal with such high social intelligence suffers a slow death from poison.  Undoubtedly, these suffering elephants realized the intense feelings of agony that accompanied the cyanide death.  Moreover, the elephants likely realized that other elephants were suffering too.

SW Radio Africa reports that three poaching suspects were arrested this past weekend.  A Chairman of a Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, however, opined that poaching penalties in Zimbabwe are “very lenient.”  However, the biggest problem is that police and national parks do not work together to fight poachers.  Thus, poachers get away with a slap on the wrist and go right back to killing these intelligent animals.

By signing the petition below you  demand that the Zimbabwe government take control of this horrific slaughter and impose harsher penalties on poachers.  It is the government’s responsibility to implement laws to protect helpless creatures, such as elephants.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Saviour Kasukuwere.:

Poachers poisoned estimated 69 elephants in Hwange National Park.  The poachers syndicate laced salt with cyanide poison and then pour the salt into an elephant drinking pool.  As a result, countless elephant carcasses are spread about the National Park. Although the Zimbabwe government promised to crack down on his horrendous practice, the Zimbabwe judicial system and police departments fail to work together to effectively stop the cruel poaching.  Consequently, elephants continue to suffer gruesome deaths.

We demand that the Zimbabwe government take control of this horrific slaughter and impose harsher penalties on poachers.  It is the government’s responsibility to implement laws to protect helpless creatures, such as elephants.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. Death to poachers

  2. Why don’t the fricken government educate these thick people? Don’t they know how lucky they are to have the privilege of having elephants walking the land? Government is corrupt I’m guessing as with all governments all they care about is the revenue that they can get their hands on, while the creatures of the world are tortured, and exploited.

  3. Sandra Amici says:

    All poachers need to have their families murdered in front of them, then the poachers need to be killed without being given a trial. Anyone buying or trafficking any animal products also need to be executed. This is the only way to put an end to animal exploitation.
    Animals belong on this planet more that we do and they deserve respect and protection. They are beautiful, intelligent animals and the human savages who kill them are useless in our society. In a world of dwindling resources, we need to get rid of people who choose to destroy our environment if we want to survive.

  4. Jackie Canaday says:

    I do think they should have stronger punishment for the poachers such as 25 years for each animal poached and if caught a second time then they should go to jail for life. These people don’t understand how lucky they are to have these beautiful animals walk their land.

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