Target: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Declare poaching a national disaster in Kenya to help stop the cruel slaughter of elephants and rhinos
Poaching has become an epidemic in Kenya. Dozens of rhinos are killed for their horns and hundreds of elephants are slaughtered for their ivory every year. The Kenyan government has made poaching illegal, and is attempting to slow down the slaughter of Kenyan rhinos by implanting tracking chips in their horns, but still poaching continues. As The Guardian reports, the situation is so dire that the British army has sent paratroopers to Nanuki to train Kenyan rangers against the dangerous poachers. The Kenyan government has gone to great lengths to protect their wildlife from poaching, but at this point a drastic move must be made.
Kenya is known all over the world for being home to lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros. African elephants and black rhinos are already on the endangered species list, and leopards and white rhinos are classified as “near threatened.” Poaching isn’t only a brutal activity that is destroying the lives of animals, but is also threatening the Kenyan economy. According to Kenyans Against Poaching, “if two of the Big-5 (animals) become extinct, the country’s tourism industry will be severely affected and as a result, jobs for tens of thousands of Kenyans will be no more.”
An iWorry campaign has estimated that every 15 minutes an elephant is poached in Africa. The severity of poaching has propelled the Kenyan government to propose a bill that would enforce a life sentence for people found guilty of poaching. While this is a great step, it will still be difficult to capture, try and convict a poacher.
By signing this petition below, you will help urge Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare poaching a national disaster.
Dear Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta,
Poaching has become an epidemic in Kenya. African elephants and black rhinos are in severe danger of becoming extinct in the near future if we cannot stop the brutal practice of poaching. The Kenyan government has done a lot to try to slow down the slaughter of elephants and rhinos, but the problem only seems to get worse.
It is estimated that every 15 minutes an elephant is poached in Africa. This startling figure is not only tragic for the elephants, but it also illustrates that Kenyan tourism is at risk. If elephants become extinct, thousands of tourist will no longer travel to Kenya to catch a glimpse of the magnificent animals.
I am urging you to please declare poaching a national disaster in Kenya. Hopefully with this drastic measure, we can put a stop to poaching for good.
[Your Name Here]
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