Target: Dr. Adlehem Meru, Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania
Goal: Applaud capture of “Ivory Queen” who led major poaching ring.
The alleged head of a major worldwide ivory poaching ring has been arrested in Tanzania after a year-long investigation. Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old woman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” was captured and charged with smuggling over 700 ivory tusks worth $1.62 million. Glan, who has reportedly confessed, is suspected to be a major link between poachers in Tanzania and buyers in China.
According to U.S.-based nonprofit The Elephant Action League, Glan is the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in Tanzania. She is also suspected of providing weapons and vehicles to poaching gangs, as well as bribing government officials and law enforcement in order to keep poaching operations alive. If convicted, she could face 20-30 years in prison.
Despite Tanzania having a high elephant population in comparison to most African countries, the country has a serious problem with illegal poaching. A recent report estimated that 60 percent of the country’s elephant population has been lost in a span of only five years. According to wildlife monitor Traffic, Tanzania is Africa’s largest source of ivory, exporting 45 tonnes of the valuable substance since 2009.
In order to save elephants from imminent extinction, it is imperative that governments across the world work together to systematically dismantle the ivory industry. Glan’s arrest will not only put a huge dent in the world’s largest poaching ring, but could lead to information regarding other members of the trade. Sign the petition below to praise the arrest of “Ivory Queen” Yang Feng Glan and demand that she is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Minister Adlehem Meru,
Yang Feng Glan, a major player in one of the world’s largest ivory trading rings, has been arrested and charged with the sale of over 700 ivory tusks. Glan, nicknamed the “Ivory Queen,” is allegedly a crucial liaison between African poachers and Chinese ivory buyers. She is suspected of providing funding to poaching rings for weapons and vehicles as well as bribing officials in order to keep her associates out of legal trouble.
Glan’s arrest is not only a huge blow to Tanzania’s ivory trade, but the information she provides to officials could lead to the arrest of more poachers and traders. We, the undersigned, applaud the capture of the “Ivory Queen” and ask that you seek the harshest punishment possible under the law.
[Your Name Here]
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