Target: Edwin Wiek, Founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
Goal: Thank Mr. Wiek and the rest of his group for saving the lives of critically endangered pangolins.
A man tried to smuggle 81 pangolins across the Laos/Thailand border by rolling the animals up, stuffing them in bags and then placing them in shipping crates. Thankfully, the man was caught and is now in custody. In order to help these animals, the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) and Laos Wildlife Rescue Center (LWRC) were called.
“Many of the pangolins were found to be very weak after being smuggled for days, maybe even weeks in small sacks” stated a member of the WFFT. Unfortunately, one pangolin did not survive this stressful ordeal and was found dead. The two wildlife groups worked swiftly and brought these animals to a haven and did everything in their power to make the transition as stress-free as possible. However, 17 pangolins were already too sick and perished. Thankfully, 48 pangolins were deemed fit enough to be returned to the wild where they will be under supervision in a national park.
Pangolins are now considered the world’s most illegally trafficked animal. The population of this species of pangolin has declined over 80 percent in just 20 years. Some experts believe this species will be gone during our lifetime.
Sign the petition below to thank Mr. Wiek and his rescue group for the amazing work they put into saving these animals. They showed these animals incredible kindness after spending too much time in the hands of greed.
Dear Mr. Wiek,
A man recently attempted to smuggle 81 pangolins across the Laos/Thailand border. Thankfully, officials apprehended the man and he is currently in custody. When officials discovered what were in the numerous shipping crates, your group, Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, and partner group, Laos Wildlife Rescue Center, were called in order to help these animals.
The pangolins were found to be weak, dehydrated, hungry and stressed. Your people helped make the transition as stress-free as possible and placed the animals in a new haven. Considering these animals are critically endangered, every life saved is a victory—Forty-eight were deemed fit enough to return to the wild.
Thank you so much for all the hard work Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand put into saving these animals. We, the undersigned, truly appreciate the time and effort your organization put into this crucial rescue.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Laos Wildlife Rescue Center