Punish Man for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Endangered Animals


Target: Khamsane Souvong, Supreme People’s Prosecutor of Laos

Goal: Legally penalize man for animal trafficking if he is found guilty.

A man was allegedly caught trying to sneak 81 animals across the Laos border. We need to take action to better ensure animals are safe in the future.

The pangolins, a species of anteater type creatures, had apparently been squeezed into bags and stuffed tightly into shipping crates. When finally rescued, all of the animals showed signs of being frightened and feeling weak.

Experts think the animals were supposed to be shipped to China so they could be tortured, eaten and used for medicinal purposes.

Pangolins are severely endangered. In fact, the population of the particular species of animal that the man was allegedly trying to cross the border with has already decreased by 80 percent because of trafficking.

Unfortunately, 17 of the animals ended up dying. Although all of the others currently being cared for will likely be released, the man who was allegedly caught trying to sneak these animals across the border needs to be legally penalized in order to send a loud and clear message that animal trafficking will not be tolerated.

Demand this man be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty. Animals do not deserve to be callously treated as disposable objects.


Dear Prosecutor Souvong,

It is alleged that a man tried to sneak 81 innocent animals across your border. If he is found guilty, it is important that he be punished to the fullest extent of the law in order to better ensure other animals will remain safe.

The pangolins were reportedly shoved in bags and tightly packed in shipping crates. Wildlife experts said they were weak and frightened when rescued.

It is thought these animals were going to be shipped to China only to be tortured, eaten and used for medicinal purposes.

Unfortunately, the particular species of animal that was reported to have almost been smuggled across the border has lost approximately 80 percent of its population to trafficking.

Because of this alleged horrible event, 17 animals ended up dying. While some of the other animals are scheduled to soon be released to national parks, the rest of the pangolins may or may not survive.

It is for these reasons that I encourage you to suggest that this man be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty of trafficking animals. Pangolins do not deserve to be treated in such a grotesque and deplorable manner.


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