Target: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Goal: Ban the importation of large animal trophies into Canada.
Trophy hunting, in which wealthy fly-in hunters pay for the privilege of shooting an animal and hanging its head on their walls, is a highly unethical practice. Many countries, including the United States, France, and Australia, have enacted laws to ban the importation of large animal trophies. Canada currently has no such legislation. Allowing large animal trophies, such as lion and elephant trophies obtained on hunting safaris, to pass inside the nation’s borders encourages and perpetuates the sport killing of majestic, sometimes endangered animals.
Critics of trophy hunting argue that the practice differs from ethical hunting, in which an animal is killed for food and waste is minimized, with multiple parts of the animal’s body being put to use. Trophy hunting functions within a framework far removed from that of ethical hunting. In addition to the animal cruelty that trophy hunting engenders, local communities are also slighted in the service of safari hunters, who often claim that their money is doing a world of good in the areas they patronize. Few jobs are created as a result of trophy hunting, and less than three percent of the financial income generated by the practice ever reaches the broader community.
Trophy hunting is selfish, harmful to animals and communities, and exists in opposition to ethical hunting practices. Many Canadian citizens have voiced their opposition to this practice and wish to see Canada join other countries in taking a stand against it. Encourage Prime Minister Trudeau to add Canada’s name to the ever-increasing list of nations banning the importation of large animal trophies.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Trophy hunting is a shameful practice that should not be encouraged. We believe that wealthy people paying money (that will, for the most part, never reach the communities where these activities take place) to shoot defenseless and sometimes endangered animals does not constitute “sport.” Allowing the importation of large animal trophies encourages and perpetuates this practice.
Canadian citizens have been raising their voices against trophy hunting for many years. Many countries, including the United States and France, have already enacted legislation to ban the importation of large animal trophies, and we hope that Canada will join this ever-growing list. We, the undersigned, demand that you take a stand against trophy hunting by banning the importation of large animal trophies into Canada.
[Your Name Here]
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