Target: Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress
Goal: Make it illegal for pygmy marmosets to be kept as pets to prevent them from dying.
Monkeys are allegedly dying because they are being kept as pets by the Chinese elite. We need to take action to better ensure keeping these exotic animals as pets will be outlawed in order to save them.
The small monkeys known as pygmy marmosets are thought to be both imported from the Amazon basin and bred in China. Regardless of the circumstances, these animals need to live in a more natural environment in order to survive. In fact, many of these animals do not survive in captivity due to problems such as being handled by humans and being forced to live in small cages. These monkeys also cannot survive in certain temperatures or without being able to obtain a proper diet like they would get in the wild.
Unless China enacts a law to help prevent animal cruelty, pygmy marmoset populations will likely continue to decline at fast rates. Tell the Chinese government to work toward making it illegal to have these animals as pets along with making it against the law to commit other acts of animal cruelty. It is in the hands of the human species to ensure that the animals of the world can continue to thrive.
Dear Chairman Dejiang,
Many monkeys known as pygmy marmosets are unfortunately dying because several people in China are reportedly keeping them as pets. It is important that these animals are allowed to thrive in the wild to help prevent this tragedy.
Experts suspect the monkeys are both captured and imported from the rainforests of the Amazon basin and bred in China. Either way, these animals cannot survive living in an unnatural environment. They often die as a result of being handled by humans and because they are forced to spend a majority of their lives in cages that are too small. They also die when they live for long periods of time outside of a rainforest climate or when they are not able to eat the same foods as they would find in the wild.
For the above reasons, I urge you to support enacting a law that would make it illegal to own these animals as pets and that would also discourage other acts of animal cruelty. Doing nothing will only ensure that these monkeys and many other beautiful animals will die as a result of people’s callous actions.
[Your Name Here]
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