Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Ban the cruel practice of using wild animals in circuses.
Animal rights activists were elated to hear of the U.K.’s proposed bill to ban wild animals from circuses back in 2013. The proposal was seen as long overdue, considering the general consensus in the U.K. that the use of animals in circuses is cruel and unnecessary. Sadly, although the bill received enthusiastic support from over 90 percent of the British population, it was blocked by the country’s conservative Tory party a total of 12 times, preventing it from passing for the remainder of the previous Prime Minister’s term.
This is a huge step backwards for a nation that claims to pride itself on its standards of animal welfare, putting it behind other countries like The Netherlands, Austria, Bolivia, and Mexico, which have already officially implemented bans on wild animals in circuses. Without a proper ban, dozens of wild animals will continue to be abused in traveling circuses, where they are denied everything that is natural to them. Luckily, there is hope. Under the new leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May, it is once again possible for a new bill to be proposed and for change to be made. Demand that the Prime Minister make this issue a priority and work with British parliament to successfully pass a protective bill for circus animals.
Dear Prime Minister,
Animal advocates around the world were disappointed by your predecessor’s failure to fulfill his promise to ban wild animals from U.K. circuses. Despite widespread support from the government and citizens alike, the proposed bill banning the use of wild animals in circuses was struck down a dozen times, effectively “killing” it for the remainder of David Cameron’s term as Prime Minister.
Now, under your leadership and with the support of the Parliament, you have the opportunity to finally do what David Cameron promised to do over three years ago. It is time to take action for the defenseless wild animals who are living miserable lives in traveling circuses. The United Kingdom has always been a leader in animal welfare, and now is not the time to lose momentum. For the sake of the lions, tigers, zebras, and other animals languishing in circuses through the U.K., I must urge you to begin working on legislation to protect them as soon as possible. Every day that passes without legal protection for these animals is another day of cruelty and misery that they are forced to endure.
Join the ranks of Austria, The Netherlands, Mexico, Bolivia, Singapore, and so many other countries that have made the compassionate, ethical choice to ban animal circuses once and for all. It is what the people of the U.K. want and what the animals deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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