Target: Chen Jining, People’s Republic of China’s Minister of Environmental Protection
Goal: Bring an end to the slaughter of hundreds of snow leopards by herders and poachers.
Every year since 2008, about 450 snow leopards have been murdered in 12 Asian countries. A great majority of them, more than 50 percent, are killed by herders who keep their livestock in the mountainous terrain. The rest are killed by poachers, who profit from the endangered animals’ pelts. Currently, there are only 4,000-7,000 snow leopards left.
Conservation groups and the United Nations are currently seeking ways in which the murder of these beautiful animals can be brought to an end. One solution they have suggested is financially supporting herders whose stock is killed by the animals. More law enforcement in these remote areas is also needed to prevent the herders from hunting the leopards.
However, these ideas cannot work if the government does not get behind them and fully support them. Sign the petition to demand that China, one of the nations in which the largest amount of snow leopards are killed, lead the way and support these protection measures. If China takes a stand to end the murder of the rare species, perhaps the 11 other nations will follow suit.
Dear Mr. Jining,
China is one of 12 nations in the world in which snow leopards are being slaughtered at an alarming rate. About 450 endangered snow leopards are killed every single year. Only a few thousand snow leopards remain. A majority of these animals are killed by herders in order to protect their livestock.
Conservation groups have suggested ways in which these killings can be brought to an end, through solutions such as financial compensation for herders or stricter law enforcement in the remote areas. However, in order for these solutions to work, the government must be fully behind the efforts. I ask that China become the first country to take a serious stance against the murder of the endangered snow leopard. Perhaps your country can influence the other nations experiencing this same problem to also work hard to bring an end to the senseless slaughter.
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Photo Credit: Eric Kilby