Stop Murdering Rare, Majestic Snow Leopards

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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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. WHY CANNOT THESE SAVAGE SICK PEOPLE DO THE OPPOSITE TO THIS AND LOOK OUT FOR ALL THE CREATURES THAT NEED HELP, IT MIGHT BE HARDER BUT BETTER.

    • Carol Green says:

      Are you kidding me? We’re talking about the most unscrupulous, violent people in the world… Asians!

      • Many people the world over are violent and cruel to animals, look at the cases of animal cruelty here in the US, many of them are sickening. I believe Bestiality is still legal in Germany, and there have been videos from Romania showing the sickening killing of raccoon dogs. Norway and the Faeroes still kill whales, the Faeroes in somewhat the same manner as in Taiji. Granted it is not on as big a scale as it is in Asian countries, but even at that, at least now more people in Asia are against the uneducated following of old wives’ tales and cruelty for profit, and there are many folks there who are fighting to educate people and pass laws to stop it. I am angry about that cruelty also, but making a blanket statement such as you made has the unfortunate effect of disheartening those who are trying to make it better.

        • Maria Mahyorova says:

          Cruelty can be found in every country, but not in every country it is idolized. Nations ARE different – otherwise they wouldn’t have different habits.

  2. Tina shurtleff says:

    Culture of cruelty and a ignorance.. China and other Asian countries will never be world powers until they stop torturing animals. Sick

  3. Elaine Barrette says:

    THESE BARBARIANS WILL ANSWER TO GOD ONE DAY SOON….

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