Target: Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Goal: Don’t release captive-bred doves into the wild.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has released 98 doves in honor of the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. While it seems like a thoughtful gesture, birds bred and raised in captivity begin to panic when they are released into unknown wild, and these birds do not no how to survive in the wild. It is safer for the birds if they are not released into wild habitats.
The doves are captive-bred birds and are accustomed to being brought food and living in a safe haven. When they are released, the birds often wander around frantically while looking for familiar surroundings. They can wander for days without food in a desperate attempt to feel safe. They are also exposed to extreme weather conditions, predators and other dangerous threats that they have never had to deal with before.
Sign this petition and urge AHF to find a new way to honor victims of tragedies instead of releasing these innocent birds that are not familiar with wild environments.
Dear Mr. Weinstein,
Recently, your organization released 98 doves to honor the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. While this seems like a nice gesture, what happens to the birds afterwards is quite terrible.
These birds are captive-bred and protected from the threats of the wild including predators and extreme weather conditions. The birds are accustomed to having a safe haven and having food brought to them. Once they are released, the birds often wander for days without food in search of familiar surroundings where they can feel safe. They are also exposed to all the threats they were once protected of and have never learned how to deal with those threats.
Please consider finding another way to honor the victims of this horrible attack or similar attached in the future. There are many ways to keep the memory of these victims alive while being kind to all creatures on this earth.
[Your Name Here]
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