Target: Italian Environment Minister, Gian Luca Galletti
Goal: Demand criminal charges are pursued in the case of a mother brown bear who was hunted and killed by authorities for protecting her cubs
Daniza, a mother brown bear who recently attacked a man that ventured too close to her cubs, has been killed by Italian authorities due to the improper use of tranquilizers during her capture. Criminal charges in the incident are being considered while Italy’s national forestry police conduct an investigation.
Daniza was introduced to the area as part of a brown bear recovery program that strives to protect these rare bears, but that didn’t stop Trentino’s vice president, Allessandro Olivi, from calling for her demise. Under his orders, this poor creature was unjustly hunted down and captured for reportedly attacking a man scavenging for mushrooms near her cubs. It is widely known that mother bears will almost always act to protect their cubs if a human comes too close, and she was merely behaving like any mother bear would under the circumstances. However, Olivi painted her as a threat to public safety and stated she would be killed if she tried to defend herself from her hunters.
Italian authorities allegedly used too much anesthetic during Daniza’s capture, and the poor creature never woke up. Her two eight-month-old cubs, who animal experts have said are not old enough to take care of themselves, are now orphans. Forestry police, who actively protested Daniza’s capture on these grounds, have stated criminal charges could result for “the mistreatment and death of an animal.” Seek justice for Daniza by urging officials to pursue these criminal charges against her killers.
Dear Minister Galletti,
I am appalled by Italian authorities’ negligence and mistreatment of a mother brown bear named Daniza who was recently killed during her capture in Trentino.
Daniza was unjustly persecuted for attacking a man that ventured too close to her cubs. It is considered public knowledge that a mother bear will usually act on her protective instincts if a human comes too close to her babies, and she was simply acting like any mother bear would. Further, Daniza was introduced to the area as part of a brown bear recovery program, whose goal is to protect the rare brown bear.
The use of an incorrect amount of anesthetic when she was tranquilized resulted in her death and left her two eight-month-old cubs, who animal experts have stated are too young to take care of themselves, orphans. I believe that the negligent actions of Daniza’s hunters and the clear mistreatment that led to her death should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I urge you to seek justice for Daniza and her orphaned cubs by pursuing criminal charges against her killers.
[Your Name Here]
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