Target: Mike Baker, Chief Executive of World Animal Protection
Goal: Thank organization for campaign to end cruel captive animal tourism
Many people who decide to travel or vacation abroad often look forward to the exotic and exciting tourism experience that is animal attractions. However, they do not realize how much suffering and misery the animals are put through during their training to become docile enough to interact with humans safely. According to the Chief Executive of World Animal Protection, Mike Baker, if an animal is acting counter to how it would in the wild, then something has probably gone on to make the animal behave that way. The animals’ misery and abuse is hidden well behind the tricks and shows, and as a result many people remain unaware that as long as they continue to pay to see these animal attractions, they are fueling this horrible industry.
Although elephant rides are one of the worst and most popular animal attractions, there are others that are equally, if not more, horrible. Tourism experiences where tourists can take walks with or take pictures with big cats, called lion walks and “tiger selfies,” are becoming increasingly popular. In these cases, big cats are often beaten into submission and are sometimes drugged to keep them docile and compliant. World Animal Protection has launched a campaign to end this industry on this year’s World Animal Day, hoping to put the issue in the spotlight. More importantly, the campaign focuses on educating people, particularly tourists, who are unaware of the hidden abuse in the animal attraction industry.
This campaign also asks tourists seeking animal experiences during their travels and vacations to do so ethically and with consideration towards the animals’ comfort and welfare. Sign this petition and help the World Animal Protection stop the abusive captive animal tourism industry.
Dear Mr. Baker,
I understand that in many countries that offer animal tourism, the animals involved are often beaten and exploited for the sake of the attractions. I believe that it is about time that tourist attractions such as these are finally ended. Sadly, many people still remain unaware of the hidden abuse that makes these attractions possible. However, I am very optimistic that your campaign will effectively educate people about the horrible things that happen to the helpless animals in this industry.
Thousands of wild animals are captured and beaten in order to entertain tourists. If not for organizations such as the World Animal Protection, these animals might continue to be beaten and exploited for money and entertainment without anyone to fight for them. I would like to thank you, with great appreciation, for all of the work you have put towards ending this awful and abusive industry.
[Your Name Here]
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