Target: Actress Chollada “Kae” Mekratri
Goal: Praise recommendations for additions to new animal rights bill that would strengthen penalties for animal abusers
The Thai government is currently working on a bill that would protect the country’s animals by increasing penalties for animal abusers. Like much of Asia, the animal rights laws in Thailand are lax and riddled with loopholes. Actress Chollada “Kae” Mekratri has teamed up with A Call for Animal Rights, an animal protection agency, to lobby for improved welfare by suggesting possible additions to the legislation and ways to close loopholes that facilitate abuse.
In a petition that garnered mass approval from citizens, the group suggested 20 additions to the bill. These suggestions included a ban on the physical torture of animals, as well as a ban on transporting animals in a manner that may cause them physical harm or distress. The advocates would also see an end to the consumption of live animals, particularly vertebrates, as well as dog or cat meat.
In addition to ending street performances using animals to beg for money, the group also seeks to outlaw sexual activities with animals. In Thailand, snakes, frogs and fish are sometimes sodomized in pornographic films, and brothels even advertise sex with dogs as an attraction.
The group, with the support of over 60,000 people, submitted their recommendations to the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, where the first draft of the bill is being considered. If the suggestions are adopted into the bill, millions of animals will be spared from cruelty and death. Sign the petition below to thank the Thai actress and A Call for Animal Rights for their advocacy.
Dear Chollada Mekratri,
A couple of high-profile celebrities teamed with A Call for Animal Rights, an activist group, and recently submitted a list of 20 suggestions for improvements to an animal welfare bill. The suggestions include a ban on torturing and eating live animals, a ban on sexual activities with animals, as well as a ban on the consumption of cat and dog meat.
The 20 points, along with signatures supporting them, were given to the National Legislative Assembly, which is in the process of drafting an animal rights bill. If the recommendations are adopted, millions of animals could be saved from cruelty and death, and Thailand could become a leader in animal protection in Asia. We, the undersigned, thank you for your efforts to bring animal cruelty into the public eye and ask that you continue to lobby for animal rights in Thailand.
[Your Name Here]
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