Demand Justice for Murdered Elephant Conservationist

Target: John Pombe Magufuli, President of Tanzania

Goal: Find and prosecute those responsible for the murder of conservationist Wayne Lotter.

An elephant conservationist responsible for bringing the mastermind behind a major ivory smuggling ring to justice has been murdered in Tanzania. Wayne Lotter, co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, was gunned down by two unknown men who opened the door of his taxi on his way to the airport in Dar es Salaam. Lotter had faced numerous death threats ever since his organization began using intelligence-based approaches to track down ivory poachers and smugglers two years ago.

Lotter is credited with having brought down one of the most notorious smugglers, Yang Feng Glan, the so-called “Queen of Ivory” who ran a $2.6-million ivory smuggling operation. His organization was also responsible for the arrest of over 1,000 ivory poachers since 2014.

The efforts of this heroic conservationist must not be in vain. Tanzania is still Africa’s largest exporter of ivory, and the fact remains that over 66,000 elephants were shot and killed by poachers over the past decade. Lotter’s fight will continue with his organization, but his killers must be found and punished. Sign this petition to demand that the Tanzanian government use all available resources to ensure these gunmen are arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Magufuli,

I was saddened and shocked to hear of the senseless murder of Wayne Lotter, a respected wildlife conservationist. As you likely know, Lotter’s NGO organization, the PAMS Foundation, was responsible for tracking down the so-called “Queen of Ivory” Yang Feng Glan in 2014 and bringing an end to her massive smuggling ring. Lotter worked tirelessly to save the elephants of Tanzania, who are still threatened daily due to illegal poaching.

Lotter received numerous death threats as a result of his work and mission, and it is likely that his murder was connected with his crusade against poaching. Elephants and other conservationists alike will not be safe while Lotter’s killers remain at large. I urge you to do all in your power to see that they are brought to justice and given the harshest punishment possible under the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: M. Disdero

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6 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    How sad that the elephants lost a true crusader and friend. Get these murderous bastards and MAKE THEM PAY! DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!

  2. Charlotte Lauer says:

    The elephants lost a protector. So sorry for his family
    Justice must be doNE to get the murderer.

  3. masayuki tanaka says:

    That wretched nation needs to be cleansed!!

  4. lynn woods says:

    this country has to be rid of these poachers and cleaned up not only for the animals sakes but for people like this man get and shoot the creeps

  5. OMG…………OUR WORLD IS INSANE AND SO VERY VERY GREEEDY AND IT MUST STOP!!

    RIP Wayne Lotter and may you get justice for your horrific murder.

    YOU MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR ANIMALS AND THE WHOLE WORLD THANKS YOU.

    We send your family our sympathies and prayers.

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