Target: President Ram Baran Yadav
Goal: Commend Nepal’s full year of no poaching
In many parts of the world where tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos roam the land, these majestic animals are often poached for their skins and horns. Many of these killings are illegal and despite efforts to counteract these poachers, there are still causalities. However on World Wildlife Day, March 3 2014, Nepal celebrated a full 365 days of no poaching. This means not a single tiger, elephant or rhino was killed. The entire country should be commended for this commitment to protecting wildlife.
This is the second year that Nepal has thwarted poaching. In 2011, the country experienced the same success, and only one rhino was killed in 2012. Nepal’s success in protecting its wildlife is due to the dedicated team of strong and committed leaders, a collaboration between law enforcement and park agencies, an effective engagement with the local communities, and the arrests of key players in the criminal chain. In 2013, Nepal made 700 arrests related to wildlife crime, and a joint operation between the Nepalese army and the special police led to the destruction of a rhino poaching network and the arrest of high profile wildlife criminal Buddhi Bahadur Praja.
The country has a zero tolerance policy towards poaching and other wildlife related crimes. The country’s forest law also empowers the district forest officers and wildlife wardens to impose sentences of up to 14 or 15 years, greatly discouraging would-be poachers. Poachers who are caught can be expected to be dealt with swiftly in Nepal, while other countries with similar problems face backlog.
The success in Nepal has lead to an increase in the tiger and rhino populations; rhinos experienced a 20% growth spurt, and tigers’ number went from 121 to 191 from 2009 to 2013. However, Nepal realizes that the increased wildlife population puts the nation at risk of heavily armed and foreign gangs entering to conduct illegal poaching. While Nepal has stated it will protect the animals at all cost, there are still looming risks. Whatever the case, other nations can follow Nepal’s example and hopefully our animals will be better protected.
Sign this petition and commend the country for its incredible commitment for these animals. It is due to Nepal’s efforts that tigers, rhinos and elephants can thrive there.
Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,
I want to congratulate your country for successfully protecting wildlife. In a year not a single tiger, rhino, or elephant was killed, and this extraordinary act should be commended. With reports buzzing about rampant poaching in Africa and parts of Asia, it is gratifying to hear that Nepal has successfully protected its animals.
I understand that the risk of poaching will forever hang over your country. However, what Nepal has is a functioning network of law enforcement and animal lovers. I believe that your country can fight against whatever obstacles come your way and Nepal is definitely a role model in the eyes of wildlife law enforcement. Please continue saving wildlife and know that you have my deepest regards.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Tambako The Jaguar via flickr