Target: Xi Jingping, President of China
Goal: End the slaughter of tigers in China as a symbol of stature
Tiger slaughters have been a problem in China for nearly a century, but over the last few years it has become a symbol of stature for wealthy businessmen to not only have tigers slaughtered for their meat and bones, but also to be able to witness the slaughter as a form of entertainment. This egregious practice must be stopped immediately before the tiger population is devastated beyond repair.
More than ten tigers have been killed in the last five years solely for the purpose of entertaining officials and wealthy business people who gather to watch in order to show off their social stature. These events are described as “visual feasts.” Police in the city of Zhanjiang recently discovered a freshly slaughtered tiger and other tiger products in a raid. A video taken two years ago shows a tiger in a cage having an electrified mass forced into its mouth with stick. After being electrocuted for more than ten seconds, the tiger finally collapses.
An experienced butcher is usually hired to attend so that various parts of the animal can be salvaged and sold. Tiger bones can sell for an average of 14,000 yuan per kilo and meat for an average of 1,000 yuan per kilo. It is most common for the businessmen to purchase the meat and bones to give to the officials as gifts. One butcher, who jumped to his death fleeing from the police during the raid, had killed more than ten animals. The tigers are anesthetized then brought to the location, but the butcher makes sure the animal is alive at the time of the slaughter.
Tiger bones have been a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries because of the belief that they strengthen the body. Despite the fact that they have been removed from all ingredient lists throughout the country, there is still a demand for them among the wealthy. The industry has reduced the tiger population in China from 100,000 to a mere 3,000 over the course of the last century.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the Chinese government crack down on this horrendous practice before the tiger population is set back any further.
Dear President Xi,
Tiger slaughters are quickly becoming a serious problem. Officials and wealthy business people have killed more than ten tigers over the past few years solely for the purpose of entertainment. The tigers are then butchered and the business people purchase their bones and meat to give to the officials as gifts as a symbol of status.
Despite the fact that tiger products have been eliminated from ingredient lists across the country, there is still a demand. The tiger population in China has declined to a mere 3,000 and it cannot afford decline any further. Please stop these egregious and selfish slaughters now.
[Your Name Here]
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