Target: L. Biswajeet Meitei, Managing Trustee, People for Animals, Thoubal
Goal: Praise organization for rescuing seventeen protected spotted doves
Poachers in India routinely capture and kill endangered, threatened, and otherwise governmentally protected birds so they can sell the meat to restaurants. Thanks to the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and the dedicated work of animal rights activists throughout India, though, many of these birds are able to survive and thrive despite the destruction wrought by malicious poachers. India’s Thoubal chapter of People for Animals needs to be lauded for its recent work, which led to the rescue of seventeen governmentally protected spotted doves and saved them from being poached and murdered.
People for Animals is the biggest animal rights group in India with nearly two hundred chapters centered in towns throughout the country. This group is absolutely dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned and injured animals. According to the group’s website, People for Animals currently operates “shelters, ambulance services, sterilization programs, treatment camps and disaster rescue missions for animals.” The group is also active in raising animal rights awareness through public education programs, and it regularly fights for greater animal rights legislation. The People for Animals chapter located in the town of Thoubal has been aggressively fighting illegal bird poaching for years. Recently, this group, acting on a tip, intervened in the poaching of protected spotted doves. People for Animals, Thoubal found three men with nets capturing the birds and stopped them. The men were handed over to police for punishment and the birds were taken to a shelter to be cared for and ultimately rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
In 1972 India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act, legislation meant to protect plants and animals from being hunted or harvested into extinction. The Wildlife Protection Act has six schedules that provide varying degrees of protection. According to People for Animals, Thoubal, spotted doves are currently protected by Schedule IV, which only gives minimal punishments for poachers. Lacking severe governmental punishments, poachers can only be kept at bay through the dedicated work of concerned animal welfare groups like People for Animals. Sign the petition below to let India’s Thoubal chapter of People for Animals know that its recent work, which led to the rescue of seventeen spotted doves, is very much appreciated.
Dear L. Biswajeet Meitei,
I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate the work People for Animals, Thoubal does for animal rights and welfare in India. I saw that your group recently intervened in the poaching of spotted doves, which are protected by the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. According to one report, the poachers had already killed one bird and harmed others by stripping them of their feathers, but members of People for Animals, Thoubal, by intervening and challenging the poachers, were able to rescue seventeen spotted doves. Not only did you save these birds but you took them to one of your shelters to be healed and rehabilitated.
Poaching is a major threat to animals throughout the world. Many threatened and endangered species have various degrees of governmental protection, but it is the dedicated work of organizations like yours that really give these animals a chance to survive and thrive in the wild. Thank you for all that you do.
[Your Name Here]
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