Target: Asociacion Protectora de Animales (APA)
Goal: Support the efforts of animal welfare organization in Nicaragua
In 2010, the Nicaraguan legislature passed the country’s first animal welfare laws. In the time since, one organization, the Asociacion Protectora de Animales (APA), a member society of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, has come to the forefront of animal welfare and fought for protections for working animals, wildlife, and domestic pets. The APA should be thanked for their efforts.
The APA began lobbying for protective laws in 2005 and helped initiate the first welfare laws. Until that time, animal welfare laws were nonexistent and animal abuse was not punishable. Neglect and mistreatment were widespread in Nicaragua, and the APA has worked to combat cruelty on a national level. They rescue animals in need, initiate spay-and-neuter programs, campaign for public education programs, and provide free clinics for domestic and working animals.
The APA has taken a momentous step for the well-being of the animals of Nicaragua. Without their efforts, animals in Nicaragua might still be subjected to abuse without legal recourse. Their continued actions to ensure welfare should be commended and supported.
Dear Asociacion Protectora de Animales,
Thank you for taking action to protect animals in Nicaragua from abuse and mistreatment. Until 2010, Nicaragua lacked animal welfare laws, and abuse towards animals—domestic, working, and wild—was not punishable by law until you lobbied for the passage of the Animal Welfare Law in Nicaragua and succeeded in 2010. Your efforts also include public education, animal rescue, and spay-and-neuter programs, all of which are necessary to combat mistreatment and neglect of animals.
I want to thank you for making a difference in Nicaragua and taking action to make animal cruelty illegal. Your efforts have saved countless animals and improved life for others, including strays and working animals, and are worthy of commendation.
[Your Name Here]
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