Target: President of China Xi Jinping
Goal: Praise China for new law that punishes citizens who eat endangered animals
China recently added a new interpretation of the law that jails citizens who eat or order endangered animals at a restaurant. If caught, the citizen could be jailed for 10 years for simply ordering an endangered animal off the menu. This new interpretation is an attempt to curb China’s demand for exotic and illegal wildlife products. The country should be praised for this new interpretation of the law in an effort to protect endangered animals.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress recently decided that consuming an animal protected by the national wildlife protection law could be punished with up to 10 years or more in prison. The new interpretation of the law considers consuming or ordering endangered animals to be a part of trade, and thus makes it illegal. China currently has 420 animals listed as endangered or rare. Included in this list are moon bears, pangolins, tigers, panda, and elephants, all of which are in demand for their supposed medicinal properties.
Moon bears are kept in cramped cages and milked for their bile. Tigers are killed for their fur, teeth and bones. Elephants are killed for their tusks, and pangolin scales are considered to be cures for lactation ailments, even though their scales’ composition is the same as human nails.
China has a huge demand for exotic wildlife products, especially tiger bones and ivory products. Many countries, including the United States, have destroyed their ivory stockpiles as a message to poachers to stop the killing. Animal conversationalists know that if there is a demand for wildlife products, the poaching won’t stop, especially if there are high profits involved. Sign this petition and commend China for trying to curb the demand for wildlife products.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
I’ve recently heard that the National People’s Congress decided to add a new interpretation to Chinese law that punishes those who consume or order endangered animals in restaurants. I understand that this interpretation was added in order to protect the endangered wildlife, and your country deserves praise for this action.
Many animals are endangered because of human activity, and we need to correct this. The wildlife trade is looked down upon by many countries, and it’s understandable. These animals are being killed indiscriminately, leaving the species as a whole threatened. Again, I thank your country for this new interpretation and I hope it will protect our wildlife from poachers.
[Your Name Here]
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