Target: Nguyễn Tán Dững, Prime Minister of Vietnam
Goal: Quit killing elephants by forcing them to serve tourists to the point of exhaustion.
Many elephants in the province of Dak Lak, Vietnam have died due to becoming exhausted while serving tourists by means of giving people rides, or simply by being forced to remain standing for curious onlookers. While the populations of these animals once thrived, these beautiful giants are now quickly dying off as a result of being overworked by callous owners.
One elephant was 40 years old when he fell over after a long day of being forced to entertain tourists. Although elephants can live to be between 60 and 70 years old, they cannot live this long if they are overworked. Another elephant also dropped dead from exhaustion when it was taken on a long trek to search for food. The 36-year-old elephant became so exhausted after days of serving tourists that it slipped and quickly fell to its death while walking through the forest.
Many other elephants in this region have died for similar reasons. They were too tired and sick to continue serving and entertaining tourists at the rate in which they were expected to do so by their owners. As a result, there are now only approximately 50 domesticated elephants left in the area. Still, even these elephants are so stressed out that they are unable to mate or display any of their natural behaviors. Furthermore, if these elephants continue to be overworked, they will soon all be dead. Sign this petition and demand that laws be set in place which would make it illegal for elephants to be overworked to the point of death. These gentle giants deserve far better than to be abused by soulless human beings.
Dear Prime Minister Dững,
Several elephants in the area of Dak Lak have died because they were worked to the point of exhaustion. The elephants were so tired that they were unable to continue giving people rides and didn’t even have enough energy to stand. Although their populations were once plentiful, today their populations are quickly declining as a result of being overworked by uncaring owners.
Even though elephants can live to be anywhere from 60 to 70 years old, this is not the case if they are not provided with the proper care. Recently, a 36-year-old elephant and a 40-year-old elephant died due to exhaustion. One elephant was so tired it clumsily slipped and fell off of a cliff after being forced to serve tourists for days and then forced to search for its own food. The other elephant dropped dead after its owner made it serve tourists for an extended period.
Few of these animals are left in the region. Unfortunately, at least some of these elephants are likely also close to death, as they are unable to mate or display normal elephant behaviors as a result of remaining highly stressed.
Overworking these elephants is inhumane and is a severe form of animal cruelty. These owners need to be held responsible for the welfare of their animals. For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to demand tougher laws be put in place that would serve to punish cruel owners from literally working their animals to death. Elephants are beautiful majestic creatures that should be respected and given room to roam, not battery-operated machines that should be worked to death and nonchalantly disregarded.
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