Target: Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Goal: End the trafficking, abuse, and murder of exotic animals at a Laotian resort.
Tigers, bear cubs, and dozens of other species of exotic and endangered animals are killed and served as food to tourists at a resort in a special economic haven sprawled across Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. This is despicable and cannot be allowed to continue. Demand that the Laotian government shut down this resort and end these abuses.
According to a report released by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a resort run by the Chinese company Kings Romans Group in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone has become a hotbed for illegal animal trafficking and abuse. Ignoring international law, the resort hosts buyers and sellers of endangered animals like tigers, bears, rhinos, leopards, and elephants.
Visiting gamblers and tourists take advantage of the lawlessness and availability of these exotic species by openly purchasing these animals—or, as the case may be, parts of animals—and dining on them. One of the favorite items on the menu is “tiger bone wine,” which is made in-house from tigers the resort captures and raises.
The activities taking place at this resort make a mockery of international wildlife protection laws and conservation as a whole. Sign the petition below to demand that the government of the Loa People’s Democratic Republic shut down this disgusting resort immediately.
Dear Prime Minister Thammavong,
I am writing you today regarding the Kings Romans Group establishment in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone. This resort has become a haven for illegal animal traders and murderers, and must be shut down.
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a signatory of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. This agreement binds all countries that sign it to enforce laws banning endangered animal breeding for trade purposes. The Kings Romans Group-operated resort is actively breaking those laws, or at minimum allowing them to be broken by third parties on its property.
Because your country owns the land that this resort is on, it falls on you to address the issue and ensure that this place complies with both your own domestic wildlife trade laws and those of international agreements like the one above. The lives of countless endangered animals are in your hands.
This is a matter of international concern that you and your government are bound to address. I demand that you shut down the resort at once and end its illegal wildlife trafficking and abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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