Target: Pianist Billy Joel
Goal: Thank Billy Joel for joining a campaign to raise awareness of ivory poaching and saving elephant lives.
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Billy Joel is participating in a campaign against the illegal poaching of elephants in the hopes that the species will continue to thrive. He states that he will never play a piano with ivory keys, nor does he support the continued poaching of elephants. Thank this celebrity for making a positive contribution to the animal kingdom.
With six Grammy Awards under his belt and 150 million records sold, Billy Joel is considered one of the best-selling musicians in history. He is now using his influence to save the lives of elephants in Africa by participating in Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign.
Joel in particular went after pianists who prefer playing with ivory keys. It’s estimated that 96 African elephants are killed every day by poachers who want their ivory tusks. These tusks are normally bought by collectors in Asian countries, but the ivory has also been used to make piano keys. He states on his website that “music should be the celebration of life–not an instrument of death.” Instead, the musician urges pianists to use other materials for their piano keys.
Some scientists estimate that elephants will be extinct twenty years from now if drastic actions aren’t taken to stop the killing. The species was classified as endangered in 1996. Now, the African elephant has been classified as vulnerable to extinction.
The campaign hopes to stop poaching efforts and educate the public about the link between ivory and the poaching of elephants. 96 Elephants will appear in various media forms, such as television, print, and the radio with Billy Joel advocating against illegal poaching. Sign this petition to thank this celebrity for adding his voice to this cause. Together, we can end the murder of elephants.
Dear Billy Joel,
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude towards your support of African elephants. These animals are being unfairly targeted for their tusks, and while killing them is illegal, there are poachers who risk their lives to obtain these items. It greatly saddens and angers me that humans would be willing to kill these magnificent creatures for profits, especially when elephants are vulnerable to extinction.
I ask that you do everything you can to educate the public about the evils of poaching. There are other items that can be substituted for ivory that wouldn’t necessitate the killing of animals. I hope your audience will be supportive and receptive to your campaigns’ words. We shouldn’t be the generation that is responsible for the extinction of the African elephant.
[Your Name Here]
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