Target: Governor of Bali I Made Mangku Pastika
Goal: Prevent the killing of free-roaming dogs in Bali.
Free-roaming dogs will soon be exterminated, according to a recent announcement by the Governor of Bali. There has been a rabies epidemic resulting from attacks by these free-roaming animals and the governor, I Made Mangku Pastika, has decided that executing them is the best course of action. Pastika has previously stated that, “Bali has 500,000 dogs and a human population of 4 million. That’s one-eighth or one dog for every eight human beings. Just imagine how difficult it is to care for (so many dogs).” However, many of these dogs are not rabid. They are simply without a home. These animals do not deserve to be executed simply because they are free-roaming.
Pastika has argued that the government has tried its best to control the growing number of rabies infections, but that extermination of feral dogs is a necessary step. He has instructed the people of Bali to, “Please help. If you see a free-roaming feral dog just kill it—eliminate it.”
Feral dogs do not necessarily equate to rabid dogs. Pastika’s comments are creating an unnecessary fear of dogs that may be wild, but not necessarily rabid. Thousands of innocent dogs may die if we do not put a stop to it. Please urge the governor of Bali not to encourage the brutal execution of thousands of animals by signing the petition below.
Dear I Made Mangku Pastika,
I am writing this letter to you to urge you to not encourage citizens of Bali to shoot feral dogs. I understand that there is a rabies problem in Bali, but I worry that thousands of dogs who are not rabid may be killed out of fear.
I respect that you are trying to keep the citizens of Bali safe, however, shooting wild dogs may endanger more people than those that are kept safe as a result of these actions. If people are panicking when they see a free-roaming dog, they may rush to shoot it and gun safety will become less of a priority when executing the dog. Additionally, once these dogs are killed, no one is necessarily responsible for disposing of the bodies. More diseases than just rabies may become rampant if hundreds of dead dogs are simply left in the streets to rot.
Please do not encourage your citizens to kill wild dogs. I urge you to renounce your statement that the best way to control rabies infections in Bali would be to attack free-roaming dogs.
[Your Name Here]
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