Mr Achim Steiner,
United Nations Environment Programme
Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dear Mr Steiner,
We the people who are concerned about the livelihood of endangered animals
urge you to consider enacting a global animal protection policy at your next meeting with dignitaries from all over the world. In July 2015, Zimbabwe's symbolic animal, Cecil the Lion, was murdered in cold blood by an American dentist for trophy sporting.
This man was not hunting for his survival but for entertainment. The lion was part of a protected national park but was lured out by hunters and killed. Had there been more resources from the international body to support Zimbabwe government's enforcement efforts, such an act would have been avoided. We believe that the death of Cecil won't be the last of its kind. During that same month, 45 elephants were poached for their tusks. With climate change knocking at our doorsteps, mankind has a bigger role in ensuring the survival of many endangered species around the world.
Mr Steiner, we implore you to hold countries accountable for their inactions to protect the world's most vulnerable species from extinction and ban trophy hunting world wide.
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