Animal Rights Letters

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posted 2013 May 1

The Right Honourable Dr Ram Baran Yadav
President of the Republic of Nepal
Office of The President

Dear Honorable President,
     Please use your power to stop the abuse of donkeys, mules and horses working in Nepal's brick factories.
     It is reported that animals carrying bricks to and from kilns are overloaded, overworked and continually beaten. Most are made to work till they drop.
     There are especially serious cases of abuse at New Bhairab brick factory in Lubhu, Lalitpur. A mule that was recently worked to death there had saddle wound on its back, so deep that the bones of the spine were exposed.
     Nepal is a beautiful country that many people wish to visit. Its reputation is sullied if these brutal conditions continue. I urge you to put a stop to these cruelties against “brick donkeys” so that Nepal will be known for having a responsible brick industry.

Please send a copy to the ambassador in your country:
HE Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise
Embassy of Nepal
12a Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QU
HE Dr. Shankar P Sharma
Embassy of Nepal
2131 Leroy Pl NW
Washington, DC 20008

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posted 2013 April 9

The baby seal hunt off Canada's east coast started on April 9. The slaughter will continue for three months. In 2012 hunters killed a staggering 70,000 of the pups. Many people have the mistaken impression that this cruel slaughter had been stopped.
This year one of the biggest animal protection organizations, the Fund for Animal Welfare is taking its fight to the politicians:
There is diminishing demand for the pelts. More markets are drying up because of the EU's decision to ban all seal products. Far fewer sealers took part in last year's hunt.
Please email or mail a letter like this to the ambassador in your country:

HE Gary Doer
Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
His Excellency Mr Gordon Campell
High Commissioner
Canadian High Commission
Macdonald House
1 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 4AB

Your Excellency,
     Please do everything in your power to persuade your government to cancel the commercial seal hunt.
People all over the world wonder why the Canadian government continues to sell these cruel products. Why is it fighting the EU ban at the WTO and trying to overturn the ban in Russia?
     Please pay attention to public opinion and protect seals. I also urge you to provide sealers with opportunities so they can get out of this dying industry.
     Canada is a wonderful country but its reputation suffers because of the seal hunt.
     Best wishes,

posted 2013 April 6

Last year many of you wrote letters to Estee Lauder asking the company to stop testing its cosmetics on animals for the China market.
Now we have some terrific news. Cosmetics that are tested on animals anywhere in the world cannot be sold in Europe, as of 11 March when the EU Cosmetic Testing Sales Ban came into affect. Most companies aren't willing simply to forgo the large European market, so they have been investing in advanced non-animal testing methods that save animals' lives and protect people far better.

posted 2013 March 22

Rénald Bergeron, M.D.
Dean of Medicine
Laval University
2325 Rue de l'Université
Quebec City, QC G1V 0A6

Dear Dr Bergeron,
I strongly urge you to stop using piglets in you pediatrics residency program. You could easily use Laerdal's infant simulators, SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's Babysim, and Simulab's TraumaChild to teach this course.
Ninety-eight percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada use only non-animal methods, including all 16 other pediatrics programs in Canada. I look forward to hearing that Laval University is number 17.

This action comes from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
"In the pediatrics residency program at Laval, each resident is instructed to make an incision between a piglet's ribs, insert tubes into the chest cavity, insert a needle into the abdominal cavity, cut open and insert a needle into the animal's veins, and insert a needle under the breast bone and into the sac surrounding the heart. The piglet is then killed and residents are instructed to make incisions in the animal's throat, into which a tube is inserted. Non-animal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary."

posted 2013 March 1

Yingluck Shinawatra
Government House
Pitsanulok Road, Dusit District
Bangkok 1030

Dear Prime Minister,
     I was dismayed to learn that Thailand is the world's largest unregulated ivory market and a big center of illegal trade.
     As you know, it is against the law to sell ivory from African elephants in Thailand, but ivory from Thai elephants can be sold legally. Criminals smuggle in illegally obtained African ivory, hide it by mixing it with legal Thai sources, then sell it on the open market with impunity.
     Demand for illegal ivory products could drive the species to extinction in Africa, and Thailand's elephants could be next.
     On the eve of the CITES conference in Bangkok, it would be fitting if you were to close this legal loophole and save the lives of many elephants. I sincerely hope that you will do this

Please email or mail a copy of your letter to the ambassador in your country. We have tested the email addresses.

His Excellency Mr Kitti Wasinondh
Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queen's Gate
London SW7 5JB

HE Mr. Haiyong Satjipanon
Royal Thai Embassy
1024 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in Bangkok on March 3-14 — the first such meeting since 2010.
Representatives from 176 governments will discuss global wildlife trade issues, including the elephant poaching crisis.
They will assess levels of protection for animals and plants.
Wildlife organisations warn of an increasingly desperate fight against poaching networks.
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posted 2012 Sep. 10

H.E. Mr. Martin Andjaba
Embassy of the Republic of Namibia
1605 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
His Excellency Mr George Mbanga Liswaniso
High Commissioner
High Commission for the Republic of Namibia
Six Chandos Street
London, W1G 9LU

Your Excellency,
     Please press your government to put an end to Namibia's annual seal hunt.
     I was shocked to learn that a quota of 85 000 Cape Fur seal pups are set to be beaten to death. As you must know, Cape Fur Seals are a threatened species.
     Your government says that seals consume about 700,000 metric tons of fish a year. But when South Africa ended commercial sealing in the 1990s, the fishing industry actually improved.
     Namibia is celebrated for its magnificent wildlife. But many tourists will cease to visit if they learn of this disgustingly cruel seal hunt. Namibia's reputation is at stake.


It's worse. You could use some of these details.
     Everyone is painfully aware of Canada's annual spring baby seal cull. Namibia perpetrates the second largest hunt, and it's even more cruel.
     The pups are separated from their mothers, herded away from the safety of the sea, then beaten to death with pick handles. They are stabbed in the throat, often while still alive. A further quota of 6 000 adult bull seals will be set. These are to be shot at point blank range so that their genitals can be exported to Asia, to make quack sex potions.
     Cape Fur Seals are a threatened species. They have suffered massive habitat loss and several mass die-offs, and they are listed on Appendix II of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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posted 2012 June 30, still applicable

President Jacob Zuma
President of the Republic of South Africa
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000,
Pretoria, 0001
Republic of South Africa

Dear President Zuma,
     I strongly urge you to ban the trade in lion bones and organs. As you may know, the carcasses are ground up and sold to Asian countries for use as bogus sex potions.
     There are obvious parallels between the rhino horn trade and the lion bone business. The supply and demand creates a market that becomes insatiable. Rhinos have already been pushed to the brink of extinction.
     Tourists flock to South Africa to see the magnificent wildlife, but fewer will come if you continue to allow the selling of lion body parts. Your country's reputation is at stake if you don't act now to stop this cruel practice.

Please send a copy to the ambassador in your country:

HE Dr Zola Sidney Themba Skweyiya
High Commission
South African High Commission
South Africa House
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DP

HE Ebrahim Rasool
Embassy of South Africa
3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Because rhino horn and tiger carcasses are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, Asian suppliers have begun sourcing lions' bones and organs.
     Conservationists say the trade, which has taken off since 2009, has added to the pressures that have caused Africa's lion populations to crash from about 200,000 in the 1970s to less than 20,000 today. In some range states in West and Central Africa, lions have recently been declared extinct.
     Official records show that South Africa exported 418 lion carcasses to Vietnam and Laos from 2009 to 2010.
     For more information:


posted 2012 Feb. 12, still applicable

The slaughter of rhinoceroses has become even more rapid and cruel. Please mail or email a letter like this, or with your own changes, to Vietnam's ambassador in your country.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong
Embassy of Vietnam
1233 20th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
HE Mr Vu Quang Minh
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
12-14 Victoria Road
London W8 5RD

Your Excellency,
        Please help to stop the killing of rhinoceroses in Asia and Africa. Some people in your country believe that the animal's horn has medical value, but science has decisively disproved this. I respectfully suggest that the Vietnamese government play a responsible role in educating its people on this subject.
        The rhinoceros horn is made of the same substance (keratin) as human hair and fingernails. So Vietnamese citizens paying for it are wasting their money, besides helping to drive rhinoceroses rapidly to extinction.
        I'm sure that some Vietnamese authorities would like to change the country's image in this case and have already considered an educational program that publicizes that the horns are of no medical value.
        All decent people must wish for this to stop immediately. The Vietnamese government has the greatest power to stop it. Please pass our suggestion on as soon as possible
        Yours very sincerely,

You can send the same letter to China's authorities (of course changing the words “Vietnam” and “Vietnamese”).

Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
HE Mr Liu Xiaoming
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 4JL

Some background information:
        Because of an urban myth — that an unnamed Vietnamese politician was cured of cancer by it — the price of powdered rhino horn has gone up to more than that of gold. Hence the deadly poaching of rhinos in Africa and Sumatra has soared.
        From a recent article in The Independent: newspaper of London
A report from the Humane Society International, complete with sickening photographs, reveals that the latest trend is for poachers to use silent tranquiliser dart guns, rather than rifles, as the risk of detection by wildlife protection officials is less. So while the animals are still alive, the HSI report says, the poachers “use machetes and chainsaws to hack off their horns, leaving the animals to regain consciousness with hideous deep face wounds, massive blood loss and unimaginable pain.”