As the world's attention turns to Brazil for the World Cup, let's expose the illegal killing of thousands of Amazon river dolphins, or botos.
Poachers spear, cut or bludgeon vulnerable dolphins to death with harpoons, machetes or axes. Then they chop them up for use as bait to catch catfish. Some dolphins are stabbed and kept alive, tied to trees by their tails for days to keep them fresh until they are required for bait. These intelligent and sensitive botos experience unimaginable suffering and cruelty and unless the hunt is stopped they will be driven to extinction.
Hundreds of thousands of football fans will visit Brazil to watch the World Cup in a few days, yet few people know about these disgraceful dolphin slaughters. With your support we can expose these secret killings, and put global pressure on the Brazilian government to save botos from extinction.
Sign this petition to urge the Brazilian government to act now to stop the illegal dolphin killings before it’s too late.
Dear [government officials],
I am writing to urge you to stop the illegal and cruel Amazon river dolphin hunts.
The river dolphin slaughters for catfish bait are illegal, cruel and unsustainable. There are simply not enough botos left to sustain the hunts, and every dolphin killed suffers dreadfully.
Without urgent action by the Brazilian government to enforce the country's own laws to stop killings in the Amazon rainforest, these iconic and much-loved pink river dolphins will be driven to extinction and lost forever from our world.
[Your comments here]
We believe botos deserve much more; a future free of cruelty, violence and pain. Please stop the hunts now, before it's too late.
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