Kaziranga National Park turned into an arena for bloodshed recently when a gang of armed poachers fought off park rangers for several hours in India to kill an endangered rhinoceros. This was the thirteenth atrocity of its kind in two months, the result of a recent surge of poaching in the area.
Tell Minister of India's Environment and Forests Ministry, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, that the government cannot continue to ignore this threat! Get park rangers the adequate funding and support they need to protect endangered rhinoceroses.
One-horned rhinoceroses were on the brink of extinction only twenty years ago. Two-thirds of their global population inhabit the Kaziranga National Park, where illegal activity occurs at the expense of ranger's safety and the lives of rhinos. If the government fails to check these poachers, many believe the rhinos are on the path to extinction.
Tell Minister Natarajan to help these endangered animals, heighten the security in Kaziranga National Park!
Dear Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan,
With the death of thirteen vulnerable, one-horned rhinoceroses in two months, it has become increasingly evident that state land alone cannot protect animals from ruthless poaching. Several brave rangers put their lives on the line to protect the rhinoceroses, and their compromised safety was not enough to prevent the heavily armed poachers from leaving with their prize.
As you are responsible for the well-being of these protected animals, along with the safety of the state rangers involved, action must be taken to stifle the current trend. If the government fails to double down against poachers, many believe the rhinos have once again begun the path to extinction.
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The ivory trade spans far and wide, from Africa to China, and a lack of regulation in other places merely drives up the demand in India. If the government is serious about protecting its ecosystems, something must be done to heighten the security in Kaziranga National Park.
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