Letter: Speak up to protect animals

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In 1854 Chief Seattle wrote to then-President Franklin Pierce in response to the president’s offer to acquire Indian land, promising a reservation for the Indians in return. Chief Seattle responded with his statement on ecology and in part wrote: “What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts are gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”

If you care about our environment and all endangered species, email President Donald Trump telling him that trophy hunting of elephants or any animal is not acceptable. Poaching caused a decline of African elephants from 1.3 million to 600,000 individuals between 1979-1987. Trophy hunting will add to this decline.

We are all called to be good stewards of our planet, and it doesn’t look like this administration has done a very good job so far. Animals have no voice so it is important to let our voices be heard to save all endangered animals for future generations. We need to let President Trump and his administration know that this matter is important; otherwise, they will be persuaded by big-game hunters and big dollars.