Letter of Concern Over the Recent Hunting of Raptors in Southern Taiwan


Grey Faced Buzzard Eagle: Photo courtesy of Richard Yu

Please assist us in helping protect the Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle and other Taiwan raptors by voicing your concern over the recent hunting of the species and other raptors by sending a letter of concern to the Taiwan authorities.

Letter of Concern Over the Recent Hunting of Raptors in Southern Taiwan

Send an email to President Chen Shui-bian.

The Cc recipients: Premier Su-Tseng-chang (Confirmation email will be sent in Mandarin with the English instruction "Please click the web site above to confirm your e-mail to Premier Su." Click on the blue highlighted link. A copy of your e-mail will come up--respond by clicking the left icon at the bottom of the e-mail. A confirmation message will appear in Mandarin and English) , People First Party Chairman James Soong; Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen; Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Yin Ling-ying; the Tourism Bureau; National Science Council; the Council of Agriculture; Kending National Park Administration; Construction and Planning Agency; Ministry of the Interior; Taiwan National Parks; Tian, Choucin; Lai, Hsinyuan; Chao, Yongcing (members of the Sustainability Commission of the Legislative Yuan); Wild at Heart.

The Letter
How to send:
Copy and paste the following. Then add your name, city and country at the end of the letter.

To (President Chen Shui-bian's e-mail addresses): oop62@mail.oop.gov.tw, abian@mail.oop.gov.tw

Cc to the following:
eyemail@eyemail.gio.gov.tw,chairman@pfp.org.tw,
ylhga001@mail.yunlin.gov.tw,ly10998a@ly.gov.tw, tbroc@tbroc.gov.tw, nsc@nsc.gov.tw, coa@mail.coa.gov.tw, ktnp@kt.ktnp.gov.tw, cpamail@cpami.gov.tw, npweb@cpami.gov.tw, ly11000d@ly.gov.tw, ly59691@ly.gov.tw, lym178a@ly.gov.tw, comment@wildatheart.org.tw

Subject: The Recent Hunting of Raptors in Southern Taiwan

Letter:
Re: The Recent Hunting of Raptors in Southern Taiwan
To The President of the Republic of China,
President Chen Shui-bian.

Cc: Premier Su-Tseng-chang (Confirmation email will be sent--respond by clicking the left icon) , People First Party Chairman James Soong; Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen; Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Yin Ling-ying; the Tourism Bureau; National Science Council; the Council of Agriculture; Kending National Park Admistration; Construction and Planning Agency; Ministry of the Interior; Taiwan National Parks; Tian, Choucin; Lai, Hsinyuan; Chao, Yongcing (members of the Sustainability Commission of the Legislative Yuan); Wild at Heart


Dear Sir,


For more than twenty years the Government of the Republic of China and conservationists have worked together to protect the Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle Butastur indicus and other raptors from hunting in Taiwan. These combined efforts have been largely successful in limiting the practice of hunting raptors and were very encouraging. Indeed, they were a conservation success story that Taiwan could be very proud of.


Recent media reports have informed both the nation and the international community that during the last migration period of September and October that hundreds and possibly thousands of Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle and some other raptors have been hunted in Southern Taiwan. This hunting is unacceptable and only serves to tarnish the image of the nation.


I urge the authorities to find those responsible for this outrage and bring them to justice. I also request that the authorities put firm measures in place that will continually be monitored to ensure that this disgraceful and barbaric practice of hunting raptors does not persist. Further, I ask that the authorities make special arrangements for the protection of migrant species such as the Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle Butastur indicus and Chinese Sparrowhawk Accipiter soloensis when they pass through Taiwan in large numbers on migration.


This wondrous spectacle of nature as thousands of Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle and Chinese Sparrowhawk gather in Kenting National Park from late September to mid October draws thousands of raptor lovers to the area. Taiwan is indeed blessed to host such an awe inspiring natural event. With this comes responsibility and that is to ensure that these noble creatures are given safe passage through Taiwan on their journey to other lands. The migration of birds is the earth’s only truly unifying natural phenomenon. It binds the nations and the continents of the world together in a way that nothing else does and gives a shared responsibility to all of mankind that it is preserved.


Yours sincerely,

(Name)
(City, Country)

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