Musicians and celebrities are well known for using their name and fame to help fight good causes.
This time around, celebrities have rallied and lent their names to an open letter
that was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser that encouraged Hawaiian residents to contact their legislators to pass Senate Bill No. 2647 to protect endangered wildlife species from poaching.
Some of the most notable rock stars to add their names to the letter are Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and The Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann. Other names supporting the ban include Willie Nelson, Nickelback’s Michael Kroeger, Woody Harrelson and Pierce Brosnan.
All of the above have pledged support of the proposed bill, which would ban the sale of items made from tusks, horns, fur and other parts of animals such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.
The letter can be seen on the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s website. Hawaii is the third largest state market in the U.S. for wildlife products, after New York and California, and may soon be #1 since the other two states have already passed laws banning the sale of ivory and rhino horns.
The open letter maintains that banning sales of goods made from wild animals would curb the activities of poachers as the markets for the products dwindle. There is also an online petition that directs people to encourage their lawmakers in the house and senate to support the legislation by signing at HawaiiSavesWildlife.org.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare states:
“We cannot keep looking the other way. If we leave these markets open in the US and around the globe, the demand for these parts will continue to push rare animals even closer to the edge of extinction. We hope that Hawaii citizens will echo the voices of these advocates by letting their legislators know they want to protect endangered wildlife before it’s too late.”