Mohammed Hassan Shah Qajar
Shahanshah of Iran, Pivot of the Universe, Lord of the Conjunction, Victory of the Government
Mulk-i Vasi' al-Fazā-yi īrān
Friends of the international community, we live in dark times, an era of poverty and war, where the old Bedouin proverb “I against my brother, my brother and I against our cousin, my cousin and I against the stranger” rings far too true. In these difficult times, it is my duty as Shahanshah of Iran and Protector of the Aryans to direct the attention of the international community towards an issue so often forgotten. The animals of this Earth, gifts of God, are at an impasse of their own - industrialization and overplanting have chased the largest predators towards the corners of the wilderness, reducing their numbers to that which might soon prove unsustainable in terms of the population of prey animals. Indeed, the Asiatic lion -the symbol of my very dynasty, and the ferocity of the Muslim people in defense of their faith- has been nearly hunted to extinction by Iranian and Afghan farmers rightly seeking to protect themselves.
But, as the Holy Qur'an says: “There is not an animal on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.” And while I recognize that the nations of the world do not, unfortunately, embrace the truth brought to this world by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), I must note the significance of these sacred worlds. Scientists and theologians throughout the ages alike have noted the microcosm that is our environment, the most crucial part of which are the apex predators. Should we let, then, the majestic Asiatic lion, the jaguar of the Americas, the snow leopards that range from the Zagros to the Himalayas, be wiped off this Earth? That would be a sin, friends and servants of God, not merely as an affront to the natural way of the world, but an admittance of hubris in the eyes of the Most Merciful, who has given us such bounty.
It is therefore that I humbly, with the approval of my servants in the Majilis, will propose and ratify the Charter of the Big Cat Preservation Society. We invite all nations, regardless of the threat to such crucial wildlife within their nation, to voice and hopefully contribute their support.
Signed,CHARTER OF THE BIG CAT PRESERVATION SOCIETY
I: This Charter exists to provide for the protection of so-called “big cats” (scientifically, those of the subfamily Pantherinae and the genuses Lynx, Puma, Leopardus, and Acinonyx).
II: All signatory states will submit to the governing body of this organization (elected duly from among its participants) a list of species following within the above categories endemic to their borders.
III: All endemic species of big cats shall be subject to regular population censuses. Where overpopulated, a quota for licensed hunting of these animals will be issued by the signatory nations. In the matter of contributing states presently without significant overpopulation issues, attempts will be made to relocate the animals to zooological institutions with the aim of aiding programs towards the breeding and study of their species.
IIIa: Unless otherwise stated, the signatory nations also agree to ban the hunting of aforementioned species, save where indigenous practices and life-threatening emergencies are concerned.
IV: All signatory states will commit no less than [10 credits] towards the establishment of wildlife preserves in regions know for their concentration of big cats within their territories. Those who sign but lack a population significant enough to merit reserves may instead substitute this one-time due with an equal amount of funding aiding zoological projects as pertains to big cats in whichever means they find suitable.
Mohammed Hassan Shah Qajar, Shahanshah of Iran