Stop Fishing from Destroying National Park

Target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Goal: Stop illegal overfishing from destroying the natural beauty of Komodo National Park in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is at the tipping point of destruction. Its natural beauty is being ravaged and its wildlife endangered by excessive tourist fishing, which while illegal is still happening every day. Through both line fishing from boats and net fishing from dive sites, aquatic wildlife is being stolen from the seas or becoming entangled and left to die in nets or lines.

Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many of which are in danger due to the thoughtless and selfish actions of humans. Fishing is illegal in such places, yet people continue to do so anyway, robbing the oceans of valuable aquatic wildlife and doing damage to the ocean’s fragile ecosystem. Komodo Park is losing much of its wildlife, most notably sharks who are fished and killed for their fins. The park’s namesake, the Komodo dragon, is also listed as vulnerable; this status could change for the worse at any time.

We must protect this beautiful heritage site from thoughtless, law-violating fishermen, not only to preserve a national treasure, but for the sake of the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Sign this petition to demand tightened laws against fishing at Komodo Park.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Widodo,

Komodo National Park’s natural beauty is being ravaged by overfishing of various vulnerable species. Despite fishing being illegal at this World Heritage site, tourists continue to bring their lines and nets, robbing the sea of at least a thousand creatures every day, especially sharks who are killed for their fins and the park’s namesake, the Komodo dragon, which is listed as vulnerable.

This park is at the tipping point of destruction. Thoughtless fishermen continue to violate the no-fishing laws, threatening the ocean’s delicate ecosystem in addition to the park itself. You must enforce stricter laws against fishing and stronger protection for the park’s wildlife before this beautiful site disappears forever. We cannot let the actions of selfish humans rob us of Komodo National Park’s natural beauty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Adhi Rachdian

Stop Tree Clearing To Save Koala Population

Target: His Excellency Paul de Jersey, Governor of Queensland, Australia

Goal: Save Queensland koala population by preserving as many trees as possible.

Queensland’s koala population is rapidly disappearing due to mass tree clearings. The trees are chopped down to make room for housing and infrastructure, robbing the species of their natural habitat and rendering them vulnerable to the high concentration of fast-moving vehicles, predatory dogs, and lack of food due to industrialization of the land.

Nearly 5,000 koalas died within the span of four years, from 2012 to 2016, and the death toll continues to rise to this day. Koalas cannot thrive or survive outside their natural habitat, and the trees not only provide their shelter and water supply, but the gumleaves they subsist on. The fewer trees there are, the fewer gumleaves, thus many koalas starve to death if they are not hit by motorists or attacked by dogs first.

The species will disappear completely within a few years’ time if the tree clearings are not curbed. We cannot allow these wonderful animals to vanish from this planet forever. Sign this petition to demand a stop to the tree clearings in Queensland.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor de Jersey,

Queensland’s koala population may completely disappear in a few years’ time due to mass tree clearings. Many forests worth of trees have been cut down to make room for housing and infrastructure, robbing the species of their shelter and food source. This has caused nearly 5,000 koala deaths within four years, many of which were starvation-induced. Those that do not starve are killed by passing motorists or attacked by dogs.

You must stop the tree clearings before this species is gone for good. The koala is a vital species to Australia, and trees are vital to the ecosystem as a whole. You cannot allow industrialization to rob the planet of these wonderful animals. Ban the clearing of trees and give koalas a fighting chance.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Erik Veland

Success: UK to Introduce Ivory Ban

Target: The Right Honourable Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Goal: Praise United Kingdom for finally introducing a ban on the ivory trade.

The United Kingdom will be banning all ivory sales, thanks to public pressure and persistent efforts from conservationists. The ban will reportedly be “the toughest in Europe and one of the strictest in the world,” cracking down on the sale of products containing ivory made in the last 30 years and containing more than 10 percent ivory; there is nothing to be done about vintage products with trace amounts, but the ban assures that no new products will be made or sold.

This ban has been a long time coming. For five years, the UK was the largest exporter of legal ivory in the world, with thousands of elephants per year being killed to produce it. Public pressure and petitions such as this one on ForceChange have challenged this grim reality, fighting for the rights and welfare of the elephants targeted by poachers and ivory dealers for their tusks, and these efforts have finally paid off.

The news of this ban is most welcome after years of the UK stubbornly clinging to their ivory trade. Every country that stops the sale and exportation of ivory is a step towards the phasing out of ivory products overall, meaning a brighter future for the elephant population. Sign this petition to thank the UK government for finally stopping their irovy trade.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

The United Kingdom’s recent announcement of a ban on ivory sales is most welcome. For years, the UK has been one of the chief ivory exporters in the world, causing the deaths of thousands of African elephants each year, and the most reluctant to change this despite mounting public pressure. At last, though, the efforts of environmentalists and animal conservationists have paid off.

Ivory is fast on its way to becoming as obsolete as fur coats, as objects traditionally made of ivory are now crafted with other materials, and the more countries that reflect this, the better. This ban is a major step towards a brighter future for the elephant populations and is much appreciated. Thank you for listening to the demands of the public and putting the welfare and survival of elephants above the sale of an obsolete material.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sokwanele Zimbabwe

Protect Migratory Species of The World

Target: Jim Kurth, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect migratory wildlife from expanding construction and urbanization.

Thousands of wildlife species’ migration patterns are threatened by 40 million miles of concrete. These roads are highly dangerous to the animals forced to cross them; many are killed by motorists each year, and they provide next to no nourishment to sustain them during their lengthy journeys. Those who are not endangered on these roads are blocked from travel by the settlements and developments they lead to, while aquatic wildlife are blocked by over 400 dams.

Migration is highly important to many species. It is how they seek out others of their kind to breed and increase their numbers, and it is how many protect themselves from adverse weather effects. With this inborn instinct and life pattern of theirs blocked by settlements such as dams or endangered by dangerous road conditions, these animals remain isolated. They suffer the negative effects of summer or winter, and are unable to reproduce. This has already led to the endangerment of many species, and will possibly cause extinction of some down the line.

These structures are beneficial to human beings, but these benefits should not come at the expense of wildlife and their natural patterns. Sign this petition to demand safe passageways for all migratory wildlife.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kurth,

The migratory patterns of thousands of wildlife species are in jeopardy due to the increasing amount of roads and settlements being built. While these roads and settlements are vital to humans, many animals are killed by passing motorists, or blocked in by dams or other structures. Migration is highly important to the survival of these animals, as it aids them in seeking out others of their kind for reproduction and allows them to seek protection from adverse weather effects.

You must aid in making the roads safer for wildlife, and ensuring that there will always be passages for these species on land, in water, or in the air. If unable to migrate, these animals will become endangered or even go extinct due to adverse weather and a lack of chances to breed and increase their numbers. It is possible to allow for urban development without destroying these animals’ way of life.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Western Arctic Reserve

Revive the Northern White Rhino From Near-Extinction

Target: Jim Kurth, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Support scientific endeavors to bring the northern white rhino back from near-extinction.

Scientists have discovered a way to preserve the northern white rhino as a subspecies even after the last remaining male died from health complications. This method is in-vitro fertilization coupled with stem cell science; frozen sperm from deceased male rhinos plus the eggs of the two last aging females would be implanted into the womb of female southern white rhinos.

However, this method is both controversial and still a fledgling idea. Currently, eggs and sperm alike have been frozen until scientists can figure out a foolproof way to implant them. But more than that, the idea has proven controversial, as conservationists believe the money required to fund this revival should be used to protect other species. While technically true, the northern white rhino’s near-extinct status should render it a priority at the moment, thus the need to back this endeavor.

A species hunted to near-extinction so rarely has the chance to be revived, and the northern white rhino deserves that chance. Sign this petition to support funding for the IVF and stem cell methods in saving this species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kurth,

The northern white rhino is on the brink of extinction after the last remaining male died of illness, but scientists have discovered a way to preserve the population via IVF. The eggs of the two remaining females plus sperm frozen from other deceased males would be implanted into the uterus of female southern white rhinos.

Unfortunately, in addition to the practice of rhino IVF still being in the fledgling stages, the plan has generated some controversy due to conservationists feeling other species are more deserving of the funding that would go into this plan. While it is good to protect as many endangered species as possible, the northern white rhino is in dire need of resuscitation. The only two remaining are elderly, and their time on this planet is limited.

You must support this endeavor wholeheartedly. The northern white rino deserves this chance at a revival, and is worth the funds necessary to make it possible. Support the scientists as they work to save this subspecies from completely disappearing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sheep81

Australia: Extend Environmental Laws to Protect Birds

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s Minister for Energy and Environment

Goal: Demand Australia’s wildlife protection laws be extended to protect birds.

Several species of Australia’s birds are dangerously close to extinction, but the continent’s environmental laws are not protecting them. Despite the birds being listed as endangered, the laws feature several loopholes that have led to the steady decline of species such as Carnaby’s black cockatoo, the swift parrot and the southern black-throated finch. Additionally, birds native to the islands are not protected at all.

The biggest offender in exploiting these loopholes and exemptions is the logging industry, which cuts down thousands of trees every year. Habitat destruction is the chief culprit in the loss of these birds, and the loss of these species and the trees themselves damage the delicate ecosystem of the forests and the islands where these birds reside. Unfortunately, Australia’s minister for energy and environment has said that the existing act is “the best mechanism for the federal government to protect the most important and sensitive matters.”

We cannot let these birds disappear. The lives of these beautiful creatures are as valuable as any human’s, and the environmental and animal protection laws must reflect this. Sign this petition to demand the law be extended to protect these birds and their habitat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

Australia’s current environmental protection laws do not extend to birds, of which several species are dangerously close to extinction due to the logging industry’s exploitation of various loopholes. Species such as the swift parrot and the southern black-throated finch are losing their homes every year, and their numbers decline more and more every day.

These birds are a vital part of Australia’s ecosystem, as are the trees in which they reside, and their loss will do great harm to the environment. Additionally, the lives of these birds are as valuable as that of any human. You must consent to changing the law to protect these species before they completely disappear. Australia’s government has failed them in the past, but there is still time to correct this and change their fate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dominic Sherony

Justice for Dog Burned by Chemicals

Target: Greg Champagne, Sheriff of Louisiana’s St. Charles District

Goal: Find and prosecute animal abuser who doused innocent dog with chemicals.

An innocent dog was found near death, covered with horrific chemical burns in a Louisiana flower bed. The owner of the flower bed rushed the dog to the animal hospital, thankfully ensuring the animal’s survival, but the damage done is severe, and it is said that his recovery will be “long and painful.” According to reports, the dog was purposefully doused with dangerous chemicals and left for dead. Unfortunately, the culprit has yet to be found or identified.

We cannot let this criminal remain at large. It is all too clear that whoever they are, they intended to kill this dog slowly and painfully; it was a major stroke of luck that the poor creature was rescued in time to save his life, but the damage done is still monumental. Also unknown is whether or not the dog was owned by someone; there is a chance this was someone else’s pet, stolen and viciously attacked.

PETA is said to be offering a big cash reward to whoever can provide them with information, and this is the only known investigation attempt thus far. We must aid in the capture of this criminal and demand they face justice. Sign this petition to see justice done for the poor dog victimized by this mysterious culprit.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Champagne,

A local man found an innocent dog near death in his flower bed. The poor creature was covered in chemical burns due to an unknown assailant’s attempt to murder him; the dog was rushed to the animal hospital in time to save his life, but his recovery will be a long and painful process. Worse, the crime has allegedly yet to be reported to any authorities.

The culprit has yet to be identified or found, and the only known investigation attempt is PETA’s offer of a large cash reward in exchange for any information. Your state must wholly look into this incident so that the dog’s attempted murderer can be apprehended and punished as soon as possible. This innocent dog did not deserve such a brutal assault, and it is frankly a miracle he is alive right now, as chemical burns are often fatal. Please aid in finding this abuser and ensuring they face justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: PETA

Shut Down the Kangaroo Meat Industry

Target: The Honorable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Put an end to the kangaroo meat industry to save the species.

Kangaroos are heavily endangered, and a recent documentary has shown that this is largely in part due to the species being hunted for their meat. The grisly and shocking film exposed the harsh realities of the kangaroo meat industry, most notably the cruel methods used by slaughterhouses. Those who praised the documentary have pointed out the hypocrisy: those who clamor for better treatment of cows and chickens turn a blind eye to the plight of the kangaroo.

It is clear that the conditions in slaughterhouses are only part of the problem, however. The steady decline in kangaroos over the years due to poaching and environmental factors, plus the inhumane slaughter methods, are proof that the kangaroo meat industry is becoming more trouble than it is worth. With the loss of habitat and the species barely able to breed and keep their numbers stable, the constant poaching will render the kangaroo extinct in a matter of years.

We cannot let Australia’s iconic mascot disappear. We must ensure the kangaroo’s survival, and putting an end to the inhumane meat industry is the first step. Sign this petition to stop the poaching and slaughter of kangaroos.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

A recent documentary has exposed the harsh realities of the kangaroo meat trade, most notably the conditions and methods in the slaughterhouses. The kangaroo has recently been declared a highly endangered species overall, due to environmental factors and loss of habitat, but mostly due to poaching of the animals for their meat.

The decline of the species coupled with the cruelty of the slaughterhouses equal a toxic industry that must be shut down. Kangaroos are denied the chance to rebuild their numbers as they are hunted down, and the species could disappear completely in a matter of years if this practice is not stopped. You must ban the hunting and killing of kangaroos and shut down the meat industry as soon as possible. The lives of living creatures are worth far more than the monetary gain of their meat sales.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matthew Wakefield

Punish Tycoon Accused of Killing and Eating Endangered Leopard

Target: Khemchai Chutiwong, Attorney General of Thailand

Goal: Punish tycoon accused of killing and eating leopard in a protected forest.

An endangered leopard was allegedly killed and made into soup by CEO Premchai Karnasuta and his associates while they camped illegally in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to the unfortunate leopard, at least nine animals were reportedly shot and killed, presumably for sport or for other meals. Karnasuta was arrested, but sources say he has been bribing officials after being released on bail.

There is great concern that Karnasuta will use his money and government connections to buy his way out of facing justice. Many businessmen or wealthy politicians have done so in the past, from bribing the courts to threatening blackmail, at the expense of their victims. Furthermore, the leopard he reportedly killed and made into a meal was a legally protected and highly endangered species; Karnasuta’s alleged actions have set the species back further in efforts to repopulate.

An elderly couple was once sentenced to 15 years in jail for merely picking mushrooms in Thungyai Naresuan. If there is any justice in this world, Karnasuta must be tried under the same laws. This leopard and her companions’ deaths must not be in vain. Sign this petition to ensure justice is served for Karnasuta and his associates.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Chutiwong,

Wealthy businessman Premchai Karnasuta and his associates allegedly killed nine creatures while camping in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, most notably an endangered leopard who was later made into soup. Karnasuta allegedly bribed officials once released from jail on bail, and there is a serious concern that he will bribe the courts as well in order to escape punishment.

You must not allow this. An elderly couple was once sentenced to 15 years of jail time for merely picking mushrooms in this same forest, and the laws should apply to everyone, not just the working class. Karnasuta must be brought to justice, regardless of his connections or wealth. This leopard’s death must not be in vain, and this man must serve as an example to anyone else who may try such a stunt in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tambako The Jaguar

Stop Killing of Jaguars for Construction

Target: Xi Jinping, President of China

Goal: Stop China’s use of endangered jaguars’ body parts for their construction projects.

The South American jaguar population is on a rapid decline, and Chinese construction projects have just been uncovered as the main reason. Endangered animal parts such as bones, fangs, and skins have been in high demand in China due to their alleged medicinal properties, particularly the organs of the jaguar and other big cats. Over 100 jaguars have been killed in less than a year to provide these parts.

We cannot let this continue. Not only is the trade and use of animal body parts unethical and technically illegal, the loss of any species is detrimental to the ecosystem. Jaguars are beautiful and graceful animals who have already been facing endangerment for years, and now they could disappear completely thanks to these projects. Worse, South America is enabling the loss of this species via an illegal trade route to China, providing them with the parts they claim to need.

In order to stop the illegal trade of jaguar body parts and save the species, we must attack the root of the problem. Sign this petition to demand China stop their purchase of jaguar parts and revise their construction plans to be more ethical and environmentally friendly.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Xi,

Construction projects in China are the root of the near-extinction of South America’s jaguar population. Construction workers are purchasing the skin, bones, and fangs of jaguars through an illegal trade route, claiming the need for the parts’ medicinal properties. This is both unethical and dangerous, as the loss of the species will damage South America’s ecosystem.

You must call for a ban on the purchase of jaguar parts immediately. Jaguars deserve better than to be killed and chopped up for parts, especially parts whose medicinal properties may very well just be a myth. Furthermore, these projects must be revised to comply with environmental protection standards overall. Animals should not have to die for progress and development.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: cmart29