Save Britain’s Wild Mammal Population

Target: Her Excellency Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Goal: Protect Britain’s wild mammals from extinction.

One fifth of Britain’s wild mammal population is at high risk of extinction due to habitat loss. Their homes are being paved over and destroyed to make way for more roads, farmland, and industry, leaving many species with nowhere to comfortably live and forage for food. Those in the most danger are currently the Scottish wildcat and the greater mouse-eared bat, plus rabbits, hedgehogs, and water voles.

The loss of even one species is dangerous to the ecosystem, and this many losses at once could spell complete disaster. Wild mammals are essential in controlling certain insect populations, as well as spreading pollen via their fur to aid the growth of wild flora or fruit-bearing trees. Additionally, while industrial progress is a good thing for humans, it should not come at the expense of living creatures who have been inhabiting the forests and the woods for centuries.

Many mammals have survived the brink of extinction to rebuild their numbers in the past, so there may be hope yet for these currently vulnerable species. But it will take great efforts to ensure their protection. Sign this petition to support the conservation of Britain’s wild mammal population.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

Several wild mammal populations are at risk of extinction due to the loss of their habitat, which is being paved over or chopped down to make way for more industrialization. While the growth of industry is beneficial to humans, it should not have to rob innocent wildlife of their homes in order to exist. Currently, the Scottish wildcat and greater mouse-eared bat are in the most danger, with only one male of the latter species remaining.

You must make the effort to prevent these animals from disappearing. They are vital to the ecosystem, as they control insect populations and spread pollen to aid the growth of flowers and fruit-bearing trees. The loss of this many species could spell a large-scale disaster for Britain’s ecology, and you must prevent this. Please fund and support the preservation of forests and woods in order to allow these species a fighting chance.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Trimming

Stop the Disappearance of Songbirds’ Habitat

Target: The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Goal: Protect garden warblers from habitat loss by encouraging the growth and preservation of thick scrubs.

Scotland’s garden warblers may be in danger of total habitat loss due to an increasingly tidy countryside. The birds prefer to live in thick brush over anywhere else, and due to the disappearance of wild brush, the species is becoming harder and harder to spot. Habitat loss often leads to severe endangerment, and possibly extinction.

While wild brush can be a risk due to the possibility of wildfires, it is not fair to simply dispose of all that remains. Brush can easily be contained to certain areas, to create a natural reserve for the birds so that they may enjoy their chosen environment and have a chance to fortify their numbers to prevent possible endangerment.

As of right now, the garden warbler is on the “least concern” list, but is still disappearing. By protecting areas of wild brush, we can take preventive measures against further endangerment of these charming little birds. Sign this petition to demand protected brush areas across Scotland’s countryside.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear First Minister Sturgeon,

Garden warblers are at risk for habitat loss. The birds prefer and thrive in thick brush, which is becoming rarer in Scotland’s increasingly tidy countryside. Understandably, there is a concern about wildfires caused by leaving thick brush to lie everywhere, yet it is not fair to the birds to remove every last trace of it. Habitat loss leads to endangerment, which can lead to extinction in a short time.

Currently, the garden warbler is on the “least concern” list, and you must not let that change. By preserving areas of thick brush as protected safe spaces for the warblers, we can let them thrive in their favored environment, thus eliminating a possible threat of their disappearance down the line. Please fund the creation of such safe spaces by ensuring the preservation of wild brush in the countryside.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop the Decline of Australia’s Large Fish Species

Target: The Honourable David Littleproud, Australia’s Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Goal: Protect Australia’s large fish species from further decline.

Excessive fishing has caused a decline of 30 percent in several of Australia’s large fish species. While climate and habitat change also play a role in this decline, it has recently been shown that overfishing is the lead cause. And while 30 percent in the past decade may seem like a small decline, it is a slippery slope when it comes to wildlife vulnerability and endangerment.

Every wildlife species is important to the ecosystem, but large fish are especially vital as they control the krill and plankton populations as well as any potential overgrowth of seaweed or algae. Marine ecologists are pushing for a review of the current fisheries and their impact on the environment; unfortunately, assistant minister for agriculture and water resources Anne Ruston claims there is no need for such a review, calling the fisheries “world class.”

We cannot allow overfishing to cause a further decline in large fish species. The loss of even a single one could do irreparable damage to the oceans and overall environment. Sign this petition to demand the ministry allow the review and aid in the protection of large fish species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Littleproud,

Australia’s seas have seen a slow but steady decline of several large fish populations due to excessive fishing, in addition to climate and habitat change. This is a slippery slope, as 30 percent can easily become more, and lead to extinction within years. Every species of fish is vital to the ecosystem, and larger fish control the population of smaller ones as well as any overgrowth of seaweed or algae.

You must allow for a review of Australia’s fisheries as soon as possible. Excessive fishing has been a problem for years, causing a decline in many other fish species as well as endangering other marine wildlife. Fisheries need to be evaluated and possibly changed in order to protect these fish species from further decline.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sea Dave

Ban Commercial Fishing in Australian Marine Park

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Environment Minister of Australia

Goal: Protect endangered hawksbill turtles by keeping marine park closed to fishing.

The critically endangered hawksbill turtle has been spotted migrating towards the Coral Sea marine park in Australia. Unfortunately, the Australian government plans to open the park to commercial fishing very soon, which could easily mean the end of the species. Worse, environment minister Josh Frydenberg is defending this decision.

Commercial fishing is one of the leading causes of endangerment and extinction among aquatic wildlife, due to the animals getting snagged on fishing lines or caught in drift nets. It is also very disruptive and destructive to their habitat and feeding habits; krill and other small fish are caught with lines or in nets, and even seaweed and other plants can be disturbed or uprooted this way. The Coral Sea currently serves as a highway between the hawksbill’s nesting beaches and feeding grounds, but if commercial fishing is legally permitted, both the species’ nesting and feeding will be heavily compromised.

The hawskbill turtle has already been hunted to near extinction for its shell. If commercial fishing is allowed to disrupt their habitat and lifestyle, the species could disappear forever. Sign this petition to demand the Coral Sea marine park be kept free of fishing.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

Your support of the Australian government’s decision to allow commercial fishing in the Coral Sea marine park is a dangerous one. The Coral Sea currently serves as the highway between the nearly-extinct hawksbill turtles’ nesting beaches and feeding grounds, and the legal allowance of commercial fishing will badly disrupt their habits and daily lives. They will either become snagged on fishing lines or caught in nets.

The hawksbill turtle has already been hunted to near-extinction for their shells, and if their habitat is infringed upon, they will disappear forever. Do not allow commercial fishing in any part of the Coral Sea marine park. You must allow this park to remain a safe space for the hawksbill, along with any other vulnerable aquatic wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Save King Island Birds from Extinction

Target: The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Save King Island’s brown thornbill and scrubtit from extinction.

Two of King Island’s rare and treasured birds are dangerously close to extinction due to habitat loss, fire, and acid runoff on soil. The brown thornbill and King Island scrubtit’s numbers have fallen dangerously low within the past few years, with the latter’s being at less than 50. Both species could disappear forever within 20 years or less, much like the bramble cay melomys.

King Island has been pleading with Australia’s federal government for years to fund their conservation efforts, to no avail. According to the Wings on King Bird monitoring group, “neither the state nor the federal government has ever put up their hand to help these birds,” which is unacceptable. Birds in general are vital to the ecosystem, as they help control insect populations and carry pollen to flowers, among other methods of keeping nature thriving. Should one or both of these species disappear, King Island’s environment will suffer harsh consequences that could harm other living beings.

We must ensure the survival of the thornbill and scrubtit. Sign this petition to demand Australia’s federal government fund conservation and protection efforts to keep these little birds alive.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

King Island’s scrubtit and brown thornbill are dangerously close to disappearing, with the scrubtit’s numbers being at less than 50. The birds are falling victim to habitat loss and other environmental dangers such as fire and acid runoff, and could disappear completely within 20 years or less. Unfortunately, the government has yet to respond to King Island’s plea for funding to save these birds.

All birds are vital to the ecosystem, as they control the bug population and help pollinate flowers, among other things. The loss of any bird species is dangerous, and King Island will suffer the consequences if the thornbill or scrubtit disappear. You must help fund the conservation effort for these birds, including but not limited to improving environmental conditions. These birds deserve a chance to thrive once again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Glen Fergus

Save Britain’s Puffin Population from Extinction

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

Goal: Protect British puffin population from disappearing forever.

Britain’s puffins are in peril, with their numbers seeing a dramatic drop within the last five years. Less than 20,000 breeding pairs remain overall. This may seem like a large number, but for a species as plentiful as the puffin, it is a shocking reduction. If their numbers continue to drop, the entire species may disappear within a few short years. Farne Island’s population has taken the biggest hit with their 42 percent drop, but other islands are in just as bad of shape.

We cannot allow this to happen. These wonderful birds are a very important species, not only to British heritage, but to the ecosystem. They help control fish populations, and a major absence of any species impacts the environment overall. The disappearance of these birds is largely due to climate change, which despite our greatest efforts continues to threaten the overall condition of Earth and its wildlife.

Puffins need to be protected before they disappear completely. These iconic and wonderful birds deserve better than to lose their homes and their lives. Sign this petition to ensure these birds can rebuild their numbers and live on.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

Britain’s puffin population has dropped drastically within the past five years, particularly on Farne Island, which has seen a 42 percent loss. The birds are dying out due to habitat loss and climate change, with breeding pairs coming in at less than 20,000. This is a frighteningly small number for a once plentiful species.

You must tighten protection laws for these birds and strengthen the United Kingdom’s fight against climate change. These birds are too important to British heritage and the ecosystem to allow them to disappear forever. They have been listed as “vulnerable,” but that may not be enough within a year’s time. Despite all efforts to protect the birds and stop climate change, the situation is becoming more and more grim; the puffin may die out completely in a few short years. The species’ future depends on all of our efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Mutilation of Alligators in Florida

Target: Bo Rivard, Commissioner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Goal: Stop alligator mutilation and strengthen protection of the species.

A rash of alligator killings is being investigated in Tampa, Florida, following the discovery of many decapitated, tail-less alligator corpses on the side of a highway. The most likely cause of their deaths is poaching. The tails may have been taken for their meat and the heads as trophies by hunters. A pair of investigations is currently ongoing.

It is a felony to harm alligators in Florida. The species has long been poached for both its meat and its hide, as alligator purses, shoes, and belts have been popular in the past. It was only in 1973 that alligators were legally declared endangered. Unfortunately, the law has not stopped hunters and poachers, and this current wave of alligator slaughter is proof. Not only is the unknown culprit breaking an important law, but they are taking the lives of innocent animals. Alligators are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem and heritage.

We must not only support these investigations, but ensure that the culprits face justice as soon as they are caught. Additionally, we must call for stronger protection laws to ensure that no more alligators meet such a fate. Sign this petition to put a stop to these horrible mutilations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Rivard,

The decapitated, tail-less corpses of several alligators have been found on the side of a Tampa highway recently, despite the laws of your state forbidding any harm toward an alligator due to their status as endangered. Though the investigations have yet to turn up any clues as to who the culprit is, it is all too possible that hunters and poachers are seeing fit to break the law for their own benefits.

You must tighten the regulations regarding the treatment of this species. Too many endangered species are under attack recently, despite every effort to keep them safe, and alligators are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem and heritage. Additionally, the culprits must face justice as soon as they are found, so that no more alligators will suffer such horrific fates.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gareth Rasberry

Snapple: Stop Harming the Environment With Plastic Bottles

Target: Larry D. Young, CEO of the Snapple/Dr. Pepper Group

Goal: Demand Snapple company stop their use of plastic bottles.

In the last year, Snapple has replaced their signature glass bottles with plastic ones. While this may be convenient for consumers who prefer unbreakable bottles, it is the exact opposite for the environment and wild animals. Plastic is one of the leading causes of wildlife deaths and illnesses; microscopic bits of the material find their way into the water and grass from which animals feed, leading to their ingestion of these bits.

Snapple, a company that has often prided itself on being in tune with nature, is contributing to this problem with their switch from ecologically-friendly glass to plastic bottles. Their use of plastic not only goes against their eco-friendly image, but is completely unnecessary. Not only because it harms wildlife, but many consumers in the past have claimed Snapple’s products taste better coming from glass bottles rather than plastic.

There is absolutely no advantage to using plastic bottles over glass bottles, and Snapple must realize this and return to their exclusive use of glass, for the sake of both customer satisfaction and to put a stop to wildlife deaths via plastic ingestion. Sign this petition to demand Snapple stop their use of plastic bottles.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Young,

Your company’s recent replacement of glass bottles is unacceptable. Snapple has always given the image of being in tune with nature and the environment, and plastic bottles go against that image. Not only have consumers claimed to prefer the taste of your product coming from glass bottles, but plastic pollution is one of the leading killers of wildlife. Animals either die of poisoning after ingesting microscopic bits of plastic, or choke on larger pieces carelessly thrown away by consumers.

You must stop your use of plastic bottles entirely. Excessive plastic is not good for wildlife, and nothing is gained from changing the materials used to contain your products. Glass bottles are safer for the environment, preferred by consumers, and plastic is not that much more convenient despite being unbreakable. Please fall in line with your company’s eco-friendly image and reputation, and switch back to glass.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Success: Humane Solution Found for Controlling Wild Horse Population

Target: The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Support the passing of a law banning the culling of Kosciuszko brumbies.

New South Wales has introduced a bill that will save thousands of wild horses if passed. The Kosciuszko brumbies in particular have been targeted by humans who find the animals a “disturbance” to the environment of the national parks despite scientific research proving otherwise. The proposed solution prior to the bill would have destroyed all but 600 of these horses.

There are always much more humane methods of controlling animal populations than simply killing them, and this bill would ensure the use of such methods. Simply relocating a portion of the population, or allowing for the expansion of their habitat, would be superior solutions. Petitions such as this one have circulated in defense of the brumbies, demanding their protection as well as pointing out the contradiction to the claims that the horses are damaging their environment.

The introduction of this bill is indeed a success, but it is only the first step. Sign this petition to ensure that this bill passes and becomes a law to protect these beautiful, intelligent creatures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

A bill has been introduced to prevent the culling of thousands of wild horses in South Wales. Claims have been made that overpopulation of Kosciuszko brumbies is harmful to the environment, despite all evidence to the contrary; however, if the population must be controlled, there are far more humane methods, and this bill would legally require such methods to be used.

You must support this bill and ensure it passes. The introduction is a great step forward, but it is only the first step. Brumbies are beautiful and intelligent creatures deserving of protection and safety, and ensuring this bill becomes a law will grant it to them. Help us protect these horses from unnecessary deaths.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Permanently Ban Logging in Australian Forest

Target: The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Protect greater glider species by permanently banning logging in Australian forest.

Australian territory VicForests has been prohibited from logging in the habitat of the greater glider possum, but only until a certain date next year. At that point, a three-week trial will be held to discuss the validity of the central highlands regional forests agreement that creates exemptions from anti-logging laws.

There should be no debate as to the invalidity of the RFA, however. There should be no exemptions from anti-logging laws, especially in the case of forests where endangered species reside. Wildlife protection is an ongoing cause, as many species are hunted or chased from their homes by human needs. By February, 2019, it will once again be legal to rob this endangered species of their habitat; this is not nearly enough time for the glider to repopulate and relocate. Additionally, deforestation is already a problem in and of itself across the globe, robbing many other animals of their homes.

Wildlife protection laws should not be a temporary thing, and the RFA should not even exist when deforestation is causing so many problems worldwide. Sign this petition to demand the logging ban remain in place permanently.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

VicForests has been temporarily banned from logging in the habitat of the greater glider posssum, a heavily endangered species. Following this will be a trial to discuss the validity of the regional forests agreement and the exemptions to anti-logging laws. However, there should be no rule to grant exceptions, period. Deforestation is already causing many problems across the globe, and wildlife protection laws should be permanent during a time when so many species are threatened with extinction.

Do not allow the logging ban to be lifted in February 2019. The greater glider’s existence depends on it, as they must have enough trees to provide them shelter as they attempt to repopulate. The needs of wildlife should be considered on par with those of humans rather than as an afterthought.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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