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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Protect Walruses Foraging in Alaskan Village

Target: Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska

Goal: Encourage protection of walruses foraging in Alaskan village.

Roughly 200 walruses have crowded the beach of a small Alaska village to forage for food. This village seems to be the optimal foraging area for the creatures, who feed on the mollusks living on the nearby ocean. Walruses can spend as many as seven months seeking food, especially the bull walruses who provide for their families.

Since 2017, the walrus has been especially vulnerable due to the Trump administration’s refusal to put them on the endangered list. The species is indeed endangered, with the number of foraging walruses having dropped from 10,000 to as little as 2,000 since the 1980s. Additionally, walruses are very easily scared off by any disturbances; noisy approaches by people can startle them into stampedes that kill other wildlife, and continued disturbances by beachgoers or the noises associated with human activity can drive them away from the area.

We must ensure that these walruses are strongly protected during their stay on this beach, and during any subsequent returns, especially after they have been denied legal protection as an endangered species. Sign this petition to protect the walruses and help grant them an easy time during their forages.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Walker,

A large group of walruses has taken up residence on the beach near Port Heiden, where they will spend the next several months foraging for food. The species has been endangered for years, and is especially vulnerable now due to the Trump administration’s refusal to put them on the endangered list. They lack government protection, and can easily be scared away from their foraging and resting spots by excessive noise and crowds.

You must ensure that these walruses are protected during their stay here, and during any subsequent returns. Their numbers have dropped drastically since the 1980s, and they are in need of extra protection due to being left off the endangered list. Please ensure that the village and surrounding area will accommodate these animals and allow them to forage safely and peacefully.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joel Garlich Miller

Justice for Wild Wolf Shot and Killed

Target: Poul Søgaard, President of the Denmark Supreme Court

Goal: Punish man charged with shooting and killing a wild wolf in Denmark.

One of the first wild wolves to return to Denmark after two centuries is dead. A 66-year-old man, name unknown, has been charged with the murder after reportedly being caught on video; he reportedly shot the wolf from the safety of his car, despite the animal not behaving aggressively or posing a threat. Reports claim the shooter displayed no reason beyond a “hatred for wolves.”

This is unacceptable. Wolves are an endangered species across the globe, and the loss of even one after their return to a location could compromise their numbers. Only a handful have made their return to Denmark within the past few months, but the country continues to cultivate the image of wolves as dangerous predators out for blood. This harmful stereotype has led to the deaths of many wolves over the years, especially in this decade alone. Thanks to the alleged actions of one hateful person, the return of Denmark’s wolf population has been compromised.

This man must face justice for his alleged crime against an endangered species, and be made an example for anyone else who may consider harming a wolf in the future. Sign this petition to demand the alleged culprit be punished accordingly.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Søgaard,

An elderly man has been charged with killing one of the first wolves to return to Denmark after over 200 years. Reports state that the man allegedly shot the wolf from inside his car, despite the animal not showing any signs of aggression or threat towards him; the only possible reason appeared to be a hatred for the species.

You must ensure that this man faces justice. Wolves are already a highly threatened species, especially in Europe. When a species is in this much danger, the loss of even one will compromise their revival; Denmark’s wolf population may never return to its former glory thanks to the alleged cruel and selfish actions of this man. Please see to it that he is punished accordingly for his alleged actions and serves as an example for anyone else who may attempt to harm Denmark’s wolves in the future. The population must be protected from such hateful acts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Save Trees from Being Cut Down by Railway Company

Target: Mark Carne, CEO of Network Rail

Goal: Stop railway business from chopping down millions of trees.

Millions of trees in the United Kingdom are at risk thanks to a secret operation being carried out by the Network Rail. The operation seeks to end the hassle of trees shedding their leaves and branches onto the line; thousands have already been cut down, and many more will soon follow.

While branches and leaves falling onto the line is indeed an issue, it is still no excuse to destroy so many trees for the sake of human convenience. Deforestation is already a huge problem across the globe, with entire forests being felled to make room for housing, farms, and other developments. The absence of so many trees is dangerous, as they provide oxygen and other benefits to all manner of living creatures. Worse, such work is reportedly being done with flagrant disregard for the Wildlife and Countryside Act, as several trees were cut down during nesting season despite the legal protection offered to trees and birds during this time.

We cannot allow the United Kingdom to be robbed of so many trees, and we cannot allow such an important law to continue to be violated. Sign this petition to demand that the Network Rail seek legal and eco-friendly alternatives as solutions to their problems.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Carne,

Your company’s secret operation has robbed the United Kingdom of thousands of trees, all for the sake of keeping the lines clean of branches and leaves. The absence of so many trees is dangerous, as they provide oxygen for living creatures as well as food and shelter for many species of wildlife. Additionally, several of your engineers have reportedly violated the Wildlife and Countryside Act by felling trees during nesting season.

There are many more eco-friendly methods of keeping the lines clean; pruning, for example, involves only cutting off branches and leaves while leaving the rest of the tree intact. Your operation is simply excessive and dangerous, and you must put a stop to it. We need trees to survive, and clean rail lines are not worth such damage to the ecosystem. Please seek safer alternatives to keeping the lines clear of branches and leaves and end this operation immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Save Quickly Vanishing Newt Population of England

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

Goal: Preserve and aid reconstruction of dying crested newt population in England.

England’s great crested newt population is nearly extinct. Last spring, the species’ natural habitat was bereft of eggs when previously the females would lay close to 200 every mating season. The only crested newt discovered that year was a single dead male. Currently, there have been no reports on crested newt sightings this spring, giving an even greater sense of dread for the species.

These creatures used to be one of the most widely distributed species throughout Britain, and could easily be found in most central European countries as well. Unfortunately, last spring’s discovery could mean the end of this species overall; not only are many of these newts eaten by predators such as badgers, rats, and birds, they have also lost much of their habitat to the agriculture industry. The species has been on the endangered list for some time now, but the sudden absence has caused a great alarm among animal conservationists.

We cannot let these newts disappear. Not only is it horrifying for a species to all but disappear from its natural habitat, but the crested newt is invaluable to the ecosystem due to their diet of invertebrates keeping certain bug populations under control. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection and conservation efforts for these creatures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

Last spring, scientists made the harrowing discovery of no new eggs laid among the great crescent newt; the only newt discovered was a single dead male, and there have been no reports of eggs laid this spring, either. The great crested newt was once one of the most plentiful species in England despite being on the endangered list, but now it may disappear forever due to predators and habitat loss.

You must aid in the conservation of what remains of these newts. They need to be protected and given a chance to rebuild their population, safe from the badgers or birds that may eat them and in a habitat where they can thrive without the danger of losing their safety to the agriculture industry. This species is vital to the ecosystem, and must be protected. Please instill stronger protection and conservation laws.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rainer Theuer

Stop Chinese Dam Construction Threatening Newly Discovered Ape

Target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Goal: Protect newly discovered orangutan species from Chinese dam construction in Sumatra.

The Tapanuli orangutan population is about to be split in half by a Chinese construction company looking to build dams in the species’ natural habitat. Last November, roughly 800 of these apes were discovered in northern Sumatra, and despite pleas and petitions demanding their protection, the company still intends to push through with its plans.

Splitting the population in half will decrease the species’ chances of growth and survival. According to Erik Meijaard, the director of Borneo Futures, “a small population is more likely to go extinct than a large one;” fewer apes in the same area means fewer breeding opportunities. Worse, loss of habitat means loss of protection and food sources, which will lead to starvation and death by attacks from predators. It could also make them more vulnerable to diseases.

We cannot let these orangutans disappear after they were only recently discovered. The loss of a species not only harms the ecosystem, but the discovery was a cause for celebration among wildlife conservationists in a time when many wildlife species are disappearing or losing their federal protection. Sign this petition to stop the construction of dams and ensure the survival of the Tapanuli orangutan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Widodo,

Northern Sumatra’s recently discovered Tapanuli orangutan population is in danger of being split in half by a Chinese construction company looking to build dams in the area. Not only would these dams destroy thousands of acres of the species’ home, but the population being split into two smaller groups is also detrimental to their breeding opportunities. Currently, their numbers are roughly 800, possibly less, and lack of breeding opportunities coupled with lack of food and shelter could decimate the population quickly.

You must not allow the construction company to build these dams. Too many species of wildlife have been under attack in the past several years, with many being nearly extinct; right now we must work to preserve as much as we can. The discovery of a new species is a cause for celebration and effort, and you must aid us in the effort to keep the Tapanuli orangutan safe. Outlaw construction of these dams, and ensure the safety of these great apes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Maxime Aliaga

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