Save Baby Orca From Death by Starvation

Target: Barry Thorn, Regional Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries West Coast Region

Goal: Take emergency measures to save an emaciated juvenile from a highly endangered orca population.

Researchers fear that a young orca from a particularly endangered group of killer whales may only have days to live unless emergency measures are taken to feed and provide her with potentially life-saving medicine. The four-year-old identified as J50, or ‘Scarlet,’ is one of only a handful of juveniles left within the declining Southern Resident Orca population, who are struggling to find enough food to eat in the waters off the coast of Washington.

The crisis Scarlet is facing is only the latest evidence that Southern Resident Orcas need our help. As Scarlet clings to life, another member of this endangered population has gained worldwide attention for carrying her deceased newborn calf around for over a week in an act of apparent mourning.

U.S. government officials cannot simply stand by and watch when action can be taken to save Scarlet and other ailing whales like her. Scarlet needs food and life-saving medicine delivered to her immediately. Sign this petition to call for an emergency plan to intervene on this young whale’s behalf.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Regional Administrator Thorn,

A young whale in the Southern Resident Orca population is showing clear signs of distress. J50, also known as Scarlet, is dangerously emaciated and is estimated to only have days left to live unless something is done. We must intervene and take measures to save her life to help protect this declining group of whales.

We ask that you devote resources to assessing her current condition to see what can be done to improve her health as non-invasively as possible, including delivering food and medicine as needed. Long-term measures to protect the Chinook salmon stock that these whales depend on must be looked at as well, but for now we ask that you coordinate an emergency response to save this young whale before it is too late. With every remaining life precious and necessary to the future survival of this iconic orca population, we urge you to do all you can to save her from a cruel, slow death.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Crack Down on Dolphin Feeding That Puts Wild Animals at Risk

Target: Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi

Goal: Enact laws that more strictly prohibit the feeding of wild dolphins to protect them from harm.

Over the past sixteen years, researchers investigating the remains of dolphins found dead in the Gulf of Mexico have discovered that 21 of them died of apparent gunshot wounds, including one pregnant female. Experts now suspect that these tragic deaths may be tied to the fact that many wild dolphins look to humans for food because of tourists and others feeding them illegally.

While those responsible for having killed the pregnant female dolphin earlier this year and others like her have not yet been found and brought to justice, marine biologists believe this trend will continue as long as dolphins look to people for food. They suspect that the dolphins may have been killed by fishermen who shot the animals as a form of revenge for taking fish from their nets after these animals began seeking them out for food.

Dolphins must not learn to associate people with food for their own good. Sign below and demand that Mississippi officials enact stronger laws to hold people accountable for feeding wild dolphins and putting their lives at risk.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Bryant,

The ongoing mystery surrounding the suspicious dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico has left animal lovers deeply concerned, but experts say the cause may not be so mysterious after all. The 21 dolphins that have been discovered dead from gunshot wounds over the past sixteen years were likely targeted by fishermen frustrated with the animals after they stole from their nets. According to marine biologists, this kind of behavior can be directly attributed to humans regularly giving these wild creatures food handouts.

Wild animals, including dolphins, not only become more trusting when offered food by humans, but also more daring. As a result, they may begin to beg or even steal food in a brazen manner. These confrontations put their lives at risk, and unfortunately may have led to these tragic deaths. That is why I am urging you not just to seek out and punish those responsible for directly harming these dolphins, but to also enact stronger laws that hold everyone accountable for ensuring wild creatures remain wild and not dependent on people for food.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Demand ‘Red List’ Status for Declining Penguin Species

Target: Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Goal: Reevaluate the conservation status of king penguins after drastic drop in population.

Scientists studying king penguins living on the remote island of Ile Aux Cochon, a French territory between the southern tip of Africa and Antarctica, are sounding the alarm that these creatures are in serious trouble. With an estimated 200,000 birds remaining on the island, a mere 10 percent of the population just three decades ago, they are now calling on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to add this species to their “red list” of threatened and endangered wildlife.

Penguins are known for maintaining stable colonies for many decades, making it unlikely that these birds have gone somewhere else. This means that the most likely explanation for the colony’s collapse is that these birds have either died off or that they have been unsuccessful in reproducing, perhaps as a result of climate change.

The colony at Ile Aux Cochon is thought to represent at least a third of the global population of king penguins. Now that so many have disappeared, the time has come to reevaluate this species’ conservation status, which is still considered by the IUCN to be “least concern.” Sign this petition to urge this international board to add this declining species to their red list of threatened and endangered species so they can receive the additional protection they deserve.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director General Andersen,

The number of king penguins living on the French-controlled island of Ile Aux Cochon has declined by nearly 90 percent, perhaps as a result of poor breeding success linked to climate change. As this island’s colony is thought to be home to at least a third of the world’s king penguins, this drastic population drop is a real cause for concern that demands a reevaluation of their current conservation status.

If these birds are indeed threatened by global warming, adding them to the IUCN’s red list could put additional pressure on nations worldwide to increase their efforts to combat the harmful effects of excessive carbon emissions and other forms of pollution. Please look into the scientific evidence regarding the outlook for this species and the threats they face, and act accordingly before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Don’t Allow Trophy Hunters to Bring Back Heads From Slaughtered Lions

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Reverse decision to allow trophy hunters to gain permits to bring back the heads and other body parts from slaughtered lions.

American trophy hunters are being given permission to bring back the severed heads and other body parts from lions they have killed in various parts of Africa. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appears to be condoning this barbaric practice, issuing at least three dozen such permits over the past two years.

The news that so many permits have been issued for lion trophies is unsurprising, given the fact that the Trump administration has also recently allowed hunters to start bringing back trophies from slain elephants as well. However, the fact that many of these hunters are wealthy Republican donors has raised more than a few eyebrows among environmental watchdog groups.

The idea that hunting somehow helps to protect vulnerable species has been proven time and again to be false. If lions and other threatened African wildlife are to survive in their native land, they must be allowed to live without the threat of being shot by trophy hunters or poachers. Sign this petition and demand that President Trump stop allowing Americans to bring back lion trophies from their bloodthirsty expeditions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

Trophy hunting is a wasteful and barbaric practice that does nothing to help the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Despite this fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has issued three dozen permits over the past two years to allow American hunters to bring back the severed heads and other body parts from lions they have killed while abroad. Many of these hunters are wealthy donors for a variety of Republican fundraising efforts, which seriously calls into question the ethics and motivation behind granting these permits in the first place.

Being allowed to kill a lion for the thrill of bringing home a trophy should not be given as a reward for political contributions or other favors. The survival of all lions and many other iconic African species is on the line. We demand that you stop allowing American hunters, regardless of political ideology, to bring back trophies from lions they have killed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Save Endangered Lynx From Extinction

Target: Blendi Klosi, Albanian Minister of Tourism and Environment

Goal: Ensure that the Munella Mountain region is made into a protected habitat for Balkan lynx.

Albanian environmentalists are trying to save the estimated 40 Balkan lynx that remain in the remote region around Munella Mountain. However, because this area is not yet recognized as a protected habitat, the future of this critically endangered species is at risk.

One of the many threats lynx living around Munella Mountain face is a large copper plant that poses a severe environmental threat while being the area’s largest employer. Lobbyists from the mining industry in Albania have consistently shut down attempts in the past to declare Munella Mountain a protected natural preserve, even after the endangered lynx were discovered in the area only as recently as 2011.

While the lynx themselves are legally protected against harm, they cannot survive without having a protected habitat in which to live. Sign this petition to urge Albania to do more to protect its rare wild lynxes by protecting this area as a natural preserve.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Klosi,

Albania is home to an estimated 40 Balkan lynx, all of whom are believed to live in the remote Munella Mountain region despite facing threats from mining, logging and illegal hunting in the area. Although this species is making a slow recovery, Balkan lynx are recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered and need our help if they are to survive. With so few lynx remaining in both Albania and Macedonia, each cat’s life is precious and must be preserved.

Although the lynx have only recently been rediscovered in the Munella Mountain area, lobbyists from the mining industry have already blocked efforts numerous times to establish a protected habitat for these cats. While copper mining is a major employer for the region, there is a potential for ecotourism and jobs related to conservation to also help the local economy if this area is made into a preserve. We, the undersigned, urge you to find ways to help these lynx coexist with people and to do what you can to ensure their long-term survival by establishing a natural preserve in this region.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Trump’s Attack on Clean Air

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

Goal: Don’t allow the Trump administration to roll back rules that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

The Trump administration appears to be hard at work on dismantling regulations nationwide aimed at curbing greenhouse gases and ensuring Americans have clean and breathable air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce a plan that will prevent California from enforcing its own vehicle emissions laws that have helped cut harmful smog significantly statewide, as well as other rules intended to boost vehicle fuel efficiency.

This plan, if announced, could result in a dangerous increase in air pollution that has been linked to preventable health issues ranging from heart disease to premature births. Even car manufacturers oppose the idea of rolling back these changes, as it could hold up production on vehicles currently being made to meet the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.

Although many of Trump’s conservative supporters claim to support the idea of ‘state’s rights’, Trump’s attack on California’s clean air laws would greatly reduce this state’s ability to make and enforce its own environmental policies. This, combined with any other attempts to roll back fuel efficiency laws nationwide, could be disastrous for America’s efforts to curb air pollution and fight climate change. Sign this petition to oppose Trump’s plan to block states from enforcing their own climate laws and to roll back federal fuel efficiency standards.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

I am writing to express my opposition to any proposed plans that would limit the ability of states like California to make and enforce their own climate and air pollution laws, as well as any plans that would reverse federal fuel efficiency standards. Toxic carbon emissions from vehicles are harmful not just to the environment, but to human health as well.

It is unconscionable to take actions that will certainly expose millions of Americans to unhealthy air, which could result in increased rates for both heart disease and premature births. Environmental regulations on vehicle emissions, whether they are on a state or federal level, are necessary to protect the future health and stability of America. That is why I am urging you not to roll back any of these environmental protections or force states to abandon their own climate change initiatives.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Needlessly Exterminating Native Wildlife

Target: Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Stop killing native species to protect lumber, farming and ranching interests.

Wildlife Services, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has a released a report that indicates 1.3 million native animals were killed by USDA officials in the last year alone. The data shows that over 23,000 beavers were slaughtered, along with thousands of birds from various species and over 1500 foxes. Hundreds of large predators, including wolves and mountain lions, were also targeted as well.

According to Wildlife Services’ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS), who ran the report, “[Wildlife Services] personnel recommend and conduct wildlife damage management activities to protect many types of resources.” Unsurprisingly, protecting agricultural resources has been seen as the top priority, especially when it comes to livestock or lucrative industries like timber.

There is no reason to slaughter native wildlife in mass numbers, especially when the threat they pose to livestock or other agricultural resources is so often overblown. The intense lobbying pressures from agriculture-related industries must not be allowed to continue to put these innocent creatures at risk. Sign the petition below and demand that these merciless killings be brought to an end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Perdue,

Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been responsible for killing over 1.3 million native and non-invasive species in the last year alone. While conflict between humans and wildlife worldwide is a serious and growing problem, the vast majority of these creatures were proactively killed to protect various agricultural interests, ranging from timber to livestock, even when the evidence that these animals cause significant damage is minimal. More importantly, these native creatures are a vital part of the ecosystem, and killing them in such large numbers could have disastrous environmental effects.

We, the undersigned, demand that this onslaught on America’s many wild species be brought to an end. We cannot risk these animals becoming extinct simply for the convenience of the farming and ranching industries. Please take action now to change this destructive policy and end the killing of native wildlife to protect agricultural interests immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Park Service/Kent Miller

Punish Illegal Smugglers Allegedly Responsible for Running Tiger Slaughterhouse

Target: Taťána Malá, Czech Minister of Justice

Goal: Demand that three men believed responsible for allegedly running an illegal tiger slaughterhouse receive the maximum punishment under law.

Three men stand accused of having run a horrific tiger slaughterhouse in the Czech Republic to fuel the demand for tiger parts in Asia. It is believed that the tigers they reportedly held in captivity were being killed and dismembered for their skins, bones, claws and other body parts, which are often incorporated in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines.

In a recent raid on the Prague facility, investigators discovered the body of a freshly-killed tiger and many corpses belonging to other cats in various stages of decay, along with equipment to process the parts, including a boiler for producing tiger glue. The investigators believe that for the past few years, the smugglers allegedly raised the tigers, slaughtered them, and covertly sold their parts through various contacts in Vietnam.

Czech officials must ensure that justice is served for these endangered big cats. If these three men are found responsible for operating this trade, they must face the maximum penalty under law to send a message to other would-be tiger farmers. Sign below to demand that Czech authorities ensure that these men face legal charges and that they are punished severely.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Malá,

The body of a recently-killed tiger, along with at least a dozen other tiger corpses, were discovered in a facility in Prague that investigators believe was being used as an illegal slaughterhouse for the big cats. They have arrested three unidentified men who are awaiting charges for their alleged involvement in the black market trade of tiger parts. We demand justice for these innocent cats who did not deserve to die to fuel this unnecessary trade.

The killing and smuggling of protected species, including tigers, is a major threat to wildlife worldwide. It is vital that these men receive appropriate charges given the extent to which they are believed to have been involved in the illegal tiger trade. We also ask that you seek the maximum penalty in this case if they are found guilty, to send a message that the Czech Republic will not tolerate this barbaric practice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Support Company’s Decision to Go Meat-Free

Target: Adam Neumann, CEO of WeWork

Goal: Provide support for company’s decision to ban meals that include meat.

Office-sharing giant WeWork is hoping to make the world a better, more sustainable place by telling its roughly 253,000 members that they will no longer be able to expense meals that include meat. This is in light of research that has shown that the decision to go vegetarian or vegan is one of the most significant ways that individuals can have a positive impact on the environment.

While many other companies have started to offer more plant-based options for their employees, or have gone partially meat-free (such as promoting ‘meatless Mondays’), it is believed that WeWork is the first international corporation to make such a sweeping ban on meat products. Yet the company’s decision has also been met with some criticism, as some WeWork staff members and other observers worldwide have balked at the idea of being ‘forced’ to give up meat.

The meat and dairy industries are some of the worst contributors to global warming and deforestation worldwide. With more meat alternatives available for consumers than ever before, the need to rely on animal-based food sources is decreasing. We need companies like WeWork to step up and take responsibility. Sign the petition below to applaud this company’s decision and provide your support.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Neumann,

Your company’s ban on meals containing red meat, poultry, and pork is a bold move that could make an enormous impact on the environment for the better. The decision to go meatless not only will save billions of gallons of water and millions of pounds of carbon emissions waste, it could also save the lives of millions of innocent animals. This is a huge, precedent-setting move that is truly a step in the right direction.

We wish to thank you for recognizing the need to make important decisions for the planet’s future at this time. Despite some of the criticism you have recently received regarding the company-wide meat ban, the reality is that plant-based diets are a necessity for a more sustainable future. We, the undersigned, wish to praise you for your forward-thinking and compassionate decision that will help generations come enjoy a greener planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Stop Serving Shark Fin Soup at Restaurants and End the Slaughter of Endangered Sharks

Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Goal: Protect the ocean’s sharks by banning the sale of shark fin soup in restaurants across the U.K.

Days after the world celebrated Shark Awareness Day, conservationists in the United Kingdom are hoping to also draw awareness to the fact that many restaurants across Great Britain continue to sell shark fin soup, which is considered to be a medicinal delicacy in several Asian cultures. Shark finning is a cruel practice that results in the unnecessary deaths of millions of sharks annually, and any purported health benefits of the soup have never been backed up by science.

The global impact of the shark finning trade is enormous, with marine life conservation group Bite-Back estimating that over 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins alone. This amounts to 200,000 sharks dying each day, or two every second. The shark finning practice is cruel in of itself, involving fishermen hacking the fins off of still-living sharks and tossing their bodies overboard, where they inevitably bleed to death.

This wasteful and barbaric practice is putting shark species at risk, which is harmful to ocean ecosystems as whole. If these apex predators become extinct, the entire marine food chain could collapse. Sign this petition to urge the United Kingdom to ban the sale of shark fin soup before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

Sharks worldwide are in grave danger due to the sale of shark fin soup, which is seen as a delicacy in certain Asian cultures. While some people claim the soup has medicinal properties, any purported health benefits have never been backed by scientific research. With over 70 million sharks dying annually to fuel the demand, we must act immediately to ban the sale of this soup, which is still sold in high-end restaurants across the U.K.

Large species of sharks that dwell in the open ocean, including hammerheads and tiger sharks, are especially imperiled by this wasteful practice. Over the past 50 years, the populations of these sharks have dropped by as much as 90 percent. Unless the sale of shark fin soup is brought to an end, it is very likely these species will go extinct. That is why we, the undersigned, demand that you call for a nationwide ban on shark fin soup across the United Kingdom.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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