Success: Washington State Protects Wild Salmon and Orcas from Extinction

Target: Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington

Goal: Support the protection of the Puget Sound’s endangered orcas and wild salmon via a government executive order.

Two endangered species found in Washington’s Puget Sound no longer face possible extinction. Thanks to an executive order signed by the governor of the state of Washington, Puget Sound orcas—whose population is currently the lowest it’s been in thirty years—and their main food source the Chinook salmon have a better chance at survival. Petitions like this one illustrate threats the salmon face, and as their population declines, so too does the population of the orcas. And, as the governor stated at a news conference, “The destiny of salmon and orca and we humans are intertwined. As the orca go, so go we.”

The executive order signed by the governor requires state agencies to take immediate action, outlining a strategy for the long-term survival of both the salmon and the orca. Plans include a decrease in pollution and noise from vessel traffic, and the creation of a task force that has until November to put forward a final report. The task force will include state agencies, tribal leaders, members of local and federal government, and others to ensure that action will be taken at all levels. Sign below to aupport this humane and responsible action that will benefit Puget Sound wildlife as well as humanity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Inslee,

Thank you for taking a stand in order to protect invaluable Puget Sound wildlife—particularly the endangered Chinook salmon and Puget Sound orca. As you stated, our destinies are intertwined with these creatures, and they must be protected and preserved.

The population of the Puget Sound orca is the lowest it has been in 3 decades. This is tied inextricably with the threats to Chinook salmon, their main source of food. Your executive order—requiring action aimed at the long-term survival of both species on local, regional, and federal levels—is an inclusive and responsible fulfillment of your duties. I support this executive order and thank you for your commitment to protecting the future of salmon, orca, and humans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Charest

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

Save the Yucatecan Flamingos from Extinction

Target: Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico

Goal: Save the Yucatecan flamingos from extinction and end threats to their natural habitats.

The Yucatan area of Mexico is one rich with over 40 bird species, including pelicans and flamingos. However, now these species are under attack and facing possible extinction. Actions must be taken now to protect these rare birds.

Tourists come from all over the world to see thousands of pink flamingos in Mexico’s Yucatan. However, human activity is destroying their habitats, robbing the area of these birds. Pollution and construction destroy the flamingos’ homes and food sources, making it hard for this species to sustain itself.

The nation of Mexico is educating its citizens and teaching them about the dangers facing the flamingos and other birds. However, more must be done to protect the species. Sign the petition to demand that the Yucatecan flamingo be added to a list of endangered species so it can be protected and preserved for generations to come.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Alamán,

Tourists from all over the world travel to the Yucatan Peninsula to see the thousands of local and migratory birds that call this location home. One of the most famous bird species is the Yucatecan flamingo. However, this species and others like it are facing possible extinction due to human activity. Pollution and land clearing are robbing the animal of its habitat and food sources.

While the nation is taking serious steps to educate the public about the dangers facing the flamingos, more must be done. I demand that the Yucatecan flamingo be added to a list of endangered species so it can be better protected and preserved.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Katja Schulz

Don’t Hide the Negative Effects of Fracking

Target: State Senator David Koehler, Illinois

Goal: Pass legislation that would enable more transparency in the harmful fracking industry.

The oil and natural gas industries have often been quiet about the negative effects fracking has on the natural environment and human health. However, new legislation in Illinois would require that fracking companies be more transparent about plans, chemicals, and consequences, which could potentially save the environment and human lives.

This Illinois bill, currently being debated by state legislators, would require companies to receive written approval before fracking on private property. It would also require these companies to inform property owners as to where pipelines will be. It will also require companies to release the names of chemicals used in the fracking process.

Fracking, if it cannot be eliminated, must at least be heavily regulated so that the negative consequences we have seen across the country do not repeat themselves. Sign the petition to demand that the bill to increase fracking’s transparency be passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Koehler,

A new bill introduced in the Illinois state legislature would require the oil and natural gas industries to substantially increase transparency when it comes to fracking. Chemicals will be publicly disclosed, as will pipeline routes. Property owners will have more say as to whether or not their property is affected.

Oil and natural gas industries have gotten away with deception for far too long. Transparency must be increased so that the environment and human health can be protected. I demand you work with your fellow lawmakers to pass this bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joshua Doubek

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

Demand Protection Against Rising Sea Levels

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Prevent widespread damage from flooding caused by climate change.

Rising sea levels are now an immediate threat to coastal cities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, recently reported that rising sea levels are creating conditions for high-tide floods to occur on a far more regular basis than before. Major coastal cities like Miami and San Francisco are already experiencing more flood days than usual. The reports show that within 100 years major coastal cities will be flooding daily, with San Francisco sinking into the earth with every passing day.

Currently, some cities are adopting measures to prepare for the inevitable and reduce damage wherever possible. The extent of the damage is entirely dependent on how cities react, so it’s absolutely urgent that they begin enacting legislation to protect coastal towns now. Sign the petition below to demand the EPA get the ball rolling on tangible solutions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

No community should have to worry about extreme flooding of their homes. Yet, people in major cities like New York, Norfolk, San Francisco, Miami, and more are at severe risk of losing their homes due to climate change-related sea level rises.

The one thing you can do is enact policies that require coastal cities to create a budget for dealing with sea level rises. Several cities already started without you, so get on the right side of history with this issue. I demand you enact a policy of this sort; it’s the least you can do.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann

Don’t Let Hunters Slaughter Grizzly Bears

Target: Keith Culver, President of the Game and Fish Commission, Wyoming

Goal: Do not allow the hunting of grizzly bears in Wyoming following the Trump administration’s removal of their endangered species protections.

Wyoming is pushing for grizzly bear hunts to begin this fall after Yellowstone grizzly bears were stripped of their endangered species protections. Although the bears are still protected within Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, they will be at risk of being killed when they roam outside those borders. As a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity stated, “Wyoming’s reckless hunt ignores the fact that grizzly bears remain endangered in Yellowstone and across the West. It’s tragic that these imperiled animals will be shot and killed so trophy hunters can stick heads on their walls.”

Unlike Wyoming, Montana—which also contains land in these national parks—has recommended that grizzly hunting not be allowed. The bears are still at risk as a species because of isolation from other grizzly populations, the loss of vital food sources, and deaths caused by humans via hunting and other activities. Yellowstone’s bears in particular are so isolated that the government must truck bears into the area regularly. They also face the collapse of food sources in their ecosystem, like white bark pine and cutthroat trout. These threats will only increase with droughts and climate change. Currently, grizzly bears occupy under 4% of the land that they once did in the United States. Sign below to protect the iconic grizzly bear and demand that Wyoming put a stop to grizzly hunts.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Culver,

Allowing grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming is dangerous and irresponsible. Despite their removal from the endangered species list, Yellowstone grizzlies still face serious threats. Isolation, the loss of their food sources, and human-caused deaths from hunting are major risks that could threaten the species with extinction once again. To allow these animals to be hunted when they roam off the lands of the national parks is unacceptable.

Montana has made moves against grizzly hunting this year, for good reason. Apart from conservation alone, Yellowstone grizzlies are famous—they provide a major tourist attraction for your state. As Andrea Santarsiere of the Center for Biological Diversity says, “Yellowstone’s amazing grizzly bears are loved by people around the world and they deserve a real shot at survival. It’s horrific that Wyoming doesn’t see the intrinsic value that these bears bring to the state’s landscape.” I urge you to follow Montana’s lead in protecting these iconic and innocent animals. Please do not allow the hunting of grizzly bears.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: I-Ting Chiang

Don’t Force Animal Control to Slaughter Wildlife

Target: Cameron F. Clark, Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Do not require animal control officers to euthanize healthy ‘nuisance’ animals removed from properties.

Animal removal specialists may soon be required to euthanize any animals they take from properties if a new rule change occurs in the state of Indiana. According to some pest control experts, the change could result in the wholesale slaughter of raccoons, opossums, coyotes and other animals, along with the possibility that domestic animals such as chickens could be targeted as well. Demand that this inhumane proposal be stopped in its tracks before it has the chance to potentially endanger many innocent lives.

Currently, healthy animals removed by state animal control officers and licensed specialists are released in designated areas. Changing the rule to require that all captured animals be killed, regardless of their health or temperament, will likely result in thousands of animals being needlessly slaughtered each year. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has stated that the population of raccoons, coyotes and other species must be controlled to prevent the spread of disease, but there is no scientific evidence to back up their claims.

This rule change is reckless and harmful not just to native wildlife but to all animals in Indiana as a whole. Sign below and demand that animal control officers be allowed to conduct their jobs humanely.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Clark,

Currently, animal control officers and pest removal specialists are permitted to humanely release healthy wildlife removed from properties in specially designated areas. Your department’s proposal to change this rule and instead require that all captured animals be killed is appalling. Not only will it likely result in the slaughter of thousands of native creatures each year, it may also put livestock and pets at risk.

There is no scientific evidence that killing so-called ‘nuisance’ animals will control their populations or lower the incidence of disease. That is why we urge you to not to enforce this unconscionable rule that will endanger all animals living in Indiana.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Darkone

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

Protect Critically Endangered Habitats and the Animals That Call Them Home

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy, Australia

Goal: Register federally endangered habitats so that their species and resources can be preserved for generations to come.

It has been well over a decade since Australia has listed a critically endangered habitat on its federal registry, meaning that endangered species have not been protected and resources have been plundered for over ten years. Despite having more than 1,800 federally threatened species in the country, Australia has not taken steps to protect the habitats these animals call home.

The situation facing endangered species in Australia is dire. Several million hectares of forest are set to be cleared in the coming decades, robbing thousands of plants and animals of their homes. Habitat loss, argue scientists, is the leading cause of plant and animal extinction.

Listing a species as endangered is simply not enough. Stronger actions must be taken, beginning with protecting the lands these animals live in. Sign the petition to demand that the nation of Australia start to declare habitats as federally endangered so that more steps can be taken to protect and preserve the lives of more than 1,800 endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

More than 1,800 species in Australia are listed as critically endangered by the federal government. However, the government has not listed any habitat as endangered for over a decade. This has allowed deforestation to continue, robbing endangered species of their habitat and resources.

Habitat loss is the leading cause of endangered species extinction. Listing species as endangered is not enough. Their homes must be protected as well. I demand that critically endangered habitats be federally listed and the animals that call these habitats home be protected.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Central Intelligence Agency