Demand Justice for Crocodiles Killed by Angry Mob

Target: Basar Manullang, Head of the Natural Resources and Conservation Agency, West Papua, Indonesia

Goal: Punish those responsible for slaughtering crocodiles in a wildlife sanctuary in retaliation for a villager’s death.

Photos showing the bloody aftermath of the ruthless massacre of nearly three hundred crocodiles in Indonesia have shocked the world, all while Indonesian officials claim they have been unable to intervene or press charges. This photo evidence should be used to bring justice for these protected reptiles.

The rampant slaughter reportedly began shortly after a man from West Papua identified as Sugito had wandered into the sanctuary and was attacked and killed by one of the resident crocodiles. This incident, caused by what appears to have been one individual’s reckless actions, allegedly inspired a mob of angry villagers to storm the sanctuary after his funeral, killing every crocodile in sight using everything from shovels and clubs to hand knives.

This sanctuary was established to breed and house protected saltwater crocodiles and New Guinea crocodiles, and the loss of so many of these animals is a major setback to the conservation of both species. Sign this petition to demand that Indonesian officials find and prosecute those who are responsible for having participated in this bloody mob.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Manullang,

A mob in West Papua armed with knives, hammers and other makeshift weapons is believed to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of protected crocodiles, as evidenced by the many photographs that have emerged in the aftermath showing the piled corpses of these reptiles. While it is believed that one of these crocodiles may have killed a local man, the slaughter of nearly three hundred protected crocodiles is a senseless act of violence that must not go unpunished. We urge you to use this photographic evidence to find and prosecute those who are believed to be responsible for this massacre.

The man, known only as Sugito, was attacked by one of the crocodiles after he had wandered into the sanctuary, allegedly looking for animal feed. While his death is a tragedy, it highlights the need for respect for these large and powerful reptiles, and it does not justify the rampant killing of these protected animals. Please uphold the existing laws protecting these vulnerable creatures and find those responsible so they may be brought to justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alex Borland

End the Destruction of the Rainforests for Palm Oil

Target:  Kuok Khoon Hong, CEO of Wilmar International

Goal: Cut ties with companies that rely on deforestation to turn a profit.

One of the largest palm oil producers in the world has allegedly broken its commitment to sustainability and has instead engaged in practices and trade agreements that are contributing to deforestation.

Wilmar International has a “No Deforestation. No Peat. No Exploitation” commitment. However, Greenpeace alleges that Wilmar is breaking this promise by trading palm oil with Gama, a palm oil business reportedly leading deforestation efforts in Indonesia.

Wilmar must hold true to its commitment. It must protect the rare and endangered rainforests of Indonesia. Sign the petition to demand that Wilmar cut ties with Gama and protect the world’s rainforests now and in the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hong,

Your company made a promise: “No Deforestation. No Peat. No Exploitation.” You vowed to protect the rainforests. Instead, you have reportedly been destroying them.

Your partnership with Gama stands in direct conflict with your vow. Gama reportedly engages in deforestation, stripping Indonesia of its rare forests and resources. I demand you hold true to your promise and cut ties with Gama to protect the rainforests of Indonesia for posterity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: WidodoMargotomo

Applaud Greenpeace for Parting Ways with Major Offender of Deforestation

Target: Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director of Greenpeace

Goal: Thank Greenpeace for holding true to its values and splitting ways with a major company behind rampant deforestation.

Greenpeace has split ways with Sinar Mas Group, an Indonesian corporation responsible for rampant rainforest deforestation. Greenpeace has held true to its morals and values by ending a partnership with a company that has destroyed dozens of square miles of forest.

Sinar Mas Group, parent company of the paper company Asia Pulp & Paper, destroyed roughly 30 square miles of rainforest and peatland in only five years. This is roughly the size of Washington, D.C. These actions blatantly violate Greenpeace and Sinar Mas Group’s agreement to end deforestation.

Sign the petition to thank Greenpeace for holding firm to its morals and ask that Greenpeace continue to only partner with companies that hold the interests, future, and sustainability of our planet in mind.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. McDiarmid,

Thank you for parting ways with Sinar Mas Group and its sub-company Asia Pulp & Paper. This company has contributed to rampant deforestation, clearing areas of rainforest and peatland roughly the size of Washington, D.C.

Your organization has stood firm alongside its morals, ending engagement with the company for blatantly breaking its commitment to a sustainable future. I thank you for your immediate actions and I ask that your organization continue to value its moral stance over what could be lucrative partnerships.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jami Dwyer

End Major Financier’s Destruction of the World’s Rainforests

Target: Muhammad Prasetyo, Attorney General of Indonesia

Goal: Bring an end to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests by holding a major financial company accountable for its support of palm oil plantations.

A major financial company is clearing Indonesia of its rainforests and peatland and facing no consequences. Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) publicly trades palm oil from 32 estates spanning 620 square miles. These forests and their habitats are dying at an alarming rate.

Not only has LTH destroyed forests, it has done so against stringent agreements not to do so with buyers. LTH is visibly going against “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” agreements.

Firms under LTH’s watch have been suspended for these destructive actions, yet new ones are cropping up. Sign the petition to demand that the government of Indonesia hold LTH accountable and punish the company for its actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Prasetyo,

Financial firm Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) is destroying your nation’s rare and endangered rainforests and peatlands. More than 620 square miles, home to thousands of endangered species, have been destroyed. LTH has faced no serious consequences.

The actions taken by LTH are unethical, both morally and environmentally. I demand your government take action to finally hold LTH accountable for its destructive actions. Your forests should be protected, not pawned off to the highest bidder.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ivo62

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

Don’t Give Endangered Lands to Harmful Corporations

Target: Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Goal: Don’t give endangered lands to companies with rich histories of environmental degradation.

Endangered land in Indonesia, and all of the habitats and species that come with it, may soon be destroyed. The government of Indonesia is planning to complete a “land swap” with peat companies. This swap will take untouched, yet severely endangered, natural lands and throw them into the hands of companies that have a proven history of environmental degradation.

This proposed swap comes after severe fires destroyed much of the nation’s peatlands. These fires released extremely dangerous amounts of carbon into the air. Since then, Indonesia has attempted to regulate peatlands. This latest swap is part of these efforts. However, this land swap will still result in environmental damage, just in new areas.

The land affected is estimated to be the size of Lebanon. Sign the petition to demand that this land be protected. Ask Indonesia’s government to scrap plans for the proposed land swap.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Bakar,

Land the size of Lebanon, untouched by deforestation and industrialization, may soon be destroyed in your government’s proposed “land swap” with corporations. Though this land swap is part of your government’s efforts to regulate the exploitation of peatlands, this move will still inflict damage on your environment. The companies you are proposed to swap with have a history of unsustainable practices.

The shrinking, untouched land of your nation must be protected. I demand that you and your government throw out the proposed plans to swap Indonesia’s endangered lands and natural habitats.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alasdair MacDonald

Praise Indonesia for Protecting Endangered Species

Target: Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Goal: Praise efforts to stop wildlife crimes and help protect endangered species.

A council court in Indonesia sentenced two slow loris traders to three and a half years in prison and fined them $7,620, a historical ruling which will help deter wildlife crimes. In the past, illegal slow loris traders were sentenced to only 3-12 months even if they were caught with dozens of slow lorises, an endangered species, in their possession. This severe punishment will help send a message to the media and the public about the seriousness of wildlife crimes and will, ideally, help deter them in the future.

The two defendants were arrested in September, 2017 by the West Sumatra Quick Reaction Forest Police Unit of the Law Enforcement Department of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Sumatra Region. In their possession were nine caged Sumatran slow lorises, to be sold off on the streets or in illegal animal markets. Their teeth are usually clipped to make them easier to handle, making them susceptible to death from infection or blood loss before they reach the market. They are sold as pets, which is a craze fueled by YouTube videos portraying them as cute and cuddly.

Slow lorises are in danger of becoming extinct, and they belong in the wild, not in the hands of animal poachers or in homes. The collaboration between the Indonesian Department of Environment and the public courts to uphold severe punishments for wildlife crimes is helping deter future crimes. Sending a message that illegal trading is punishable up to the maximum penalty is the first step in protecting and conserving wildlife in Indonesia. Sign the petition below to thank the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for their efforts.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Bakar,

An Indonesian council court and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry worked together to sentence two slow loris traders to the maximum penalty of three and half years in prison and a fine of $7,260. This harsh sentence sends out a message that wildlife crimes are punishable by maximum penalties. For the endangered slow loris, this is a momentous ruling, as these animals are caught and sold in illegal animal markets to be kept as pets. Prior to being sold, their teeth are clipped, making them vulnerable to infection and blood loss.

While the average sentence for illegal slow loris traders used to be 3-12 months, even with substantial evidence against them, this recent trial shows that the government is serious about wildlife crimes. If a trader is found guilty of intentionally saving, collecting, pet-keeping, and trading live protected wildlife, they are subject to maximum penalties. I want to thank you for leading the Ministry in helping ensure that protected animals in Indonesia are kept safe. I hope that you continue to enforce the rules and regulations to increase public awareness about protecting and conserving wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Whitehead