Save Maui's dolphins now!
  • Petitioned Hon. David Carter

This petition was delivered to:

New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries
Hon. David Carter
New Zealand's Minister of Conservation
Hon. Kate Wilkinson

Save Maui's dolphins now!

    1. Petition by

      NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Maui’s dolphins live only in New Zealand and are the smallest and rarest marine dolphin species on earth. Fishing with gill nets and trawling have driven them to the very edge of extinction. There are now just 55 adult Maui’s dolphins left, down from around 1,000 forty years ago. Because there are so few individuals left, the species can only cope with a single fatality as a result of human activities every 10-23 years. Yet these fishing methods kill an estimated five Maui's dolphins each year. The last survivors need to be protected before it’s too late.

The world’s leading independent scientists, including those from the International Whaling Commission and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agree that these harmful fishing methods must be banned across the dolphins’ range if the species is to have any chance of bouncing back. But the New Zealand government is ignoring these urgent recommendations. Instead, the government’s proposed plans focus unduly on monitoring the dolphins rather than protecting them. But Maui’s dolphins can’t hang on much longer. They need action now!

The New Zealand government has asked for public comments on its proposals by the 12th November. This process gives everyone the opportunity to have their say on how the last 55 Maui's dolphins and their South Island cousins, the endangered Hector’s dolphin, which is declining for the same reasons, should be protected. By signing this petition you can make a formal submission right now and let New Zealand know that the world cares!

You can view the text of the submission below.

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Thank you for your support for these animals who are in so much trouble. This may well be the last chance we get to save them!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 14,800 signatures
    2. 13,000 STRONG: Support for the rarest dolphin on earth is mounting!

      Thanks to you were are steaming ahead! With less than 14 hours to go until the government deadline on submissions about the protection of Maui's & Hector's dolphins left, we have reached 13,000 signatures! A FANTASTIC RESULT! Thank you all so much for your support. Let's make these last few hours count by sharing this petition as widely as possible. Every signature means an extra submission to the New Zealand government. There isn't much time and this might be the last chance we get to turn the dolphins' fate around.

      Hector's adn Maui's Dolphin SOS

      Please take action now , so Maui's dolphins will no longer be ignored!

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. We're on our way!

      Thank you all for making a submission to the New Zealand government as part of its current public consultation process on Maui's dolphin protection! We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 10,000 signatures to send a credible message to the NZ government that the world won't accept the dolphins' extinction. There are only five weeks left before the deadline. If each of us gets another six signature we are there. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN and THANKS again!

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Caroline Spooner SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Do the right thing New Zealand Government, save the world's rarest dolphins.

    • Bonnie McCrimmon VERDUN, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Every species of animals is essential for the health o four planet.

    • Samantha Goldman HIGHLAND PARK, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      the cove

      • almost 2 years ago

      These rare Maui Dolphins deserve protection so that they do not become extinct. Be sure that harmful fishing methods are banned. Thank you.

    • Linda Brenneman LAURELDALE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Dolphins are the sweetest animals and they should not be murdered nor put on show. My heart breaks for them. Those taken see their entire pod murdered. It's a crime.


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