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Petitioning United States Fish & Wildlife Service, International Primatological Society, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, African Wildlife Federation, Freeland, WildAid, Conservation Interna...

Illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren beenden

Hallo, mein Name ist Jane Goodall und ich möchte Sie um Ihre Unterstützung bitten, den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren zu beenden. Ich verbringe jedes Jahr rund 300 Tage auf Reisen und spreche mit Menschen darüber, wie wir den Tieren am besten helfen können. Aber ich weiß, dass die Kraft der sozialen Medien sehr viel mehr Menschen sehr viel schneller vernetzen kann, als es eine einzelne Person zu tun vermag. Bitte helfen Sie mir den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren zu beenden. Gier und das Verlangen nach zunehmend seltener werdenden “Trophäen” lassen den illegalen Handel mit wildlebenden Tieren boomen. Dieser grausame Handel treibt die gefährdeten Arten dieser Welt rasant auf ihre Auslöschung zu. Ich treffe in diesem Jahr mit einigen der führenden Vertreter von Artenschutzorganisationen zusammen und ich brauche dringend Ihre Unterstützung, um ihnen deutlich zu machen, dass es Ihr Wunsch ist, dass die internationale Gemeinschaft den illegalen Handel mit Wildtieren mit höchster Priorität behandeln muss. Meine Kollegen und ich vom Jane Goodall Institut haben die schrecklichen Wunden gesehen, die den Opfern durch Wilderei zugefügt wurden. Wir wissen als Vertreter einer gemeinnützigen Artenschutzorganisation, die gemeinsam mit großen internationalen Partnern in vielen afrikanischen Ländern vor Ort zusammenarbeitet, dass die Abschlachtung dieser wunderbaren Tiere grausam und unentschuldbar ist. Wir haben auch den heroischen Einsatz von Rangern unter Verlust ihres Lebens gesehen, die die Tiere gegen Wilderer verteidigt haben: wir dürfen nicht zulassen, dass ihr Tod umsonst war. In unserem Tchimpounga Schimpansen Rehabilitationszentrum sehen wir Affen, die durch tödliche Schnappfallen verstümmelt wurden, Affen, die an Schusswunden leiden und Schimpansen im Kindesalter, die ihren Müttern entrissen wurden, nachdem diese von Wilderern erschossen wurden. Sie werden auf Märkten angeboten, wo Menschen illegal Schimpansenfleisch kaufen können. Die kleinen Schimpansen kommen oft mit schweren Verletzungen zu uns, sind sehr krank und leiden an schweren psychologischen Störungen, die vielleicht nie mehr heilen werden. Und trotzdem gehören sie zu denen, die Glück gehabt haben. Die Kleinen, die es nicht bis Tchimpounga schaffen, werden oft im illegalen Handel für exotische Haustiere oder für den Unterhaltungssektor verkauft, wo ihr Schicksal ein kurzes, einsames Leben voller Schmerz und Misshandlung ist. Dies ist kein einfaches Thema und voller Beispiele dafür, was der Druck der Armut, fehlende Möglichkeiten des Vollzugs von Schutzrechten, staatliche Korruption und die unreflektierte Nachfrage nach wildlebenden Tieren oder deren Produkten durch Konsumenten in aller Welt anzurichten imstande sind. Der unmenschliche Brauch, in das natürliche Habitat von geschützten Tieren einzudringen um sie zu fangen oder zu töten, um bestimmte Teile zu verwerten, zerstört die kostbarsten Arten unserer Erde, und er muss aufhören. Die Fakten, die die Dringlichkeit dieser Krise verdeutlichen: 35.000 Elefanten werden jedes Jahr für ihr Elfenbein getötet. Die Wilderei von Nashörnern ist zwischen 2007-2014 um 9.000% gestiegen. 73 Millionen Haie werden jedes Jahr ihrer Flossen wegen getötet. Eine Studie von 2014 zeigte, dass es wahrscheinlich nur noch 3.200 wilde Tiger in Asien gibt. Jährlich werden 3.000 Menschenaffen (auch Schimpansen) illegal getötet oder aus der Wildnis gestohlen. Diese Zahlen sind Schätzungen, die auf Populationsgrößen basieren, die es nicht einmal mehr gibt, denn jährlich sind es weniger und weniger Tiere, die überhaupt gejagt werden können. Das Jane Goodall Institut hat nun die großangelegte Jane’s Traffic Stop Kampagne gestartet, um diesen Handel zu beenden. Bitte seien Sie ein Teil davon! Es ist unsere Hoffnung, dass wir einen Beitrag leisten werden, der Wilderei endgültig ein Ende zu setzen, indem wir eine riesige Gemeinschaft von Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützern in den sozialen Medien aufbauen, die im Kampf gegen die Gewalt kontinuierlich die Entscheidungsträger in die Verantwortung nehmen. Ich glaube fest daran, dass wir - vom majestätischen Elefanten bis hin zum kleinsten Schmetterling – vom Aussterben bedrohte und gefährdete Arten wertschätzen und zelebrieren sollten, damit sie in Ruhe leben können... wild und frei. Das kann nicht eine Person allein erreichen. Und wir brauchen Unterstützung. Diese Bewegung braucht Sie! Erheben Sie sich gegen den Handel mit wildlebenden Tieren, indem Sie diese Petition zeichnen und so Ihre Unterstützung zeigen. Und helfen Sie mir dabei diese hoffnungsvolle Botschaft weiterzuverbreiten und z.B. an die IUCN beim World Conservation Congress, an die International Primatological Society auf ihrem zweijährlichen Kongress und vor allem an CITES bei der CoP17 Konferenz in South Africa im September diesen Jahres, zu überbringen. Wir müssen der Welt erzählen, dass wilde Tiere nicht auf der Erde sind, um bis zu ihrer Auslöschung gejagt zu werden und stückweise als Beute oder Trophäen verkauft zu werden. Wir dürfen das Geschäft mit der Wilderei nicht unterstützen, wir müssen bewusster einkaufen und es vermeiden, illegale Tierprodukte zu kaufen oder Unternehmen zu unterstützen, die das tun. Jeder und jede von uns ist nur eine Stimme in dem Kampf um die Beendigung der Wilderei, aber wenn Sie mir alle kollektiv beistehen und Ihre Stimme erheben, dann wird unsere Botschaft unmöglich zu überhören sein. Ich werde eng mit unseren Partnern zusammenarbeiten, um sicherzustellen, dass die Unterschriften dieser Petition weiteren Druck und Erfolg in diese internationale Bewegung bringen, um die Wildtiere zu retten. Unterschreiben Sie jetzt diese Petition und werden Sie Teil meiner Kampagne. Wir werden Sie mit Informationen über weitere Aktionen in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten auf dem Laufenden halten. Ich danke Ihnen. -Dr. Jane Goodall www.janegoodall.de

Jane Goodall
322,329 supporters
Petitioning Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane, Minister Mr Kostantinos Markus, Save the Elephants, International Animal Rescue, African Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Ministry of Environment, Wildl...

Let's stop Botswana's government from lifting the ban on elephant hunting!

Elephants are undoubtedly some of the most awe-inspiring creatures on the planet. Did you know that there have been many reports of elephants showing kindness towards other species, such as rescuing other animals at considerable costs to themselves? Did you know that they grieve for the dead… just like we as humans do? These beautiful creatures love deeply and are passionate about life… and it is now time for us to stand tall next to our planet’s beautiful giants. For those who have not yet heard the heart-breaking and horrific news…Botswana’s cabinet ministers are planning to lift a four-year hunting ban, with the introduction of elephant culling. What makes this news even more disgusting is that they are proposing to not only reintroduce trophy hunting into the country, but are also planning to turn the culled species into canned pet food. Botswana is home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, and the government is considering lifting a ban on big game hunting. While figures estimate the population to be around 130,000 elephants, the government is claiming it’s closer to 230,000 - the conflicting facts surrounding this issue has no doubt contributed to the uncertainty of whether this act is necessary. The planned lift of 2014’s Hunting Ban is being spear-headed by President Masisi, who believes that this is a necessary step to take due to concerns from local communities regarding how the elephant’s increased migration routes have caused farming destruction and harvest loss. However, reports have also supported that the elephant’s migration routes have expanded due to climate change. With the Earth's temperature changes causing a decrease in rainfall which led to drier land, resulting in elephants traveling further for water and food. If this is the case, then surely climate change is a reflection of the behaviour of humans, and elephants should never be held accountable or punished because of our actions. Elephants are truly a beautiful breed. Perhaps the most fascinating quality of the elephant is its undeniable similarity to us; manifested by the close bonds they form with family members, their communication, life span, the care of their young and their emotions. Elephants experience many of the same emotions as humans do, and the herd is considered one of the most closely-knit societies of any animal. “No one should ever be able to claim which being or animal takes precedence over another; we all share this planet and inter-dependency is key to the life span of our planet and the beings that call it home. If we start taking these extreme measures such as re-instating trophy hunting in an attempt to ‘live in harmony’, where do we draw the line?” – Nena Chaletzos, CEO of Luxtripper This petition was launched with the sole intention of saving the elephants by dissolving these talks and strongly encouraging President Masisi and his government to end all their plans to lift the hunting ban.We plan to gather 100,000 signatures that will allow us take it to debate in parliament to try to put a stop to the ban on elephant hunting being lifted. Please sign below and be part of this movement.For more information, visit Elephants Without Borders

Nena Chaletzos
19,860 supporters
Petitioning H.E YK Museveni,, Rebeca Kadaga, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development U, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Uganda, World Wildlife Fund, African Wil...

SAVE MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

BACKGROUND ABOUT MURCHISON Murchison Falls National park is situated in the northern part of Albertine Rift Valley,  place where the massive Bunyoro escarpment amalgamate into the enormous plains of Acholi land. It is well known to be one of Uganda’s ancient conservation areas. In 1926, it was known as a game reserve set up to protect the savannah grassland that was talked about by Winston Churchill in 1907 as the great Kew Gardens along with the wildlife blended on a restricted land. The park covers an area of about 3,893km2 and its known to be one of Uganda’s well protected area. This area is an addition  to Murchison falls thus covering an area of about 5,072km2 including Bugungu  as well as Karuma wildlife reserves. The park is acknowledged for receiving prominent international visitors. Winston Churchill is a great man who is accredited for having done activities such as boat cruise, hiking as well as cycling along the Nile corridor of the falls. Later on, he was followed by his predecessor who is believed to have spent a lot of money around US$1.8m on his hunting safari in Uganda. In 1951, a movie was shot with background scenery of the Murchison falls that was Humphrey Bogart in John Huston’s prominent movie. Another movie was the African Queen which was shot on the vicinity of the Murchison Nile along with Lake Albert. Other vital visitors include the Prince of Wales, Edward VII in 1930, Queen Mother in 1959 and the British royals In 1954, Ernest Hemingway also visited the park. The aim of his visit was to enjoy the adventure waterfalls although his plane got a problem on his way to venture the beautiful scenery of the Park. Hemingway and the wife survived and were taken to Butiaba hospital for some treatment. Besides the wildlife safari in the northern part of the park where game such as lion, giraffes, elephants, buffalos, bushbucks among others are seen roaming in the vast savannah, Murchison Falls National Park also covers a big part of Budongo Forest which is a hub for various primates. Chimpanzee tracking,  which is one of the most exciting primate tracking adventure after gorilla tours  is done here in Budongo Forest. Murchison Falls National park, formely known as Kabalega National parkderives the name from Murchison Falls, which is a 7 meter Canyon where the mighty Nile river forces itself from this narrow gorge powering down with a thunderous roar. These falls are the most powerful falls in the world and are amazing to watch and take video shoots. The Delta area which form part of Murchison Falls national park is the best place to see the rare shoebill stock. A boat cruise to the Delta area where the shoe bill is sighted offers great opportunity to see game as hippos, crocodiles, lots of bird species among others. There are different cultural set ups around the park and cultural walks to these unique cultures always offer insight into the different cultures in Uganda. Murchison Falls National park is thus,  the most inclusive park which offers best of wildlife safari in Uganda which can be combined in three days. CURRENT SITUATION/ PROBLEM  I love my country uganda, I think it's very beautiful and I have great belief in its natural richness. One of my greatest beliefs is that tourism is the most sustainable industries which feed our economy, even with very little government effort, interest and investment. We are reaping big in the form of government revenue through taxes, GDP figures, Foreign Exchange, job creation; with very little prioritization from the government. Imagine if we did it more deliberately?  It’s because of the thunderous falls in this park that the Government of uganda is trying to put up a Hydro electricity Dam ! Which we as Environmentalists and Tourism lovers have decided to use all our resources and power to save this national park from destructions.  #SAVEMURCHISON FALLS 

Amos Murungi
19,352 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, African Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation

Wild animals are endangered, they must be protected!

English The giraffe population has experienced a rapid overall decline of 40% in the last three decades, and they are already extinct in seven countries. This terrible process is called ''silent extinction''. Their numbers have dropped from 71,000 to 35,000 in the last 30 years. The african tiger (Panthera tigris Linnaeus) counts only 3900 species in the world. Poachers kill 120 of them every year for their renowned fur, on average 2 tigers every week. African elephants are the biggest mammals of the world. Poachers kill them for their valuable tusks (a single pound of ivory can sell for $1,500, and tusks can weigh 250 pounds). Today, in Africa are surviving only 352.271 elephants. Every year are killed 27000 animals, because of their tusks.  African rhinoceros were 30 species, today survive only 2 species (black rhino and white rhino). Both species are at risk due to a huge surge in poaching to meet demand for illegal rhino horn. Record numbers of rhinos are currently being killed. The endangered species today are: Bears (including giant panda), Big cats, Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), Elephants, Great apes, Marine turtles, Rhinos, Sharks and rays, Sturgeons and Vultures.  Italian La popolazione delle giraffe è andata incontro a un declino del 40% negli ultimi trent'anni, e la loro è una specie già estinta in sette paesi. Questo terribile processo è chiamato ''estinzione silenziosa''. I loro numeri sono calati da 71.000 a 35.000. La tigre africana (Panthera tigris Linnaeus) conta solo 3900 specie nel mondo. I bracconieri ne uccidono 120 ogni anno per le loro rinomate pellicce, con una media di due tigri a settimana. Gli elefanti africani sono i mammiferi più grandi del mondo. I bracconieri gli danno la caccia per le loro valorose zanne ( 450 grammi di avorio arrivano a valere 1500$, e le zanne possono pesare fino a 125 kg ciascuna). Oggi in Africa sopravvivono solamente 352.271 elefanti. Ogni anno ne vengono uccisi circa 27.000. I rinoceronti africani in principio erano 30 specie, oggi in Africa ne sopravvivono solamente due ( il rinoceronte bianco e il rinoceronte nero). Entrambe le specie sono a rischio di estinzione a causa della violenta caccia dei bracconieri, che nonostante sia illegale, commerciano l'avorio del corno del rinoceronte. Vi sono numeri record che testimoniano le uccisioni dei rinoceronti ogni anno. 

Alice Khomyuk
9,168 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), International Animal Rescue, African Wildlife Federation, wildlife, World Wildlife Fund

Shut Down Commerford & Sons Traveling Zoo

For years the Commerford & Sons traveling zoo, based out of Goshen, CT,  has disturbed thousands by bringing elephants in questionable condition to The Big E fairgrounds in Massachusetts to be used as entertainment and attractions by the public. Beulah, Karen, and Minnie, the three elderly elephants that Commerford & Sons own have drawn the attention of much the public for very different reasons though, many have reported noting visible illness, malnourishment, exhaustion, and limping while these beautiful creatures are expected to walk around and around, day in and day out, carrying tourists for unnecessary photo ops and “entertainment”. Nearly every year a portion of the public is outraged by the condition that these animals are kept and expected to perform in, and yet year after year nothing is done. The Big E, a concept based 100 years ago in the idea of judging people’s abilities to raise the healthiest strongest livestock that they can and be judged on it, has strayed so far from their roots that they choose to bring these enslaved elephants back time and time again to be profited off of. There was much concern from several fair goers expressed online, who witnessed Minnie’s state and posted about it, as well as a video more recently posted of a camel behind the C&S tents, laying on its side on the asphault, that a keeper then walks up to and pulls violently on, forcing it to stand when it is clearly collapsed in exhaustion. They all were given no comment from the company’s zoo keepers, and it prompted them to post evidence showing the animal’s condition to Facebook. In less than 48 hours one photo sparked the outrage of nearly 30,000 people nationwide. If we could get even a third of those signatures we could make a difference.  Abuse is not, and never should have been, entertainment. Please help us in raising enough signatures to present to local officials and put an end to this, hopefully ultimately helping to get them all rehomed to a sanctuary. 

Valerie Stumpf
7,113 supporters
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Petitioning The International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations, African Wildlife Federation

Consider Protected Status For Hyenas

The Striped Hyena is not the most lovable animal, nor is it the cutest. But that doesn't mean they are unworthy of protection. Especially when they're facing so many threats. Things have gotten so bad for the striped hyena that the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) now lists them as Near Threated if their population continues to decline it won't be long before they are endangered. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 left. Habit lost and hunting has decimated the populations of the Striped Hyena. In certain parts of Africa hyena meat is considered an aphrodisiac. This has resulted in Hyena organs and meat fetching a steep price on the black market. The increased demand is decimating the population. Hyenas are scavengers and there are still people who will hunt and eat their meat.  Despite the threat to their population, Striped Hyenas are still treated poorly. An animal clinic took in a Striped Hyenas that had bruises everywhere, chain and rope burn, teeth that were broken down to the root, broken bones, and an eye infection. It was clear that the poor animal was chained and abused by the local villagers.  A Striped Hyena provides an invaluable service, they are the sanation workers of the animal world. They aid in the removal of carcasses and decaying matter. Without them, the ecosystem will suffer. Please sign and share to urge the government to protect the Striped hyena before it is too late.    

World Animal Rescue
6,930 supporters