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Petition to Heather Bresch, Rajiv Malik, Board of Directors

Call on Mylan Pharmaceuticals to Reduce Price of Life-Saving EpiPen

EpiPen prices recently skyrocketed 500%, from $100 per 2 pack to $600 per 2 pack. Even with the "coupons" from Mylan, individuals and families who need this critical, life-saving drug are still stuck footing most of the bill. An EpiPen can mean the difference between life and death for children, men, and women who are afflicted with life-threatening allergies. Some of the typical uses for EpiPen include bee stings, peanut allergies, shellfish allergies, bug bites, and other medical issues which are crisis situations and require immediate action. Mylan holds a monopoly over the EpiPen product, and thus is able to hike up their prices to whatever standard they prefer. They think there will be no pushback, or if there is, it will be manageable. The "outrage" will die down soon enough. Until someone who can't afford to buy an EpiPen dies instead. Don't let this happen. Research shows that 1 in 50 Americans has a life-threatening condition that requires them to carry an EpiPen to prevent them from going into Anaphylactic shock. This means that a child could accidentally ingest a food toxic to their systems, such as peanuts, and enter a state which for many, can prove fatal. Something as small as a peanut can kill a child. That is what the EpiPen injectible is supposed to help prevent: death. A woman working in her garden who is stung by a bee but is severely allergic depends on her EpiPen to keep her airway from swelling shut before the ambulance arrives. Know anyone with asthma? Chances are you do, and you know that an asthma attack can be deadly. On average, it takes about 6 minutes for emergency crews to arrive on scene after receiving a crisis call. With allergic reactions especially, seconds count, and the EpiPen has helped save thousands of lives. As a teacher, I know many of my students have severe allergies, and they depend on the EpiPen to help keep them safe. When I heard of this 500% price hike of an essential medication, I was appalled. The Huffington Post has more statistics and problems with Mylan Pharmaceuticals and their EpiPen price-hike here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epipens-500-percent-price-hike-leaves-patients-scrambling_us_57b60b2ae4b03d5136871ec9 Take a moment and think about your family members, loved ones, friends, coworkers, students-- if you know anyone who depends on an EpiPen to survive, send a message to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, that her company's price gouging of an essential, life-saving medication is unacceptable and must be reversed immediately. They know people need this medication and are exploiting that to make money-- don't let it happen. Speak up!

Kristy L.
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Petition to USAID, United Nations Environment Program, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, CITES, INTERPOL, International Primatological Society, World Bank, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, WildAid, Freeland, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, African Wildlife Federation, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, TRAFFIC

End Wildlife Trafficking

Hello, my name is Jane Goodall, and I’m here to ask for your support to end wildlife trafficking. I spend about 300 days every year traveling and talking to people about how we can help animals, but I know the power of social media can connect far more people much more quickly than anyone could do on their own. Please help me end wildlife trafficking. Greed and the desire for increasingly rare “trophies” have resulted in a boom in illegal wildlife trafficking. This is a gruesome trade that is rapidly pushing the earth’s endangered species toward extinction. I’m meeting with some of the top conservation leaders in the world this year, and urgently need your support to tell them you want wildlife trafficking to be a priority for the international community to focus on. My colleagues and I at the Jane Goodall Institute have seen the horrific wounds that wildlife trafficking inflicts on its victims. As a conservation charity that works on the ground in a number of African nations and with incredible global partners, we know the slaughter of such incredible animals is cruel and indefensible. We have also seen the heroism and loss of life of Rangers who defend wildlife against poachers: we cannot let them die in vain. At our Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, we see apes who have been maimed by lethal snare traps, monkeys suffering from bullet wounds, and infant chimpanzees who have been pried from their mother after she was shot dead by poachers, her body headed for markets where people illegally purchase chimpanzee meat. The chimpanzee infants who come to us are often gravely injured, severely ill and suffering from deep psychological wounds that may never heal. They, however, are the lucky ones. The infants who do not make it to Tchimpounga are often trafficked into the illegal exotic pet or entertainment trades, destined to lead short, lonely lives filled with pain and abuse. The inhumane practice of invading a protected animals’ natural habitat to capture and/or kill is destroying our world’s most precious species, and it needs to stop. This is not a simple issue, but one filled with examples of the intense pressures of poverty, lack of training in enforcement, governmental corruption, and the careless demand for wildlife products by global consumers. The inhumane practice of invading a protected animals’ natural habitat to obtain “parts” based on this complicated global market demand by capturing and/or killing is destroying our world’s most precious species, and it needs to stop. The facts reflect the urgency of this crisis: 35,000 elephants a year are killed for ivory. Poaching of rhinos went up 9,000% from 2007-2014. 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. A 2014 survey showed there may only be 3,200 wild tigers left in Asia. 3,000 great apes (including chimpanzees) are illegally killed or stolen from the wild each year. And these numbers may be estimates based on population sizes that don’t even exist - as there are fewer and fewer animals left to poach each year. The Jane Goodall Institute has created the Jane’s Traffic Stop campaign, and I want you to be part of it. Our hope is that we will help stamp out wildlife trafficking for good by creating an enormous community of supporters on social media who will continue to hold key decision makers accountable in the fight against this violence. I strongly believe that from majestic elephants to the smallest butterflies, threatened and endangered animals should be celebrated and left to live their lives ... wild and free. But no one person can do it alone. And we need support. This movement needs you! So stand up to wildlife trafficking by signing this petition to show your support, and help me bring this message of hope to groups like the IUCN at the World Conservation Congress, the International Primatological Society at their biannual congress and CITES at the CoP17 meeting in South Africa this year. We must tell the world that wild animals were not put on the earth to be hunted to extinction and sold off in pieces as trinkets and trophies. We also must not support the business of wildlife trafficking, and shop with a greater awareness to avoid buying illegal animal products or support companies that do. Each of us is only one voice in the fight to stop illegal wildlife trafficking, but if all of you as a collective join me and care enough to speak up, our message will be impossible to ignore. I’ll be working closely with our partners to ensure the signatures on this petition add further pressure and momentum in this global movement to save wildlife. Sign this petition now, and join us in Jane’s Traffic Stop as we share additional actions and keep you up to date in the coming weeks and months.Thank you.-Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
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