Friend of the Earth

71,918 supporters

Friend of the Earth is a project of the World Sustainability Organization. It promotes products from sustainable agriculture and farming and it also carries out conservation projects and campaigns

Started 9 petitions

Petitioning wechat, North Korea Ministery of Health, Chinese Ministry of health, Laos medical compagnies

Stop killing Rhinos for traditional medicine !!

Please Sign Friend of the Earth Petition to stop killing rhinos for traditional medicine!! Wildlife traffickers based in China and Laos are now using the fear against coronavirus to sell their illegal products said a recent report from the environmental investigation agency.  The version of the product they are offering is apparently produced in North Korea and, unlike the Chinese version, explicitly states that the ingredients include rhino horn and musk. One of the sellers is based in China and has a long history of offering tiger, elephant, helmeted hornbill, rhino and other illegal wildlife for sale via WeChat. Another is a Chinese-owned company with multiple retail outlets in the Laotian capital Vientiane selling tiger, elephant, bear, rhino and other wildlife parts and derivatives. Some items are sold openly and others under-the-counter, while the company WeChat account is full of illegal wildlife for sale. On 3 February 2020, South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries reported that a total of 594 rhinos were poached in the country during 2019. It's less than the previous year but it's still a way too much and this recent news about this illegal treatment could threaten even more Rhinos. It's time to act and ask the government of the countries concerned to spread awareness and fight this illegal trade with no proof of medicinal effect! Friend of the Earth will send your signatures to the Ministry of Health of China, Laos and North Korea and we will update you here. Thank you for signing! To learn more about our Conservation Projects, have a look at Friend of The Sea/Earth Project   References: China and Laos traffickers exploiting coronavirus fears to peddle illegal wildlife. Save the Rhinos.org    

Friend of the Earth
441 supporters
Petitioning Tea producers, Tea farmers, Assam Government

Protect the Elephants: ask for sustainable and safe Tea plantations for Elephants

Help Friend of the Earth and other local NGOs like Elephants Friendly Tea to ask the Assam government and the tea producers to grow sustainable Tea plantations for the Elephants and humans.   The problems: Asian elephants, in particular, babies, are falling into artificial trenches on tea plantations, get injured and sometimes die as they are difficult to rehabilitate.  Populations of Asian elephants, which are even more endangered are their African neighbour have declined by at least half during the past 75 years. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 30'000 are remaining in Asia. In the Assam region, an area that is known for his Tea Plantation close to Bhutan, there is a population of 5700 animals. When they are not threatened by electrocution and poisoning, babies can fall into artificial trenches, breaking legs or get injured. Every year roughly hundred unnatural deaths happenened in Assam—from poisonings to electrocutions—eight to 10 are the result of falls into tea garden trenches. Why? Elephants use tea plantations as landmarks when navigating forests, they don't feed on the plants, so there is no need for fences But because there may be fewer people in tea-growing areas, pregnant females often use them as safe havens where they give birth. Their newborns may then be in danger from the trenches as a baby elephant when it falls is a bit like a turtle and can't come back on his back. He is then trapped in the trench and it's common for the mother to get trapped as well. Elephant Friendly’s standards require that drainage trenches are safer adjusted and that they address other dangers too, such as pesticide and herbicide poisoning, electric fencing, razor wire, and human-elephant encounters. They also raise awareness and manage possible conflict with communities. Help Friend of the Earth to spread awareness about this issue and ask for sustainable Tea Plantations. The signature will be sent to the Tea producers and Government of the Assam area and we will keep you update here.  Thank you very much for signing this petition Learn more about our Conservation Projects  Together we can make a change! References:  Excellent article from Rachel Fobar from National Geographic

Friend of the Earth
539 supporters
Petitioning Booking.com

Chiediamo a Booking e Lastminute di non promuovere hotels con lemuri in cattività.

Il programma Friend of the Earth ha bisogno della tua firma per indurre Booking.com, Lastminute.com, Tripadvisor.com, Agoda.com e altre agenzie di viaggio ad eliminare dalle loro liste e non promuovere gli hotel in Madagascar che tengono in cattività i lemuri, primati in pericolo di estinzione. Invieremo tutte le firme di questa petizione alle agenzie di viaggio in questione e chiederemo feedback e aggiornamenti sulle misure intraprese. Ti forniremo quindi l'aggiornamento qui. I lemuri sono mammiferi dell'ordine dei primati. Esistono circa 100 specie e sono tutte native dell'isola del Madagascar. Molte specie di lemuri sono minacciate di estinzione a causa della perdita dell'habitat e della caccia. Il disboscamento illegale, la povertà diffusa e l'instabilità politica ostacolano e minano gli sforzi di conservazione. A causa di queste minacce e del loro numero in declino, l'Unione Internazionale per la Conservazione della Natura (IUCN) considera i lemuri i mammiferi più minacciati del mondo, rilevando che a partire dal 2013 fino al 90% di tutte le specie di lemuri rischia di estinguersi nei prossimi 20-25 anni.  Il commercio illegale di animali domestici in Madagascar si aggiunge alle minacce che i lemuri affrontano come la perdita di habitat e i cambiamenti climatici, ("Lemuri prigionieri illegali in Madagascar" di Kim E. Reuter Melissa S. Schaefer). Gli hotel ed i ristoranti che traggono profitto dal turismo tengono i lemuri in cattività consapevoli che in tal modo aumenteranno l'interesse e la curiosità dei visitatori. Le interviste e i dati estrapolati hanno stimato che tra il 2010 e la metà del 2013 siano stati catturati circa 28.000 lemuri. Dei lemuri che sono stati osservati in diverse aree, il 28 percento delle specie erano i lemuri dalla coda ad anelli (Lemur catta), seguiti da altri come i comuni lemuri marroni (Eulemur fulvus) e lemuri incoronati - di cui sono rimasti solo circa 1.000 individui in natura. Friend of the Earth ha identificato gli hotel con lemuri in cattività proposti dalle famose agenzie di viaggio online. Questo è inaccettabile e dovrebbe essere richiesto di inviare un messaggio forte agli hotel coinvolti e di chiedere loro di rimettere in lista le opportune misure di risarcimento. Il programma Friend of the Earth ha bisogno della tua firma e petizione per indurre Booking.com, Lastminute.com, Tripadvisor.com, Agoda.com e altre agenzie di viaggio ad eliminare dalle loro liste e non promuovere gli hotel in Madagascar che tengono in cattività i lemuri, primati in pericolo di estinzione. Invieremo tutte le firme di questa petizione alle agenzie di viaggio in questione e chiederemo feedback e aggiornamenti sulle misure intraprese. Ti forniremo quindi l'aggiornamento qui. Immagine di Ring-tailed lemur. ©Pet Lemur Survey 

Friend of the Earth
3,536 supporters
Petitioning US Fish and wildlife Service, EU Government

Call on the U​.​S. and European governments to ban the giraffe trade.

Friend of the Earth needs your signature to lead North American and EU Government to review their position about the giraffe trade. We will send all signatures of this petition to the governments and online retailers selling giraffes products and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. The problem: A century ago, more than one million Giraffe used to roam across sub-Saharan Africa. But these gentle giants are now extinct in at least seven countries with only 100,000 animals remaining in fragmented populations across the continent. Their decline by 40 per cent over the past 30 years means that Giraffes are now listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. Two-subspecies (Nubian and Kordofan Giraffe) are listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and two others (Reticulated and Masai Giraffe) as ‘Endangered’. Habitat loss, infrastructure development and degradation have been fueled by wildfire, livestock incursions and illegal encroachment by humans. Poaching, snaring and trade for bushmeat, skins, tails and traditional medicine have further put the Giraffe’s survival in doubt. Diseases, civil unrest, climate change, human population growth, lack of law enforcement, and lack of awareness of Giraffe conservation exacerbate these threats. In August 2019 Giraffes were put on the Cites Appendix II meaning that the commercial trade will now be recorded and followed in a more sustainable way.  With this petition, we would like to raise awareness about this silent extinction, sensibilize the governments and ask the online retailers to stop promoting the trade of Giraffes products. Thank you for signing and spreading this petition! To learn more about our conservation projects Together we can make a change!

Friend of the Earth
8,877 supporters
Petitioning Booking​.​com, Lastminute​.​com, agoda​.​com , TripAdvisor​.​com

Lead Major Travel Agencies to delist hotels with endangered lemurs in captivity.

Friend of the Earth program needs your signature to ask Major Online Travel Agencies to delist hotels that keep endangered lemurs in captivity in Madagascar. We will send all signatures of this petition to the travel agencies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with updates here. Lemurs are mammals of the order Primates. There are around 100 existing species and they are all native to the island of Madagascar. Many lemur species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. Illegal logging, widespread poverty, and political instability hinder and undermine conservation efforts. Because of these threats and their declining numbers, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers lemurs to be the world's most endangered mammals, noting that as of 2013 up to 90% of all lemur species face extinction within the next 20 to 25 years. The illegal pet trade in Madagascar adds to threats lemurs face like habitat loss and climate change, according to the most in-depth study ('Illegal captive lemurs in Madagascar' by Kim E. Reuter Melissa S. Schaefer, 2017). Hotels and restaurants who draw profits from tourism also like to keep pet lemurs due to the photo opportunities it presents for visitors. Interviews and extrapolated data predicted that around 28,000 lemurs were taken into captivity between 2010 and mid-2013. Of the lemurs that were seen in different areas, 28 percent of the species were ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), followed by others like common brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) and crowned lemurs — of which there are only around 1,000 individuals estimated left in the wild. Friend of the Earth has identified hotels with captive lemurs proposed on the popular online travel agencies. This is unacceptable and should be prevented to send a strong message to those hotels and requesting them compensation measures to be put back on the list. THANK YOU for sharing and signing this petition! PS: If you want to learn more about the Lemurs, visit the very good Lemur Conservation Network. To learn more about our Conservation Projects, have a look at Friend of The Sea/Earth Project   Image by Ring-tailed lemur. ©Pet Lemur Survey 

Friend of the Earth
3,536 supporters
Petitioning Chinese Government, Vietnam Government, companies trading big cats parts

Request companies to stop producing and trading big cats products

Friend of the Earth programs needs your signature to request the Governments of China and Vietnam and companies involved to ban the sale and trade of big cats products. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision-makers in the governments and companies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. There are seven main groups of big cat: lions, leopards, jaguars, snow leopards, tigers, cheetahs and cougars. They live in countries stretching the globe, from Russia, through Africa to South America and are all facing serious threats. Hunting for illegal trade is one of the main issue facing big cat species. Tigers, leopards and snow leopards, in particular, are commonly killed and their parts sold for the traditional Chinese medicine market. The demand for big cat products in health supplements is high in some parts of Asia. They are also hunted for their fur, which is used to make clothing and other fashion items. Of all the 38 subspecies of big cats, 5 tigers are considered extinct or regional extinct; 9 among cheetas, lynx, leopards and tigers are critically endangered; 14 are endangered; 14 vulnerable. All big cats play a vital role in maintaining ecosystem function. If any of the big cat species were to go extinct, the ecosystem would undoubtedly shift, likely with negative consequences for the diversity and abundance of other species. Thank you so much for signing! Please have a look at our Conservation Projects and don't hesitate to share the petition!  

Friend of the Earth
26,328 supporters
Petitioning Chinese Government, Vietnam Government, Companies trading pangolin parts

Request China & Vietnam governments & companies to enforce endangered pangolins' trade ban

Friend of the Earth program needs your signature to request the Governments of China and Vietnam and companies involved to enforce a ban on the trade of pangolins parts. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision-makers in the governments and companies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. The only mammals on earth to be covered with scales, pangolins are renowned for their unique anatomy. Unfortunately, pangolin meat is also considered to be a delicacy in China and Vietnam and their scales are widely traded for use in traditional Asian medicine – where they are falsely marketed as holding medicinal properties that can cure a variety of ailments. This monetary incentive has led to innumerable pangolins being taken from the wild, even though it is illegal to poach them, and sold on the black market. The IUCN SSC Specialist Pangolin Group estimates that, despite the reduction in numbers over the past decades, a pangolin is illegally taken from the wild every five minutes. It is thought that international legislation is not sufficient to protect pangolins because the laws have not been enforced. This is, in part, due to a lack of political will and a lack of funds. Local populations are also not aware or engaged in the drive to conserve these unique animals. Though poaching is the main threat to these species, habitat loss is also negatively impacting populations in both Asia and Africa, mainly because of deforestation. The pangolin is believed to be the world’s most trafficked mammal. There are eight species of pangolin – four from Africa and four from Asia – all of which are listed by the IUCN as threatened with extinction. Of the eight species of pangolin, four (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis, Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two (Manis crassicaudata and M. culionensis) are listed as endangered, and two (M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. Pangolins have a highly specialised diet, relying on ants and termites for their nutrition. Though they are not closely related to anteaters, pangolins occupy a similar ecological niche to these animals. They are important for controlling insect populations; it has been reported that a single pangolin can eat upwards of 70 million insects a year. As such, pangolins have an important role in the control of forest termites and without them, the balance of their delicate ecosystems will tip. Friend of the Earth program needs your signature to request the Governments of China and Vietnam and companies involved to enforce a ban on trade of pangolins parts. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision-makers in the governments and companies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. Thank you so much for signing! Please have a look at our Conservation Projets Together we can make a change! Reference:  https://www.pangolinreports.com/

Friend of the Earth
30,971 supporters
Petitioning Governments

Request countries' governments to save endangered Wetlands from threats and degradation.

Friend of the Earth and Friend of the Sea programs needs your signature to request the Countries Governments to take action and protect Wetlands from current threats and degradation. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision makers in the governments and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. A wetland is an ecosystem that is flooded by water, either permanently or seasonally. Wetlands purify and store water, process carbon and other nutrients, stabilize shorelines, and support plants and animals. They are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. According to a recent in-depth study, there are 2303 Wetlands of International Importance distribute unevenly on different continents. Europe owns the largest number of sites, while Africa has the largest area of sites. More than half of the sites are affected by three or four impact factors. The most significant impact factors are pollution, biological resources use, natural system modification, agriculture, and aquaculture.         The protection and restoration of global wetlands can be carried out in five aspects, including management and policy, monitoring, restoration, knowledge, and funding. Friend of the Earth and Friend of the Sea programs needs your signature and petition to request the Countries Governments to take action and protect Wetlands from current threats and degradation. We will send all signatures of this petition to the decision-makers in the governments and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with an update here. Thank you for sharing and signing our Petition! You are also welcome to have a look at our Conservation Projects Together we can make a change!  

Friend of the Earth
1,208 supporters