Petition Closed

This rare dolphin is struggling for survival in the waters of River Indus and it is a fact that if no major efforts been taken to save these dolphins it could become extinct in couple of years.

Letter to
Honorable Chairman, Senate of Pakistan Mr Farooq Hamid Naek
Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr.Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan & Chairman,Senate of Pakistan

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Honorable Sir,
The Blind Indus Dolphins (Platanista Minor) an endangered species is the rarest mammal found in the River Indus (Pakistan) only. It is a close relative of Platanista Gangatica (found in river Ganges in India).
According to a survey conducted in April 2011 by the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF –P) the survey team counted 918 blind dolphins in the river Indus from Guddu to Sukkur. This number has now further decreased as nearly 29 dolphins been reported to be either killed or found dead during the last six months.
The report of this survey declares : ““No encouraging growth in the dolphin’s population has been observed because of different reasons, use of banned fishing nets and poisonous chemicals by fishermen, unhampered release of hot poisonous water of the Guddu Tharmal power into the river Indus, release of drainage water and industrial wastewater into the river at Sukkur and the construction of hydel power stations along the Indus are among others, grave threats to the survival of the rare species”.
This rare dolphin is struggling for survival in the waters of River Indus and it is a fact that if no major efforts been taken to save these dolphins it could become extinct in couple of years.
I request you to kindly consider taking immediate notice of this situation and instructing all the concerned authorities specially Sindh Wild Life Department to declare the River Indus area between Guddu and Sukkur a ‘protected area’ for the sake of rare Blind Indus Dolphins’ sustainable survival and to implement complete ban on the use of fishing nets and poisons chemical for fishing by local fishermen and to stop the release of all drainage and industrial wastewater into the river Indus at Sukkur.
The loss of this beautiful mammal from our waters will not only be the loss of Pakistan but in fact for the entire World.
Respectfully, Sir, I hope that you will take this request from the heart into consideration before it gets too late for these beautiful Blind Indus Dolphins, please save them for the Planet Earth.


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Sincerely,