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Lead Booking, Tripadvisor and others to delist hotels with endangered lemurs in captivity.

Friend of the Earth  program needs your signature and petition to,,, and other travel agencies to delist hotels which keep endangered lemurs in captivity in Madagascar. We will send all signatures of this petition to the travel angecies and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update 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. (Wikipedia). 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). 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. Friend of the Earth program needs your signature and petition to,,, and other travel agencies to delist hotels which keep endangered lemurs in captivity in Madagascar. We will send all signatures of this petition to the travel angeces and we will ask for feedback and updates on the undertaken measures. We will then provide you with update here. Thank you for signing! Image by Ring-tailed lemur. ©Pet Lemur Survey 

Friend of the Earth
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Petition to Lorenzo Fioramonti

Chiediamo ZOOLOGIA all'Università

Parlando con molti giovani e leggendo molti forum inerenti alla materia, ho riscontrato un unico punto in comune, causa di confusione, frustrazione ed infine rassegnazione; molti giovani, con la passione per la natura e gli animali, infatti, non riescono a trovare una realtà che li soddisfi pienamente, dove sentirsi al posto giusto, studiando e informandosi in linea diretta sull'argomento di loro interesse.Lo zoologo studia e ricerca, confronta la storia, l’evoluzione, le abitudini, i comportamenti, i bisogni delle specie animali, ai fini della conoscenza e della loro tutela. Organizza poi i risultati del suo lavoro in classificazioni sistematiche e comparative, permettendo così una conoscenza approfondita a vari livelli del mondo animale.Le professioni di Zoologo ed Etologo in Italia ufficialmente non esistono! Non sono regolamentate da alcuna legge, non vantano ancora un percorso accademico definito e non esiste pertanto il relativo ordine professionale. L'unico corso di Laurea Magistrale in Italia per prepararsi a studiare il comportamento degli animali è quello proposto dall’Università degli studi di Torino, “Evoluzione del Comportamento Animale e dell'Uomo”, oltre ad alcuni Master. Come corso triennale, se ci si vuole avvicinare al mondo animale, bisogna frequentare Scienze Naturali, Scienze Biologiche o Scienze Zootecniche e Tecnologie delle Produzioni Animali (finalizzato alla formazione di figure in grado di rispondere alle esigenze delle imprese zootecniche ed agro-zootecniche).In America e in Gran Bretagna esistono molti college che offrono questa opportunità, come la Queen Mary a Londra per esempio. Ma chi non ha la possibilità di studiare all'estero? Quello che chiediamo è, quindi, di promuovere Zoologia come Corso di Laurea Triennale, in Italia, con riconoscimento legislativo ed il relativo ordine professionale. L'Italia vanta un patrimonio faunistico che merita attenzione, monitoraggio e ricerca per la sua tutela e conservazione. Diamo per favore la giusta importanza e dignità a tutti i giovani italiani che, con forte passione, vogliono investire il proprio tempo nello studio degli animali.Di seguito il testo in inglese,al fine di sollevare la questione in tutti i Paesi Europei: After speaking with several students and researching on different forums online, I became aware of the negative consequences of the lack of Zoology studies in University Institutions. This lack creates feelings of confusion, frustration and resignation in many young people who share a strong interest on the animal kingdom that can not be satisfied as there are not any Zoology Faculties or BcS (3rd year) they can attend to.Zoologists study, research and compare the history, evolution, habits, behaviors and needs of the animal species, to widen our understanding of each of them and ensure their protection. They organize the results of their work in comparative and systematic classifications, increasing our knowledge on various levels of the animal world.This discipline can already be studied all over the United Kingdom and USA and in many different institutions around the world (such as India, Australia, South Africa etc.) except in Italy and most of the European countries. In our country, there are several CdS (in a 3 years degree) that students can attend as replacement of Zoology such as Natural Science and Biology. However, due to the lack of time and resources their approach is limited and superficial, preventing students from obtaining the required skills to work and share their knowledge with the rest of the community. Zoologist and Ethologist are not regulated by any law; nor have an academic path and any relevant professional associations, which prevents those who can not afford to study abroad from fulfilling their vocation and, even more, from enriching the society with their knowledge.For all these reasons we would like Zoology to be promoted as a Course of Studies in Italy, with legal recognition and professional associations/opportunities. Acknowledging this way all the people whose passion is the animal kingdom and who are moved to learn, research, study and work on this discipline all over our country. We hope as well that, this way, we could be an example for other European countries in this innovative change. Thanks to everyone,Ester

Ester Cuffaro
100,992 supporters