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Petition to Beverly Yee, Rachel Notley, Paul Frame, Rob Siemieritsch, Matt Besko, Travis Ripley


For the first time in 8 years, the Alberta Government is allowing rehabilitation of black bear cubs who are orphaned due to many reasons, involving humans; including, hunting for sport.     WHY, THEN, WOULD THEY INSIST ON SETTING THESE CUBS UP FOR FAILURE UPON RELEASE BACK INTO THE WILD??  Currently, Alberta Environment and Parks is insisting on a fall release, coinciding with the start of bear hunting season.  These two cubs, known as Charlie and Maskwa, have a slim chance of survival as the time of their release also coincides with the period adult bears of both sexes have to obtain 20,000 calories a day; therefore, small unaccompanied bear cubs run the well documented risk of predation. These bears are inexperienced with being on their own, and even if they survive hunting and predation, might not find a suitable den site to survive the winter.  Odds are these cubs will be shot for sport or starve or freeze to death.     A private rehabilitation facility and NOT the Alberta Government has experience with rehabbing 19 bear cubs in the past, successfully releasing them without harm to humans.     Statistics from 44 other bear rehab centres show cubs are not released until 11 months of age or older.  There are innumerable published papers supporting the release of orphaned cubs between 12 and 32 months of age NOT 8 months of age.   Albertans would like Alberta Environment and Parks to be transparent and provide their source of information that endorses a fall release and compels them to move forward with this decision.  Black bear rehabilitation is NOT funded by the Alberta Government, nor have they allocated funding for orphaned or injured wildlife rescue, rearing, and release back into the wild.  In the past the Wildlife Act has enabled the Alberta Government to issue wildlife permits to approved organizations so wild orphans could be rehabilitated and released.  These organizations and NOT the Alberta Government successfully released bears in the past without human habituation or danger to humans.  Why now, does the Alberta Government believe they are the experts?  Alberta Environment and Parks continue to focus on the concern that these bear cubs will become habituated.  The fact is, these bear cubs, will be in hibernation (NOT interacting with humans) from November to the end of March- earlier/later if Alberta has an early snowfall and a long winter. This hibernation is a five month period when no human/bear interaction occurs. This is one of the key reasons WHY a late spring release is beneficial: the 5 month act of hibernation breaks the association between bear cub and caregiver/ provider of food.  Winter release is preferred, and has been successful with the bears in hibernating boxes, because when they wake up from hibernation they are in a new world, and when the habitat is suitable they stay there.  THERE IS NO PUBLISHED RESEARCH THAT RECOMMENDS THE RELEASE OF 8 MONTH OLD BEAR CUBS.  WE APPEAL TO THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER THE RELEASE DATE FOR THESE TWO VULNERABLE BEAR CUBS.     

Lisa Madsen
49,060 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Enrique Peña Nieto, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, CONAPESCA, CONANP, CONABIO

Prevent the Imminent Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico!

The vaquita is a small porpoise that can only be found in the Upper Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico. The species is listed as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is facing imminent extinction due to accidental entanglement in illegal gillnets set by poachers. Fewer than 20 individuals of this species remain, and the population continues to decline at an alarming rate. All efforts by the Mexican government and NGOs to counter the threat to the vaquita and reduce the rate of decline have so far been unsuccessful. Experts agree that the only way to save the species is to take immediate and decisive action: remove gillnets from the Sea of Cortez, step up efforts to enforce the existing gillnet ban and prosecute those that violate it. With a new president elected into office just days ago, it is now absolutely vital to reinforce to the Mexican government that there is no time to take a break. The vaquita will join the baiji river dolphin and go extinct under the world’s eyes if the Mexican government does not take its commitment to saving the vaquita seriously and act now. It needs to act today, as the last vaquita may drown in a gillnet tomorrow. “The world is watching as the endangered vaquita porpoise in the Sea of Cortez is approaching extinction. This is our very last chance to prevent the loss of a unique species that is just as important to the identity of the region of Mexico it calls home as it is to humanity and as a piece in the vast and amazing tapestry of biodiversity on this planet. We call on the Mexican government to drastically step up its efforts to take immediate, decisive and effective action to end the gillnet threat once and for all; to put much needed resources towards the strict enforcement of the existing gillnet ban and to prosecute those that violate it to the full extent of the law. Do not wait for others to solve this problem. Do not waste precious time. Every single day counts. Do not let it be your legacy that you let the only cetacean endemic to Mexico go extinct on your watch. ¡Viva la vaquita marina!” Find out more about the or Download a PDF version to collect signatures in your community.

Porpoise Conservation Society
160,591 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Catherine McKenna, Dr Stephen Lucas

Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada #ivoryfreecanada

  Will we be the generation that lets elephants become extinct? A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime. Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe. Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of our elephants have disappeared. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade. China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada? On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species. We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to: 1.  ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and 2.  make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal. Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #ivoryfreecanada. Sincerely,Fran DuthiePresident,  Photo Credit: Larry Laverty

214,605 supporters