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Petition to Philippine delegates and governments attending CITES CoP 17

VOTE YES FOR THRESHERS

YES FOR THRESHERS The Philippines is the only country that can boast to having an established pelagic thresher shark dive industry. Monad Shoal near Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan remains to be the only place in the world where scuba divers can see pelagic thresher sharks almost every day. The scuba diving industry accounts for most of Daanbantayan’s economy, securing the livelihood of many in the municipality and its neighboring communities. The presence of thresher sharks has turned Malapascua Island into a major dive tourist attraction, helping the local residents to recover after the devastation that tropical typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) brought to many parts of the country in 2013.  In the province of Cebu, sharks are considered valuable for both their ecological and economic value that the province issued a Resolution protecting all sharks and rays in all its municipalities and established the Philippines’ first shark and ray sanctuary in Daanbantayan. This legislation makes the Philippines one of the few countries in the world to have domestic protections for sharks. Aside from Cebu, thresher sharks are afforded local protection in Batangas City, Panglao lsland, and Palawan. Unfortunately, it is not enough as thresher sharks could still be fished, hunted, and traded legally elsewhere. Their meat is usually consumed locally but the fins are sold internationally, mainly through Hong Kong and Taiwan, to be used in shark fin soup.  However, there is an opportunity coming up that could ensure protection of thresher sharks through the regulation of its international trade. This happens on 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa when all three species of thresher sharks are being proposed to be listed on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at their Conference of Parties (CoP) 17. Taking part in this proposal will prevent unsustainable fishing of thresher sharks as the market for their fins will now be monitored and regulated, and together with 182 parties, we will have to vote to support the proposal or not. The Philippines is in a unique position to push for the protection of the thresher sharks as we are the only country that values these sharks more than just for their fins. Not only is the Philippines’ YES vote important for thresher shark conservation, it would also provide the best platform to promote one of the world’s most sought-after dive experiences: the opportunity to see the pelagic thresher sharks in Monad Shoal and send a strong message to the world that our country remains as the preeminent destination to encounter these sharks. Not supporting the proposal means death to Daanbantayan's diving industry, now contributing to 80% of its economy, that visitors and locals are now benefiting from. The Philippine delegation to the 17th CoP of CITES has the option to vote YES or NO to the listing of thresher sharks. We need to let them know that, as a country, we want our thresher sharks to be protected under CITES which will inevitably protect them in Philippine waters.  If this proposal passes, all trade in thresher sharks would be required to be sustainable – a policy that would go a long way in ensuring their survival for generations to come.   You can help make this happen by doing the following: 1. Signing our petition! 2. Visiting Malapascua Island to see the thresher shark and support the community. 3. Sharing our thresher shark posts on social media while using #SaveThresherTala #StoptheThresherHunt #PHsayYes #WORLDsayYES   YOU CAN HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE! #PHsayYES #WORLDsayYES Follow this campaign on Facebook at Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Save Sharks Network Philippines are Balyena.org, Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Dolphins Love Freedom, Earth Island Institute – Philippines, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Malapascua Business Operators Association, Malapascua Marine Preservation Fund, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Oceana Philippines, Philippine Animal Welfare Society, PhilippineBeaches.org, Reef Check Philippines, The Reef-World Foundation, Responsible Tourism Philippines, Restore Outdoor Club, Save Philippine Seas, SharkLink & Divelink Cebu, Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Turtle Conservation Society of the Philippines, Inc., WWF-Philippines, and Zoox Ltd.  Photos (c) Steve de Neef

Save Sharks Network Philippines
6,909 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Luis Guillermo Solís, Daniel Ortega, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Jimmy Morales

Stop killing silky sharks for fins

Strengthen Global Protections for Silky SharksThe silky shark needs your help. Getting its name from its smooth skin and slim body, the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) is an important apex predator that helps maintain the health of our oceans. Unfortunately, due to overfishing primarily from longliners and purse seiners that target tuna and mahi mahi, these animals are now listed near threatened globally by the IUCN Red List, with some populations in the more precarious vulnerable category. Silky shark numbers have declined ~90% in the central Pacific from the 1950s to the 1990s. Fins from an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million silky sharks are traded globally per year. It is the second- or third-most common species auctioned on the Hong Kong fin market, which represents over half the global trade. Sign our petition calling on the Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to support listing silky sharks, under Appendix II of CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). We plan on delivering signatures in mid-September so please sign the petition and share it as widely as you can. If silkies gain this status, countries will be required to take concrete action to reverse the negative population trend and begin protecting this shark species. Let's give the silkies a fighting chance!

SeaTurtles.org
539 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Mrs. Nthabiseng (Pamela), Cathy Liss

Petition for CITES to classify African Elephants as Highly Endangered

Every 2 years, CITES, the organization that determines whether species are classified as threatened, endangered or highly endangered, is going to hold their convention.   This year, they are meeting on September 24th in Johannesburg, South Africa.  One of the species that they will be making a determination on is African Elephants.  We are attempting to persuade the delegates of the CITES Convention to list African Elephants as HIGHLY ENDANGERED.  Since CITES last met, in 2014, the African Elephant population has dropped by 25%!   In only two years we have lost 100,000 elephants due to poaching. The life span of an elephant is roughly the same as ours, they live well into their 80's and don't reproduce until the females are in their late teens or 20s.  They have only one calf, normally, and their gestational period is almost two years long.  They reproduce extremely slowly, and cannot make up the numbers lost to poaching.  Can you imagine our children and grandchildren growing up in a world without elephants?  Governments of many countries in Asia, the European Union, and even in Africa, do not want to have elephants listed as HIGHLY ENDANGERED because they want to continue to trade in ivory, which is only obtained from the tusks of elephants.  At the current rate of poaching, African Elephants will be extinct within 8 years.   If they are designated as HIGHLY ENDANGERED, more power will be given to countries to fight poachers.   Poachers would be able to be prosecuted under far harsher penalties.   CITES is a global agreement and with a HIGHLY ENDANGERED designation, elephants would be much more protected.   We ask that you sign to help us convince governments that are sending delegates to the CITES Convention, that elephants need the classification of HIGHLY ENDANGERED, to help governments save the lives of elephants.

Connection Africa
749 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Letter to South African Consulate, Vice Consul, Los Angeles, CA Mrs. Nthabiseng (Pamela) Petition fo, Cathy Liss

Ask CITES to classify African Elephants as Highly Endangered

Every 2 years, CITES, the organization that determines whether species are classified as threatened, endangered or highly endangered, is going to hold their convention. This year, they are meeting on September 24th in Johannesburg, South Africa. One of the species that they will be making a determination on is African Elephants. We are attempting to persuade the delegates of the CITES Convention to list African Elephants as HIGHLY ENDANGERED. Since CITES last met, in 2014, the African Elephant population has dropped by 25%! In only two years we have lost 100,000 elephants due to poaching. The life span of an elephant is roughly the same as ours, they live well into their 80's and don't reproduce until the females are in their late teens or 20s. They have only one calf, normally, and their gestational period is almost two years long. They reproduce extremely slowly, and cannot make up the numbers lost to poaching. Can you imagine our children and grandchildren growing up in a world without elephants? Governments of many countries in Asia, the European Union, and even in Africa, do not want to have elephants listed as HIGHLY ENDANGERED because they want to continue to trade in ivory, which is only obtained from the tusks of elephants. At the current rate of poaching, African Elephants will be extinct within 8 years. If they are designated as HIGHLY ENDANGERED, more power will be given to countries to fight poachers. Poachers would be able to be prosecuted under far harsher penalties. CITES is a global agreement and with a HIGHLY ENDANGERED designation, elephants would be much more protected. We ask that you sign to help us convince governments that are sending delegates to the CITES Convention, that elephants need the classification of HIGHLY ENDANGERED, to help governments save the lives of elephants.

Connection Africa
1,019 supporters