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conservation

23 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to George Harvie

Ban the Cruel Sale & Trade of Shark Fins

Did you know that although the practice of shark finning was banned in Canada in 1994, our country is currently the second largest importer of shark fins and shark fin products, following Southeast Asia? It was shocking for me to find out that the import, possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins and shark fin products are completely legal in Delta, British Columbia. Why should we care? Shark finning is cruel. It consists in the removal and retention of shark fins once the shark has been fished from the ocean, usually caught using an inhumane method. Once the fins have been sliced from the body, the carcass is discarded back into the water, often while the shark is still alive. Sharks receive oxygen as water passes through their gills. Therefore a shark must be moving forwards in order to breathe. They are thrown back into the ocean to suffocate, or to slowly bleed out. Whichever happens first. Sharks are more vital to our marine ecosystems than you may think. They actively maintain the species below them which in turn maintains the seagrass and coral reef habitats. Without sharks to prey on large fish (such as groupers) the populations of these fish will sky rocket and in turn they will over-prey on the smaller fish. The smaller fish are extremely important in ensuring the survival of the reefs as well as the entire oceanic ecosystem. Also, a dramatic drop in shark populations can ultimately reduce the numbers of phytoplankton, which produce more than HALF of the world’s oxygen. Without sharks, this system will collapse and humans will be greatly affected by it. The shark fin trade is both a national and global epidemic. There are 141 threatened or near threatened shark species in the world and only 3 of them are protected by Canadian federal laws. Although in 2013 the Delta Council set a clear position against the import and sale of shark fin, we are still supporting the killing of endangered sharks in our oceans by not having a bylaw in place to properly prohibit these sales. Join me now in asking that a bylaw be implemented in Delta to prohibit the sale and trade of shark fin. I have begun surveying local businesses on this matter and so far 100% of the businesses I have spoken to support a bylaw being put in place. A number of municipalities in BC have already committed to banning shark fin products, putting animal and environmental rights before profits. Together we can approach both the provincial and federal governments as a united front to stop the import of shark fins, as well as help to save our world’s oceans. This is something that I may be starting on my own, but it is not something I can finish on my own. I need all of your support, whether you’re from Delta or not, whether you’re from Canada, Australia, or anywhere else in the world. Please sign and share this petition. For more information: https://delta.civicweb.net/filepro/document/85399/F13%20Shark%20Fin%20Ban%20Analysis.pdf http://findonnelly.ndp.ca/fin-in-the-news-rob-stewart-s-family-calls-for-shark-fin-import-ban-on-anniversary-of-his-death http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/shark-fins-1.4262628

Kendra Luckow
70,568 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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 vaquita:porpoise.org/vaquita or vivavaquita.org Download a PDF version to collect signatures in your community.

Porpoise Conservation Society
162,204 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to W. Craig Jelinek, CEO W. Craig Jelinek

COSTCO: find an alternative to Palm Oil, Orangutans survival depend on it

Palm Oil is a cheap additive in many products we consume/use each day. These include but are not limited to; food, beauty products and biofuel.  COSTCO currently uses Palm Oil in some of their own Kirkland brand products. Because Costco has such a global market of consumers, people have the right to know the negative impact and devastation the consumption of Palm Oil is having. In Borneo there are rainforests that are being burned every second, so row upon row of palm plants can take their place. Animals such as Orangutans have to evacuate quickly to save their lives. This devastation leaves dead or injured, crying and orphaned baby Orangutans among other animals. In Borneo and Sumatra this biodiverse forest is the last place on earth where Tiger, Orangutan and Elephant still co exist.  Furthermore, the depletion of the trees adds pressure to the already fragile and overworked forests that we ALL depend on to help create the oxygen we breath.  Costco is a member of the "Roundtable on sustainable palm oil" although they can say they belong to this group, they have not taken action on major steps to use "sustainable" palm oil. There are many questions surrounding the reliability of "sustainable" palm oil. We ask that Costco join the movement to totally end Palm Oil use. Palm Oil is often disguised with various names in products (please research these) and email manufacturers to stop using Palm Oil. Join me in asking Costco to be the great company we know and love, in making the right move for the planet, by totally eliminating Palm Oil from their brand, and to use their buying power to inspire other manufacturers to do the same.  #getitoutcostco   

Ashley Harris
62,381 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Christopher Atkins, Linda Hepner, City Clerk

Don't eliminate Greenside's natural space with high density development

This petition is for residents and visitors to Surrey BC. We've all seen the negative results of Surrey's high-density development of numerous green spaces: more property crime, traffic congestion, overloaded schools, insufficient parking, noise and the loss of mature trees. Next up is the natural area in the centre of Greenside Estates (development proposal file# 7915-0393-00). Residents walk their dogs in the natural area, play with their children, and watch the ducks in the duck pond. Cramming 236 townhouse and stacked townhouse units into that 6.4 hectare area will destroy this much needed natural space and detract from the livability of the area. Even those who do not directly enjoy the natural area or pond will be affected by this proposed development. Traffic and congestion of the adjacent 60th Avenue, 192 Street, and Fraser Highway will unavoidably worsen. Parents of students who attend Latimer Road Elementary have reason for concern, because this development would put an additional 236 families right next to the school. It would also add additional students to Clayton Heights Secondary, which is already over-capacity by more than 330 students. This additional load may result in larger classes, more portables, or changes to the school catchment areas. This development proposal should not be approved. Development should be lower-density and limited to the portion of the green area that is closest to Fraser Highway so it doesn't interfere with the pond or detract from the livability of the area.If you are a resident of Surrey, please sign this petition and let Christopher Atkins (Surrey Planning & Development Department) at 604-591-4327 or ctatkins@surrey.ca know that you don't want this development. Quote file number 7915-0393-00.To see what this green space and duck pond looks like, check out:http://greensideestates.imgur.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgD__hUrxHMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui8HGmQCAg0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cZ0k0sAP6ETo see the current development proposal's status and developer's contact information, see:https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=15&seq=0393

Zack Blair
693 supporters