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conservation

37 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

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

Save Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise from Imminent Extinction!

The Vaquita: The World's Most Endangered Marine Mammal 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. The population has dropped from about 600 individuals in 1997 to fewer than 20 in 2018 and continues to decline at an alarming rate. The vaquita may only have a few months left. The Problem: Entanglement in Fishing Nets Vaquita become entangled and drown in gillnets set for a large species of fish, the totoaba.  The totoaba fish are highly sought after for their swim bladders, which in China are used for questionable medicinal purposes. The dried totoaba swim bladders are so valuable that they are referred to as the “cocaine of the sea”, with prices of up to $46,000 per kg on the Chinese black market. Because of the totoaba’s large size, nets designed to catch the fish have a mesh size that is also perfect to catch vaquita. And once caught, they drown within minutes. Gillnets pose a major threat to whales, porpoises and dolphins around the world and kill 300,000 of them every year ─ but because of the vaquita's small range and low numbers, it is particularly vulnerable. The Mexican government has responded with a gillnet ban, a ban on night-time fishing and better controls to monitor fishing activity in the Sea of Cortez. It has also deployed its navy to assist and vowed to step up its enforcement efforts. Local and international NGOs have also been operating in the area for years to remove derelict fishing gear. But none of the efforts to counter the threat have been able to lower the rate of decline, and vaquita continue to drown in nets. Resources for enforcement are insufficient, units deployed to fight the rampant illegal fishery often lack the authority or the means to intervene and poachers are rarely prosecuted. Investigations also revealed cases of government corruption and pointed to the involvement of criminal cartels in the tototaba trade. The Solution: Eliminate Gillnets, Prosecute Poachers Experts agree that the only way to save the species is to take immediate and decisive action:  Remove active and abandoned gillnets from the Sea of Cortez Step up efforts to enforce the existing gillnet ban and prosecute those that violate it to the full extent of the law. Provide alternatives for the local economy, in which fishing still plays a major role. With a new president at the helm, and a new minister of environment and natural resources in charge, it is now absolutely vital to reinforce to the Mexican government that there is no time to take a break. The vaquita will join China's baiji river dolphin and go extinct while the world is watching if the Mexican government does not take its commitment to saving the vaquita seriously. 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!” You can be the vaquita's voice!Help us save this unique and beautiful species from extinction. Sign and share petition and spread the word! #SaveTheVaquita 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
180,546 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to City of Peterborough, Government of Ontario, Transport Canada, Hiawatha First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Scugog Island First Nation

Hwy 115 needs wildlife Barriers! #HurdlesforTurtles

Driving along the Highway 115 is an absolute nightmare for turtles and other wildlife trying to cross. Over 1000 turtles have been admitted to the Ontario Turtle Trauma Centre this year (https://trib.al/X0E8aHa while I have counted 5 dead snapping turtles within a 5km stretch (in one month) of the Hwy 115. This is significant, because it takes over 20 years for some species of turtles to reach sexual maturity (ability to have babies). There are 8 species of turtles in Ontario and all 8 are listed on the Species at Risk act. Their biggest threat is road mortality. A simple solution to helping various wildlife from the slaughterhouse that is the hwy 115 is to install wildlife barriers and potentially an underpass in areas known to be wildlife crossing areas.  For my 26th birthday I started this petition so I can spearhead this initiative and hopefully bring about some protection. I will put in the appropriate research and get the petition to who needs to have it in their hands. Some examples that come to mind at the moment are the respective First Nations in the area (Hiawatha, Alderville, Curve Lake, Rama, and Scugog Island) respesenting the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabek, Transport Canada, the City of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Etc.. Niawen’ko:wa (Thank You so much) for your time. Please sign and share the petition with the hashtag #HurdlesforTurtles Let’s get this trending!  Erin  

Erin Hayward
2,470 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Premier John Horgan, Honourable Andrew Weaver, Honourable Doug Donaldson, Honourable George Heyman, Elizabeth May, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

Save B.C. Wolves

January 15, 2015: B.C. Government green-lights controversial wolf hunt in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions. As many as 184 wolves to be shot from helicopters. January 20, 2016: Courts asked to rule on B.C.'s controversial wolf cull: Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society have filed an application for a judicial review to determine whether the provincial government’s decision to cull wolves reasonably constitutes proper management of wolves.  May 3, 2016: Wolf kill numbers nearly double in 2016: Year two of five of the B.C. government’s tax-payer-funded wolf kill project is now complete, with the government announcing today their aerial snipers virtually doubled the body count. January 20, 2017: BC government admits culling of wolves is inhumane, yet still considers cull expansion. February 24, 2017: Governments of Canada and of British Columbia conclude study on protection of southern mountain caribou. March 26, 2017: Last day to submit public comment on Protection Study for Southern Mountain Caribou (Central Group) in BC, intended to inform provincial and federal decision-making with respect to the ongoing protection and recovery of southern mountain caribou populations and their critical habitat. January 10, 2018: Proposed BC-Canada Agreement to Protect Mountain Caribou Is Toothless January 19, 2018: The B.C. government is proposing to increase the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island in a misguided attempt to preserve deer populations Three years later, these headlines continue today. Decades of habitat destruction and human encroachment have left B.C.’s mountain caribou on the edge of survival. Instead of protecting critical food and habitat for caribou, such as the lichen rich interior forests, the B.C. government has now placed the blame on wolves. Wolves are now being targeted for aerial killing and expanded legalized hunting and trapping of wolves. These highly social and intelligent animals, icons of our natural heritage, should not be killed because of government negligence. Killing all the wolves in B.C. won’t bring the caribou back in the absence of habitat protection. Wolves are social animals which are integral to ecosystem function. It is the view of Pacific Wild that they deserve protection and should not be exterminated because the B.C. government has continually failed to protect and recover enough habitat for caribou. Gross mismanagement of species at risk in B.C., a province with no endangered species law, results in unethical culls of predators and competing species, such as cougars and moose. There are solutions and alternatives to protecting B.C.'s caribou, but killing animals should not be one of them.  ***(PLEASE NOTE you are NOT donating to Pacific Wild when asked after you have signed the petition - you are donating to change.org) Learn more and support the campaign to end the wolf kill and educate the public about this issue. Go to: www.pacificwild.org to learn more and take action Share through social media: @pacificwild #saveBCwolves #WarOnWildlife Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterContact Pacific Wild: info@pacificwild.org Pacific Wild is a B.C. based non-profit wildlife conservation organization and a leading advocate for changes to wolf management in British Columbia.   www.pacificwild.org    

Pacific Wild
445,014 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Honorable Doug Donaldson

End Cruel Hunting Contests in Canada

These contests are not wildlife management, they are slaughter. Earnings points and winning cash prizes for killing animals is blatantly cruel. Please notice that this petition is not just about wolves, but many other innocent animals.  47 members of pro-animal groups sent an open letter to Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Doug Donaldson, demanding the end to all “wildlife-killing contests” across British Columbia. Minister Donaldson’s response states that the ministry does not condone or encourage these types of events, but that there are currently no rules preventing them, providing the hunters are properly licensed and all laws are followed. Minister Donaldson’s response is unacceptable. The bloodbath must stop. Time is running out. Global News journalist Sean Boynton reported on three upcoming contests in his recent article: Williams Lake by Chilcotin Guns is being dubbed a “wolf-whacking” contest. The event began on Dec. 1 and ends on March 31. For $20, contestants compete in teams of one to four to see who can kill the most wolves by the deadline. One in Yahk, B.C., sponsored by Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club has a point system for killing different animals: three points for cougars or wolves, two for coyotes and one for raccoons. The “predator tournament” runs from March 16 to 24 and offers cash prizes for the top three contestants. The third event cited in the letters comes from the West Kootenay Outdoorsmen, which is advertising a prize of $500 “for each wolf killed.” Please sign and share this petition and send a message to Minister Donaldson that you want wildlife-killing contests to end.

Lavinia Rojas
121,998 supporters