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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Premier Doug Ford

Let these birds live. Stop Ontario's war on Double-crested Cormorants

ProblemOntario introduces an open season hunt on nesting birds.Urgent - We need MASSIVE opposition. Ontario’s Conservative Premier, Doug Ford is using Trumpian tactics, has put this in with several other outrageous new laws so as to overwhelm the electorate and has quietly introduced this proposal just before the holidays to avoid scrutiny.Don’t let this happen! Complain about this loud and long and often, PLEASE. It is a major disaster.Please sign our petition. And please continue reading.Nowhere in North America are sport hunters permitted to shoot at close range nesting migratory birds and their chicks while still in the nest, but that is exactly what Ontario’s Conservative Premier Doug Ford is proposing for Double-crested Cormorants and it needs to be stopped now. Premier Doug Ford intends to change the law in Ontario, to allow sport hunters to ‘spoil’ the birds after being shot. Meaning both parents and chicks can be blasted out of their nest and left to rot. Currently it is illegal to ‘spoil’ game species. Technically, the hunting of wildlife isn’t supposed to be for the sheer thrill of killing. Carcasses, in theory, are to be used. Doug Ford is waiving this provision and will allow hunters to shoot up colonies at their pleasure in an open season that will run from March 15 to December 31, every year. Hunters can kill off an entire colony and their chicks in a matter of minutes. A government cull of nesting cormorants in 2003 at Presqu’ile Provincial Park saw two government sharp shooters kill over a thousand birds in one day. So let’s not kid ourselves - Doug Ford wants to kill off these birds in Ontario and it can be done quickly. This proposal was written almost verbatim by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and is part of their PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT agenda. There are no restrictions.There are no restrictions on the number of hunters that can attack a colony anywhere, anytime including one of the largest colonies on the Great Lakes located in Toronto at Tommy Thompson Park. As long as sport hunters remain in their boats, and do not step onto the shore, there is nothing restricting them from coming close enough to shoot nests from below, killing adults peacefully tending their young and the chicks. The enjoyment of Toronto Harbour will be reduced by the presence of gunshots and flying bullets and dead birds floating to shore. This is no joke!This proposal is deceitful.Landowners have always had the unrestricted ability to kill cormorants if they were perceived as ‘nuisance’ on their private property and science from across numerous jurisdictions including Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry concluded that the presence of cormorants indicates an abundance of fish. The problem is that sport and commercial fishers are too greedy to share the resources with any species seen as a direct competitor. Almost all Double-crested Cormorant colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species such as Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans, who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity. When Ontario Parks began culling cormorants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, they lost the ONLY Great Blue Heron breeding colony on Lake Ontario which was embedded among the cormorants for protection against predators. Doug Ford is a ‘text book’ psychopathic bully that has shown little empathy for the most vulnerable in our society both people and wildlife. Let’s stop this him NOW before he decimates waterbird colonies across Ontario. The policy to kill cormorants during their nesting season can be found here:https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4124Please note: It is impossible to monitor this hunting activity as proposed. The same promise to monitor the Spring Bear Hunt never materialized and young cubs are dying at the hands of sport hunters as the mother bears are killed in the spring hunt. The Ontario govt. has NEVER produced a report to date. They can’t and they won’t. They want them dead in the water - literally. For more information on Double-crested Cormorants please link here:http://www.peacefulparks.org/ppc/action_cormoranthm.htmhttps://www.zoocheck.com/cormorant/Thank You !!!!!SolutionPersonal story

Peaceful Parks
8,775 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
71,087 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
163,142 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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 causing.  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 exsist 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
67,509 supporters