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endangered species

11 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Marc Garneau, Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
246,325 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Hon. Sylvia Jones, Hon. Rod Phillips, David Suzuki

Maintain Ontario’s Endangered Species Act!

The Ontario PC Government is proposing to gut the Ontario Endangered Species Act. This move is regressive and dangerous. The world is in a biodiversity crisis, and the Ontario government has proposed to gut one of the most comprehensive endangered species laws in the world. The province is bending to pressure from industry and sprawl developers when they should be working to restore and protect vulnerable habitats. These changes propose to gut the cornerstones of the law that made species recovery and survival possible. Environmental Defence, Ontario Nature and the David Suzuki Foundation condemn these changes in the strongest possible terms, and call for the Government to reconsider immediately. We are especially concerned about the proposed changes: 1. Species listed as threatened or endangered may no longer be automatically protected. 2. Introducing pay-to-proceed system on harmful activities. Developers and proponents should not be allowed to pay their way out of protecting endangered species’ habitats. 3. Opening the scientific committee to non-scientist members. This change could allow people with no knowledge or scientific background to be involved in decisions for species. 4. Giving the Minister the discretion to interfere with the listing of at risk species, bringing politics into the protection of endangered species. Send a message to our provincial government that our wildlife cannot be bought and eliminated by greedy developers! Please sign and share to protect OUR wildlife and biodiversity!  The extinction of many plant and animal species is at risk, and it’s impact to our future health is unquestionable.

Ian Cameron
112,717 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Catherine McKenna, Dr Stephen Lucas

Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada #ivoryfreecanada

French 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 land mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #ivoryfreecanada. Sincerely,Fran DuthiePresident, Elephanaticswww.elephanatics.org  Photo Credit: Larry Laverty

Elephanatics
413,363 supporters