endangered species

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Petition to Hon. John Horgan, Hon. Catherine McKenna

Help save the uniquely Canadian Southern Mountain Caribou from pending extinction

Updated June 2017 This is the last call for the uniquely Canadian Southern Mountain Caribou, now being pushed to extinction by logging in federally designated critical habitat. For thousands of years the Mountain Caribou has haunted B.C.’s inland old growth rainforests and snowforests, asking only space enough to avoid its main predator, the wolf. Yet against industrial logging this animal has no defense. Consider the situation in southern Wells Gray Provincial Park in south-central B.C. In 1995, about 335 caribou roamed the mountains and highlands here, yet today there are only about 120 left. Why? Two decades of intense logging in the Upper Clearwater Valley, just outside the park. According to best science, Wells Gray will lose its southern Mountain Caribou herd unless the B.C. government calls a halt to industrial logging in its vicinity. It was for precisely this reason that the Federal government formally designated this area as ‘Critical Habitat for Caribou’ in its recent Recovery Strategy. For years, the BC Liberal Government allowed big logging companies like Canfor - which donated almost a million dollars to the party - to continue clearcutting the area, while pouring millions of dollars into stopgap measures like wolf culls, maternity pens, ramped up moose and deer hunts, and caribou transplants, all in the vain hope of repairing an ecological imbalance created by earlier government-approved logging in critical habitat. And so the cycle continues, and caribou move ever closer to the brink. Since 2014, the year the critical habitat designation came into effect, the Liberal Government has allowed hundreds of hectares of critical habitat to be logged in the Upper Clearwater Valley - just as it has done elsewhere in the range of Southern Mountain Caribou. In late 2016, Canfor received yet more cutting permits and since then has bulldozed ahead with yet more logging in critical Mountain Caribou habitat - even as Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna reviews a legal petition for a stop-work order against Canfor! The federal government has a constitutional duty to protect endangered species. It's well past time for the Trudeau Government to live up to its legal obligation. Now's the time for the federal Liberals to work with B.C.'s new NDP-Green government to ensure remaining critical habitat is protected from Canfor and other clearcut logging across southern B.C. Please sign this petition asking the new B.C. government to establish an immediate moratorium on logging near southern Wells Gray Park in federally designated critical habitat for the survival and recovery of Mountain Caribou. This petition will be delivered to: The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, Canada  

Trevor Goward
5,200 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Minister Lloyd Hines

Stop Deforestation Near Kejimkujik National Park & Other Protected Forests

Above: One of Keji's many amazing lakes, surrounded by lush trees and incredible wildlife. Stop Deforestation Near Kejimkujik National Park and Other Protected Forests What is happening? On August 2, the Department of Natural Resources of Nova Scotia (the DNR) proposed clear-cutting an area of 100 hectares of forest on the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park. After a period of 20 days open to public comment and much community outcry, the DNR has decided to move ahead with the clear-cutting of 94 hectares (about 230 acres) of the proposed 100-- without the input of even Parks Canada. This decision was finalized by Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines on October 24th. To add to these plans, harvests have also been proposed for the boundaries of 16 other protected wilderness areas within Nova Scotia; including the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, the Shelburne River Wilderness Area, the Medway Lakes Wilderness Area, the Cloud Lake Wilderness Area and more. Why fight against this? Kejimkujik is a beautiful region of old-growth woods, vast biodiversity, and rare wildlife. Its giant hemlocks, ash trees, and white pines stand as a living testament of the beauty Nova Scotia's forests once held before industrial forestry and agriculture. Clear-cutting in such close proximity to these areas compromises the pristine reputation it holds for our people and visitors to the region. This goes for all protected wilderness areas in Nova Scotia. Moreover, regions such as Keji are home to many rare and even endangered species of wildlife. The Blanding's Turtle, an incredible yet sensitive freshwater reptile, has been listed as endangered both provincially and nationally. Its habitat just north of the proposed Kejimkujik clear-cutting area is one of four delicate populations found across the province. Deforestation could have a very negative effect on their reproductive cycles and population survival, as they are severely vulnerable to changes in their habitat. To add to that, clear-cutting's damage doesn't just stop at the border-- removing trees right up to a protected area boundary will push those impacts into the protected area itself (a concept known as 'edge-effect'). Deforestation also generally causes habitat loss, problems with invasive species, struggles for animals to readapt, and other local ecosystem issues. What will your signature on the petition do? A petition is our simple way of telling the government: we care. We want policies that don't allow deforestation right beside protected parks and wilderness. We want, at least, some kind of a 'buffer zone' that will keep these areas healthier and thriving. We want to protect Nova Scotia's beautiful wooded culture and unique wildlife. Your signature will help to empower others to speak up for this, and will generate a movement within the community to put a stop to this problem. Please show your support and create the lasting legacy we need to protect our valuable forests and animals. Thank you!   List of all protected wilderness boundaries proposed (and some already approved) for clear-cutting in NS: Kejimkujik National Park Middle River – Framboise Wilderness Area Shelburne River Wilderness Area Tobeatic Wilderness Area Shi Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area Toadfish Wilderness Area Medway Lakes Wilderness Area Seven Falls Wilderness Area Trout River Wilderness Area Kelley River Wilderness Area Framboise Intervale Wilderness Area Eigg Mountain – James River Wilderness Area Indian Man Lake Nature Reserve Cloud Lake Wilderness Area Ruiss Noir Wilderness Area North River Wilderness Area French River Wilderness Area

Thomas King
619 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to CITES Parties in attendance at CoP17

PETITION: Tell CITES to end trade in wild African Grey Parrots!

Thousands of wild African Grey Parrots are being trapped each year to fuel the overseas pet trade. The trade is driving the species to extinction, and it has to stop. From September 24 to October 5, 2016, representatives from around the world will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17). There they will decide how wildlife can - and can't - be traded around the world. Alongside Elephants, Rhinos and Lions, the fate of another iconic African species - the Grey Parrot - will be hanging in the balance. Once widespread throughout Africa, over 1.3 million Grey Parrots have been legally exported over the past four decades. Many parrots are poorly treated and die before export; as a result, the true number of parrots taken from the wild is estimated at well over 3 million. A recent study in Ghana reported a severe decline in population in recent years of 90-99%. In the Congo Basin, falling numbers are driving trappers to move into ever more remote areas to find parrots to catch. Despite collapses in numbers, much of this trade remains legal. A number of African countries have recognised the crisis and are leading efforts to give these beautiful birds maximum protection under international law. We're just days away from a major meeting of the world’s governments where the fate of these parrots will be decided. Making international trade illegal would help safeguard the African Grey Parrot’s future. Now is our chance to urge all Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) to support this action and protect this Globally Threatened Species from the unsustainable pressure of trapping. The survival of wild Grey Parrots is in the hands of CITES. The World Parrot Trust will be in attendance at the meeting to support the process; by signing the petition, you will add your voice to ours. Message to CITES: Move the Grey Parrot to Appendix I and end the trade in wild birds of this Globally Threatened Species for good. Please sign your name, share with your friends, and help us save thousands of wild parrots today!

73,633 supporters