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Endangered Species

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mr. Robert A. Iger (CEO of The Walt Disney Company) (CEO of The Walt Disney Company)

Save The Chinese White Dolphin!

Can you believe that this unique pink dolphin species is in danger of extinction? The Chinese White Dolphin is presently found in the waters of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Estuary of China. As of 2012, there were only 61 individuals observed off the coast of Hong Kong, a 60% decrease from 158 dolphins in 2003.  These dolphins are currently being threatened by land reclamation (a process of reclaiming land from the sea) within their habitat, that will pave the way to build a third runway for the Hong Kong International Airport.  This construction will not only cause devastating habitat loss for the vulnerable Chinese White Dolphin but it will greatly increase water and noise pollution, as well as fatal boating strikes as land is reclaimed from the environment. Many people do not know that such a species of dolphins exists in this part of the world but also many people do not know that there is a Hong Kong Disneyland that has been open to the public since 2005, located right in the vicinity of the dolphins.  Disney states on their website that they have a "commitment to the planet", striving to conserve the environment and "protect more than 400 species".  Hong Kong Disneyland is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Company and the government of Hong Kong.  Together, we should petition Disney to take a stand about this species of dolphin and attempt to reverse the Hong Kong government’s decision to proceed with the third runway construction.  The consequence of undergoing the construction will most assuredly be tragic for this unique dolphin species. Let Disney know that you do not want them to remain silent and that you want the Chinese White Dolphins to be protected. My name is Michael Tobet.  I am the author of a book entitled "Pink Dolphins of the World, Symbols of Global Change", which educates and empowers children, and in turn their parents, to help save the environment of pink dolphins and elsewhere around the world.  Please sign this petition and help to save these dolphins before it is too late.    

Save the Chinese White Dolphin!
2,994 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Guruvayur Devaswom Board, guruvayurdevaswom@rediffmail.com , devaswom.guruvayur@gmail.com

Guruvayur: Stop Encouraging the Poaching of Baby Elephants!

The Guruvayur Devaswom Temple in Kerala, India, recently announced it would accept baby elephants as “donations,” even though this temple already owns 52 elephants. Allegations of mistreatment and neglect in Kerala include violent beatings, isolation, starvation, overwork, and cruelty involving near-medieval implements: spears, bull-hooks, and spiked chains. The results are horrific: Since 2016, thirty-eight captive elephants in Kerala have died. And the cruelty isn’t limited to captive elephants. Wild elephants in Kerala are also victimized, mired in a losing war against habitat loss and continual poaching — with young elephants being torn from their mothers and entire herds sold into slavery at temples like Guruvayur. (For more information on the threats facing wild elephants in India, see our Huffington Post editorial here.) In a state famously called “God’s own country” for its stunning natural resources — where elephants are revered as gods — the idea that temples are devastating wild elephant populations and chaining, torturing, and in some cases killing elephants is nothing short of horrendous. Please stand up for compassion and demand the Guruvayur temple stop accepting young elephant calves — for their sake as well as the dwindling wild populations from which they are stolen. Please sign our petition.

Wildlife SOS
10,413 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor Blair and all council members (Mayor of Wrightsville Beach and Wrightsville Beach Town Council, Chairman Beth Dawson, Mayor Bill Saffo and all council members

Ban the bag, and styrofoam!

Garbage has become a serious issue effecting oceans and ecosystems around the globe, but not everyone is aware of just how serious it's become. According to National Geographic "In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries—far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches." In more recent years that number has greatly increased with their estimation climbing to "5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean" on January 11, 2015. Nat. Geo. also states that "Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface..." That is the equivalent of 44,834 ELEPHANTS weighing 6 tons each floating on the surface of the ocean. National Geographic states "...while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea”, and that “Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice.” When it comes to trash there is no 'away'. A large portion of ocean debris is made up of materials that will never decompose such as plastic bags, and polystyrene (styro-foam). These materials break up into smaller pieces, and become consumed, filtered, or otherwise ingested by wildlife. There is difficulty distinguishing these bits from small eggs, or some form of food source. Keystone filter feeders such as our native oysters, clams, shellfish, and other small organisms are some of the first to become contaminated. NC Coastal Federation documents that “An adult oyster is capable of filtering up to 50 gallons of water a day. As they filter, they also provide an important link in the estuarine food web by transferring nutrients from the surface (plankton) to the bottom (benthos).” According to National Geographic “…the digestion of microplastics diverts some energy away from reproduction, oysters’ ability to reproduce is almost halved: Female oysters produce fewer and smaller eggs while male oysters produce slower-swimming sperm. Offspring produce more slowly. The cause? Blame the chemicals that make up microplastics.” Larger predators consume toxic prey both directly and indirectly. The NC coastline is home to hundreds of endangered sea turtles, and their nesting sites. The Sea Turtle Conservancy reports “Many turtles, that have been killed by consuming debris, had plastic bags or fishing line in their stomachs, some as small as half of a fingernail. Sea turtles are especially susceptible to the effects of consuming marine debris due to their bodies' own structure. They have downward facing spines in their throats which prevent the possibility of regurgitation. The plastics get trapped in their stomach, which prevents them from properly swallowing food. Also, many sea turtle rehabilitation facilities commonly deal with "bubble butts," turtles that float as a result of trapped gas caused by harmful decomposition of marine debris inside a turtle's body. The gases cause the turtle to float, which leads to starvation or makes them an easy target for predators.” The southern portion of Wrightsville Beach North Carolina is also an active nesting site to several migratory bird species. The Audubon Society North Carolina says "The south end of Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is a favorite among many beach-nesting birds. Each summer, nesting shorebirds arrive to raise the next generation of chicks. Since 2009, Least Terns, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers, Common Terns and Willets have gathered at the south end to find mates and raise their young." The Audubon goes on to say "Because it hosts large numbers of birds, the site serves as a significant nesting site for beach-nesting species in North Carolina. As many as 20 percent of the state’s Least Terns and Black Skimmers have nested there, and their success helps maintain healthy populations in the state and in the region." Will the styrofoam problem here effect their numbers as well? If so, how will this effect other countries these bird species inhabit and their ecosystems? Humans also inadvertently continue the cycle of bio magnification by consuming toxic marine animals like fish, and shellfish. As the plastics are dispersed throughout the food web the concentrated toxins accumulate in our bodies as well. Suddenly our family fish fry consists of tiny fragments of toxic polystyrene and plastics, to which we are completely unaware. This problem does not only effect public health, but wildlife populations, the balance of precious ecosystems, and our coastal economies. During a visit to Wrightsville Beach's south end on August 14, 2016 I noticed there were small white balls by the hundreds washed up on the sand. At first glance they looked like eggs of some sort. The tiny white bits were farther up near dunes, in the reeds, along the shoreline, and pulled inside crab holes. I was shocked to discover these tiny balls were not eggs, but small bits of non-decomposing plastic styro-foam; ie. microplastics. The debris appeared to be identical to the styro-foam used in coolers, cups, fishing markers, and mooring buoys. After one week of Wrightsville beach styro-foam collection we discovered an alarming average. Every 500 ft we collected 32oz styro-foam pieces from the sand alone with that average on a steady incline. As of September 10, 2016 the quantity of styrofoam present on this beach is too high, and well dispursed to measure. The collections also included plastic bags or pieces of plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic bucket lids, sheets, fishing lines, fishing hooks, plastic bits, socks, diapers, misc. garbage, and too many cigarette butts to count. There are a vast growing number of states, and cities across the nation who have banned plastic foam, and plastic bags. A list compiled by Groundswell.org reports District of Columbia, Washington D.C., Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and California have officially banned plastic foam either partially or completely, and a host of other locations such as Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Illinois all have bills currently in proposal. According to Ocean Conservancy "San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ban on the sale of polystyrene foam. Foam packing, cups and mooring buoys will be prohibited starting January 1, 2017.” On August 9, 2016 The Folly Beach Newsletter reported “The Folly Beach City Council unanimously voted to ban polystyrene coolers (best known by the brand name Styrofoam) or single use plastic bags, typically associated with bags handed out to customers after a purchase”, countries in Europe encouraged a large decrease in single use plastic bags by charging for them, and France just banned single use/disposable plastic-ware all together. It's time to join other coastal areas around the Nation and the globe in taking the necessary steps to ensure that our coastal ecosystems remain intact, and pristine for future generations.  Please sign to protect the seas and our crystal coast! Thank you!  

Christina Budres
1,096 supporters