Endangered Species

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Started 2 days ago

Petition to United Nations Environment Program, Environmental Protection Agency

Ocean Cleanup: End Plastic Pollution

Cleaning up the Oceans’ plastic is essential to the future of the global ecosystem, as the repercussions of plastic pollution will hit hard soon, and are already affecting the food we eat and damaging the biggest ecosystems of the only planet we have. Fish in the North Pacific Ocean alone ingest up to 48000000 pounds of plastic alone each year, with this potentially deadly, carcinogenic plastic being put into the ecosystem. The fish that consume this plastic are apart of a global food chain in which humans are apart of, meaning that the chances of you, regardless of where you live, consuming potentially deadly microplastics are almost certain, further, the effects of the microplastics aren’t researched for long term effects, meaning that the real toll of these chemicals haven't even been seen yet. As plastic carries harmful pollutants like PCBs, DDT and PAH. These chemicals are highly toxic and have a wide range of chronic effects, including endocrine disruption and cancer-causing mutations.These pollutants will be in the food chain, potentially effecting every living organism on the face of the Earth from humans to sea turtles to housecats, and with trillions of tons of the plastic in the Pacific Ocean alone coming from the 2000’s, the amount will exponentially increase with population as it has been for years. Support for this cause can be carried out with donations to advanced startup groups such as The Ocean Cleanup, whose technology aims to get rid of at least half of the Pacific Ocean’s Garbage within 5 years of full-fledged application of its technology. On a more local level, advocating for laws prohibiting use of plastic bags, as well as taking a personal stand by recycling and choosing paper over plastic. As time progresses with this issue being ignored, cancer rates could potentially skyrocket along with the extinction of ocean species such as various fish and sea turtles which are vital to ecosystems. This issue cannot afford to be ignored, the plastic will pile up and won’t go anywhere with its inability to decompose, and the problems will become irreversible as microplastics overpower technology.

Jack Van Lancker
9 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump

Don't Let Congress Condemn the Mexican Wolf to Extinction!

We are writing to you today to express our extreme concerns about S.2277, which would delist the Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife (Congress 2018). The Mexican Gray Wolf is the most genetically distinct subspecies of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in North America, and is native to Mexico and the American Southwest. This wolf was subjected to extensive human persecution once Europeans colonized the continent, which nearly drove it to extinction. The Mexican Gray Wolf was listed as an Endangered subspecies in 1976, and became extinct in the wild once the last seven survivors were removed into captivity. This wolf was reintroduced to Arizona and New Mexico in 1998 and to Mexico in 2011. While the wild populations have been increasing in recent years, the subspecies struggles to recover, with only 113 wolves in the American Southwest and 31 wolves in Mexico (USFWS 2017). The Mexican Gray Wolf is protected as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because it is in serious danger of going extinct, and it is one of the most endangered mammals in North America (ASM 2007). The Mexican Gray Wolf is ranked as Critically Imperiled by the esteemed conservation organization NatureServe (Hammerson 2013), which is defined as a species that is “at very high risk of extinction due to extreme rarity…, very steep declines, or other factors” (NatureServe 2018). The purpose of the ESA is stated as “to provide a program for the conservation of… endangered species” (Congress 1973), with the ESA defining an Endangered species as “any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range” (Congress 1973). This bill would be a violation of the ESA since it strips the Mexican Gray Wolf of its ESA protections and could potentially result in the extinction of this Endangered subspecies. We ask that you please vote against this harmful anti-wolf bill. Thank you. References: American Society of Mammalogists (ASM). 2007. Reintroduction and conservation of the Mexican gray wolf. <> Hammerson, G. 2013. Canis lupus baileyi. NatureServe. <> NatureServe. 2018. Conservation status assessment: identifying threatened species and ecosystems. <> US Congress. 1973. Endangered Species Act. 16 U.S.C.<> US Congress. 2018. S.2277 - A bill to require the delisting of Mexican gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 on a determination that the subspecies has been sufficiently recovered in the United States. <> USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service). 2017. Mexican wolf recovery plan, first revision.

Heather L.
1,888 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump

Don't Let Politics Delist the Gray Wolf!

We are writing to you today to express our serious concerns about the bills and riders that have been introduced over the past few years in order to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) populations of Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes states. We acknowledge that the Gray Wolf has made a significant recovery in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes states. However, it must be understood that there is much scientific debate on whether the species has recovered enough to be removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and some scientists have expressed serious concerns over delisting at this time (ASM 2012; “Open Letter from Scientists” 2015).  The ESA demands that all decisions regarding protected species must be based “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data” (Congress 1973). The wolf delisting bills and riders do not contain any scientific data to justify their actions, nor did politicians consult with scientists to ensure that they were based off of the best available science. In fact, a group of 50 biologists wrote a letter in February 2015 urging Congress to oppose any legislation that would strip Gray Wolves of their ESA protections (“An Open Letter to Members of Congress” 2015). Since they does not represent the best available science, these bills and riders are a violation of the ESA. While it can be argued that these bills and riders are securing the usage of the best available science by restoring decisions made by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), it must be mentioned that the agency has not always used the best science in regards to decisions about the Gray Wolf (Bergstrom et al. 2009; NCEAS 2014). In 2014 the Federal Court found that the USFWS violated the ESA when it delisted Gray Wolf populations in Wyoming (Wheeler 2014) and the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment (Kearn 2014). Congress already interfered with the ESA when it forced the removal of the Northern Rocky Mountain population of the Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife with a rider in the 2011 budget bill (Congress 2011). These bills and riders, if passed, would continue the dangerous precedent that was created by the 2011 wolf delisting rider. We ask that you please veto any anti-wolf bill and rider that makes its way through Congress. Thank you. References: American Society of Mammalogists (ASM). 2012. ASM position letter on Wyoming gray wolf delisting. <>. An open letter to members of Congress from scientists on federal wolf delisting. 2015. <>. Bergstrom, Bradley J., Sacha Vignieri, Steven R. Sheffield, Wes Sechrest, and Anne A. Carlson. 2009. The northern rocky mountain gray wolf Is not yet recovered. BioScience 59(11): 991 - 999. Kearn, Rebekah. 2014. Big win for Great Lakes' gray wolves." Courthouse News Service. <>. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). 2014. "Review of proposed rule regarding status of the wolf under the Endangered Species Act. <>. Open letter from scientists and scholars on wolf recovery in the Great Lakes region and beyond. 2015. <>. US Congress. 1973. "Endangered Species Act of 1973." <>. US Congress. 2011. H.R.1473 - Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 112th Congress (2011-2012). Wheeler, Ted. 2014. "Wyoming loses bid to manage its gray wolves." Courthouse News Service. <>.

Heather L.
1,475 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to M. Bahadur Khadka

Help Us Save Nepal's Last "Dancing Bear"

A few months ago, news broke that Nepal’s last two "dancing bears" had been seized from a brutal life of performing on the streets. Although getting these bears off the streets was a victory, it wasn't nearly enough. Because Nepal's government hasn't given the necessary provisions to transfer the bears to Wildlife SOS, an organization that is expert in rehabilitating and treating "dancing bears, one of the bears has died. The Indian government had already approved the repatriation of these bears, but the final permission to move them across the border into Nepal has been stuck. The bear's death was completely avoidable. It is imperative that the remaining sloth bear be transferred to our Agra Bear Rescue Facility before he too perishes The term "dancing bear" is a true misnomer. These bears are not dancing; they are in fact responding to pain being inflicted upon them by their owners, usually through a coarse rope run crudely through their muzzle after it's been pierced. "Dancing bears" usually have had their teeth smashed out and are malnourished as well. These bears have been psychologically traumatized, and have no understanding of how to even act like a bear — including what foods to eat, how to climb a tree, even how to interact with other bears. We've rescued nearly 630 dancing bears over the years, so we know what they need psychologically, emotionally, and physically. In fact, Wildlife SOS, with the help of our supporters, eradicated the "dancing bear" practice in India in 2009 when we rescued Raju (pictured in the photo). Raju was India's very last dancing bear. He is still in our care. Now we want to ensure that the last dancing bear in Nepal has the same opportunity to enjoy a long life under our care. Help us bring him someplace he can get state-of-the-art medical attention, where he can have some space to roam, where he can share the company of other bears and get the love that he deserves. Help us give Nepal's last "dancing bear" the chance to actually be a bear.  

Wildlife SOS
3,470 supporters