Petition to Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, YB Dato Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Y.Bhg. Dato' Abdul Kadir bin Abu Hashim, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resoruces & Environment Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, UKK JPM, NRE , Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Wildlife Department of Malaysia, Langkawi Development Board, Langkawi Development Board, Langkawi Development Board, JPM , JPM , NRE , LADA , LADA , NRE , JPM
Free Lasah the elephant from daily abuse
Lasah is a 37 year old wild born elephant who was captured and taken into captivity when he was a baby, separated from his mum and herd, and who has suffered in zoos, tourism and entertainment for over 25 years. Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, perform in shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet and used in commercials and the 1999 film Anna and the King. Eleven years ago, he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures [LEA]. There, Lasah is used for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastating for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website. In July last year, activists exposed photos of Lasah chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA's closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet (when not exploited for tourist money). Lasah has suffered for too long. This abuse must stop. Sign this petition to get him to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and then click on the link below to know what more you can do to help #FreeLasah. http://www.fotomalaysia.org/?p=1870
Petition to Newcastle City Council
Save Havannah Nature Reserve's Red Squirrels
Havannah Nature Reserve is the last known site of breeding red squirrels in Newcastle - the only city in England with an urban population of this legally protected species - but proposals for hundreds of houses directly opposite now threaten this essential breeding ground. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer between grey and red squirrels but hundreds of houses with gardens will encourage grey squirrels – which carry the deadly poxvirus and outcompete reds for food. If the plans are approved grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, killing the red population. The only way to save Havannah’s reds would then be a grey culling programme, which many do not agree with, so it would be difficult to enforce. It would also be difficult to implement, as grey traps would likely be vandalized. Havannah Nature Reserve provides optimum red squirrel habitat, thanks to dense areas of pine trees - an ideal food source for red squirrels. The reserve is one of only two lowland heaths in Newcastle and provides habitat for other protected species, such as Great Crested Newt, badgers, bats and the increasingly rare Dingy Skipper butterfly. Increased predation from domestic cats and dogs will severely disrupt the rich biodiversity of this important wildlife habitat. There have already been over 450 objections to the plans. Please help the reds in their hour of need and sign the petition to send the message to Newcastle City Council that building here is just not on.
Petition to The courts, Attorney General of Malaysia, Forest Certification Councils, State Governments
Enough is Enough! No More Dead Tigers .
Cukuplah! Cegah Kematian Harimau Berulang
Enough is Enough! #NoMoreDeadTigers Malaysians were recently shocked by the loss of SIX wild Malayan tigers in the span of a single month. They were among the last 300 tigers that now fight to stay alive. Extinction is real. These are just the latest cases in a string of deaths. Illegal hunting and trade, driven by demand for wildlife from within and outside Malaysia, remains the most devastating threat to tigers and other endangered species. We demand that poachers be brought to justice and landowners of tiger habitat, be it states, corporations or individuals, bear responsibility to save wild tigers. We call for: Maximum sentences to be handed out to criminals convicted of killing or trading in tigers and other endangered species. Civil society to be allowed to support the investigation and prosecution process of wildlife crimes, and alternative penalties be used against wildlife criminals. Sustainable forestry certification to be re-evaluated for forests where tigers are killed. Highest priority to be given to maintain tiger habitats under natural forest cover and to halt further forest fragmentation within the Central Forest Spine landscape. Let the saving of tigers symbolise our capacity for change, to do the right thing. We will tolerate NO MORE dead tigers and empty forests. We urge everyone to act now. Please add your voice and sign this petition today! MYCAT is calling for 100,000 signatures to seek justice for the Malayan tiger Read the FULL petition at http://bit.do/harimau2016 Cukuplah! #CegahKematianHarimauBerulang Baru-baru ini, rakyat Malaysia digemparkan dengan kehilangan ENAM ekor harimau Malaya liar dalam masa satu bulan. Harimau-harimau tersebut adalah antara 300 ekor harimau terakhir yang kini berjuang untuk terus hidup. Kebarangkalian kepupusan amat tinggi. Kejadian-kejadian ini merupakan kesinambungan ancaman yang dihadapi oleh harimau liar sejak dahulu lagi. Pemburuan dan perdagangan haram, yang didorong oleh permintaan untuk hidupan liar dari dalam dan luar Malaysia, masih merupakan ancaman utama terhadap harimau dan spesies terancam yang lain. Kami menuntut bahawa pemburu haram dibawa ke muka pengadilan dan pemilik tanah yang merangkumi habitat harimau, sama ada Kerajaan Negeri, syarikat atau individu, memikul tanggungjawab untuk selamatkan harimau liar. Kami menyeru supaya: Pemburu serta peniaga haram harimau atau hidupan liar terancam lain yang telah disabitkan kesalahan dijatuhkan hukuman maksimum. Masyarakat sivil dibenarkan untuk menyokong proses penyiasatan dan pendakwaan jenayah hidupan liar, dan kaedah hukuman yang berlainan digunakan terhadap penjenayah hidupan liar. Pensijilan hutan mampan dinilai semula bagi kawasan hutan di mana harimau dibunuh. Keutamaan tertinggi diberikan untuk memelihara habitat harimau di bawah litupan hutan semulajadi, dan menghentikan pemecahan terusan dalam landskap Central Forest Spine. Biarkan usaha selamatkan harimau melambangkan kemampuan kita untuk berubah, untuk melakukan perkara yang betul. Kami TIDAK MAHU menerima kematian harimau dan kewujudan hutan kosong yang tiada haiwan. Kami menggesa semua rakyat Malaysia untuk bertindak sekarang. Sila sertai kami dan tandatangani petisyen ini dengan segera! MYCAT menyeru supaya 100,000 orang menyokong petisyen ini bagi menegakkan keadilan untuk harimau Malaya. Bacakan petisyen PENUH di http://bit.do/harimau2016
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Michael Gove
Ensure that UK wildlife protection laws are strengthened post-Brexit
EU wildlife legislation (such as the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive) has been a revolutionary force in safeguarding UK wildlife. It is therefore paramount to ensure that post-Brexit, UK wildlife laws are strengthened in alignment with EU wildlife legislation. The best way to do this would be by essentially copying and pasting EU legislation on wildlife protection into UK law. Although in the past week Michael Gove - the UK Environment Secretary - voiced that post-Brexit, he wants to enhance UK wildlife laws, we must not forget that a mere few months ago he expressed his intentions to slash EU regulations on wildlife protection after Brexit; complaining that the EU Habitats Directive hindered development. British wildlife must not be sidelined during the Brexit process. We need to ensure that Michael Gove genuinely aims to enhance UK wildlife protection. Join the petition to make sure that Gove helps to #StrengthenNotSlash wildlife protection by converting EU wildlife laws into UK law.
Petition to Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A. Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance. So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population. Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.
Petition to Sunderland Council, Lambert Smith Hampton, Durham Wildlife Trust
Stop proposed planning on Rainton Meadows Green belt
Oppose and prevent the proposed residential development off Mallard Way, Rainton Meadows (Durham Wildlife Trust). The proposed development will build on current Green belt near the Durham Wildlife Trust, one of the best pieces of Greenland in the area. This would have severe impact on the local community with current shortages of local services such as Doctors schools and not to mention an increase on the already crowded roads. The proposed land is a natural flood pain and if this was to be built on would increase the flood risk to the community surrounding. There is also a severe risk granting this planning proposal could have on the wildlife that use this area as their habitate. Recent sightings which have been seen over that exact plot of land include a short eared owl preying for food and according to RSPB site they prefer to hunt in wetlands and are listed as being in decline.
Petition to Newcastle city council
Create a Cabinet Role for Biodiversity
Last year we called on Newcastle City Council to Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle. As part of our campaign, we asked the council to appoint a Cabinet member for biodiversity. Newcastle City Council advised: ‘As the responsibility for issues of green infrastructure and biodiversity cuts across the different directorates, we are not proposing a cabinet member to focus on biodiversity’. But with Cabinet members for Resources, Culture and Communities, Transport and Air Quality, Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services, Inclusive Growth, Public Health and Housing, Adult Care and Health and Children and Young People, the council is accustomed to working interdepartmentally. We need a comprehensive strategy for conserving wildlife and biodiversity in Newcastle. The first step towards accomplishing such a strategy would be to appoint a Cabinet member for biodiversity. ‘Biodiversity……is fundamental to our quality of life and contributes to our social and economic well being. Everyone, including business, depends upon the natural world for their livelihood, quality of life, and to provide basic ecological services on which all life depends.’ [Newcastle City Council] We are therefore calling on Newcastle City Council to appoint a Cabinet member for Biodiversity to ensure wildlife and the natural environment is firmly on the city’s agenda. Please sign and share this petition to help us achieve this important first step, and to put nature on the map in Newcastle.
Petition to Councillor Phil Davies Wirral Borough Council
Say NO to a Golf Resort and Housing Development in West Wirral - SAVE OUR GREEN BELT!
Wirral Council is proposing to override planning policy to allow a private developer to build a golf resort and luxury housing estate on a huge 295 acres of Green Belt Land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols. The development includes a 90 bed - hotel, conference facilities and spa, 2 golf courses and clubhouses, a links academy, large car park, a new link road, maintenance buildings and, so far, 160 luxury houses and 40 luxury apartments (all Band H). It is clear that this is, in fact, a Green Belt Housing Development with the “smokescreen” of a Golf Resort attached! This would set a VERY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for development on Green Belt Land. Already a developer has submitted plans for a further housing estate in West Kirby adjacent to the proposed Golf Resort! There are other submissions for Green Belt Land in Greasby and Saughall Massie and across the Wirral. THE PREFERRED DEVELOPER HAS A DUBIOUS TRACK RECORD The “Nicklaus” Joint Venture Group (NJVG) is actually a group of developers from South Wales. Jack Nicklaus is not a director but he will be paid a massive fee for designing the golf course. The NJVG has a dubious track record, including a bankruptcy and failing to deliver a promised Hilton Hotel at their previous “resort” development in Llanelli. However they did build 175 executive homes on the site - they then put their housing construction company into liquidation owing over £1million to local businesses. Their other company, which sold the houses, was not affected by the bankruptcy. To date, the promised hotel in Llanelli ,and all the associated jobs and tourism, have failed to materialise. Despite the Developers record, the Council plan to lend £26million of public money to this Developer to fund the development! PLANNING & FINANCE The development contravenes planning policy. Once planning permission is approved for the Golf Resort Houses, then more houses could be built on Wirral's Green Belt.. Wirral Council is undertaking millions of pounds of cuts to essential services and the say they have no money to fund the rebuilding of New Ferry Town Centre following a devastating explosion. The Council have already spent £237,000 on the resort. In December 2017 they committed to spending a further £600,000 of Council Tax Payers money to undertake surveys and studies ON BEHALF OF A PRIVATE DEVELOPER who then stands to make a massive profit from a luxury housing estate. This spending may not be the last that we are asked to pay for! With satff costs and other hidden /non disclosed costs it is estimated they may have spent between £1million and £2million already. Consultants’ reports have stated that the resort IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE without the enabling housing development. In 16 years of trying to promote this resort, the Council has not been able to find a developer until the luxury housing estate was added to the plan. After the tender exercise, all the developers pulled out apart from NJVG. ENVIRONMENT The site is on bio-diverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including species of national and international importance. Golf courses are highly mechanised and intensively managed with high volumes of water, pesticides and fertilizers. The proposed course is an American-style parklands resort which will be exactly the wrong kind of habitat for the species which currently use the area as an undisturbed refuge. INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC The housing development and resort would have an impact on local infrastructure and services (such as schools and GP surgeries). The new Hoylake By-pass will significantly increase traffic from the M53 through Saughall Massie and put pressure on the surrounding area. The developer will not be funding this By-pass - the Council are to seek grant funding or will use the profits from selling the land - for a By-pass that is only being built because the land is being sold! The Council propose to spend £16.6 million constructing the new road and upgrading the surrounding roads to enable the new resort and housing estate. FLOODING The site is on the River Birket Floodplain. Over recent years, we have been reminded time and time again of the perils of building on flood plains. Surface water run-off from the large paved areas of the development (car parks, road, large roof areas and the housing estate) will increase flood risk for Meols and Moreton. CONSULTATION Wirral Council has undertaken only a weak public consultation exercise. Of the 1400 responses that the Council received, 1311 were either opposed or had concerns. Wirral Council has not consulted the community about alternative options for the site. JOBS AND TOURISM Wirral Council states that the resort would promote tourism and provide just 170, mostly low paid, low skilled jobs. We already have plenty of golf Courses on the Wirral. The tourism case is not proven and 5 star resorts are designed to keep tourists “in resort”. The hotel and spa would be a competitor to the businesses in West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and beyond. The golf resort would be a competitor to many of the hotels, leisure facilities and golf courses in the area, some of which are already struggling. A recent Council Visitor Study revealed that over 90% of visitors come to the Wirral for the Coast, Countryside, Parks and gardens. Just 0.2% visit for golf! The Council have probably spent at least £1million so far, combined with the £16.6 million for the roads, that equates to an investment / cost to the public of over £100,000 per job! HOUSING Wirral needs affordable houses, not Band H houses that most can not afford. There is space for 18000 houses on Brownfield sites on the Wirral. There is no need for houses on the Green Belt. ALTERNATIVES Wirral has an outstanding natural heritage, with fantastic country parks and coastline. We should be enhancing what is unique to Wirral and already brings many tourists to the area. The RSPB has membership of over 1 million and is growing. Golf club membership is 700,000 and declining. An alternative use of the site could be an eco-resort with Martin Mere Style wetlands centre. Martin Mere supports many jobs, boosts the local economy and has 200,000 visitors per year http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2015/04/wwt-martin-mere-news/martin-mere-worth-millions-to-local-economy/ The Widfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are proposing to undertake a Feasibilty Study into an alternative wetlands resort. The feasibility study would cost just £10k but the Council are refusing to fund the study. Investment in jobs and tourism in sustainable projects such as an eco-resort or the Wirral Docklands would provide significantly better outcomes in terms of employment, housing, regeneration and tourism – without destroying OUR PRECIOUS GREEN BELT. This petition is intended to show the Council the extent of the local communities’ opposition to its outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money pursuing its “vanity” golf resort and green belt housing development. This is an ill-thought out project, it has unfounded benefits to the people of Wirral and huge negative impacts which would destroy the beautiful character of the area! ONCE THE GREEN BELT HAS GONE – IT HAS GONE FOREVER!