Save Chinese Porpoises From Extinction

Target:  Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection

Goal:  Save the Yangtze porpoise by stopping the environmental destruction of the Yangtze River.

A subspecies of the finless porpoise, the Yangtze porpoise, is nearing extinction. According to a report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 32 Yangtze porpoises have been found dead, leaving about 1,000 surviving in the river. Extinction and endangerment is nothing new for the animals that call the Yangtze home. The Yangtze river dolphin is extinct and many others are facing extinction such as the Chinese paddlefish, the Chinese alligator, the Yangtze sturgeon, and the Yangtze soft shell turtle. Illegal electro-fishing, boat propellers, poisons, and pollution are all to blame for declining numbers in Yangtze porpoises. Lei Gang, head of WWF China’s Central Yangtze program summarized the plight of the porpoise by saying, ‘The porpoise deaths illustrates that without effective measures to fundamentally reverse the trend of ecological deterioration, future of the incredible creature is far from certain. We have to act immediately.’

Rapid development in China has led to a series of dams. These dams have been planned and built with little regard for the environment. The Yangtze River has experienced severe environmental impacts resulting in extinction and endangerment of many species because of loss of food and habitat as well as increases in pollution and human activity. There seems to be no end in sight as a new hydroelectric project, the Xiaonanhai Dam, is moving ahead even though there are concerns about how it will affect the remaining inhabitants of the Yangtze.

The animals are not the only ones affected by Chinese development. Fishermen are losing their livelihood as well. A report from China’s State Environmental Protection Administration found that 30% of the Yangtze is seriously polluted, 600 kilometers of the river are in critical condition, and the river’s annual fish harvest is down 77% between 1950 and 1990.

Although some of the damage to the Yangtze may be irreversible, hope should not be lost. There is progress being made among local governments and conservation groups to protect the Yangtze porpoise and its habitat. By signing this petition you are asking the Chinese government to stop environmental degradation in the Yangtze River and implement a plan to protect the Yangtze Porpoise.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ministry of Environmental Protection,

A report from the World Wildlife Fund has found that in less than two months 32 Yangtze porpoises have been found dead, leaving about 1,000 surviving in the river. This news follows the extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin, and looming extinctions of the Chinese paddlefish, the Chinese alligator, the Yangtze sturgeon, and the Yangtze soft shell turtle. Illegal electro-fishing, boat propellers, poisons, and pollution are all sited as causes for the declining numbers of river porpoises. Action needs to be taken immediately to stop the environmental degradation of the Yangtze River and protect the Yangtze porpoise.

China’s industrialization has led to a series of dams that have been planned with little regard for the environment. The Yangtze River has experienced severe environmental impacts resulting in extinction and endangerment of many species because of loss of food and habitat as well as increases in pollution and human activity.

Chinese development has also impacted the livelihood of fishermen. A report from China’s State Environmental Protection Administration found that 30% of the Yangtze is seriously polluted, 600 kilometers of the river are in critical condition, and the river’s annual fish harvest is down 77% between 1950 and 1990.

Although some of the damage to the Yangtze may be irreversible, work to stop environmental degradation should not stop. Please stop environmental degradation in the Yangtze River and implement a plan to protect the Yangtze Porpoise.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. when will it stop, the abuse of these magnificent creatures,many wouldn see these in a lifetime,but id rather know that their out there,swimming wild an free with their natural pods an families,not cooped up,existing in a watery prison,made to work to make others laugh an happy,but how can they tell you that their not happy,they cant!! most display worrying signs of depression and odd behaviour would definatly confirm this.we must protect our marine life,we was meant to enjoy these beauties as they were meant,not carving them up, selling on for meat , making them into clown acts all in the name for money,its not on in these day an ages-

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