Protect Manta Rays from Overfishing

Target: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Goal: Protect the manta and devil ray from overfishing so their populations can recover

Demand for manta ray gills has risen drastically in the last seven years. Now, manta ray populations are at serious risk of soon becoming extinct if measures are not taken to protect these gentle creatures. Urge the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to secure protection for manta rays and their close relatives, the devil rays.

Rising popularity in the Asian medicine market for manta ray gill rakers — the animal’s internal feathery structures that it uses to strain plankton for food — is driving fishermen to kill mantas at alarming rates. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, manta ray catch has nearly quadrupled in the last seven years. These beautiful creatures have roamed the oceans for 150 million years, but the gruesome and cruel practice of taking the mantas’ gill rakers is now threatening them with extinction.

Knowledge of the dangers that manta rays are facing is growing. Last year, the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) safeguarded the wide-ranging, globally threatened manta ray species and many of its key habitats. Still, this level of protection is not enough. CITES is the world’s largest, most effective wildlife conservation agreement; therefore, CITES protection offers the best chance of controlling the manta ray trade internationally and ensuring the species can recover.

Sign the petition below to urge CITES to secure protection for manta rays and their close relatives, the devil rays, to ensure these delicate creatures can continue to roam the oceans for a long time to come.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,

I am writing to urge you to secure protection for manta rays and their close relatives, the devil rays. Rising popularity in the Asian medicine market for manta ray gill rakers — the animal’s internal feathery structures that it uses to strain plankton for food — is driving fishermen to kill mantas at alarming rates. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, manta ray catch has nearly quadrupled in the last seven years. These beautiful creatures have roamed the oceans for 150 million years, but the gruesome and cruel practice of taking the mantas’ gill rakers is now threatening them with extinction.

Knowledge of the dangers that manta rays are facing is growing. Last year, the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) safeguarded the wide-ranging, globally threatened manta ray species and many of its key habitats. Still, this level of protection is not enough. CITES is the world’s largest, most effective wildlife conservation agreement, therefore CITES protection offers the best chance of controlling the manta ray trade internationally and ensuring the species can recover.

Please continue to demonstrate your fine leadership in marine conservation. Secure protection for manta rays and devil rays as soon as possible to ensure these delicate creatures can continue to roam the oceans for a long time to come.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

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9 Comments

  1. Not to cause offence but does Asian “traditional medicine” consist solely out of cruelly-obtained body parts of endangered animals?

    • Colleen — From all I’ve heard and read – yes :-( Bears, tigers, all kinds of sharks…a lot of totally unnecessary cruelty.

      • My opinion is that: real chinese traditionnal medicine is efficient and don’t nessessary use animal but there is a new kind of “traditional medecine” the one I call bullshit medecine who use only rare ingrediant, just to make it expensive, this practice have a double causality, one is to create an artificial demand on rare species and the other is to confused peoples by giving a very bad image of traditional medecine…

  2. Murielle De Montreuil says:

    We must take the actions which are necessary to save them.

  3. I just don’t get it. How can anybody be so ignorant as to believe any part of a animal can give them a “hard on”.
    Leave it to humans to do cruel things for vanity.

    • We could even introduce periodic “tightening-up” operations for all females over, say, 16 or 17 – that way the men probably wouldn’t need artificial assistance to get it up, and we’d reduce both Animal cruelty and paedophilia at a stroke..!!

  4. I AM NOT HAPPY WITH ALL THIS,I JUST SIGNED A PETITION FOR DOLPHINS AND WHALES AND NOW MANTAS,WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE,LEAVE THE SEA LIFE ALONE!! WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO WHEN NON OF GOD’S CREATURES ARE ALL GONE AND EXTINCT,THEN WHAT? THERE IS A REASON FOR EACH ANIMAL AND MAMMAL AND ALL CREATURES TO BE HERE,THE KILLING HAS TO STOP!!!!!!!!

  5. this must be stopped

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