Target: American Ambassador in the Congo Region
Goal: to ask local African government officials to enforce laws against the exploitation and slaughter of Mountain Gorillas which are currently on the endangered species list, in Africa’s Great Congo Basin
For those who have been fortunate enough to observe a gorilla in the wild, the thought of extinction of these mild mannered creatures is inconceivable. But according to a recent United Nations report, impending extinction is a real life possibility. In fact, the UN says that by the mid 2020’s the gorillas could begin to disappear in the Congo Basin area which is the world’s second largest tropical forest, covering 70,0000 square miles. “We had done a report back in 2002 which was already fairly grim in terms of the predictions in terms of the extinction,” says Amy Fraenkel, regional director of the U-N Environmental Program. “But that is unfortunately very much trumped by the recent findings, which are that between – I’d say less than 10-15 years out from now, we could see extinction in large ranges of the species.”
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states there are only approximately 680 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the wild today. These gorillas are being sold for huge profits world-wide and used for consumption of gorilla meat which is illegal. In July 2011, 6 baby gorillas were smuggled out of the Congo, but after attempts failed to export these gentle creatures, they were returned by the Rwandan Government, only to discover that all of the parents were slaughtered, (most likely used for bush meat). Gorillas are trapped and then sold for thousands of dollars as exotic pets in the world market. This petition would encourage the African Ambassador to urge local authorities to more effectively enforce laws which are already in place in order to protect these gentle giants from the futile slaughter and ultimate extinction of their species all together.
To the Congo Basin Ambassador to Africa;
As you may well know, the United Nations has recently predicted the impending extinction of wild Gorillas by the mid 2020’s if we fail to act to protect these spectacular creatures soon. Six baby gorillas were smuggled out of the Congo in July 2011, but after attempts failed to export these gentle creatures, they were returned by the Rwandan Government, only to discover that all of the parents had been slaughtered, (most likely used for bush meat). The World Wildlife Fund has estimated that there are only around 680 gorillas left in the wild today. Please help to prevent these gorillas from becoming extinct by urging the Congo political leaders to strengthen efforts to enforce current laws in order to protect these gorillas.
Please help to prevent African Congo Basin area gorillas from becoming extinct by encouraging the African government to stop the useless slaughter and exploitation of these wonderful animals.
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