Preserve Black Leopard Habitat in Thailand

Target: Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand

Goal: Preserve Thailand’s remaining black leopard habitats

The black leopard is the second largest cat in Thailand, and its numbers are decreasing throughout much of the country. Leopards are private creatures, usually nocturnal, and rarely spotted by humans. That’s why one photographer for the Bangkok Post expressed surprise when he found a picture of a black leopard in broad daylight on one of his cameras. Shortly thereafter, the same photographer and a friend encountered yet another black leopard during a photo shoot – a rare occasion.

The meetings are an indication of a larger problem; as leopard habitats diminish, these creatures are venturing into human habitats, where they are in greater danger for their lives. In order to preserve the black leopard population of Thailand, leaders must first preserve their forest habitats. Leopards have all but disappeared in Central, East, and Northeast Thailand, where there are no preserves like the ones found in the western reaches of the country.

The disappearance is alarming for a species that is approximately 1.5 million years old. Experts agree that existing parks must remain up-to-date, well-funded, and clear of poachers and encroachment by farms and industry. They must flourish with prey animals for the big cats, and they must remain protected by federal law for generations to come. Otherwise, black leopards will surely perish from the country. Ask Thailand’s leaders to preserve black leopard habitats well into the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Shinawatra,

Thailand’s black leopards have diminished from much of the country due to deforestation and habitat loss. This is particularly true of the Central, Eastern and Northeastern reaches of Thailand, where the species has all but disappeared. The complete eradication of black leopards in Thailand is preventable, however. Currently, forest preserves exist in the western region of the country, and there black leopards still thrive.

In order for the species to remain healthy, these preserves must be well-monitored and protected against poaching, farmland, and industrialization. Prey species must be protected as diligently as large predators like the black leopards, so that the big cats have a constant source of food. Most importantly, these lands must remain protected for many generations.

Thailand’s leaders must make wildlife preservation a priority well into the future. The next generation of Thai children should not be robbed of amazing creatures like the black leopard. I ask you to please set plans into place that will maintain and expand leopard preserves for the next generation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ron Singer via Wikimedia

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  1. “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO RESPONSIBLES. DEMAND INITIATORS TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS

  2. yvonne marie green says:

    For the black leopard! For the Thai people! And, for the Thai children justice be done! We all have lost so many of God’s creatures already… it is time for them to step forward & show their children how to protect & preserve!!!

  3. ALEXANDERN KOVESY says:

    HABITAT DESTRUCTION IS HAPPENING ALL OVER OUR PLANET, THE RESULT OF GREED, BAD DECISION MAKING ETC. THE OUTCOMES ARE THE SAME THOUGH EVERY WHERE. THE DECIMATION OF SPECIES ONCE PLENTIFUL AND SADLY THE EXTINCTION OF MANY BECAUSE OF OUR FAILURE TO ACT, TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT/PRESERVE THEIR HABITAT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THEIR FUTURE. THAILAND, BE AWARE THAT THESE AREAS THAT ARE HOME TO THE BLACK LEOPARD AND OTHER SPECIES, BENEFIT NOT JUST THESE CREATURES BUT ARE A VITAL PART OF YOUR HABITAT. THEY SERVE TO SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE AS WELL. THEY PROVIDE THE AIR WE BREATHE, THEY ARE PROVIDERS OF HERBS, MEDICINES, SPIRITUAL WELLBEING AND THE LIST OF BENEFITS THEY PROVIDE FOR US GOES ON. AS WE ALLOW THE DECIMATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THESE PRESERVES, WE ARE ACTUALLY ENDANGERING OUR HABITAT AND PUT OUR OWN EXISTENCE IN PERIL. PLEASE, FOR THE SAKE OF THE BLACK LEOPARD AND YOUR OWN CONTINUANCE ON THIS EARTH, TAKE STEPS TO ENSHRINE IN YOUR LAWS THE PRESRVATION AND SAFEKEEPING OF THESE SANCTUARIES FOR THE WILDLIFE THEY SUSTAIN TOGETHER WITH HUMAN LIFE ON THIS PLANET

  4. ALL THE TRUE HATERS OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER NATURE NEED TO BACK OFF!! WHY DO YOU WHY DO YOU WANT TO DESTROY SOOO MANY DIFFERENT, VALUABLE, AMAZING, AND MANY,MANY, MORE AWESOME WORDS,FOR OUR, CREATURES,LAND, SEA,SKY!! LET THERE BE A FUTURE FOR MY “GRANDBABIES” (FOR ALL) YOU ALL NEED TO GATHER ALL YOUR SPECIESUP( THAT HATE) AND GO TO SOME PLACE FAR AWAY AND DESTROY EACH OTHER SINCE YOU CAN’T SHOW YOUR ” MOTHER NATURE” !”R*E*S*P*E*C*T*”! PEACE-OUT

  5. Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed.

  6. Sandra Amici says:

    So many beautiful, diverse, and majestic animals on our planet. Too bad our planet is inhabited by humans too! Humans destroy everything that they touch. We need to start giving painful punishments to people who choose to kill animals so that they will learn how important and valuable animals are to society.

  7. We ruined their lives, let us please not ruin their species. This is human kind madness. Why condemn those beautiful cats for humans’ faults!?

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