Target: Dana A. Kartakusuma, Special Adviser to the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia
Goal: Stop the trade of fruit bats
In Sumatra, Indonesian fruit bats are being sold as a traditional medicine cure for asthma. Unfortunately this practice has endangered the species and contributed to a significant reduction in their numbers. Already the prices for the bats have doubled because they have been harder to find as a result of their scarcity. Indonesian government must stop the selling of fruit bats to avoid complete extinction of fruit bats. Nine species of fruit bats have been placed with Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. These are species that are threatened with extinction and are or may be affected by trade.
Not only is this an issue of preserving a species, but it is also cruel and unethical towards the animals. Bats being sold are usually confined by large numbers in tight cages. The limited space in this confinement is so small that they cannot even freely fly around the cage, so they usually just resort to hanging upside down all day. Often the bats are in poor health and unwillingly injure themselves and other bats due to the constraints of the cage. Some of the bats are sold already dead.
Fruit bats are believed to be a cure for asthma, kidney complaints and even tiredness in traditional medicine. The price for bats has doubled in the past three years because they have become harder to find. Local non-governmental organizations have already grown concerned with the declining numbers, because fruit bats play a major role in pollination and seed dispersal for many local fruit species such as durian, bananas, dates, figs and mangos.
Sign this petition to urge the Special Adviser to the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, Dana A. Kartakusuma, to ban the sale of fruit bats. This practice is harmful to the preservation of the species, and also the environment and local flora.
Dear Dana A. Kartakusuma,
The fruit bats in Indonesia have long been sold for food and medicine. They are believed to be a relief for asthma, kidney distress and even tiredness, and many others use them simply for food. This practice, however, has been very dangerous to the species and its preservation. Already nine fruit bat species have been placed with Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. These are species that are threatened with extinction and are or may be affected by trade.
Fruit bats are also important to pollination and seed dispersal for such popular local fruit as durian, bananas, dates, figs and mangos. In recent years the trade business has contributed to a significant decrease in the numbers of fruit bats in the wild. I urge you to stop the selling of fruit bats in Indonesia, because it endangers the species and may lead to its extinction.
[Your Name here]
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