The New England Cottontail Rabbit once thrived on agricultural lands, benefiting from human endeavors unlike most wildlife. Now, the species is dying out as more landowners let their properties become overgrown. Thank the landowners who have accepted the call from conservation groups to spend the time and money restoring these lands for rabbit use.
Officials at an Indonesian airport recently confiscated 687 highly endangered pig-nosed turtles from a smuggler–10 percent of the entire population. In order to prevent this unique species from becoming extinct, the government must crack down on the trade of illegal pets.
Wild burros, an iconic animal of the American West, have become exceedingly rare: fewer than six thousand survive today on federal lands. A new proposal by the Forest Service, however, could make burro populations even scarcer. Sign the petition and urge the Forest Service to revise its plan to remove 80% of the burro population from the Hickiston Wild Burro Territory near Austin, Nevada.
Grizzly bears in Canada are disappearing from their native range and becoming vulnerable to extinction. Many grizzly bear populations are threatened by human development and illegal poaching. Urge the Canadian government to list the grizzly bear under the Species at Risk Act to increase federal protection for the species.
Congress recently removed federal protection for wolves living in Western states. Some of these state governments are now planning harmful ways to control wolf populations, or to eliminate them entirely. Demand that the federal government continue to protect these animals.
Rhinoceros populations threatened by illegal poaching will be able to be translocated to a national park in India, thanks to a new relocation program. Commend the program’s successful relocation and support the future protection of rhinoceros.
Conservationists in Portugal and Germany are developing a breeding program that may save the world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian Lynx. Encourage conservation and wildlife teams to conduct further research and testing to save the species before it is too late.
Cambridge University is considering a proposal to build a boat house at a highly sensitive river location. The construction would cause the displacement of various species of wildlife and would affect the university’s status as a leader in conservation and sustainability. Demand that the construction of a new boat house be halted.
Climate change is an increasingly daunting concern, as many species already suffer from the effects of rising global temperatures. Thankfully, the Obama administration has released a new climate change strategy developed by multiple environmental agencies. Commend the creation of the nation’s first plan for climate adaptation.
Poachers recently killed 86 elephants, 33 of them pregnant females, in Chad. They then hacked out their tusks in order to sell the ivory. Demand justice for the slain elephants, and demand harsher regulations against poaching.
A group of scientists in the United Kingdom recently received a grant to help study and prevent the spread of invasive species in the Galapagos Islands. Support their work and the protection of our most diverse ecosystems by signing the petition.
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma has been linked with oil drilling practices, despite claims by the state that the quake was caused naturally. Demand that the risk of manmade earthquakes be taken seriously.
The Canadian government has announced that it will withdraw from a UN organization dedicated to fighting drought and desertification. Every other country in the UN is a member of this organization. Tell Canada to rejoin the organization and not to shirk its global responsibilities.
In 2005, Indiana banned fenced-in hunting preserves, yet five continue to operate due to an injunction. Animals on these preserves have not been raised to fear humans, and these preserves are breeding grounds for disease. Tell the Department of Natural Resources to close these dangerous and inhumane areas today.
Conservationists rejoiced when a large area in the United Kingdom was designated a protected area for nightingales, a threatened species that is still struggling to recover its numbers. However, the local government wants to continue with its plan to build 5,000 homes in the area. Tell the government to back down and respect British wildlife.
A new protected area for tigers has been created in Tamil Nadu, India. This is a great milestone for tiger conservation in India, as the country contains over half the world’s tiger populations. Thank the government of India for working toward protecting endangered tiger species.
A congressman recently bragged about his safari in Zimbabwe, during which he killed, and then ate, a lion. Demand he apologize for boasting about this inhumane act.
The Karawari caves of Papua New Guinea contain ancient drawings and stencils that most likely date back tens of thousands of years. A company in the area is attempting to apply for a permit to explore and mine the area, which would result in the loss of these historically and culturally significant caves. Demand that this company not be allowed to decimate these ancient and precious caves.
Saudi Arabia has finally taken a step towards clean energy, serving as an example for the rest of the world. Saudi leaders have vowed to make a 100% switch from fossil fuels to clean energy. We must encourage the Saudi Arabian government to follow through on its conviction to become the world’s clean energy leader.
Members of the International Maritime Organizations have decided on provisions regarding polar shipping regulations. However, several pressing concerns have yet to be included. Insist on the inclusion of these important environmental stipulations.
The Scottish government has approved an offshore wind farm that had been loudly opposed by the American businessman Donald Trump. Trump had opposed the project on aesthetic grounds, but the wind farm will supply power to 49,000 homes sustainably. Thank the Scottish government for choosing the sensible course.
Worldwide, activists fighting to protect the endangered natural environment are being targeted for assassination. Two such assassinations occur every week on average. Sign this petition to draw attention to these killings and demand that they be stopped.
Fresh Direct, a leading national grocery delivery service, could utilize its unique position to help the environment. Ask this company to replace water bottle delivery services with water refilling services.
Recently, Harbor porpoises have been spotted returning to the San Francisco Bay after nearly 70 years of absence. The return of these animals has been credited, in large part, to overall improvements in water quality in the bay. Ask the City of San Francisco to strictly enforce water quality guidelines in order to ensure the survival and prosperity of the porpoise population.
Cities across the globe recently participated in Earth Hour. This annual event encourages participants to switch off their lights and electronics for one hour to build awareness of climate change. We should praise the cities that participated in Earth Hour 2013 and encourage the Earth Hour Team Leaders to increase awareness about this mass participation event in the year ahead.