Target: Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Secretary Mr. Chote Trachu
Goal: Prevent construction of a dam that would threaten the habitat of endangered Indochinese tigers
Fewer than 300 Indochinese tigers are currently living in Thailand, but a newly proposed dam project could threaten their population even more. If constructed, the Mae Wong Dam would flood and destroy a national park in western Thailand where the Indochinese tiger population has made a strong comeback in recent years. This eight-square-mile area is one of the tigers’ last remaining intact habitats, and flooding it would threaten their natural prey species, including the sambar deer and wild pig.
Since erecting the dam would deplete their hunting grounds and drive them out of their natural habitat, Indochinese tigers would be forced to find new homes and could possibly venture into human-populated areas. The Indochinese tiger is already in danger of extinction as a result of illegal trade and scarcity of prey, so the Thailand government must take necessary steps to keep the tigers’ habitat from shrinking even further if they want to prevent the extinction of this incredible creature.
By signing this petition, you will encourage Thailand government officials to prevent the proposed construction of the Mae Wong Dam and protect the critically endangered Indochinese tiger and its habitat.
Dear Secretary Trachu,
The proposed Mae Wong Dam project would have a disastrous effect on the small population of Indochinese tigers currently living in Thailand. The project would flood and destroy eight square miles of a national park in western Thailand where the tiger population has reportedly made a strong comeback in recent years. Flooding this area would threaten the tigers’ natural prey species—sambar deer and wild pig—forcing them to potentially venture into human-populated areas in search for food and shelter.
With fewer than 300 remaining in Thailand, the Indochinese tiger is already in danger of extinction due to illegal trade and prey scarcity. The Thailand government must take steps to keep the tigers’ habitat from shrinking even further if we are to prevent the extinction of this incredible creature.
As one of the Indochinese tigers’ last remaining habitats is Thailand, this area must be left intact in order to protect this endangered animal from extinction. I urge you to help save the Indochinese tiger by favoring conservation and opposing the construction of the Mae Wong Dam.
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