Target: John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Goal: Demand that the New Zealand Government take initiative to preserve an endangered dolphin species
Recently, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) published a report in which they criticized the New Zealand government for not taking action to preserve the endangered Maui dolphin. The Scientific Committee of the IWC has been urging the government to take action for preserving this endangered dolphin species for the past few years, but the government has failed to take much notice on this serious matter.
The Maui dolphin species is among the most rare and endangered mammal species on earth. According to new research, this dolphin species may become extinct by 2031, unless more stringent regulations are implemented for the protection of this species. These dolphins have been diminishing in numbers rapidly, mainly due to the entrapment of these dolphins in fishing nets. The Maui dolphins have decreased from 1,800 individuals in 1970 to 50 individuals, with less than 15 breeding females left.
According to scientific research, trawling and fishing nets are the main problem for the diminishing dolphin species, and around five Maui dolphins are killed each year due to these fishing practices. The current fishing policies in New Zealand allow for these lethal practices to continue, and have not been modified despite the persistence of the IWC to make adjustments to prevent the accidental capture of the Maui dolphins.
Please sign the petition below to call to action the prevalence of this immense issue of the Maui dolphin endangerment and to urge the New Zealand government to take action for preserving this dolphin species.
Dear Prime Minister John Key,
It was quite disturbing to read the recent report by the International Whaling Commission about the inaction of the New Zealand government in regards to the rapidly decreasing Maui dolphin species. The IWC scientists have reported on the diminishing numbers of dolphins, and on the destructive fishing processes that must be monitored closely, but the government would not take these warnings to heart.
If the New Zealand government does not take action immediately to counter these damaging fishing methods, the Maui dolphin species will not survive for much longer. I urge you to please take the initiative to make the saving of this small dolphin species a priority for the government’s course of action.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Department of Conservation via tvnz.co