Protect Aquatic Animals Affected by Drought


Target: Beau Goldie, Chief Executive Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Goal: Relocate aquatic animals to stable environments instead of allowing them to slowly die in dehydrated ponds

Turtles, fish, and other wildlife are being left to suffocate and eventually die under California’s heavy drought conditions. The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) is not only ignoring these animals; it is actively transferring water out of the reservoirs to clean the ponds instead.

Animal welfare group PETA reports SCVWD officials “informed PETA that wildlife are not a priority and that the drought is being used as a pond-cleaning opportunity.” As a result, turtles and fish are left in extremely dry habitats where they face painstaking deaths via dehydration. This action is unconscionably heartless. Sanitation is crucial to maintaining a healthy environment, but it should not be pursued at the cost of other conservationist causes, especially that of animal welfare. Ultimately, this decision by state officials demonstrates a lack of empathy and an abundance of laziness.

There is no reason why the SCVWD can’t clean the ponds and save these animals as well. Sign the petition below to demand the Santa Clara Water District relocate these aquatic animals to properly hydrated environments. Turtles and fish are inhabitants of this land just as we are, and they deserve to survive the same devastating environmental effects that we do.


Dear Mr. Goldie,

Your pond cleaning efforts during this time of drought in California is causing the deaths of numerous turtles and fish. Instead of restoring the water after draining it, you have neglected these innocent creatures altogether. As a result, they are left to suffocate and die slow, agonizing deaths.

While sanitation is a noble environmental pursuit, it should not be done at the cost of animal lives. There is no reason why sanitation and animal preservation cannot be achieved simultaneously. Please, remember that these animals are inhabitants of the reservoirs and have every right to survive. Even if their welfare isn’t a top priority, you can still show empathy and support.

I urge you and your colleagues at the Santa Clara Valley Water District to resupply the water to ponds after each draining session. If this cannot be achieved, please relocate these animals to healthy ponds, creeks, and reservoirs so that they may live. Enduring a water shortage doesn’t mean we have to suffer a shortage of humanity as well.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lusk Michael via Wikimedia Commons

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