Target: Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
Goal: Don’t allow more fisheries to open up that will contribute to the Galapagos penguins becoming extinct.
The endangered Galapagos penguins will likely decline in numbers at even faster rates if more fisheries are established in the Galapagos Islands as is being planned by the government. Since the penguins greatly rely on fish as a main food source, opening more fisheries will only serve to make it so they have a more difficult time finding food.
Galapagos penguins live in the Galapagos Islands, and they need to eat krill, crustaceans and fish in order to survive. Due to oil spills and other types of pollution, the food sources of these penguins have already been widely depleted. Despite such threats, the Ecuadorian government is considering allowing even more fisheries to open up in the Galapagos Islands.
If more fisheries are built, not only will Galapagos penguins be adversely affected due to tons of fish being polluted, they will also be negatively affected because there will be much less fish available for them to eat. If this happens, Galapagos penguins will most likely become extinct in the near future.
Sign this petition and urge the Ecuadorian government to not allow more fisheries to open up in the Galapagos Islands. If something is not done now, we will likely soon lose these penguins forever.
Dear President Correa,
Because Galapagos penguins deal with many threats, their populations are quickly depleting. Allowing more fisheries to open up in the Galapagos Islands will only serve to make it so these animals die off even quicker. Currently, these penguins are listed as an endangered species. However, if more is not done to protect them, they will soon no longer exist.
Foods eaten by the Galapagos penguins includes krill, crustaceans and fish. Since their food sources have been severely tainted by oil spills and other types of pollution, several of their food sources have already disappeared. While fisheries cannot be held completely responsible for the rapid decline of this species, overfishing is a major factor in the decline of this species’ population. Steps must be taken now to help ensure their populations once again have the chance to rise.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to urge lawmakers to set tighter fishing regulations in place which will ban more fisheries from opening up in the Galapagos Islands. If stricter regulations are not set in place today, it very well may be too late tomorrow.
[Your Name Here]
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