Target: Prime Minister of Malaysia Perdana Menteri
Goal: Implement regulations in Malaysia for road development to protect animals.
It is estimated that up to 48 percent of mammals native to Southeast Asia may be extinct in the next 85 years. While most of the threat to these species comes from habitat loss and illegal hunting, heavy road development in Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, only enhances the problem. Road development increases environmental issues as it fragments habitats, hinders gene flow between populations, minimizes a species’ range, and can give poachers easier access to hunt endangered species.
The effect of heavy road development, habitat loss, and deforestation on the population of mammals has been examined in areas such as South America, Central America, and Australia. However, this bias focuses on these regions and often neglects areas like Southeast Asia and Malaysia. Because of this, the government of Malaysia does not have much research to support the disastrous effects of road development to encourage action.
However, the continued economic growth of Malaysia will likely bring more urban development and will most definitely continue to effect the environment and the population of mammals living in it. More needs to be done to protect the animals in Malaysia to ensure that no more harm comes to them from road development.
By signing the petition below, you will be demanding that the Malaysian government recognizes the seriousness of this issue and protects animals by providing more law enforcement next to roads and by mandating that road development agencies collaborate with conservationists to minimize damage. Act now to help save animals like the endangered Asian Tapir from anymore harm.
Dear Prime Minister Menteri,
Habitat loss has been a growing problem contributing to the decline in mammal populations all over Southeast Asia. Heavy road development in Malaysia has only added to this issue, providing new paths for further habitat destruction of many animals, including endangered species.
These new road infrastructures are growing at an alarming rate and pose threats to mammal populations like minimizing the range of a species, disrupting gene flow within a population, and fragmenting the habitats of animals already established in the area.
Not enough is being done to address this issue and steps need to be taken to ensure that mammals can continue to thrive in Malaysia. I encourage you to provide law enforcement along current road developments that are established in the habitats of endangered species to discourage illegal hunting and poaching. I also encourage you to mandate that road development agencies collaborate with conservationists before beginning any new projects to ensure minimal impact on the environment and mammal species. The safety and well being of Malaysia’s native mammals and the environment they live in depend on your actions.
[Your Name Here]
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