Target: President Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico
Goal: Uphold promise made to help protect a critically endangered species of porpoise.
Recently, the president of Mexico ordered the implementation of some protective measures for preserving a critically endangered species of porpoise: the vaquitas. Although this is promising for the porpoise species, more drastic measures must be taken to keep this endangered species from vanishing from this earth.
There are reportedly fewer than 100 vaquitas left in the world, and they are located only in the Sea of Cortez, or the Gulf of California. The main threat that this world’s smallest porpoise species faces is accidentally getting caught in fishing nets that target other species. Due to getting caught in these nets, around 40 to 80 vaquitas die yearly, which outnumbers the number of vaquitas born each year.
This is not the first time that the Mexican government attempted to aid the quickly diminishing vaquitas. Recently, the Mexican government created new measures such as implementing a reserve where gillnets for fishing are restricted. The government also pledged support for fishers who are willing to change their fishing activities and practices. These measures may help the vaquita species, but in order to make a difference, more measures must be implemented, such as also combating totoaba fishing. The totoaba is an endangered fish similar in size to the vaquita, and is targeted for its swim bladder. Fishermen trying to catch totoaba also often accidentally capture and kill vaquitas.
Please sign the petition below to urge the Mexican government to create more stringent measures than those that are present and to enforce these regulations to combat the problem of the diminishing vaquitas. The existence of the vaquitas relies heavily on these regulations.
Dear President Enrique Pena Nieto,
The vaquita species of porpoise is quickly diminishing, and if more conservation efforts are not vehemently put into action, they will disappear from the Earth forever. Although it is admirable that the Mexican government is working on some conservation measures to help preserve the vaquitas, more action is vital to make a difference. Past government actions have somewhat aided in the conservation effort, but ultimately did not make a big enough impact on preserving the vaquitas’ numbers.
Please work on increasing the conservation efforts to put an end to the senseless deaths of vaquitas that occur due to accidental entrapment in fishing nets. The vaquita species’ existence is in your hands.
[Your Name Here]
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