Target: Matthew Groom, Tasmania Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage
Goal: Offer free classes to teach people how to improve the population status of the Tasmanian devil.
The Tasmanian devil is endangered due to both unnatural and natural causes, including a lack of education among the local population that could be remedied with free government-sponsored classes. If more is not done to try and help these animals, they will likely soon be extinct.
Matthew Groom, the environmental minister of Tasmania, is making the Tasmanian devil the state’s animal emblem in order to try and raise awareness about Devil Facial Tumor Disease, a condition that results in so many tumors developing around the mouth that the animal is eventually unable to eat. Because the disease is incurable, Tasmanian devils die only a few months after catching it.
In addition to this horrible disease, the Tasmanian devil faces many other threats. To try and mitigate these problems, the government could offer educational classes aimed at teaching people what they could do to help save these animals.
Educators could teach people about the importance of separating healthy populations from unhealthy populations. Doing so could more easily lead to finding volunteers to capture, relocate and put fences up between the sick and healthy animals. Programs could even focus on educating people about the importance of keeping their dogs on leashes, since Tasmanian devils are oftentimes attacked and killed by dogs, as well as on teaching people about the importance of watching for them on the road at night, since they are nocturnal animals.
Sign this petition and encourage the Tasmanian environmental minister to set educational programs in place that would focus on teaching people what they could do to help improve the Tasmanian devils’ numbers. Oftentimes education is the key to ensuring that an animal does not become extinct.
Dear Minister Groom,
Because Tasmanian devils are endangered, it is important that people do whatever possible in order to try and save them. If something is not done, these animals will likely soon be a distant memory.
Making the Tasmanian Devil Tasmania’s animal emblem is a great first step. Another excellent way to help this animal would be to create educational programs that would serve to teach people how they could better help the animals’ populations to rise.
People could be taught things such as why it is important to separate healthy populations from unhealthy populations. Volunteers could then be found to help separate the animals that have Devil Facial Tumor Disease from the animals that are currently not suffering from the sickness. In addition, pamphlets about why it is important to keep dogs on leashes could be distributed, and teaching people that the animals are nocturnal and that they therefore need to keep their eyes open for the animals at night while driving would also be great ways to educate people on what they could do to better ensure that Tasmanian devils do not become extinct.
If education programs were to be set in place aimed at teaching individuals how they may help the situation, it is highly likely that many people would be willing to do whatever they were able to do in order to help save these animals from becoming extinct. For all of these reasons, I encourage you to implement animal education programs for the purpose of teaching people how to help save Tasmanian devils. Arming people who care with knowledge and skill sets could very well be the key to ensuring that their populations once again thrive.
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