Target: Albert Ferreros del Rosario, Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines
Goal: Protect vanishing Philippine eagles by hiring rangers to patrol their habitat.
Although Philippine eagles are critically endangered, callous hunters are still killing them every chance they get. If more is not done to help these animals, the species may soon no longer exist.
Even a rescued bird that had been released back into the wild was recently targeted a second time. In fact, out of only 400 pairs of birds, this particular eagle was the 30th eagle to be shot. While the punishment for killing these birds includes over a $20,000 fine and up to 12 years in prison, the numbers show that even such high penalties fail to deter most hunters.
Having only six volunteer forest rangers patrol the Hamiguitan range–where these birds live–is not helping much to improve the situation. However, if rangers were hired, paid and thoroughly trained, fewer of these beautiful birds would likely be hunted down, making it much more likely that the species could be saved from extinction. In order to make this a reality, available funding could be set aside and money could also be raised through things like education campaigns solely for this purpose.
Sign this petition and urge officials to hire forest rangers to patrol all areas where Philippine eagles live. If we do not do something today, tomorrow will surely prove to be too late.
Dear Mr. Rosario,
Even though Philippine eagles are greatly endangered, they are still being illegally hunted on a regular basis. If more is not done to save these animals, the entire species will likely soon die off.
There are currently less than 400 pairs of Philippine eagles left in the wild. Although there are heavy penalties for killing these birds, most hunters are not dissuaded from trying to capture them. It is far more likely that hunters would decide the consequences are not worth it if they realized that more park rangers are patrolling the places where the birds reside.
For all of these reasons, I encourage you to hire and train park rangers for the purpose of patrolling the Hamiguitan range. If more is not done to save these beautiful birds, they very well may not be around for our kids to protect in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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