Target: Ana Pastor Julián, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Spain
Goal: Make simple improvements to the highway system to prevent needless deaths of the endangered Iberian lynx.
The Iberian lynx, a species only recently redeemed from the edge of extinction, now faces a new danger: death by car crash. A recent spate of car-related Iberian lynx deaths has resulted in widespread calls for reforms to Spanish roadways. Car collisions have become a more frequent cause of Iberian lynx deaths in recent years, and many believe that simple improvements to Spain’s highway system could prevent these tragic incidents.
Native to southwestern Europe’s Iberian peninsula, the Iberian lynx is broadly categorized as endangered. The lynx experienced a sharp drop in population as a result of human impacts, disease, and food scarcity, though successful reintroduction and breeding campaigns have somewhat stabilized the species. Though no longer on the edge of certain extinction, the animal remains fragile; every lynx’s life is crucial to the future success of the species.
Though simple, relatively inexpensive improvements to Spain’s highways could protect the Iberian lynx from car-related impacts, the government has thus far failed to make these basic improvements. The implementation of measures such as clearing brush from roadsides, creating barriers at the edge of roadways, and developing passages for lynx to safely cross highways could spare the lives of additional Iberian lynx. Demand that Spain take action and provide basic roadway maintenance to preserve this incredible species.
Dear Minister Julián,
The Iberian lynx, only recently recovered from almost certain extinction, is currently listed as endangered by many organizations. Though successful reintroduction and breeding campaigns have somewhat stabilized the lynx, the species remains extremely fragile. Every lynx’s life is crucial to the continued survival of the species.
Recently, the Iberian lynx has suffered multiple deaths from car collisions on Spain’s highways. Over the last few years, the amount of lynx killed by cars has continued to rise dramatically. Highway maintenance measures must be taken to mitigate these devastating impacts on the Iberian lynx.
Changes to Spain’s highways could be crucial in protecting these precious creatures. Clearing of roadside brush, creation of passageways for safe road crossings, and barriers at the edges of roadways are essential steps that must be taken to protect the lynx from additional killings. We, the undersigned, ask that you put these steps into action and preserve this endangered species.
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