Target: Minister of Environment of Peru, Elsa Patricia Galarza Contreras
Goal: Stop people from openly selling wild animals as pets and serving dishes made from endangered species.
Peru must enforce its ban on selling wild meat and its ban on selling living fauna. These bans mean nothing without stern enforcement, as the town of Belén has demonstrated.
Here you can easily purchase a slab of meat from the endangered South American tapir or you can watch yellow footed tortoises (an animal listed as vulnerable rather than endangered) die while they are boiling in the pot. Another vulnerable animal that is served for ingesting is the Amazon river turtle. This is all done openly in brazen defiance of the bans. The markets in this town don’t just stop at the consumption of wild animals.
At the market baby pygmy marmosets are sold as pets. While these may not be endangered, they are suffering from a population decrease. To gain access to the babies, the mothers are often killed. Most people who purchase these marmosets as pets don’t know how to properly care for them, so they die within weeks of being purchased. These animals should be kept in the wild where they have the chance to live and thrive.
The Guardian reports that according to Yovana Murillo of the Wildlife Conservation Society Peru, not a single person has ever been jailed for wildlife trafficking in Peru. It is time that those who commit wildlife crimes in Peru are punished for their crimes. The rich biodiversity of Peru must be protected from people seeking to profit from the cruelty inflicted on these animals. Sign this petition to convince the government of Peru to crack down on people who butcher endangered species for food and sell wild animals as pets.
Dear Minister Contreras,
Peru must be more vigilant in protecting its rich biodiversity by strictly enforcing its bans on the sale of wild game and the sale of wild animals as pets. The town of Belén reportedly sells endangered South American tapir meat. They sell animals that have been classified as vulnerable, the yellow footed tortoise and the Amazon river turtle, for consumption. The markets in this town apparently have a blatant disregard for authority, because they do this openly.
It is unacceptable that Peru has never jailed anyone for wildlife trafficking. This crime should no longer go unpunished. You have the power to help keep the beautiful rainforest ecosystem intact. Act now by sternly enforcing the bans on selling wild game and on selling wild fauna as pets, before it is too late for some species.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Kitty Terwolbeck