Save Endangered Gorillas from Illegal Mining

Target: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Don’t allow illegal mining in endangered gorilla habitat.

If members of Congress have their way, the wildlife that inhabits Africa’s vibrant tropical ecosystems will face increased threats of extinction from mining for conflict minerals. Many conservative legislators are pushing to end the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which placed new regulations on the banking and financial sectors after the 2008 recession, in a move that would have far-reaching impacts on the world’s biodiversity. Included in Dodd-Frank were rules that required companies to increase transparency about mining for minerals that have devastating roots in child labor and environmental destruction. Repealing the act would mean the end of transparency requirements, allowing corporations to return to using illegally harvested conflict minerals that support criminal activity and threaten some of the most world’s most diverse ecosystems, including endangered gorilla habitat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator McConnell,

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Republicans in Congress have become emboldened to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This law has not only provided the U.S. with financial regulation and stability following the 2008 recession, but it’s also protected endangered wildlife from conflict mineral mining. Section 1502 of the act improves corporate transparency of the use of conflict minerals, like gold, that are illegally mined by criminal organizations and destroy ecosystems. One of the many victims of this heinous mining has been the Grauer’s gorilla, the world’s largest great ape, which has lost 80% of its population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now finds itself listed as a critically endangered species.

Without this transparency rule, businesses in the U.S. would be free to increase their use of conflict minerals without consequence, funding criminal operations in developing nations wracked with strife while destroying some of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems, driving untold species to extinction. I urge you to press your colleagues to protect Africa’s wildlife from certain doom at the hands of criminals funded by corporate interests and stand strong against any repeal of Dodd-Frank.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joe McKenna

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23 Comments

  1. Arlene Steinberg says:

    Mitch McConnell is a HUGE funder of the despised form of horse torture, soring, done to Tennessee Walking Horses.
    He is, all by himself, a supreme piece of shit.

  2. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😢

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