Target: National Marine Fisheries Service
Goal: Keep green sea turtles on the endangered species list
Endangered green sea turtles live and thrive in the clean waters of Hawaii. These green sea turtles used to be hunted over thirty years ago, which led to the drastic dwindling of their population. The green sea turtle population was on the brink of extinction before the species was protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which allowed the species to repopulate. Now that the green sea turtles have flourished without the danger of hunters, they may be taken off the endangered species list and again become exposed to hunting.
Green sea turtles, also known as honu by the Hawaiian people, have lived over thirty years in peace. They were able to repopulate and thrive in the open water like they deserve to and should not be subjected to human dangers any more. The number of nesting female green sea turtles in Hawaii is now up to 800 from 67 a few decades ago. This is a huge improvement for the population and for the marine environment.
However, the goal for animal activists with SeaTurtles.org is to reach a population of 5,000, which has yet to be achieved. Even if the green sea turtles do not technically fit under the requirements to be a threatened species, they should not be taken off the list because they may very well be added once more after the hunting begins.
The sea turtle hunters only want to make profit from these innocent and beautiful creatures. If protection is lifted, the green sea turtles will be brutally murdered for their meat and shells. The meat will be sold to restaurants and the shells will be made into souvenirs. These marine animals deserve to be left alone and definitely do not exist for humans to exploit. Do not take the green sea turtles off the endangered species list.
Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,
You must keep the green sea turtle on the endangered species list. These marine animals were almost completely extinct due to horrid hunting decades ago and now that they are finally thriving, they cannot risk being hunted again. Due to the hard work of animal activists and organizations, the number of nesting female green sea turtles has jumped from 67 to 800, which is amazing.
If protection was lifted, the green sea turtles can become endangered immediately and all the work in restoring the species will have to restart. The green sea turtles deserve to be able to thrive in the Hawaiian waters. They should not be hunted for their meat and shells, which end up as food and souvenirs.
Please continue protecting these creatures and keep them on the endangered species list.
[Your Name Here]