Target: Marcela Aguinaga, Minister of Environment in Ecuador
Goal: Increase the protection of the endangered Andean Bear species
The Andean Bear, also known as the spectacled bear, is native to the northern and western regions of South America along the Andean mountain range. These bears reside in Panama, western Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, and many more Latin American countries. Due to the diminishing forests within the Andean mountains, the Andean bear is now at risk of extinction. These nations must step up to protect these bears from disappearing forever.
Constant logging and land expansion for farming have deteriorated the bears’ homes and environment. The bears must also find new means for food since most of their food sources are depleted with the extensive logging. Not only do the bears suffer from habitat loss and damage, they are also victims of animal cruelty. The bears are constantly being hunted for two main reasons. First, farmers believe that the bears are responsible for eating, and thus ruining, their livestock and crops. The bears, however, are not known to be big eaters of agricultural products and so the extent of the damages done to farmers is highly questionable. Second, the bears are hunted for their gall bladders, which can be sold at very high prices to countries such as China that believe gall bladders are a vital ingredient in Eastern traditional medicine.
Currently, the Andean Bear Conservation Project under the Andean Bear Foundation aims to collect more research regarding the lifestyle of the bears. By finding out how these bears live, the foundation can also help them repopulate and flourish as a species. However, this foundation cannot do this task alone, and thus, the nations must start aiding in the project to preserve the Andean bears. Each nation must do its part, but since the Andean Bear Foundation is based in Ecuador, the Ecuadorian contribution may be the most effective as of right now. Ecuador has to acknowledge the importance of preserving this species and start enforcing laws that will effectively protect them.
Laws against hunting bears do exist in Ecuador, but these laws are rarely enforced. Ecuador must be stricter when enforcing these laws and the government must create new laws to protect the bears from extinction. Furthermore, Ecuador has to help the Andean Bear Foundation in protecting the bears. Sign the petition to urge the Ecuadorian government to stand up for the Andean bear’s survival.
Dear Ecuadorian Minister of Environment, Marcela Aguinaga
The Andean bear species is native to your nation and surrounding nations where the Andean mountain range runs through. Due to extensive logging and farming, the habitat of these bears has been severely damaged. As a result of these damages, the bears have been forced to eat livestock and crops, which cause farmers to hunt them. On top of that, the bears are also hunted for their gall bladders, which get sold to countries like China that use gall bladders as an ingredient to their medicine.
All of these factors have led to the depletion in the Andean bear population and the species now risks extinction. You must help conserve the Andean bears before they disappear forever. Start enforcing the laws against hunting bears, and contribute to the Andean Bear Foundation, which seeks to preserve the species.
[Your Name Here]