Save Kiwi Birds from Extinction

Target: David Parker, Minister for the Environment, New Zealand

Goal: Use humane predator control measures and habitat restoration to prevent kiwi birds from going extinct.

Recent studies reveal that New Zealand’s five species of kiwi birds are slowly going extinct. The reasons cited for their decline include introduced predators, stray dogs and cats, and ongoing habitat destruction. As a result, it is believed that while 200 years ago there were millions of the birds residing in New Zealand, there are now less than 70,000 of them remaining.

Kiwis are nocturnal, flightless birds that are vulnerable to attack from predators that are also active at night, such as invasive stoats or feral cats. This, combined with the threat of deforestation, has led to the grim fact that only five percent of all kiwi chicks that hatch will survive to adulthood. Without further intervention, experts say that kiwi birds may be extinct in as little as 50 years.

Current protection measures for kiwis rely mainly on the inhumane trapping and poisoning of predatory species. We must expand protections to address other threats, such as habitat destruction and attacks by household pets, and use more humane alternatives for pest control. Sign this petition to demand that New Zealand expand its conservation efforts to ensure that the kiwi bird has a future in this island nation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Parker,

Kiwis are in danger of extinction in New Zealand as the result of a number of human-introduced threats, including invasive predatory species and habitat destruction. While current measures to control predators through the use of poison or trapping may protect some chicks, these methods are inhumane and do not go far enough. More must be done to promote reforestation and educate the public on ways to keep wildlife safe from pets, such as keeping cats indoors and not allowing dogs to roam freely off-leash in protected areas.

Unless all causes for the kiwis’ population decline are addressed, it is very likely that these birds will go extinct in as little as 50 years. Therefore, we demand that you take a comprehensive approach and focus on all humane ways to help save these unique and iconic birds.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Glen Fergus

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9 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save kiwi now

  2. Save the Kiwi! They are a vital part of the ecosystem! Don’t wait until it’s too late before they are gone for good!

  3. Extinction of one results in the extinction of other, we are ALL connected.

  4. Humans seem to be like a deadly virus, killing all in its way.
    We who care must never give up and fight for the survival of God’s creatures – we are all ONE!

  5. SAVE THE GREAT KIWI BIRDS FROM EXTINCTION , EARTH NEEDS THEM NOW.

  6. Why humans are so sick n evils!! Kill kill kill n keep killing all the innocent animals on earth!!! Do they not know they are SINNING IN KILLING LIVES !!!! Well too bad, GOD SEES, ALSO COUNTING EACH N EVERY SINGLE LIVES THESE EVILS SINS INDEED. WHAT THEY DO WILL CONE BACK TO THEM!! THIS IS KARMA!! AN EYE FOR AN EYE!!!PLS STOP IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!! SHAME ON THEM!

  7. New Zealand is now a very cruel place, rodeos, fur wearing by dumb humans, kids at school drowning animals in buckets, destroying habitat needlessly etc etc

  8. Domestic cats and dogs are a big problem as far as the rest of the planet is concerned – almost as much of a problem as domestic humans! Never buy a pet; go to the rescue centers instead. The pet trade is way out of control and should be banned.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

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