Don’t Dynamite Endangered Dolphins and Turtles

Target: Fábio Henrique Camara, Director, DTA Engineering

Goal: Cancel plans for destructive dredging and demolitions in the Amazon River Basin.

Rare Amazonian turtles, endangered Araguaian river dolphins, and a dozen threatened fish species could soon be under attack by Brazilian engineering firm DTA Engineering in their plans to dynamite, dredge, and fill with sand the bed of an area of the Tocantins River known as the Lourencão Rocks. The plans to create a viable shipping channel would see the company destroy 22 miles of the ecologically priceless 28-mile stretch of river. Brazil’s increasingly-harassed environmental protection agency, IBAMA, has criticized the impact report submitted for the project, pointing out that the company has failed to be honest about the number of animals placed in harm’s way and ordered them to complete a new report.

In addition to rare wildlife, hundreds of locals depend on the river for income and food, employing traditional methods of fishing to feed themselves and their families. Research has shown that wildlife, forests, and rural Brazilians are under increasing threat of health risks, property damage, and death as the destruction of the complex Amazon region continues under President Jair Bolsonaro’s exploitative rule.

The destruction of the Lourencão Rocks would be an unforgivable and irreversible ecological crime. Sign the petition below to demand that the lives of human and animal residents of the region be spared.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Camara,

The plan to dynamite, dredge, and fill the Tocantins River along the Lourencão Rocks with 5.6 million cubic meters of sand may result in increased profitability from shipping in the short term, but it would be an irreversible ecological crime. At risk are over a dozen endangered species and the livelihoods of hundreds of Brazilians.

I demand that you withdraw from this obscene plan and focus your energies on constructive efforts elsewhere.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michelle Bender


34 Comments

  1. This is a extremely stupid idea!!! No no no! Once again please think about our planet and future not the immediate cash profits! The marine life is most important and the is unnecessary animal abuse that must not happen!! Please protect our waters and the life within it!! No

    • Terri Manabe says:

      I so agree Jen. Nothing scares me more than losing wildlife on land, sea, and precious insects that help our planet. This is a major WORLD crisis and the WORLD needs to get their heads out of the sewer and into saving our PLANET. However it’s sad there are far too many greedy humans on this planet, and I doubt we can change those idiots minds before it’s too late. I don’t like being a doomsayer, but unless we can get more people on board to fight, we may not be able to save what we need to keep this planet solvent.

  2. Why would anyone, in their right mind, want to do such a horrible thing???? SO VERY WRONG AND CRUEL – IN MY OPINION

    • Rachel Davies says:

      Unbelievable that we have to petition for this not to happen. This country if fucked and led by a corrupt government. Don’t ever travel there. It is full of low lifes. Don’t want em in Australia.

  3. Maria Bertrand says:

    Fábio Henrique Camara, Director, DTA Engineering

    The plans to create a viable shipping channel would see the company destroy 22 miles of the ecologically priceless 28-mile stretch of river. Knowing this:

    THE ANSWER IS EASY PROTECT ALL THE WILDLIFE AND ALL THE PEOPLE. THAT IS ONLY RIGHT ANSWER. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE irreversible!! PLEASE DO YOUR JOB FOR GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. American Girl says:

    You stupid fkn people who are morally and ethically bankrupt, never cease to confound me with your greed and lack of conscience. Stop this Madness Now!

    • RENA VAN STEELE says:

      Yes,..how RECKLESS and ABSOLUTE IDIOTS….can ANYONE GET. MR. PRESIDENT IS ABSOLUTELY corruption corruption corruption corruption,..greed greed greed greed greed,…THIS IS AS STUPID AND AS INSANE IDEA AND THE BOUNDRIES (OR EXTREME LACK OF THEM) SHOWS CLEARLY HERE what kind of things u are dealing with. HEY EVERYONE,…GUESS WHAT,…..THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING BUT MONEY IN THEIR PERSONAL ACCOUNTS,…AND OF COURSE POWER EGOS THAT ARE SO FAR OUT OF LINE,….WELL,…THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THEY OPPSY “failed to be honest” is as laughable and as much of a joke it is head spinning. CORRUPTION CORRUPTION CORRUPTION. WHAT A BUNCH OF COMPLETE IDIOTS. THEY CARE ABOUT NOTHING…AS IN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING,….BUT GREED. HOW ABOUT (DID I SAY) CORRUPTION!!!

  5. I agree totally with American Girl above, They are stupid sick people They should be hung!!!!!

  6. Bina Pannell says:

    Ah yes! The lovely Bolsonaro who pretends it’s all out of his hands is at it again.
    How much is he getting paid this time?

  7. This would be so wrong and unconscionable. People must realize how they are hurting and endangering sea animals, marine mammals, and the environments. There are consequences to these actions. This must not be allowed to happen.

  8. Spiritually lower conscious people do this type of thing: needlessly destroy the earth’s life, whether it’s people, animals or the earth. This type of mindset is all over the earth. People are so identified w their egos that their hearts are cut off from the harm they do, they honestly cannot feel the pain they cause to others & the earth. To them outside distraction is the most important to them, often taking the popular form of money and whatever money can get for them. What are the rest of us to do? Raise conciousness & awareness. To the people for whom distraction is most important: there will come a time when the money is not enough nor is all the junk you can buy w it. What then? Is there anything else for people? Yes, and it was there all along: connection w the Universe & in turn connection w all life on earth. Because once a person feels this connection, they feel complete & there is no more need for money, for distraction & at the same time destruction of the earth. But how does one feel the connection? Simple instruction: slowly breathe, slowly exhale & inhale, focus on this sensation as much as you can throughout your day. After awhile, the needless monkey chatter in your head will decrease just enough to finally, finally feel the connection w All

    • Rena Van Steele says:

      Sweet jesus (nope not religious in ANY WAY), it’s far too corrupt for me and do not want to be a follower of all the bullshit and lies EVERY religion tries to pass onto vulnerable gullable, weak people who have completely lost their way,…and need a crutch ,….and there are a few),…i want to cry with the honest and truthful input from u Rosanne. I wish I had your bliss and control. As we age,..we get wiser because of what we know and what we experience in life. I strive for your control,…but I know far too much. So enlightening to know someone has some peace of mind and sensibility. I strive to see any light at the end of the tunnel with all the money mongering, corruption, greed in EVERY GOVERNMENT IN THIS WORLD. And has filtered down to the smalls towns and tribes and even my own small municipality is very corrupt and greedy beyond words. And the decision making is utterly laughable and ridiculous as in this petition. Lost all connection with everything but money. We are freaking doomed we have lost our way of any kind of common sense and will NEVER get any true wholeness back. Thank u for your comment Rosanne

      • I understand how you feel. As a person who loves and respects the natural world and all its inhabitants from the smallest invertebrate to the mega flora and fauna, I feel in a constant state of stress and hopelessness. You do what you can but it feels like an ever increasing uphill battle. The world is run by self-interested fools without the intelligence or ability to see the big picture.

  9. Julia Edinger says:

    SHUT DOWN THIS “EVIL PLAN DOWN” !!!!
    PROTECT “OUR PRECIOUS ANIMALS” FROM BOLSONARO,,,HE IS A MURDER😡😡

  10. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    STOP DESTROYING YOUR UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT, BRAZIL!!! It cannot be restored once damaged!!! The world is watching in horror and we will not look away.

  11. I hear Bolsonaro has contracted Covid-19. I hope it proves fatal! His regime is a plague on the earth. Ditto Trump.

  12. Shirley Lemieux says:

    With so many life species at risk of destruction and being killed, it is baffling to me that any responsible Leader would give the green light to DTA Engineering to commit such a crime.

  13. Michelle Stewart says:

    It all must be stopped immediately and be made illegal. Anyone caught doing it get automatic life in prison with no early parole

  14. How can you do this? So Cruel!! Hasn’t the Coronavirus taught you anything?

  15. Maineiac says:

    I am deeply angered by this horrific news and by the horrific misrule of the deeply misguided bolsonaro. He is a dangerous man and he is bringing internationals shame on his country and threatening the health and survival of everyone on this planet. He doesn’t even understand the serious threat of covid-19, even to his own health. He is a very dangerous person and an unfit leader and I hope Brazilians vote him out before he does further lasting damage.

  16. Demetrios Lekkas says:

    Brazil and the whole Amazon Basin is the next Sahara. The Earth is on death row.

  17. This is their HOME that you are destroying.
    You should be PROTECTING not DESTROYING.
    COMPASSION and EMPATHY PLEASE.

  18. Joannai Baker says:

    What do expect from a president who tested positive for covid19. You are a crazy low life who is only happy killing

  19. Fábio Henrique Camara, Director, DTA Engineering! Your plans to dynamite, dredge, and fill the Tocantins River along the Lourencão Rocks with 5.6 million cubic meters of sand would be an IRREVERSIBLE ECOLOGICAL CRIME. At risk are over a dozen ENDANGERED SPECIES and the livelihoods of HUNDREDS of BRASILIANS. I DEMAND that you WITHDRAW from this OBSCENE PLAN and focus your energies on constructive efforts elsewhere. Your THOUGHTLESS and SICKENING GREED is beyond understanding. USE YOUR BRAIN, If you have any!!! STOP THIS HORRIFIC ATROCITY!!!!

  20. Jose Espino says:

    Anyone that can destroy or allow a body of water to be destroyed, being water the main source of all life on earth and specially for the region where it is located, cannot have the intelligence to comprehend what they are doing. Don’t waste your time. The only way to stop this person is by force. People who do such things are worldwide destroyers and a danger to the well being of everyone else, their existence is useless.

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