Target: Malaysian government
Goal: Demand Malaysian oil palm plantations stop putting rat poison on the fruit of the oil palm to prevent elephants from eating it.
Thirteen Borneo pygmy elephants were recently found poisoned in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Borneo, Malaysia. The elephants were found dead after consuming rat poison. It is believed that oil palm plantation workers distributed rat poison on the fruit of the oil palm plants to keep elephants from eating it. The endangered elephants suffered due to the Malaysian government’s decisions to clear rain forest areas in Borneo for plantations. Urge the Malaysian government to stop poisoning the endangered elephants.
The deforestation of Borneo is causing a sharp decline in wildlife, including species like endangered rhinos, orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The clearing of rainforest areas is causing both plant and animal species to disappear. The Borneo pygmy elephants are among the animals suffering due to the clearing of the Malaysian forests. The pygmy elephants are a rare and endangered species, and no more than 1,500 animals remain. Unfortunately due to the high demand for the exportation of palm oil in Malaysia, government officials are clearing more and more forest space to make room for palm oil plantations. This means many animals are losing their natural homes in the forest. To make matters worse, plantation workers are placing rat poison on the fruit of the oil palm to keep the elephants from eating it. Malaysian government is disregarding the well-being of the animal and plant species that rely on the rain forests for survival.
Urge the Malaysian government to begin protecting the elephants and other endangered species that reside in Borneo’s rain forest areas. It is time to take action now to protect the creatures before it is too late. The Malaysian government must stop clearing rain forest areas and ripping the animals from their homes. Sign this petition and urge the Malaysian government to ban all oil palm plantation workers from poisoning the endangered pygmy elephants.
Dear Malaysian Government,
I would like to express my concern for the destruction of rain forests in Borneo, Malaysia for palm oil plantations. Not only are thousands of animals—including endangered species—losing their native land, but pygmy elephants are being purposely poisoned in order to be kept from eating the oil palm fruit. Although Malaysian heavily relies on the export of palm oil, government officials must develop safer alternatives to the severe deforestation and destruction of native animal and plant species. No more than 1,500 Borneo pygmy elephants remain. It is necessary to stop oil palm plantation workers from poisoning the endangered species.
It is time to act now before it is too late and the Borneo pygmy elephants are extinct. Please ban all oil palm plantation workers from purposely poisoning the endangered pygmy elephants.
[Your Name Here]
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