Target: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
Goal: Make further efforts in ending the illegal trades of great apes.
The United Nations has reported that the illegal trade of great apes is decreasing their population by taking more than 3,000 primates from the wild each year. It has also been estimated that at least 22,218 great apes have disappeared since 2005. Chimpanzees, our closest relatives, make up 64 percent of that incredibly high number. The great apes are already facing endangerment from habitat loss, and illegal trading is causing their population to drop even more. We need to act to save these primates.
The animals captured in the trade are sold to collectors, the tourist industry and zoos. Taking these apes from their habitats not only affects their future, but it also affects the ecosystems in Africa and Asia that they once lived in. While the illegal capturing of these apes is not a new practice, it is becoming a more serious problem as time goes on since the apes are facing significantly low population numbers.
Great apes are our closest relatives, and the only living links we have to our evolutionary pasts. They should be treated in a respectful manner and not snatched up to sit miserably in a zoo. We need to fight to protect great apes before it is too late. Sign the petition below to ask the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to control the population of the great apes and put an end to illegal trading.
Dear Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species,
The great apes are our closest living ancestors. Without their survival, our anthropological studies would cease to exist and our increasing knowledge of where we came from and how we evolved would end. The illegal trading of these apes is a tragedy that must be stopped.
Great apes are captured only to be sold to collectors, the tourist industry and zoos. Their habitats in Africa and Asia will be forever changed if their populations decline any more. These ecosystems are already seeing moderate changes due to an ongoing population decrease.
These animals are our closest relatives and the reason why humans exist on this planet. Removing them from their habitat and decreasing their populations shows the bad side of evolution. We can put an end to the illegal trading of the great apes through more protections for the apes and keeping better track of their numbers. We are asking you to please do everything in your powers to make sure our distant relatives survive.
[Your Name Here]
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