Target: European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs
Goal: Applaud the European Union’s efforts to conserve the world’s vulnerable creatures
The European Union has implemented a program that will improve the protection of many endangered and nearly extinct species throughout the world. The program will aim to deter poaching, monitor populations, as well as lend aid to local law enforcement in combating the illegal slaughter of animals. It will develop an emergency response network to respond to sharp increases in death of listed animals.
The conservation program will focus on several animals throughout a large area. In Africa, the European Union will protect rhinos, elephants, and great apes. In the Caribbean and the Pacific, marine turtles will be the subject of conservation efforts. The greatest threat to these creatures is posed by humans. Criminal gangs of poachers are mainly responsible for the sharp decline and dangerous state that these populations see.
The growing demand for rhino horns in Asian medicine has pushed the species close to the brink of extinction. Though there have been no scientifically observed benefits of medicinal properties, poaching gangs have become more persistent as demand increases.
Elephant poaching for the ivory industry sees 25,000-35,000 elephants killed annually. Some poachers fly in helicopters to spot their pray before shooting at whole herds from the air. Others have poisoned entire water holes, killing elephants as well as a wide range of species that depend on the water.
Great apes are taken from the wild as babies and sold into the exotic pet trade for tens of thousands of dollars. Due to the protective nature of these intelligent primates, entire families must be slaughtered in order to obtain a single young ape.
Marine turtles and their eggs are considered a delicacy food, and their shells are used in jewelry and medicine. Some species have seen a 95% decline since their abundance only fifty years ago.
Immediate and aggressive changes are needed in order to save these species from extinction. Without action, many of these animals have only ten to twenty more years before meeting a permanent end. Thank the European Union for their efforts to conserve these species for future generations.
Dear European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs,
Recently, the European Union implemented a conservation program aimed at some of the world’s most urgently endangered animals. The program will monitor populations as well as lend aid to law enforcement to deter poachers and form an emergency network to respond to urgent conservation issues.
The program, focusing on great apes, rhinos, elephants, and sea turtles, will help to prevent further detriment to endangered species populations. The majority of population decline in these species is due to illegal slaughter by criminal organizations and poachers, and are all vulnerable to extinction. Thank you for your efforts to end the illegal slaughter of endangered species.
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