Target: Carter Roberts, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund
Goal: Stop poachers from accessing data that allows them track and kill endangered tigers
For years, GPS collars have helped researchers keep track of and conserve wildlife. Although the tracking of animals has been controversial, it has been beneficial in helping preserve and maintain statistics on animal species. Unfortunately, now these valuable GPS systems have fallen into the hands of poachers and traffickers.
Officials at a Bengal Tiger reserve in India say that a computer system was recently hacked to collect data from a tiger’s GPS collar. This allowed poachers to have data on where the animal is at all times. With this information, poachers don’t have to physically track a tiger down. The problem is especially dangerous because wildlife officials do not know that tigers are being tracked. Conservationists need to use GPS devices to help endangered animals, but the technology is getting into the wrong hands.
Although wildlife tracking devices are helpful in handling animals, cyber hackers are also becoming more savvy. Please sign this petition to tell the World Wild Life Fund that the benefits of these GPS trackers do not outweigh the risk of poachers hacking them.
Dear Mr. Roberts,
We appreciate everything the World Wildlife Fund has done to protect our animals. As technology gets more sophisticated, I know that the way animals are studied is going to reflect that change. Unfortunately, devices that are meant to help the Bengal Tigers in India are actually hurting them. Poachers and traffickers have been hacking these devices and using the information to track tigers. This means that poachers can track these endangered animals and sell them on websites before they even get near them.
Please ban these GPS systems, because although they are useful, they are harming the tigers too. Make it as difficult as possible for poachers to get near these animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: John & Karen Hollingsworth via Wikimedia Commons