Target: Scottish Natural Heritage
Goal: Prevent the extinction of Scottish Wildcats, an important and charismatic species
For centuries, the Scottish Wildcat has been a symbol of protection and tenacity. Ancient clans would form under the image of the animal and fight wars for independence. The Scottish Wildcat is the last large mammal predator in Britain, and today only 40 remain roaming the Scottish Highlands. Felis silvestris grampia (Scottish Wildcat) has occupied this earth for millions of years, and it is now being wiped out by humans. These magnificent creatures are being caught in traps and skinned for fur and other useless purposes. They have also been hit by vehicles, and suffered from severe loss of habitat. However, though all these impacts are important, an even worse threat now faces the Scottish Wildcat.
This threat is the mass spread of domestic cats. Over 100,000 domesticated cats now live in the Scottish Highlands and are breeding more feral cats all time. Feral cats interbreed with Scottish Wildcats, diluting the gene pool of the endangered species. Steve Piper, the Chairman of the Scottish Wildcat Association said, “However you juggle the figures, it is hard to find anything positive. The overwhelming evidence is that the wildcat is going to be extinct within months.” This solid fact is truly disheartening and extremely alarming.
Scottish Natural Heritage, an environmental agency of the Scottish Government, made a promise to address the issues of this endangered species and nothing has been done. By signing the petition below, you are calling out the agency on their broken promises, and urging them to take every measure necessary to ensure the Scottish Wildcat does not go extinct.
Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,
The Scottish Wildcat has been roaming the Highlands for millions of years, and is an essential piece of our ecosystem. It is the national ambassador of protection, fearlessness, and tenacity; Clans have gathered under the image of the wildcat for centuries so as to conjure strength in battles for independence. Due to trapping, vehicle accidents, loss of habitat, and the mass domestication of cats, the Scottish Wildcat has been depleted in numbers to only 40 remaining.
Each day these precious creatures are creeping towards extinction, and the causes for such a catastrophe rests in the actions of humans. It is up to us to reverse the ultimate demise of these regal creatures.
I am urging you to address this issue and take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and conservation of the Scottish Wildcat.
[Your Name Here]
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