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When handled humanely, aquariums can offer a glimpse into teeming marine ecosystems we may never otherwise be able to see.

Unfortunately humane handling of sea animals for aquariums isn't always the case, as in Hawaii, where ocean wildlife collectors ignore the well being of coral reef fish and remove them from their natural habitats.

The fish are taken swiftly out of the water without regard to pressure changes or the stress it might cause. And poor water quality results when large amounts of fish are put into cramped holding tanks. Many of the fish die before they reach the destination.

Hawaii doesn't have any laws to protect wildlife that thrives on coral — even if thousands of fish die in a collector's care, there's nothing anyone can do.

Urge Hawaii to draft strong legislation against the collection of reef wildlife and the decimation of the coral reef ecosystem.

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Dear Governor Neil Abercrombie:

The state of Hawaii needs to strengthen its ocean wildlife protection laws.

As it stands, there are no regulations in place that monitor how many fish are being extracted from their environments and how these animals are being treated.

It means that collectors can use any method they wish to remove as many animals as they want from coral reef ecosystems. They often capture hundreds of fish in a net from deep below the surface and bring them up without regard to the pressure change. As a result the fish can suffer the bends, just as a human would without proper equalization techniques. The fish can also die of shock to their systems as well as contaminated water as a result of cramped tanks.

These fish are also vital components of their natural habitats, so the whole reef suffers if its living organisms are removed in large quantities.

Please address this problem by creating legislation that would regulate the collection of reef animals as well as require proper, humane methods in caring for these creatures.

The future of Hawaii's precious coral reefs depends on it.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Sep 23, 2014 Francisco Javier Sánchez
Sep 22, 2014 Elvia Gutierrez
Sep 22, 2014 Jane Penn
Sep 22, 2014 Alexandra Blackhurst
Sep 22, 2014 Carla Marques
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 21, 2014 Kaley Bill
Sep 21, 2014 Linda Wolf
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 20, 2014 Deborah Hood
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 20, 2014 Phillippa Hilsden
Sep 20, 2014 mieke wilms
Sep 19, 2014 Anneke Ruys
Sep 19, 2014 Joanna Foster
Sep 19, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuram Godse).
Sep 19, 2014 Liana Stanton
Sep 19, 2014 Chris Cerutti
Sep 19, 2014 Anna-Maria Fitzpatrick
Sep 19, 2014 Joe Ward
Sep 19, 2014 John Seidel
Sep 19, 2014 Sevgül Züngür
Sep 19, 2014 Heather Low
Sep 19, 2014 Tim Zemba
Sep 19, 2014 Danny Kline
Sep 19, 2014 Rose & John Martin
Sep 19, 2014 Suzanne McClain
Sep 19, 2014 desiree van arkens
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 alixandria Maldonado
Sep 17, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Michelle Fortener
Sep 16, 2014 Crystal Huggins
Sep 16, 2014 Janet Lacetera
Sep 16, 2014 Martha Hildreth
Sep 15, 2014 Diane van Weelie Coral reefs are suffering worldwide. Please ban the killing of coral reef wildlife which negatively impacts the reefs.
Sep 15, 2014 Jennifer Hennes We all have to do what we can to protect our marine life. DON'T DESTROY IT!
Sep 15, 2014 Emily Wood
Sep 15, 2014 Sherry Smith
Sep 15, 2014 julie wylie we need to save the wildlife and keep the water and environment clean start protecting the reef and other animals
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Carla Winger
Sep 15, 2014 Heike Feldmann
Sep 15, 2014 Yael Shimshon
Sep 15, 2014 Jeanette Stone
Sep 15, 2014 Bonnie Svec
Sep 15, 2014 Lorraine Andersen Plesae leave the oceans alone

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