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Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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

Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 michelle andy
Feb 26, 2015 Nicole Otero
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 26, 2015 Elisabete Fonseca
Feb 25, 2015 Leyre Sanchez
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 Wanda Latendresse
Feb 24, 2015 Ileana Lopez
Feb 23, 2015 Martina Dietl
Feb 23, 2015 April Halican
Feb 23, 2015 Beryl Barber
Feb 23, 2015 Nikos Nizamis
Feb 23, 2015 Jane Sanders
Feb 23, 2015 Jan Sloat
Feb 22, 2015 Catherine Anderson This is ridiculous. We know the impasct such uncontrolled exploitation can have, theres really no excuse for this to continue. Respect Hawaii!
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Iris Smith
Feb 21, 2015 sandy wanamaker
Feb 21, 2015 Laura Thomas
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Feb 19, 2015 Cecil Torres
Feb 19, 2015 Gisela Marsari
Feb 19, 2015 Sonya Nel
Feb 18, 2015 Karen O'Brien
Feb 18, 2015 Marcy LaSalle
Feb 18, 2015 craig conn
Feb 18, 2015 Julie Martin
Feb 18, 2015 Dennis Wysocki
Feb 18, 2015 roger thomas
Feb 18, 2015 Dolores Cohenour
Feb 18, 2015 Carolina Luzardo
Feb 18, 2015 Sarah Dugo
Feb 18, 2015 Virginie Castonguay
Feb 18, 2015 Martine HANS
Feb 17, 2015 TAY JEFFERIES
Feb 17, 2015 Cindy Bemiller
Feb 17, 2015 Naomi Itkine
Feb 17, 2015 Stephanie Vargo
Feb 17, 2015 Helga Preinesberger
Feb 15, 2015 Melissa Ripple
Feb 15, 2015 M. Scileppi
Feb 15, 2015 Dolores Herrmann
Feb 14, 2015 Jacinda Fenske
Feb 14, 2015 emilio leone
Feb 14, 2015 Ramona Isbell
Feb 13, 2015 Connie Smith
Feb 13, 2015 Deborah Loll
Feb 12, 2015 Brittany Meyers

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