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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

Dec 24, 2014 Susan Brown
Dec 24, 2014 chantal pasquier
Dec 24, 2014 Paolo Custodi
Dec 24, 2014 Betty Sneddon
Dec 21, 2014 Catherine Frazer Once the wildlife and the coral reefs are destroyed, they can never be rebuilt. Please take action now to protect the ocean wildlife.
Dec 21, 2014 Jean Santurri
Dec 20, 2014 Michele Villeneuve
Dec 20, 2014 Dulcie Camp
Dec 20, 2014 Margrit Wagner
Dec 19, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Dec 19, 2014 Natasha Gonzalez
Dec 19, 2014 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Dec 18, 2014 Julianna Yonan
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Elena Villarrubia
Dec 16, 2014 Robert Keiser
Dec 16, 2014 Jausen Hyldahl
Dec 15, 2014 Riley Ellis
Dec 15, 2014 Lynn Webber
Dec 15, 2014 Doris Potter
Dec 15, 2014 Charlotte Johansen
Dec 15, 2014 Susan Paulson
Dec 15, 2014 Carey Boehmer
Dec 15, 2014 Caroline Harris
Dec 14, 2014 Sonia Bourgault Stop to abuse and abuse again and again just for make money, your cupidity and EGO most be Stop NOW by the real law and the heart of your soul, wake-up, the whole planet see you, so change your mind and do something good for all life.
Dec 13, 2014 Lori Pillow
Dec 13, 2014 robin hersh
Dec 13, 2014 Guillaume LAURENCIN Animals are not entertainments
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 12, 2014 Gina Freitas
Dec 12, 2014 Barbara Standing
Dec 12, 2014 April Robertson
Dec 12, 2014 Veronica Williams Please draft strong legislation against the collection of reef wildlife and the decimation of the coral reef ecosystem.
Dec 12, 2014 sharon mcaulay
Dec 11, 2014 shaira erika Dear Governor Neil Abercrombie: you are so bitch!!!!
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is clearly something that definitely needs to be signed.
Dec 11, 2014 Rosana Melo
Dec 11, 2014 C Nagy
Dec 11, 2014 Rebecca Hutton
Dec 11, 2014 Laurel Court
Dec 11, 2014 Rhonda Hart
Dec 11, 2014 Linda Hartman
Dec 11, 2014 Tony Luna
Dec 11, 2014 mike glen
Dec 11, 2014 donna furano
Dec 11, 2014 sandra schaefer
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 MARIA VEIGA
Dec 11, 2014 oliver bosch

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