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Sign this petition and urge the Russian government to enforce stronger penalties for poaching and smuggling, and save the Amur Leopard from extinction.

The Amur leopard is an extremely beautiful, and extremely rare animal. At one time, only 20 in the world were in existence.

Living in the forests of Russia and China, there are maybe a dozen more Amur leopards alive today [1], thanks to the conservations efforts of some determined nonprofit organizations, but their future is being threatened by poachers and the logging industry.

The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) has been fighting to protect Amur leopards and tigers from illegal hunting and habitat destruction. The group is made up of 15 international and Russian NGOs, with field agents sent by the Zoological Society of London, Wildlife Conservation Society, Phoenix Fund and Wildlife Vets International [2].

Russia has protections in place, too. A 2012 law increased financial penalties for those caught poaching endangered species and conducting trans-border trade, with up to 7 years in prison and a 2 million ruble fine waiting for those convicted [3].

But those laws have not proven the deterrent to poaching that they were meant to be. Illegal hunting continues to threaten the Amur leopards, and their carcasses or skins continue to be found in black market operations, either belonging to relatively rich people from nearby cities, or poor villagers trying to make a living [4].

While criminal punishment misses the mark, ALTA has found success with alternative methodologies, educating communities on anti-poaching issues, and putting livestock compensation programs in place for farmers who lose animals to the critically threatened cats [5].

A mobile anti-poaching team established in the Amur leopard’s habitat in January 1998 [5]. One of the most successful anti-poaching groups to date, it has assisted in making over 1,000 citations for illegal activity, and initiated over forty criminal proceedings [5]. In their investigations, the team has confiscated more then 400 firearms and several leopard skins and body parts [5].

The Russian Government needs to step up its conservation efforts and approach Amur leopard protections with the same initiative if the animals are to be saved from extinction.

Sign the petition and demand protection for the Amur leopard today!

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Dear Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,

The Amur leopard is facing extinction, its numbers are dwindling in the dozens, and the protective measures your country has put in place are not doing enough to dissuade poachers from killing them all.

There are maybe a few dozen Amur leopards alive today. That's largely thanks to the conservations efforts of some determined nonprofit organizations, but the leopard's future is being threatened by poachers and the logging industry.

Poor villagers, left with little after the fall of the USSR, and the rich, who want to show off their wealth, are fueling a black market trade for Amur leopard skins. And the threat of a 2 million ruble fine and 7 years in prison is not enough to stop their illegal hunting. Amur leopard carcasses or skins continue to be found in black market operations.

The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) has been fighting to protect Amur leopards and tigers from illegal hunting and habitat destruction. The group is made up of 15 international and Russian NGOs, and has found success in educating communities on anti-poaching issues, and putting livestock compensation programs in place for farmers who lose animals to the critically threatened cats.

ALTA established a mobile anti-poaching team in the Amur leopard’s habitat in January 1998. One of the most successful anti-poaching groups to date, it has assisted in making over 1,000 citations for illegal activity, and initiated over forty criminal proceedings. In their investigations, the team has confiscated more then 400 firearms and several leopard skins and body parts.

The Russian government would do well to follow this initiative, and add similar measures to its own legislation. The future of the Amur leopard depends on it.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 19, 2018 Teresa Golden
Apr 19, 2018 L Mercurio
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Bartlett
Apr 19, 2018 Yasmin Schirtzer
Apr 19, 2018 Maureen Malin
Apr 19, 2018 Sharon Parkstone
Apr 19, 2018 Denise Hanek
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Maria Hauser
Apr 19, 2018 Jacqueline Rodriguez I AM BEYOND FED UP WITH ALL THESE ANIMALS BEING KILLED, I WANT AN OPEN SEASON ON THE HUNTERS KILLING THEM!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO GO ON A KILL FOR THE HUNTERS, MAKE THEM EXTINCT, INSTEAD OF THE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Patricia Flynn
Apr 19, 2018 josephine puglisi Please protect the Amur Leopards before they become extinct ! TY.
Apr 19, 2018 Fernando Pueblo
Apr 19, 2018 Jose Avetikyan
Apr 19, 2018 Alisa Adobajor
Apr 19, 2018 Michelle Zamora
Apr 19, 2018 Ana Coelho
Apr 19, 2018 Silvia Torralba
Apr 19, 2018 Ashleigh Herbert
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Apr 19, 2018 Dawn Lynn
Apr 19, 2018 Chloe Nolan
Apr 19, 2018 raphael balboni
Apr 19, 2018 Jacqui Lipschitz
Apr 19, 2018 Lauren Abrahamson
Apr 18, 2018 Andrea Delisser
Apr 18, 2018 Jamie Daniel
Apr 18, 2018 Marco Parravicini
Apr 18, 2018 Amy Talley
Apr 18, 2018 Jenny Mills
Apr 18, 2018 Martha Coffey
Apr 18, 2018 Belen Keller
Apr 18, 2018 Helena Zagar
Apr 18, 2018 Alexia Zbinden-Leibzig
Apr 17, 2018 Darlene Zuodar
Apr 17, 2018 DIANE TARTAGLIA
Apr 17, 2018 Pam Kistler
Apr 17, 2018 Stacy Baumgartner
Apr 17, 2018 Tamara Weatherly
Apr 17, 2018 Donna Ham
Apr 17, 2018 Karen McMurray
Apr 17, 2018 Darlene Buckland Don't let these beautiful creatures become extinct!
Apr 17, 2018 Taylor Benson
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 Tim Covey
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Apr 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Apr 17, 2018 Laura Hickey

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