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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


Jul 18, 2018 jan rose
Jul 18, 2018 Angela Rockwell
Jul 18, 2018 Laura Graczyk
Jul 18, 2018 Lenore Cunningham
Jul 18, 2018 Kathy Bronte
Jul 18, 2018 Candyce Dormizzi
Jul 18, 2018 Stephanie Bontemps In 2018 why is it that we constantly have to sign petitions to save beautiful creatures from extinction due to a few selfish, disgusting behavior of just a few individuals in this world. It needs to stop you need to protect this beautiful animal.
Jul 18, 2018 Vanessa Craft
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Jul 18, 2018 Samantha Swartz
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Jul 18, 2018 Fabiola Quinones
Jul 18, 2018 Kiana Barr
Jul 18, 2018 Dina Medeiros
Jul 18, 2018 Dolores Zelazo All these great cats are beautiful!!
Jul 18, 2018 Lynn Miller
Jul 18, 2018 Shana Briggs
Jul 18, 2018 Sherrie Kenney
Jul 18, 2018 Shannon Grady
Jul 18, 2018 monica richards
Jul 18, 2018 Gail Mills
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia Bain
Jul 18, 2018 Sandra Vance
Jul 18, 2018 Tammy HEDDEN
Jul 18, 2018 Melody Hertz
Jul 17, 2018 Renee C
Jul 17, 2018 Heather Nichol
Jul 17, 2018 Laurie Bell Humanity is so disappointing. Humans should be humane. All life matters.
Jul 17, 2018 Christine Hutchison
Jul 17, 2018 Kelly Tomberlin
Jul 17, 2018 Yessica Kaiser
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Jensen
Jul 17, 2018 Darlene Orluk
Jul 17, 2018 Laura Coronel
Jul 17, 2018 Diane Sandoz
Jul 17, 2018 Elizabeth Absher
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 17, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
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Jul 17, 2018 Candice Slaick
Jul 16, 2018 Lindsay LeMaster We need to protect all life, no just humans!
Jul 16, 2018 Tina Peck
Jul 16, 2018 April Sunshine Kinsella
Jul 16, 2018 Cd Laucevicius
Jul 16, 2018 Dawn Chaney
Jul 16, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath-Curtis
Jul 16, 2018 Sara Moore
Jul 15, 2018 Ellen Cross
Jul 15, 2018 RACHEL LOVE
Jul 15, 2018 Vianney Ventura

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