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58%. That's the percentage of wildlife that has been lost to the world in just the last 40 years [1]. Much of this loss is due to big-picture issues, like climate change, deforestation, and pollution, which you may be aware of and act on already. But a lot of it is due to poachers, a relatively small proportion of humanity who put personal profit over every value we law-abiding citizens hold dear.

The illegal wildlife trade is now constantly in the news. The vaquita is nearly extinct because they are bycatch for poachers looking to sell fish bladders worth more than crack cocaine on the black market. The African elephant population has been decimated by half since the 1970s to fuel the illegal trade in ivory. Pangolins are falling prey to poachers who sell their scales, made of the same material as our fingernails, to misinformed people who believe they cure everything.

Now poachers are reaping so much profit that they are targeting not only vulnerable wildlife struggling to survive in their native habitat, but also valuable animals in zoos and sanctuaries. In February of 2017, the caretakers at a rhino orphanage in South Africa were assaulted and held hostage while poachers brutally killed two baby rhinos and stole their horns [2]. In March of 2017, poachers brazenly shot a beloved white rhino in the Paris zoo to steal and sell its horn [3]. In June of 2017, poachers infiltrated the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, killing two elderly lions rescued from an abusive circus [4].

It has to stop. Fighting the illegal wildlife trade that is leading to so many extinctions begins right here, with you and me. Take the pledge to change the world now, because we're running out of time.

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In honor of the many innocent victims of poaching, I pledge to:

  • Use social media to share the stories of the victims of the illegal wildlife trade, in the hope of ending it,
  • Stay informed about the illegal wildlife trade and keep it alive in discussions with friends and family,
  • Refuse to support or accept animals and animal parts illegally traded or sold as medicine, food, and exotic pets,
  • Do my part to ensure that the use of illegally trafficked animal parts like pangolin scales and rhino horn becomes socially unacceptable,
  • Use my vote to protect vulnerable wildlife and habitat,
  • Avoid blaming accredited sanctuaries and zoos that are also poachers' victims, focusing on prevention and solutions, and
  • Donate as I'm able to sanctuaries I have researched and love to protect endangered species.

Petition Signatures

Jul 21, 2018 F Bean
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 21, 2018 Vikki Hallen
Jul 21, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 20, 2018 Candice D
Jul 20, 2018 Veda Simpson
Jul 19, 2018 Virginia Boehne
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 5, 2018 Harold And Mortensen If we would stop buying these products made from the animals it would affect the market for profit!
Jul 5, 2018 Lori Clink Stop poachers from killing animals.Stop animal extinction.
Jul 4, 2018 merle foster
Jul 4, 2018 Nannette Musumeci Hooray to the lions that ate the poacher. Too bad the other 2 got away.
Jul 4, 2018 Emma Osborn
Jul 3, 2018 Lisa O'Hern
Jul 1, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jul 1, 2018 Raleigh Koritz Stop All Poaching At The Borders!
Jun 30, 2018 Alejandra Aceves
Jun 30, 2018 Lois Roach
Jun 29, 2018 Natalia Ilina
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jun 29, 2018 Victoria Berrueco
Jun 29, 2018 Linda Anderson
Jun 28, 2018 Vicky Chan
Jun 28, 2018 Lauren Moch
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 19, 2018 Cindy French
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
Jun 8, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 8, 2018 Terry Wallerstedt
Jun 8, 2018 JerriLyn Miller
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Jessica Rod Please do the right thing and help us save God's creatures from extinction.
Jun 8, 2018 Jean McDermott
Jun 8, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jun 8, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 8, 2018 Catherine Reynolds
Jun 7, 2018 Nena Cook mama earth needs her wildlife leave them be wild and free protect them now, forever
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
May 25, 2018 Rosanne Cataldo
May 25, 2018 Sheron Rice Make it a criminal offense and lots of prison time for trafficking in wildlife trade. Put some teeth in prosecuting these criminals!!
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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