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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

Apr 19, 2018 Ivan Cronyn
Apr 18, 2018 Gillian Miller
Apr 16, 2018 Tobi Zausner
Apr 16, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 16, 2018 Rosy Morales
Apr 16, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 15, 2018 grace padelford
Apr 15, 2018 Linda Tabb
Apr 15, 2018 Marie Sepeta Human greed causes poaching. Poverty and lack of education, and opportunity contribute to the problem. We need to end demand for threatened and endangered animals, and support successful efforts to end poaching.
Apr 15, 2018 Carol Schaffer
Apr 15, 2018 Kristina Bedic
Apr 15, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
Apr 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Silvio
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Lori Nightingale
Apr 14, 2018 Whitney Hendrix
Apr 14, 2018 Maryse Laffitte-Brandt
Apr 14, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Marasco
Apr 13, 2018 Sandra Leaper Fight poachers, end black market and stop extinction.
Apr 13, 2018 Sharon- Noll Please...let us protect all of our innocent creatures!
Apr 13, 2018 Rodney and Linda Astleford 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 are running out of time.
Apr 13, 2018 Betsy Reynolds
Apr 13, 2018 Kerry Prine
Apr 12, 2018 Al Moorhouse
Apr 12, 2018 Lori Masterson
Apr 12, 2018 G.T. Taylor
Apr 12, 2018 Buford Staton
Apr 12, 2018 Denis Cole
Apr 12, 2018 Yolanda Benson
Apr 12, 2018 tony pallini
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 David Schaechtel
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Diane Poole
Apr 11, 2018 kathy kay
Apr 11, 2018 Janice Franz
Apr 10, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Apr 10, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
Apr 10, 2018 Rebecca Glass
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 8, 2018 Marion Subjenski
Apr 8, 2018 Brigitte Hecht
Apr 7, 2018 faye munro

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