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Goal: 30,000 Progress: 168
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

Tell Brazil's Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Tourism, and the President of Brazil to work together to ban the captivity and handling of wild animals for sake of tourism!

Animals in the Brazilian rainforest are being ripped away from their homes and families at an increasing rate because of the tourism industry. Unless these tourist traps are stopped, animals will continue being abused and mortally harmed. Tourists should never be able to handle wild animals!

People all over the world are traveling to Brazil just to get a glimpse at some of South America's most amazing animals. The problem is that locals are capturing these animals by any means necessary to help make them more money by allowing tourists to handle and take pictures with said animals.

Sloths are being taken from the wild and tied to trees with rope, caimans are being restrained with rubber bands around their jaws, and manatees are being kept in tanks barely big enough to hold them [1].

Wildlife tourism accounts for around 20-40 percent of the entire world's tourism industry, and in Brazil, the industry is growing quickly. [2]

Even in a town like Puerto Algeria with only 600 families, hundreds of tourists come every single day to see and take pictures with captured wild animals. [2]

Rare and free-ranging pink river dolphins are being conditioned to interact with humans by being baited with food so that tourists can touch and take pictures with the wild animals. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for the issue.[3]

"The growing demand for harmful wildlife selfies is not only a serious animal welfare concern but also a conservation concern," said Dr. Neil D'Cruze of World Animal Protection. "Our online review of this kind of practice in Latin America found that more than 20% of the species involved are threatened by extinction and more than 60% are protected by international law." [1]

Currently, it is already illegal in Brazil to remove an animal from the wild and keep it captive without a license, but it isn't being even remotely enforced. [4]

Unless these already existing laws become applied, wild animals will continue to suffer under the hands of their captors and tourists alike.

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To Brazil's Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Tourism, and the President of Brazil,

The way wildlife tourism is currently running in your country is killing and abusing hundreds of wild animals on a daily basis. Not only have these animals been taken away from their homes and families, but they are also being horribly mistreated by both tourists and their captors alike.

Your country's laws should already be preventing animals from being taken from the wild and held without a license, but your own laws are not being enforced enough to keep your wildlife safe.

Unless you all start ensuring that the laws that are already in place are followed by everyone, the incredible animal diversity that your rainforest contains will become extinguished.

Please come together and ensure that tourists are no longer able to handle wild animals, and start heavily enforcing the already existing bans on making money off captive wild animals.


Petition Signatures

Jan 19, 2018 elizabeth myrin shore
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 11, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 Daisy Costa
Jan 8, 2018 H. M. Sustaita Humanities sense of entitlement of everything on this planet is one of the nails in our collective coffin.
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 kellyann morander
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Jelica Roland
Dec 26, 2017 Lena Hansdotter
Dec 21, 2017 Angela Korth
Dec 20, 2017 Nikolina Dilas
Dec 20, 2017 Elizabeth Arbe
Dec 19, 2017 rosemary allen
Dec 19, 2017 Ann-Marie Tripodi
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 19, 2017 heidi ahlstrand
Dec 19, 2017 Denis Mermet
Dec 19, 2017 Julie Gusman
Dec 19, 2017 Mark Baker
Dec 19, 2017 Sherry Hodskins This world is going to hell for the selfish things some humans do!
Dec 19, 2017 luis freitas
Dec 19, 2017 melek korel
Dec 19, 2017 kylie millard
Dec 18, 2017 Nésia Silva
Dec 18, 2017 Kathleen Borrego Oh for heaven sakes leave them alone. Let them be wild animals.
Dec 18, 2017 Elisabeth van Winsen-Sanders
Dec 18, 2017 Pennie Lefkowitz
Dec 18, 2017 Rebecca Poplin
Dec 18, 2017 Yvonne Fessler
Dec 18, 2017 Rebecca Bruckner
Dec 18, 2017 Celeste Cardenas
Dec 18, 2017 Lynnie Neal
Dec 18, 2017 Jenny Mackenzie
Dec 18, 2017 Nettie Singer
Dec 18, 2017 Cheryl Clayton
Dec 18, 2017 sheila steele
Dec 18, 2017 Marjorie Lulay
Dec 18, 2017 Yvonne Dawe
Dec 18, 2017 Jerry Banks
Dec 18, 2017 Michele Osland
Dec 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2017 Alana Mawson
Dec 18, 2017 Dianna Burton
Dec 18, 2017 Rosa Simon
Dec 18, 2017 Soheyla Azizi
Dec 18, 2017 Mary Workman
Dec 18, 2017 Elizabeth Mitchell This is a dangerous practice, not only for the animals but exposing humans to wild animals as well!! If a human inadvertantley gets attacked or harmed, the animal will be killed...a senseless killing of an animal and possibly the adult or child.
Dec 18, 2017 Malgorzata Minikiel

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