Target: President of the United States of America Barack Obama
Goal: Persuade countries to comply with the global duty of protecting endangered species.
Several countries are refusing to participate in the protection of marine species that have recognized as needing human intervention. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which is a multilateral treaty for protecting endangered animals and plants, recently agreed to its committee recommendations of listing five species of sharks and manta rays under its appendices.
The Porbeagle, the oceanic whitetip shark, three species of hammerheads and both manta rays were added to CITES Appendix, meaning that these species should be internationally protected. The decision by CITES set off groundbreaking protection for five endangered sharks species and all manta rays.
Whether one is a lover of sharks or not, it is vital to save them from becoming extinct. The stability of the marine environment and the socio-economic importance of recreational fisheries is threatened by loss of sharks and it has taken a long time for sharks to receive such protection from CITES. The population of sharks has declined considerably with experts claiming that this will continue if urgent conservation measures are not taken. These measures should ensure they are protected from over-exploitation, including bycatch, finning and targeted fishing.
However, some countries declined to comply with the rules; these countries include Denmark, Guyana, Yemen, Japan and Iceland. Countries participating in the trade of these species should evoke strict policies and begin applying trade sanctions to the five non-compliant nations. For CITES to be effective, it is important for all participating countries to adhere to the democratic decision.
Before being placed on the protection list, the animals had to go through a stringent process. At the conference, an open debate is held to give nations an opportunity to air their concerns and a vote of two-thirds is required before any proposal can be adopted. A second vote requiring two-thirds has to be held to ratify all the proposals. Therefore, species that make it through such a process need serious attention and protection. By refusing to abide by the rules, these countries are undermining the work of CITES and endangering species that are being protected by the global committee.
People need to act in a global manner if they are to protect these species. Please sign this petition to urge these nations to comply. Your signature can make a difference.
Dear President Obama,
CITES did a great job by identifying five shark species and manta rays that were in danger of extinction and placing them under their protection list. The decision means that these species should only be harvested under sustainable practices for international trade. Also, the action allows and in some instances restricts international trade of these species. However, some countries have refused to comply with the decision. These countries include Denmark, Guyana, Yemen, Japan and Iceland.
Since America is one of the world super powers, I would urge that you evoke strict measures that would apply pressure on these countries to abide by the international decision to protect these endangered creatures. You can also consider applying trade sanctions against these countries. I hope you take action for this positive cause.
[Your Name Here]
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