Target: Barak Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Limit drone use in highly populated wildlife areas until their effects on animals are better understood.
Drones nearly gave bears heart attacks, according to a recent scientific study. It is important that drone use is limited while other related scientific studies are being done in order to ensure they do not have the same or similar effects on other wild animals.
Although drones have been used for some great causes, including catching and deterring poachers, some scientists are now concerned that UAVs (Unarmed Aerial Vehicles) may be causing wild animals extra stresses. In fact, one published study in Current Biology revealed that a bear’s heart rate increased by 400 percent when a drone was flown in the same area as the bear. Since the bears did not react when the study was taking place and since bears are such large animals, scientists expected different results.
Drones have been banned in national parks partially because the noise is thought to adversely affect the animals. However, people are still allowed to fly them in areas right outside of these parks and in other areas where wildlife is abundant.
Sign this petition and demand that drone use be limited in areas where high populations of wildlife reside. Until scientists are able to do more in-depth studies showing how UAVs affect animals, we cannot concretely conclude that many wild animals will not be hurt or killed as a result of their use.
Dear President Obama,
A recent scientific study found that drones significantly raised the heart rates of bears. If more studies are not done to try to determine the impact that drones have on wildlife, many animals may die as a result of their use.
One study indicated that a bear’s heart rate quickly went from 41 beats per minute to 162 beats per minute when a drone was flown near it. These results are surprising when one considers that the drones were only used for a five-minute time period.
Study results such as this one make some scientists skeptical about using UAVs in areas where wild animals are highly populated. Although their use has been banned in national parks, people are allowed to fly them right outside park boarders and in other highly populated wildlife areas.
I therefore encourage you to support legislation that will limit the use of drones in such areas until more conclusive evidence can show that a majority of animals will remain unharmed in their presence. If we choose to do otherwise, many animals may suffer and die as a result of having made such a careless decision.
[Your Name Here]
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