Target: Xi Jinping, President of China
Goal: Ban the sale of bird’s nest soup before the swiftlet bird becomes endangered.
Bird’s nest soup has become an increasingly popular delicacy in China, but the high demand for the soup has caused the swiftlet bird’s population to drop dramatically. With people constantly stealing their nests, the birds do not stand a chance for survival. This soup needs to be banned in order to prevent a species from dying out.
The thing that sets the swiftlet’s nests apart from other birds is that its nest is not made from twigs or feathers, but from its own saliva. When harvested, the nests are dry, but when cooked in the soup they gain a jellylike texture and are sprinkled with rock sugar. The dish is so popular because it is said to boost the immune system, smooth the skin, and act as an aphrodisiac. It is uncertain whether it actually smooths skin or increases sex drives, but scientists have proven that the nests contain protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. However, people can get these from other food sources without endangering an entire bird species in the process.
Skilled harvesters can find these nests and remove them much faster than the swiftlet can make them, and sometimes the chicks are still in the nests. Swiftlet populations are already declining quickly in some regions, and it will not be long until they are endangered. If nothing is done about it, they will face the same fate as sharks whose fins were harvested for soup. Sign this petition to demand that bird’s nest soup be banned from all markets.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
A growing trend in the sale of bird’s nest soup poses the risk of endangerment of the swiftlet bird. Their nests are first and foremost for swiftlet chicks, not for humans to eat. The nests may have nutritional value, but people can get their nutrition from other food sources that do not endanger the entire swiftlet species. The sale of this soup needs to be banned immediately.
Skilled harvesters are finding and removing swiftlet nests faster than the bird can make them, and sometimes the nests still have the chicks inside. If a bird can not raise its chicks in a nest, then the bird is certain to die out. Swiftlet populations are already rapidly declining in some areas, and it will not be long until they are endangered. This must not be allowed to happen. Please, ban bird’s nest soup from all markets.
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Photo credit: Robert Staudhammer