Target: Vesna Györkös Žnidar, Slovenia’s Minister of the Interior
Goal: Reject proposal that exempts a barbed wire border fence in Slovenia from environmental regulations.
Slovenia recently erected a barbed wire fence that has been killing local wildlife to secure its borders from migrants. The 180km fence was supposed to be temporary. However, as the political sphere of Slovenia’s neighboring nations, such as Greece, Turkey, and Croatia, become more questionable, there have been calls to create a 670km barbed wire fence across the nation’s entire border with adjacent Croatia. The construction of this fence coincides with a recent proposal by the nation’s Ministry of the Interior that would exempt the fence’s construction from environmental protection and conservation regulations.
Since the smaller, temporary fence has been built, Slovenia’s rare wildlife has faced danger and death. The nation’s roe and red deer are being killed at alarming rates. While foraging for food, they are getting caught in the sharp wires that are hidden beneath vegetation. Although the Slovenian government says only 15 animals were killed due to the fence, locals and conservationists think that number is suspiciously low. Many animals, they argue, die after escaping the tangled wires from blood loss caused by their serious wounds. They argue that closer to 100 animals have been killed.
Should the fence be constructed without any regard to wildlife efforts, even rarer animals may be put in danger. The mating migration paths of the country’s bears and wolves would be negatively impacted. In addition, the rare Dinaric lynx, which was only reintroduced to the nation a few decades ago, would also face extinction due its inability to migrate and mate. If flooding occurs along the piece of fence that runs along the river, fish also would be endangered by the sharp wire.
The wildlife of Slovenia has attracted tourists for decades due to its rareness. However, this new proposal by the Ministry of the Interior will negatively impact what makes this nation so naturally special. Sign the petition to urge the Ministry of the Interior to reject the proposal that would put this construction before the environment.
Dear Ms. Žnidar,
The Ministry of the Interior has recently brought forth a proposal that would exempt any border fence from environmental regulations. Such an action puts your nation’s rarest wildlife species at risk. Deer have already been killed by the barbed wire fence that has been constructed on a portion of the nation’s border.
To construct another fence, more than three times the size of the one now, would endanger even more wildlife. The lynx, wolf, and bear populations of Slovenia rely on traditional migratory patterns for mating. To isolate these species would severely limit their population growth. For an endangered animal like the lynx, such an action could lead to extinction.
For decades, tourists have visited Slovenia because of its natural beauty. By constructing a wire border without any regard to its effects on natural wildlife, you threaten the very thing that makes your nation so special. I urge you to reject the proposal that would limit environmental regulations when it comes to border construction.
For animals, there are no politics. There are no borders. To force them to live confined to one area would be damaging to their future existence.
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