Target: CITES Secretary General John Scanlon
Goal: Applaud the total ban on the trade of all eight species of pangolin.
Pangolins are the most trafficked animal on the planet, with a million animals trafficked each year. Of the eight species of pangolins–scaly, nocturnal mammals found in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia–half are listed as vulnerable, with the other four listed as either endangered or critically endangered. They are threatened by hunting and deforestation. However, chief among the threats faced by Pangolins is trafficking.
However, there is now hope for pangolins. After campaigns by conservationist and wildlife groups and political pressure in the form of petitions such as this one, the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has declared a total ban on the trade of the animals. This is an important step forwards to preserving a unique family of animals and biodiversity across the planet. Sign our petition to applaud the ban.
Dear Secretary General Scanlon,
I am writing to applaud the CITES decision to ban the trade of Pangolins. This is an important step toward preserving biodiversity across the world, both by protecting endangered species of Pangolin and ensuring vulnerable species do not become endangered. Furthermore, if enforced, this trade ban should make it far easier for law enforcement to identify illegal wildlife trafficking at all stages of the process.
Moving forward, I urge you to encourage CITES members to cooperate to eliminate illegal wildlife trafficking. Countries that are the end point of trafficking networks must take a leadership role in clamping down on markets within their own country, otherwise any trade ban will ultimately be ineffective.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Valerius Tygart