Target: Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra
Goal: Save sea turtles from extinction by protecting their eggs from poachers.
Sea turtles have inhabited this planet for over 100 million years, but they are currently under the threat of extinction due to climate change, pollution of their habitats, and the illegal harvesting of their eggs by poachers. A World Wildlife Fund study found that there has been a 90 percent decline in Eastern Pacific Leatherback sea turtles in the last 30 years. We must urge Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to protect sea turtle eggs.
Although there is no proof, many people believe that sea turtle eggs contain a powerful aphrodisiac, which makes them a sought after and profitable commodity for commercial fishermen. Sea turtles are protected from hunters by law in Thailand, but their eggs are still vulnerable. Without new generations of sea turtles being produced, they face an increased threat of extinction.
Five of the seven species of sea turtles are currently listed as endangered. Thousands of these beautiful creatures are killed every year as wasteful and unnecessary by-catch from commercial fishing operations. The beaches that sea turtles use for nesting are disappearing due to commercial development and resorts. With so many threats facing these beautiful marine animals, we need to encourage their reproduction and stop allowing their eggs to be stolen by poachers.
By signing this petition below, you will help to encourage the Prime Minister of Thailand to implement new protective measures to prevent sea turtle egg poaching in Thailand.
Dear Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra,
Sea turtles have inhabited this planet for over 100 million years, but they are currently under the threat of extinction. That threat is expedited by the fact that poachers are stealing sea turtle’s eggs in order to sell them for their alleged aphrodisiac qualities.
There is no proof that sea turtle eggs are an aphrodisiac, but studies have shown that there has been a 90 percent decline in Eastern Pacific Leatherback sea turtles during the last 30 years, partly due to poaching for the aphrodisiac market.
I ask that you take an important step to prevent the extinction of sea turtles, by implementing stronger protections to prevent the threat of poaching.
[Your Name Here]
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