Target: Inger Anderson, Director-General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Goal: Add cheetahs to the Red List of endangered species after recent reports of massive population declines.
Only 7,100 cheetahs remain in the entire world, and since their populations are apparently declining rapidly, activists are asking that this species be added to the Red List. A statement from researchers from the Zoological Society of London, Panthera, and the Wildlife Conservation Society noted that humans are in large part responsible for the massive decline because they hunt the prey cheetahs need to survive, abduct their cubs for trafficking, and destroy their ecosystems with farmland. If the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) would update the cheetah’s status from vulnerable to endangered, global support and funds to conserve this species would increase.
It is estimated that half of the world’s cheetahs live in a single population in Southern Africa that spans six countries while in Asia, this fastest land animal is nearly wiped out. The big cat’s cubs are coveted due to a fashion trend in Saudi Arabia, and of the 1,200 stolen in the past decade, 85 percent have died in transit. It is estimated that about 77 percent of the species’ habitat is outside protected lands and that their decline has gone unnoticed due to their elusiveness and the more prominent focus on elephants and lions in Africa. Additionally, it is reported that cheetahs no longer reside on 91 percent of the lands they used to roam. Please sign this petition to demand that the IUCN add the cheetah species to the Red List.
Dear Ms. Anderson,
Several animal conservation groups recently released details from a study that found there to be only about 7,100 cheetahs left in the world. Human encroachment on this species’ territory coupled with the abduction of their cubs to be sold as pets has led to their massive decline.
Cheetahs no longer reside on much of the land they used to roam, and their vast habitats are largely unprotected. I urge the IUNC to upgrade the cheetah species’ classification from vulnerable to endangered so that more funds will be allocated to their conservation.
[Your Name Here]
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