Target: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com
Goal: Prevent commercial drones from being launched in the skies and killing unsuspecting species of birds
The CEO of online retail company, Amazon.com, recently announced on 60 Minutes that Amazon plans to deliver small packages by drones in the near future. Not only is the public skeptical because the drones might crash into things and spy on them, but there will also be a serious risk for birds as well.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there have been over 121,000 instances of bird-aircraft collisions in the past two decades. These airplance were following rules and regulations. However, there are countless technical, logistical, and regulatory challenges for commercial drones that operate by autonomous flight.
While defending their territory and nests from perceived threats, birds will be put at risk for severe injury and death. Even with modern technology, drones are crash-prone, limited in range, and have only moderate success rates. Any way you look at it, drones are far better at surveillance than delivery.
Sign the below petition to urge Amazon.com to develop ways to keep birds safe when their drones begin flying. If this cannot be accomplished, the drone delivery system should be abandoned entirely. How fast do you really need your consumer goods delivered to your home? Is that extra day worth the lives of bird populations whose habits have been compromised?
Dear Mr. Bezos,
Your customers love speedy delivery, and Amazon.com already excels in that area in the online marketplace. The idea of commercial delivery drones has a futuristic appeal, but the feature should not be implemented if it negatively impacts the environment en route.
Hundreds of thousands of birds have lost their lives to aircraft collisions that are regulated by the FAA. Drones pose unnecessary risks to bird species, because they have not proven effective in other commercial settings. There are many public concerns about the drones, but you must consider the environmental consequences and not place the safety of our world’s species into undue harm.
I am urging you to work with aviation and ornithology experts to employ technical features in your drones to preserve unsuspecting bird species. If you are unable to do this, you should not move forward with the plan for commercial drone delivery. Let your company serve as an example to the rest of the world about how a responsible business makes the environment a priority, rather than a nuisance or an afterthought.
[Your Name Here]
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