Target: Gerry McChesney, Manager of US Fish & Wildlife Service
Goal: Stop the US Fish and Wildlife from dumping loads of rat poison on the Farallon Islands
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to dump over one ton of rat poison over the Farallon Islands. This plan is part of a complicated relationship between the US Fish and Wildlife and an organization called the Island Conservation. The organization makes millions from eradication projects all over the world although they are internationally known as a non profit. Therefore, this organization will be gaining thousands of dollars if this plans goes through in late 2014.
The big problem is that they refer to some wild animals living on the island as “non target species” that they are willingly killing during this project. Island Conservation says they need to go through with this eradication plan in order to save the island. While they are conserving the island, they are also killing hundreds of innocent animals that call the island their home. For example, not only do the sea lions come to the Farallon Islands to play and rest, they also come to the island to breed.
The US Fish and Wildlife are in a bind because although they want to save the island, they’re supposed to also be saving the wildlife. This is a huge conflict. The Farallon Islands are a group of islands and sea stacks in the Gulf of the Farallones, which is off the coast of San Francisco, CA. It has always been an important reserve for seabirds, seals, whales, and sharks. Sadly, since the 1970s, it’s been a dumping ground for nuclear and radioactive waste. Please sign this petition and let the US Fish and Wildlife know that there are better ways to deal with this issue. They do not need to put the lives of hundreds of animals in danger.
Dear Gerry McChesney, Manager of US Fish & Wildlife,
Although the Farallon Islands are important to conserve, the current plan under consideration is harmful and unethical. Your plans to authorize a non-profit to dump rat poison on the island will not only endanger species who come to the island, but will also cause a conflict of interest to your organization’s mission. There are a lot of wild life that live and breed on the Farallon islands. When the rat poison gets dropped on the island, it will kill these animals. This poison will affect all the seabirds, seals, whales, sharks, and other fishes. Not only will it endanger the species on the island, there is a strong possibility that the rat poison will affect the food supply because the fish will eat the poison. The fish will get passed on to the consumers and destroy our health.
Please find another alternative to conserve the Farallon Islands. There are other methods that are less harmful to the environment and wildlife that live on the island.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Duncan Wright via Wikimedia Commons