Target: President of France François Hollande, and Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy
Goal: Save the Iberian lynx from extinction in European forests
The Iberian lynx is the world’s rarest cat species. Unfortunately, over the last 200 years there has been a constant decrease in the lynx population. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are concerns that the cats may become the first cat species to become extinct in the last 10,000 years. The decrease is so rampant that there are now only two small breeding populations in Spain. Since 1952, the cats have been captive bred and reintroduced into France, but the population is still very unstable and there are only about 200 lynxes left in France. The Iberian lynx has always been a victim of intensive hunting and deforestation, and had completely disappeared from France in the 19th century.
Since 2009, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the lynx as an endangered species. The cats are dependent on the wild rabbit population, which is what they primarily feed on. If the rabbit population were to ever decline, their diet would be affected dramatically. The Iberian lynx species is critical to the stability of a strong forest ecosystem. One reason the species’ numbers have been declining so dramatically is that ranchers often hunt, shoot, and sell them to the market for profit. Fortunately, some measures have been implemented to try and restore their habitat, and these include maintaining the rabbit population, lowering unnatural causes of death, and captive breeding of the cats for release.
Please sign this petition to protect the Iberian lynx and start conservation efforts to stop their extinction.
Dear President of France François Hollande and Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy,
Sadly, the Iberian lynx is the most threatened species of cat in Europe. If the lynx were to become extinct, it would be the first cat species to do so in 10k years. Their small population makes it extremely difficult for them to survive natural disasters. They are vulnerable creatures because there are so few of them at the moment.
Although there have been multiple warnings from different animal conservation groups that say that the cats are on the brink of extinction, there are ways to delay this sad demise. If we were to help reduce unnatural causes of death and promote captive breeding for their release, then we could reintroduce the cats again, like has already been done in France.
Please help restore the Iberian lynx’s habitat. They are beautiful creatures that should be saved.
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