Target: Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation
Goal: Applaud conservation group for its efforts to save penguins from oil spills
Since penguins spend most of their time fishing and swimming in cold waters, they depend on their waterproof feathers to help them maintain warmth. Sadly, the waterproofness and safety of penguins have been threatened by oil spills for years. Penguins unknowingly swim into the thick oil which covers their feathers and causes them to lose their waterproofness, exposing them to the risk of freezing. Thankfully, a penguin conservation group by the name of Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation has been organizing donations of penguin jumpers, or sweaters, which are worn by penguins who are rescued along the coast of Victoria.
The jumpers serve two very important purposes in the rescue and rehabilitation of these penguins. They prevent penguins from trying to clean the oil from their feathers with their beaks, thereby stopping them from consuming harmful oil. The jumpers also keep the penguins warm until conservationists can clean the oil from their coats and release them back into the wild. The jumpers help with the rehabilitation of nearly 20 penguins each year. Phillip’s Island’s Penguin Foundation is also generous enough to distribute any spare jumpers they have to other penguin rescue groups.
Phillip’s Island’s Penguin Foundation began their penguin jumper program back in the year 2001, and their efforts have helped save hundreds of penguins ever since. Sign this petition and applaud their work to provide penguins with warmth and safety.
Dear Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation,
It has come to my attention that your penguin jumper program has not only provided rescued penguins with stylish jumpers, but has helped to rehabilitate them as well.
Many penguins become victims of oil spills, which coat their waterproof feathers and cause them to become waterlogged. These penguins are not immune to the cold, and depend on their waterproof feathers to protect them. I appreciate your resourceful thinking, which has helped keep these penguins warm until they are ready to be released back into the wild. The jumpers also serve another important purpose by preventing the penguins from cleaning the oil from their feathers with their beaks, therefore stopping them from consuming the harmful oil.
I would like to commend you for your work and efforts in rescuing penguins and providing them with warmth and safety.
[Your Name Here]
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