Protect Lizard Species from Endangerment

Target: Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

Goal: Protect sungazer lizards from habitat loss.

South Africa’s sungazer lizard population has decreased by one third within the past year due to the destruction of their habitat. The rich grasslands they inhabit are unfortunately ideal for growing crops, leading to farmers taking the land for themselves. Additionally, humans have been turning what has not become farmland into mines, railway lines, roads, and dams.

This is a double-pronged attack on the sungazer’s natural habitat. While the species has yet to be added to the endangered species list, should this trend continue, they could very well be within the next year. On top of this, the lizards are also being bought and sold via the illegal global pet trade, which is harmful to wild animals who cannot thrive in enclosed living spaces.

The best protection against endangerment and extinction is to put a stop to these factors as soon as possible. Sign this petition to demand a halt to farms and industrialization robbing these creatures of their home.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Mbete,

The Highveld region’s population of sungazer lizards is in great danger due to habitat loss; not only do farmers take the land for themselves due to its fertile soil, but the number of roads, dams, railways, and mines being built is robbing the species of its home. Additionally, the illegal global pet trade plays a role in this due to many lizards being removed from nature and shipped as pets.

They are not yet on the endangered species list, but their numbers have decreased by one third in the past year according to a Witwatersrand University study. If their lands continue to be taken over by farms and industrialization, and the pet trade is not stopped, the species could be placed on the endangered list within the next year.

Please halt the pet trade and the destruction of the Highveld region’s grasslands. Stop this species from becoming endangered before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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