Target: Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment
Goal: Place severe restrictions on the hunting of birds in Lebanon
Over 140 species of birds in Lebanon – some extremely endangered – are being killed in huge numbers. Lebanese poachers encroach on some of the primary routes for millions of migrating European birds; songbirds, storks, eagles, and other birds of prey pass through these routes every spring and autumn. Scientists and conservationists report that the number of birds being killed in Lebanon far exceed the acceptable limit, while thousands of photos showing hunters with their ‘trophies’ litter social media websites. Petition the European Commission to pressure the Lebanese government to tackle their hunting problem.
There are several important corridors that birds take when passing through Lebanon, and hunters have learned to exploit them. In some places, these corridors are a mere few kilometers wide, creating a bottleneck, which leaves most birds with little chance of survival. The hunting business is booming in these areas – in one town, there are 20 traders of hunting equipment within a 50 meter radius. In other parts of Lebanon, people – including professional poachers – make a profit by selling dead endangered birds to restaurants.
It is time to stop the indiscriminate killing of these birds. The rate at which these birds are being killed – especially endangered birds – is alarming, and must stop before irreversible damage is done. Lebanon has to enact laws to restrict hunting, but must certainly stop people hunting to collect ‘trophies’. These hunters kill as many birds as possible to brag to their friends. In a meticulous study of the hunters’ Facebook accounts by the Lebanese Environmental Movement, it was discovered that 13,100 birds were killed; these are only recent kills, and certainly many more will have gone undocumented.
This mass slaughter of both endangered and non-endangered birds has to stop. Sign this petition to pressure the European Commission to enforce strict hunting bans and restrictions in Lebanon, saving countless birds from death, and whole species from extinction.
Dear Mr. Potočnik,
The current level of wild bird hunting in Lebanon is unsustainable, and the situation is headed towards disaster unless action is taken immediately. Over 140 migrating species are being killed indiscriminately by ‘trophy hunters’ – many species of which are endangered – while using corridors in Lebanon as primary migratory routes.
Scientists and conservationists have found that the sheer rate of killing is incredibly high, and too rapid to avoid serious consequences; many species could become extinct unless the Lebanese government is forced to implement strict hunting bans.
Without restrictions or proper enforcement, the narrow corridors in Lebanon, through which European birds migrate, become bottlenecks for hunters to slaughter thousands of songbirds, storks, eagles, and other birds of prey.
I ask that you use your influence to pressure the Lebanese government to stop this heartless massacre. Strict enforcement and hunting bans need to be put in place to stop thousands of birds from becoming wall mountings, and to protect several species from extinction.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Sumeet Moghe via Wikimedia