Target: Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission
Goal: Reinforce sanctions that prevent Myanmar from trading lumber products with the European Union.
Recently, the European Union lifted sanctions which banned the country from trading lumber products with twenty eight European countries. Ironically, this ban was lifted despite the fact that 142 people were arrested in Myanmar this past January for illegal logging practices. Even though not everyone is practicing logging illegally there, lifting the ban sends a message to the people who are doing this that it is okay to continue cutting down massive amounts of trees. Furthermore, it encourages even more logging, and–in turn–greatly contributes to a species of monkey becoming extinct sooner.
Although Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys are endangered for several reasons, logging has greatly contributed to the population’s rapid decline. With only 220 to 330 of these monkeys left, logging should be limited in the country of Myanmar. If something is not done now this species of monkey will likely disappear within the next few years.
Because these monkeys live in larger social groups, they need to occupy a much wider range of forest area. In fact, in order to survive, these monkeys need to stay in higher, colder elevations during the summer and in lower, warmer elevations during the winter. Therefore, massive amounts of logging in Myanmar greatly threatens this species’ existence.
If logging continues to take place at the same rate, these beautiful monkeys will soon be gone. Sign this petition and demand the European Union once again set sanctions in place which will no longer allow Myanmar to trade lumber products with the 28 countries that make up the European Union. If the Myanmar people are not legally allowed to trade wood products with the European Union, they will likely have less reasons to cut down the trees these monkeys need to occupy for their survival.
Dear Representative Ashton,
Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys are dying off at alarming rates. In fact, there are only 220 to 330 of these monkeys left in the entire world. A tremendous amount of logging has greatly contributed to their population decreasing. If something is not done to lessen logging practices, this species will soon be extinct.
One hundred and forty-two people were arrested in January for illegally cutting down trees in Myanmar. While it is true that some people legally practice logging in the Myanmar forest, lifting sanctions sends a message to people logging illegally that it is okay to do so. In addition, it allows for even more logging to take place, which will ultimately contribute to Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys becoming extinct.
Because these monkeys live in large groups, it is important that they are able to occupy large forest areas for their home. Forest areas where there are both high and low elevations are important to this monkeys’ survival, as they need to travel to different areas of the forest depending on the season.
Even though a national park is being established to help protect these monkeys, if logging continues to take place at the same rate, Myanmar monkeys will be extinct sooner rather than later. For all of these reasons, I urge you to set sanctions back in place which ban the country of Myanmar from trading lumber products with the European Union. If something is not done today, these beautiful animals will be gone tomorrow.
[Your Name Here]
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