Stop Threatened Species From Disappearing Due to Lack of Federal Protection

Target: Sussan Ley, Environment Minister for Australia

Goal: Implement national monitoring system to aid endangered species.

A species of tiny freshwater fish are fighting for their survival in an Australian national park. Suffocated by unforgiving bushfire ash, these fish only received a critical lifeline from concerned conservationists who embarked on a rescue mission. Even though they are only known to thrive in one solitary creek, the Australian government does not recognize these little fighters as endangered. They therefor receive no federal protections or aid. The stocky galaxias are just the latest victims of a critically lacking threatened species monitoring system within a country that could lose up to 20 species to extinction in the next two decades.

This particular fish, like so many Australian animals, has received no formal risk assessment at the federal level. The plight experienced by this marine species and so many other wildlife in the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfires has renewed calls for the country to reform its endangered species statutes and create a nationwide threatened species monitoring system. Such a coordinated effort would take advantage of technology like drones and fund important ground-floor field work by scientists and other professional experts. Via the system, experts could conduct essential wildlife surveys and garner better understanding about habitat loss and similar issues of concern.

Sign this petition to support an effort that could prevent vulnerable animal species from disappearing forever.

PETITON LETTER:

Dear Minister Ley,

More than 100 threatened species lost critical habitat during the bushfires. Some species had their homes reduced by half. Such slow-motion deaths have led to the estimated extinction of three wildlife species in Australia during the last ten years. In that same span of time, funding for wildlife and environmental conservation has been slashed by an estimated 40 percent.

This dangerous disconnect cannot continue. The formal review of environmental laws presents an important opportunity for needed change. A commitment to threatened species monitoring must become a centerpiece of any new course forged.

For too long, animals such as the stocky galaxias (a freshwater fish species now struggling for survival amidst heaps of bushfire ash) have not enjoyed federal recognition or protection as endangered species. This reality remains despite the fact that an international organization clearly labels this fish as critically endangered. Scientists have implored Australia’s leadership to adopt a uniform, nationwide threatened species monitoring system. This initiative would provide the funds and the resources to help ravaged wildlife heal from a devastating disaster….a wound that does not have to be fatal .

Please support this essential reform. The lives of at least 1,800 endangered species are depending on your commitment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mark Lintermans




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