Stop Poisoning Endangered Wildlife to Death

Target: Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director of the UN Environment Programme’s Africa Office

Goal: Protect vultures and other targeted wildlife from death by poisoning.

Mass poisonings in Africa are pushing at least one class of birds to the brink of extinction, and this unrestrained crisis threatens more wildlife species by the day. Close to 1,000 hooded vultures fell victim to suspected strychnine poisoning that may have actually targeted local dog populations in Guinea-Bissau. These innocent birds join other poisoning victims across the continent that number in the hundreds, if not thousands.

The vultures in this case may have been collateral damage in an atrocity against another species, but these animals also face more deliberate danger from unscrupulous poachers. Since the vultures feed upon carcasses, poachers will often seek to kill them so the birds do not call attention to illegal poaching activities. Unfortunately, the drive to get rid of animals deemed “inconvenient” is not exclusive to poachers. Since strychnine is not banned in Africa as it is in Europe, some groups use the deadly substance to quickly dispose of wildlife that includes lions and hyenas.

Sign this petition to urge enhanced protections for animals whose lives are put at risk daily.


Dear Ms. Koudenoukpo,

The UN Environment Programme seeks a better, healthier future for our planet. Wildlife conservation is and should always remain central to this goal. Africa as a whole currently faces a crisis of wildlife conservation that must be addressed.

In the country of Guinea-Bissau, about 1,000 vultures suddenly suffered from bubbling beaks and eventual death: suspected victims of strychnine poisoning. Other species of animals, from feral dogs to lions, endure the same threat courtesy of poachers, farmers, and everyday citizens. Please make abolition of this troubling trend a priority. Work with governments to adopt more humane wildlife containment measures, combat poaching and its deadly impact, and advocate for bans on the poisons that are killing so much of this continent’s majestic wildlife.

Safeguard the environment by protecting its precious inhabitants.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aregash Lodge

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