Save African Manatees from Extinction

Target: Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Goal: Protect manatees from extinction by outlawing the brutal hunting of this species.

African manatees are in serious danger of extinction due to the manatee market in Nigeria, where a hunter can earn up to $2,000 from a single quarry. The species is treated as a threat to justify the killings. Meanwhile, the dead animals are sold for their parts and meat. Nigeria does have laws in place to protect endangered wildlife, but they are rarely if ever enforced. Demand a change to protect the future of the manatees.

Conservationists are working their hardest to save the species across the continent, but their efforts alone are only the beginning. Nigeria’s lax wildlife laws are enabling hunters and poachers to wipe out more and more manatees every year, based entirely on myths and for the sake of a profit. This goes all the way back to the 1970s, where manatees were blamed for capsizing boats and breaking fishing nets. In reality, manatees are docile and harmless creatures, with the rumors spreading to justify their slaughter by selfish humans.

We cannot let these gentle, wonderful creatures disappear. Sign this petition to demand the Nigerian government enforce their wildlife laws more firmly and outlaw the hunting of manatees.


Dear President Buhari,

Your country’s lax wildlife protection laws are enabling the deadly manatee trade, with hunters making thousands of dollars as manatee corpses pile up. The trade exists due to myths that claim manatees are dangerous animals who capsize boats and brake fishing nets. These lies are used to justify their murder.

You must put a stop to the trade by enforcing your wildlife laws more strongly. African manatees are very vulnerable and currently on the red list of endangered species. These beautiful and gentle creatures deserve better than to be shot en masse based on lies and for the sake of a profit. Outlaw the killing of manatees and shut down the manatee trade now.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Henry Fairfield Osborn

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  1. Jaime Perez says:

    Greedy, rotten humans, leave the manatees alone.

  2. Caroline Dinnage says:

    Nigeria is a country full of wicked and dishonest people, you deserve all the bad things that happen to you for the cruelty you inflict upon animals!

  3. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
    Protectthe precious Manatees from extinction by outlawing the brutal hunting of this precious species.

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