Target: Parveen Pardeshi, Principal Forest Secretary of Maharashtra
Goal: Preserve corridor between two tiger reserves
When the topic of endangered species come up, people often reference the Bengal Tiger. However, despite its fame as an endangered species, the tiger becomes more endangered every day. Right now, there are only 1,500 Bengal Tigers left in the world. At current rates of poaching, deforestation and conflict with humans, the Bengal Tiger will be extinct by 2020. Since humans have led to the endangerment, it is now our duty to help protect it.
However, the state of Maharashtra, in India, is doing just the opposite. The state has just given the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) permission to clear over 90,000 acres of land. The land would be stripped of its natural ecosystem and replaced with a bamboo and teak plantation. The FDCM, while often stripping down natural habitats, has absolutely no practices in the way of conservation. They do nothing to try and preserve the wildlife that they are disrupting. They have a history of cutting down trees without at first considering the destruction they are doing to wildlife.
In the case of the Lendezari, the name of the area making up half the land in question, they would be cutting down critical tiger habitat. The area is between two important tiger reserves. The Lendezari acts as a corridor between the Pench and the Nagzira Reserve. There were once proposals to make it a reserve in and of itself. If these tiger habitats become fragmented, then tigers will not breed as often. Also, when habitats become fragmented, poaching and human destruction to the animal population generally worsen.
Therefore, we need to tell the Principal Forest Secretary of the State — Parveen Pardeshi — that we need to preserve this area. The Lendezari is not the place to create a bamboo and teak planation. Since we, as humans, have endangered Bengal Tigers, it is our duty to help preserve their habitat and allow them a fighting chance. Please sign the petition below to take part.
Dear Secretary Pardeshi,
As humans, we have contributed to the dwindling population of the Bengal Tiger. However, we are not always great at stopping the endangerment. Therefore, we write to you today to encourage you to not clear the Lendezari Corridor to create a plantation.
It is irresponsible and would break up two crucial tiger reserves. Fragmenting reserves almost renders them obsolete. If tigers are not able to pass through the two, mating will go down, and poaching will go up. We cannot take away even more habitat from these tigers, and put their existence at even more risk.
Please do not build the bamboo and teak plantations in the Lendezari. The future of the Bengal Tiger is partially dependent on it.
[Your Name Here]
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