Target: Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key
Goal: Ban fishing in Maui’s dolphin habitats in New Zealand.
Maui’s dolphins are the smallest and rarest breed of dolphin, and they are critically endangered. There are less than 50 of these creatures left in the wild, and their numbers are only getting smaller thanks to human activity. Drastic and immediate action has to be taken by the New Zealand government if these dolphins are to have any chance of surviving. Sign this petition and tell Prime Minister John Key to halt fishing along with oil and gas exploration in dolphin habitats.
The current protections for the Maui’s dolphins are limited. At the moment New Zealand has banned fishing in limited areas, but animal organizations are demanding for the end of fishing in dolphin habitats. Maui’s dolphins are dying because they are being caught in fishing nets, or are being led away from their habitats because of noise. At the moment there are only 43-47 dolphins, with 10 mature females left, according to new estimates by conservation organization Nabu. An estimated five Maui’s dolphins are killed every year thanks to fishing nets.
New Zealand needs to stop prioritizing the fishing industry and instead place more care towards saving the biodiversity of the area. Fishing has proved to be extremely harmful to the environment, and this is just another piece of evidence to demonstrate why. Sign this petition to save the Maui’s dolphin; tell Prime Minister John Key to stop fishing in the dolphin habitats.
Dear Prime Minister John Key,
The current condition of the Maui’s dolphin is critical. There are less than 50 of these dolphins in the wild and their numbers are slowly dwindling as the years go by. Animal conservation groups are demanding drastic action, such as stopping all fishing activity in the dolphin’s habitats, along with stopping oil and gas exploration. I, too, am deeply concerned for the survival of these creatures.
I implore you to halt all fishing in these dolphins’ home. It is not ethical or moral to continue to fish when there are numerous populations suffering from overfishing. It is not just the Maui’s dolphins that are suffering, but various other marine wildlife are at risk as well. The Maui’s dolphins are only found in New Zealand, and if they disappear then future generations can’t see them. This is what all animal conservation groups are trying to prevent. For the sake of our environment and biodiversity please ban all fishing in the dolphins’ habitats.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Earthrace Conservation