Target: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Save endangered antelope species from deadly disease epidemic and ultimate extinction.
Half of all the saiga antelopes in the world may have died in the past few weeks due to a deadly outbreak of an unknown disease. This species is at a real risk of going entirely extinct from this epidemic. Demand that the United Nations coordinate emergency veterinary response efforts to save this beautiful animal from disappearing forever.
Saiga antelopes once numbered in the millions in their native habitat of the Eurasia Steppe. Since the 1990s, however, habitat loss and hunting in Kazakhstan and neighboring countries have dwindled their numbers to an alarming 250,000 animals—enough for conservation groups to categorize them as “critically endangered.”
In just the period of the past few weeks, however, anywhere from 85,000 to 120,000 saiga antelopes have died from an unknown illness. Tests are currently being run to determine what the disease is, but if just a few weeks was enough for up to half of the total animal population to fall ill and perish, the risk of this species’ extinction is huge.
We cannot let these amazing animals disappear from our world, especially without putting up a fight. Sign the petition below to demand that the U.N. Secretary General immediately launch emergency veterinary conservation efforts to save the saiga antelope from extinction.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
I am writing you today regarding a very serious animal conservation situation taking place in Kazakhstan and neighboring countries. A native antelope species in the region is being decimated by a deadly epidemic and faces a real risk of extinction. We need to do everything we can to prevent this.
Before this epidemic, the saiga antelope population numbered around 250,000. In the past few weeks since the outbreak started, that number has dwindled to between 165,000 and 130,000. What makes this situation all the more alarming—besides the fact that almost half of existing population of saiga antelopes worldwide have died in such a short period of time—is that the disease that is causing these widespread deaths is as-of-yet unidentified.
Labs are currently testing samples to determine just what the illness is and should have an answer shortly. Given the extent of the devastation this population of animals has already experienced, intervention efforts will need to be launched as soon as possible once the disease is identified so the epidemic can be brought to an end.
We have a moral obligation to help prevent the extinction of every animal species on the planet. I demand that you immediately coordinate and launch an emergency veterinary response to Kazakhstan and its neighboring nations to end this deadly outbreak and to stop the saiga antelope from going extinct.
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