A prison sentence for shark finning and shark spining, a violent practice of dismembering sharks to use their body parts in soup, has been handed out for the first time in Costa Rica. Applaud this victory for the protection of sharks.
The African pangolin is being smuggled throughout Africa and Asia and used for medicinal purposes. This animal is already endangered in Asia and may very well become endangered in Africa if this illegal trade is not brought to an end. Sign the petition to demand that one African nation ban the hunting of this animal.
Wild animals are at risk of being hunted. The Brazilian government is considering nationwide legalization of hunting, which will break down mechanisms of punishment for poaching, and put ecosystems in danger. Urge Brazilian lawmakers to abandon this measure and strengthen efforts to preserve biodiversity instead.
An endangered porpoise species, which only has 30 individuals left in the world, faces extinction by a lift on a temporary ban on gillnets. A gillnet, a vertical wall of net catching fish by the gills, is the leading cause of death for this porpoise species. We must act now to permanently ban gillnets in order to save this endangered porpoise.
A horrific trafficking operation has killed an alarming number of chimpanzees, all to sell the babies as pets or zoo animals. The alleged traffickers have been arrested, and now we must make sure this operation dissolves completely. Sign this petition to stop chimp trafficking and demand justice for the poor chimps who have suffered and died.
The Trump Administration has delayed the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as a federally protected endangered species. If this delay continues, Trump will be responsible for the death of an entire species. Sign the petition and demand that this delay be brought to an end.
The U.S. Air Force plans on dropping 100 bombs a year for five years off the coasts of Hawaii. This could severely injure over 300 species of marine creatures, and cause damage to the entire ecosystem. Sign this petition and demand the Air Force reconsider bombing these vulnerable and precious waters.
The smallest and rarest porpoise in the world is at risk of imminent extinction. Demand that its habitat is protected.
The U.S. Air Force is seeking to increase missile testing in a sensitive habitat for many whale and dolphin species. The military admits that these tests will deafen whales. Sign this petition to deny the Air Force the permissions necessary to allow them to knowingly cause harm to marine mammals.
Two tanker ships recently collided off the coast of southern India, spilling oil into the sea off Chennai city and threatening over 20 miles of coastline. This could not have come at a worse time — it is currently peak nesting season for Olive Ridley turtles that use these beaches for their nests. Sign this petition to ensure this spill is cleaned up, and these animals’ habitats returned to working order.
Wolves will be stripped of their federal Endangered Species Act protection if a new bill is passed, which will lead to increased hunting and could be devastating for the wolf population. Sign this petition to demand that these wolves remain under federal protection.
The rusty patched bumblebee has officially become the first bumblebee to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. This move could save the species from the brink of extinction, and is a major victory for pollinators. Sign our petition thanking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A baby bird was reportedly sprayed with a potent weed killer, resulting in its death. The man accused of this crime denies it, stating that there is no proof of a dead bird and that the weed killer is non-toxic to birds. Demand justice for this innocent bird.
Butterflies have just been placed on the critically endangered list. This is bad news for our planet, as butterflies are not just important to the environment but provide a soothing presence and teach children about the life cycle via their transformation from wriggling caterpillars. Sign this petition to help keep the butterfly population from disappearing.
Cownose rays are shot with arrows, beaten with bats, and suffocated in barrels during cruel contests. Sign this petition to demand an end to this horrific sport.
A baby dolphin died, allegedly because tourists pulled it out of the water and let it roast in the sun while they took pictures. Demand that the people responsible for this cruelty be found and held accountable.
Ivory sales continue to sky rocket, in part due to online auctions. Yahoo! Japan operates the largest one, yet its U.S. counterpart has done nothing to try to get the company to ban sales. Sign this petition to demand that Yahoo! use its power to stop this subsidiary company from participating in the ivory trade.
For centuries Norway has hunted seals for profit. However, this is the first year not a single Norwegian boat set sail to shoot or club seals. Sign this petition and thank Norway for no longer supporting this cruel practice.
Gassing, a cruel trapping technique that uses noxious chemicals to force animals out of their dens and burrows, is still legal in the state of Texas. Not only does this inhumane practice cause injury and even death to animals but it is terrible for the environment. Sign this petition to ban gassing immediately.
Though lions are an endangered species, South Africa has implemented an export quota of 800 skeletons when it should instead be working to preserve this amazing animal. Demand that a zero export quota be introduced instead.