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Save the Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Target: Peggy E. Gustafson, Inspector General of the U. S. Department of Commerce

Goal: Punish fisheries that reportedly harm the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

The vaguita is the world’s smallest and rarest porpoise, and it is currently projected to become extinct by 2021. The vaguita’s vanishing numbers are purportedly due to the use of Mexican fishing nets that occasionally accidentally capture and kill these porpoises. A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to ban the importation of seafood from Mexico that is caught using the harmful nets, in an effort to help save the quickly vanishing porpoise species.

If nothing is done, the vaquita will vanish from existence. Sign this petition to demand the U.S. government ramp up efforts to protect the critically endangered vaquita by banning seafood imports that are caught using nets that harm the porpoises.

 

PETITION LETTER:

 

Dear Hon. Gustafson,

 

The vaquita porpoises are the rarest marine species in the world, with an estimate of fewer than 30 individuals left in the wild. If nothing is done to stop the rapidly diminishing numbers of this critically endangered species, the species will go extinct.

 

I write to urge you to ramp up vaquita conservation efforts by banning all seafood from Mexican fisheries that use nets that potentially could harm the porpoises. We must strive to save this species from extinction.

 

Sincerely,

 

[Your Name Here]

 

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