When the Yangtze River dolphin went extinct people all over the world were shocked and dismayed – but now New Zealand could become the first country to oversee the extinction of a marine dolphin in over 50 years.
This year, both the International Whaling Commission and the World Conservation Congress urged the New Zealand Government to take immediate measures to protect Maui’s dolphin.
A group of New Zealand experts identified bycatch in fishing nets as the key threat to the dolphins, and provided advice on management for the area in which they are found.
The measures in place so far, and the current proposal by the Ministry of Primary Industries, fall far short of these expert recommendations. [sourced from Greenpeace‘s petition site]
Please sign this petition!!!! There are only a few hours left to get the required number to petition the New Zealand Government to do something before it is too late.
To sign the petition click here on: The Maui’s Last Stand. For it truly may be just that.
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