For more than 100 million years marine turtles have covered vast distances across the world’s oceans, performing a vital and integral role in marine and coastal ecosystems. Over the last 200 years human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Urgent global action is needed to ensure their future.
Three of the seven existing species of marine turtle are critically endangered.
Marine turtles appear to have the potential to reproduce abundantly, but even under “natural” conditions, relatively few young turtles survive their first year of life. When humans harvest turtle eggs, disturb or degrade nesting beaches, the scales become tipped even more heavily against young turtles.
How you can help
A three-week-old Brazilian tapir. Brazilian tapirs are the biggest mammals in the Amazon. This guy? He’s not even king of the buttercup jungle! Yet. One day, he could weigh more than 600 pounds. The calf’s markings mimic the dappled sunlight of the forest floor, which would help him hide from jaguars and crocodilians. Y’know because you can’t get by on cute alone… Tapir numbers in the wild are very low due to poaching and habitat loss. [x]
Visit tapirs.org to find out more
Give a hand to wildlife.
Why? Because animal populations are disappearing at an alarming rate. We protect wildlife because they inspire us. Protecting these species contributes to a thriving, healthy planet for our well-being—from forests that slow climate change and filter water to oceans that provide more than 1/6 of the world’s food. From elephants to polar bears, help in the fight to secure a future for animals on the planet we all share.
These are raccoon dogs, an Asian species related to foxes. Raccoon dogs are being farmed in China so their fur can be used to make the fake ugg boots. On fur farms, many of them are still alive and struggling desperately when workers hang them by their tails to skin them.
Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle to allow a clean cut. When raccoon dogs are dragged from cages they’re slammed repeatedly to the ground before being skinned. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.
After being skinned alive, some survive for as long as 10 minutes, blinking in pain on a pile of other bodies.
Is there a skeleton in your closet?
Say No! to the cruel and barbaric slaughter of millions of animals around the world for their skin. Say No! to fur coats, fur collars, fur trim, fur trinkets & fur cat toys. Help expose the truth about fur and spread the word until we close down the international fur trade forever.