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Tell Brazil's Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Tourism, and the President of Brazil to work together to ban the captivity and handling of wild animals for sake of tourism!

Animals in the Brazilian rainforest are being ripped away from their homes and families at an increasing rate because of the tourism industry. Unless these tourist traps are stopped, animals will continue being abused and mortally harmed. Tourists should never be able to handle wild animals!

People all over the world are traveling to Brazil just to get a glimpse at some of South America's most amazing animals. The problem is that locals are capturing these animals by any means necessary to help make them more money by allowing tourists to handle and take pictures with said animals.

Sloths are being taken from the wild and tied to trees with rope, caimans are being restrained with rubber bands around their jaws, and manatees are being kept in tanks barely big enough to hold them [1].

Wildlife tourism accounts for around 20-40 percent of the entire world's tourism industry, and in Brazil, the industry is growing quickly. [2]

Even in a town like Puerto Algeria with only 600 families, hundreds of tourists come every single day to see and take pictures with captured wild animals. [2]

Rare and free-ranging pink river dolphins are being conditioned to interact with humans by being baited with food so that tourists can touch and take pictures with the wild animals. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for the issue.[3]

"The growing demand for harmful wildlife selfies is not only a serious animal welfare concern but also a conservation concern," said Dr. Neil D'Cruze of World Animal Protection. "Our online review of this kind of practice in Latin America found that more than 20% of the species involved are threatened by extinction and more than 60% are protected by international law." [1]

Currently, it is already illegal in Brazil to remove an animal from the wild and keep it captive without a license, but it isn't being even remotely enforced. [4]

Unless these already existing laws become applied, wild animals will continue to suffer under the hands of their captors and tourists alike.

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To Brazil's Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Tourism, and the President of Brazil,

The way wildlife tourism is currently running in your country is killing and abusing hundreds of wild animals on a daily basis. Not only have these animals been taken away from their homes and families, but they are also being horribly mistreated by both tourists and their captors alike.

Your country's laws should already be preventing animals from being taken from the wild and held without a license, but your own laws are not being enforced enough to keep your wildlife safe.

Unless you all start ensuring that the laws that are already in place are followed by everyone, the incredible animal diversity that your rainforest contains will become extinguished.

Please come together and ensure that tourists are no longer able to handle wild animals, and start heavily enforcing the already existing bans on making money off captive wild animals.


Petition Signatures

Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Maria Stonestreet
Apr 23, 2018 Jan Clare
Apr 23, 2018 Vicki Russell
Apr 23, 2018 Yvonne LeBris Letting them be abused by everyone is not the way to protect these animals that we are trying to PROTECT.
Apr 23, 2018 Jennifer Luttrell
Apr 23, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Apr 22, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 20, 2018 Judith Knouff
Apr 19, 2018 Donna Campbell
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Dr. Eve Shaw
Apr 14, 2018 Monica Huang
Apr 14, 2018 Roxanne Leshine
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Apr 12, 2018 julie matewicz
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 natalie hughes
Apr 9, 2018 Geraldine Hughes
Apr 9, 2018 Edward Hughes
Apr 9, 2018 Jane Rigney
Apr 9, 2018 Garry Taroli
Apr 8, 2018 John Moszyk
Apr 7, 2018 Ertie Evangelista
Apr 6, 2018 Barbara Beierl
Apr 6, 2018 Lee Pohl
Apr 5, 2018 Leslie Poms
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 doris gonen
Apr 5, 2018 Ash Rawal
Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 5, 2018 David Young
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 4, 2018 Peg Coogan
Apr 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) Окей
Apr 3, 2018 Valerya Nikanorova
Apr 3, 2018 Mihail Sila
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
Apr 2, 2018 Cheryl Boyce
Apr 2, 2018 christine resch
Apr 2, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Apr 2, 2018 Natalie Wells
Apr 2, 2018 hell hell
Apr 2, 2018 Nina Shirina
Mar 31, 2018 Dave Croft
Mar 31, 2018 Shelley Tsuji
Mar 29, 2018 Susan Fisher
Mar 29, 2018 Frances Gower

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