Biodiversity

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Life on Earth originated around 4 billion years ago. While it initially existed only in the oceans, it later spread to the land and atmosphere. Since then, an unfathomable number of species have evolved, around half of which are insects. Numerous plant and animal species have yet to be documented, and many new ones are being discovered every day.

While we are only just beginning to understand the web of interdependencies between organisms, humans are jeopardizing our planet’s highly complex ecosystems and their inhabitants by clearing forests, overfishing the oceans and overfertilizing agricultural land. Air pollution and increasing levels of acidity in the oceans are having profound consequences.

The pace of extinction has accelerated to the point that species are vanishing before we even have a chance to discover them. Find out more here.

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Flying fox on Mauritius Flying foxes eat fruit, and Mauritian orchard owners want them dead. (© Jacques de Speville)

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Stop the killing: save the Mauritius flying fox!

Following culls in 2015 and 2016, Mauritius has once again declared open season on flying foxes. Orchard owners consider the giant fruit bats to be a pest, and the government has called for 13,000 to be killed. The cull could lead to the extinction of the species. Please tell the Mauritian government to stop the killing NOW.

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To: President Ameenah Gurib and the government of Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth

Killing thousands of flying foxes and risking their extinction to protect the profits of orchard operators is cruel and irresponsible. Stop the cull NOW!

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