Exterminated in Switzerland at the end of the 19th century and reintroduced in 1970, the Eurasian lynx is once again threatened by unscrupulous poachers.
In the Valais region, researchers estimate that the lynx population has been reduced by almost 90%. And they are certain that only poaching can be responsible for such a decline.
The Swiss are overwhelmingly in favor of animal protection and, in 2020, voted against a hunting law that would have allowed hunters to kill protected species within nature reserves.
Despite this popular opinion, the Swiss government is doing nothing to protect the last great predator in Europe.
Tell Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Minister of Environment, Energy and Transport, to end poaching of Swiss lynxes.
Poachers claim that lynxes compete with hunters and reduce the game available in the area. They are proud of their massacre, and say they are doing a public service.
At the same time, they ignore the benefits of the reintroduction of the lynx on the local ecosystem, and even on the game so coveted by hunters. Worse yet, when the poachers butcher the lynxes, they keep their heads as trophies.
The lack of political will is obvious on this issue, and measures already in place to protect Switzerland's lynxes are being weakened.
This trend must be reversed now! Mass public outcry can force the Swiss government to strengthen anti-poaching systems and ensure that the protection of lynxes is taken seriously by the courts. Or even get the lynxes' habitat expanded, which is often restricted by roads they cannot cross.
Tell the Swiss government and Simonetta Sommaruga to protect the Swiss lynxes.
You and the other SumOfUs members can protect this endangered species because you have already helped protect so many others.
As the palm oil industry threatens orangutans and elephants in Indonesia and Malaysia, you fiercely speak out to protect them.
If you and other members of SumOfUs mobilize again, we can make the Swiss government pay attention to the urgency of protecting the last great predators in Europe, as well as the protection of Swiss wildlife in general.
Tell the Swiss government and Simonetta Sommaruga to protect Swiss wildlife from unscrupulous poachers.