Protecting Amazon river dolphins: join 130,000 people calling for action

05/12/2014

Thousands of Amazon pink river dolphins (Botos) are slaughtered illegally every year. It’s time for the Colombian government to follow Brazil’s lead and take action to protect them.

We recently moved the Brazilian government to declare a five year moratorium on Piracatinga catfish fishing

In the Brazilian Amazon many thousands of rare and iconic Boto dolphins are illegally hunted every year. Botos, the largest of only 3 dolphin species found in the world’s rivers, endure gruelling hunts as they are rounded up as bait for the Piracatinga catfish.

During hunts the dolphins are harpooned, tied by their tail flukes to submerged trees and left wounded, only for fishermen to return and kill them later. This cruel practice is illegal and we recently moved the Brazilian government to declare a five year moratorium on Piracatinga catfish fishing in order to combat the persecution of Boto dolphins.

Protecting the Boto

Whilst the Brazilian government have responded to our campaign, Piracatinga catfish are still being imported in bulk into Colombia. With your help, we can move the Colombian government to take action and protect Boto dolphins by putting an end to the import of the fish.

During the five year moratorium we will be working with the Brazilian government to find sustainable, animal friendly alternatives to Boto dolphins for the fishing of Piracatinga catfish. For these efforts to be successful, large scale importers of the fish, like Colombia, must work with the Brazilian government to help end this cruelty.

Together we can save these amazing animals from slaughter and work with the Brazilian fishing industry to help it prosper.

Sign and share our petition urging the Colombian authorities to protect the Boto dolphin.