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Danube Wildlife appeals to Ukrainian President for pardon

Appeal for pardon

By your Decree N117 you sentenced to death the last few spieces of Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris), nearly extinct.

The president of Ukraine, violating the formal logic, international obligations, Constitution and laws of Ukraine, by it's decree opened fire at defenceless birds of the planet.

On April, 25, 2004, at the marine sand bar near Bystre the following birds nesting were reported: 948 seagulls, 6 gray lag goose (Anser anser), 550 common terns and sandwich terns, little terns, 32 avocets, 6 spoonbills, 8 stilts, 4 plovers, 4 oyster catchers, 435 other birds. Almost all birds are listed in the Red book of Ukraine.

Among other doomed birds - the representatives of International Red List IUCN: 3 Dalmatian pelican and 25 great white, 25 pelican, 25 pygmy cormorant. Only one pair of white-tailed sea eagle returned to Ukraine to die.

German company Josef Moebious is participating in this crime, going to dredge the Black Sea and Bystroe estuary bottom during the fish and bird breeding time.

We ask you to stop the murder - don't let the birds and fish youth die under dredging vessels! Don't let sandsucker suck up the Black sea and Danube wildlife! Call off your decree allowing construction at the Danube reserve!

We remind you that for 40 years before you came to power this area was conserved.

------------ Appeal written by
Alla Shevchuk, Odessa SEU
Nikolay Razovaikin, Odessa right defence party
Alla Korystovskaya, right defence foundation Ruthenia

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