The U.S. government has voted for the construction of a wall between Mexico and U.S creating an enormous wildlife barrier. The construction of this wall will:
- prevent wildlife migrations between the two countries
- destroy the habitat of endangered species
- cause water pollution
- destroy environmental resources along the border
thus further hurting the recovery of endangered especies such as the Jaguar, Sonoran Pronghorn, and Mexican Gray Wolf.
While we recognise that the US is entitled to let in whoever they please, border control should not extend to animals, especially endangered species who have used their routes long before humans started dividing the natural world with borders and fences. We appeal to the U.S. government to work closely with conservation organisations and make use of their technological and economic power to find alternatives to the border planned to be built between Mexico and the U.S which do not cause further damage to endangered species and their environment.
On October 26, 2006, Bush signed a bill approving the construction of 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) of new fences on the border with Mexico. This border will affect the migratory routes, water supplies and natural passages of endangered wildlife such as the Jaguar, Black Bear, Bison, Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Desert Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Mexican Wolf, Puma, as well as several species of Fox, Deer and Wild Cats. In other words, this fence would put these species at even greater risk of extinction.
While we recognise that the US is entitled to let in whoever they please, border control should not extend to animals, especially endangered species who have used their routes long before humans started dividing the natural world with borders and fences.
For this reason, we appeal to the U.S. government to work closely with conservation organisations to find alternatives to the border planned to be built between Mexico and the U.S and allow these species free transit along the border.
Conservation organisations have proposed the following alternatives to allow the US to safeguard its borders without further endangering native species:
-Encourage expanded use of technology that could help secure the border without additional fencing, including unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic ground sensor systems, remote video cameras, and surveillance aircraft operating at reasonable altitudes.
- Determine the scientific compatibility of various fencing structures with wildlife permeability.
- Advocate for vehicle barriers that do not include cross-fencing with barbed wire or horizontal rails, and for elimination of solid barriers wherever practicable.
-Support the U.S. Border Patrol, BCBP, and Department of Homeland Security whenever these agencies incorporate wildlife-friendly components in border security construction projects, or refrain from blocking existing wildlife infrastructure.
Extinction is forever. We strongly urge the US government to stop construction of the dividing fence and instead consider the above or any other alternatives that effectively safeguard the rights of both people and animals.