Most American Infrastructure Is Hostile to Animals. It's Time To Change That.

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: Department of Transportation, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Cars are deadly. Each year, estimates suggest that hundreds of millions of animals are killed by gas-guzzling vehicles on roadways. But across the world, creative animal crossings are helping protect animals from deadly cars and high-speed traffic.  

Sign now to tell Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: animals need more friendly infrastructure!

Animal crossings can take a wide variety of shapes and forms, and look differently all across the world. In Australia, the sweetly-named 'tunnel of love' runs through the Victorian Alps to protect a colony of critically endangered mountain pygmy possums from vehicle collisions. In India, a court-mandated victory won by environmental activists guaranteed nine crossings in the Pench tiger reserve, used by not just tigers, but wild dogs, sloth bears, civets and leopards as well. Bhutan has created similar bridges for our giant elephant friends, and in Costa Rica, canopy bridges are used to protect sloths. We even have a wonderful example of animal crossing success right here in the United States! In the everglades, Alligator Alley crossings protect panthers, black bears, skunks, deer, bats, birds and even some fish.

One ecology expert estimated that these wildlife bridges can reduce deadly collisions by up to 99%. Animals face so many other obstacles to survival in the modern world – including habitat loss and climate change -- and it is essential that we make animal-car collisions obsolete. Sign the petition now if you agree! Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg must act to create wildlife friendly infrastructure and policies!
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