Take Action To Halt Spread of Amphibian Disease
Amphibian populations worldwide are declining precipitously. Chytridiomycosis, a deadly disease caused by chytrid fungus, is a major cause of this widespread mortality. Swift action and strong regulations are necessary to stop the transportation of infected amphibians for use as pets or food, as such transportation creates the risk of introduction of chytrid fungus into natural ecosystems, where it decimates wild amphibian populations.
Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it may adopt trade regulations aimed at halting the spread of the disease -- proposed regulations would ban the transportation of live amphibians infected with chytrid fungus without a permit. The agency seeks public input on whether these regulations are warranted.
This is the perfect time to encourage the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate the transportation of diseased amphibians.
Although additional measures are needed to eradicate chytridiomycosis, adoption of these common-sense regulations is an important step toward halting the spread of the disease within the United States and across the globe. Take action now -- before it's too late. Please tell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restrict the transportation of infected amphibians as soon as possible.
Learn more about the Center for Biological Diversity's amphibian conservation campaign here.