The tropical fish trade has a deadly secret. Each year up to 90 percent of the 12.5 million tropical fish entering the United States as pets are caught illegally using cyanide poison.
The process is as horrific as you imagine -- divers in countries like Indonesia and the Philippines squirt deadly liquid cyanide directly onto coral reefs. The poison wreaks havoc on the environment, killing coral and as much as 75 percent of the nearby fish population on contact. The dead fish are left floating along ruined reefs, while the stunned survivors are collected and shipped to the United States to be sold for aquariums. As much as 500 metric tons of cyanide are dumped annually on reefs in the Philippines alone. The damage done is incalculable.
It must stop.
Take action -- urge federal authorities to use their power under the Lacey Act to halt illegal imports and help end this outrageous practice.
June 23, 2016 Action Alert ID# 390
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