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To Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary George Eustice

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Do not remove legal protections for wildlife and plants in the UK which are classified as “vulnerable and near threatened”.

Why is this important?

The government wants to remove protections from animal and plant species who are not classed as being “in imminent danger of extinction”. The plans will make it easier for property developers to build in previously protected areas, and will mean that species which are vulnerable and near threatened will have vital safeguards removed - including purple emperor butterflies, pine martens, red squirrels, brown hares and mountain hares.

The government should protect wildlife, not property developers' profits - and make sure that the UK’s rare animals (and their habitats) remain protected. If you agree, sign the petition today and together we can preserve the UK’s wildlife for future generations.