Manta rays are targeted for their gill plates, the apparatus that allow them to breathe and feed. Their gills are used to make a tonic thought to be a to cure a variety of ailments (!?), even though no scientific evidence exist to proof these claims. The Manta Trust is now promoting a petition aimed at the conservation of both species of mantas.
If you would like to help, please sign and share its online petition here. The petition is specifically targeting the delegates of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in each of the 177 signatory nations to this convention. CITES is the only international treaty established to protect endangered species that is considered binding on member nations.