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Say NO to killing Alligators on a Wildlife Refuge!
  • Petitioning Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

This petition will be delivered to:

Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Say NO to killing Alligators on a Wildlife Refuge!

    1. Ana  Campos
    2. Petition by

      Ana Campos

      Fort Lauderdale, FL

In response to pleas by hunters, a Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, Florida, has proposed allowing hunting of alligators for sport (a portion of the refuge is already open to waterfowl hunting).

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat and protection for the formerly endangered American alligator and is home for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The American alligator attracts many visitors to the Refuge. National Wildlife Refuges are the only public lands set aside specifically for wildlife.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the majority of the over 300,000 annual visitors to the Refuge are "non-consumptive users" who enjoy photography, bird watching, canoeing, walking on the boardwalk, and hiking or biking on the trails.

Hunting is against the very sense of the term "refuge." The suffering of alligators during public hunts in Florida is undeniable. Alligators are snagged with barbed hooks, pierced with arrows, and stabbed with harpoons. Death is rarely quick and alligators may be left to suffer long after being pulled from the water.

Thank you for caring about Alligators and signing this petition.

* Please share on Facebook and with your networks.

* If you or your children have visited or plan to visit the Refuge, as a tourist or resident, mention that when you write.

 

Please email and mail your "substantive" written comments to: 

rolf_olson@fws.gov 

Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader

ARM Loxahatchee NWR  10216 Lee Road  Boynton Beach, FL 33473

 

Sample letter (Please add your own words as well)

I am writing to urge the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to reject the proposal to allow hunting of alligators in the Refuge. The Refuge should be a place where alligators and other animals are protected from harm, not hunted for sport or profit.  

 

Official Hunting Proposal:  http://loxahatcheefriends.com/upload/HuntPlan.html

 

The majority of the context of this action is from:

http://www.ARFF.org

To:
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

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I am writing to urge the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to reject the proposal to allow hunting of alligators in the Refuge. The Refuge should be a place where alligators and other animals are protected from harm, not hunted for sport or profit.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Final update on the Alligators

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Many people fought long and hard for over a year doing every conceivable action to stop this hunt from being approved last year. Even at a personal cost. I want to say thank you to the online supporters and the small group of locals who went way above and beyond the call of duty to voice their rejection of this now federally permitted act.

      I have had no further involvement. So please contact and support ARFF and visit their facebook page for the conclusion.

      https://www.facebook.com/animalsflorida

      At the end of the day, know that every measure taken to spare their lives was appreciated. Thank you for doing all that you have done.

      Thank you,
      Ana Campos

    2. Reached 3,200 signatures
    3. 48 HOUR NOTICE - STOP THE HUNTING OF ALLIGATORS

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      48 HOUR NOTICE - STOP THE HUNTING OF ALLIGATORS for sport at the specifically at the Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. *Deadline October 24th*

      In addition to your reasons for stopping also add the 'Endangered Snail Kite' nesting areas will be uprooted by this massive and violent disturbance at night. This would be a violation of and incompatible with the Endangered Species Act. If you are a visitor include that and your concerns of the expected "conflict". Please mention how it will have a negative impact on the environment at the refuge. I'll post more details about what should be included tomorrow.

      http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-NWRS-2013-0074

    4. Alligator Hunt Proposal on the move.

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      We need your comments on this article. The alligator hunt is now officially PENDING with the "Feds" for the next 30 days before being finalized. They are asking for public comments (again, I know). We are drafting a sample 'comment' for you to include in your email (and maybe a new petition) and for sure will be asking for your help. Will post the action as soon as it is ready! Thanks for hanging in there. We can do this.

      http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-alligator-hunting-loxahatchee-20130924,0,2680168.story

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. The Alligator Hunt Was Delayed.

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      ALLIGATOR HUNT UPDATE: For the time being, the alligator hunt has been postponed. We need your help! Please share this link and post a comment on the article site...

      http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-loxahatchee-hunt-delay-20130417,0,4539334.story

    7. Excellent Article!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Excellent article!!! For those of you who signed this petition to "Stop the Alligator Hunt and Save George" you should read this. Please read and post a comment. I'm quoted and I see several amazing quotes from friends. I am humbled and appreciative and deeply touched by the quotes of the 3,345 people who opposed this and the evidence-based points made. We won't back down, we come back stronger.

      "A public relations nightmare is engulfing the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida over a plan to become the first taxpayer funded national wildlife refuge in the country to allow the killing of alligators as an officially sanctioned form of recreation."

      http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/nra-turns-300-tax-funded-wildlife-refuges-killing-fields

    8. Wildlife refuge to allow gator hunting

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Wildlife refuge to allow gator hunting

      And there you have it despite there being several incompatible reasons for not proceeding with an alligator hunt. I would like to see a lawsuit. When it comes to NPS and FWC and the Hunting Lobby, the fix is always in. Unless you sue. Loxahatchee Refuge manager (Sylvia Pelizza) is married to the Everglades Headwater Refuge manager (Charlie Pelizza). She agreed to support a hunt at LOX if the hunting lobby supported the creation of the Everglades Headwater Refuge run by her husband.

      http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-gator-hunt-loxahatchee-20130116,0,2119113.story

    9. Alligator ‘harvesting’ in a wildlife ‘refuge’ makes for interesting, fatal

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Here's another well written article against the killing spree. Please comment on it.

      http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/cerabino-alligator-harvesting-in-a-wildlife-refuge/nTXn7/#

      Cerabino: Alligator 'harvesting' in a wildlife 'refuge' makes...

      Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Hi, you don't know me. I'm an alligator. Not one of those University of Florida types, those people who reduce my entire essence into a pair of snapping jaws. I'm an actual cold-blooded alligator, part of a long line of reptiles who got to Florida way before Chief Osceola, Henry Flagler or Johnny Depp.

    10. Still waiting.

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      We're still waiting to hear the final news. Will let you know when we know. Thank you for all your support.

    11. Gator hunt plan for Loxahatchee wildlife refuge sparks angry response

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      fyi...I'm guessing the only thing that would need 'approval' by USFWS in Atlanta would be yes to the hunt. "A Loxahatchee official said the refuge has made an initial decision but won't reveal it, pending approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional headquarters in Atlanta."

      http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-gator-hunt-reaction-20121212,0,553125.story

    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
    13. Off Topic: Alligator hunters may be allowed to use handguns

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      "New article on Florida gator hunting. Over 8,000 gators killed last year. The research we did on the possible introduction of gator hunting in the Loxahatchee showed a declining population of smaller gators in our area - likely due to south Florida's recent droughts (now considered the "new normal")." South Florida Wildlands Association

      http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_n_palm_beach_county/alligator-hunters-may-soon-be-able-to-use-handguns-pursue-gators-24-hours-a-day

      Alligator hunters may soon be able to use handguns, pursue gators 24 hours a day

      Alligator hunters may be allowed to use handguns and pursue their prey 24 hours a day, under proposals intended to provide them with more flexibility in killing the most formidable inhabitant of Florida's rivers, lakes and swamps. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a report Dec.

    14. Urgent Action: Calls Needed Now to Stop Gator Hunt!!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Urgent calls are needed right NOW to voice your OPPOSITION to a proposed hunt on alligators for sport/fun at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Facebook Call In Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/126166554202585/

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      Main Phone: 561-732-3684 (press 0 for operator)

      * direct line: 561-735-6022 (leave messages)

      * direct line: 561-735-6021 (leave messages)

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      Hi I'm calling today to voice my opposition to the proposed alligator hunt. I strongly believe this refuge should be a safe haven for animals. If the proposal goes ahead, I will BOYCOTT the refuge and urge my friends and family to do the same. Thank you.

      Also submit comments at: rolf_olson@fws.gov

    15. Only 24 hours left!!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Please remember to send an email to rolf_olson@fws.gov with your opposition to hunting alligators for sport. Only 24 hours left for your voices to be heard. Please share this petition.

    16. Gathering Signatures

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Can anyone help gather comments/signatures and give them to the refuge? Just message me and I will send you the link to the signature form.. You can help wherever you live! The deadline is this Wednesday for public comments.

    17. Please share this link with friends and on facebook..

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      If you have not sent an email please do so today. Can you all please repost this alligator hunting statement asap? Link below.. Personal emails are needed asap.. Thank you!
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      URGENT: Alligator Hunting Statement by South Florida Wildlands Association. Please Share!
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      https://www.facebook.com/notes/south-florida-wildlands-association/alligator-hunting-in-the-loxahatchee-national-wildlife-refuge-just-say-no/525630754131708

    18. Alligator Hunting Statement by South Florida Wildlands Association

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      Urgent request to share this powerful statement by South Florida Wildlands Association! Please share with friends, on facebook and any media contacts. Thank you!
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      https://www.facebook.com/notes/south-florida-wildlands-association/alligator-hunting-in-the-loxahatchee-national-wildlife-refuge-just-say-no/525630754131708

    19. 1,600 signatures!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      We have only one week left. For George and his family, please share the video below, the petition or event page! Thank you!

      ♥ PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/HelptheGators

      ♥ EVENT PAGE: http://tinyurl.com/SaveGeorge

    20. Reached 1,500 signatures
    21. PRESS RELEASE - Arthur R. Marshall Foundation OPPOSES ALLIGATOR HUNT

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      After carefully reviewing the facts of the situation and listening to the concerns expressed by protestors, the ARTHUR R. MARSHALL FOUNDATION FOR THE EVERGLADES wishes to clarify our position:

      1) While we appreciate the need for appropriate population maintenance, the Marshall Foundation can not support a “sport hunt” of alligators at the Refuge.

      2) While it is troubling to be called vicious names by those who would normally be our conservation partners, we very much appreciate the environmental concerns that they have expressed and we join them in opposing the plan to offer "sport hunting" of alligators at the Refuge.

      3) The right to protest is one of the greatest freedoms that we enjoy as Americans and the Marshall Foundation applauds those willing to take a public stand on controversial matters.

      John A. Marshall, Chairman & Spokesman for the Florida Environmental Institute,
      Nancy Marshall, President and Josette Kaufman,Executive Director

    22. Reached 1,000 signatures
    23. We reached 900 signatures with your help!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      We'll be sending an update later on today. The public comment period has been extended to October 31st, Hallloween night. In light of that we've increased the signature goal to 1,500.. :)

    24. Reached 750 signatures
    25. We have reached 400 signatures!

      Ana  Campos
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 400 signatures! At this point, we think it is a good idea to increase the signature goal to 1,000 as public comment is currently being accepted until September 30th. However many we have tomorrow will be brought to the meeting! Thank you!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jenna Miles DARTMOUTH, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      A refuge is a refuge.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

      -- Albert Einstein

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Pertti Veijalainen TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
      • 11 months ago

      What is the idea behind a Wildlife Refuge if it is opened for hunting?

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    • chris schneebeli GENEVA, GA
      • 11 months ago

      animals are not on earth to be killed whenever humans decide so !

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    • patricia bekas CARPENTERSVILLE, IL
      • 11 months ago

      the animals are supposed to be safe in a refuge!

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