Withdraw FEMA funding from Holley Fire  Department
  • Petitioned FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, 500 C St SW Washington DC 20472
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Withdraw FEMA funding from Holley Fire Department

    1. Petition by

      John Maher

      New York, NY

As demonstrated by the public outcry in response to the 7th Annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam, a squirrel killing contest which promotes the idea and practice of CHILDREN KILLING ANIMALS sponsored by the Holley, NY Fire
Department, the US government should not continue to subsidize sadistic
entities, such as the Holley Fire Dept., who promote the recreational killing
of animals. We expect an ethos of care and concern, not recreational killing or
torture or animals, from emergency workers -- especially those receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. We urge FEMA and its Administrator W. Craig Fugate to follow and extend the spirit of the Stafford Act (Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, PL 100-707), which requires FEMA fund recipients -- such as the Holley Fire Dept. -- to include
plans to rescue or shelter companion animals as a condition for FEMA funding.
We demand that Director Fugate refuse to fund entities which engage in sadistic
acts such as animal torture or killing, and the manipulation of children, whether
companion animals or wildlife. We demand that FEMA investigate the practices of the Holley Fire Dept. and withdraw funding from the Holley Fire Dept. as long
as they are associated with the "Squirrel Slam" or any such similar killing sprees. We feel that the desensitization of children to acts of violence and killing will lead to further acts of violence by children such as domestic violence, school killing sprees such as at Columbine or Newtown. Which are little different from the Holley FD event as both promote a sociopathic form of killing as many beings as possible. The Holley Fire Dept. should better expend its efforts on training to rescue humans and animals from fires, floods, and other disasters instead of promoting killing and extermination. If the Holley F.D. wants to prepare children for life or membership in a proper Fire Department, they should sponsor a team sports event (soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.) which fosters the social, physical and mental skills necessary to work as a first responder.


COMPANION ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY, Deborah Howard, Carole R. Davis & John T. Maher

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. We Will Print and Mail the Petition to FEMA Administrator Fugate

      John Maher
      Petition Organizer

      Administrator W. Craig Fugate
      500 C St SW
      Washington DC 20472

    3. Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: A Sociologist's Perspective

      John Maher
      Petition Organizer

      Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse [condensed] by Dr. Patricia Rushing

      Research suggests that animal abuse is closely linked to other criminal violence. For example, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to have a record for drug or disorderly conduct offenses (Arluke, Levin, and Ascione, 1999). Approximately 70 percent of domestic violence abusers have records of other crimes and 60 percent had a household pet (Breaking the Silence of Violence II).

      The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have recognized the high incidence of repeated animal abuse in the early history of many of the most violent offenders including serial killers, serial rapists, and sexual homicide perpetuators.

      Community Policing Dispatch

      The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 3 | Issue 3 | March 2010 I made my first kill today. It was a loved oneIll never forget the howl she made. It sounded almost humanIll never forget the sound of her bones breaking under my might.

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • James Burnette LACKAWANNA, NY
      • 9 months ago

      These guys have no business exterminating large numbers of wildlife. Please disband them at once.

    • charles struble NEWTON, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      children should be taught to respect all life,not destroy it for the sake of fun...this is a Cruel & Inhumane activity which only ingrains children with the thought that killing anything is an exceptable form of behavior.

    • Jessa Banks BLUE SPRINGS, MO
      • 9 months ago

      nah...this is sick

    • Charissa Kewin ANCHORAGE, AK
      • 9 months ago

      I am a vet tech student in Colorado, and this is absolutely disgusting to me that any human being could treat any animal in this way.

    • Kristen Vargas HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO
      • 9 months ago

      Squirrels are innocent animals living on this planet just like the rest of us. It is disgusting and barbaric to capture these adorable little guys and torture and kill them. Where is the sanity in that? Where is the logic? Where is the drive to murder these precious creatures?! Fire departments are supposed to be helping society, not corrupting and traumatizing it. This is cruel and unusual behavior and they should all be ashamed of themselves! They should be teaching how to help the squirrels and other components of nature. Teach the kids to be kind and care for other people and things. Raise a society of genuine good hearted people, not serial killers.


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