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Petitioning President Trump

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness

After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from  the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died  and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black,  what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.

Crystal K
90,099 supporters
Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Ar...

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more.  PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more.  Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
86,209 supporters
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,473 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer B, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John H is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,328 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, Louisiana State House, Louisiana State Senate, Louisiana Governor, Kenny Matassa

Governor John Bel Edwards: Prohibit Dog Chaining in ALL LOUISIANA PARISHES

Petition to inform Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards of the cruelties of dog chaining/ tethering. Please sign and share! Help us make stronger laws and enforce those existing in Louisiana! Thanks!  From the cold season to extreme heat, and back around again, many LA dogs are tethered on a chain for their entire life of hell, until they die.  Please help. Please SIGN >>> For Protection and Justice of ALL DOGS IN LOUISIANA WHO ARE SUFFERING ON CHAINS >>> Ask Governor John Bel Edwards: Prohibit chaining of dogs in ALL LOUISIANA PARISHES  and observe/ enforce New Orleans dog tethering law. Thank you! Dog seen in photo: A poor dog was chained up for an extended period during a violent storm in Gonzales Louisiana. A neighbor reported him as abused. Owners are trying to be located as of march 11 2016. Update: Owners have been reached. Dog is back with family members. There will be an ongoing investigation by The Humane Society of Louisiana.   Animallaw.info is another good source of updates and information. The following communities have banned or regulated chaining in their animal protection ordinances. Communities that Prohibit ChainingFayetteville, ArkansasCobb County, GeorgiaNew Richmond, OhioMaumelle, ArkansasHouston County, GeorgiaLawton, OklahomaTucson, ArizonaGwinett County, GeorgiaAustin, TexasCollier County, Florida*Statham, GeorgiaBig Spring, TexasEscambia County Florida*Macon/Bibb County, Georgia*Electra, TexasMiami, FloridaNew Orleans, LouisianaFt. Worth, TexasOkaloosa, FloridaColumbia, MissouriGeorgetown, TexasSeminole Florida*Carthage, MissouriIrving, TexasBlakely, GeorgiaDurham County, North CarolinaKyle, TexasChatham County, GeorgiaNew Hanover, North CarolinaLive Oak, Texas Ronoke Rapids, North CarolinaKanawha County, West Virginia   * May be chained if attended by owner (owner is outside with the dog), which is practically a total banCommunities that Limit Chaining by TimeNorth Little Rock, ArkansasWichita, KansasAlbuquerque, New MexicoFort Smith, ArkansasJefferson County, KentuckyLaurinburg, North CarolinaLos Angeles, CaliforniaLouisville, KentuckyScotland County, North CarolinaKern County, CaliforniaBaker, LouisianaNorth Royalton, OhioSan Bernardino, CaliforniaDenham County, LouisianaChagrin Falls, OhioDenver, ColoradoEast Longmeadow, MassachusettsMiddletown, OhioDania, FloridaCarroll County, MarylandBartlesville, OklahomaFt. Lauderdale, FloridaFrederick County, MarylandMultnomah County, OregonHollywood, FloridaBattle Creek, MichiganHazleton, PennsylvaniaOakland Park, FloridaRed Lake Falls, MinnesotaOak Ridge, TennesseeWest Palm Beach, FloridaSt. Paul, MinnesotaMontgomery County, TennesseeWilton Manors, FloridaCreve Coeur, MissouriGrand Prairie, TexasOrange County, FloridaO'Fallon, MissouriDanville, VirginiaPembroke Park, FloridaLaurinburg, North CarolinaNorthampton County, VirginiaTarpon Springs, FloridaOrange County, North CarolinaNorfolk, VirginiaDeKalb County, GeorgiaCamden, New JerseySmithfield, VirginiaBloomington, IndianaLower Township, New JerseyStaunton VirginiaIndianapolis, IndianaOcean City, New JerseyRichmond, VirginiaMarion, IndianaSea Isle City, New JerseyVirginia Beach, VirginiaDodge City, KansasWildwood, New JerseyMoundsville, West VirginiaLawrence, KansasWildwood Crest, New JerseyCharleston, West VirginiaLeavenworth, KansasCanandaigua, New YorkLinn, WisconsinOverland Park, KansasNew York City, New YorkRacine, WisconsinTopeka, KansasHuntington West Virginia     Communities that Permit Tethering if Other Conditions are Met (including trolleys)Fairhope, AlabamaDeKalb County, GeorgiaLincoln, NebraskaLittle Rock, ArkansasAurora, IllinoisDennis Township, New JerseyNorth Little Rock, ArkansasNoblesville, IndianaBernalillo County, New MexicoHemet, CaliforniaTerre Haute, IndianaCatawba County, North CarolinaFreemont, CaliforniaBowling Green, KentuckyGreenville,  North CarolinaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBaton Rouge, LouisianaSurry, North CarolinaSan Diego, CaliforniaOuachita, LouisianaAllen, TexasSan Francisco, CaliforniaSt. Charles Parish, LouisianaLubbock, TexasSan Jose, CaliforniaMontgomery County, MarylandRichland Hills, TexasLarimer County, ColoradoKansas City, MissouriWashington D.C.Alachua County, FloridaRaytown, Missouri  http://www.unchainyourdog.org/Laws.htm http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/current-legislation-tethering-dogs-prohibited-communities/

Evlin Lake
29,450 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The LA State Senate

Save Early Steps, LA's Early Intervention Program

5/30/12 Update This is the super succinct version of what is going on currently: The Senate agreed to use the "Rainy Day Fund" which the House had originally said it would not use. This money would address the cuts in the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Education budgets.  The Senate Finance Committee approved the budget with the DHH (and Early Steps) budget, contingent on use of these funds and a few other sources of funding to fill in the revenue gaps. The House must approve the exact same budget, and both houses must approve the exact same bill. They must wrap this whole kit-and-kaboodle up and send it to the governor for his signature before the legislative session ends Monday. Please continue writing letters and calling legislators until they have passed everything and we are 100% in the clear! ***************************** Early Steps provides free therapy to 9,000 children each year ages birth to three years old who have developmental delays and disabilities. Early Steps has therapists in urban and rural areas across the state, and the program services every single parish in Louisiana. Do you know a child with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy? Do you know a baby that was born premature or underweight? Do you know a child with a speech delay or a physical delay? These are the children in Early Steps. This program provides physical therapist, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, and speech therapists who work with children in their home or daycare. We serve children in foster care, children born as young as 24 weeks old, children who are low-income and high risk. In the two years I have worked as a Family Service Coordinator for Early Steps, I have seen over 200 children. I have held a mother's hand as she watched her child with cerebral palsy walk for the first time. I have seen a completely deaf child under a year old use sign language to request food. I have seen children with severe autism, children missing limbs, and children who probably will not make it to their third birthday. This program works miracles every day. We give parents the tools and knowledge to help their children learn and grow. We give hope to families who feel lost and alone. We give children a chance. The Finance Committees of the House and Senate are working on the 2012-2013 budget right NOW. Early Steps is on the list of programs to be cut due to budget cuts. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THIS PROGRAM. The thousands of children who benefit from therapy, along with their parents and families, need your help.

Caroline Cottingham
22,773 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, Louisiana State Senate, Louisiana State House

To allow all Louisiana Fisherman access to all tidal waters in the state of Louisiana

Louisiana fisherman are losing fishing access in marshes across Louisiana due to land owners who are stopping anglers from accessing tidal waters that go through their property. Land ownership should constitute ownership of land and not the water that flows in and out and over it. We want to have the "if it floats it boats" policy enacted in the State of Louisiana.This policy is in line with every other state in the United States.We believe that if water is not landlocked, then the water should be accessible by licensed Louisiana Anglers. We believe that our state representatives should represent the will of the majority and not just a select few. It's time Louisiana to catch up to the rest of the nation on this issue and change the confusing, antiquated law that is in place. Please visit the Louisiana Sportsmans Coalition FaceBook page to get involved in the conversation.

Aaron Oberste
11,831 supporters
Petitioning Louisiana State House, Mark Abraham, Neil Abramson, Beryl Amedee, Andy Anders, James Armes, Tony Bacala, Lawrence Bagley, John Bagneris, Taylor Barras, John Berthelot, Robert Billiot, Stuart Bishop...

STOP HAZING!!! SUPPORT LOUISIANA HOUSE BILL 78!

Our son, Max Gruver, was killed on September 14, 2017 due to an alcohol hazing "Bible Study" at Phi Delta Theta fraternity house at LSU.  He was forced to drink copious amounts of 190 proof grain alcohol if he missed questions asked to him by his "brothers".  Max died from alcohol intoxication with aspiration.  Max was 29 days into his freshman year.   Max was a gentle giant, a good kid.  He was friendly with everyone and never met a stranger.  He loved his family, his friends and his community.  He was a devout catholic, a sports writer, a little league coach, his sister's basketball coach and just an all around nice person.   Please help us support Louisiana State Representative Nancy Landry and her bill to strengthen hazing penalties in Louisiana.  Currently hazing charges are a misdemeanor with barely a $100 fine and 30 days in jail, hardly a slap on the wrist for the death of our son.  With strengthening the law, hazing can be considered a felony charge with a fine up to $10,000 and up to 5 years in jail.  Strengthening of the law will create awareness and act as a deterrent to make young adults consider their actions before they commit the crime of hazing.  It will also prompt others  to step in and take action before a situation goes wrong.  It could save a life.... it could have saved Max's.  

Rae Ann Gruver
8,760 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, Cedric Richmond, Louisiana State Senate, Bill Cassidy, Louisiana State House

Replace Confederate statues in New Orleans with statues of Louisiana hero Britney Spears

Before becoming one of the world's most important and influential pop legends, Britney Spears was living life in a small southern town by the name of Kentwood, Louisiana. Not only has Britney proven her talent, but she's proven her strength of character by not only overcoming highly publicized mental breakdown, but by continuously working towards improving herself. She's an inspiration to millions.  While her contributions are too many to list here, below are a few examples of her charitable efforts to give back to her beloved home state: - In 2006, "The Britney Spears Foundation" raised $585,000 for charity, and donated a large portion of it to Hurricane Katrina relief programmes. - Teamed up with Red Cross in 2016 to raise money for Louisiana flood victims. Along with Ellen DeGeneres, donated $250,000 to this relief. - Currently donating some of her Vegas ticket show sales to Louisiana schools for flood recovery. The money donated will be contributed to a state fund, which will help teachers purchase supplies and materials. She's already earned her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and now it's time for her home state to honor her with the tribute that she deserves. Do the right thing: Replace the Confederate statues with an actual louisiana hero and influencial human being, Britney Spears �  

Kassie Thibodeaux
7,274 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Secretary Robert J. Barham

Please Ask Louisiana State Officials To Stop Blatant Discrimination Against Exotic Animal Owners,Tiger Truck Stop, And Tony The Tiger

Our constitution demands that all individuals be treated the same. In 2006, Louisiana passed legislation banning big cats & monkeys in the state. The Louisiana Exotic Animal Ban is discriminatory because it exempts colleges and (AZA) accredited zoos. LSU, the Baton Rouge Zoo ,and the Tiger Truck Stop all have exactly the same federal zoo license. AZA, a private non-profit organization and not a government agency, has been given exclusive rights to accredit zoos in Louisiana, but by creating a monopoly for the AZA they discriminate against other accrediting organizations. Tiger Truck Stop is licensed/approved by the USDA and accredited by the (USZA) which the state no longer recognizes. There is no legal basis to exempt one USDA Federally Licensed Facility over another. This is blatant discrimination, and is only one of the consequences of the law. Some have maintained its an issue of public safety. Activists will continue to go after LSU's Mike the tiger as well. During the appeal hearing of the First Circuit Court at the LSU Law Center, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) attorney stated "tigers are dangerous to the public and we don't want tigers in Louisiana". In the midst of "Tiger Country", ALDF stated their obvious true intent - ALDF does not want any tigers in Louisiana. It is true all tigers can be dangerous to the public, not just Tiger Truck Stop’s Tony. If Mike the tiger were to escape at LSU stadium with 90,000 energetic football fans, it would be extremely dangerous. No tiger has ever escaped the zoo at the Tiger Truck Stop. Zoos that have and follow safety protocols and Federal Law do not have problems with dangerous animals harming anyone. This threat is very real. Regulation of these animals has been turned over to LDWF. They are a policing agency and are not licensed veterinarians with decades of experience in dealing with dangerous quadrupeds like tigers. Exotic animal owners and their animals are being attacked. Tigers and non-human primates that have been forcibly removed from their homes often die within three months from shock and grief. The vast majority of people support all Louisiana tigers and understand the value of tiger preservation and exhibition. More than 20,000 people have signed the locations petition to keep Tony at the truck stop's exhibit. We believe federal licensing is adequate and significant as federal regulations have kept people safe and insured proper care of exotic animals for decades. There was never a need for individual states to become involved. We, with our family, our legal team, Truckers For Tony, and supporters, are doing everything we can to keep Tony safe here in his Louisiana home where he belongs. And we are fighting to keep Louisiana free from outside influences and non-constitutional activism who want to control us. ***************ANIMAL RIGHTS VERSUS ANIMAL WELFARE*************** Animal Rights Activists do not seek to simply improve the WELFARE of the animals they lobby for. They want to ASCRIBE constitutional RIGHTS to animals. The Animal Rights Activists will not stop until they have disrupted animal owners' rights throughout the country, preventing individuals from owning any pets, exotic or domesticated, as that would violate the "rights" of the animals. They plan to stop all hunting and commercial farming or production of meat. This type of legislation has already been attempted in other states. Some states have adopted measures to stop this type of activism as it injures commerce and treads on personal property rights. Every animal owner and animal industry in our country should stand up and take notice. This is just the beginning, and they will not stop until they get their way or are defeated, at the cost of millions in legal fees to our industries and citizens.  Most people enjoy eating meat and big cats depend on it. If you are vegetarian, we respect your choice, but we also understand the necessity to provide the masses with a supply of fresh meat, eggs, and dairy products. We can not support this extremist point of view. This is reflected in the fact (HSUS) takes in millions of dollars but spends less than one (1)% of its revenue to provide care for any animals. (PETA) kills more than eighty seven (87)% of the animals they “treat”. Other activists have been described as“terrorists in three-piece suits” using our easily manipulated judicial systems to take animals from the people who love and care for them. If you really want to help animals donate to your local no-kill animal shelter. It is scarcely believable that animal rights terrorists from California were allowed to ultimately dictate the intent of our state law and control state departments. If Governor Jindal and our Louisiana State Officials really have the welfare of Louisiana tigers at heart, and our constitutional rights, they would take measures to stop this attack on our personal freedoms and property. They would insure that Tony remains safe, where he is loved, and has obviously thrived for over thirteen years. On the other hand, if Tony even survives relocation, he will be isolated at an overcrowded sanctuary, starving for human affection, and grieving for the people who have loved and cared for him over the years. If he dies, like so many other seized animals have, as a result of this discriminatory Animal Rights Legislation, his blood will be on the hands of an uncaring, unresponsive government. They will have sent Tony the Trucker's Mascot Tiger to his death. As long as we have breath and God gives us the means to continue fighting for Tony, We will. Michael Sandlin SaveTony.com TigerTruckStop.com Truckers For Tony - Facebook page @TruckersForTony - Twitter Keep Tony Home - Facebook page @KeepTonyHome - Twitter WATCH THE NEW FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM "HOW TO KILL A TIGER"  https://vimeo.com/92282823                

Tiger Truck Stop, Inc.
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The Department of the Army: Grow Fort Polk

W Response to Troop Reduction at Fork Polk Louisiana House of Representatives James Armes, State Representative Thursday, February 14, 2013 • Contact: Glen Duncan (225) 342-9795 Troop reduction will have tremendous impact “It saddens, disappoints and frustrates me to hear about the Department of Defense’s plan to reduce troops at Fort Polk, LA. This will have a tremendous, immediate economic impact on this area, especially Vernon Parish, La; and that impact eventually will be felt statewide. We – the citizens of this area - have always had a very strong since of patriotism and have supported our troops in every way. Louisiana has a strong and long tradition of service to our nation’s defense. We’ve generated dedicated, able troops and training, and provided land, facilities and know-how. From the Higgins invasion boats built in New Orleans and the Louisiana Maneuvers of WWII that took place right here in Vernon Parish, to the leadership then and now, Louisiana has answered the call. Remember the Flying Tigers and the Fighting Tigers were both Louisiana born. Just when we re-gained a belief and trust in the stability for Ft. Polk, it looks like we are going back to ground zero. We have been misled time and time again; that we were going to add troops not lose them. In fact, the state, parish and local businesses have already invested heavily in a future to accommodate new troops. The people of Vernon Parish have just given Ft. Polk permission to purchase 14-thousand acres of land for training; we’ve built a new veterans’ cemetery; started new highway replacements, including Hwy 28 to Alexandria and a new appropriation of 24 million dollars to LA 467, a entryway to Fort Polk; good people have just built nine new motels in our area to support the JRTC; our local school board is currently building a new elementary school and has just received a new millage tax to build a new high school. When citizens of Ft. Carson turned down selling their land for training, Vernon Parish stepped up in partnership with Fort Polk; we gave up hunting leases, taxes, homes and land to support our countries need for troops at Fort Polk. This is real money, real time and real effort, real lives… investing in a future that has just been taken away. You might say that Ft. Polk and the Department of Defense have turned their backs on this part of the state. I urge them to re-evaluate that decision; to take a serious look at what we have already offered, and in what we still have to offer the fighting men and women of our nation. Let’s not take away from – let’s add to the strength of Ft. Polk and our surrounding communities.” ### hat would you like to say?

— James Armes, State Representative
5 years ago