Louisiana State Senate
Louisiana State Senate
Stop the law that requires killing the victims of dogfighting
Dogs seized in connection with dog fighting, even puppies, are required by Louisiana law to be euthanized. Your signature could end this law and save the lives of dogs who can be rehomed. On December 23rd 2014, while many families were preparing for the holidays, authorities seized 24 dogs from a suspected dogfighter in Baton Rouge. All of the dogs, including puppies, were euthanized according to Louisiana state law. The law automatically assumes any dogs seized in connection with dogfighting are dangerous and a threat to public safety. Nothing can be further from the truth. In the infamous dogfighting case involving NFL player Michael Vick, many of those dogs were successfully treated, trained, and rehomed. This is how Louisiana should treat dogs seized in connection with dogfighting. These animals are victims who have experienced unimaginable trauma. They deserve a second chance, not to be sentenced to death. A law that would automatically euthanize a puppy is wrong. Tell Louisiana lawmakers to change this inhumane law. Around the country when dogs are seized in cases of neglect and abuse, they are treated as individuals. The dogs have to pass behavior evaluations, and in many cases go on to live as family pets, work as therapy dogs, and win national recognition performing canine sports. This is approach all dogs deserve no matter where or the circumstances they are found. Another complication presented by the current law is that the dogs are destroyed long before cases go to trial. In the notorious Boudreaux dogfighting case, 57 dogs were euthanized. A judge later dismissed all charges, citing the premature killing of the "evidence" as one of his reasons. The Boudreaux's subsequently were awarded damages for the loss of their dogs. It is time to stop punishing the victims of dogfighting. Let us stand together to change Louisiana’s law to evaluate dogs individually when seized in connection to dogfighting. Please sign and share our petition.
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, 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 Haines 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 2017, HR 1520, now!
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/
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.
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.
U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW
The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now! Cover photo by NASA
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 �
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