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Petitioning Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Chris Chinn

It’s time to ban dog auctions

Missouri is the top state in the nation for puppy mills in 2016 according to the Humane Society of the United States. 30 of the worst 100 puppy mills in the country call Missouri home -- some of whom are repeat offenders. These puppy mills continue to produce dogs, although over 3,200 dogs are euthanized every day, according to the ASPCA. Why do puppy mills keep producing so many puppies? Dog auctions make it possible for puppy mill operators to quickly sell as much of their “inventory” as possible. They create a financial incentive to overproduce puppies for pet stores and online vendors across the country. Here’s a recent example. An infamous Missouri breeder, who owns pet stores in New Jersey, was recently allowed to auction all of the animals held in his Missouri kennel after he was charged with 267 counts of animal abuse by the New Jersey SPCA. No one inspected the dogs sold at the auction for signs of abuse or illness. This lack of accountability is shameful and unacceptable. But it will continue as long as long as a financial incentive exists. We ask the Missouri Department of Agriculture to require state inspectors to inspect the health and monitor the stress of the dogs, before, during and after all dog auctions while working to ban dog auctions! Help us fight puppy mills by eliminating a key financial incentive -- the dog auction. Take the first step by signing this petition today urging our lawmakers to ban dog auctions now.

maxine reeker
121,284 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 reunite with their families

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who served for 10 years mostly 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. sailors and military contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. Many Amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. sailors 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 reunite 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 reunited 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 reunite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2016 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. 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 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 reunite with her dad. You can find them in the Amerasian group pages on Facebook. Search angel services are available to both sides.There is a PBS documentary called "Left by the Ship" (2010), the video above, documenting everyday life and their personal struggles as a Filipino Amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers, to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2016 now!

Jenifer Bass
33,039 supporters
Petitioning Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Eric Greitens, Ann Wagner, Lacy Clay, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves, Billy Long, Jason Smith, Roy B...

Increase The Penalties For Missouri Poachers

Harsher Penalties Are A MUST For Missouri Poachers We would like start by sharing two recent Missouri poaching cases:(1) December 2015, a bull elk was shot in the head and killed on the banks of the Current River in Shannon County, the top of the skull and antlers were removed with a chainsaw; the rest of the carcass was left behind and intact. The penalties for such a crime, which are rarely enforced, would be a $1,000 fine and jail time. Compared to Utah, this fine would be $8,000. (2) Earlier this year a Jefferson County man (Chris Keown) pleaded guilty and was fined a mere $99.50 for poaching a black bear that wondered near his home. A small punishment, especially since he’s had run-ins with game officials in the past. If he had fought the ticket and gone to trial, he could have faced up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in jail. According to Larry Yamnitz, Protection Division Chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation, “We don’t have a criminal forfeiture law for property involved in wildlife cases.” This needs to change. Representative Linda Black understands the importance of higher penalties and is on the right track with her bill: HB 1971 “1. In addition to the penalties provided in section 252.040, any person convicted of chasing, pursuing, taking, transporting, killing, processing, or disposing of wildlife in violation of methods, seasons, and limits as defined and permitted by commission rules and regulations may be required to provide restitution to the state in an amount as follows: (a) $750 for each wild turkey; (b) $1,500 for each white-tailed deer; and (c) $3,500 for each black bear or elk. 2. Moneys collected under this section shall be transferred to the state school moneys fund as established in section 166.051 and distributed to the public schools of this state in the manner provided in section 163.031.” We, Missouri residents and non-residents, demand that our state take the illegal harvesting of wildlife more seriously… We demand that repeat offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We demand that felony charges are appropriate for repeat offenders.   We demand the forfeiture of property including: (1) whatever means of transportation/vehicle (truck, atv, boat, etc.) the poacher used to arrive at their location. (2) weapons (firearms, bows, traps, knifes) and ammunition. (3) all gear used during the crime - packs, blinds, scopes, tree stands, coolers, clothing/footwear, decoys, calls, lights, tools/equipment, etc. These confiscated items would be auctioned/sold, moneys would be distributed to the public schools.  A slap on the wrist and a small fine is no longer acceptable, these puny penalties and possible loss (or short term loss) of hunting privileges are meaningless to poachers. It’s time to step it up Missouri! 

Live Love Hunt, llc
8,779 supporters
Petitioning Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House, Missouri Governor, Mike Kehoe, Ron Richard, Todd Richardson, Elijah Haahr, Mike Cierpiot, Bob Onder, Joe Keaveny

Prohibit transporting pets in carriers attached to the exterior of vehicles

On Friday, March 10, 2017, an SUV type vehicle was observed driving I-64 westbound in the St Louis metro area with only the driver inside the vehicle.  On the back of that vehicle was an attachment holding a wire crate and inside the crate was a yellow Labrador Retriever dog. Treating any animal in this manner is nothing short of abusive. We, the signers of this petition, respectfully request your assistance in modifying Missouri Revised Statues, Chapter 578,  Section 578.012.1, Animal Abuse - Penalties, to include prohibition of transporting pets, i.e., dogs and cats, in crates or carriers attached to the exterior of a vehicle, excluding hunting dogs in pickup truck beds..  

Animal Advocates
7,276 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,472 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Missouri Department of Agriculture

STOP ATVs on Katy Trail, HB 2047

http://house.mo.gov/BillSummary.aspx?bill=HB2047 We have to stop HB 2047 from passing. If passed, this bill will allow all-terrain vehicles to operate on the Katy Trail on certain days. This will endanger the safety of many pedestrians walking and running as well as cyclists who use the trail daily. Plus all-terrain/motorized vehicles will endanger the trail's condition itself. 

Reid Cranmer
6,266 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Missouri Governor

15 States Mandate Infertility Coverage - Help Make Missouri the 16th State!

Infertility is a major problem in the US affecting 1 in 8 couples trying to conceive, yet health insurance companies rarely offer infertility benefits. Currently 15 states mandate that insurance companies offer infertility coverage.  My hope for this petition is to make Missouri the next state to mandate that infertility coverage, including IUI and IVF, is available to Missouri residents through their insurance benefits.   Infertility is a nightmare that I would never wish upon my worst enemy. Until you have been through it, no one understands the pain, disappointment, heartache, and longing to be able to create a family and not being able to. Every month you deal with a feeling of loss when you find out your not pregnant time and time again; it's soul-crushing. Dealing with the pain of not being able to have a child is one thing, but when you add the financial strain of paying for these very expensive fertility treatments, you have an additional set of stress.  You pay for EVERYTHING once treatment begins...meds, shots, Dr. visits, ultrasounds, daily testing, and storage fees.  The expense is unimaginable. Infertility is a medical condition and needs to be treated that way.  If insurance companies covered fertility treatments, this change would take away the financial burden and additional unneeded stress that many couples experience when dealing with infertility. My husband and I have been trying to conceive since our wedding in August 2013.  We have seen many doctors and specialists, and have undergone several IUI attempts with no success.  We have paid thousands of dollars on doctor visits and treatments which has put us in financial debt.  It seems that our only option is to undergo IVF, yet we cannot afford it because we have no insurance coverage for infertility. IVF is a very expensive procedure ranging from $15,000-$30,000 and is the last option when dealing with infertility.  You pay for insurance in hopes that you never truly need it, but when you do, your diagnosis of infertility is not covered because it's not considered the disease it truly is.  I pray this petition will change the lives of many couples down the road, and give them the chance of creating the family that they have always dreamed of without the financial burden that infertility encompasses.   All it takes is a second to sign and share this petition to help the thousands of couples that desperately need infertility coverage in the state of Missouri. Thank you for your support, it means the world.  

Aubrey Brouk
4,750 supporters
Petitioning Missouri State House, Eric Greitens

Remove Representative Mike Moon from the office of Missouri's 157th district.

The purpose of this petition is to seek the removal of Representative Mike Moon (by recall election) from Missouri's 157th District Office for conduct that can only be described as frightening and sociopathic. Conduct that has no place in Missouri's Capitol. A Capitol that is ultimately responsible for the people that it represents. Representative Moon recently proposed House Bill 14, in which he has since named the “Missouri Right to Life Act". The bill was proposed to help garner rights of unborn children. Shortly after the bill's proposal Representative Moon took to social media to promote it's introduction. It was within this video that Representative Moon shockingly participated in the brutal and heartless decapitation of a live chicken, followed by it's full and graphic dismemberment. The following is a transcript of the video's narration by Representative Moon:  “We’ve been called back for this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically”  Moon then proceeded to focus his attention on a shackled chicken which he then decapitated barehandedly (as it struggled during the process). Moon then proceeded to blissfully and gleefully butcher the animal, before ultimately removing it's heart as an analogy for the following narration; “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here, so today I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri, and I hope you’ll support it.”  During this graphic video Representative Moon justified his behavior through his belief that "God had established Dominion for him to do so". A belief that he cannot otherwise prove or establish as factual. A belief that he is also using to establish Missouri House Bill 14. Although Representative Moon is entitled to his religious beliefs, that same luxury should be afforded to both those within Representative Moons' district and Missourian's state wide.  Representative Moon's lack of regard for the beliefs and rights of those he wishes to "serve" are also strong indicators as to why he is seemingly unfit to hold public office.  In closing we would like to use the very name of the bill Representative Moon is proposing to define the "Right to Life" as something that extends to all life. Despite Representative Moon's archaic beliefs, life is something that is of equal value regardless of species. So it is upon the request by the people of Missouri that Representative Moon be removed from office for not only being a poor representation of the State of Missouri, but a poor representation of himself and the values his claims to live by. Sincerely, Those of us concerned. Attached below is the graphic and unsettling video in question: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article155897439.html

Adam Brewer
3,389 supporters
Petitioning Eric Greitens, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate

Outlaw the removal of monuments to soldiers in Missouri

Recently we have seen the typical response of the new American left wing. Hysterical hand-wringing, threats and violence to those who the disagree with, and then the ensuing search for something to be offended by to fire up their ever fickle base. The most recent thing the left has chosen to be offended by is monuments to confederate soldiers who were killed during the American Civil War. The left defames these individuals as "Racists" "Slave Owners" and all kinds of other names which white wash the many issues that the Civil War was fought over. We ask the Missouri State Government to take similar steps to those taken in Alabama. We must prevent history from being hidden away somewhere convenient where it can't hurt fragile liberal feelings. The left's current strategy of bullying those who they disagree with is a dangerous trend and can not be allowed to continue in our state, or any other.

Americans for Historical Preservation
3,069 supporters
Petitioning Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate

For the love of Chitter: Missouri says NO to raising defenseless baby wildlife

In Missouri, an individual who finds an injured fox, squirrel, or raccoon, under law cannot care for and raise the animal.  But buy the same animal from a breeder - online ads sell raccoons for as much as $400 each - and the law says the animal is yours. If the concern is that raccoons - or other wildlife - may pose a health hazard, why are purchased animals considered ok, but not ones taken from the wild even after given a clean bill of health from a vet?  It has nothing to do with the protection of the animal - or even of people. It’s the law there that permits are only issued to those who buy wildlife.  From breeders.   In April, Tammy Palmer took in a baby raccoon, just four days old.  She researched how to care for the little raccoon whose eyes weren’t even open yet. She read online that raccoons can be kept as long as she’d get a permit. So she bottle fed the baby raccoon and named her Chitter. Chitter was well-fed and cared for. Palmer took her to the vet for immunizations. Chitter was taught how to use a litter box and learned what “no” and “good girl” meant.  The raccoon had toys to play with, and was sister to the family cat. She was loved. But before Palmer applied for a permit, the Missouri Department of Conservation discovered she had Chitter, and told her permits are issued only to animals bought from a legitimate store.  Chitter was taken away, leaving Tammy Palmer heartbroken. The raccoon just turned six months old and was taken from the only family she had ever known.  Missouri’s wildlife code permits include pages and pages of permits allowing people to hunt, trap and kill animals. Yet they don’t offer a permit for taking care of an animal, unless you BUY IT. (3 CSR 10-9.420(1)) So if she had doled out $400 to a breeder, there would be no problem. Why is wildlife being sold anyway? The law isn’t against keeping these animals, it’s against keeping those not bought from a breeder. If there is proof the animal is under a vets care, why can’t someone like Palmer keep her little raccoon? Palmer explained, “The guy told us that it was best if we let her die at 4 days old out in the wild than to care for her.” Please add your signature to this petition if you believe Missouri law should be changed to allow Class I wildlife (mammals include raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, deer, foxes, weasels, badgers and armadillos) to be cared for and kept by individuals instead of letting injured animals or orphaned babies die. Palmer states it best: “What I am concerned about is our wildlife animals being left as babies out in the wild without a concern on their life and well being. People with this concern have lost their rights to help and love our outside wild life animals. And in doing so... the animals have lost their rights as well. The law on an animal being bought in order to be loved and cared for is inhumane. Please help to change the laws for our wild life animals.” Read more:  http://www.examiner.com/article/in-missouri-you-can-raise-wildlife-but-only-if-you-buy-from-breeder-petition See the Department of Conservation wildlife code here.  Photo courtesy of Tammy Palmer This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same. Please see updates under "News" section below.

Hand 4Paws
2,167 supporters
Protect a woman's constitutional right to choose

Thank you for taking the time to write me in support of a woman's right to determine her own reproductive care. A woman's personal private medical decision - regardless of what it is - should NOT involve an elected official. Period. The legislature's decision to overturn the Governor's veto on HB1307 last week is extremely upsetting. Along with many of my colleagues, we argued loud and passionately on the House floor during Veto Session in our efforts to "Stand With Missouri Women". I will keep fighting to keep the legislature OUT of our gynecology offices. You and I know, the GOP, under the direction of 2015 pre-elected Speaker of the House, Rep. John Diehl of St. Louis County - will continue pushing anti-women proposals as a means to further their extreme agenda. Keep standing with us. It will take a village to stop the Missouri GOP women nonsense but on behalf of our daughters and granddaughters - yours and mine. I pledge to you my complete and continued dedication on behalf of women's ability to make their own reproductive choices without the legislature interfering. Sincerely,

— Stacey Newman, State Representative
3 years ago
Vote no on HB 1124, the anti-Tesla Bill

First of all, I need to apologize for my late reply. I unfortunately broke my hip the last week of session which has slowed me down. But I thank you for your stance regarding HB1124 and the Tesla amendment. Please know that the Senate substitute with the amendment was reported back to the House on May 7th but was never brought up for a final vote before we adjourned on May 16th. Rest assured, this issue may come up next year but legislators have noted the public outcry. I expect a similiar result. I am opposed to the dirty trick of inserting a last minute Testa amendment that was done in very last days of session. A fair hearing is necessary for public opinion and transparency so I hope you join me in demanding such if we see efforts to restrict Tesla in 2015. You can count on me to oppose any such Tesla amendment or legislation in the future. Your voice truly matters. Sincerely,

— Stacey Newman, State Representative
3 years ago