Florida's Gulf Coast is Dying! Millions of Dead Fish, Sea Turtles, Manatees and Dolphins!
We are witnessing the death of our entire ecosystem. First to die were the fish: smaller fish first then medium sized and all the way up to 250 lb Goliath Groupers. (Endangered) Then went the endangered sea turtles: first the newly hatched babies and now the adults. Then the sharks began to die: from harmless nurse sharks all the way up to whale sharks. (1st ever recorded whale shark to die from this.) Then the manatees started dying: another of our endangered species. (With the body count nearing the thousand's.) Now the dolphins are washing up on shore and the birds have disappeared. The convergence of four unique harmful blooms, including the deadly Cyanobacteria resulting from unfiltered toxic water being released en masse into the ocean from Lake Okeechobee, are killing Florida’s endangered coastal marine life, including large mammals, faster than the bulldozers can haul away the endless mountains of dead carcasses lining the beaches that reappear daily for hundreds of miles. We demand that Governor Rick Scott take immediate and drastic action to ensure this #ToxicTide never happens again. Sign and share today to tell Governor Scott to join 22 other states in creating an action plan to tackle harmful blooms. We are witnessing the collapse of our entire ecosystem and we will not sit idly by and do nothing, so today we stand together and fight back to #SaveFL! We fight back for our fish. We fight back for our manatees. We fight back for our dolphins. We fight back for our turtles. We fight back for our families. We fight back for our way of health and our way of life. Today we say ‘No More Death’ and we fight back to #SaveFL from the #ToxicTide! Many reports claim that this is merely a naturally occurring Red Tide, that it’s not a serious public safety issue and that it has nothing to do with human pollution – this is false. The government and some media outlets are trying to sweep this under the rug and lull you into a false sense of safety. In reality, we are under attack from four unique blooms, two of which are toxic: Red Tide, Cyanobacteria, Brown Seaweed and Red Seaweed. These combine to create the perfect recipe for the toxic soup that is decimating our marine life, sending people to the hospital, causing permanent neurological and immunological damage to many of our most vulnerable loved ones, and causing human death in some instances. Conditions are so dangerous and critical that Governor Rick Scott issued a State of Emergency to attempt to “combat” the toxic blooms. However, declaring a State of Emergency does nothing to address the root issues of agricultural runoff from Florida’s Big Sugar industry, Radioactive Phosphorus Mining, lack of oversight for septic-tank use, fertilizer use by resorts and golf courses, and the warming waters of climate change (a term Governor Rick Scott banned government employees and agencies from using) contributing to this life-threatening situation. That is why Governor Scott needs to follow the lead of 22 other states, like New York and Michigan, by creating an immediate action plan to address the destruction of our environment and mitigate the causes of toxic blooms in Florida’s priority waterbodies. The State of Emergency temporarily halted the release of water from Lake Okeechobee, but that only lasted until people changed the channel. The toxic water releases began again to the tune of 1 billion gallons a day refueling the #ToxicTide as it continues to spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the coast, creating a massive Dead Zone that will likely take the better part of this century to heal. On Sanibel Island beach alone, as of 8/12/18 they have collected over 276 TONS of dead marine life in just under two weeks. This is one of hundreds of such beaches. For the future health of Florida’s marine life and residents, sign and share today to tell Governor Scott to act now to establish an action plan for harmful toxic blooms. WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN! Please fight back by signing and spread the message far and wide so the world can see what’s happening and then join us on social media for a front row seat to the legal showdown. @FLNaturekeepers across all platforms.
Prison for the men who laughed as they tortured a shark in Florida
This is regarding a video circulating the internet, where a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water dragged a shark around and laughed at its distress. This sociopathic behavior demands attention and prevention. This act of violence was in fact a criminal act. We as the people summon Palmetto, FL man Michael Robert Wenzel, born June 07, 1996, and his accomplices in this video to 1,000 community service hours. These 1,000 community service hours will be held under the supervision of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They will use that time to teach these men to treat our Florida wildlife with respect. Scheduling may involve either 125 days lasting 8 hours long, or as determined the FWC, given that it equals 1,000 hours and is completed within a year. Wenzel and his accomplices will pay for any costs associated. This may include hiring outside trainers and educators, on-the-clock hours, gasoline expenses, etc. We also demand that everyone in this video has their fishing licenses revoked permanently. We the people also request that Florida lawmakers pass a bill making this kind of animal torture a second-degree felony. We also demand that these people be punished for their crimes of animal abuse. This punishment should consist of jail time in addition to community service. [ Updates - 28 July, 2017 ] This act of violence is criminal per the Florida statute Chapter 828. We expect charges to be pressed as per law. The public is growing more concerned as no charges have been pressed yet. 828.12 section 2 states that a person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. s. 775.082 covers a wide variety of punishments, including imprisonment. We the people demand that Michael Wenzel and his accomplices be charged with animal abuse and arrested. The delay in action is causing the public to lose faith in the justice system. We expect to see these men arrested for crimes they have committed. Hyperlink - reference to story: http://wtfflorida.com/news-articles/boaters-drag-tormented-shark-around-laughing/
Help Stop the innocent Baby Sea Turtles from DYING in FLORIDA!Light Pollution is Dangerous
After hatching, baby sea turtles head to the brightest light they see. Under normal conditions this instinct directs them to the moon which in turn leads the turtles to the ocean. However, artificial lights (Light Pollution) from beachfront houses will confuse the turtles and cause them to head in the wrong direction. When these turtles head away from the ocean and to artificial lights, they lose their chance of survival. To prevent sea turtle deaths caused by light confusion, light ordinances in nearby Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach require that beachfront houses must turn off all lights when sea turtles are hatching. Failure to comply results in fines. Ordinances like these prevent thousands of sea turtle deaths each year. Unfortunately, my community of Atlantic Beach does not have this city ordinance. I have seen the effects of this firsthand. I have seen the bodies of baby sea turtles eaten alive by crabs. They never had a chance at life all because homeowners did not turn off their lights during hatching. This becomes all the more frustrating because there is a simple solution to end the tragedy. We demand the city of Atlantic Beach, Florida to implement a mandatory sea turtle protection light ordinance, including enforcement, equal to those in neighboring Jacksonville and Neptune Beach. The ordinance is needed to protect the endangered and threatened sea turtles who use Atlantic Beach to nest and hatch a vital new generation. Help me get the word out and give these little babies a fighting chance to live -- sign and share the petition today.
Ban styrofoam in Florida
Containers made of polystyrene foam (styrofoam) never fully break down. Every single piece of polystyrene ever manufactured is still out there today, harming wildlife and our environment. Whether or not you live in Florida, this affects us all. With 1,350 miles of coastline, it is our duty to protect the ocean we all enjoy so much. Tell the governor to support a statewide ban on polystyrene.
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]
Repeal amendment 13 ( ban greyhound racing)
Hello, I am starting this petition to repeal amendment 13. The reason being, this amendment has to many hidden agendas. This amendment is more than just banning dog racing. Please take the time to hear me out. This amendment will not benefit dogs. Banning the dog racing is going to ensure thousands of dogs a death sentence. Little does everyone know is how much Grey hound racing has changed over the past 20 years. These dogs are not treated near as bad as everyone makes you believe (with that being said there is always bad apples in every bunch) Most of the owners trainers & caregivers love and cherish these dogs. They are let out in groups to socialize and play, consistently exercised and handled, when they are in kennels, they are in a/c. The dogs are fed a better diet then most our dogs in our own homes. And these dogs LOVE to run. If they didn’t want to run they wouldn’t. This is a game to them. After this admendment goes though there are going to be hundreds to thousands of people without jobs. There are also thousands of dogs that are being thrown in shelters and most likely put to sleep due to the influx. The dog breed with become obselete and the breed itself will become endangered, maybe even extinct, or worse the breeding of this dog will become unregulated and one of the healthiest breeds will lose the status and the overall health of this breed will decline. Also take into consideration that since this amendment passed it will continue to progress further on in this order: First, they ban the greyhound races. Then, they’ll come for the hunters and working dogs( police,hearders,cutting). The fisherman. The farmers. The horses and horse shows and racing. And finally, they’ll come for the loyal dog sitting at your feet. Because that’s been their endgame this whole time. And we just held the door wide open. please consider signing this petition to end amendment 13 and save the sport and the breed.
Help Protect Our Florida Manatees - Enforce the Use of Propeller Guards on Boats!
According to savethesea.org, over 100 manatees on average are killed each year, and much more are injured or deformed. Mortality rates have been climbing, up to 200 per year. The manatee population has been rapidly declining and has now been placed on the endangered species list. But there is a way to help prevent this. We could use propeller guards. Propeller guards shield the propeller of a boat and are relatively inexpensive. They allow time for the manatee and other sea creatures to get out of the way and protect them from sharp propeller blades, saving countless animals. If we could enforce the law to use propeller guards, at least on rental crafts, driven by inexperienced boaters, we could preserve manatees and other sea life for generations to come! My friends and I, The Sea Warriors, would like to champion a law requiring rental boat companies to equip all rental boats with propeller guards, preventing inexperienced boaters from injuring sea life. Your signature on our petition would be greatly appreciated! You can also visit our website at manateewarriors.webs.com.
Allow Pets in Florida Breweries!
Recently breweries across the State of Florida started receiving notice from the Department of Health that they are not allowed to have dogs inside their brewery. We consider this is a small minded authoritarian approach since it has nothing to do with public health. Dogs have been a part of breweries since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and so far no one has suffered any kind of ailment as a result. We have welcomed pets for over 7 years and now people will have to leave their 4 legged family member at home when they come in to our brewery or any other brewery in the State. Please contact your state legislator and encourage them to pass dog friendly legislation so that people can continue to enjoy having their four legged family members join them at their favorite brewery, winery, distillery or pub http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx.
Turn the Tide!!
STOP "FEEDING" the RED TIDE!!
The local residents and business owners of the entire FLORIDA WEST COAST are tired of being told our Gulf Waters are experiencing an occurrence, called Red Tide. While Red Tide does naturally occur in our Gulf Waters, it HAS NOT been a constant occurrence in the past. NOW.....The constant contaminates of chemicals, sewage, agricultural run off ( Lake Okeechobee) and oils, being dumped into our Gulf Waters only "feeds" the growth of Red Tide as it gets closer to our shoreline. We need this to STOP! NOW! The very air we breathe is being compromised and making many fall ill after a visit to our beaches. The smell has traveled inland into our homes. The natural inhabitants of our Gulf waters are dead. Our children can not enjoy the beach. Our busineses, failing. Our home values decreasing. Our economy suffers. More and more people state everytime they come here, there is Red Tide! This is horrible! "When are they going to do something about this?" Even those within a mile feel the effects of the toxins produced by Red Tide. Visitors canceling their visits. We have to stay inside to breathe in some locations. Our canals and bays are green, dead fish lie everywhere and the smell continues to get worse. There are maggots on our beaches, our Gulf is red. Dolphins, manatees, turtles.....dead. Years and years of research and documentation and NOW we have RED TIDE for almost a year!! This isn't the past....this is the NOW! Please help us get help to Turn the Tide on the West Coast of Florida! We ask for your help to CLEAN UP OUR WATER! We need our government officials to stop allowing our GULF WATERS to be filled with ToXIns!!!!! (excess nutrients) Florida Government Officials must act NOW !! https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/project/karenia-brevis-nutrient-dynamics-eastern-gulf-mexico/ https://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/how-red-tide-is-measured-and-misleadingly-contextualized-for-the-public/ Peer Reviewed and Published Scientific Cause of Red TideJuly 29, 2018 by appprecautionaryhttps://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/red-tide-blooms-influenced-by-urea-nitrogen-run-off-into-gulf-of-mexico-waters/ http://www.ncf-net.org/forum/2009fall2.htm http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/truth-about-red-tides-manmade-causes-and-health-effects http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2016/10/01/epa-plans-to-allow-unlimited-dumping-of-fracking-wastewater-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/ https://mote.org/news/article/donation-allows-mote-to-expand-red-tide-research-in-boca-grande http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/27000_abandoned_oil_and_gas_we.html www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2330169/#!po=71.9512
Don't Charge SunPass Users When Your System Is Down
Since June 1, the SunPass customers have not been able to see their transactions because the system was down. We use these toll roads for work, vacation, school, church and other places. Some of us who depend on the SunPass to collect tolls for work are not able to get the transaction activity to get reimbursed from our employers. Now when the system goes back and running again, it's going to be a huge bill for people that have been using SunPass since June 1. Some of us have auto pay on our accounts. Why should we, the SunPass customers, have to pay for tolls while the system was down when it was the fault of Conduent and SunPass? We deserve to have a break from the tolls while your system was down and should not have to pay for the tolls! I am requesting that you waive all tolls from when the system was down and make Conduent responsible and have THEM pay for the tolls!