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.
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]
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.
Grant my wounded veteran husband the benefits he deserves now!
Dear Elected Officials, We desperately need your help. This is about a hero’s dignity and respect. I am the wife of a US ARMY Staff Sargent. His name is Rafael Gutierrez. He retired from the Army last November with 22 years of active duty military service under his belt. He wasn’t planning on retirement, but he was found “Unfit for Duty” by the ARMY after being injured in theater. Even though his retirement date was Nov. 27, 2013, on February 6, 2014, he was told by someone at the Florida VA office that he still needs to wait anywhere from 2 to 15 more months to start receiving his pay. Add this to the months we’ve already been waiting. We were told at the time of retirement, that the entire process would take 45 days and we planned financially for 60, just in case. When we called the Florida VA, 71 days had passed. We were told his processing hadn’t even started and had to wait 2-15 MORE months because they were backed up. This was disheartening and EXTREMELY infuriating. We have 2 kids, 16 and 18, and our son is in the Autism Spectrum, anxiety, and depresion. The medications and medical appoitment co-pays are getting ridiculously high. WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER! Let me tell you about my husband, and why he is a HERO. SSG Gutierrez has been deployed and/or away from us so many times that of the 20 years we’ve been married, we’ve actually been “together” less than 15. Through his deployments he suffered from severe PTSD and constant headaches but was told that it would all “go away” with time, and did not receive treatment for either. This first started back in 2004. He VOLUNTEERED for his deployments. He could not sit by and watch in the News his military brothers & sisters fighting and barely getting by, and do nothing to help. Ask anyone who has served with him and they will testify to this. He knows damned well that in order for his family to be happy, they must be free, so he went and fought, as was his job, for the freedon of his, YOUR, our Country. You are reading this because of heroes like him who have always protected our rights. His last deployment was to Afghanistan. His headaches got progressively worse until one day he lost consciousness at the wheel of a Humvee. The vehicle was a total loss. He suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, back, hips, knees, and head. He was medically evacuated from Afghanistan to Germany on Oct 2009, from there he was sent to Ft Gordon, GA. They told him in Germany that they couldn’t perform the required tests. In GA he spent months seeing doctors but not given any physical therapy and was told not to exercise without medical supervision. This resulted on a man who previously weight a healthy 235 pounds with a 7% index body fat, accustomed to physical labor and exercise, to gain 75 pounds sitting in a room, taking medications that made him gain weight (he wasn’t receiving a medical/hospital diet and had to survive on take-out), waiting alone is a room for someone to do something and give him answers. Needless to say, none of this helped his already set and untreated PTSD and depresion. He was NOT a person. He was NOT treated as a hero, with respect. He was just another patient to fill with pills. Nobody gave a rat's behind. This resulted in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and worsening of the injuries mentioned above, still, no one attended the extra problem that weight gain represented. Of course, this led in more pills. It was a something out of a horror story. After a while, and by our request, they transferred him close to home to the Warrior Transition Battalion in Orlando. Having him home made a big difference, specially in his diet, but the weight caused by the medications wasn’t coming off. Still, it wasn’t being addressed. As to why he lost consciousness and the reason for the headaches, which had by now become severe migraines (about 5 per week, each lasting anywhere from 16 to 48 hours), no answers. We finally DID get an answer, 9 months AFTER the accident, at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, at Bethesda, MD, where he was finally examined extensively by a group of specialists. They discovered he had suffered 2 brain injuries during his first deployment to Iraq in 04 when he was told that everything would “go away,”and/or his vehicular accident in 09. After returning home, everything went back to private doctors prescribing pills. The communication between his doctors was so bad that he almost OVERDOSED and had to go through a week of cold turkey detox. The symptoms were ten times WORSE. This went on from 2009 to 2013 where he was hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Tampa for 3 weeks last September. There, his weight problem had finally reached an all-time danger high with diabetes. He was told once too many times that he was the most difficult case they’ve seen, because no matter what they tried, the migraines would not go away, and there was “nothing we can do.” He still has them. He needs help on daily simple things like driving, getting dressed, remembering his meds (over 15). He has trouble concentrating, remembering, getting organized; he still can’t exercise as before and he’s still dealing with losing weight. Since Tampa, he has finally been able to lose 40 pounds just by switching his medications and the times when they were taken. THIS is the DIFFERENCE that a CARING doctor makes. Needless to say, this has been a very disappointing journey. Once the military finally decided that he was unfit for duty, he was given his retirement date with a disability percentage of 90%. The VA gave him 100%. This brings us to the right-now. While we are still under the ARMY’s umbrella, waiting for the first VA check that was supposed to take 45 days from November 27, 2013, we’re being paid a lot less while, of course, still having the same expenses. Our emergency savings are gone, yet we still have to wait 2-15 more months?! I stay home for my soldier because he needs a 24/hr caregiver, he can’t hold a part time job for OBVIOUS reasons…what are we supposed to do while the people who are supposed to support their heroes the most just say “it will go away,” “there’s nothing we can do for your pain,” and “you have to wait” even longer? My husband has never been treated with the respect a wounded soldier deserves and now it has come to the unthinkable, we have to borrow money from relatives to pay for our kid’s graduation, braces, the normal simple stuff that goes on everyday like food, rent, utilities. Our electric service was discontinued twice since this all hit the fan. This is humiliating. God forbid we have a real emergency while living check to check, AFTER giving SO MUCH for this country. Guess what are the worst triggers for his migraines? Stress, high blood pressure, depression, anger, frustration. He’s back to the severity of when this all started years ago. YEARS! His progress is not only STALLED but REGRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously? This is why our government spent so much in trying to get him better? Paying medical expenses and hospitalizations through 5 years, just to go back to where we started ---- no, I'm sorry, WORSE than when he started. We are DONE waiting and going along with excuses. We DEMAND the respect and the benefits we deserve NOW, not in 15 months! We CAN’T wait, and we shouldn’t have to, but we can’t do it alone. We need the backup and the help from our elected officials; from YOU. How can we get my husband back his dignity? PLEASE HELP!! in desperate need, Gretchen Gutierrez …and remember…not all of our fallen heroes have passed away, the one that need us most are still among us. DON'T let them fall any deeper.
Pass Bill To Cover Workers Comp For Florida's First Responders Suffering From PTSD!
Our brother Stevie LaDue a city of Tampa Firefighter of 29 years was denied a workers compensation claim for mental injury and committed suicide and we are urging all Florida residents to contact your State Legislators to pass the following Bills: House Bill 227 proposed by Representative Willhite and Senate Bill 376 proposed by Senator Book allowing First Responders to file a Workers Compensation for mental injury not accompanied by a physical injury. Please sign this petition and email, write, or call your local State Representative and State Senator. Time is of the essence as these Bills are headed to committee in the next few weeks. Our goal is to prevent this from happening to another First Responder and their families before its too late. PLEASE FIGHT FOR CHANGE LIKE STEVIE'S SISTER MEGAN WATCH VIDEO HERE: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/first-responders-facing-a-growing-mental-health-crisis-from-years-of-seeing-the-unthinkable?autoplay=true
Stop the neglect of our children at noncompliant facilities which result in fatalities.
Dear Sir/Madam On August 7, 2017, at approximately 8 PM EST, just three years old and looking forward to celebrating his fourth birthday on August 22nd, Myles Hill was found deceased in the back of a childcare facility van. The child's family called the "Little Miracles Academy," which is one of two daycare facilities located in Orlando, Florida. After reporting to law enforcement possible neglect was involved, the horrendous discovery was made. According to USA TODAY sources; "Orlando Police Chief John Mina said 3-year-old Myles Hill spent all day in the van outside the Little Miracles Academy before he was discovered Monday night. Mina wouldn't say what charges the day care worker could face but says the worker has been cooperative. Detectives were awaiting autopsy results, but believe they will show the death was caused by the heat. Temperatures reached a high of 94-degrees Fahrenheit in Orlando on Monday. Temperatures inside a vehicle under the summer sun can rise much higher." UPDATE 8/12/17 (Driver/childcare employee arrested and charges filed. Several license violations were also reported by local sources.) Here lays the need for community empowerment by contacting local, state and federal lawmakers better monitor and enforce upgraded guidelines and stricter policies concerning daycare and child care centers not in compliance with federal, and state laws which govern how to better protect our children who are entrusted to the care of paraprofessionals, childcare workers. We are proposing our State Representatives lobby this Bill at the next legislative session in our State Capitol. The "Check For Myles" Law will include the following introductory points. A safeguard system to ensure child-care workers are held accountable; electronically. Transportation logs upgraded to electronic systems, accessible by participating child care sites and monitored by supervisors. A "3" Step system of checks and balances. Ex: "Children are transported from one facility to another facility, owned and operated under the same daycare license. Physical head-count will be conducted before loading passengers after passengers are seated and before passengers are unloaded." Transportation vehicles must be equipped with dash cams and alerts which are activated only after the "responsible party" has physically inspected the vehicle's seats and floors and depressed a monitor which alerts base that an inspection has been completed and the worker must recheck vehicle, crawl spaces, bathrooms, or any areas which may become a "hiding space," for a child. Furthermore, inspection checks should be executed at two-four hour intervals to ensure accountability and a lesser opportunity for stricter monitoring. We propose that state funding is allocated for those facilities upgrading or installing security alarms in vehicles, (alerting facility if log out and head count have not been properly logged in.) We also propose temporary child care facilitation for those displaced children due to facilities in noncompliance and shut down as the result of. Respectfully, Tina M. Wilson-Author/Moderator/Spokesperson Jazmin Walls-Visionary/Organizer/Spokesperson Chiel Banks (Mother of Myles Hill)
Save the Bayview Cross
Recently The US District Court of Northern Florida ruled that The Cross at Bayview Park was unconstitutional due to it's placement on public lands. I'm starting this petition to attempt to rescue the Bayview Cross or, at the very least, voice displeasure at this ruling. This cross stood as a monument and staple of Pensacola for nearly 50 years and not once was it ever seen as a symbol or "message to Non-Christians in the community, that they're not welcome." Even if you disagree with that and still see it as a religious symbol, I mean it is a giant cross after all, you must see the historical and significance of the monument and why it must be preserved. Don't let 4 people, of whom 2 now reside in Canada, decide what's right for The City of Pensacola.
Stop Florida's Free Kill Law
The Florida Wrongful Death Act (Florida Statutes 768.16-768.26) otherwise known as "Florida's Free Kill Law". This law protects doctors from being responsible for their malpractice. Basically the law states, if you are not a spouse or a child under the age of 25, you can not file a medical malpractice claim of a loved one's death. This affects your parents, brother's, sister's, and children. Over half of the State of Florida is affected by this law. Almost every college student, elderly etc. Anyone unwed/childless(or with children over the age of 25) is affected. What level of care are Floridians receiving? The doctor's know they can sweep your loved ones death under the rug, without consequence. My Fathers case (in brief): My dad went into the hospital following a fall and had a fractured bone. He had surgery to place screws into the fracture. That surgery went well. During his physical therapy, he would become dizzy. The hospital determined he needed a triple bypass. He waited for almost a week for the surgery. his surgery was bumped for emergency cases. On the day of his surgery...I was never notified (the hospital had my number and knew I would come straight there because I visited everyday). When I arrived at the hospital, I was told the doctor had failed to see my dad was put on blood thinners and had slight bleeding. Come to find out in his records, he had massive interoperative bleeding requiring 15 units of blood that day. He survived that mistake. No one in the hospital would talk to me. I struggled to find anyone who would answer questions. After days, I sat at the hospital and refused to leave until I spoke with my dads surgeon(who would never speak to me). He had very little to say. Claiming my dad had basically a quadruple bypass which his surgical needs outweighed the blood thinner issue. Hmmmm....if he was such an emergency case why bump his surgery days prior for emergency cases? (per autopsy...the doctor only did a double and closed him up but billed for a triple). After the breathing tube was removed my dad could no longer swallow. My dad and myself plead for some sort of iv nutrition as he was starving. The hospital told my dad he needed to make an effort to eat, and they put him on an appetite stimulant. They denied us TPN which is IV nutrition. But he coughed and vomited up every time he tried to drink or eat. 10 days went by. No one would listen. His mouth was so dry that he had dry skin built up so bad it looked like scales. Finally a nurse heard our pleas (it is documented in his records) and she had a swallow test ordered. He failed the test and they finally admitted he could not swallow and was aspirating everything. They were literally starving him to death. We thought our prayers were answered when they agreed to place a feeding tube as my dad was starving (can you imagine having massive bleeding and being denied nutrition to heal)? Abuse. Unfortunately, when they placed the feeding tube...they punctured my dads bowel (lied about it..but it is documented in his records). He went septic and bled to death days later in front of me. I called for help. It took someone over an hour to come clean him. I had to grab towels to stack at the edge of the bed to keep the blood from pouring all over the floor. I have photos, video, detailed logs of who I spoke with in the hospital etc. I watched my dad bleed to death from his rectum and stomach where the feeding tube was (btw, the feeding tube never worked...so my dad went without nutrition from Nov 10th to the day he died on Dec 7th). The hospital also performed surgeries I was never told about or documented, performed CPR which I was never told and is not documented (per his autopsy). The cover up in this case is ridiculous. The hospital denied me an autopsy but one was performed for FREE for me by the medical examiner because the hospital failed to report my dads death which they found strange. My dads death was ruled "ACCIDENTAL". He is also listed as a John Doe even though they had all the info. His body was taken by a "funeral director" for cremation....yet he would ignore my calls and emails. I had to get Tallahassee involved to find my dad's body. It took me almost two months to get him back for burial. He was delivered in a plywood box nailed shut, not cremated. I had asked prior if I could view his body to make sure it was him since he was missing. I was denied. A Military Honors funeral in a plywood box. Unreal. My dad was a Sergeant in Vietnam. AHCA investigated Florida Hospital Waterman and they were found in several violations. Yet, this does nothing to hold the people at fault responsible. My dad's death was not accidental.....he was killed by gross negligence and corporate cover ups. Despite all the physical proof that I have, I can not hold the hospital responsible. Every lawyer tells me I have a case..but due to this clause, they can not help me. The doctors/hospital got away with murder. They tried to cover it up. They need to be held responsible. How do these doctors live with themselves? Has this become so normal in their everyday care of patients....that it doesn't even phase them? How many more families have to suffer? How many more nightmares do I need to endure? How many families are experiencing this same thing? Let's try and make a change. I will not stop. I made that promise to my father as he took his last breath. We need to protect our family members. Florida is the only state with the type of statute. It is unconstitutional. Doctor's must be held accountable for their actions and especially, cover ups. Ways you can help: 1)Sign my petition 2) Go to: https://www.dadsdaisies.org/emailflgovt and ask for support of the new bill House Representative John Cortes is sponsoring to end this statute. This is a form email that will automatically ask for support to every House Representative and Senator in the United States. We must get this bill passed in order to protect our loved ones. Thank You
The Dunn Law
A disabled man, Jamel Dunn from Cocoa, Florida in Brevard county, came up missing and was discovered to have drowned in a pond. Several days later a video of teenagers between the ages of 14-16 was posted on Facebook of the teens recording his death while he was struggling to live and breathe. They found it entertaining and watched a man while he drowned to death. To make matters worse, they mocked him, cussed at him, and told him that they would not help him as he begged and cried for help and took his last breaths. The entire time this was taking place, they were filming this. They had no regard to help or to even call for help. The Cocoa Police Department was unable to charge them because they say there is no legal obligation to help someone who is dying. The family is asking that there be a Dunn Law to be put in place in the event one purposely records the death of an individual and does nothing to attempt to call for help. Which they should be held accountable by a court of law and that it be a punishable offense, a crime, to stand around and do something so; appalling, awful, cruel, detestable, disgusting, dreadful, heinous, hideous, offensive, shameful, shocking, terrible, terrifying, ungodly, unholy, and unkind. The entire community is outraged and disgusted by what those teens did by just standing by, recording, and mocking someone as he begged for his life to be saved. And even more horrendous the fact that they will not be charged. Please consider helping to have this idea to be passed as a law and examined by the Florida government. Fund raiser: https://www.gofundme.com/nd4cvm-long-lived-jamel-dunn Learn more here: http://nypost.com/2017/07/20/oh-he-just-died-disturbing-video-shows-teens-mocking-drowning-man/