United States Department of the Interior
United States Department of the Interior
Mass Killing of 45,000 Wild Horses Recommended -
Tell Congress and the Administration NO!
The mass killing of 45,000 wild horses and burros could become reality if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has its way. On September 9, 2016 the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended killing of captured wild horses and burros as an “emergency” measure. The agency wants to clear the holding pens so that it can round up 40,000 more wild horses and burros from their homes on the range. Hours before the recommendation, the BLM cancelled cruel sterilization experiments on wild mares amidst growing public outrage and a barrage of lawsuits. Now the agency is focusing on mass killing of these national icons, but can only do so if Congress and the Administration authorize this lethal and heartless plan. The American people will not stand for this. Tell the Administration and Congress that we want our wild horses and burros protected and preserved on our public lands, not rounded up and killed or sold for brutal slaughter.
Stop the Auctioning of Wayne National Forest for Oil
It started with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We have proven that through peaceful protest, we can fight back against fracking, which can destroy wildlife, poison water sources, and even push forward climate change. Even so, companies silently continue to push fracking in other areas, Even a national forest. Wayne National Forest is located in Southeastern Ohio. Among rare plants and abundant wildlife, a large portion of the Wayne runs along the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to over 5 million people. This forest is still in danger of fracking, however. The United States Bureau of Land Management is holding an auction to lease off 1,600 acres of the forest with special interest to oil companies. These companies will drill wells, extract oil, and leave once the lease is up. But that is still enough time to leak into the Ohio River, poisoning millions of people, just like the DAPL risked. We cannot let this auction move forward. We, a group of Ohioans, are going to present the BLM with 33 files of protest, one for each parcel of land being auctioned, no later than November 14th, 2016. Our goal with this petition is to express the gravity of this situation in order to avoid a large-scale protest similar to the DAPL Protests. We cannot risk the rare plants, wildlife, or quality of water for even more fracking.
KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!
Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses. In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Stop Christopher Columbus Landing Resort and Designate a Natural Reserve
Sign this petition to STOP CONSTRUCTION of the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort until PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE FULLY RENEWED through an ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER from THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO to P.R's PLANNING BOARD and CARIBBEAN MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. We oppose the construction of a coastal mega hotel-residential complex, which consists of 121-acres, 300 room hotel with a 17,000 square foot casino, convention center, 160 condo-hotel units, 240 apartment condominium, and 100 residential villas. The complex covers nearly 4,000 feet of the coastline of Playuela, a significant part of an already-working Ecological Corridor in Northwest Puerto Rico, Municipality of Aguadilla. Construction operations started last October 31st, 2016 on urban-free lands ("Suelos Rústicos") that should be maintained free from urbanization. This land category is established in the Land Use Plan of the Puerto Rico Planning Board (pags 140-151, 2015). This is also true for the Municipality Territorial Ordinance. Developers vaguely justify urbanization here under the Law of Tourism Development, arguing that the project will have little ecological impact and brings economy. In fact, because of this law, developers applied for tax forgiveness and they won't even pay Municipal taxes for this construction project. Environmental groups argue this economic model is highly unsustainable, only benefiting specific-private construction and real estate business owners, promoting social inequity, and environmental degradation/conflicts. These lands hold great biodiversity of fauna and flora. Species interact with the urban-free environment to form a Sustainable Paradise with up to five distinct ecosystems. This provides a sense of place to the people. Several protected species of corals, manatees, hawksbill turtles, boas (potentially), birds, and native palm trees depend on Land & Sea Ecological Integrity and would benefit from conservation and restoration efforts. Also, this area hosts four of the most recognized surf breaks, not just by Puerto Rico, but also by the international surfing community. These are: “El Mix”, “Wishing Wells”, “Pressure Point”, and “Wilderness”. South of this site are other world class breaks like “Gas Chambers” and “Crash Boats”, and North "Surfers Beach", "Table Tops", "PR's Backdoor", and "Survivals". To complete the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort it is required the construction of an extended sewage pipeline system damaging underground aquifers. Increasing the capacity of a nearby-river sewage treatment plant is also required. Curious enough, the project was sold to investors as a Beach Front Hotel Complex. Now we know, this propaganda was an OAX! The project engineer admitted a sandy beach will not be constructed. Nevertheless, significant threats of habitat loss and scenery degradation remains. Natural-intrinsic coastal values are essential sustainable-assets for the local economy, attracting tourists to Aguadilla, Rincón, Isabela and other Northwest Municipalities of PR. Many existing hotels, hostels, and guest houses in the area benefit from these resources. However, it is an undeniable truth that the natural space is poorly managed, being affected by illegal trash deposits, sewage disposal, and eroding trails. To consolidate our cause we are developing counter-proposals to designate these lands as a series of Surfing/Natural Reserves and develop a Management Plan for the Ecological Corridor. These are strategic investments that can be done to develop sustainable economies like Eco-Tourism and ensure the coherent implementation of the Land Use Plan to be in concordance with the sustainability needs of Puerto Rico's socio-economic and socio-ecological systems. ACT NOW!!! DEMAND RENEWAL OF PUBLIC HEARINGS, an appropriate forum and level of discussion where the destiny of Playuela's Beauty and Value can be changed for GOOD! For More Information, Click Here!
STOP the EXTERMINATION OF OVER 45,000 Wild Horses and Burros and Restore their Protections
The Fate of 45,000 Wild Horses and Burros remains under Threat of EXTERMINATION pending BLM decision TBA spring 2017. Meanwhile status quo BLM practices leave horses with no real protection from killing or slaughter. We must TAKE ACTION and STAND TOGETHER to STOP this looming Genocidal Atrocity - Before it's too late. On Sept 9, 2016, the single action, by vote of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Advisory Board, has recommended EXTERMINATING over 45,000 innocent wild American Mustangs and Burros who have been brutally rounded up and are currently held wrongly under encampment. And through word of mouth, that one action brought the world to an outrage. But a subsequent flurry of media reports were quick to headline false positive results for the threatened 45,000 horses and burros, which has in effect now strengthened an apparent ongoing BLM cover up. With a closer look beyond the headlines we find that the Fate of 45,000 Wild Horses and Burros remains under Threat of EXTERMINATION, pending a formal BLM decision TBA spring 2017. Meanwhile status quo BLM practices leave horses with no real protection from killing or slaughter. There are over 200 million acres of rangelands in the U.S. where these horses could roam freely, but they are quickly being eliminated by the same governmental agencies that claim to protect them. Unless action is taken, America’s wild equids will continue to vanish – a potentially catastrophic scenario for generations to come. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to protect, care and feed these animals and we want their freedom and federal protection to be restored on the range. We urge the support of comprehensive and science based solution oriented rangeland management, maintenance and restoration of America’s wild horses and burros to our rangelands as part of the natural ecosystem. We want the government to model reverence and recognition of their indigenous heritage to North America and their inherent abilities to compliment the natural environment as a native species. We cannot allow the dangerous and violent expulsion of America’s Mustangs from our lands. Through this petition and the Saving America's Horses initiative we will expose the systemic corruption that has left virtually worthless the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which is supposed to protect horses and burros. We can stop the killing and reverse the degradation to open rangelands caused by BLM mismanagement, and restore the protections needed for our horses and burros, but we must act swiftly, get the true facts to the masses to effect the change that's needed. We must stand together to put an end to the scandalous mistreatment of these sentient beings and extend a circle of compassion to all living things. Please take action now by signing this petition and and sharing it with your friends.
Preserve Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
Preserve Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. Utah HCR 12, the Concurrent Resolution Urging Federal Legislation to Reduce the Boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is an archaic and illogical assault on one of the crown jewels of America’s National Monuments and an economic threat to the gateway communities of the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Our elected officials have made factually ungrounded assertions on the impact of the Monument, while turning their back on the vibrant and growing industries that represent the key future of Utah’s growing economy. The facts tell a very different story, and represent what those of us living in these communities know - the Monument has been very good for all of us. The Presidential Proclamation & Antiquities Act provide a clear mandate -- to protect the myriad historic & scientific resources on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. To meet this objective, the Monument will be managed according to two basic principles. First and foremost, the Monument will remain protected in its primitive, frontier state, ensuring the remote, undeveloped nature of this landscape remain for generations to come. Second, the Monument will serve as an outdoor laboratory, providing scientific & educational opportunities to study biological & earth sciences, prehistoric life & environments, archaeology & pioneer history (GSENM Management Plan - 2000). · The economic benefits of the designation of Grand Staircase-Escalante have improved property values, household income and per capita income within Garfield County. “Garfield County's average annual real per capita personal income growth …surpassed Utah's average throughout the 2000s (1.34% vs. 1.15%), and outperformed Utah's average over the 6 year period of the last decade, 2010-2015 (2.86% vs. 2.15%)” (Bureau of Economic Analysis, n.d.). · The overall investments in the communities of the Garfield County since 1996 have been directly connected to the designation of the Monument. · Our vibrant, growing businesses and quality of life are dependent upon the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument remaining intact as designated in 1996, · The Monument has not negatively impacted local high schools’ enrollment. Bryce Valley and Panguitch High Schools’ enrollments remain steady, therefore, Escalante High School must be experiencing more complex pressures leading to the declining enrollment (Garfield County School District, 2016) · The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is part of America’s Conservation Lands and belongs to all people, not Utahans alone · The boundaries of the Monument were thoughtfully and scientifically designated with community input in 1997 (US Government Publishing Office, 1997) · Grazing on Grand Staircase-Escalante is currently managed by rules and regulations that predate the Monument, thus claims of the negative impact of the Monument on traditional grazing on public land are false (US Bureau of Land Management, 1999). · Actions by the State of Utah to attack the designations of National Monuments have already had serious economic impacts to the 8.12 billion dollar tourist industry (Alberty, 2017). · Extractive industries are in decline all over the United States, with two major facilities shutting down due to economic impracticality in West Virginia and Arizona (Dennis & Mufson, 2017). We, the people implore our elected officials to cease all efforts to diminish the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument until such time that any factual data is presented indicating that such an act would substantially benefit the citizens of the state of Utah and the United States over and above the current boundaries. The Bill: HCR12 Dennis, D., Muffson,S. (2017, 14 Feb). The West’s largest coal-fired power plant is closing. Not even Trump can save it. The Washington Post Garfield County School District. (2016).145 E Center St, Panguitch, UT 84759 (435) 676-8821 Southern Utah Oral History Project. (2011). Jayne Belnap. Retrieved from US Government Publishing Office Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project. Bureau of Economic Analysis United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management. (1999) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument approved management plan. The Monument Plan
Save our Wild Mustangs, our proud living legacy! America won't be "GREAT" without them!
America's wild horse are under attack! The costly and cruel Federal program seeks to wipe out wild horses from our public land and our national legacy. In 1971, the Wild Free-Roaming horses and burros act was adopted: the Congress realized these iconic animals were fast disappearing and they acted unanimously to save them when they were only 25,000 left... BUT now, the BLM only allows a maximum of 27,000 Wild horses and Burros while there is 1 million livestock. 8 times more federally managed land is authorized for livestock grazing than wild horses. This livestock grazing cost $500 million per year to taxpayers while only 3% of America' Beef supply comes from these cattle... 70 % of the Bureau of Land Management's budget is spent on roundups and stockpiling while less than 1% is spent of fertility control and keeping horses on the range. Over 45,000 of the animals are stockpiled in government holding facilities. Now, with the new administration in place at the White House, those wild horses are in more danger than ever: in September 2016 already, the BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board recommended that the horses now in holding facilities be killed. After an uproar, the previous government maintained that the agency will "continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros" and will "not sell or send any animals to slaughter." However, Trump’s agricultural advisory team includes two members who have long worked toward that end: Oklahoma state senator Eddie Fields, author of a bill that overturned a 50-year-old ban on horse slaughter for human consumption, and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who signed the Fields bill into law. My goal with this petition is to protect America’s wild horses and burros by stopping the federal government’s systematic elimination of these national icons from our public lands, as well as to reassigned the BLM budget to focus on fertility control and adoption. It’s not too late to act to save the Mustangs! America certainly won't be "Great again" without them!
Petition the BIA and FBI to Honor Article 1 of the 1868 Treaty to protect Tribal Members
The U.S. Government Has a Responsibility to protect tribal members & Land as per the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty!... Federal and Treaty law are equal! Ones doesn't Trump (over ride) over the other! The BIA and the FBI are obligated to protect all Tribes, Tribal members and Tribal land including treaty territories. This is established in Article 1 of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. We request an intervention from the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) To stop Corporate Security Guards and out of state police (Militia) from their involvement of the DAPL issue! Also to cap off the aggression of the Governor of North Dakota and the Sheriff of Morton County! It is YOUR responsibility to protect us! ARTICLE I.From this day forward all war between the parties to this agreement shall for ever cease. The government of the United States desires peace, and its honor is hereby pledged to keep it. The Indians desire peace, and they now pledge their honor to maintain it. If bad men among the whites, or among other people subject to the authority of the United States, shall commit any wrong upon the person or property of the Indians, the United States will, upon proof made to the agent, and forwarded to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington city, proceed at once to cause the offender to be arrested and punished according to the laws of the United States, and also reimburse the injured person for the loss sustained. This is the “Clause” from the United States Constitution Article 6, Clause 2 that supports the treaty! Over State Governments! The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied. Even state constitutions are subordinate to federal law. As you are aware there is a situation growing on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that boarders both North and South Dakota. The Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) has vowed to stop the Black Snake (DAPL) from destroying our water and crossing our Treaty Land. Today there are thousands of defenders who have come to pray with us and stand with us. Actors, Political leaders, even whole City’s L.A., Seattle has sent in letters of support, Over 500 Tribal Nations, organizations, from here and around the world have spoken out in our support including the United Nations and the Pope. Only to land in deaf ears! The Governor of North Dakota and his Police Department continue to mount up false accusations and false charges against the defenders, from attack dogs, to vigilante Corporate Security guard’s. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department have stated they will be escalating their war tactics and become more "proactive" in stopping those of us on the frontlines from protecting Sacred Water by killing the Black Snake. Jack Dalyrmple, the Governor of North Dakota has shares in DAPL and is invested personally. (Conflict of interest) This politician is using the armed police as his personal army to protect his money! We call on him and the police to cease and desist in this terrorism against unarmed indigenous people upholding our duty to protect our water and land. Oceti Sakowin, (Sioux Nation) Standing Rock encampment needs your help! Call the Morton County Sheriff’s Office at 701-667-3330 and tell them to stop creating a situation of intense danger against the people. What do they expect will happen? Do they think we will just pack up and leave? Because of winter? That’s not going to happen! We are used to surviving with little or nothing! This is our normal! We can and will out survive the elements. The Governor and his Sheriff are trying their best to escalate this situation so they can justify violence against the defenders. They need to be stopped before someone gets hurt! When that happens don’t expect us to turn and run! That’s not going to happen. We are Lakota’s! We have vowed to stop this and we will! Through prayer! As you may have heard in the news the U.S. Court of Appeals Rules against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Case! This will not stop us! This fight should be based on our treaty and fought in the Courts! We have nothing to lose! And everything to gain! We have made our stand and we will hold our ground! As the world watches! In closing I will ask all of you to look into your hearts and souls and ask yourself is this right or wrong! Then pick up your phones, send E-mails whatever you have to do to stop this from escalating to the next level! We all drink water! Without it we will die! We will! Continue to stand our ground! We have no other choice. “Wocekiye gluha naunjinpelo.. Okicizecinpehantas, Okicizewicunkupektelo” ~ United Urban Warrior Society ~
MAKE DECLAWING CATS ILLEGAL IN THE US
Stop the declawing of these poor cats! As a result of declawing these poor a min also are in a state of constant pain for the rest of their lives...nails are removed for the bed of the paw leaving a cat not only in terrible pain..but also forever defenceless. It's a wicked cruel and selfish act! Cats are natural hunters and need their claws for numerous reason...mainly as they are apart of their annotomy! People who wish to declaw these poor animals should never own a cat! It's selfish and cruel. These people need to own a goldfish! Cats are pets...NOT TROPHYS OR ORNAMENTSTO MAKE YOUR HOME PRETTY! PLEASE SIGN THIS AND GET THIS BABARIC PRACTISE OUTLAWED IN THE US...AS IT IS IN THE UK. Declawed cats often end up in shelters ect as a result of this cruel act..as behaviour issues start to rise such as urinating in the home...and becoming constantly stressed due to the constant pain they feel. This needs to stop. IT IS NOT FAIR. PLEASE GET BEHIND THIS WORTHY CAUSE AND SIGN SIGN SIGN! HELP SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL LOVING FURRY COMPANIONS FOR THIS CRUEL CRUEL PROCEDURE!
Help Save The Old Ridge Route Road
The Old Ridge Route Road is a part of Old US Route 99 and a historic (R.S. 2477) highway on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places that is located in the Angeles National Forest. It is also one of only two roads in California that have been inducted into the National Register for their unique character and engineering design. The Old Ridge Route Road started off as the Tejon-Castaic Pass and in 1897, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared the road a public highway over federal land. In 1915 the Old Ridge Route became a state highway as part of California's Legislative Route 4 (District VII) from 1915-1926. In 1926, the road was re-designated US Route 99. It wasn't until 1933, that the Ridge Route was superseded by the Ridge Alternate US Highway 99. For this reason, the Old Ridge Route Road's right-of-way was relinquished back to the County of Los Angeles. In March of 2005, the road sustained damage due to the storms that caused the road to washout in some areas. In that same year (2005), the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LACPDW), vacated the road so that the U.S. Forest Service could qualify for federal aid and repair the road. As a result, the U.S. Forest Service closed the road off to vehicles. In 2007, the U.S. Forest Service had not yet started any repairs to the damage the road sustained in 2005. With the road needing to be repaired and the U.S. Forest doing nothing to repair the road, the Ridge Route Preservation Organization (RRPO) stepped in and contacted the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration at Colorado on their own. The repairs to the road were started almost immediately within months of the RRPO's initial request to the Federal Highway Administration. Despite the repairs made to the road, the road has remained closed off to vehicles because it is no longer a County public highway. The improper vacation of the historic Old Ridge Route Road as a public highway has severely compromised the road's ability to qualify for federal programs to rehabilitate it. The vacation of the road as a public highway by LACDPW was a huge mistake on a large scale. The vacation of the road also caused the underlying land at the south end of the road to be reverted to the private property owner. The vacation of the Old Ridge Route was said to be needed to allow the "underlying fee owner," the U.S. Forest Service to assume the maintenance responsibilities. After much investigation and analysis of records obtained by the RRPO's research team regarding the improper vacation of the historic road, we have come to know that the vacation was done under mistake and misrepresentation of facts to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LACBOS). The U.S. Forest Service is not the underlying fee owner, they are only the stewards of the lands owned by the United States. If assuming the maintenance responsibilities was the main purpose for vacating the road then a title search and an instrument of conveyance would have helped to transfer the land's right-of-way to the U.S. Forest Service free of any encumbrances. Unfortunately, no title search was conducted and no instrument of conveyance was recorded, just the vacation was recorded. R.S. 2477 rights-of-way are special rights granted to the County of Los Angeles by the United States Congressional Act of July 26, 1866, "the right of way to build and construct highways on public land not reserved for public use, is hereby granted." It is an old mining law that granted miners, farmers and homesteaders of private land the right-of-way to build roads on federal land without intentionally trespassing federal land during the settlement of the western United States during the mining era. When the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared the Old Ridge Route Road a public highway in 1897, the County also accepted the maintenance responsibilities of the road. Once R.S. 2477 rights-of-way are established by the county on federal land, those right-of-way are very hard to extinguish. Therefore, the vacation of the Old Ridge Route Road is invalid and should be rescinded by the LACBOS. And the recorded instrument thereto cancelled. We need your help in reopening the road to vehicles so that visitors and locals can access the seven (7) other historic landmarks located along the Old Ridge Route Road. People with disabilities cannot walk to these sites to enjoy them, that's why vehicles are needed and are considered very important to travel the road. Please help us to save the Old Ridge Route Road from forever becoming an abandoned road due to Los Angeles County's mistake https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-old-ridge-route-20160502-story,amp.html?client=ms-android-hms-tmobile-us www.Ridgeroute.com