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Demand Justice For Tortured Shark!
A viral video surfaced in July 2017 of a shark struggling and thrashing as it was dragged by a high speed boat. The boaters are heard laughing in the video as the shark's body is ripped apart by the force of the water. Graphic photos online show the extent of the trauma endured by the shark.After a months long investigation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Comission, Michael Wenzel and Robert (Bo) Benac were been charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of illegal method of take. Charges were dropped for a third accomplice. We are asking Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to seek the strongest penalty for this outright abuse. These men are repeat animal abusers. Photos can be found online of these individuals torturing a pelican in addition to other animals. They must be held accountable this time. As this case has drawn national attention, the outcome will send a message to the public. That message should be that animal cruelty laws don’t only apply to house pets and should be taken seriously. The next court date is a Disposition Hearing on August 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable Mark Wolfe in Tampa, Florida. Hillsborough County Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard is prosecuting this case and his office has informed us any letters expressing may be directed to his office and will be presented to Judge Wolfe at time of Sentencing. Letters may also be sent to Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard, Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, 419 N. Pierce Street, Tampa Florida 33602. OR EMAIL: http://www.sao13th.com/ (Click on Email Us top/center of page) Please sign to let Mr. Hubbard know that the public wants to see them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Stop Trophy Shark Fishing In Florida!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public input on rules and regulations regarding land-based shark fishing. This controversial hobby amongst recreational “sport” fishermen has drummed up attention after numerous reports of illegal activity, wanton waste, and public safety concerns. Globally shark populations are under extreme pressure; due in part to overfishing. Although, land-based shark fishers practice catch and release the stress often proves too much for the shark. Sharks that swim away may suffer later from post-release mortality which can occur several hours or days later. There has been no research conducted on the environmental impacts of land-based shark fishing, the effects LBSF has on shark populations, or the potential risks involved with beachgoers in the same vicinity as land-based shark fishers. We need to let the FWC know that we want more rules, regulations, and enforcement when it comes to protecting our beaches and wildlife from the thrills of land-based shark fishers. For more information visit: https://www.floridasharks.org/
End FL Greyhound Racing Tell FL CRC To Support Proposal 6012 On The November Ballot
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO END GREYHOUND RACING IN FLORIDA! The Constitution Revision Commission will have their FINAL VOTE this week on whether or not to place Proposal 6012 on the November ballot. Let's show The Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, that Floridians Support Proposal 6012. The anguish and torment greyhounds endure has been exposed, and the public's perception of this cruel industry is rapidly changing. The majority of Florida citizens do not support or condone animal cruelty. We have an opportunity to end dog racing in Florida, take action now before the final vote is made!
FWC: Ban Elephant Rides In Florida
Tell The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) To Ban Elephant Rides In Florida. The FWC held a public meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2018, where they asked the public for their input on the topic of elephant riding. The deadline to submit a public comment is April 20th. We urge you (FWC) to make animal welfare and public safety a priority. Several travel companies have already taken action on this issue and banned the advertising of elephant rides to tourist. The cruel nature and danger of these "attractions" are becoming more apparent. Elephants should be respected, and value should be placed on real education and true conservation. Not a profit-making spectacle. In addition to signing our petition please fill out the comment form below. COMMENT FORM: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/captive-wildlife/recommendations/
UniverSoul Circus: Stop Using Animals As Props In Your Show!
UniverSoul Circus: Stop Using Animals As Props In Your Show! Our investigators recently attended your show and witnessed stressed animals running in circles on the stage as a man with a whip guided their movement. The finale was a magic show that showcased three tigers in cages suspended in the air. These tigers are kept in cages 24 hours a day. It was loud, incredibly hot, and all of the animals were panting. There is nothing magical about animals that are crammed in cages or forced to do insignificant tricks. Now more than ever people are becoming increasingly aware of the inherent cruelty of the animal entertainment industry. There are currently several animal-free circuses. UniverSoul Circus it's time you did a disappearing act on your animal performances. Your human performers are talented and the reason people come to the show, drop the animal acts, and you will have our support!
One Male Idaho Grizzly Bear To Be Executed In Trophy Hunt
On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission voted for a hunt that would allow for the glory killing of one male grizzly bear. This is a totally senseless and unjustified action on behalf of an agency that prides itself on conservation and touts the grizzly bears' recovery as a success. When the Yellowstone grizzly bears lost their federal protections, the grizzly bears' future landed in the hands of three neighboring States, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Montana voted against a grizzly bear hunting season. Wyoming is moving forward with plans to slaughter 24 grizzly bears this fall and Idaho has set its sights on one male grizzly bear. Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area are challenged with ever-growing threats such as habitat loss, human-caused fatalities, loss of vital food sources, and now trophy hunting. The fact is this hunt has nothing to do with necessity or science, but rather an agency catering to special interest groups and offering them an opportunity to "bag" their trophy grizzly. If Idaho moves forward with a hunting season, it will be the first hunt since 1975, when grizzlies were listed as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act. Please voice your opposition to this unscientific and unjustified trophy hunt!
Stop Wyoming's Grizzly Bear Hunt
We ask that you intervene on behalf of Yellowstone’s imperiled grizzly bears as their survival is being jeopardized by thoughtless game managers from the states of Wyoming and Idaho, and possibly Montana in the near future. Trophy hunts organized by Wyoming and Idaho have put the declining species in an even more perilous position than before and stopping these hunts by restoring Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the bears would be the right thing to do to ensure the long-term survival of this unique bear population. Yellowstone grizzlies have recovered from near extinction. However, Wyoming’s own Game and Fish Chief Warden, Brian Nesvik sees a potential hunt as “part of the success story” of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly population. The recovering of grizzly populations is a result of protections. Without those protections and a policy of peaceful coexistence, grizzlies could disappear again. In the 1970's, hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Today grizzly bears face even more threats from climate, habitat loss, development, mining and an increase in deaths by automobiles. A hunt this time could mean they may never recover. Hunting has never helped grizzly bear populations recover in any part of North America, and despite their claim to be the “best conservationists” hunters have rarely helped grizzlies survive, both directly and indirectly (Raincoast Conservation Foundation). How can we trust that any hunt will be conducted in a conservative manner when it would be lacking scientific merit?We see the transparent interests at play in pursuing this hunt: ranchers, trophy hunters, and opportunistic mining companies and developers. We will not stand by as these self-serving interests greedily advance their personal agendas. A hunt would not only disturb the balance of nature, but it would have negative consequences for eco-tourism. With grizzly bears serving as the main draw, “government and independent economists have placed the combined value of nature-based tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton at close to one billion dollars annually. (NPS 2016 Report) The wildlife managers also fail to put in the importance of whitebark pine to grizzly bears. During years of high production, as much as 50-80% of the grizzly’s diet is comprised of whitebark pine nuts (per a 1991 study by D.J. Mattson). While the bears can adapt to an absence of whitebark pine in years when production is low, the absence of the pine as food can increase encounters with humans. Whitebark pine stands in Yellowstone typically grow higher than 7000 feet, away from the majority of tourists that visit Yellowstone, and when pine production is good fewer bears come into conflict with humans because their main food source is growing on high, remote mountain slopes. When production is low, bears leave the high country to seek other food sources and come into conflict with humans more. And when bears come into conflict with humans more, the bears always come up on the losing side. In 2017, 48 grizzly bears died due to human-related causes, part of an estimated 175 bears that have died from 2014-2017 due to conflicts with humans. As a result of this, the Yellowstone grizzly population is currently on the decline. Hunting the population will not help keep it under control; it will only hasten the population’s decline. (Louisa Wilcox, Missoulian) Bears are self-regulating animals that do not, despite hunters’ claims, need to be controlled through hunting. Clearly, the motivation for a Wyoming bear hunt is recreational, trophy hunting. It serves no biological or conservation purpose. We must commit to conserving wildlife and protect it for the benefit of all Americans and future generations. Unscientific hunts directly oppose conservation efforts. On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission voted for a hunt that would allow for the glory killing of one male grizzly bear. This is a totally senseless and unjustified action on behalf of an agency that prides itself on conservation and touts the grizzly bears' recovery as a success. When the Yellowstone grizzly bears lost their federal protections, the grizzly bears' future landed in the hands of three neighboring States, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Montana voted against a grizzly bear hunting season. Wyoming is moving forward with plans to slaughter 24 grizzly bears this fall and Idaho has set its sights on one male grizzly bear. What good do they think killing one male bear would do? This will have no effect on the population, positive or negative, and will only serve to allow a hunter to put a hide on his wall for bragging rights. Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area are challenged with ever-growing threats such as habitat loss, human-caused fatalities, loss of vital food sources, and now trophy hunting. The fact is this hunt has nothing to do with necessity or science, but rather an agency catering to special interest groups and offering them an opportunity to "bag" their trophy grizzly. If Idaho moves forward with a hunting season, it will be the first hunt since 1975, when grizzlies were listed as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act. We respectfully recommend that you do the right thing and intervene on behalf of the bears by restoring ESA protections for the Yellowstone population before the beginning of the fall hunt in Idaho and Wyoming. The bears of Yellowstone are in enough peril already and allowing a trophy hunt will only hasten their decline and will do nothing to protect them. It would be of great service to Yellowstone’s ecosystem and the millions of people who delight in seeing these bears in their natural habitat to cancel this fall hunt and restore protections for the bears until we can be assured that human disturbance is having no negative effect on the bear population, and a more science-based assessment of the bears’ status is conducted by federal or state governments. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NPS Report: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16021.htm
Keep Protections For Montana Grizzly Bears
Tell The US Government To Keep Protections For The Northwest Montana Grizzlies We are urging the US Government to keep Montana grizzly bear protections in place. If protections are removed, this could allow for the grizzly bears to be trophy hunted. In the 1970's, Hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Grizzlies were granted protection in 1975; since then Grizzlies have made a comeback. But ranchers, hunters, and lobbyist are threatening the future of the Grizzlies by influencing government agencies to remove grizzly bear protections, which could allow for trophy hunting and "incidental take" of Grizzlies in a region dominated by agricultural land. Although, grizzlies have recovered from near extinction, now is not the time to remove protections. They face more threats today than ever before with increased logging, mining, and land development; we should not add hunting to the list of threats Grizzlies have to contend with, especially when it was hunting that required the Grizzlies be protected in the first place. In July, the federal government lifted protections of an estimated 700 Grizzlies in the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming due to increased pressure from State Officials. This transfer afforded state game agencies jurisdiction over Grizzlies, which could open the door to possible trophy hunts in the future. We must prevent this from happening in Northwest Montana, please sign and share our petition.
Stop Dumpster Diving Hunters From Baiting Bears
Dumpster diving trophy hunters are bragging on social media about collecting hundreds of donuts that have been discarded at Dunkin' Donuts stores. They are using these donuts to bait bears in their hunting activities. We are respectfully asking Dunkin' Donuts to institute a company-wide policy requiring trash and dumpsters to be secured so that left over food cannot be taken for these nefarious activities.Bears are considered to be the one of the most intelligent land dwelling species. We hope that Dunkin' Donuts corporate leadership and franchisees recognize the responsibility we all have in preventing harm to wildlife and not aiding in bear baiting.
Stop The FWC From Reopening Fishing Of The Critically Endangered Goliath Grouper
Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering reopening fishing of the critically endangered Goliath Grouper. Local fishermen have pressured the agency, stating that the grouper populations have recovered and they fear the groupers are consuming too many game-fish and lobsters. What Does Science Tell Us? 1. A recent Florida State University research team published a paper on their findings stating "The Goliath Grouper is still Overfished and Critically Endangered!" 2. A recent research paper by Dr. Sarah Frias-Torres shows that overfishing is the reason for declining fish and lobster stocks; not Goliath Groupers. 3. An analysis of Goliath Grouper stomach contents by the University of Florida found that 85% of their diet consists of crabs and other crustaceans. The other 15% was found to consist of slow moving fish such as pufferfish, catfish, and stingrays; not game fish. 4. Florida State University researchers published a peer-reviewed paper showing that reef fish abundance and diversity is higher when Goliath Groupers are present on those reefs. This study shows that goliath groupers act as ecological engineers, creating life for many marine species. 5. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with other entities, have conducted several stock assessments of Goliath Groupers, with the most recent survey taking place in 2016. The FWC's recent assessment concluded that Goliath Grouper populations had recovered. However, these results were rejected by a panel of independent scientists brought in by the FWC to review the study. The panel rejected the manner in which these assessments were conducted and labeled the findings as an inconclusive measure of population. Currently, the Goliath Grouper is still listed as 'critically endangered.' The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) concludes that if permits to harvest the grouper are sold for $300 (an approximation), the current proposal to issue 400 Goliath Grouper permits could bring in roughly $120,000 to be used for 'scientific research' aimed to protect Goliaths. In addition, they state these captured fish can be sold for food. Need More Information? 1. The Goliath Grouper has become a huge, thriving, piece of the ecotourism industry along Florida's East Coast. One, out of the roughly one-hundred, scuba operators in South Florida stated that he brings in an estimated $500,000 each year, generated by taking divers to see these groupers in the wild. By protecting these animals, the long-term economic benefits to the state of Florida far exceed the value generated by a one-time kill. 2. Dr. Chris Koenig's research revealed that the flesh of the Goliath Grouper contains high levels of mercury. Mercury levels in these fish were found to approach 3.5 ppm, far exceeding federal health advisory warnings. The FDA prohibits the sale of any fish with mercury higher than 1.0 ppm. With mercury levels higher than 0.5 ppm, the Natural Resources Defense Council recommends avoiding consumption due to the danger of mercury poisoning. 3. Former Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Sylvia Earle, warned that "Killing the Goliath Grouper would be killing the growing economic benefits derived from divers who want to see these Iconic animals, who are often as curious as us. 4. Some say that a 'sustainable' annual harvest of Goliath Groupers is possible, but many scientists agree that the current population would not last more than a year or two after opening such a fishery.