Fighting for Justice for all earthlings through peacefully protesting, investigations, educational outreach, and community empowerment.
Started 10 petitions
Justice For U.S. Bomb Sniffing Dogs Dying Of Neglect In Jordan
The Department of State inspector general evaluation found that U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs sent to Jordan are dying from neglect and improper care. A year-long investigation has uncovered the appalling mistreatment of U.S. military dogs sent to Jordan. At least ten dogs have died between 2008 and 2016 from medical problems. The surviving dogs are left suffering in substandard conditions. Many of the dogs are ill, covered with ticks, and living in unsanitary conditions lacking primary care. These dogs are used and trained to protect human lives by risking their own lives. They deserve to be treated with respect and honor. Jordan has demonstrated they are not worthy of explosive detection canines and the State Department should be ashamed for allowing this cruelty to continue for years. Every year the U.S. spends millions of dollars training and dispatching dogs overseas. We are asking that this program be terminated and that remaining dogs are brought back to the U.S. to receive appropriate care. Article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/16/us/jordan-dog-death-intl-hnk-scli/index.html Full Report: https://www.stateoig.gov/system/files/esp-19-06.pdf
FWC: Change Your Bear Killing Policy
FWC Change Your "Aggressive Bear" Killing Policy Under the current FWC policy, any bear that acts aggressively is killed. This policy does not take into account the circumstances that cause bears to act aggressively. In recent news a woman in Longwood, FL let her dog outside off-leash at night. The dog spotted a mother bear with cubs and started barking at the bears. The woman tried to run back to her house, which caused the bear to chase after her. She tripped and fell and hit her head. The bear bit her ankle. The mother bear perceived the dog and woman as a threat and as a warning bit, the woman and retreated. This incident could have been prevented had the Longwood community been properly storing their trash the main culprit in almost all bear-human conflicts. Also, dogs should be leashed, and if you live in bear country, you must canvass the area before taking your dog out and never run from a bear. We need to hold the FWC accountable for enforcing the standards and laws put into place to protect both humans and bears. In cases where bear attacks occur due to human negligence. A new policy must be implemented that holds humans accountable for their actions. Bears should not be killed for defending themselves or their cubs. Contact the FWC Commissioners and ask that a policy change be made that protects bears from being killed as a result of human error or carelessness. https://myfwc.com/con…/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/ https://www.beardefenders.org/
Help Keep Protections For Florida Key Deer!
The current administration is recommending that the Florida Key deer an iconic species found in the state’s southern-most islands lose protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are calling on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to establish new rules and regulations that grant the Key deer the same protections as the ESA currently does. Florida is the only place on earth that Key deer are found and there are only about 1,000 left in existence. The Florida Key Deer faces a multitude of threats from poaching, vehicle strikes, habitat loss, rising sea levels, human habituation, and screwworm infestation. Removing protections that have helped to recover and sustain this species thus far is a slap in the face to true conservationists. We as Floridians care about the wildlife that this great state has and we want to work together to protect and restore the species most at risk of disappearing forever.
Stop The State-Sanctioned Slaughter Of Sandhill Cranes!!!
Alabama residents can now kill Sandhill Cranes for fun! The docile and slow-moving sandhill crane is now under attack by unscrupulous hunters. The State has now undermined the past one hundred years of conservation efforts to restore a balanced and healthy population of sandhill cranes. Alabama's wildlife agency should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the hunting of a once protected species just for the thrill of the kill. This hunt will have a significant impact on the future integrity of sandhill crane populations. We ask Gov. Kay Ivey to call off this slaughter masquerading as conservation and prevent any proposals for a hunt such as this in the future. Article: https://www.npr.org/2019/08/09/749796720/alabama-to-allow-sandhill-crane-hunting-after-more-than-100-years Contact Governor Kay Ivey at the link provided below and voice your opposition to the hunting of sandhill cranes. Contact Form: https://contact.governor.alabama.gov/contact.aspx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KayIveyAL/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/governorkayivey
Subaru Don't Destroy Florida Wetlands For New Dealership
As the owner of several Subaru vehicles and the founder of a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of animals, humans, and the environment, I was shocked to learn that Subaru has plans to open a car dealership on the Wekiva River located in Florida. I have personally owned a 2000 RS Impreza, 02 bug-eye WRX, and my current car is a 08 STI wagon that has a custom-built IAG stage 2 short block. I have a close relationship with my local dealer. Several of the mechanics are good friends of mine, and when I go to the Subi dealership on Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville, it feels more like family then your standard car dealership. I have supported Subaru over the years due impart to its environmental stance and sustainability practices. That is why I am sad to hear that Subaru has plans to open a car dealership on 71 acres of Protected Wetlands clear-cutting at least 44 acres of precious forest that is home to a vast array of plants and wildlife. I have driven my Subaru into many of Florida's forests, and wetlands. I have seen first hand the devastating effects of deforestation. I have always believed that Subaru cared about this planet. I thought I was supporting a company that placed the planet over profit and found value in safeguarding its natural resources. If you follow through with your proposal, you are not whom I thought you to be. I ask you Subaru to stand behind your ecologically sound practices and help protect, not destroy one of the few natural spaces left in Florida. Sincerely, Adam Sugalski—Executive Director at OneProtest #SaveItSubaru #PlanetOverProfit
FWC: Don’t Kill - Relocate Gulf Breeze Bear & Cubs!
Stop A Mother Bear From Facing The Death Penalty For Protecting Her Cubs. A mother bear recently killed a beloved pet dog in Gulf Breeze. This incident has resulted in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) placing traps to catch the mother bear. We urge the FWC to relocate the mother bear (+ cubs) and address the root cause of the human-bear conflicts within the Gulf Breeze community. Gulf Breeze residents have not been securing their trash, which has led to an increase in bear-human conflicts. Many cities throughout Florida have been proactive in mitigating bear-human conflicts by providing residents with bear-proof trashcans. The mother bear that attacked the dog was likely acting in defense of her cubs. Contact the FWC Commissioners directly at the link below: https://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/
End Shark Fishing at Venice Pier!
This Petition Is In Support Of Venice's Proposal To Ban Shark Fishing! Florida: Venice City Council Members are moving forward with a proposal to ban shark fishing from their newly renovated pier and city beaches. Shark fishing has caused much controversy over the years, and in light of the FWC’s new rules regarding shore-based shark fishing, the city of Venice sees this as an opportune time to ban shark fishing from their city altogether. We applaud the Mayor and Council Members for taking a proactive approach to the safety and security of beachgoers and sharks alike. Shark fishing is the antithesis of wildlife conservation. It is void of any regard for the life of the shark, fishermen, or the beachgoers that are negatively affected by the actions of this extraneous “sport.” Why ban shark fishing? Shark populations are declining worldwide largely due impart to recreational fishing. Sharks are vital in keeping our underwater ecosystems healthy and balanced. Shark fishers and beachgoers are two incompatible groups. Shark fishing attracts sharks that are in the area and looking to feed. Sharks and humans prefer the same nearshore areas, and most attacks occur in shallow water. A large number of sharks die as a result of post-release stress. https://www.floridasharks.org/
FWC: Rescind Permits Granted To SeaQuest
SeaQuest is an interactive aquarium that operates under the guise of education. Visitors are granted an opportunity to touch and view wildlife in small confined enclosures. SeaQuest has a track record of poorly run establishments. Hundreds of animals have perished as a result of SeaQuest’s negligence, and a number of people have reported injuries due to their contact with wildlife at SeaQuest. SeaQuest is owned and operated by Vince Covino who owns multiple aquariums across the country, all of which have an extensive history of animal welfare offenses, public safety violations, and the illegal importation of animals without proper permits. Vince Covino has obtained permits from the FWC and is in the process of securing additional permits needed to open a SeaQuest inside the Galleria Mall, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The FWC is entrusted with protecting Florida’s wildlife and ensuring the public remains safe, SeaQuest defies these basic principles. Vince Covino's blatant disregard for the wellbeing of wildlife in his care is criminal and supporting the egregious acts he commits goes against the core of what the FWC stands for. The Covinos operate as if they are above the law and should not be rewarded with permits to conduct business as usual. We, the undersigned, support the revocation of permits granted to SeaQuest (Vince Covino) by the FWC. Additionally, we request that further permits be denied on the premise that Vince Covino exploits, and neglects animals for profit and has family ties with convicted animal trafficker (Ammon Covino), who even after a year in Federal Prison continued to break the law and violate his parole. For more information visit: seaquestabuse.com
FWC - Throw The Book At Maryland Man Who Attacked A Federally Protected Pelican
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting a criminal investigation after a man named Hunter Hardesty posted a video of himself on Facebook assaulting a federally protected brown pelican. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the FWC informed Sheriff Rick Ramsay Monday that the agency is in the process of filing two criminal charges against Hardesty for animal cruelty and molestation of a protected species. We the undersigned fully support the FWC and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and ask that Hardesty’s actions are punished to the fullest extent of the law. This type of behavior needs to have consequences to deter others from harming our wildlife. Article: https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/florida-fish-and-wildlife-conservation-commission-probes-video-of-maryland-man-tackling-pel/1839948230
Stop West Virginia From Creating A Black Market For Animal Parts With New Bill
West Virginia House Bill 2521, opens the market for hunters and trappers allowing them to sell animal parts, which include Penis bone (baculum), urine, glands, carcasses, and fur. Increasing the market for buying, selling, and trading animal parts, will harm wildlife populations, as well as, promote poaching. Turning animals and their body parts into products lays the groundwork for underground networks and crime syndicates similar to the illegal trade of rhino horn and elephant tusks. Profits made through the buying and selling of animal parts is largely responsible for the decline in global wildlife populations and the epidemic of poaching worldwide. This bill does not solve any problems. It creates more. We the undersigned, ask that you reject HB 2521! https://legiscan.com/WV/bill/HB2521/2019