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Fighting for Justice for all earthlings through peacefully protesting, investigations, educational outreach, and community empowerment.

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning Mayor John Holic, Vice Mayor Richard Cautero, Council Member Bob Daniels, Council Member Mitzie Fiedler, Council Member Jeanette Gates, Council Member Helen Moore

Ban 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.    

1,576 supporters
Petitioning Robert Spottswood, Sonya Rood, Michael Sole, Gary Nicklaus, Joshua Kellam, Gary Lester

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:  

1,901 supporters
Petitioning Dave Sypolt, Randy E Smith, Mark R. Maynard, Gregory L. Boso, Michael J. Maroney

Stop West Virginia From Killing Bears Over Bait!

West Virginia wants to give landowners the right to bait and kill bears on their property! The State of West Virginia has allowed the hunting of Black Bears for decades. In the last five years alone, the reported harvest of bears during the hunting season has been 14,407 total. Now, with the proposal of State Bill 416, West Virginia wants to legalize the baiting and killing of Bears on one's private property. Baiting for bears is illegal in many States, and for a good reason. Because the bait used for bears ranges past just corn and grains and also includes grease and sugary foods and candies, any spoiled bait can be toxic or even fatal to many different animal species, including bears. It can aid in the spread of disease, such as rabies, and parasites between animals. Conclusively, bear baiting can lead to orphaned cubs who won't stand a chance without their mother. Ironically, in 2018, West Virginia saw a considerable depletion in White Oak acorn production, which is a large part of a bears Fall diet before hibernation. These bears are hungry as it is, scouting for any food source. Baiting and the luring of bears onto private property will potentially cause them to better associate humans as being a source for food. That may mislead more bears to more homes in search for food, resulting in an uproar of human/bear interaction or conflict, putting more bears at risk of being killed. Together, we must stand up and keep this from becoming legal. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and members of the Senate think this is the way to control "nuisance bears," but it will only result in the exact opposite. If this bill gets passed, the lives of hundreds to thousands of more bears are at risk. Let the State of West Virginia know you are against SB 416.

1,902 supporters
Petitioning Governor Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma Bears Caught In Crosshairs Of Hunt Expansion

Stop The Oklahoma Bear Hunt Expansion A new proposal presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) aims to expand bear hunting. Currently, bear hunting is allowed in four counties, if the proposal passes an additional 10-11 counties will be added. The motivation behind the expansion is to offer hunters an opportunity to kill more bears. “We think that hunters should have as much opportunities as the population will stand,” - Joe Hemphill, southeast region wildlife supervisor for the Wildlife Department. In a State where bears were once on the verge of extinction due to overhunting, we the undersigned find this proposal careless and ill-conceived. ODWC’s absence of science to support a bear hunt expansion is alarming. As an agency in charge of “managing wildlife,” human interests, such as, hunting opportunities should never be a determining factor in a proposal that could negatively impact the bear population. It is important to note: The total bear population in Oklahoma is unknown. There is no harvest quota for bear archery season. No limit to the number of bear hunting licenses sold. Public input will be considered. If you cannot attend the ODWC's public meeting on March 7th, please fill out the online survey and public comment form: For more information visit:  

5,396 supporters
Petitioning Assistant State Attorney Aaron Hubbard

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: (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.  

43,656 supporters