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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. 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
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.
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: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/public-meeting For more information visit: https://www.beardefenders.org/
Stop Killing Sharks For Trinkets!
Shark populations are down by an estimated 80% worldwide, due largely to over-fishing. The shark souvenirs you are selling at your shop are by-products of the invasive commercial fishing industry, which in many countries is not regulated. Sharks play a vital role in Florida's ecosystem and should not be killed to make a few bucks. Selling dead baby sharks as memorabilia to tourists is contributing directly to the decimation of shark populations. Why would you want a floating shark corpse to remind people of their trip to Florida? Please stop selling dead sharks at your store.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Stop Killing Wolves To Appease Cattle Ranchers
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has decided to allow the killing of three rare wolf packs to appease cattle ranchers. Ranchers say wolves are preying on their cattle and they reserve the right to kill them. Profit should never take precedence over protecting our wildlife and the delicate balance of our natural ecosystem. The cattle ranchers are to blame for having ranches in wolf territory. There is no justification for killing a predatory animal that naturally preys on animals such as cattle, especially, not when those cattle are placed in their environment. There are over a million head of cattle and only an estimated 120 wolves in Washington. Tell WDFW to STOP killing wolves, please sign and share our petition!
Garden Bros Circus - Stop Exploiting Animals For Entertainment
For decades Garden Bros Circus has been the home of pain and suffering for the animals kept in their care. We have been investigating Garden Bros Circus for years. The animals are visibly stressed, and signs of abuse and neglect are apparent. Garden Bros Circus has a long list of animal cruelty and criminal charges against them, as well as, lawsuits and failed business ventures that have resulted in multiple name changes such as; King Cole Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Toby Tyler Circus, Sterling & Reid Bros. Circus, Garden Family Shows, Circus Matrix, Wonder Zoo, Extravaganza Inc. and United Funding. Despite declining ticket sales and a shift in the public’s perception of the use of animals as entertainment, Garden Bros Circus continues to use and exploit animals for profit. Treating animals in this manner has taught generations of people that it is okay to view wild and exotic animals as objects. However, times are changing, and the public is more aware now than ever before of the physical and psychological torment circus animals experience. Many cities, states, and even countries have banned wild-animal circus acts. It’s time for Garden Bros Circus to end their family tradition of animal cruelty and exploitation!
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.