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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 The Trophy Hunt of Wyoming Grizzly Bears
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 will disappear again.In the 1970's, hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Why should we allow history to repeat itself? 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. Is that a risk we are willing to accept?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 disturbs 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)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. Therefore, we ask the addressed parties to end the pursuit of a grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming. 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.
Stop The Virginia Bear Hunt
It has taken decades of hard work by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Wildlife Center of Virginia and private conservation organizations to enable the recovery of Virginia’s black bear populations. But homeowners unaccustomed to living alongside a healthy bear population are now reporting bears as nuisances.An overly aggressive and arbitrary hunt target.The Virginia Department of Game of Inland Fisheries is proposing to reduce the black bear population by as much as 25% in some areas. They claim that a “cultural caring capacity”, meaning what the public will tolerate, has been reached. This is an irresponsible and unscientific manner of determining wildlife population control that would kill thousands of bears. “Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this will have any impact on the complaints being generated by those claiming bear damage, especially if those people are unwilling to reduce or modify their activities that have been attracting bears in the first place. So, one out of every four bears could be killed, but the remaining bears could still be concentrated on properties where there are unprotected food sources or other attractants,” according to the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s website.Change homeowner expectations, not bear populations.As black bear populations return to sustainable levels, we need to reset the public view to accept that black bears are part of normal life in Virginia, and inform them on responsible behavior to reduce conflicts. "If we can teach people, educate communities, educate homeowners associations, how to co-exist with bears, we feel that we can dramatically help reduce damage without having to reduce the bear population," says Ed Clark of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. No county or region should be granted population reduction targets unless and until there has been a significant effort to reduce bear damage through non-lethal means, including public education, prohibition on game feeding (it’s already illegal to feed bears, but many put out food “for the deer”, knowing that it will attract bears.) Public comment on the proposal will be open until May 10. The board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will vote on the issue on May 24.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Stop The Slaughter Before It Starts!
VETO HUNTING OF CONNECTICUT BLACK BEARS (Bill 522) A bill on the hunting of black bears in the state of Connecticut is quickly making its way through both chambers of the legislature. The bill would allow allow inhumane hunting methods including baiting, bow-hunting, hounding, and shooting mothers and cubs. Non-lethal methods of bear management are a far preferable solution. It’s purely a matter of responsibility by residents to secure their trash and keep pet food indoors. Special interest hunting groups are behind the false assertions that a hunt is needed to reduce human-bear conflicts. Contrary to popular belief, black bears are not dangerous carnivores, but gentle creatures who are 85% vegetarian and one-third the size of grizzly bears. They are considered to be the one of the most intelligent land dwelling species. The hunting of mother bears means that cubs are left orphaned without the survival skills to live on their own. They become additional casualties because they often starve or are hit by cars while looking for food. Bear hunting in Florida was a disaster on every front - from negative media attention, to conflicting data, contentious public meetings, and mismanagement of the hunt itself. In 2015, Florida held a black bear hunt for the first time in 20 years. What was pushed as a necessity to reduce “nuisance bears” resulted in the hunting innocent bears, living far from civilization and causing no residential issues. The event drew public outrage and international media coverage, putting a black eye on the state. The week long hunt was called off after just two days as the quota was quickly reached and was far exceeded in some areas. 304 bears died a painful death on public lands, and unknown numbers on private property were never reported. After the sickening events in 2015, our group has been successful in organizing over 70,000 supporters. We staged a historic statewide 28-city protest, and organized citizens to attend the public meetings, make calls and write emails. Our action stopped the hunt in Florida in 2016. And just this month, we won another victory for bears as the hunt in Florida was denied for 2017 and 2018. When considering their decision, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (comprised of hunting supporters) declared that the public outcry was exhausting their ability to conduct other business, and that even if a hunt could be justified on population data, the will of the larger public outweighed the less than 1% minority of bear hunters’ desire to kill bears. Concerned citizens in Connecticut have now reached out for our help in organizing efforts to stop this bill. We hope that you learn from the disaster in Florida. You can avoid a similar controversy. Please oppose this bill and declare an intention to veto it before it reaches your desk.