Petitioning Governor Rick Scott and 11 others

Florida's FWCC, State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney

Domestic Rabbits are being Tortured and Killed as LIVE TRAINING BAIT for No Good Reason!

Letter to
Governor Rick Scott
Mr. Thomas B. Kibler
Mr. Carlos J. Alfonso
and 9 others
Commissioner Lesley Miller
John J. Curlett
Mr. Bruce Popham
Mr. Steve Swindal
Mr. Kenneth D. Haddad
Mr. Rodney Barreto
Mrs. C. Martin Wood
Nick Wiley
Mr. Erik Halléus
The use of a Live Rabbits in the training of greyhound racing dogs has been outlawed in most States because such action causes the animal to be tortured and tormented, causing unnecessary pain, suffering and death. It has even been outlawed to kill and use dead rabbits.

Torturing of an animal for the purpose of training predators would also appear to be needless knowing they have hard wired killing instincts and knowing there are viable ethical alternatives makes this practice a crime for any person to come within the scope of the statutes prohibiting cruelty to "animals."
We the attached signatories are outraged that FWCC, State Attorney and Hillsborough Co. continue to support and condone the barbaric practice
of feeding "Live Domestic Rabbits" and other animals to wild
predators in rehab.

FWCC Complaint Update: Oct 4, 2013
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement

Feeding of live prey to wildlife under active wildlife rehabilitation in violation of Florida Animal Cruelty laws:
The Commission’s command staff has reviewed this matter and have consulted with the State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney declined to file any formal charges for animal cruelty stating that it was not in violation of this Florida Statute. The prey items (rabbits) are purchased from a facility/vendor that propagates these animals as consumptive food product. These rabbits are not intended for the pet trade industry. Big Cat Rescue uses these live prey items to hone the rehabbed animals hunting skills and instincts for future release into the wild, an industry standard practice.

Upon request from BCR, FWC adapted their regulations for exhibiting wildlife in rehabilitation which means the torture and killing of Live domestic rabbits and rats are now permitted to be exhibited on the internet in videos and photos.

Regarding Previous Violations of exhibiting wildlife undergoing rehabilitation
FWC Response:
The finding made by Commission’s law enforcement personnel met negative results except for one warning issued for exhibition of rehabbed animals.
The Florida State Constitution, specifically Article 4, Section 9, gives the Executive Director of the Commission the power to issue such special authorization permit for this activity.
“Big Cat Rescue, have since obtained an special authorization permit from Executive Director Wiley to allow for the use of live streaming /web cams of the wildlife under the rehabilitation process”.

BCR Quote: FWC Adapts to Changing Technology :
"FWC established a separate permit that rehabbers can apply for that grants permission to display images and video of rehab animals. To protect the animals, the permit is conditional on taking photographs and video in a manner that does not create harm or stress to the animal or in any way impedes the rehabilitation of the animal" Big Cat Rescue is pleased to be the first recipient...

It is our Opinion that permitting photographs and videos in a manor that does not create harm or stress the rehab animal while it is unnecessarily torturing and killing helpless domestic animals, is Unethical and Disrespectful to animal life being tortured and killed for no good reason.

However, According to 68A-9.006 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
3. Wildlife undergoing rehabilitation or medical treatment shall not be exhibited. Permittees may keep wildlife with permanent physical impairments for educational display under permit in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., and Chapter 68A-6, F.A.C.

You may read about the Complaint here:

Please ask FWC, State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney to Honor the Florida Animal Cruelty Laws and respect the lives of All animals! who continue to
Ignore the Cause Petition members pleas

Florida Cruelty to Animals Statutes
”animal” shall be held to include every living dumb creature; the words “torture,” “torment,” and “cruelty” shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused”.
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both

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