Animal Cruelty

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Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Arizona State Senate, Arizona State House, California State Senate, Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, California State House, Connecticut State House, Chris Murphy, Rosa DeLauro, Georgia State House, Johnny Isakson, Nathan Deal, Tulsi Gabbard, Idaho State Senate, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Illinois State Senate, Tammy Duckworth, Indiana State House, Chip Perfect, Shawn Keough, Dorothy L. Hukill, Tom Goodson, Bill Posey, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Louisiana State House, Georgia State Senate, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Wayne Ivy, Brevard County Animal Services, Ron Wyden, Matt Bevin, Rand Paul, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Mitch McConnell

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
77,561 supporters
Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Sandra Sagert, Lucille Kring, James Vanderbilt, Kris Murray, Sandra Sagert, Paul Emery, Ruth Ruiz

Stop the Starvation of Community Cats of Disneyland Area/ Anaheim!

Anaheim Law said DISNEYLAND & Residents Must STARVE their BELOVED Stray CATS!  The Ban was finally legally dropped but citizens are still being told by enforcement officers to starve cats!  UPDATE:   The city of Anaheim finally changed the law to make it LEGAL again now to feed stray cats  - but the city's officers are still telling residents they must stop feeding hungry kitties!!!  We are telling the city to train their officers to allow feeding of innocent homeless and abandoned kitties!  It does no good to drop the feeding ban if people are still being told to stop feeding!! MORE INFORMATION:   2 and a half years ago, the City of Anaheim enacted a new code that made it illegal for residents to feed feral cats. Rather than spending their resources on humane spay/neuter programs, the city began harassing and threatening caretakers for simply feeding community cats; innocent creatures that depend on devoted feeders for their very lives.  Not only does this hurt cats, it  turns warmhearted people into criminals.  Anaheim is home to Disneyland, which has its own famous feral cat community.  Anaheim Fix Project fought hard to get the law changed - and finally the ban was dropped.  But some officers are still telling people to stop feeding and Anaheim Fix Project is trying to get the city to  retrain their officers - and the group is also spay/neutering (TNR) and rescuing as many cats and kittens as possible!     The rescue group, Anaheim Fix Project is providing spay/neuter, vet care, rescue, and providing food for hundreds of homeless and abandoned stray cats and kittens of Anaheim and surrounding Orange County cities, but the group is very small and underfunded. They are overstretched, overwhelmed and unable to keep up. They don’t have the resources or people to save all the kitties in need!  For more information please visit the Facebook page for Anaheim Fix Project / OC Communitry Cats:       To Make a Donation:    They are in dire need of donations to help feed the 500 plus kitties who depend on them for food and care everyday! Thank you for any help at all! No amount is too small!  Let us know if you live in Orange County, California and would like to VOLUNTEER with Anaheim Fix Project!  Come Help the Kitties!  Thank you for caring!  Anaheim Fix Project: OC Community Cats / Caring Friends Cat Rescue     

Anaheim Fix Project
75,107 supporters