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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.  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 statutes 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 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
77,382 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Animal Control and Enforcement, Animal Care Services, Mayor Ivy Taylor, NW Crossing HOA, KSAT , Express News, KABB

Stop Aggressive Dogs - Rest in Peace Aysia

On April 23rd 2017, two pit bulls broke into my backyard and attacked my 5 year old Yorkie (Aysia) and 4 year old Chorkie (Cyris). My wife and sister in law ran out to attempt to free my Yorkie from one of the pit bulls mouth as he ran around the yard holding her by the neck of her lifeless body. Cyris was able to escape after being bit numerous times. The pit that had Aysia took a shovel to the head and dropped my deceased baby and ran off. The other was injured by the shovel when it was struck in the arm. My wife rushed the Chorkie to the emergency vet for recovery and by the time I arrived home, cops had arrived. I told them to retrieve my baby girl Yorkie, when they did, the injured pit bull attempted to attack so the officer had to disable it. I was given my Yorkie to hold one last time as her body was still warm and soft but was motionless. My Chorkie is currently recovering 3 bite wounds, 2 broken teeth, and is on 5 types of medicine. These aggressive dogs broke a plank to enter my backyard. It was reported that the pit bull that was put down, had attacked and severely injured a dog in my neighbors yard one week prior. Why was this dog still in a household? Why was this dog not taken away? Why weren't we informed to be on alert if the dog was to remain in its household? I want to create a movement to keep any aggressive dog off the streets and or either in their rightful homes or even at the pound. All aggressive dog breeds should be registered to ACS, any that are bred and not registered are to be considered illegal and are subject to removal with fines to the ownership. If these registered animals are to remain in a household, they should be placed on high restriction, proper notification provided to the neighboring homes and communities, complete friendly behavior training programs, maintain a frequent visit for evaluation by ACS, and only allowed outside with supervision. Failure to abide by rules like these and the animal should be taken away. You may argue that, situations like these are probable to happen often, but what if my 2 year old niece had been outside... All it takes is one time for it to happen, mine was the second and now I wake up to an empty food bowl, dog bed, and a hole in my heart where my best friend used to be, because of someone else's negligence and inability to maintain proper behavior of an animal with record of aggression, my household will never be the same.

Stephen Aparicio
127 supporters