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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission & NOAA, NAUI, SDI, SSI & PADI

Continue the prohibition of shark feeding in state waters Fla. Admin. Reg. 68B-5.005. Stop Baiting-Feeding of Sharks: increase fines, protect federal waters and punish offenders.

Although feeding fish has been banned in Florida waters since 2002, some tour operators are trying to skirt the regulations, resulting in charges being brought against four men accused of illegally feeding sharks and other fish within Florida’s territorial waters.   An investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was launched after they received several complaints of shark feeding going on during dive trips, with one diver saying that the sharks were becoming so aggressive she felt she had to exit the water. Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were able to catch video footage of feeding on two separate dive boats, leading to the charges of the men operating the boats and participating in the actual feeding.   Each of the four men has been charged with operating a vessel for hire within state waters to allow passengers to observe feeding, while only the men actively feeding were charged with fish feeding. Both are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by fines of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.   Please continue to enforce laws against Shark Baiting, increase fines, protection in federal waters and punish offenders. The offense:  

Florida Association of Diving Instructors
840 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Harrisonburg City Council

Approve a No-Kill Shelter in the Shenandoah Valley

     For too long, the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley have been without an official no-kill shelter. The current shelter, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, euthanizes 6.8 cats per 1,000 taxpayers supporting the shelter, a rate over double the next-closest shelter in Virginia. An independent study found their adoption and website protocols out of date, preventing the adoption and ensuring the euthanization of a large number of  healthy, adoptable animals.      One of these animals was a friendly, loving, beautiful community cat named Phez, whose picture you can see in this petition. Phez was a resident of Pheasant Run Townhomes, cared for by the management office and with a home in the maintenance shed. Phez was loved by the residents of Pheasant Run, often following them on walks or making himself at home in apartments. He was never once aggressive to anyone, even other animals, and seemed to only want love and attention. On April 28th, Phez followed a resident into their apartment, as he so often did. This resident, wanting Phez out of their apartment, called Harrisonburg Animal Control, who picked him up that evening. Animal Control posted a picture of an officer with Phez on their Facebook page, describing him as a "friendly fellow." The next day, a resident of Pheasant Run commented on the Facebook post, naming him as belonging to the complex's management office, but no attempt was ever made to reach the management office by Animal Control. A few days later, in early May, Phez was taken to the RHSPCA. By the time the management at Pheasant Run located Phez on May 10th, the RHSPCA had already euthanized him. After struggling to receive any paperwork or explanation from the RHPSCA, one of the apartment managers was told that he had been put down the previous day. Phez had allegedly bit an employee but did not break the skin, so he was going to be placed for adoption - but later, when being transported, bit another employee, deemed "aggressive," and euthanized. The partial paperwork, eventually received by Pheasant Run's management, had a significant amount of information crossed out and re-written, and a large number of dates contradicted each other - four dates were listed on the same paperwork regarding his intake from Animal Control. The RHSPCA has declined to release the rest of the paperwork, forcing a request to be filed with the state of Virginia for access to the rest of Phez's records. This seems to indicate some element of wrongdoing or cover-up in Phez's death, and for many, this has been the final straw in the already-tumultuous relationship with the RHSPCA.      Several local organizations have no-kill adoption centers - for example, Cat's Cradle for cats and Anicira Veterinary Clinic for dogs. Why, then, is the RHSPCA not no-kill? Anicira has presented a Public-Private Partnership proposal to Harrisonburg's City Council, requesting the contract to become the locality's animal shelter. They have the resources, facilities, and drive to be the best they can be for the Valley's animals, and provide our best hope for replacing the outdated, high-kill shelter that is our current RHSPCA. This proposal will be addressed soon by City Council; an exact date will be posted in an update to this petition once it is confirmed. For animals like Phez, who deserve so much more than the RHSPCA offers, please consider signing, to send the message to the Harrisonburg City Council that we can and must do better, by partnering with Anicira and making Harrisonburg as friendly of a city to animals as it is to its people.       For those located in Harrisonburg and able to attend the City Council meeting, please find a Facebook event here: where you can mark yourself down as attending with other Friends of Phez and supporters of Valley animals!

Emily Swope
2,800 supporters
Update posted 20 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

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 all 31 other states that 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. Link to the incident that inspired this petition: 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
61,809 supporters