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beaches

17 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sunsations , Ronnie Sibony, Larry Bublick

Sunsations: Hermit Crabs Aren't Souvenirs!

Hermit crabs are complex animals who can live for over 30 years in their natural habitat, the tropical seashore. These social beings thrive in large colonies and often sleep piled up together. They enjoy climbing, foraging, and exploring and even work in teams to find food. When two crabs meet for the first time, they become acquainted through an elaborate exchange of clicking noises. These sensitive animals will even rub and nurse their wounds when they’re injured. Every single land hermit crab sold in souvenir shops like Sunsations—hundreds of thousands every year—has been caught from the wild, as these animals do not breed readily in captivity. Investigative footage has revealed that to the souvenir industry, hermit crabs are nothing more than disposable trinkets. A shocking investigation of one hermit crab supplier* in Florida, for example, recently revealed what happens to many hermit crabs after being ripped from the seashore, before they reach store shelves: They are confined in filthy, crowded warehouses by the thousands and tossed in bags with hundreds of others to be shipped to retailers. Hermit crabs depend on their natural shells for protection, yet in another video, these delicate animals are shown being forcibly shoved into painted shells to be sold to tourists. Clearly, for an industry that profits off selling millions of these tiny animals, animal welfare isn't even an afterthought. Once at the boardwalk, hermit crabs are sold to tourists in tiny, barren cages with some pebbles and a plastic palm tree. Deprived of everything natural to them, they are destined to die in mere months. They often spend their short captive lives slowly perishing from suffocation because their modified gills require high humidity to breathe. These crabs also need deep substrate to molt and grow; without it, their bodies will halt the molting process until their death. Many are slowly poisoned by chlorinated tap water and the toxic paint adorning their shells. Hermit crabs don’t care if they’re pink or purple, but they pay with their lives because we do. Sunsations is a beloved family store—but it is also one of the largest sellers of wild hermit crabs on the East Coast. Its customers would be shocked to learn that these crabs are wild animals who are torn from their habitats to be sold in barren, crowded conditions that lead to their untimely deaths. Please join us in telling Sunsations to stop supporting the cruel hermit crab trade. Urge it replace the sale of living hermit crabs—who are so much more than mere trinkets—with non-living souvenirs that will truly last for generations to come instead of rotting in a cage by summer's end. To learn more, visit www.PlightoftheHermies.org. Thank you. *PETA investigation, not a Sunsations supplier

Plight of the Hermies
54,783 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to East Hampton Town Trustees

Keep Our Beaches Clean and free of Trash Cans - Village of East Hampton

We all know there is a serious trash and litter issue plaguing the entire Town of East Hampton, the Village and Hamlets however, it's imperative that we do not jeopardize our most important resources, like our beaches, shorelines and waters. These areas belong to the residents of East Hampton, open to the public but, they are managed by the oldest governing body in America, the East Hampton Town Trustees.  Some years ago, the Village of East Hampton added 30, 80lb. trash receptacles onto 4 public (Town Trustee owned) beaches USED by the Village of East Hampton, during the months of June, July, August and part of September. These trash cans were moved from the traditional location where the pavement of the parking lot meets the sand (beach head), halfway closer to the ocean and directly ON the beach itself. The Village did this on their own, and in 2015 refused to remove them after being directed to do so by the EH Town Trustees. The East Hampton Town Trustees mysteriously backed off and allowed the dumping stations to remain ON the beaches. They've reappeared each summer since, and so has the damaging and visually appalling filth,... every night and every morning. The Village crews do a commendable job maintaining them during the day BUT, the serious problem beings after the last late afternoon dumping, and into the next morning. During this time, the cans remain on the beaches throughout the night and creates a beacon for abuse, along with illegal and excessive dumping occurring daily with little to NO enforcement countering the yearly routine. The cans fill up early in the evening and then folks pile trash around and on top of the receptacles. Our beautiful and abundant wildlife can't help but get drawn in to this filth and they begin ripping into the trash and spreading it about. Birds injure each other fighting over the debris that only makes them sick after ingesting. Other animals get sick and die. All along, the trash and litter is now vulnerable to even the slightest ocean breeze which sends the filth either east or west along our shorelines or into our protected dunes. Imagine what a real wind does to these overflowing trash cans at night. The very worst case scenario is when it blows the trash into the ocean where it now becomes potentially fatal to marine mammals and the health of our already suffering oceans. All this destruction has been documented over and over in both still and motion film, and cannot be denied. Another undeniable fact is that "Trash Cans" are "DUMPING STATIONS" and do NOT belong on the beach. They set a terrible environmental precedent. The dumping stations belong at the beach heads where they are protected from the elements by the dunes on either side, and where the focus of trash and litter is NOT ON the beach. East Hampton Town has begun their "Carry In, Carry Out" so, why confuse and contradict such an important necessity, unless your striving for failure. What the Village is perceiving as a daytime convenience, is really promoting laziness, which is the major cause of littering to begin with.  In 2017, I ran for EH Town Trustee and won easily with no political experience. My community service record of crusading against trash and litter carried me to a clear win. I fought all summer to have the cans removed but, I could not gain the support of 6 Trustees, out of 9 (counting myself) to make it a reality, even at a time when the world is doing EVERYTHING they possibly can to make the right environmental choices. Unmanaged trash cans on the beaches during unsupervised hours is clearly NOT a good environmental choice, yet the Village of East Hampton insists on burdening those environmentally conscious residents that the beaches belong to, by continuing this destructive practice. Please sign my petition if you agree that Dumping Stations (Trash cans) don't belong on our beautiful beaches, that the Village of East Hampton uses. I'm not using this petition as an instrument to force change, I'm using it to document the public's opinion on this matter. 

Dell Cullum
499 supporters
This petition won 7 months ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Mayor Mitchell E. Reeves, John Stinson, Jimmy Hill, M. Blythe Waters, Mitchell Harding, Lenny Curry

Help Stop the innocent Baby Sea Turtles from DYING in FLORIDA!Light Pollution is Dangerous

After hatching, baby sea turtles head to the brightest light they see. Under normal conditions this instinct directs them to the moon which in turn leads the turtles to the ocean. However, artificial lights (Light Pollution) from beachfront houses will confuse the turtles and cause them to head in the wrong direction. When these turtles head away from the ocean and to artificial lights, they lose their chance of survival. To prevent sea turtle deaths caused by light confusion, light ordinances in nearby Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach require that beachfront houses must turn off all lights when sea turtles are hatching. Failure to comply results in fines. Ordinances like these prevent thousands of sea turtle deaths each year. Unfortunately, my community of Atlantic Beach does not have this city ordinance. I have seen the effects of this firsthand. I have seen the bodies of baby sea turtles eaten alive by crabs. They never had a chance at life all because homeowners did not turn off their lights during hatching. This becomes all the more frustrating because there is a simple solution to end the tragedy. We demand the city of Atlantic Beach, Florida to implement a mandatory sea turtle protection light ordinance, including enforcement, equal to those in neighboring Jacksonville and Neptune Beach. The ordinance is needed to protect the endangered and threatened sea turtles who use Atlantic Beach to nest and hatch a vital new generation. Help me get the word out and give these little babies a fighting chance to live -- sign and share the petition today.

Casey Jones
118,124 supporters