Petition to Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor
Ban Shark Fin Sales In Florida
Please ask the State of Florida to prohibit the possession,sale, trade, purchase, shipping, barter, exchange, or distribution of shark fins whether still intact as part of a whole or partial shark carcass or already dismembered; providing criminal penalties and the assessment of specified fees and costs by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The act of shark finning may be illegal but a loophole in the law allows fisherman to fin the shark at the dock, and contribute to the shark finning trade by export, barter or the any other means mentioned above. Sharks occupy the top of the aquatic food chain and play a critical role in the maintenance of a healthy and functioning marine ecosystem. Data from state, federal, and international agencies show a decline in shark populations both locally and worldwide. The decline in shark populations is an urgent problem that upsets the balance of species in marine ecosystems and constitutes a serious threat to biodiversity. Sharks have particular characteristics that make them more vulnerable to overfishing, as sharks are slow to reach reproductive maturity, birth small litters, and cannot rebuild their populations quickly once overfished. What is Shark Finning? Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the carcass. The shark is most often still alive when it is tossed back into the water. Unable to swim, the shark experiences physical distress and difficulty in maintaining adequate oxygenation, causing millions of sharks to die a slow death by starvation, predation, suffocation, and drowning. Any shark is taken-regardless of age, size, or species. Longlines, used in shark finning operations, are the most significant cause of losses in shark populations worldwide. Shark fins are among the most expensive seafood products, commonly retailing at US$400 per kg. In the United States, where finning is prohibited, some buyers regard the whale shark and the basking shark as trophy species, and pay $10,000 to $20,000 for a fin. Impact of Shark Finning Over 8,000 tons of shark fins are processed each year. The fins only amount to 4% of a shark's bodyweight. This means that some 200,000 tons of shark are thrown back into the sea and discarded. The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Shark Specialist Group say that shark finning is widespread, and that "the rapidly expanding and largely unregulated shark fin trade represents one of the most serious threats to shark populations worldwide" Some shark populations have reduced from 70% in some species and up to 95% in others. Already 18 species of sharks have been listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The shark fin is used as a main ingredient in shark fin soup, which is a Chinese "delicacy." The actual shark fin is tasteless and has no nutritional value, which is why the fin is boiled in a chicken or beef broth to add flavor. The United States Environmental protection agency advises women and young children to avoid it due to high mercury levels. It is devastating that Florida allows participation in the barbaric shark fin trade. Please help us to stop all means of participation within our state in an effort to help save sharks.
Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Stop Hunters from Killing Innocent Bear and Wolf Families
Ever since the initiation of the new Administration in the U.S., environmental and wildlife issues have been given less and less attention and concern. Attempts have been started since day 1 to dismantle protections guarding the safety and preservation of America's lands and animal species. The attacks on the United States' wildlife have just reached a whole new level. I'd like to take this time to bring your attention to an alarming article regarding restrictions on hunting: https://www.thedodo.com/us-house-alaska-bear-wolf-2268102226.html The House of Representatives has voted to overturn bans protecting bear species from being hunted during hibernation, when they're most vulnerable and defenseless. The legislation would also allow innocent wolf families, including pups and their mothers, to be slaughtered in their dens. Further, as stated within the article: "'What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,' Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said on Thursday. 'If the Senate and President concur, we'll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.' The overturning of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ban would also allow hunters to lure animals with food and shoot them at point-blank range." Please contact your senators and urge them to vote against overturning this ban, and stop hunters from slaughtering defenseless animal families.
Petition to Hawaii Governer David Ige, Suzanne D Case, Scott Fretz
STOP the KILLING of DEFENSELESS Hawaiian Seal Pups, and Baby Pacific Turtles!!
URGENT!!! Kanaio Beach Baby Seals and Turtles needs PROTECTIVE HAWAII STATE DEPT. OF FOREST and WILDLIFE GMA ASAP!!!! This defenseless pup has NO defenses against TRUCKS and MOTORCYCLES. It has NO fingers to untangle plastic fisherman's nets. It has NO ability to avoid gasoline and other toxin wastes on Kanaio Beach. Our Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups and Pacific Green Turtle Hatchlings need SAFETY IMMEDIATELY!!! TRUCKS and MOTORCYCLES Beach Driving CRUSHES baby turtles attempting to reach the ocean.Beach Driving, either at night or during the daytime, negatively impacts sea turtles. Night time driving disturbs nesting females, disorient emerging babies, and CRUSHES baby turtles attempting to reach the ocean. Tire ruts left by vehicles can extend the time it takes a baby turtle to reach the ocean and increase their chance of being caught by a predator. Garbage, Plastic Fish Nets, Toxic Waste, Commercial Activity, 4 -wheel drive Motorized Vehicles, Motorbikes destroy this coastline habitat including our precious Hawaiian Monk Seals and Pacific Green Turtles both ENDANGERED SPECIES!! Hawaiian Monk Seals spend most of their time looking for food and avoiding predators. This can make them very tired and requires them to haul out onto the beach for extended periods of rest. Therefore, it is CRITICAL that they have a place to REST and that they are allowed to do so without interruption. Kanaio Beach is a major nesting area of the Pacific Green Sea Turtles. See VIDEO of BABY Turtles heading into the OCEAN!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gds666EIx7c Triple L. Ranch is DIRECTLY OPPOSED to management of this area. They wish to continue their Commercial Private Trail Rides and Jeep Tours and Beach Picnics unimpeded. They had their own petition and protest to stop the state from taking care of this ecosystem. Kanaio requires IMMEDIATE supervision and enforcement in GARBAGE pick up and providing SAFETY for Baby Seal Pups, and Baby Turtles, and all other species. DOFAW HAWAII STATE Management is needed IMMEDIATELY for the protection of Endangered Hawaii Native plants, Hawaiian Monk Seal, The Pacific Green Turtle (Honu) and nearly extinct Pulelehua Moth, and Coastal Hawaiian species within proposed range area. "..Kanaio Community has misused area by littering/dumping, running illegal horseback trailrides, driving jeeps for beach tours over coastal vegetation and archeological sites. These trail rides and barbecue tours have eroded and denuded areas....." Kanaio coastline has anchialine pools containing rare Hawaiian red shrimp or volcano shrimp, and endangered Anchialine Pool shrimpThe cave ecosystem in lava tubes may have unique arthropod communities. Anchialine pools frequently identify regionally rare and sometimes endemic species living in them. In Kanaio, the pools are home to mostly the ʻōpaeʻula (Hawaiian shrimp, Halocaridina rubra LINK TO PROPOSAL:http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/files/2013/09/Enhancement-Proposal-Kanaio-Makai.pdf Honolulu Star Bulletin: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2011/11/10/breaking-news/maui-bull-freed-after-giant-tire-stuck-on-his-head "In this photo provided by the Triple L Ranch, Skywalker, a rodeo bull, is shown with a giant tire that was stuck to his head for about 20 hours in Kula, Hawaii Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. The bull was unable to eat or drink with his head lodged in a truck tire dumped on the property. Ranch owner PCD doesn't know how the tire ended up on Skywalker's head but she's hoping his plight raises awareness about using the rural Kanaio area as a dumping ground. (AP Photo/Triple L Ranch, ) Our island's Baby seals and turtles and their mama's need protection ASAP!! We, the Undersigned, SUPPORT the Hawaii DLNR and The State of Hawaii's Forestry and Wildlife Division, in MOVING FORWARD with the proposal to create a GMA game management area on State Land in beautiful Kanaio!! 5948 acres for all our beautiful, native plant species, and precious animals, and protection on coastline for endangered Sea Animals species! Scott Fretz, Maui branch manager of the DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife: "The county tax map key indicates that the 5,948 acres belong to the State of Hawaii."“There is not any question in the official record that the lands are owned by the state,” Fretz said. “People can disagree politically if the State of Hawaii has a legitimate claim to the lands, but that’s a political issue." Link for Maui News Front Page: http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2016/10/residents-oppose-plans-for-hunting-game-reserve-in-kanaio Link for DLNR Proposal: Agenda LAND DIVISION D-4 Immediate Entry Tax Map Key Number: 210020010000 http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/meeting/submittals/150508/C-4.PDF Link to Tax Key Map Maui County: http://qpublic9.qpublic.net/hi_maui_display.php?county=hi_maui&KEY=210020010000 Maui Branch Manager: Scott Fretz Forestry Program Manager: Lance De Silva Division of Forestry & Wildlife 1955 Main St. Rm. 301 Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: (808) 873-3980 Fax: (808) 984-8111
Petition to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate
We support your efforts to maintain and restore oak savanna, oak woodland, and prairie!
Sand Dunes State Forest is in central Minnesota, and is comprised of approximate 6,000 acres. The area includes monotypic stands of planted pines, and diverse stands of oak savanna, oak woodland, sand prairie, and wetlands. The state forest is a significant site for dozens of rare plant and animal species, as well as globally significant native plant community (oak savanna). The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources has committed to maintaining and restoring areas of oak savanna, oak woodland, and prairie to sustain and improve populations of these rare plant and animal species. Unfortunately, there is a small, but vocal, group of citizens that oppose the restoration projects. Please sign this petition to show your support for DNR, habitat conservation and restoration, and conservation of rare species (including pollinators, birds, reptiles, and much more).
Petition to John Barrasso, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Barbara Boxer, Mitch McConnell, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Amy Klobuchar, Lamar Alexander, Ron Wyden, Richard Burr, Richard Blumenthal, Claire McCaskill, Robert Casey, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Tim Kaine, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, Harry Reid, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul
Tell policy makers to SAVE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
TELL POLICY MAKERS NOT TO GUT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT! The Endangered Species Act, which was implemented in 1973, has protected 99% of endangered and threatened species from going extinct since its origin. The act was instrumental in the conservation and preservation of endangered animals like the bald eagle, the California condor, the gray wolf, and the grizzly bear among thousands of others. Currently congress intends to gut the act and transform it, removing vital protections for thousands of plant and animal species. This would not only have detrimental implications for ecosystems and habitats in our country, but it will negatively affect our economy in regards to eco-tourism. National parks with flagship species like the grizzly bear generate billions of dollars a year for our government, and thousands of people rely on these parks and their benefits in surrounding areas for jobs, etc. It is essential to protect the animals within these ecosystems, not only for the integrity of the future of our nation’s natural habitats, but also for our own economical, ecological, educational, scientific, recreational and aesthetic needs as humans. PLEASE sign the petition below to ensure that the Endangered Species Act remains in tact. Without the protection of the act, wolves will be shot and slaughtered without consequence, a bald eagle’s nest could be cut down out of a tree to make way for an apartment building, and grizzly bear cubs could be gassed alive in their dens. For more information go here - http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/protecting-the-endangered-species-act/
Petition to Matt Caldwell, Tom Goodson, Steve Crisafulli, Jeff Brandes, Thad Altman, Charles Dean
Allow Coastal Florida Cities to Ban Plastic Bags
Plastic Bags are an environmental disaster, especially in the State of Florida, which has a very diverse ecosystem. Plastic bags are killing marine life, causing flooding by clogging storm drains and aren't biodegradable. I started this petition because I couldn't tolerate seeing plastic bags in our beautiful waters, on our beaches and within our cities anymore. It's a dangerous form of litter that needs to be eliminated. Get involved by sharing this petition. Presently, cities are prohibited from regulating plastic bags. House Bill 93 and Senate Bill 0162 will allow coastal cities with under 100,000 in population to pass ordinances which will put them into a pilot program to regulate plastic bags. These bills will give coastal cities local home rule which has been restricted for so many years. http://www.CleanUpMiamiBeach.com
Petition to Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC)
Prevent the Rezoning of "Greycoat Estates"
Previously a horse property, Greycoat Farm at 9255 E. 82nd Street, now being called the "Greycoat Estates" development, was sold to a developer in 2016. The 7.41 acres of pasture and woods are currently zoned to be divided into larger lots of 1 acre or more (D-1, one home/acre), but the developer is petitioning to have the property rezoned to D-2 (two homes/acre) in order to maximize the number of houses he is able to build on the property. Zoning Hearing Date: February 23, 2017Time: TBDLocation: 200 East Washington Street, Second FloorPetition Case no. 2016-ZON-076Tip: Get there early to find parking and find your way to the correct room in the building. The following are community concerns: Home Values - Houses in the new development will be of lower value than those in surrounding neighborhoods and the Geist area in general. This could decrease surrounding area home values. Safe Access to 82nd Street - The property sits near the top of a steep, curved hill on 82nd Street. Additionally, along the property frontage, 82nd Street will be widened to 4 lanes in 2018. From where will the development be safely accessed? Ecology, Erosion, and Water Quality Disturbances - Due to the extreme topography and unique ecological attributes of the area, minor disturbances can have significant impacts to the surround areas. Our area is a gem in Indianapolis and is protected to maintain that status. Within the boundaries of the Sargent Road Association, it is up to the engaged community to preserve the unique character and beauty of the environmentally sensitive Mud Creek Valley. In addition, many nearby residents are on wells and the impact of additional new impervious surfaces (roads, driveways, roofs, structures) and additional waste, causes concern and presents unknown consequences. Adherence to the recommendations of the 1992 & 2006 Lawrence Township Comprehensive Land Use Plans which seeks to: • Protect the aquifer & our city’s drinking water • Protect the wetlands • Protect the woodlands • Keep development densities to no more than 1 unit per acre • Avoid soil erosion by minimally developing, if at all, the slopes of the Valley • Protect Mud Creek & its flood fringe • Preserve open space • Promote designated Urban Conservation • Closely scrutinize development In summary, the Mud Creek Valley is a very unique, beautiful, and special area of Indianapolis. It is up to us, the residents of the valley and surrounding areas to protect and preserve it in its natural state for as long as we can. We cannot let an individual's shortsighted financial gain ruin the beauty of our community that took nature hundreds of years to create. Please join your neighbors, and sign this petition in opposition of the rezoning and development of 7979 Lantern Road a/k/a 9255 East 82nd Road. In addition, we would like to organize as many people as possible to attend the hearing to stand when the council asked for those opposed to the development to do so. ------------------- Current Status & Description: Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC), Division of Planning, Petition Case no. 2016-ZON-076 Site is 7.41 acres, mostly cleared pasture. Petitioner (owner of property) desires to develop the property into individual residential homes. He requests that the MDC increase the density from D-1 (one home/acre) to D-2 (two homes/acre). President of Sargent Road Association (SRA) wrote a letter, dated 6/5/2016 to the owner of the property explaining the process he must follow to seek approval through the division of Planning of MDC. No reply. SRA is in communication with the planner working on this case, and with the petitioner’s attorney. Hearing date on the zoning change request was originally set for December 29, 2016. An automatic continuance was ﬁled by petitioner so he could prepare a site plan and establish installation of sewer and water infrastructure. The new hearing date has been set for January 26, 2017, City County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. There are several cases scheduled to be heard that day, between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm. We will not know the precise time of this case until we arrive. At the hearing: the Petitioner is allowed 15 minutes to present his request. SRA President, John Lindstaedt, will then have 15 minutes to respond. SRA has invited our area’s City County counselor, Michael McQuillen, to speak. Staff of the Division of Planning will then be asked for their assessment of the proposed development and zoning change request for increased density. Finally, a vote will be cast by the Metropolitan Development Commission. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the hearing. They will be asked to stand in common opposition to the zoning change request to 2 homes-per-acre. Their presence is inﬂuential in the vote by the commission. The SRA membership, Mud Creek Conservancy members, abutting property owners, and concerned neighbors will be invited and encouraged to attend the hearing. For additional info, please visit http://www.sargentroadassociation.org.