Petition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Ft. Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, Brazoria County Judge L.M. "Matt" Sebesta, JR, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal
30 Day Hold from Euthanasia for Harvey Animals in Texas
We are writing this petition, in hopes of having a mandatory 30 day hold for all displaced animals in all Texas shelters due to Hurricane Harvey and for any other area disasters in Texas in the future. With a disaster of this magnitude there are still many stranded, homeless and devastated people and families who were separated from their pets due to the flood waters, destroyed homes, and the rescue process. Numerous people are still without cars, transportation or the means to locate their pets. OVERVIEW: The animal situation in Houston and Texas is dire. Dozens of thousands of strays, at one point conservatively estimated at 1.2 million, were on the streets before Hurricane Harvey. There are few laws about breeding, selling or spaying/neutering animals with little or no enforcement of any laws that do exist. Backyard breeding and dog fighting, especially involving the bully breeds, is rampant. Dogs and puppies are sold openly out of cars in parking lots. The Houston SPCA (HSPCA) is overwhelmed with the many reports of cruelty as animals are dumped and wander the streets. Only a couple of places offer low cost spay/neuter and there are few if no free clinics. Shelters are already over-crowded and animals can be killed in 3 days under city law if strays/owner surrenders are not adopted out. Thousands and thousands DIE yearly. This is true for Harris County, Brazoria County, Ft. Bend, Montgomery, and Galveston County which can all be considered part of the greater Houston area as they are bedroom communities to Houston. THE NEED FOR A 30 DAY HOLD FOR HARVEY ANIMALS: There is no current legislation protecting displaced animals for longer than the typical 3 day hold time at government animal control shelters during a disaster - meaning an animal coming into a county or municipal or any animal shelter could be legally euthanized after only 72 hours. People report that FEMA: (https://www.fema.gov/pdf/conferences/iaconference/2010/wednesday_830am_household_pets_intro_1.pdf - Page 7) and the Federal PETS Act: (http://www.akc.org/content/news/articles/federal-pets-act-information/ ) require hold times for 30 days or more in a disaster area to reunite people with pets. However, we have found no written documentation or information that supports this and have learned there is no mandate to hold animals in a government animal control/shelter for longer than usual hold times of 3 days (72 hours) during a disaster. It is each animal shelter's discretion in the State of Texas as to whether they extend the hold time or not. Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and has numerous animal shelters located in different areas for families to locate their pet. But, to our knowledge, NONE of the government animal control animal shelters are no kill shelters. There are only 2 no kill animal shelters in and around the Houston area, both of which are private shelters - Friends for Life and Special Pals. Many animals that came in at the beginning of Harvey are already out of "time" and legally can be, have been, and are being euthanized at this very moment. Indeed, some unfortunate animals are rapidly approaching their 30 day hold limit for shelters that did agree to give the 30 days. There are unimaginable numbers of displaced animals and Austin Pets Alive nonprofit has already taken in more than 1000 displaced pets from Hurricane Harvey and expects to reach 2000 soon if not more. Many local nonprofit organizations and out of town rescue groups and nonprofits such as Best Friends Animal Society are doing all they can to rescue and care for thousands of Texas animals, with many more to be rescued - hopefully to be reunited with their families or placed into new homes if the families cannot take them. However, this time limit is tremendously challenging for people who have already lost so much. Record-keeping of the displaced animals appears to be chaotic and animals are being transferred out of town/area, making it even more difficult for people to simply LOCATE their pet. Government animal shelters requirement to only hold displaced Harvey animals for 3 days is, in our opinion, inhumane for both the animals and their families who have likely lost everything. Rescue groups cannot even plan to save these animals or transfer them to safety or to fosters if they are rushed to euthanasia in just 3 days. Found animals are now being directed to BARC or HSPCA - the kill shelters now! There are still thousands of injured and/or stray animals. The City of Houston does not want to address these problems. Ignoring the problem will not resolve the issues. Right now individuals and rescues are desperately forming groups and transport chains to try to pull dogs/cats and get them to safety - but the numbers are staggering....and overwhelming and they are running out of time in many cases. It's extremely challenging, if not impossible, to reunite animals with only a 3 day hold, or even the 30 day hold that is soon ending. Many are elderly people who cannot get to computers to search through the multiple difficult data bases to look for an animal they may be missing, and in many cases animals are not even showing up in the data bases. A better system must ultimately be put into place so this does not happen again. One database for all animals involved would help, better evacuation plans and shelters taking pets would help, suspending euthanizing at local shelters while animals are moved to rescues or foster groups would help, mainstreaming and keeping records to where animals are moved would help. In short, a greater discussion must be had very soon about the problem with the over pet population in the greater Houston area and surrounding counties, along with what to do in these emergencies. In the meantime, we are asking the State of Texas, and the animal shelters for The City of Houston, Harris County, Brazoria County, Ft. Bend County, Montgomery County, Galveston County and all the surrounding cities and areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to PLEASE have compassion for these animals and their families. Please give them a chance to reunite with their families if they can be, by instituting a state-wide minimum 30 day hold, for the sake of the Harvey victims and their beloved pets. Thank you. Signed, The Righteous Paws Group (formerly The Go Team Rescue Group) Wendy Thompson, Mia Bendixsen Shorey, Sheri Boyd Haynes, Godiva K. Guillory, Lisa Carroll, Tara Taheri, Francene Chlon Weber, Chrystal Spencer, Rebecca Kornblum, Sallie Humphries, Deanna L. Lopez, Jimisu Balko, Tina Eilders, Ashley Cyrena Johnson Photo Credit: Nancy Wilmont. Photo taken of actual Hurricane Harvey displaced dogs rescued by Angie Shawn Sanchez. Angie rescued the lucky mom and 10 puppies and currently is caring for all of them. The photo was taken when the pups were loaded into her car. Shelters in Corpus Christi where these dogs are located are able to euthanize in 3 days. Another mom and her pups was picked up by the county shelter the same day. They were euthanized.
Petition to David Abney, UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS Corporate office: 404-828-6000, Frederick W. Smith CEO FEDEX, FedEx Corporation 942 South Shady Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 USA (FEDEX), 1.901.369.3600. Fedex corp number.
Tell UPS/FEDEX to start shipping again to areas affected by hurricane Maria and Irma.
Hundreds of thousand, if not Millions of families are starving in Puerto Rico because families cannot get supplies to their love ones. Families are being forced to only take out $20.00 a day from ATM's. (You are also on-line for 6-8 hours to pull out $20.00 from your account. The branches are not open, despite what their US branches say. You then have to decide between gas (standing in line can take up to 12 hours) and food (6-8 hours), because to look for food and necessities you must drive around for hours, looking for food, medical supplies and most importantly (Water) mind you it’s in the 90's most of the time. But there are millions of families all over the world that want to help!! I have two shipments with emergency food just sitting in Carolina, PR, Puerto Rico at the UPS, and my Mom with 4 kids, my niece and husband are starving, with only 4-5 bottles of water left. Other families are less fortunate. If Walmart and other carries can receive there supplies, why not the people that are fighting to live... Below is a picture of a town in Humacao, PR, they wrote SOS/we need water and food, please answer the call. If safety is an issue please contact the president and tell him, help us help them, send the national guard...PLEASE WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL???? TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!!! PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ASK THEM TO SIGN AND DO THE SAME BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.....
Petition to Government Officials of Nepal, Local Officals and leaders
Immediate attempt to rescue and relief the Flood Victims.
Nepal suffers with a heavy Flood and Landslide every year. Every year so many Nepalese are being the victim of it. And the worst part is, no proper measure are being adopted to protect the victims from getting victimized. Nepal government is silent for this cause. Yes, Floods and Landslides are natural disaster and cannot be stopped or controlled. But their consequences could definitely be minimized. Recently different parts of Nepal especially the Terai region is highly affected by disastrous Flood. Many people have lost their life and many are still missing. The houses are destructed and many are starving. We are all well known to it. Government needs to give serious attention to this issue and work out on it so that the consequences of such natural disaster could be minimized. Government could priorly restrict upon the areas where there are threats of flood and landslide or adopt any other measures. This is a high time. Lets come together. Lets act against it. Lets sign the petition and Lets make a change. Certainly government shall hear us.
Petition to FedEx
FedEx needs to offer cheap rate to USVI and PR emergency supply packages.
We respectively request FedEx to offer a special code that can be used by stateside Americans to significantly reduce the cost to send emergency relief packages to family, friends, and other people living in the United States Virgin Islands and The United States territory of Puerto Rico. This code should significantly reduce the cost associated with sending these time sensitive and immediately needed supplies. Currently the cost to send a 30-35lb package from zip code 54455 to 00802 is being quoted at roughly $700. The same package to Naples FL is being quoted at $40-$60. This is unacceptable given the nature of the need to get supplies to the USVI as fast as possible.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Give Puerto Rico disaster relief
*Are you impacted by this issue? We are looking for a passionate signer to take ownership of this petition. Click here to learn more.* Puerto Rico is still reeling from natural disasters. Families haven’t been able to rebuild their lives or their homes, and the House and Senate refuse to come to come to a consensus and pass a disaster relief bill. Over a year ago, Hurricane Irma and Maria overtook Puerto Rico and left the island’s infrastructure to pieces. As of right now, Puerto Rico residents are forced to survive only on food-stamp allocations — and that has also been cut. It’s a program that many elderly Puerto ricans use to buy basic necessities like detergent and toothpaste. There is a bill that has already passed the House with hundreds of millions of dollars that is necessary for Puerto Rico, but the Senate struck it down. The comprehensive House bill would help those impacted by hurricanes in Florida, North and South Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia, as well as the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, the wildfires in California, the typhoons that impacted the Pacific territories, and for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some in the Senate are trying to strip away money that Puerto Rico desperately needs. Ensure that your voice is heard and this doesn’t happen. Urge the House and Senate to come together and pass an all-encompassing bill. Puerto Rico needs our help now more than ever.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Ted Poe, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Al Green, Gene Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael T. McCaul, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Olson, Brian Babin
Change Addicks and Barker Reservoir Design
We, the undersigned, petition Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn along with congressional representatives of the State of Texas to co-sponsor a bill that 1) bans the US Army Corps of Engineers from operating the Addicks or Barker Reservoir above the elevation of government-owned land and 2) compensates homeowners inside the Addicks and Barker reservoirs for whom they flooded when they retained water past the elevation of the government-owned land during Hurricane Harvey and 3) protects homeowners downstream when water is released. This deliberate act of retaining water on private land in August, 2017 (which was publicly confirmed by the ACOE and Harris County Flood Control in front of Congressman Poe on 9/21/2017) caused devastating physical damage and is a clear case of Inverse Condemnation - a violation of the homeowners' 5th amendment constitutional rights: "...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." Rather than hire private attorneys and have them receive the majority of the compensation owed to the homeowners, this petition aims to see that homeowners receive the full compensation due them. It is directed toward the attorneys hired to represent these homeowners in Congress when they elected them and paid them with tax money. The US Army Corps of Engineers has stated it will take an act of Congress to change the design of the reservoirs. The government operates these reservoirs beyond the point of the land that they own. They built the reservoirs and then sold much of the land inside of it to private developers who built and sold homes to private citizens. As a local realtor, I know that the material fact that these homes were INSIDE the reservoir was not disclosed to home buyers. In fact, homeowners were regularly and publicly misled by government officials to believe that their homes are BEHIND the reservoir rather than in it (even during the flood event). This is our petition: With all due respect, we ask Texas representatives of the US Congress to represent their constituents, acting sooner than later, so that families can recover the compensation due them, rebuild, and know that their private property will no longer be a part of the reservoir design. We request 1) compensation for damages due to inverse condemnation AND 2) that the maximum pool level of the reserviors not exceed the elevation of government-owned land. 3) We also request that the design include changes to protect downstream private property with responsible releases of the water.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Pres. Trump: Hands off Puerto Rico Disaster Funds
In an effort to find funding for President Trump's border wall it has been suggested the President may declare a state of emergency and make use of Disaster Relief funds already allocated to Puerto Rico, California and Florida for ongoing disaster relief efforts.If President Trump were to divert money already allocated to ongoing disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico countless Americans suffering today would be directly impacted. As much of the funds already appropriated toward disaster relief in Puerto Rico have yet to be dispersed this would mean an already slow and underfunded recovery effort along with vital disaster relief efforts may come to a halt due to a lack of funding. This would have catastrophic consequences on Americans in Puerto Rico and would negatively effect both the ongoing physical and economic recovery on our island.Please sign + share the petition!**If you wish to donate to our cause and efforts at Progress Puerto Rico please do so directly by visiting: ProgressPuertoRico.org/donate
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Congress, The White House, Donald Trump
First Responder Status for the Line Industry
I do not know one Lineman that expects praise, recognition or thanks. However, these brave, hardworking men and women risk their lives everyday to bring comfort and security to people's homes. That is on an easy day! On a storm it gets even worse through sleep deprivation, lack of food and water and horrible weather. I am starting this petition to have those in the Line Industry to be legally recognized as First Responders. Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the United States I have seen post after post on social media sites complaining. Complaining we all have come to get used to, it's expected, but for Linemen and their crews to be turned away from places (restaurants, City Hall's, etc) and not be offered any sort of refreshment because they're not first responders is appalling! They deserve so much better than the treatment they are being given and their families deserve to be able to know that yes, their spouse or significant other is okay and safe. These men rush straight into the storm while others are running away. If that isn't what a brave, courageous first responder looks like, than I truly do not know what does. **Senate Resolution 95, does not "officially" name Linemen as First Responders but does designate a day of recognition, National Lineman's Appreciation Day (April 18th) 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. RES. 95 Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 10, 2013Mr. Isakson (for himself and Mr. Bennet) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to RESOLUTIONRecognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Whereas the profession of linemen is steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition; Whereas linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes; Whereas linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing; Whereas linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States; Whereas linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work; and Whereas April 18, 2013, would be an appropriate date to designate as National Lineman Appreciation Day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate— (1) recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety; and (2) supports the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.