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Petition to Ron DeSantis

Reinstate water protections to make Florida’s coasts safe again

Over the last eight years, Florida’s state government has chipped away at environmental regulations, even cutting $700 million in funding for water protections. Now agribusinesses near Lake Okeechobee can use more pesticides and fertilizers - without any penalties for the damages this runoff causes. These cuts have gutted Florida’s ability to protect communities from environmental pollution. Right now, both of Florida’s coasts are experiencing a massive and unprecedented red tide and green algae bloom that’s lasted six months, with no end in sight. Rick Scott will not be leading Florida’s environmental policies anymore, but Ron DeSantis will. Ron DeSantis has a chance to reinstate millions of dollars for water protections and beef up environmental pollution standards. Sign this petition and tell Florida’s next governor to stand up for clean water, and reinstate funding for water protections. We’re now in the midst of hurricane season, where storm surges of 8-12 feet could send toxic red tide and green algae infested water into people’s homes. Floridians need a comprehensive plan now. Sign this petition to tell Ron DeSantis to stand up for clean water, reinstate full funding for water protections, and bring back common sense environmental protections that Rick Scott abolished. For half a decade, both coasts of Florida have suffered from guacamole-thick green algae and intensive red tides that can almost be clocked to planned releases from Lake Okeechobee. In the past, these releases did not have such dire effects on Florida’s coasts. $700 million in cuts for water protections and drastic environmental de-regulations have allowed businesses to dump more nutrient-rich runoff into Lake Okeechobee. Red tide and green algae literally consume the oxygen in waterways, suffocating marine and plant life to death. The gasses emitted by these blooms can also have dire impacts for the respiratory and nervous system health of people in coastal communities - not to mention the economic effects of losses to tourism and business closures. That’s why it’s so important for the next leader of Florida to come forward with a plan and a commitment to protect Florida’s coasts from this environmental disaster. Tell Ron DeSantis to put forward a comprehensive plan that reinstates funding to protect Florida’s waterways, and stand up for clean water and a healthy Florida.

Finley B
3,691 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor

Repeal the law requiring Florida gambling facilities to offer greyhound racing.

More than half of the greyhound races held in the US are in the state of Florida. Since May 2013, nearly 400 dogs have died at Florida tracks — some had their necks broken, some died of heat stroke, and still others were electrocuted to death. I’ve spent decades working to bring racing dogs back to health after they have been subjected to horrifying treatment like being kept in cramped, solitary cages for twenty or more hours a day, and even being dosed with illegal drugs like cocaine. Here’s the thing: Florida gambling facilities don’t even want to hold greyhound races in the first place — but they’re required to by a state law that mandates dog racing. If this harmful state dog racing mandate is repealed, greyhound racing will slowly phase out and end in the Sunshine State. I’ve spent 20 years working to help injured, worn-out greyhounds rescued from the racing industry. Adoption groups like mine are doing all we can, but there are far more of these amazing animals who need help than we are ever able to bring back to health. Until this law changes, we’re facing an unwinnable battle. Tell the Florida legislature that it’s time to repeal the law that requires gambling facilities to conduct greyhound racing. There is no reason for this animal cruelty to continue, especially when the businesses operating the race tracks don’t want to keep them going in the first place. Greyhound racing hasn’t been profitable in Florida for years. Last year alone, Florida tracks lost $32 million holding greyhound races. Even the state is losing money on dog racing, because the costs of regulating the races exceed revenues. The state dog racing mandate is a loser for everyone. The tracks are losing money, taxpayers are taking a loss, and the greyhounds are losing their lives. Tell the Florida State Legislature to stop keeping greyhound racing alive, and to repeal the law requiring that tens of thousands of greyhound races take place in the state each year.

Marilyn Varnberg for Greyhound Adoption of Florida and GREY2K USA
219,570 supporters