Petition to Kenneth Feld, Feld Entertainment
Send the Ringling Bros Elephants to Sanctuaries
As of May 2016 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey retired all elephants from their circus performances, and moved them to the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation located in Polk City, FL. It is a breeding facility that, despite plans to end their circuses altogether, will continue to breed elephants; possibly to put them on exhibit either at the center or a location nearby that has yet to be decided. There are no plans for rehabilitation and relocation for them to be released into their natural habitat, or plans for a more natural sanctuary. Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, who owns the center and the previously mentioned circuses, argues they are breeding to conserve the species. However actions speak louder than words in that the center has done nothing to repopulate wild elephants. It would seem most of Feld's concern lies in what profits he can make off the elephants in the future. Several problems arise concerning this center for 'conservation'. The area in which the elephants are held is flat, barren, with sparse vegetation. Females and younger elephants are occasionally allowed to roam in larger pastures, though are often penned for the entire day on nothing but an acre of sand. Males are constantly kept in these small pens. Some are given rubber balls, trees, chunks of concrete, or old tires to keep them occupied; but none of the work for long. Elephants have been found pacing, standing wearily with no spark or initiative to play or entertain themselves. One example would be a three year old female who has worn a foot deep, 30 foot oval around the tire in her pen; a clear example of zoochosis due to boredom. As intelligent animals, elephants require a broad spectrum of items and activities to keep them occupied and happy, and therefore healthy. Elephants are trained from birth to sleep in barns, shackled, which is where they are fed once, maybe twice a day. They sleep on nothing but concrete floors, which are only cleaned once in the morning. Per usual with Ringling and B&B bullhooks are used for training, from birth. Also known to be used for training baby elephants are stun guns, and cattle prods for all elephants. They continue to breed elephants despite having no real "use" for them; one male alone has fathered 24 calves in his 48 years. Typically males do not start successfully reproducing until their 30s. The treatment and housing of these gentle giants is unacceptable at the least. Demand that Feld Entertainment truly retire their elephants to REAL sanctuaries.
Petition to Governor Rick Scott, Senator Bill Nelson, Florida Fish And Wildlife, Amber Whittle, Administrator Gina McCarthy
Demand Hunting Regulations for Florida Coyotes
In Florida there are currently no laws to protect coyotes. There is no closed season on hunting coyotes, and no regulations on the means to hunt them. According to our statewide hunting regulations, you may use all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols.Coyotes are an important part of any ecosystem, and perhaps more important in Florida due to the local extinction of the red wolf. Coyotes prey on rabbits and rodents, which can be pests to local farmers. They also prey on smaller predators such as raccoons, foxes, and feral cats that prey on small mammals, birds and bird nests, some of which are endangered. By having coyotes, ecosystems remain in check by helping the smaller survive. Also, by having a larger predator around, foliage and habitats do not get destroyed by unchecked populations of prey animals. Coyotes are highly misunderstood creatures with a whole slew of myths surrounding them. Encounters between coyotes and livestock and pets have been limited, the coyotes are mostly drawn to pets left without protection or trash left outside. They are skittish animals and prefer not to interact with humans. As taken from a dispelling coyote myths site, as quoted " In the words of the past Chief Game Biologist for Mississippi, H.E. Alexander, “Reports of livestock damage from these animals seems to be more dependent on popular attitudes and emotional reactions to conspicuous evidence of depredations at some time and place than on actual fluctuations [of coyote populations]” "Taken from the Florida Fish & Wildlife website, "No humans have been the target of attacks in Florida." Coyotes are social animals, creating strong family bonds within their packs. They breed during winter and typically have their pups in early spring. For the survival of the ecosystem, and humane treatment of coyotes, it is crucial a set hunting season be put into place to help preserve these animals, with regulations on the methods used to kill them.
Petition to Adam H Putman, Carol Leger, Lawrence J. Hribard PhD (Senior Entomologist), Andrea Leal ( Director FKMCD Management), Phillip Goodman, Jill Cranney Gage, Brandon Pinder (Secretary-Treasurer), Stanley M. Zuba, MD (Commisioner), Beth Ranson, Danny Kolhage, Anderson H. (Andy) Racley, Ileana Ross- Lehtinen, Curtis Allen, George Neugent, Heather Carruthers, David Rice, Sylvia Murphy, Roman Gastesi Jr., Anderson H. (Andy) Rackley, Steven E. Dwinell, Angela Weeks-Samanie, Kelly Friend, Patricia Lucas, Tom McDonald, Commissioner, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez- Cantera, Governor Rick Scott
Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys
Right now, a British company named Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviroment of the Florida Keys. The company wants to use the Florida Keys as a testing ground for these mutant bugs. Even though the local community in the Florida Keys has spoken -- we even passed an ordinance demanding more testing -- Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent. Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: superweeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects also collateral damage to ecosystems. A recent news story reported that the monarch butterfly population is down by half in areas where Roundup Ready GM crops are doused with ultra-high levels of herbicides that wipe out the monarch's favorite milkweed plant. What about our native species of Florida Keys Bats. Are there any studies being conducted to see if these mosquitoes will harm the native bat population? Why would we not expect GM (genetically modified) insects, especially those that bite humans, to have similar unintended negative consequences? Will the more virulent Asian tiger mosquito that also carries dengue fill the void left by reductions in A. aegypti? Will the dengue virus mutate (think antibiotic resistant MRSA) and become even more dangerous? There are more questions than answers and we need more testing to be done. Will the public be able to stop this program from happening if we don't want it? We were told that "public opinion would be taken into account." Dengue fever has been absent from the Florida Keys for years, which indicates the current methods of control and public education are working. What's the rush for this radical approach? Where is the third-party, peer-reviewed research on effectiveness and safety of GM mosquitoes other than Oxitec's own claims of success? Don't let Oxitec bully our community! We say no to genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys!
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.
Petition to Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, John Rutherford, Ron DeSantis, Stephanie Murphy, Bill Posey, Darren Soto, Brian Mast, Daniel Webster, Gus Bilirakis, Charlie Christ, Kathy Castor, Dennis Ross, Vern Buchanan, Francis Rooney, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Mario Diaz-Balart
Tell Governor Scott that chronic pain is real and that his opioid stipulations are unfair.
Dear Governor Scott,My mother had an extensive surgery in March of 2016. It was and still is the only surgery of its kind. It was performed by Dr. Hirschl, a renowned neuro surgeon, who is apart of SHANDS at ORMC in Orlando, FL. It was a 14 hour surgery with a high risk of death, paralysis, coma, inability to ever breathe without a machine, etc. In the words of Dr. Hirschl, it was a medical miracle that she survived this surgery and that she no longer has spinal cord compression. While she no longer has neuro symptoms, she is in extreme debilitating pain. This pain haunts her every minute of every day. She is on the minimum amount of opioids that she can take (prescribed by her pain clinic) to get by. Despite this high dose of medication, she suffers every minute of everyday. If you look at her back without a shirt, you will see layers of burn marks from laying on a heating pad, at too hot of a heat setting, every day to try and curb the pain. The pain from this surgery affects her quality of life. We've tried acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and the list goes on. Nothing can lower her pain enough to improve her quality of life. If you look at her MRI you will not question this. She has had several vertebrae removed, and her neck and upper back are made almost entirely of metal. She has no movement of her head or neck whatsover. She visibly has bolts and screws that stick out of her bony body. Please when you are making this deicision to make opioids a three day prescription, remember those who have chronic pain. She cannot live without her pain medication. Not because she is some drug abuser. But because she has a very serious CHRONIC medical condition following a very extensive one of a kind surgery that has left her crippled. The amount of pain she experiences everyday with pain medication is so great, she could not live without it. Please do not do this to her. Do not to this to the thousands of people who are barely getting by because they have documented, chronic pain. Consider those who need opioid pain medication to get by. My mom doesn't want to take pain pills. She doesn't want to be in pain. She wishes none of this ever happened and she could live a normal life. But she can't. Don't take away the only thing making her pain somewhat manageable to live through. Chronic pain is real. The cost of co-pays for three day supplies of medication is going to be a financial burden for many. Governor Scott says a 7 day supply will be allowed for extenuating circumstances. At best, those with chronic pain will have prescriptions for a maximum of 7 days if further criteria is met. This is going to affect more people than just those with chronic pain. Those receiving palliative care, those in hospice, people with cancer, etc., are going to be affected. In addition to a financial burden of constant doctors visits and medication copays, the physical burden, of endless trips, for those and their caretakers will be just as unfair. Please sign this petition so that Governor Scott will consider those who are in chronic pain when he attempts to make changes to opioid prescriptions, limiting them to only 3 days. Thank you.
Petition to Rick Scott, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Bill Nelson, Mark Ruffalo, Pharrell Williams, Willie Nelson, Dennis Baxley, Aaron Bean, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Lauren Book, Randolph Bracy, Rob Bradley, Jeff Brandes, Oscar Braynon, Doug Broxson, Daphne Campbell, Jeff Clemens, Greenpeace USA, Gary Farmer, Anitere Flores, George Gainer, Bill Galvano, Rene Garcia, Audrey Gibson, Denise Grimsley, Dorothy Hukill, Greg Steube, Travis Hutson, Jack Latvala, Tom Lee, Debbie Mayfield, Bill Montford, Joe Negron, Kathleen Passidomo, Keith Perry, Bobby Powell, Kevin Rader, Jose Rodriguez, Darryl Rouson, Wilton Simpson, Kelli Stargel, Linda Stewart, Perry Thurston, Victor Torres, Dana Young
Ban Styrofoam Packaging and Plastic Bags in Florida
Florida is plagued with a frightening problem. A problem that’s catastrophic for the environment and detrimental to your health. Are you aware that Styrofoam never decomposes? And further, did you know that Styrofoam is created from several dangerous, cancer causing chemicals including benzene and styrene? Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. It’s a petroleum-based plastic that once used and disposed of, stays in our environment forever. Plastic bags are causing another horrific environmental crisis. Disposable plastic bags may be convenient but are a massive source of man-made pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around one trillion disposable plastic bags are used each year and less than 5 percent are recycled! In the United States, we use over 380 billion plastic bags yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create. Plastic bags remain in landfills, forests, and oceans for at least 450 years! Plastic bags are especially harmful to Florida’s oceans as they trap, suffocate, disfigure, and cause death to marine animals. Both Styrofoam and plastic are light enough to float in water, which can be seen as food sources to some aquatic life. Therefore, the environmental impact of Styrofoam and plastic is disastrous. Manatees, fish, and even land animals can mistake these materials for food, which can harm or kill them. For example, a floating plastic bag may look like a jellyfish to a hungry sea turtle. For this reason, we created this project called Update the Sunshine State. Although Florida is famously known as "The Sunshine State," when it comes to solar energy and sustainability, Florida is embarrassingly lackluster. Florida is a state of breathtaking beaches, endless sunshine, and beautiful wildlife. However, Florida is horribly unsustainable. Plastic bags galore, Styrofoam packaging everywhere (seriously people, are we stuck in the 80's!?), minimal solar power usage, businesses not recycling, etc... It goes without saying that the state of Florida is in need of a progressive and forward thinking movement in the area of environment and sustainability. This is why our mission is to upgrade the sunshine state. Banning Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags is our first sustainable step. We invite you to join our mission. Here’s What you Can Do: * Please sign and share this petition * When at a restaurant, request the use of safer, more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives * Bring reusable bags to the grocery store * Use a reusable coffee mug * Ask your employer to remove Styrofoam and plastic, replacing them with washable, re-usable materials * Share this information with your family, your friends, and your co-workers * Get involved locally! Talk to your town’s mayor. Email your area’s senator. Reach out to Governor Rick Scott Update the Sunshine State is NOT a political project. This dire environmental issue exists whether you believe or disbelieve in global warming and/or climate change. Truth of the matter is, if we don’t take action NOW, Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags will continue to destroy our precious environment, beautiful oceans, and entire ecosystem. Let your voice be heard! Whether or not you live in Florida, please sign and share this petition. Sign it for the sea turtles and manatees. Sign it for the panthers and ospreys. Sign it for your children. Sign it for future generations. We all share the same living space; Earth - the place we call our home. Please, let it be known that you care. With your support, we can Update the Sunshine State! Connect and share: Website: http://updatethesunshinestate.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UpdateSunshine/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/UpdateSunshine Join our Hashtag Community -- tag pics of plastic bags or Styrofoam litter in your neighborhood and attach this petition link. Use these hashtags: #BanPlasticBags #BanStyrofoam #UpdateTheSunshineState
Petition to Florida Legislature & Governor
Florida should build a hurricane-proof infrastructure
After hurricane Andrew, Florida created the strictest building code in the nation. Buildings built to that code can theoretically withstand a category 5 storm. Unfortunately, the state's infrastructure which provides electricity and communications still lags far behind. After even a moderate storm such as Irma, most residents will lose electrical power for days, weeks, or even longer. This is unacceptable in a modern society where electricity and communications, including internet access and cable TV, are essential. The Florida Legislature should require the state's utility providers to harden their infrastructure, including undergrounding all utilities, within 5 years for all densely populated areas and within 10 years for the entire state.
Petition to Donald Trump, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, FEMA, Bernie Sanders, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Carlos Curbelo
Allow Irma Victims FEMA Support
My mother and many other residents of Key West are being denied FEMA support and told to take out a personal loan to rebuild. Everyone should be able to receive funding from the distruction of Hurricane Irma. My mother and many other lost everything from this storm and the least that our county can do is help them rebuild. I ask that you sign this petition to show Florida's leadership that every resident of Florida that was impacted should receive FEMA funding. Make the process applying easier and reciving funds faster.