Petition to Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD), Minane Jameson, Lou Andrade, Paul Hodges, Jr., Carol Pereira, Rick Hatcher, Paul McCreary
Protect animals & children at the annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley!
The annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo once boasted a quite progressive animal welfare policy, but has degenerated in recent years. The 2017 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Committee (Russ Fields, pres.) plans to feature two particularly abusive non-sanctioned events: "Wild Cow Milking" (depicted above), and children's (ages 4-7) "Mutton Busting," dangerous for kids and sheep alike. They need to go. (If in doubt, see the many YouTube videos.) In the "Wild Cow Milking" contest, two cowboys rope and manhandle a stressed-out cow into a standstill, attempt to milk a few drops into a bottle, then race to the finish line. A cow was killed at the 2014 rodeo, leaving an orphaned calf. Dangerous for all concerned. In the "Mutton Busting" event, vulnerable young children (often in tears) are placed on the backs of sheep, then released. The event ends only when the kid falls or is knocked off. There are documented cases of comas, broken arms, knocked-out teeth, and bloody noses. The sheep are terrified, of course, and sometimes suffer injuries as well. Promoters and parents alike should be cited for child endangerment. This event is banned in New Zealand, on the recommendation of the NZ Veterinary Association. Hayward Area Recreation & Park District and the U.S. should do likewise. From 1987-2008, the rodeo policy banned the use of electric prods on animals in the holding chutes. That ban should be re-instated. (NOTE: The prods are designed for use on cattle and swine only, NEVER on horses.) These nonsensical events send a terrible message to impressionable young children about the proper treatment of animals. It's only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured or killed. Please contact Hayward Area Recreation & Park District's General Manager, Paul McCreary, and the Board of Directors (Louis Andrade, Pres,; Minane Jameson; Paul Hodges; Carol Pereira; Rick Hatcher), c/o HARD, 1099 "E" Street, Hayward, CA 94541; tel. 510/881-6700. EMAIL FOR ALL: email@example.com. FOUR REQUESTS: (1) ban "wild cow milking"; (2) ban "mutton busting"; (3) reinstate the ban on electric prods; and (4) in the Jr. Rodeo's "goat tying" event (held in August), no single goat should be thrown and tied more than twice per day (preferably only once, if at all). Hayward Area Recreation & Park District has received more than 300 letters in support of these modest and humane requests: Eastbay SPCA, Hayward Friends of Animals, Ohlone Humane Society (Fremont), Marin Humane Society, Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Action for Animals, In Defense of Animals, Humane Farming Association, Animal Legal Defense Fund, a half-dozen veterinarians and RVTs, a Presbyterian minister, and hundreds of letters from concerned citizens. A "no-brainer," yes?
Petition to Bay View Lions Club, Alderman Tony Zielinski, Tom Barrett
Keep The Tradition, South Shore Water Frolics "Blow Up the Beach!"
It has been voted to remove the Firework Finale of 'Blowing up the Beach' for South Shore Water Frolics Festival. This has been a tradition for years. It is the reason most people come to watch the fireworks display and one reason why I feel it is the best fireworks show around. I travel over an hour every year to go and see the fireworks just for the finale. I'm sure it is the same reason most people go to the festival as well. Without the traditional finale I think the festival will lose its popularity and appeal for people to enjoy. This petition is to try and keep the tradition of "Blowing up the Beach" alive. Please remember to share to spread the word after signing! Keep Sharing Daily! Spread the Word! Lets be heard and want this tradition to continue!
Petition to Orlando City Council
We support the Orlando white house in applying for a conditional use permit.
Benoit Glazer and The Timucua Arts Foundation has been providing world class art and music to the Orlando community free of charge for a long while. Please support this effort to receive a conditional use permit to continue the events at 2001 Hamilton Lane, Orlando, FL. This, we believe:Art and music belong to everyone. Art and music are the highest manifestation of our humanity. Art and music should be enjoyed in the most intimate venue: the living room. Every community is better when art and music are performed and nurtured within it. Thank you.
Petition to Sidney Vaught
Cancel Gun Show At Berglund Center Out of Respect for Shooting Victims
After the horrific shooting on the morning of August 26, 2015 of Roanoke, VA's WDBJ7 News reporter, Alison Parker and her photographer, Adam Ward, we hereby petition the Berglund Center a.k.a The Roanoke Civic Center located at 710 Williamson Road Roanoke, VA 24016 to cancel the "Gun Show Trader" gun show (website: https://gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/roanoke-gun-show/) that is scheduled on August 29 & 30, 2015. We feel holding a gun show at this time would show an immense disrespect for the victims as well as their family and friends.