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Petition to Robert Klepper, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Rick Scott, Ed Brodsky

Prison for the men who laughed as they tortured a shark in Florida

This is in regard to a video circulating the internet, where a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water dragged a shark around and laughed at it's distress.  This sociopathic behavior demands attention and prevention. Many feel that this act of violence is in fact a criminal act. We as the people summon Palmetto, FL man Michael Robert Wenzel, born June 07, 1996, and his accomplices in this video to 1,000 community service hours. These 1,000 community service hours will be held under the supervision of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  They will use that time to teach these men to treat our Florida wildlife with respect. Scheduling may involve either 125 days lasting 8 hours long, or as determined the the FWC, given that it equals 1,000 hours and is completed within a year. Wenzel and his accomplices will pay for any costs associated. This may include hiring outside trainers and educators, on-the-clock hours, gasoline expenses, etc. We also demand that everyone in this video has their fishing licenses revoked permanently. We the people also request that Florida lawmakers pass a bill making this kind of animal torture a second degree felony. We also demand that these people be punished for their crimes of animal abuse. This punishment should consist of jail time in addition to community service. [ Updates - 28 July, 2017 ] This act of violence is criminal according to the Florida statute Chapter 828. We expect charges to be pressed as per law. The public is growing more concerned as no charges have been pressed yet. 828.12 section 2 states that a person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. s. 775.082 covers a wide variety of punishments, including imprisonment. We the people demand that Michael Wenzel and his accomplices be charged with animal abuse and arrested. The delay in action is causing the public to lose faith in the justice system. We expect to see these men arrested for crimes they have committed. Hyperlink - reference to story: http://wtfflorida.com/news-articles/boaters-drag-tormented-shark-around-laughing/

WTF Florida?
252,441 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Mr. Kevin Plank CEO Under Armour Inc.

Please take the pledge not to buy Under Armour products until they stop endorsing trophy killers.

Petition Start Date: December 21, 2015 Recently, I became aware that Under Armour supports and endorses individuals that kill animals for trophy through a social media site #uahunt. This is one of the many sites where all trophy killers go to brag, post pictures of their latest kills, congratulate one another and share in the glory. As I scrolled through, I noticed that all these killers were thanking Under Armour Hunt for the so-called hunt and products. I went to Under Armour Hunt Facebook page and it was right then that I realized, Under Armour promotes the killing of wildlife for trophy. Many of you may have heard of trophy killers, Kendall Jones, Cameron Hanes, Eva Shockey, Lee Lakosky, to name a few, and may find their lack of empathy towards killing wildlife for trophy, sport or for fun just as appalling as I do. However, what you may not know is Under Armour endorses, promotes, sponsors, not only these four, but many other wildlife trophy killers as well. If you are not aware of who these trophy killers are, please use a social media account to visit their pages, and please be sure to scroll though the Under Armour Hunt Facebook Page and the Under Armour Hunt Twitter Account. There you will find them all boasting about their latest innocent victim with photographs of them smiling proudly over a bloodied animal carcass with zero remorse all while making sure the Under Armour logo is clearly being shown and also giving thanks to Under Armour for its products and this so-called "hunt." These trophy and blood sport killers also encourage more carnage by a "tag a hunter" or a "tag a vermin" post which then encourages others to post pictures of their latest kills as well, where they are then congratulated and glorified by Under Armour employees and other wildlife killers. Ms. Jones latest victim is in the above photograph where she degrades this beautiful animal with a #kittycatdown, admits to killing the Mt. Lion with a 10mm glock, after using hounds to exhaust the animal until it found refuge in a tree until she simply pulls out a side arm and shoots it. She thanks Under Armour for this "hunt" and their products using the #uahunt. Ms. Shockey is a spokes model as she recently did a photo shoot for Under Armour products. Shockey boasts of the number of animals she has killed for trophy, posts these pictures of her kills and also thanks Under Armour for their products and "hunt" using the #uahunt as well. Mr. Hanes is a 'self proclaimed' celebrity and claims to be the best of the best. Translation: "you name it, he's killed it."  Mr. Lakosky's information can be found at his Facebook page: The Crush with Lee & Tiffany Lakosky.  WARNING: All the content you will find not only through visiting these sites and through the famed #uahunt, and also Under Armour's other advertised hashtags: #ridgereaper #alwayslethal #BBD #gowhereyoudontbelong #MuleyMonday is VERY GRAPHIC!! There are images of Bears, Mt. Lions, Fox, Coyotes, Wolves, Moose, Elk, all killed for trophy. The #uahunt and other hashtag sites also contains very disturbing 'live' videos of a variety of animals being killed for trophy.    Please use caution.  I cannot in good faith sit back and not bring this to the attention to those who are thinking of purchasing from Under Armour, and are not aware of what this brand now stands for. I am deeply saddened that Under Armour, a company generally known for athletic sports and sports apparel, has now rebranded their image as the leading company in killing wildlife for trophy. Regretfully, I have previously purchased items from Under Armour, but now have taken the pledge to never buy again until this company ends the sponsorship of Jones, Shockey, Hanes, Lakovsky and any and all other trophy killers. I am asking that you please take this pledge with me. I truly believe that together our voices will be heard, and hopefully Under Armour will realize that not only is the killing of any wildlife for trophy wrong, but will also understand that profiting from the blood of the innocent is not acceptable. Again, I ask that you please take this pledge with me, and I will deliver our position on this directly to Mr. Kevin Plank, CEO of the Under Armour Company, to make sure our voices are heard.   Dear Mr. Plank, Your loyal customers who purchase Under Armour products for fitness, yoga, running, cycling, athletic sports such as football, tennis, golf, hockey, rugby, basketball, soccer, just to name a few, were totally unaware that your company also has a hunting line made for those who engage in trophy killing. Your same loyal customers were also unaware that you advertise this clothing line by not only endorsing and supporting known trophy killers, but by also glorifying these wildlife killers as they are openly encouraged to share pictures of their 'kills' where they are then congratulated by your employees that operate your Under Armour Hunt Facebook page and Under Armour's Twitter account. The photographs are sickening and heartbreaking!  We are asking that you please reconsider the decision to sponsor trophy hunters, and to please distance yourselves from sponsorships of any and all self proclaimed trophy and wildlife killers. This is a Global petition Mr. Plank, and your loyal, and now shocked consumers are not happy, and have indeed taken the pledge to no longer purchase anything made by Under Armour. The World is watching and waiting for an official statement. If your decision is to continue making and selling UA clothing to those who participate in trophy killing, first, we would like to ask that you make a public statement to all of your unknowing consumers around the World to confirm your engagement in such endorsements of known trophy hunters and blood sport participants, and an explanation behind your decision to continue profiting off the blood of the innocent. We also ask that you provide your consumers with a list of every single person that you personally sponsor who participates in blood sports and trophy hunts. Lastly, we ask that a 'warning' label be placed on every product that you sell that states: "By purchasing this item, you have just contributed to the endorsement of Under Armour's blood sport participants" or "Profits made from this item goes directly to the destruction of innocent wildlife for trophy." Consumers have every right to know where their money is going. Once again Mr. Plank, this is a Global petition and the World is watching. We look forward to hearing your personal response, and an official statement letting consumers know how Under Armour will proceed moving further.                          Thank you very much for your time sir. 

The People Against Killing Wildlife for Trophy
159,088 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Randy Meininger, Mayor

Stop fast-tracking a concrete plant without public input and environmental impact study

UPDATE (8/6/17): Please try to attend the Scottsbluff City Council meeting Monday, August 7th, 6pm, to share your concerns.  See additional information below from the new organization Scottsbluff Citizens for Transparent Processes https://www.scottsbluffcitizensfortransparentprocesses.org/ Thanks for your continued support! ----- City Council Meeting on Monday, August 7 @ 6PM Calling all supporters to a Scottsbluff City Council Meeting on Monday, August 7.  The meeting starts at 6PM and we're hoping to pack the small space with as many supporters as possible, perhaps pouring out onto the lawn.  Numbers will speak volumes to the City Council Members who are taking up the controversial issue of selling a large portion of a section in agricultural land to a company intent on industrializing it.  We welcome testimony from the public sharing your reasons why this is a bad deal.  Here's some things to consider if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Come early if you can or late if you have to.  We're hoping to have a lot of testimony, so even if you can't be there right on time, your presence will still be valuable. Consider bringing a collapsible chair, in case the council chamber reaches capacity. Even if you don't feel comfortable speaking, Meadowlark Hearth Farm has printed signs for supporters to hold, indicating their support of the farm that would shoulder the brunt of the side effects this sale would create. This might be a long meeting.  Be patient with the process.  Being involved in civic matters can be tedious, yet if we aren't involved in the process we aren't helping to direct the course of our community. Scottsbluff City Hall is located at 2525 Circle Drive, Scottsbluff, NE. Topics of Concern If you're wondering what you could speak about at the meeting, here are some issues of concern for many of us. Perhaps one of these resonates with you: • Croell, Inc. had originally intended to purchase 80-some acres in the industrial zoned portion of Gering for slightly less than $1,000,000. When that sale fell through, the City of Scottsbluff offered this 360+ acre parcel to them for a little over $500,000. This is not a good deal for the citizens of Scottsbluff, who own this piece of property by proxy of the city. • This property sits right in the middle of an agricultural area, which has been used this way for quite some time. It is true that the city has put a landfill there (and capped it) and also has the yard waste site on this section as well. However, these operations do not have an effect on the adjacent businesses the way an industrial operation would. In fact, the vegetable production at Meadowlark Hearth Farm would need to undergo radical changes or stop completely if the concrete and asphalt plants they have planned go in. Meadowlark Hearth Farm is currently the only certified organic vegetable producer in the entire Scottsbluff area. • The property the city is moving to sell is part of an inadvertent habitat for many animals, including the Bald Eagle. It is true that the pond on this property was created by past dredging to build US Highway 26 and the pond in front of Meadowlark Hearth was created as part of the US Highway 26 project as well. Regardless of the original intent, the land has become home to many animals year-round, including the Great Horned Owl. During the winter months, Bald Eagle young and old congregate in the tall cottonwoods and fish both ponds. With constant industrial activity and a dredge on the pond, the Eagles may not come back. • Job creation is an important part of economic development. Croell, Inc. has stated that the plants and offices would create 15 jobs for the area. However, the creation of these 15 jobs would also result in the loss of at least 5 jobs at Meadowlark Hearth Farm. Additionally, if the various agricultural businesses at Meadowlark Hearth were fostered by the city in a manner similar to how the city is proposing to foster Croell, the farm could employ as many as 20 people. And that's just one of the adjacent farms. Can't Make the Meeting? If you cannot make the meeting, here are some ways you can still be heard: Post a comment to the City Council:http://www.scottsbluff.org/your_government/city_council/citizen_comment.php Email the Mayor and City Council Members:Randy Meininger, Mayor - rmeininger@scottsbluff.org Raymond Gonzales - rgonzales@scottsbluff.orgScott Shaver - sshaver@scottsbluff.orgJordan Colwell - jcolwell@scottsbluff.orgMark McCarthy - mmccarthy@scottsbluff.org Share information about our cause with anyone you may know.  Engage others to engage in the civic process.  Share this website/petition and encourage them to sign up for the mailing list in the "Take Action" section of our new website: https://www.scottsbluffcitizensfortransparentprocesses.org/ UPDATE (7/19/17): On Monday, 7/17/2017, the Scottsbluff City Council introduced an ordinance to move forward with the land sale to Croell, Inc. (local media coverage here and here). The primary goal of this petition was to avoid a "fast-tracked" decision with little or no public input, which was clearly the intent of the City Manager and several other Council members, who among other things voted to waive the ordinarily-required three readings of proposed ordinances so this important matter could be implemented immediately.  Councilman Scott Shaver objected, explaining that there was "too much [public] input to waive it..."  He and Councilman Colwell voted against waiving the regular reading requirement.  YOUR input via this petition--which had gathered over 100 supporters/signatures in the short 6 hours it was posted before the 6pm July 17 meeting--obviously made a difference. Please continue to circulate this petition and check back for updates, including additional opportunities to support Meadowlark Hearth as developments continue.  Meadowlark Hearth is continuing to review its options with regard to the ordinance/proposed sale, and your continued involvement and support can have the very positive impact of "reminding" the City of Scottsbluff and Croell, Inc. of the many people closely watching how this develops, most importantly protecting the environmental, economic and educational interests this land and Meadowlark Hearth contributes to. It is worth noting that despite Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger's statement that the Council "can balance the interests of the organic farm with those of the Redi-Mix company," and the City Manager's website Message recognizing the "need to be transparent in all that we do and the recognized importance of citizen opinion in everything we do...," no one from the City of Scottsbluff made any attempt to contact the Corymbs/Meadlowlark Hearth before the July 17th meeting to discuss the implications of any land sale, let alone get their "citizen opinion" about "balancing their interests."  They were not even informed of the meeting.  Had the Corymbs and other supporters not learned of this proposed sale "through the grapevine" and eventually local media, the obvious result would have been a "fast-tracked" sale decision waiving the ordinary process of ordinance-reading and providing for "citizen opinion."  The way this has been handled so far by the City of Scottsbluff only reinforces the need to stay informed/involved so that the interests of Meadowlark Hearth and the surrounding habitat/environment can indeed be "balanced" with those of Croell, Inc. as this process moves forward. Thanks for your continued interest and support! --- [ORIGINAL PETITION] Monday, July 17th, 2017, the Scottsbluff City Council is scheduled to consider selling over 365 acres of land approximately three miles east of Scottsbluff to Croell, Inc., a company that has previously expressed interest in buying property in Gering, Nebraska for a "Redi-Mix [concrete] plant and regional offices" (KNEB news story). There is significant concern that this matter may be "fast tracked" for discussion and perhaps even approval in closed session without further study or public comment/input (July 14 2017 KNEP story here stating that the Council "could enter closed session to discuss strategy in selling just over 365 acres of land to the Iowa-based corporation...") Locating a heavy industrial site like a concrete plant at the proposed location would likely have significant environmental and economic consequences, particularly to abutting landowners Meadowlark Hearth Farms, a fourth generation family homestead and active part of the local/regional economy which produces organic seeds, community-supported agriculture, USDA-certified beef and pork, milk, and educational classes through their 501(c)(3) Living Environmental Foundation. The property in question is an established wildlife habitat area, including some of the few tall grassland properties in this area where species like Short-eared Owls can be found.  Other regular species include deer, eagles, herons, various migratory waterfowl, Northern Harriers and even signs of river otter. This property could be far better utilized by the City as wildlife habitat for recreation (hiking, wildlife observation, hunting) than as a heavy industrial site. At the very least, such a serious matter should only be considered, much less approved, following thorough research/study of possible environmental impacts/severe negative economic impacts on Meadowlark Hearth Farms, without meaningful opportunities for public input and comment.  

Colin Croft
316 supporters