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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 regarding a video circulating the internet, where a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water dragged a shark around and laughed at its distress.  This sociopathic behavior demands attention and prevention. This act of violence was 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 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 per 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?
257,640 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Suzanne Jones

Create the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve and Open Space!

Give a  HOOT! Please sign this petition to help save Colorado’s most important Owl Habitat from destruction.  Together we can win the creation of the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve and Open Space!   Some city council members up for election think a number of open space areas in Boulder including the Twin Lakes Owl Open Space should be bulldozed and built over with apartments and potentially skyscrapers over the next year or two.  Other city council members and election candidates love open space and hiking and biking - just like our meetup members.  There are 4 out of 9 open council seats - it is very important that we support open space candidates if we want Owls to survive at this location. Please come speak with and support the 5 city council election candidates that love open space and enjoy mimosa's or brunch at the Open Space Candidates Forum Sunday Oct 15 at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The Riverside Club is at Broadway and Arapahoe overlooking Boulder Creek.  This will be a great social event and will support Boulder being a great place to live and hike in.  Meet the candidates that love open space:  Mary Young (council member), Sam Weaver (invited council member),  Mirabai Nagel, Cindy Carlisle, John Gerstle (invited)   Attend for free or get a ticket in advance for drinks and/or brunch and help the Riverside Club that supports sustainability in Boulder. Tickets are $15 for bottomless Mimosas or $35 for farm to table brunch and Mimosas. We'll post the link to get tickets over the next few days.  Questions?  Text KJ at 720 436 2465 After Nov 7, 2017 the new City Council will either: 1) to create the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve and Open Space or 2) bulldoze the Owl Hunting Meadows to make way for 300+ high density apartments.   If you love Owls and Open Space, please sign this change.org petition.  ---------------------------------------- Our dream is that by creating the Owl Education Center more than 10,000 school children each year will be able to experience the majestic Twin Lakes Owls and witness the miracle of Baby Owls learning to fly.  These wonderful nature hikes will be guided  guided by teachers and students and Owl Preserve volunteers. This spring we hope that thousands of Boulder Valley School District students will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and help ecologists restore the twenty acre Owl Hunting Meadow to rich short grass native prairie with abundant wildflowers. Join the Twin Lakes Owl Open Space meetup here:https://www.meetup.com/BoulderOwlPreserve/  To Volunteer text Owl Volunteer to the cell number below.  Thanks! Ken Beitel,  Chair of Wilderness Conservation Twin Lakes Owl Preserve and Open Space email: info@BoulderOwlPreserve.org   cell:  720 436 2465 ****** Background Information ******** Why is Twin Lakes considered the most important Owl habitat in Colorado? More view peoples experience the thrill of seeing Owls at Twin Lakes than anywhere else in the state!   According to Boulder County Parks and Open Space more than 100,000 people visits happen each year at Twin Lakes.  Folks come from all over the county and state  marvel at the miracle of being able to hear and see Colorado's most famous owls.   • Each spring at Twin Lakes in North Boulder, a  family of Great Horned owls nest in a hollow tree. • For decades, thousands of people have come to see to see the newly hatched baby owls emerge from their nest. Mother and father owl are never far away. It’s thrilling to see tremendous owl wingspans flying up from the Owl Hunting meadow behind their nesting tree with a delicious mouse or other meal for the young owlets. 1) Boulder County wants to bulldoze the Owl Hunting Meadow to cram in 300+ apartments. 2) Boulder Valley School District is breaking the law.  The deed for the land states that it must be used for a park or a school. Wildlife biologists tell us that human activities can destroy owl habitat and make them less likely to survive.(Rohner, 2001; Rudolph, 1970; Sullivan, 1995) You can help create the new Twin Lakes Owl Open Space! A wonderful and nurturing place for owls and people, the new 20 acre Owl Preserve and Open Space  will feature an Owl Education Center with interpretive signs and beautiful pictures explaining the owl life cycle and importance of the hunting meadow.   Share this petition with your friends by clicking Share on Facebook Visit  www.BoulderOwlPreserve.org to participate in Great Horned Owl events like interpretive hikes to the Owl Nesting Tree and music concerts to benefit the Owls!   With your help the Owl family will have a home for decades to come! Owl Photo Credit: Alexa Boyes.  Baby Owl Photo: h2wphoto.com For more information or to volunteer please email: info@BoulderOwlPreserve.org

Twin Lakes Owl Open Space
3,238 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State House

Don't Kill Mute Swans in New York State - Kill the "Mute Swan Plan"

Urgent Action Required - HELP SAVE Mute Swans in New York As you may know, in December 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law sponsored by Assemblymember Cymbrowitz and Senator Avella to stop the DEC's plan to kill New York's mute swans. The new law established a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s mute swan management plans, and requires the DEC to hold at least two public hearings in areas with mute swan populations. Furthermore, any management plan that the DEC puts forward must: give priority to non-lethal management techniques; fully document the scientific basis for future population projections; demonstrate that the swans have caused actual damage to the environment or to other species; and fully document the scientific basis for current and projected environmental damage. Nevertheless, now the DEC already appears to be moving forward with a deadly new mute swan management plan. Last week the DEC announced the release of its third draft mute swan management plan for New York State. The third New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) Mute Swan Control Plan released on September 6 must not be adopted. Under the DEC's new plan, many will be brutally killed - as many as 100 every year, or more. While the DEC's plan speaks to an intention for increased reliance on non-lethal management, it is unacceptable that the plan continues to call for the killing of mute swans in New York State. DEC Website - Mute Swans: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7076.htmlDraft Mute Swan Management Plan: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln17d.pdf The plan has insufficient scientific basis for its claim that the mute swan, who has been present in the U.S. for no less than 150 years is an “invasive” species requiring extreme management. The swans are now integrated into their environment and the ecosystem in which they live. The DEC plan outrageously proposes "educating" New Yorkers about the overwhelmingly benign "threats" posed by the species. The plan fails to meet the specific requirements of the state law passed in 2016 requiring the DEC to fully document the scientific basis for future mute swan population projections and for current and projected environmental damage by the swans. The DEC has not presented any new science in support of its proposals, and has not demonstrated habitat damage and destruction, called for in the law, before lethal control is considered. The plan is devoid of new information - it is simply a repackaged version of its previous drafts.  The mute swan population in New York State is approximately 2,000, insignificant when considering the draconian approach to population control proposed by the DEC's plan. The upstate population of the mute swans, a region made up of 50 counties, where the DEC Plan proposes the most severe control measures, is 150 - an average only 3 swans per county. Our demand is that these swans be allowed to live.  Please sign this petition to tell the DEC that you reject their plan, and to let New York State Senators and Assembly Members know that you are appalled about the DEC's proposal to eliminate mute swans in New York, which is not in accordance with the legislation sponsored and fought for by Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz which passed overwhelming by the legislature three times and signed into law by Goverenor Cuomo. Upcoming DEC Mute Swan Hearings The DEC is accepting comments on the proposal and there will be three public hearings held in different parts of the state in the next month. This is not the management plan that we fought for and it is very important for advocates to comment on the proposal and attend these hearings. Hearing Information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7076.html Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.Braddock Bay Pavilion199 E. Manitou RoadHilton, NY 14468 Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.Region 3 NYSDEC21 South Putt Corners RoadNew Paltz, NY 12561 Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.Suffolk County Water Authority260 Motor ParkwayHauppauge, New York 11788 In addition, the public is encouraged to provide written comments on the revised management plan by writing to: Bureau of Wildlife - Mute Swan Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754; or e-mailing Wildlife@dec.ny.gov  (subject line - "Mute Swan Plan"). The public comment period will close on December 6, 2017.

The Pegasus Foundation and The Pettus Crowe Foundation
3,306 supporters