wildlife protection

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Petition to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, J Douglas Boles

No more balloon release at the Indy 500

Every year, thousands of multicolored balloons are released over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to kick off the Indy 500. While this fan favorite might be considered the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” it is a deadly tradition that needs to end.   Balloon debris entangles birds, fish, and a number of other animals, strangling them or damaging their limbs. In addition, animals commonly mistake balloons for food and ingest them, which harms or even kills them. These massive balloon releases result in thousands of pieces of trash eventually falling to the ground and into waterways. At best, the debris becomes unsightly pollution. Frequently, however, this tradition poses a dangerous threat to wildlife. The garbage can easily make its way through air currents and rivers to the ocean, where it contributes to massive trash islands and the death of sea turtles, whales, and other marine life. While the US Fish and Wildlife Service is opposed to balloon releases and has warned people of the damage they cause, it is up to us to end the outdated and dangerous spectacle. Please stop the practice of opening the Indianapolis 500 race with a balloon release. What looks good for for a few moments causes irreversible damage to our planet.

Jodi Leamon
34,793 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Helen Rosenthal, John Herrold, Gale Brewer, Sarah Crean, Penny Ryan

Protection of Trees and Wildlife in Riverside Park

It has come to our attention that most of the Euonymus bushes surrounding the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive between 88th and 90th St. have been entirely uprooted and destroyed.  The remaining bushes are scheduled for the same fate in short order.  These bushes are home and shelter to numerous sparrows, catbirds, blue jays, and cardinals; among numerous other forms of wild life including squirrels. Over the recent years many healthy trees around the monument area were also eradicated. The bushes and the trees are not only beautiful, providing homes for animals, shade and oxygen; but they also protect against erosion of the land and keep the soil healthy and strong.  The living bushes and trees that remain in the monument area are integral to the eco-system of the land and must be protected.   Also the monument itself is a sacred space of sorts.  Aside from being a landmarked structure it has huge cultural significance in that it is a dedication to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War that fought against slavery and in support of a more equal and just nation.  Because of the extensive removal of plant life and resulting soil erosion the Soldiers and Sailors Monument itself is being compromised. It is not unlikely that the landscape architects who originally planted the bushes understood the importance of the plants in strengthening the soil, protecting against erosion of the land and preventing the weakening of the foundation of the Monument.  All of this destructive activity is being done by the Parks Department at the behest of the Riverside Park Conservancy.  Apparently, part of the reason behind the removal of the bushes is a claim that homeless people at times use the bushes as shelter.  Even if this were so, the appropriate activity would be to prune the healthy bushes and create sight lines to the ground, not to destroy them.  A member of our organization called the Conservancy on Feb. 17th, enquiring as to why the latest bunch of bushes were removed (a huge bush row just to the right of the Monument steps at 89th St.) and was told by a staff member at the office that the bushes were cut down in part because they were, “at the end of their life cycle.” This is a false statement. The bushes were thriving, home to dozens of birds, produced berries each fall for at least the past 50 years and, as stated earlier, their removal is accelerating the erosion of the soil around the Monument that supports the foundation.  Part of the mandate of the Riverside Park Conservancy is to, “Maintain the planting in the area surrounding the Monument.”  This recent activity destroys the plantings. The behavior is ecologically unsound, poses a great risk to the monument structure, despoils the park, and is cruel in that it needlessly deprives birds and wildlife of their homes during the winter.  The activity that is underway is apparently a part of a “master plan” by the fund’s landscape architect Margaret Bracken to eradicate all Euonymus plantings throughout Riverside Park.  It is our opinion that this activity presents a great danger to the health and integrity of Riverside Park and must be stopped immediately.  This area is also a part of a major flyway for migrating birds such as robins and finches. There are also ducks in the area but only very few these days. When my mother was young (now 78 and grew up on the upper west) the sky used to be black with migrating birds.  The urbanization of the entire east coast has made it difficult for these birds to find food, shelter and places to nest.  There are gulls, cormorants, owls, eagles, hawks, ospreys, grackles, starlings, blackbirds, crows, doves, pigeons and owls that live nearby as well. It is imperative that we encourage greenery and shelter for these birds and other animals. As we all know, climate change is placing a great stress on the land, waters, plants and wildlife. We need to do all we can do support our ecosystems through this difficult time. What we should avoid is the eradication of plants and destruction of habitats. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope you will join in acting to protect Riverside Park.  Jay Sparrow President, Riverside Park Protectors

Riverside Park Protectors
231 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Eric Greitens, Ann Wagner, Lacy Clay, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves, Billy Long, Jason Smith, Roy Blunt

Increase The Penalties For Missouri Poachers

Harsher Penalties Are A MUST For Missouri Poachers We would like start by sharing two recent Missouri poaching cases:(1) December 2015, a bull elk was shot in the head and killed on the banks of the Current River in Shannon County, the top of the skull and antlers were removed with a chainsaw; the rest of the carcass was left behind and intact. The penalties for such a crime, which are rarely enforced, would be a $1,000 fine and jail time. Compared to Utah, this fine would be $8,000. (2) Earlier this year a Jefferson County man (Chris Keown) pleaded guilty and was fined a mere $99.50 for poaching a black bear that wondered near his home. A small punishment, especially since he’s had run-ins with game officials in the past. If he had fought the ticket and gone to trial, he could have faced up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in jail. According to Larry Yamnitz, Protection Division Chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation, “We don’t have a criminal forfeiture law for property involved in wildlife cases.” This needs to change. Representative Linda Black understands the importance of higher penalties and is on the right track with her bill: HB 1971 “1. In addition to the penalties provided in section 252.040, any person convicted of chasing, pursuing, taking, transporting, killing, processing, or disposing of wildlife in violation of methods, seasons, and limits as defined and permitted by commission rules and regulations may be required to provide restitution to the state in an amount as follows: (a) $750 for each wild turkey; (b) $1,500 for each white-tailed deer; and (c) $3,500 for each black bear or elk. 2. Moneys collected under this section shall be transferred to the state school moneys fund as established in section 166.051 and distributed to the public schools of this state in the manner provided in section 163.031.” We, Missouri residents and non-residents, demand that our state take the illegal harvesting of wildlife more seriously… We demand that repeat offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We demand that felony charges are appropriate for repeat offenders.   We demand the forfeiture of property including: (1) whatever means of transportation/vehicle (truck, atv, boat, etc.) the poacher used to arrive at their location. (2) weapons (firearms, bows, traps, knifes) and ammunition. (3) all gear used during the crime - packs, blinds, scopes, tree stands, coolers, clothing/footwear, decoys, calls, lights, tools/equipment, etc. These confiscated items would be auctioned/sold, moneys would be distributed to the public schools.  A slap on the wrist and a small fine is no longer acceptable, these puny penalties and possible loss (or short term loss) of hunting privileges are meaningless to poachers. It’s time to step it up Missouri! 

Live Love Hunt, llc
7,607 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sabah Environmental Protection Association, Environment Protection Department, Sabah

Kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary threatened by bridge and road development

A federal government road and bridge project into Sabah’s ecotourism hub of Sukau in Kinabatangan may benefit the local community, however, the RM79 million project will more than likely harm the wildlife, including the endangered Borneo pygmy elephants that roam the area, said the state’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming.  “Seventeen years ago, the Kinabatangan was called Sabah’s ‘Gift to the Earth’ and in 2005, the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary was created to increase forest connectivity along the Kinabatangan River, protect several charismatic species such as the orangutan, the elephant and the proboscis monkey, some of them becoming, over the years, iconic species for attracting eco-tourists to the state,” explained Goossens (Danau Girang Field Centre Director)  “For the past 12 months, we have clearly demonstrated with scientific facts and data that the bridge and the road would have a direct impact on wildlife populations, and especially elephants, orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The new public road that will subsequently follow the bridge will cut off the last remaining uninhabited route for elephants near Sukau, which will have catastrophic consequences for both the animals and the people. Major conflicts will arise, deaths (elephant attacks on people, elephants shot or poisoned) will occur. Moreover, we will increase easy penetration of poachers into protected forests, especially of ivory traders. We just lost three bull elephants from poaching. Can we decently increase the pressure on the elephant population in Sabah?” Said Dr Benoit Goossens.  In my opinion, the funds of 79 million can be put to better use such as relocating locals instead of building a bridge that destroys Sabah wildlife sanctuary. It is called a wildlife sanctuary for a reason. Sanctuary means "refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger." Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, you're considered the father of conservation of Sabah, it's time you live up to your reputation and protect Sabah's unique wildlife. EXTINCTION IS FOREVER. What is the purpose of having a wildlife sanctuary when there will be no animals inhabiting it. Besides, Sabah's wildlife tourism provides enormous revenue. It is the gem in South-East Asia tourism because it has mountains, forests and the sea, and that many other places cannot rival it as an eco-tourism destination. STOP THE CONSTRUCTION OF KINABATANGAN BRIDGE.

Adam Chua
713 supporters