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.
Petition to Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Don’t make bears and mountain lions pay for human overdevelopment
The mule deer population of Colorado is under threat and state authorities want to needlessly kill black bears and mountain lions in order to save them. The Colorado Parks & Wildlife Department (CPW) recently approved a plan to euthanize select black bears and mountain lions. Wildlife ecology experts from Colorado State University have criticized the proposed kill plan, stating in a recent letter to CPW that “plans to test the effects of predator removal are not based in science, and run counter to prior scientific published by CPW’s own researchers.” Many experts believe a better place to start would be to address the ongoing human-driven destruction to the deer’s natural habitat. Groups like the National Wildlife Federation and The Humane Society point to overdevelopment as the primary source of Colorado’s deer population decline. Unfortunately, the state’s proposed kill plan does NOT do this. This animal kill plan is based on a faulty premise and is unlikely to solve the underlying issue. Why should innocent wildlife pay for our mistakes? If you agree that the solution to Colorado’s dwindling deer population should NOT include destroying other animal life, please sign this petition. Help us reverse this dangerous policy today.
Petition to Nat Geo WILD
Stop Hunting Animals!
Wildlife of Iran includes its flora and fauna and their natural habitats. One of the most famous members of wildlife in Iran are the world's last surviving, critically endangered Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) also known as the Iranian cheetah, which are today found nowhere else but in Iran. Iran had lost all its Asiatic lion and the now extinct Caspian tigers by the earlier part of the twentieth century. The Syrian elephants used to live in southern parts of the country but has gone extinct as well. Iran's wildlife is composed of several animal species including bears, gazelles, wild pigs, wolves, jackals, panthers, Eurasian lynx, and foxes. Other domestic animals include, sheep, goats, cattle, horses, water buffalo, donkeys, and camels. The pheasant, partridge, stork, eagles and falcon are also native to Iran. As of 2001, 20 of Iran's mammal species and 14 bird species are endangered. Endangered species in Iran include the Baluchistan bear,Asiatic cheetah, Caspian seal, Persian fallow deer, Siberian white crane, hawksbill turtle,green turtle, Oxus cobra, Latifi's viper,dugong, Persian leopard, Caspian Sea wolf, and dolphins. At least 74 species of Iranian wildlife are on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a sign of serious threats against the country’s biodiversity. Majlis has been showing disregard for wildlife by passing laws and regulations such as the act that lets theMinistry of Industries and Mines (Iran) exploit mines without the involvement of theDepartment of Environment (Iran), and by approving large national development projects without demanding comprehensive study of their impact on wildlife habitats. instagram.com/dani.jk twitter.com/khalajdanial13
Petition to California State Legislature
Protect Wildlife by Banning Rodent Poisons
Wildlife are being poisoned at alarming rates in California from rodent poisons. These poisons are often found in bait boxes placed around residential and commercial properties, put out by property owners or pest control companies. Rodents are the intended targets, but they are not the only victims. Rodents eat the poisons, become weakened, and are then easy prey for owls, hawks, foxes, fishers, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife, who become the unintended secondary victims. Several different types of poisons are used to target rodents. Anticoagulant poisons are among the most dangerous and deadly, interfering with blood clotting and causing internal bleeding that leads to a slow and painful death. Other poisons cause seizures, brain swelling, and convulsions. Whatever poison is used, it’s an ugly way for animals to die. The problem of secondary poisoning is severe. A shocking 70-100 percent of wildlife that prey on rodents test positive for anticoagulants and other rodent poisons. AB 2596, an assembly bill authored by California Assemblymember Richard Bloom and co-authored by Senator Fran Pavley, is a common sense solution to remove the most dangerous rodent poisons from use by consumers and pest control companies in order to protect kids, pets, and wildlife. We need your help to urge the California State Legislature to pass AB 2596 in the strongest form possible. Dozens of wildlife groups, environmental organizations, and regulatory agencies support a ban on rodenticides. There are safe, cost-effective options readily available on the market today that don’t indiscriminately kill wildlife or harm children and pets. We simply cannot afford to lose any more of California’s predators—the true pest control experts—to these toxic poisons. Please sign our petition and share it with your family and friends. Want to make an even greater impact? Email or call your assemblymember and your state senator and urge them to support AB 2596. Find your representatives here. Feel free to copy and paste the message below into your letter to your representatives. Adding your own personal comments will do even more to let your legislators know you care. (Message to Legislators) I urge you to support AB 2596, a common sense solution to protect California wildlife, pets, and kids by removing the most dangerous rodent poisons from use by consumers and pest control companies.
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. https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2015/8/5/balloons-and-wildlife-please-dont-release-your-balloons
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
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!
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.