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wildlife protection

36 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to United States Department of the Interior, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

STOP the EXTERMINATION OF America's Wild Horses and Burros and Restore their Protections

The Fate of over 100,000 America's Wild Horses and Burros is under Threat of EXTERMINATION pending potential approval of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)/ Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s 2018 “BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS”. The BLM’s Budget calls for provisions that if passed would strip protections and effectively allow the BLM to shoot and kill wild horses and burros and sell wild horses and burros for slaughter. In September of 2016, when public outcry against the recommended killing of 45,000 wild American horses and burros reached mainstream level it caught the attention of some of the most powerful mainstream media outlets. The combination of these factors brought increased exposure to the systemic mistreatment and reckless mismanagement of the wild horses and our public lands. Statements were then issued to mainstream press by BLM spokespersons, and the new headlines camouflaged and strengthened an ongoing cover up by the BLM, leaving the public in the dark. Meanwhile America’s wild horses and burros remain subject to the corrupt practices of the DOI/ BLM, via the BLM's underground pipeline of killing and slaughter. A so-called formal decision was promised to be publicized by the BLM in the spring of 2017, but instead they buried their DEATH SENTENCE in the DOI, BLM 2018 Budget documents, and more than doubled the number of innocent wild American Mustangs and Burros to be KILLED, to over 100,000. Their new proposed language would license them to SHOOT TO KILL and SELL FOR SLAUGHTER both free roaming and captured wild Mustangs and Burros, including those whom have been brutally rounded up and are currently held wrongly under encampment. There are over 200 million acres of public rangelands in the U.S. where these native wild animals could roam freely, but they are quickly being eliminated by the same governmental agencies that claim to protect them. Unless action is taken, America’s wild equids will continue to vanish – a potentially catastrophic scenario for generations to come. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to protect, care and feed these animals and we want their freedom and federal protection to be restored on the range. We urge the government to pass and enforce Federal protections for America's wild horses and burros and the support of comprehensive and science based solution oriented rangeland management, maintenance and restoration of this wild native species to our rangelands as part of the natural ecosystem. We want the government to model reverence and recognition of their indigenous heritage to North America and their inherent abilities to compliment the natural environment as a native species.   We cannot allow the dangerous and violent expulsion of America’s Mustangs from our lands. Through this petition and the Saving America's Horses initiative we can raise awareness, aim public outcry to stop the killing and reverse the degradation to open rangelands caused by BLM mismanagement, and restore the protections needed for our horses and burros, help expose the systemic corruption that has left virtually worthless the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which is supposed to protect horses and burros. We can do this, but we must act swiftly, get the true facts to the masses and effect the positive change that's needed. We must stand together to put an end to the scandalous mistreatment of these sentient beings and extend a circle of compassion to all living things. Please take action now by signing this petition and sharing it with your all your friends, family and colleagues.

Saving America's Horses
11,861 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Michael Surbaugh, BSA Innovation Team

Ask Boy Scouts of America to Promote Responsible Pet Ownership

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge requires scouts to “Maintain one or more reptiles or amphibians for at least a month. Record food accepted, eating methods, changes in coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits; or keep the eggs of a reptile from the time of laying until hatching; or keep the eggs of an amphibian from the time of laying until their transformation into tadpoles (frogs) or larvae (salamanders).” As an employee at a zoological institution, I find this requirement to be irresponsible. Instead of asking the boys to make an informed decision about a pet and care for it over its entire lifetime, the requirement implies that animals can be kept a short time and disposed of. Furthermore, if scouts choose the latter option, once the baby reptile or amphibian hatches, there is no mention of continuing care. Any animals released into the wild will likely be invasive and may damage local ecosystems and spread disease to native species. While there is an alternative to the requirement (scouts can visit a captive reptile or amphibian once a week for three months and make observations), it is cost-prohibitive for scouts to attend facilities that exemplify excellent care like zoos and aquariums. Potential "free" locations like commercial pet stores may not provide accurate or sound information about the reality of the expense and time commitment required for acceptable animal care. I am asking all animal-lovers, scientists, serious herpers, environmental educators, and anyone else who is concerned about the BSAs implication that pet ownership is anything less than a life-time commitment to join me in petitioning them to make the following change to the Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge Requirements: 8. Do ONE of the following: a. Research common reptiles and amphibians that are kept as pets. Pick one you would like to learn more about and speak to a professional caretaker such as a zookeeper, aquarist or a responsible hobbyist or read a book about the best practices required to ensure a long, healthy life for your chosen species. Find and record the following information: How long does your chosen species typically live, and what is its maximum size? What diet is required, including any supplements, live food, or fresh produce needed for optimum health? What is the minimum size enclosure needed for the animal? What substrate, hides, and other equipment are required for the best care? Will your chosen species need a larger home as it grows over time? What are the ideal temperature and humidity ranges for the animal? What equipment is required to maintain them? What is the initial cost of the equipment and the animal? What are the long-term costs and time commitment of caring for your chosen species over the course of its entire life? Locate a local veterinarian that can care for your chosen species and ask about common health problems and potential costs involved for medical care. Report what you have learned to your merit badge counselor and explain why or why not you would like to keep the species as a pet and how you plan to ensure it gets the best care if you acquire your chosen species.       b. Choose a reptile or amphibian that you can observe at a local zoo, aquarium, nature center, or other such exhibit (such as your classroom or school). Study the specimen weekly for a period of three months. At each visit, sketch the specimen in its captive habitat and note any changes in its coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits and behavior. Find out, either from information you locate on your own or by talking to the caretaker, what this species eats and what are its native habitat and home range, preferred climate, average life expectancy, and natural predators. Also identify any human-caused threats to its population and any laws that protect the species and its habitat. After the observation period, share what you have learned with your counselor. The BSA is generally a very responsible organization, and I feel this change is in keeping with their values of being trustworthy, kind, and conservation-minded. Please join me in urging the BSA to make this common-sense change to an outdated requirement.

Melissa Halvorsen
554 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez

ESTABLISH A SILVER LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NOW

We, the undersigned, request the City of Los Angeles and the DWP (Department of Water and Power) to establish a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs. By preserving the open waters of the Silver Lake Reservoirs and their surrounding acreage as a sanctuary, this will create a protected habitat for migratory birds and urban wildlife, to be enjoyed by all. CURRENTLY:The Silver Lake Reservoirs have been permanently taken offline from the City’s drinking water system. Water from the Eastern Sierra snowpack is being used to refill the Reservoirs, and existing ground water from the nearby Pollock Wells will be used to keep them replenished. BRIEF HISTORY:Silver Lake is known to naturalists as a "nature hotspot." Over 140 species of birds have been sighted here, along with the raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes and bobcats that have long been part of Silver Lake's ecosystem within the Reservoirs' area. Additionally, Silver Lake has been a vital link in the Pacific Flyway for 100 years, connecting bird habitats from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The Reservoirs’ quiet, protected expanse has provided life-sustaining food and rest to thousands upon thousands of migrating birds each year; among them, the Canada Goose, the Bank Swallow—an officially threatened species in California—as well as Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, American Wigeons, White-faced Ibis, Northern Pintail, and beloved Mallard Ducks. Silver Lake has one of the rare bodies of fresh water large enough to host many flocks alighting at once. Everyone who loves experiencing Silver Lake's nature will know that a Sanctuary will preserve the Reservoirs as a protected habitat for urban wildlife and a critical resting place for migratory birds. THEREFORE:We request that the City of Los Angeles and DWP immediately support the establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs, thereby protecting this precious place for the animals who make their homes here, and ensuring this tranquil oasis is preserved for the benefit of the community and the entire city. Note:• We are not requesting any city funds for this Wildlife Sanctuary.• We fully support the amenities that currently exist around the Reservoirs, such as the meadow, the walking paths, the dog park, the recreation center, the tots playground, the basketball courts, and the pocket park on Tesla. (While not an “amenity,” we also support the neighborhood Nursery School there.) ---------- MORE INFO: Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
1,780 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Skip Campbell, Commissioner Larry Vignola, Vice Mayor Dan Daley, Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

Install "Animal Crossing" Signs All Over Coral Springs, FL

Greetings! We are a brand-new organization known as The Possum Protection Program (PPP). We aim to help protect some of our most amazing animals down here in South Florida, specifically the Virginia opossum! We, alongside many other citizens of Coral Springs, have noticed that there has been a significant increase in deaths related to cars when it comes to opossum deaths. This is the case with other creatures as well, such as frogs. Lost pets could also be harmed from cars, most importantly if they are trying to cross the street at night. It is unacceptable how we warn people of "children at play", yet we do not warn our drivers out there of our animal friends that simply want to cross the road. We need these animals for our environment-- For instance, the Virginia opossum helps eat ticks (Which is a good thing) while our raccoon buddies eat mice and other pesky insects. Of course, this solution will not solve the issue 100%-- However, it, we believe, will help not only with safer driving but also with the safety of our ecosystem's animals. The idea is simple: We ('We' being the city) install multiple signs across the city of Coral Springs, specifically around busier areas and neighborhoods, that read, "Animal Crossing" or something along those lines.  It may cost a bit, but this can easily be solved either through a fundraiser event or through taking taxpayer dollars. This idea will help alert drivers that they must slow down or be more careful, especially at night. We could perhaps think of a way that these signs can illuminate so that they are easier to see in the dark. We do not have any "animal x-ing" signs at all in our city... Why not change that and help build a safer future for all?

The Possum Protection Program
540 supporters