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wildlife protection

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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 3 days ago

Petition to Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Director of Planning, LA City Planning Dept Vince Bertoni, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Councilmember David Ryu

Protect Open Space Land in Coldwater Canyon

The Harvard-Westlake School has proposed a massive development on the Westside of Coldwater Canyon, in the hills south of Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. This project would carve out 135,000 cubic yards of hillside and destroy over 150 protected oak and walnut trees to build a 300,000 sq ft, 3 story private parking garage (close in size to IKEA) with a 90' retaining wall that will be the largest of its kind in Los Angeles, a lighted football size field on top, and a private bridge over Coldwater, a designated scenic highway.   We do not support the urbanization of this open space land - land which has been designated for conservation.  The proposed project is grossly out of character with the natural hillside environment, and not consistent with the site's current zoning and land use.  If approved, it would set a terrible precedent for any development not only within the Santa Monica Mountains, but in all residential communities.  The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Hillside Federation, the Sierra Club, CLAW (Citizens for LA Wildlife) the Studio City Residents Association, and the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association have all recognized the significant adverse biological and visual impact this project would have.  We urge our Studio City and City of Los Angeles representatives to join the neighborhood in recognizing the importance of open space land in Coldwater Canyon!  Tell the school to confine their development to the East side of Coldwater on their existing footprint – maintaining the integrity of the Open Space and single-family, residentially-zoned land on the West side of Coldwater Canyon. 

Save Coldwater Canyon
3,431 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Edgar Lungu, Jean Kapata, Zambia Wildlife Authority

Don't Let Lions Become Extinct: Don't Lift the Ban on Hunting Lions and Leopards!

Lifting a ban on the hunting of lions and leopards in Zambia will not help with its conservation. In fact, it will only hurt the country in the long run. If there's no wildlife left for tourists to see, that will certainly put a damper on the tourism industry. Also, eliminating these apex predators will put the ecosystem out of balance. Here are some facts about the importance of top predators: http://www.lusakatimes.com/2015/05/19/how-allowing-trophy-hunters-to-kill-zambias-lions-and-leopards-may-impact-our-ecosystem/ http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_crucial_role_of_predators_a_new_perspective_on_ecology/2442/ According to Lion Alert, numbers for lions in Zambia in 2012 were as follows:  Zambia holds six populations of lions, two of which are shared with neighbouring countries. The Liuwa Plains population contains only three remaining individuals in 3,866km2 from five that were reintroduced from Kafue National Park.  The populations in Sioma Ngwezi (4,155km2) and Nsumbu (5,650km2) are each believed to contain less than 50 lions. The Kafue population is estimated to contain 386 lions in 56,898km2.   The population defined as the Luangwa lion area  that also encompasses parts of Malawi is estimated at 574 in 72,992km2. The final population defined as the Mid-Zambezi lion area that also encompasses parts ofMozambique and Zimbabwe is estimated to contain 755 lions in 64,672km2. As far as leopards, according to the Zambian Economist (March 10, 2010), "The actual number of leopards in Zambia is not known, as there has been no national survey due to financial constraints. Therefore, the leopard population is described qualitatively, basing on postulation such as hunting statistics and observations made by wildlife law enforcement officers, tour operators and tourists." Across Africa, both lion and leopard numbers are decreasing rapidly. In relation to lions, this is primarily due to habitat loss, poaching, trophy hunting, and man/animal conflict over livestock. According to filmmaker and conservationist Dereck Joubert, lions could be extinct before we know it: http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/17/about-lions-extinction However, it is not too late to prevent this. As of this year, lions are still listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. While there's estimated to be only 20,000 lions left in the world, according to a recent study, there's been an increase in the Asiatic lion population over the past five years. This could also happen in Africa if the necessary steps are taken. Zambia is going for the quick fix of their economic troubles by taking the blood money of trophy hunters. They should instead devise a long-term strategic economic plan that will cause the country to flourish or just maintain economic stability.  Lions and leopards are beautiful animals, but the lion in particular represents the majesty and pride of Africa. By lifting the ban on the hunting of this iconic beast, is Zambia signifying that it's lost all majesty, all pride, all hope in itself? Making money by allowing hunters to go after the King of the Beast is tantamount to putting a small band aid on a profusely bleeding large wound. Please watch the attached film, The Last Lioness, which is the touching story of Lady Liuwa, the last lioness on the Liuwa Plains of Zambia. Her journey is a lonely one, but not without hope. Let's let Zambia know that we do not want to see these beautiful creatures go into extinction due to blood-thirsty hunters and government greed.

Sonya Alexander
5,282 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Heritage Capitol Partners

Save Ormewood Forest

Please help Save Ormewood Forest.  Nestled in the heart of East Atlanta, Ormewood Forest represents over 6 acres of land, upon which century-old trees provide habitat for abundant wildlife and essential protection for a first-order headwater stream.  The surrounding community wishes to preserve the land, its trees and the stream for several reasons.  First and foremost, the land and its trees contribute to the ever-shrinking tree canopy within the urban heart of Atlanta.  Preserving Ormewood Forest would increase, by 50%, the current public greenspace within the East Atlanta neighborhood.  Second, preserving the land around the headwater stream protects watershed resources of the already impaired Intrenchement Creek and South River Watersheds.  Third, neighboring residents as well as native inhabitant wildlife depend upon this forested land to mitigate urban heat-island effects and to process storm water runoff.  The land serves as a significant wildlife habitat, as well as providing esthetic values that enrich the quality of life for our community.   Heritage Capitol Partners and Heritage Homes are seeking to develop Ormewood Forest using high density, multi-family residential zoning. Their specific re-zoning request to MR1 could even allow for some limited commercial usage and does not guarantee that a quality planned development would be built.  MR1 is not only inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood zoning, it would set an undesirable precedent for future developers who may be unconcerned about environmental impact and the existing traditional character of our neighborhood as established in the City of Atlanta’s 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan.  If unsuccessful in their zoning request, Heritage is still intent on developing the property in accordance with existing zoning.  This would result in the entire acreage being sliced up across the protected stream buffers into ten home sites, virtually eliminating any meaningful way to restore and preserve the stream system. Show your support for Saving Ormewood Forest and join our efforts in appeal to Heritage Capital Partners and Heritage Homes to take their development plans to a more suitable location and allow our community and Atlanta the opportunity to permanently protect this green space for the benefit of all.

Save Ormewood Forest
1,427 supporters