Thousands of wild horses and burros may lose their lives!
Within the next two weeks Congress will vote on taking away protections for our wild horses and burros. Please sign this petition and call your member of Congress at: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials and tell them: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials You oppose the BLM budget provision that would open the door to horse slaughter. Please be polite and respectful. Background: The Trump Administration recently released its budget request to Congress for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and it literally places the lives of over 90,000 wild horses and burros in jeopardy. The Administration is asking Congress to lift the ban on killing healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. The BLM wants permission to destroy “unadoptable” horses and burros as well as those it considers to be “excess” on the range. If Congress approves this request, the mass killing of the 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 46,000 “excess” animals on the range would begin. Our wild horses and burros have been systematically removed from their homes on our public lands, so they can be replaced with millions of cattle and sheep. While the horses and burros have been federally protected from being sent to slaughter under the 1971 Wild Horses and Burros Protection Act, the Trump Administration now wants to take away all their protections. There are currently 46,000+ languishing in federal holding pens and it costs US taxpayers millions of dollars every year for their upkeep. The Bureau of Land Management wastes our tax dollars to round them up throughout the year and has been doing so for decades. The horses are chased with helicopters which force them to run for miles and miles, even pregnant mares and babies who can't keep up with their families. Many are severely injured and some die. Wild horses have intricate family relationships so splitting up their families forever, is extremely cruel. The BLM refuses to even do a headcount to see how many wild horses and burros are actually left on the range. They estimate about 46,000 but really have no interest in the exact number as they are hellbent on zeroing them out to keep the ranching industry happy. And let's be clear, there are millions of acres for the wild horses and burros to live on, there is plenty of room for them, but the ranching industry wants our public lands for their own purposes. The best way to stop this unnecessary cruelty is to raise the grazing fees which are currently pennies on the dollar, and to start retiring some of the grazing allotments. Some rescue groups advocate using the birth control PZP, a short term solution which is preferable to killing them, but it sterilizes the mares after prolonged use and is actually a pesticide. By signing this petition, you are asking Congress to: * Oppose the removal of sale restrictions on captured wild horses and burros in the fiscal year 2018 budget; * Oppose the weakening of any language prohibiting euthanasia of healthy horses by the BLM or its contractors placed in the FY 2018 budget; * Stand against cuts to the Wild Horse and Burro program in the FY 2018 budget and instead push for humane, on-range solutions like retiring grazing allotments and increasing grazing fees;* Work to strengthen protections for wild horses and burros transferred from the BLM to other government agencies. Our public lands are home to the wild horses and burros but they are being replaced by millions of cattle and sheep, an invasive species. The taxpayers are being forced to fund the destruction of the wild horses and burros, yet the majority of Americans are against removing them from the wild. Speak out and use your voice to save them from extinction!
Clemency For Robert J. Riley; Life in Prison for a Nonviolent Drug Offense
Bob has been imprisoned for far too long . He is not a young man any longer, and he feels, if not released soon, he may never see his friends and family again. He has more than paid for the crime of distribution and sales of LSD, and after 22 years, Bob is not the same man who first entered that prison. He is a Poet and a Philosopher, and would be a great asset to our society. It has already cost over a half a million dollars to keep Bob incarcerated all these years. How long will it be and how much money will we spend, before we believe he has paid his dues? Like many followers of the Grateful Dead, Bob was entrapped by law enforcement as part of the DEA's "Dead End" program, targeting Deadheads. Bob was one of thousands of individuals who were caught in this trap. This last December, President Obama commuted the sentences of 9 nonviolent drug offenders, and now plans to release hundreds more, before his term is up.Your signatures will help garner attention and interest for Bob's plight, and in doing so, will help work twords his release. I have been writing Bob since 1992 , for what seems like an eternity now. He has watched violent criminals and people who have commited abhorrent crimes , set free, while HE remains locked away for a crime that hurt no one. He is now almost 65 years old , and it is time he came home. We would appreciate your assistance, both in signing this petition and sharing with others, far and wide. Keeping a man in prison, long after pragmatic thinkers consider that he has paid his dues, is wrong, cruel, and plain injudicious. Even the Judge who sentenced Bob felt the punishment he was FORCED to hand down, due to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, far outweighed the crime. Thank you in advance for all your time and energy.
Mr President, Please Publish Federal Rule Save”The Horses” From “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty
“We, The People” respectfully petition you to please instruct Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. “Sonny” Perdue, and OMB Director, Mr. Mark Mulvaney, to expeditiously review and publish the Federal Rule in the Federal Register to remove the “Pads and Chains” from Tennessee Walking Horses. This will eliminate 50 years of corruption and Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses! CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) grassroots advocates are largely Southerners who voted for you, but more importantly, they “Speak FOR ‘The Horses Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”. These are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights” people. Many of them eat bacon, steak and hunt wild game. We are not against Horse Shows featuring flat shod natural Tennessee Walking Horses. According to famous Tennessean newspaper Sportswriter Mr. David Climer, “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is akin to “Dog Fighting” and “Cock Fighting”. For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport. Blood sport, yes. Legitimate sport, no. Sorry, but I’m calling horse excrement. Soring is still in common practice, and everybody knows it.” Native Tennessean MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says: "the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses. The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” CCABLAC animal welfare advocates have peacefully publicly demonstrated against this Animal Cruelty from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL; to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC; to Nashville, Columbia & Shelbyville, Tennessee; to Times Square in your New York City; to the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. Videos taken by CCABLAC animal welfare advocates at “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Shows have reached over 7+ million persons. The Tennessee public has responded to calls to “BOYCOTT” the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. The Federal Rule has unprecedented Bi-Partisan support. The lead Sponsor is Tea Party Republican Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM (R-FL) who is a large animal vet. The other lead sponsor is Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR), also a large animal vet. The Federal Rule was proposed on July 26, 2016. Over 135,000 public comments were made, and 95% favored publication of the Rule in the Federal Register. Over 182 U. S. Representatives wrote a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture on October 25, 2016, “strongly” urging U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to “expeditiously finalize” the Rule (to abolish ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty). The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Horse Council have strongly endorsed the proposed Federal Rule. They know the score. Mr. President, key persons in the Republican establishment have been bought and paid for where this issue is concerned. Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blocked a vote on this in 2014. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken over $750,000.00 from the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty interests since 1988. He will not let this measure be voted upon by the U. S. Senate. Mr. President, please do the right thing to help “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves” To do so, you will have to go against some key members of the Republican Establishment, but by doing so, you will win over many people who have doubted you. It is what you promised when you ran for President, and said yesterday in your Inaugural Address: “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now. Because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” Mr. President, “the establishment” will not protect “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves. This is a marvelous opportunity for you to "Make America Great Again" by taking the side of these magnificent horses who cannot speak for themselves. Mr. President, please fulfill YOUR promise to “WE, The People”, and "Make America Great Again", by helping “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves". ---------------------------------------------------------------------- After you SIGN, please SHARE this petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! A CCABLAC delegation will deliver Your PETITION Signatures and Comments to the White House, Secretary of Agriculture and Director, OMB (Office of Management and Budget). WE, The People, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty) - “We Speak FOR “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.
Please Boycott Animal Cruelty - Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show - Maury County Park!!!!
Columbia (Maury County), Tennessee is a jewel located in picturesque Middle Tennessee. Unfortunately, Columbia is the largest city in Tennessee which still hosts three days of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at its public Maury County Park. This shocking video - "Here's What Soring Does To Horses" - opening scene was taken at the 2016 Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show. It shows a Two Year Old “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse ridden with approximately EIGHT POUND shoes, and with CHAINS on the sensitive skin above its front hooves. https://www.facebook.com/DodoImpact/videos/1602145449802542/ The “Here’s What ‘Soring’ Does To Horses" video been 12+ MILLION VIEWS since being released on March 7, 2017. CCABLAC protested the Columbia Spring Jubilee in 2015 and 2016, and to their credit, the local citizens BOYCOTTED the Horse Show both years. Regardless, the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty has brought scandal and shame to Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee. CRIMINAL ACT OF VIOLENCE * 2015 - A “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer committed a violent crime by driving a large dually truck pulling a trailer loaded with horses at a lady on the side of the road who was protesting against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty. The “Big Lick”horse trainer, Mr. Jamie B. Lawrence, was convicted of Assault by a Maury County Jury. As a result, Columbia owned the stigma of lawlessness, and the Animal Cruelty associated with the “Big Lick”. ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS * 2016 – Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland told CCABLAC animal welfare advocates associated with the www.billygoboy.com website publication at the horse show being held in the public Maury County Park - “TURN OFF YOUR VIDEO RECORDERS” while they were making videos. Sheriff Rowland’s Deputies also told Americans not to video or take photos in a public park. Sheriff Rowland himself told one lady that she could go to jail and/or pay large monetary damages for making videos. * 2016 - A “Big Lick” professional Videographer/Propagandist threatened a CCABLAC animal welfare advocate (associated with www.billygoboy.com website publication) saying “I WILL COME AFTER YOU” if he saw any photos or videos she made at the horse show posted on the internet. This shocking threat was made in the presence of a Maury County Deputy Sheriff. ------------------------------------------------------------------- The “Columbia Spring Jubilee” Horse Show is put on by just eight persons who are members of the MHA (Maury Horsemans Association). Three of the eight MHA members are from one family: · One is a Maury County Deputy Sheriff, · His wife is Treasurer of the Maury Horsemans Association, · His son is the "Ring Master" of the Horse Show. Two other MHA members are also from one family. The Horse Show Manager, Mr. David Sisk, is a wealthy Maury County land owner who: · Shows “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, · Judge TN Walking Horse Shows - Super Bowl (Celebration) twice, · Sold A “Big Lick” TWH for $125,000.00. · Has several hundred thousands dollars invested in his Tennessee Walking Horse operation. The “Big Lick” Horse Show attempts to justify its existence by making modest charitable contributions to the Maury County FFA (Future Farmers of America), and other local charities which are gained from horses which are tortured to learn the "Big Lick" gait. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Over 300,000+ persons, from all over America and the World, have now signed Change.Org Petitions by Citizens Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. More than 50 MILLION persons have been reached by CCABLAC videos of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses at public venues. CCABLAC called on the Public to BOYCOTT the “Big Lick” Horses Shows in Jackson, Mississippi, and Panama City Beach, Florida. The Mississippi show is now defunct, and the Florida Show is fast heading that direction. On June 1 – 3, 2017, Americans will exercise their First Amendment rights provided under the U. S. Constitution by peacefully assembling outside the Horse Show and protesting the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. CCABLAC Animal welfare advocates will go inside the Horse Show event and responsibly exercise their First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Freedom of the Press guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. Please SIGN and SHARE this Petition. Your Signatures and Comments will be delivered to Columbia, Maury County, elected officials! WE, The People” – CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) “Speaking FOR ‘The Horses’ Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”
Demand A Special Prosecutor
There is no dispute that Vladimir Putin used many tactics to interfere in our last Presidential election. There have also been many strong indications that Mr. Trump and/or his campaign staff and advisers colluded with the Russians. Now comes the third firing of an individual who is in the position to either prove or disprove this corruption and complicity. First Mr. Trump fired US Attorney General Preet Bharara. He then fired Attorney General Sally Yates. She testified that she had, in fact, warned the White House that Michael Flynn was compromised 18 days before the White House allowed/encouraged him to resign. Now, just one day after his failure was made public, he has fired FBI Director James Comey. Director Comey was spearheading the investigation into the Russian interference and the roll the Trump team may have played in that. While many of us did in fact believe what Mr. Comey did during the campaign was improper, most of us believed a reprimand or some manner of official punishment was in order. Some even called for his firing, however, Mr. Trump congratulated him for his actions. Not once from then until now has he condemned Director Comey's actions. In fact he has repeatedly insisted that he won the election fair and square and that Democrats need to get over it. Mr. Trump stated in his letter firing Director Comey that he did so under the advice of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AG Sessions was supposed to have recused himself from all things Russia after his own lie about meeting with the Russian ambassador was made public. He also claims he feels that Director Comey was unfair to Hillary Clinton. This is absurd beyond belief. No one with any sense would believe he suddenly had found compassion for "Crooked Hillary" (his pet name for her). This action reeks of cover up and obstruction. I am asking anyone who believes it is time for the Republicans in control of the Congress to step up and start protecting our country from Russia's tampering and any related corruption. We need to insist they take seriously the job they were given the privilege of doing, They need to demand the DOJ appoint a Special Prosecutor and independent investigation to resolve this issue once and for all. We, the people, through Mr. Trump's actions, have lost faith in a system that he has the power to manipulate. We will never regain faith in that system if it allows this kind of behavior to go unchecked. If you agree that we require an "Independent" Special Prosecutor and Investigation for the purpose of, either proving or disproving the allegations against this administration, please sign my petition to Senators McConnell and Schumer and all of Congress.
Help Stop the innocent Baby Sea Turtles from DYING in FLORIDA!Light Pollution is Dangerous
After hatching, baby sea turtles head to the brightest light they see. Under normal conditions this instinct directs them to the moon which in turn leads the turtles to the ocean. However, artificial lights (Light Pollution) from beachfront houses will confuse the turtles and cause them to head in the wrong direction. When these turtles head away from the ocean and to artificial lights, they lose their chance of survival. To prevent sea turtle deaths caused by light confusion, light ordinances in nearby Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach require that beachfront houses must turn off all lights when sea turtles are hatching. Failure to comply results in fines. Ordinances like these prevent thousands of sea turtle deaths each year. Unfortunately, my community of Atlantic Beach does not have this city ordinance. I have seen the effects of this firsthand. I have seen the bodies of baby sea turtles eaten alive by crabs. They never had a chance at life all because homeowners did not turn off their lights during hatching. This becomes all the more frustrating because there is a simple solution to end the tragedy. We demand the city of Atlantic Beach, Florida to implement a mandatory sea turtle protection light ordinance, including enforcement, equal to those in neighboring Jacksonville and Neptune Beach. The ordinance is needed to protect the endangered and threatened sea turtles who use Atlantic Beach to nest and hatch a vital new generation. Help me get the word out and give these little babies a fighting chance to live -- sign and share the petition today.
Cancel and Boycott “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Classes - North Carolina Championship Show
Please SIGN this Petition to STOP “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. Asheville and Fletcher, North Carolina, are two progessive beautiful cities located in Western North Carolina. Both are known for gentle tolerance, enlightenment and kindness. Unfortunately, these two cities are hosting the three day “Big Lick” North Carolina Championship Walking Horse Show, Oct. 6 – 8. Sadly, the horse show will feature “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses. Tennessee Walking Horses are tortured from an early age to learn how to do the “Big Lick”. It is a pain induced gait. The horses throw their legs high while wearing Chains and 6 – 8 pound stack shoes. Caustic chemicals are applied to sensitive skin above the horses hooves, and then wrapped with plastic to “cook in” the chemicals which causes the skin to be blistered. When the chains hit the skin, the horses throw their front legs high while squatting down on their back legs – creating the cruel “Big Lick”. “Big Lick” TWH are the only horses in America which wear Chains in the show ring. According to Tennessean and Noted Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner, the "Big Lick" is a "business built on the suffering and pain of horses". Dr. Haffner is a member of the Horse Science Faculty at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) in Murfreesboro, TN. Even worse, the horse show will be held at the McGough Arena at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center owned by the State of North Carolina. Of 83 total horse classes 45 will feature the “Big Lick” gait. In March 2015, the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair. This action came after a Change.Org Petition gained almost 20,000 signatures, and a public Protest was held at the 2014 NC State Fair. At the 2015 North Carolina Championship Horse Show, USDA Vet inspectors disqualified a shocking 35% of all the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected for allegedly being in violation of the Horse Protection Act (Animal Cruelty). On July 25, 2016, the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture took action and opened a Public Comment period to make the “Big Lick” illegal by removing the “Pads and Chains”, consequently abolishing the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. So far over 81% of the “Public Comments” favor the Federal Regulation to the Horse Protection Act. The Regulation can be made official after October 26, 2016. It’s time for Americans, and people all over the World, to urge the General Manager of the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center; North Carolina Chief Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture; and the Mayor of Fletcher, North Carolina to ban the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse classes, and to urge the public to Boycott “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. After you SIGN, please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. WE, The People, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)
Free Davontae Sanford, sentenced to 39 years for a crime someone else has confessed to.
Davontae Sanford has been in prison for nearly nine years for a crime he did not commit. In 2007, Sanford, a partially blind, developmentally disabled 14-year-old child, was interrogated by police after four people were murdered on Runyon Street in his neighborhood. He was questioned twice without the presence of his parents or an attorney. In the second of his two statements, he implicated himself as one of the shooters, but later “told a psychologist that he had made it all up because the police had told him he could go home if he would ‘just [tell] them something.’” Two weeks after Davontae was convicted of the crime, another man confessed and gave unknown details of the murder and led authorities to one of the murder weapons. However, hitman Vincent “Vito” Smothers was never charged in the quadruple homicide for which Mr. Sanford now wastes away in prison. According to the Marshall Project, although Smothers denied Sanford’s involvement in the murders, prosecutors offered him a shorter sentence for all of the 12 murders he had confessed to if he promised not to testify in Sanford’s defense. What more do officials need to be convinced that this is a horrible miscarriage of justice and that Davontae Sanford should not be behind bars? Please join me in asking Gov. Rick Snyder to grant Sanford clemency and free him from his unjust 39-year sentence. Sanford’s trial lawyer had a long record of incompetence and has since been suspended from practicing in the state of Michigan. For reasons still unknown, Robert Slameka decided not to even challenge Sanford’s confession in court, even though it was clear that his age and disability, and the way it was acquired, should have raised blaring red flags. Vincent Smothers is now serving time for having several murders. After having told police that he was responsible for the crime Davontae was being punished for, he spoke these words in an interview with the Associated Press: “He’s not guilty. He didn’t do it… I understand what prison life is like; it’s miserable. To be here and be innocent – I don’t know what it’s like. He’s a kid, and I hate for him to do the kind of time they’re giving him.” It is shocking that such compassion came from a man responsible for killing a dozen people, while the prosecutor and judge in Davontae’s case seem incapable of the same. Please join me in standing up for justice. Ask Gov. Snyder to do the right thing and grant Davontae Sanford clemency. One day in jail for a crime you did not commit is too long, nine years is a nightmare. Let’s help end Davontae’s nightmare.