Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Costco sells red listed fish every day

This is a copy of my letter to the company today.

As a consumer, I care about what’s at my Costco. Our oceans deserve better. Costco needs to be a leader in ocean conservation, not a contributor to ocean destruction. I want Costco to have a sustainable seafood policy and stop selling red list seafood, starting immediately with orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.

Your customers want to know the truth. Stop hiding and let your customers make informed decisions about their purchases. I want Costco to have sustainable seafood and transparent labeling for all of us to see.

Costco must also begin to stand up for the oceans and support positive environmental change.

In almost every Costco store you’ll find freezers and coolers full of unsustainable fish. In fact, Greenpeace surveys found that Costco continues to sell fifteen of the twenty-two red list seafood items.
This is illegal! I will publicize the heck out of this until you decide to do the right thing. This really pisses me off.

In such a competitive world I would think you would realize how this publicity will effect your business.

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I was mislead about Florida

I have had to make 3 phone calls this morning to my Congressman, both at the Federal and State levels. The more I read about this state the less I like it. I came from Texas where there were no other opinions outside of animals and pets are property and can be used and discarded however they seem fit. I dealt with this ignorance for most of my life and wanted to move to an animal friendly state.

Florida will protect a manatee but could care less about a greyhound. They care more about preserving plants then they do about the wildlife. Tell me why I had the impression before I came that Florida was different than Texas. You can bet you bottom dollar that if the public knew what was going on, tourism would suffer. All nature and animal lovers need to be informed and I plan to make it happen if I dont see some quick progress here.

Florida is just a mirage folks. It is certainly not as friendly as it is made out to be.



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Stop Canned Hunting in Martin County, Florida

Posted Sep 28, 2009 by lauraallen

J&R Outfitters offers canned hunts on property located in Martin County, Florida near Indiantown.

Recently, the county Land Planning Agency voted 4-1 to allow the operation to continue despite that it had been in business without proper zoning, a site plan, building permits, and a business license.

And, despite the cruelty of a business akin to shooting fish in a barrel. 

The animals are often captive bred and raised for the “hunt”.  They may also have been pets abandoned by owners or animals dumped by breeders and dealers, exhibitions or zoos. Regardless, they are likely used to living in captivity.

These animals are then released into a fenced area where there is no chance of escape. To make the killing easier for the trophy “hunter”, the animals may be gathered in an area ostensibly for feeding. Or they may be drawn to bait set out to bring them to a particular area. They are probably familiar with the humans herding them and also accustomed to walking through gates and into fenced areas.

The “hunters” then blast away at the trapped, frightened animals.  The shooters avoid the head and upper torso, of course, the vital organs, because that would mess up the look of the trophy.

That means the shooters aim for non-vital organs, causing a slow death. After the animals die what is many times an agonizing death, the shooters then leave with their “trophies”.

A sort of drive through, if not drive by, shooting. The shooters pay a fee based on how many animals they kill, a “no kill, no pay” operation.

J&R Outfitters offers “hunts” of native or exotic mammals.  For a $2000 hunting fee, for example, a shooter can kill and take home as a trophy an exotic black buck antelope. J&R offers 19 exotic species at varying prices.  Native whitetail deer, quail, dove, wild boar and turkeys can also be slaughtered at point blank range for a price. J&R says it will even arrange an “African game hunt” for the right price presumably with imported animals.

Many states do ban canned hunts or at least regulate them. Florida is not one of those states. The federal government has no problem with canned hunts. In fact, this past summer a federal judge had to order the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stop allowing canned hunts of endangered species.

The Martin County Land Use Planning Agency has voted to amend the zoning restrictions to allow canned hunts in what has been an agricultural district. The canned hunting operations like J&R Outfitters can have overnight accommodations. J&R has also filed a site plan asking for a variance in order to continue to operate its canned hunt business.

Aside from the horrific cruelty that will be allowed in their own backyard, farmers and other residents wonder how safe they will be with a commercial canned hunt operation in their midst. They have asked about safety for children playing, the types of firearms and other weapons allowed, background checks on people allowed to have these weapons to kill animals in their county,  health concerns from imported animals, and also how such a seedy business will affect the operation of their farms.   

WHAT YOU CAN DO 

The Martin County, Florida Board of Commissioners must still approve the zoning changes and the site plan for J&R Outfitters. Write (faxes are best) or call and urge them to vote NO to canned hunting in Martin County. Don’t wait. Do it now!

Also, contact the Martin County Administrator and County Attorney’s office and tell them you oppose authorization of a canned hunt operation in the county.

There is a bill pending in Congress, the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act, H.R. 2308, that would put an end to this.  Go here for information and how you can help pass this bill!

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Write my Congressman Adam Putnam about this, his contact info is on this site just do a search for him. I had no idea this was common practice in Florida or I might not have moved here. O I am ticked off now!

The first movie I ever saw about animal cruelty I was 8 years old and saw “Bless The Beasts and the Children” about fenced in areas where they stand and shoot buffalo. In the end some kids released the buffalo but were shot and killed. This is what started me on this mission in the first place. I cried for months after seeing that and vowed that one day I would take part in stopping this for good.

District Office:
650 East Davidson Street
Bartow, FL   33830
Phone: 863-534-3530
Toll Free: 866-534-3530
Fax: 863-534-3559
Washington Office:
442 Cannon House
Office Building
Washington, DC  20515-0912
Phone: 202-225-1252
Fax: 202-226-0585
I just called and let them know how angry the thought of this has made me.



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Response to my letter from Congressman Putnam

Dear Mr. Alexander:

Thank you for contacting my office with regard to pet devocalization for medically unnecessary purposes. I appreciate the time you took to write me on this issue.

In this procedure, a veterinarian would remove the vocal chords of the owner’s pet. This procedure is sometimes done for medical purposes to remove the infected, cancerous, or otherwise maligned tissue. In these cases, the procedure will often save the pets life. However, this is sometimes performed to cut down on the noise the animal makes. I believe that this is inhumane. Moreover, it is shows irresponsibility on the part of our owner. When we purchase a pet from the store or adopt from the shelter, we should invite this new member into our family with full knowledge that you will have to listen to your pet. This is also an important mechanism for our pets to show affection or let us know something is wrong. There is no legislation before the House on this issue currently, but I will certainly keep your comments in mind should a bill be introduced.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact my office. If you are experiencing difficulties with a federal agency, are interested in legislation that is pending before Congress or wish to express your opinions, please visit my website at http://www.adamputnam.house.gov. If you would like additional updates on this and other issues please signup for my e-newsletter at http://adamputnam.house.gov/signup.shtml.

Sincerely,

Adam Putnam
Member of Congress
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This is good. Now if they try that nonsense here my man will be waiting to shoot it down. Please write your representatives a strong message about the cruel practice of de-vocalization by making it illegal in your state. We are living in a new time folks, we understand that people who abuse animals are the common criminals of this country. These are the people who run down society everyday by abusing children and women. They have no morals and I believe a top priority by law enforcement needs to be placed on the ridding of our streets of them.

I put crack heads and animal abusers in the same category. The only lower is a pedophile.

My letter to Interior Secretary Salazar

As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and someone who cares about protecting America’s coasts I strongly urge the Department of Interior to discard the hastily prepared Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan for 2010-2015.

This reckless plan would pave the way for industrializing America’s coasts, threatening some of our waters’ most beautiful marine life. Is this what you want for our children, a life without sharks, without dolphins and seals. This is serious!

* Sea otters off the coasts of California, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska;

* Endangered sea turtles off Florida’s coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico;

* Threatened polar bears in the Chukchi Sea;

* Endangered North Pacific right whales; and

* Scores of marine birds and other species that rely on clean, healthy coasts to survive.

Drilling rigs spew air pollution and toxic mercury emissions that can poison marine wildlife. Oil and gas exploration activities, including equipment that blasts high intensity pulses, may cause disruption in feeding, migration and other essential behaviors in endangered whales.

Increased tanker traffic raises the specter of another cataclysmic oil spill that could threaten coastal wildlife and wreck the beautiful beaches where millions of Americans live or vacation. It’s not hard to find examples of the threat that oil and fuel spills cause…

* Since August 21st, an oil rig off Australia’s northwest coast began spewing oil into the East Timor Sea, threatening turtles, whales, dolphins, sea birds and sea snakes. 

* In July, an underwater pipeline that carries oil from offshore drilling leaked about 58,800 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

* In November, 2007, a cargo vessel spilled approximately 58,000 gallons of medium grade fuel into the San Francisco Bay. Marbled murrelets, brown pelicans and western snowy plovers — all federally protected threatened or endangered species — were killed in the incident.  

We must not sacrifice America’s coasts — and the wildlife and local economies that depend on them — in the name of dirty drilling. Please reject the previous aministration’s offshore drilling plan and protect America’s wildlife.

The conservation and preservation of my environment is near the top of my agenda. I expect it to be at the top of yours. Dont give in to drillers who seek only financial gains. Force US to produce less oil so we can develop more green technologies and alternative fuels. Oil is no longer a socially acceptable. method of transportation. Its time to get with the program!


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Contact Information for State Legislatures

To my regular readers: The following contact information is for you to make your voices heard now. You can do the easy way and simply email your Congressman. If you are really angry about something you see give them a call. The effect of a call is so much greater than that of an email. Elected officials want to hear from you so they know what their people want. If you do nothing at all they are rightly led to believe that it is not something they should spend time on. I ask that you print this out and put it on your refrigerator for easy access.

The rights Americans have with the 21st Ammendment should not be something put to waste. Do you know how many places there are where people would love to have the freedom to speak out against injustice.  Please recognize this as something you do for your family and your neighborhoods.

Alabama
Senate: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7800
House: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7600
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.al.us

Alaska
Senate: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
House: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ak.us

Arizona
Senate: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-3559
House: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-4221
Web site: http://www.azleg.state.az.us

Arkansas
Senate: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-2902
House: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-6211
Web site: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us

California
Senate: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-4311
Assembly: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-2323
Web site: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

Colorado
Senate: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2316
House: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2904
Web site: http://www.colorado.gov

Connecticut
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0500
House: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0400
Web site: http://www.cga.ct.gov

Delaware
Senate: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4129
House: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4087
Web site: http://www.legis.state.de.us

District of Columbia
Council of the District of Columbia, 441 Fourth St., NW, Ste. 716, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-8000
Web site: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us

Florida
Senate and House: The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-4371
Web site: http://www.leg.state.fl.us

Georgia
Senate: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5040
House: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5082
Web site: http://www.state.ga.us/legis

Hawaii
Senate: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-6720
House: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-587-0478
Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

Idaho
Senate and House: State Capitol Bldg., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0081, 208-332-1000
Web site: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov

Illinois
Senate and House: State House, Springfield, IL 62706, 217-782-8223
Web site: http://www.state.il.us/state/legis

Indiana
Senate: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9400
House: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9600
Web site: http://www.in.gov

Iowa
Senate: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3371
House: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3221
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ia.us

Kansas
Senate and House: Statehouse, 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, 785-296-2149
Web site: http://www.kslegislature.org

Kentucky
Senate and House: State Capitol, Frankfort, KY 40601, 1-800-372-7181
Web site: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us

Louisiana
Senate: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-2040
House: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-6945
Web site: http://www.legis.state.la.us

Maine
Senate: 3 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0003, (207) 287-1540
House: 2 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0002, (207) 287-1400
Web site: janus.state.me.us/legis

Maryland
Senate and House: State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1-800-492-7122
Web site: mlis.state.md.us

Massachusetts
Senate: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-1455
House: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-2000
Web site: http://www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm

Michigan
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-2400
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-0135
Web site: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

Minnesota
Senate: State Capitol, 75 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-0504
House: State Capitol, 100 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-2146
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mn.us

Mississippi
Senate and House: New Capitol, P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215-1018, 601-350-3770
Web site: http://www.ls.state.ms.us

Missouri
Senate: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-0940
House: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-3829
Web site: http://www.moga.state.mo.us

Montana
Senate and House: Capitol Station, Helena, MT 59620, 406-444-4801
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mt.us

Nebraska

Senate and House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604, 402-471-2271
Web site: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us

Nevada
Senate: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-6522
Assembly: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-8533
Web site: http://www.leg.state.nv.us

New Hampshire
Senate: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-2111
House: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-3661
Web site: gencourt.state.nh.us

New Jersey
Senate and House: State House Annex, P.O. Box, 068, Trenton, NJ 08625-0068, 609-292-4840
Web site: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us

New Mexico
Senate: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4714
House: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4751
Web site: legis.state.nm.us/lcs

New York
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-2800
Assembly: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-4100
Web site: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us

North Carolina
Senate and House: State Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-2808,
919-733-7928
Web site: http://www.ncleg.net

North Dakota
Senate: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-3373
House: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-2916
Web site: http://www.state.nd.us/lr

Ohio
Senate: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-4900
House: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-3357
Web site: ohio.gov

Oklahoma
Senate: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-524-0126
House: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-521-2711
Web site: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us

Oregon
Senate and House: State Capitol, Salem, OR 97310, 503-986-1187
Web site: http://www.leg.state.or.us

Pennsylvania
Senate: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-5920
House: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-2372
Web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us

Rhode Island
Senate and House: State House, Providence, RI 02903, 401-222-6655
Web site: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

South Carolina
Senate: Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, 803-212-6700
House: Blatt Bldg., PO Box 11867, Columbia, SC 29211, 803-734-2010
Web site: http://www.scstatehouse.net

South Dakota
Senate: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3821
House: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3851
Web site: legis.state.sd.us

Tennessee
Senate: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2730
House: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2901
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

Texas
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-0100
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-4630
Web site: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

Utah
Senate: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1035
House: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1029
Web site: http://www.le.state.ut.us

Vermont

Senate: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2241
House: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2228
Web site: http://www.leg.state.vt.us

Virginia
Senate: General Assembly Building, P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-7410
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-1500
Web site: legis.state.va.us

Washington
Senate: P.O. Box 40482, Olympia, WA 98504-0482, 360-786-7550
House: P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600, 360-786-7750
Web site: http://www.leg.wa.gov

West Virginia
Senate: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-357-7800
House: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-340-3200
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wv.us

Wisconsin
Senate: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882, 608-266-2517
House: P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708, 608-266-1501
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wi.us

Wyoming
Senate: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7711
House: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7852
Web site: legisweb.state.wy.us



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About our pending adoption

We really want kids…there are plenty of children that need a home. Once again we see another case of government waste. I truly believe I would be a great father, making up for alot of my childhood without a father or a family. I never learned by example so I’m not sure. It just a sad situation.

We went through the 10 week state adoption program in Tampa with perfect attendance and punctuality. We even quit enjoying our normal lives, trying to prepare for a life with kids. We did alot to the house to get ready. We paid for legal documents way back, put the finances in order, and prepared for a life under government rule and observation.

The one worry was my felony. However, my background check came back clear, it had been 7 years since the conviction. Paula’s clean background check had not come in yet. There were a couple of bs pieces of paper they wanted in addition to the paperwork we already paid for from The State of Texas.

They did not like my stack of wood that I have on horses behind the house. I use this wood for everything. I am a saver. They said every single spray bottle and gasoline, tools etc must be locked up so the kids cant get to them. All of my vitamins, supplements had to be stored in a lockbox. All four of my dogs had to have all their shots and be current on all tags. I could seriously get fired up at all the “conditions” we faced but I am not sure if saying anything will help to get more kids adopted. The children must come first.

Anyway, Paula called the state yesterday and told them we were putting the adoption on hold after 7 months of crap. Money and credit is so tight right now, I cant get a job to make that extra cash needed to raise a family. Paula has sent out about 40 resumes and nothing.

Paula has been saying she will graduate in the next 6 months for the last 2 years! I really need her to focus on that and get a closed caption job. In 18 months I have a check coming and will be building my home on Roatan where I plan to open or help open a boy’s home, feeding center, and a baseball league. I will get my fix helping needy kids and single mothers one way or another.