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September 3, 2008
Speak Up for Florida's Wild Animals
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering several changes to the state’s wildlife regulations that would affect freshwater turtles and captive wildlife. While these changes would be a step in the right direction, they are still not strong enough. Please urge the Commission to consider stronger changes to the rules.
Currently, the FWC is considering protections for Florida’s freshwater turtles by limiting the harvest to five per day. However, anything less than a complete moratorium on the commercial harvest could result in serious damage to some species. The Commission is also proposing beneficial changes to the current rules on keeping wild animals in captivity. But, the Commission needs to enact additional protections to ensure that these animals are kept in the wild, not in basements and backyards!
TAKE ACTION The FWC will discuss these issues on September 17. Please take a moment now to send an email to the FWC to urge the strongest changes possible to these wildlife regulations. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family in Florida about how they can take action, too.
Thank you for all you do for animals!
Sincerely, Mike Markarian Executive Vice President The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. We are closely watching Tropical Storm Hanna. Forecasters are predicting it could land anywhere between Florida and the Carolinas later this week. The Humane Society of the United States is urging residents who may be in the path of the storm to gather supplies and review their animal evacuation plans. Read more on how you can be prepared.
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