When the Florida Wildlife Commission meets, they usually only hear from animal users, abusers and exotic pet owners, because those are the only people who know the meeting is taking place. We try to alert our supporters when there are wild cat issues being heard, but if you love all wild animals and want to protect them from being hunted to extinction, used as bait for hunting dogs, or if you want to be heard on measures to protect endangered species, such as manatees, then you should sign up to know when those meetings are taking place.
There are 8 meetings that will be held between Dec. 16, 2014 and Mar. 30, 2015 at 8 locations around the state of Florida. These will be an opportunity for you to tell the Florida Wildlife Commission staff what you think about keeping wild animals as pets, and caging requirements, etc. The “bad guys” have always outnumbered animal lovers about 90 to 1 until recently when enough animal friendly members of the public showed up to stop “fox penning.” You can’t change the laws, if you don’t show up, so please subscribe now in order to know what is happening with wild animals in Florida.
Here is how you can add yourself to the FWC’s list serve for meeting notices:
1. Go to MyFWC.com and select “News” from the top (navy blue) toolbar.
2. On the News page, select “Get FWC News Automatically” from the vertical toolbar on the left.
3. On the Get FWC News Automatically page, select “Visit the GovDelivery subscription page to sign up for this free service.”
4. From the GovDelivery subscription page, all you have to do is follow the steps.
It will prompt you to do things like enter an email address and create a password. Once you get to the page where you select which topics to subscribe to, you just have to expand the Law Enforcement category by clicking on the icon next to “Law Enforcement,” and then select Captive Wildlife.
You can also subscribe to any other topics of interest at the same time. If at any time you wish to unsubscribe, you can do so using the “Subscriber Preferences Page.” A link to this page is provided at the bottom of each message sent out from the GovDelivery topic, as well as being available through your account.
Why Should YOU Care Enough to Show Up?
In the wild tigers can claim home ranges that are 4oo square miles in size. They travel that expanse constantly, monitoring it to protect against intruders. Tigers are build to roam.
Lake Okeechobee in Florida is 700 square miles in size. This space would barely accommodate 2 tigers, but in the state of Florida it is legal to keep two tigers in a concrete floored, chain link box the size of a parking space.
That’s why we need you to sign up for these notices and show up with cat issues are on the agenda.
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