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Petition to Julien Peralta Animal Services Supervisor of Denton Animal Services

Save Rocket - Make Rocket the fox legal

We request that you sign this petition to help save Rocket, our domestic fox. I would also like to add that Rocket, our pet fox is part of our family. We have established a trust with her, created a bond that will last forever. Disturbing that bond could be devastating to her. We would like to live with our pet without the fear of animal control or anyone else removing her from us, her family. Surrendering her is not an option since that would possibly mean that officials would put her down. We have taken measures to ensure that she has her shots, she sees a vet when needed and she is also in the process of getting spayed next week on Jan 14th. She has NEVER attacked anyone nor bitten anyone. Actually, it's quite the contrary. She brought joy and happiness to those who had the pleasure of meeting the playful, mischievous little fox down the street. Currently, local officials are stating that we cannot have her in the city of Denton because Rocket is considered a wild animal. However, the definition of a wild animal is not clear with respect to the local definition (there is no clear definition) and differs from the state definition. According to an email from the supervisor of animal control in Denton, it states that the findings are based on the following “The Canidae are known as canines, and include  wolves, foxes, and other extant and extinct species”. The first instinct is to take it to believe that those words came from a website that is managed by the state or city. However, that is not where this comes from. The above statement upon an internet search lists the source as Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a legal source and should not be considered one since even most colleges ban the use of Wikipedia as a credible source. The page speaking of the Canidae family has had over 30 different edits since 2019. Although the laws leave Rocket in the gray area, we are asking state and local governments to change this to state the true definition of a wild animal, which is an animal not born in captivity. This would exclude Rocket from becoming classified as a wild animal. There should also be a clear law on the rules of a domesticated fox as a pet, allowing others to maintain a fox as a pet. I would also like to add that while it is true that foxes as a pet, is not for everyone, local and state authorities could require prospective fox owners to complete a course that teaches the pros and cons of having a fox as a pet. I would personally have no issue in helping with these types of courses since I can vouch for first hand what it is like to have a fox as a pet.   Rocket was born in captivity, not in the wild. Her parents were also born and raised in captivity. Rocket lives indoors with us and her best friend Bella - a dog. As of right now, if we were to surrender Rocket to animal control, they would put her to sleep. Under current law, the only permit to have a fox is called a TWRC Home Rehabber. Unfortunately, the program is on hold with the state website stating  "DUE TO COVID 19, OUR HOME-BASED REHABBER PROGRAM IS ON HOLD. WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO RESUME THE PROGRAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!" Source: Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition The next permit pertains to fur-bearing animals for hunting. Which we have no intention, desire, or will to hunt Rocket for her fur.                                            Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department   Rocket is not a dangerous wild animal which is defined as:  Dangerous animal means a dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a person, or a domestic animal, that causes bodily injury. According to the city of Denton  On the same link the definition of prohibited animals is defined as follows: Prohibited animal means any species of animals whose sale, display, or possession within the city limits is unlawful. The following or similar species of animals, including their hybrids, shall be considered prohibited: (1) Class Reptilia. Family Helodermatidea (the venomous lizards); family Viperidae (rattlesnakes, pit vipers and true vipers); family Elapidae (coral snakes, cobras and mambas); family Colubridae—Dispholidus typuss (boomsland), Cyclagras gigas (water cobra) and Bioga dendrophila (mangrove snake) only; order Phidia (racers, boas, water snakes and pythons); order Crocodilia (crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials); (2) Class Aves. Subdivision Ratitae (such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries and emus); (3) Class Mammalia. Order Chiroptera, including bats; Order Carnivora, family Felidae (such as ocelots, margays, tigers, jaguars, leopards and cougars), except commonly accepted domesticated cats; family Canidae (such as wolves, dingos, coyotes and jackals), except domesticated dogs; family mustelidae (such as weasels, martens, minks, badgers), except domesticated ferrets; family Procyonidae (raccoons; family Ursidae (such as bears); Order Marsupialia (such as kangaroos and common opossums); order Edentata (such as sloths, anteaters and armadillos); order Proboscidea (elephants); Order Primata (such as monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas); Order Rodentia (such as porcupines); and Order Ungulata (such as antelope, deer, bison and camels). According to the above, Canidae is defined as Wolves, Dingos, Coyotes, AND Jackals-  Note, the city of Denton does not have foxes mentioned in here. According to the State of Texas  “Sec. 240.001. DEFINITION. In this subchapter, "wild animal" means a nondomestic animal that the commissioners court of a county determines is dangerous and is in need of control in that county. Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.   Sec. 240.002. REGULATION. (a) The commissioners court of a county by order may prohibit or regulate the keeping of a wild animal in the county. (b) The order does not apply inside the limits of a municipality."   Also, according to the State of Texas SUBCHAPTER E. DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS     Sec. 822.101. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter: (1) "Animal registration agency" means the municipal or county animal control office with authority over the area where a dangerous wild animal is kept or a county sheriff in an area that does not have an animal control office. (2) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1, Sec. 3.1639(119), eff. April 2, 2015. (3) "Commercial activity" means: (A) an activity involving a dangerous wild animal conducted for profit that is not inherent to the animal's nature; (B) an activity for which a fee is charged and that is entertainment using or an exhibition of the animal; or (C) the selling, trading, bartering, or auctioning of a dangerous wild animal or a dangerous wild animal's body parts. (4) "Dangerous wild animal" means: (A) a lion; (B) a tiger; (C) an ocelot; (D) a cougar; (E) a leopard; (F) a cheetah; (G) a jaguar; (H) a bobcat; (I) a lynx; (J) a serval; (K) a caracal; (L) a hyena; (M) a bear; (N) a coyote; (O) a jackal; (P) a baboon; (Q) a chimpanzee; (R) an orangutan; (S) a gorilla; or (T) any hybrid of an animal listed in this subdivision. (4-a) "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission. (5) "Owner" means any person who owns, harbors, or has custody or control of a dangerous wild animal. (6) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, trust, estate, joint stock company, foundation, or association of individuals. (7) "Primary enclosure" means any structure used to immediately restrict an animal to a limited amount of space, including a cage, pen, run, room, compartment, or hutch. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 54, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by: Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 3.1599, eff. April 2, 2015. Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 3.1639(119), eff. April 2, 2015.” Sources https://library.municode.com/tx/denton/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPACOOR_CH6AN_ARTIINGE_S6-29WIAN https://www.county.org/TAC/media/TACMedia/Legal/Legal%20Publications%20Documents/Animal_Control_Handbook.pdf#page=15 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_canids#:~:text=Canidae%20is%20a%20family%20of,Caninae%2C%20and%20are%20called%20canines https://xtools.wmflabs.org/articleinfo/en.wikipedia.org/List_of_canids https://www.twrcwildlifecenter.org/volunteer/rehabilitation/ https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/fur-bearing-animal-regulations/definitions#:~:text=Fur%2Dbearing%20Animals%3A,tagging%20requirements%20and%20Rabies%20Quarantine https://library.municode.com/tx/denton/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPACOOR_CH6AN https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.240.htm https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.822.htm#E                

Gracie Walters
334 supporters
Update posted 57 minutes ago

Petition to Mr. Matt Buchanan, N. David Smith, William "Bill" Moore

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)

Mary Smith
148,984 supporters
Started 5 hours ago

Petition to The govenor, Counsil

Leaving pets inside of hot cars is illegal, but leaving them in the freezing cold isn't?

The state of Louisiana needs to change their enforcement on leaving pets outside 24/7. It has become illegal to leave pets inside of hot vehicles, but what about leaving them on a chain in the yard in the freezing temperatures and rain? Recently I have experienced this with a home on my street. They have 3 medium breed short haired dogs. Each dog has a small plastic dog house, but have we considered since the dogs may have a "roof" over their head that the wind chill nor rain still doesn't somehow blow inside their dog house? I've timestamped the numerous of times I've seen these poor animals outside, I've taken photos and also contacted the Tangipahoa Humane Society. Once I contacted the Tangipahoa Humane Society, they told me instantly that I must contact the Sheriff's office. I contacted the Sheriff's office and they came out for a check on the animals. From what I heard "the dogs were okay." This particular home owns a garage, so my first thought was, why could these animals not stay inside their garage during frigid temperatures? Each time stamp that I've kept on my phone when seeing these animals outside, it was raining and about 30 degrees or colder outside. I knew well enough these dogs stay outside on a chain 24/7 because they are there when I leave for work in the morning and when I get home that night. Judging by the way they just curl up on the wet ground for warmth is a red flag that these dogs get zero attention, love, and warmth, and that's not fair! As I stated in the beginning, how is it illegal to leave pets inside of a hot car, but it is okay to leave poor animals unattended outside on a chain majority of their life in all weather conditions. It is extremely dangerous leaving animals outside when even the news channel tells you we are in the middle of a freeze, to please "bring your pets inside." This is something that seriously needs to be enforced and illegal! It is inhumane and those poor animals deserve better!!

jean buras
46 supporters