Animal Rights Florida Meetup Message Board › Support the Hometown Democracy Amendment
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Florida's wildlife needs your help now! Time is running out for the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment -- a ballot initiative that seeks to control unsustainable sprawl and development that destroys wildlife habitat. Much of Florida's open space has been eaten up by rampant development, diminishing the qualify of life for the people of Florida and displacing and harming wildlife. Several species that have served as icons for the state are now considered rare or imperiled, often due directly or indirectly to habitat loss caused by development and roadbuilding. Your signature can help protect Florida's wildlife.
Currently, 58 animal species in Florida are listed by the federal government as threatened or endangered, including the Florida panther, Florida scrub jay, gentle manatee and several species of sea turtles. In addition, the tiny Key deer, the wood stork, and the gopher tortoise are just three of over 100 animals recognized by the state of Florida as imperiled species.
The Florida Hometown Democracy campaign must collect 611,000 verified signatures by January 20, 2008 in order to qualify for the November 2008 ballot. The campaign currently has 550,000 signatures, so your support in this final race to the deadline is vital. Please go to www.floridahometowndemocracy.com and click "sign the petition." Then download the petition, sign it and send it in.
If you are willing to collect signatures of others, please do so. If we don't gather enough signatures, the people of Florida won't be given the opportunity to take a stand on this issue.
Thank you for all you do for animals.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States