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Florida Wildlife Commission seeking Public Comments on reorganizing and updating rules related to captive wildlife including Elephant Rides, Interaction with Wildlife and Non Barrier Interactions. Meetings to be held August 5th, 2019 and August 6th, 2019. See below for locations. 

Stand with us! Don't let anyone take these opportunities away.
Hands on encounters with animals have long been proven to be one of the most effective ways to inspire children, and adults alike to seek out careers in Education, Conservation and Animal Care. Many animal organizations rely on the income from these interactions to help fund the care of their animals. This includes Zoos, Aquariums, Circuses, Educational Outreach Programs, All About Elephants and other similar organizations.
Dear <<First Name>>:

I first want to thank you so much for the support earlier this year. It truly made a difference as it stalled any decisions over the summer.

It's not over... We need you to continue on in your support! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff is, once again, engaging the public and individuals who hold captive wildlife permits to solicit input on reorganizing and updating rules related to captive wildlife. 

FWC will be holding "public engagement meetings" in two Florida locations. We encourage our Florida Members to attend these meetings to facilitate involvement and oppose any possible rule amendments that might ban elephant rides. 

Two FWC meetings will be held at the following locations:

When: Monday, August 5, 2019, 6-8 PM

Where: Hilton Garden Inn 4075 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville, Florida 33608

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6-8 PM

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland South-Polk Parkway 3630 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33803

All others unable to attend these meetings or for those who live out of state, please contact the commissioners to OPPOSE ANY RULE AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD BAN ELEPHANT RIDES using this link:
Research has shown that animals in managed care live significantly longer than in the wild and that without human interaction and intervention, we may very well see some of the animals we know and love become extinct. 

Once endangered species have been brought back to healthy populations through many of the programs that care for them!

Stopping the interactions stops the education, the learning, the conservation. It would cause many facilities that care for these animals to cease operation and go out of business, including All About Elephants, other local parks, zoos and organizations. It would do more harm to the animals than good if these organizations could not care for the animals.

Your action will help keep Law Abiding and Legal Animal Encounters doing what they do best...educating and conserving these beautiful animals, raising awareness with the public. Additionally, your action would keep the animals in an environment where they are already protected from harm, well cared for and provided with regular veterinary care.

If you have ever had the opportunity to experience animal interactions in Florida, let FWC know how the encounters have increased your knowledge and that this is some of the reason you come to Florida. Let them know about how well cared for the animals are in the facilities and how knowledgeable the handlers / trainers are that have spoken.
FWC already has some of the most stringent animal laws in the country and there have been no incidents of animals transmitting any form of disease to the public or animals incidents with the public in over 25 years. The rules in place are working. Do not let a small vocal minority take away your right to SAFELY ENJOY, ENCOUNTER AND LEARN about these amazing animals in Florida!

Our duty is to care for the animals, raise awareness through education and interaction. For the love of the elephants and all wildlife; for the love of the children and adults who need that opportunity to interact...

Ask Florida Governor DeSantis to Investigate Animal Rights Infiltration at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
It is our belief that as FWC conducts their open meetings across the state of Florida asking for public input pertaining to Elephant rides and contact with uncontained captive wildlife, that these meetings gives an opportunity to allow animal rights activists and their organizations an platform to dominate these forums and use these meetings as an opportunity to justify writing new regulations to the detriment of the licensed exhibitors.

We are respectfully requesting an investigation into these actions by FWC and subsequent scheduled meetings. We believe that these efforts are intended to run exotic wildlife exhibitors out of business. We have multiple affidavits from owners of animal businesses outlining the unlawful behavior and harassment by FWC inspectors and staff.
Please take one minute and send a letter to Florida Governor DeSantis by clicking the tab below and request that Governor DeSantis investigate FWC and their taking input and collaboration with animal rights groups pertaining to regulation and oversight over animal-related businesses in Florida! 

You do not need to be a Florida resident to send a letter. Also, please cross post and share!
Send Governor DeSantis Your Letter
Thank you all,
Patricia Zerbini and all of us at All About Elephants

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