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This petition is to request that zoning laws in the R-20 zones be changed to allow the raising of hens for personal use on ones property with specific guidelines followed. Guidelines being up too six (6) hens per household with zero (0) roosters present.
Coops will be kept sanitary and hens must be contained strictly within property lines.
It is our right to raise our own food and know where it comes from.
Currently, the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) has an application pending before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the acquisition of a Certified TRADEMARK (CTM).
This CTM will be known as the Egg Standards Australia/Australasia. One of the proposed standards, which is of particular concern, is the 13 fold increase in stocking densities of free range eggs.
This means that they intend to increase the number of hens per hectare from a maximum of 1500 to a staggering 20,000 and still be allowed to label it as free range.
The AECL will be able to sport their stamp of approval on egg cartons from farms with these new stocking densities and with other minimum housing and management standards.
Green practices sweep the nation and our individual communities, yet we have found that there is at least one useful practice that is not allowed in Pinellas Park, backyard poultry keeping.
Backyard poultry keeping is not permitted for residentially zoned properties in Pinellas Park even though it is allowed in other cities in Pinellas County. Even the keeping of potbellies pigs is allowed but not the raising of the much more environmentally friendly and productive chicken.
We believe that allowing backyard poultry in Pinellas park will promote individual sustainability practices and public welfare without sacrificing the safety or health of the citizens in our county.
Despite laws protecting sea turtles in most countries, the illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells (known as poaching) of turtles continues to be a threat.
In many parts of the world, these animals are harvested for their meat and eggs which are used for human consumption and in some places are considered a delicacy. In many countries, the trade in turtle eggs is a big industry that provides income to many people. In other parts of the world, including some island nations, sea turtles are used for ceremonial purposes. Their shells and skins are also used to make a variety of objects like jewelry, sunglasses, tourist trinkets, instruments, and wall hangings. The hawksbill is particularly valued for its shell which is used for ornamental purposes.
Lack of enforcement and public awareness are particularly problematic when it comes to illegal trade. As trade occurs across borders between countries, monitoring illegal trade is sometimes impossible. Often illegal activities occur in remote areas and poachers are unable to be found and prosecuted or local officials are not motivated to enforce the laws. Educating local communities on the economic benefit of a live versus a dead sea turtle is essential to eliminating illegal trade. Many conservation programs are underway worldwide implementing projects which bring more money to local communities in tourism dollars than they would receive from harvesting the animals.
Did You Know?
* All 7 species of sea turtles are at risk of poaching or illegal trade for their meat, eggs, or shell.
* CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species is an international agreement between countries that aims to protect species from extinction as a result of trade. This agreement however is voluntary and not all countries around the world are members. CITES currently provides protection for more than 30,000 species of animals and plants worldwide.
* Some cultures believe sea turtle eggs are aphrodisiacs. There is however, no scientific basis to this belief. In other cultures it is believed that eating them leads to a long life.
Caged for life without exercise while constantly drained of calcium to form egg shells, battery hens develop the severe osteoporosis of intensive confinement know as caged layer fatigue.
Calcium depleted, millions of hens become paralyzed and die of hunger and thirst inches from their food and water
There don't seem to be any great Easter movies and it's time this changed! Disney/Outlaw Productions have done a FANTASTIC job with the Santa Clause films and the Easter Bunny cameo's in S'C' 2 & 3 are brilliant. He looks wonderful- just like children imagine- and Jay Thomas gives a funny yet heartwarming depiction of the well-loved character.
Ergo this petition aims to convince Disney and Outlaw Productions to team up once again and give us a great Easter Bunny movie- and cameo from Santa would go down nicely too!