When Care2 member Bernie Campbell started a petition to end fox and coyote penning in Florida, he quickly realized he was not alone in the fight against animal cruelty. After running his petition for only 14 days, it gathered 746 signatures. Campbell then faxed the petition — along with 38 pages of signatures — to a hotel, where a meeting concerning fox and coyote enclosures was being held.
After hearing the concerns of the public, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took a huge step by proposing a draft rule prohibiting the operation of fox and coyote pens — leaving Campbell pleased with the results of his first petition.
This animal activist was happy to share his secrets to a successful petition:
“I sent out emails to ALL my contacts, put it on my Facebook Account, posted it to several different animal lovers sites. Then I pushed it one more time to everyone, talked about it where I worked, posted flyers at shelters, vets and rescues with the link.”
“We must make our voices heard to the FWC, they want to be the leader in this cause for the whole nation, but they have to have the backing of the public.”
The draft rule is a step forward, but people should continue to fight for this cause until the FWC takes further action. Campbell created a new petition, which he will deliver to the FWC in September, to enforce a final rule eliminating fox and coyote pens for good.