Please send your comment to oppose the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Rule for Elephant Rides:
Deadline April 20, 2018
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently held a "stakeholder" meeting in Lakeland, Florida to discuss issues relating to fencing, administration, and animal welfare pertinent to elephant rides in Florida. We believe that these issues are up for discussion as a result of pressure from the animal rights extremists, and for no other reason.
If you care about the future of elephant rides continuing in the state of Florida, please send a comment OPPOSING a rule change to the FWC portal before April 20, 2018.
Please feel free to reference the information below for your talking points, and then click the "Comment" button below to submit your comment in the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) comment portal.
The Cavalry Group Team
In the rule FWC change, they propose changing the word “may” to “shall” in the paragraph regarding FWC removing an elephant from rides/exhibition is extremely concerning for permit holders, as it changes the option to a non option . The word “may” suffices, as each situation is handled independently and on a circumstantial basis. Removing “may” and instituting “shall” is final ,conclusive and interminable. Such terminology is egregious, flagrant and capricious.
FWC is an agency which is supposed to provide fair and unbiased supervision to an industry that already has regulations and standards for all its licensees and permit holders. These types of radical and unnecessary rule changes are concerning and alarming to its stakeholders.
Such irregularity and inconsistency from FWC appears to give merit to certain assumptions that these recent rule changes are due to the constant pressure and harassment from animall rights extremists and their organizations which are perpetuating misinformation and propaganda. Accordingly, FWC shouldn’t be intimidated by such groups and should facilitate stronger permit holder communications and encourage those with the experience and education to be included more clearly in any rule changes or regulation revising as it adjusts with current laws and legislation.
In changing “may" to "shall" in the language of the FWC rule change, this verbiage would grant FWC the permission to take custody or control of a privately owned ,multimillion dollar entity that is considered private property by the law, thus effectively removing an animal from its rightful owner before due process .
In the state of Florida currently there are only 4 elephant ride permits being utilized , and that all of these permit holders have maintained this permit , on record, for years with no accidents or incidents involving safety protocol.