Target: Santa Monica Mayor Kevin Mckeown
Goal: Applaud the scheduled ban on using exotic animals as entertainment at the Santa Monica Pier.
Exotic animals are now protected from being used as entertainment at the high-traffic Santa Monica Pier where they were shoved in the faces of tourists by owners attempting to make a quick buck. A new ban providing this protection is scheduled to be formally adopted thanks in part to a ForceChange petition.
The ban will help to protect animals like birds, monkeys, snakes and other exotic animals. Now the animals will be kept from experiencing the distress of being around large, loud groups of people. These animals needed to be kept out of this unnatural, hostile environment where owners let profit become more important than the animals’ well-being.
The ban also helps to protect pier visitors who would be at risk of danger or injury if a distressed animal attacked. City officials said that visitors had been attacked by animals in the past, and that was a large part of supporting the ban. Violation of the ban can result in a fine up to $500 or six months in jail, or both.
The scheduled adoption of this ban is a step in the right direction towards bettering the care and welfare of these exotic animals. By signing this petition, you will help to applaud this positive ban that helps animals.
Dear Mayor Mckeown,
I would like to applaud you on the scheduled formal adoption of a ban on pet owners bringing their exotic animals to the Santa Monica Pier, the Santa Monica Pier Ramp, Ocean Front Park, Third Street Promenade, and the Transit Mall. These owners were putting both their animals and visitors at risk by shoving these animals in the faces of visitors, all with the hope of making money.
Using animals for entertainment is wrong, and I’m glad these animals will no longer be forced to endure these stressful situations in a hostile, congested environment. Thank you for helping to pass this ban. It is a huge step in the right direction towards the protection and welfare of not only animals, but animal lovers.
[Your Name Here]
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