Stop Attacking Free Speech of Animal Rights Advocates

Target: Amira Fox, Florida Assistant State Attorney

Goal: Allow the voices of animal welfare advocates to be heard on social media.

An animal advocacy group in Lee County, Florida, took concerns about four potentially illegal and inhumane slaughterhouses to their local law enforcement officials. After the charges were disregarded, advocates took their case to the people — exposing the alleged abuses on social media pages of a state attorney candidate, Amira Fox. In a highly questionable maneuver, the candidate in question reportedly blocked these advocates from her accounts and, in the process, stifled their voices.

The dispute first arose when the Miami-based Animal Recovery Mission received several troubling allegations of starvation, dehydration, dog fighting, skinnings, stabbings and beatings (as well as the illegal sale of horse meat) taking place on ranches in the Fort Meyers area of Florida. Concerned individuals within the organizations then went on a long-term undercover mission to secure video evidence of these purported cruelties and violations of the Humane Slaughter Act. They reportedly presented this evidence to legal authorities (evidence that allegedly showed such atrocities as animals drinking the blood of other nearby dead animals). Rather than deeply investigating these charges, the authorities reportedly instead targeted the Animal Recovery Mission for its ‘illegal’ obtainment methods and deemed the evidence inadmissible.

When these advocates later tried to raise public awareness, they were reportedly again shut down in a manner that is legally questionable itself. Recently, a judge ruled that President Trump, a public servant, could not block Twitter users who expressed a viewpoint he found unsavory. Now the Animal Rescue Mission is asking that the same standard be applied to public servant Amira Fox.

Some may debate the evidence allegedly obtained by this advocacy group, but what should not be debatable is any advocate’s right to free and open public discourse. Sign this petition to remind Ms. Fox that her job is to serve, not silence, the public.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Fox,

The state attorney’s office refused to bring charges in the Fort Meyers alleged slaughterhouse cases because of so-called illegally obtained evidence. Why, then, are you violating the precedent set by a judicial official in a case that involved the president of the United States?

Individuals affiliated with the Animal Recovery Mission allege you have engaged in a concerted effort to censor their voices. Blocking those with a differing viewpoint from your social media accounts is no different than the president seeking to block Twitter comments that he does not like. You, like the president, are a public official. And you, like the president, are subject to the ruling that you cannot block or otherwise censor social media followers as you see fit.

If you are elected by the people to represent your state in a legal capacity, this means representing all citizens of your state… not just those who share your views. Please listen to your constituents and show them that you take their every concern to heart. Otherwise, you are abandoning your duty to the people you serve.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marjory Collins

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9 Comments

  1. GOT TO OUTLAW ANY Ag/gag laws . THIS IS HOW THE PAID OFF, PUBLIC SERVANTS GET AWAY WITH GETTING RID OF THE EVIDENCE. CHANGE THESE LAWS THAT PROTECT ANIMAL ABUSERS OR ALL THE DAIRY’S, SLAUGHTER HOUSES AND FACTORY FARMS WILL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.

  2. Beth Marie says:

    If LEE COUNTY WOULD TAKE THE SEVERE ANIMAL ABUSE GOING ON SERIOUSLY AND START PROSECUTION ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE WOULD STOP! Nothing is being done, the animals are still suffering. Government is profiting off of animal abuse. Does government think we are all idiots! I don’t live in Florida but it’s on the news. Florida, especially LEE COUNTY has big problems. Start taking care of your animals!

  3. gen agustsson says:

    gov is useless and we don’t need to wait until gov authorizes anything. we have to fight for animal rights no matter how much we tried.

    • lynn woods says:

      I agree with you the gov. whether it be here in Canada or the US or any country all profit from animal slaughter and cruelty. these animals are giving their lives to feed our faces why can’t they be treated kindly and with respect I’m beginning to hate humans more every day god sure zigged when he should have zagged and put man in command little did he know what he was doing to his beautiful animals. I’d love to see all slaughter houses bombed

  4. I am very disappointed in the way you handle this situation. I have plenty of friends& family members living in Florida. I will make it my duty to speak out as well as all my family members, friends & many more people living in Florida. I will be going there soon. I will make it known that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. I will do whatever I can to make all our voices heard. Shame on you!

  5. This is just disgusting. These brave people should not be prosecuted for exposing the horrors that so many animals suffer in various industries, whether that be factory farming, fur/leather farms, animal experimentation, glue traps or animal circuses. People committing these abuses should be prosecuted. So sad.

  6. Amira Fox has an atrocious reputation.She has zero compassion for animals.Shame on her!

  7. Beth Marie says:

    Hope the whole country learns about Florida’s negligence and allowing animal abuse. There are other places to visit. Spread the word, hopefully will stop tourists from visiting. What a disgrace to Florida!

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