Target: Los Angeles City Council Chief of Staff Richard Llewellyn
Goal: Legalize urban beekeeping
Honeybee colonies are collapsing nationwide at an alarming rate, with no specific cause in sight. Because bees contribute to pollinating roughly one third of our food, their destruction is the making of a national crisis. Demand urbanized beekeeping be permitted in the city of Los Angeles, so as to aid bees in recovering from their current decline.
The specific disorder which is causing the honeybee colonies to collapse is called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. While a direct cause is not currently known, contributing factors agreed upon by scientists include exposing bees to pesticides, feeding them high fructose corn syrup, and transporting them great distances to pollinate crops. This combination has proven to be deadly, with one third of colonies collapsing due to CCD in the past three years.
Other major cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, have legalized urban beekeeping in an effort to stop this decline in the bee population. Yet Los Angeles still has laws in place making beekeeping in residential areas illegal, along with the ordinance that all feral honey bees must be exterminated. This is despite the fact that twelve of the neighborhood councils within the city have voted in favor of legalizing urban beekeeping.
With the bee population across the globe declining rapidly due to CCD, Los Angeles must change its current laws and legalize urban beekeeping. The practice’s growing popularity is just another indicator that the change is ready to be made.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the Los Angeles City Council’s Chief of Staff to change the current laws so that people can raise honeybees in residential areas. This will help both the bee population as well as the stability of local food sources.
Dear Mr. Llewellyn
Honeybee colonies are collapsing rapidly with no specific perceivable cause. Because bees are responsible for the creation of one third of our food, their destruction is a rising crisis. Urbanized beekeeping must be permitted in the city of Los Angeles to help strengthen the waning bee population before it is too late.
The disorder responsible for the colonies’ collapse is called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, which has resulted in the destruction of one third of bee colonies in the past three years. Other major cities including New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, have legalized urban beekeeping in an effort to help the bee population. Yet beekeeping in residential areas is still illegal in Los Angeles despite the fact that twelve neighborhood councils have voted in favor of legalizing it.
Please take action to change the current laws so that people can raise honeybees in residential areas. This will help not only the bee population, but the stability of local food sources.
[Your Name Here]
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