Don’t Slaughter the Last Florida Panthers

Florida Panther

Target: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairperson Brian S. Yablonski

Goal: Don’t give hunters license to kill off the last of the Florida panthers to benefit corporate interests.

Florida residents could be allowed to shoot and kill critically endangered Florida panthers on sight if the Vice Chairperson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission gets her way. Aliese P. Priddy has written a new policy on killing panthers that would allow anyone to kill a Florida panther if they felt at all threatened, even though there are less than 200 of these creatures left in the state.

Florida panthers live on lands near factory farms that lose livestock to these predators and that is also coveted by oil and fracking companies, but these corporations can’t do anything about it as long as the panthers remain protected. Priddy is clearly in the pocket of greedy tycoons who don’t care how many animal species they need to wipe out in order to maximize their profits.

Florida panthers were named the official state animal after they were brought back from the brink of extinction in the early 1980’s. Now they’re back on the brink in spite of outrage from activists and scientists who can see how close we are to losing this essential predator forever. Sign our petition to demand that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reject any policy that allows corporations to slaughter these iconic animals for no good reason until they’re wiped out entirely.


Dear Chairperson Yablonski,

Your Vice Chairperson, Aliese P. Priddy, is currently drafting policy that would allow citizens of Florida to shoot and kill Florida panthers for the crime of threatening business interests, including killing factory farm livestock or existing on land desired by oil and fracking companies. In short, she’s trying to kill off Florida’s state animal to benefit the bottom line of big corporations.

The Florida panther was nearly driven to extinction by habitat loss and hunting in the 1970’s but was saved by the Endangered Species Act and the efforts of scientists and animal activists. Now, they are once again under severe threat. Less than 200 of these creatures remain in your state. Panthers are also important in maintaining the balance of Florida’s ecosystem as an apex predator.

Priddy apparently thinks that there are too many panthers in your state, but 200 is not nearly enough. That’s why these animals are listed as endangered. It’s your duty as Chairperson of the Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect wildlife, not kill off wildlife to protect the interests of heartless corporations. Stand against Priddy’s new policy and stop her from letting the last of Florida’s panthers die off.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Everglades NPS

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  1. WTF? I was shocked when I first saw this, but after pause, sadly I wasn’t. It is so sad that is where we are in today’s society. People are only out for their own greater good and anything including animals, if they are in way, we’ll they don’t give e a shit about it at all. Noone is being held accountable. “Just 1 won’t hurt”. We’ll actually that just 1, may be the only one left that could have been the breeds next generation of life, and because of your selfishness and insincerity that breed dies off. We weren’t the first Ines here on this planet. Plants and animals were and they weren’t put her for our disposal of how we see fit to use them, they are the health guideline of our planet. Do more than just care, share so others are aware of this and other animal indifferences that are going on.

  2. Factory farms and fracking should be banned!

    The panther is close to extinction, again, and the sociopath, Priddy, who has been bought off by wealthy tycoons, now, wants to assure their end!

    You would, at least, think that the endangered state animal would be protected, no matter the cost.

    Panthers are a beautiful intelligent animal needed to balance the ecosystems. There is no justification, whatsoever, to allow the slaughter of the last remaining ones.

    Priddy has poor judgement, doesn’t care about wildlife, is corrupt and should be replaced!

  3. Barbara H. Vinson says:

    I am getting sick and tired of these slime bags whose joy in life is killing animals. Why they have picked the panther, I do not know and do not care. All I care about is that the Florida authorities fine and jail those monsters who go out to slaughter wildlife. For the joy of the kill, I am sure, and I’ll also tell you this, that people like that are SICK, stupid no-necks with their brains in the seat of their pants.

  4. Simon Wooliscroft says:

    Factory farms and fracking are bad enough on their own and now panthers are to be slaughtered to make way for them? Too many animals have been driven to 4xtinction already. Don’t these be the latest.

  5. Gerard FABIANO says:


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