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Stop Miami Herald from promoting Animal Cruelty

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Iguanas, a common animal found in southern Florida have been attacked lately for disturbing flowers and taking leaks on residents lawns. After learning of the actions of homeowners who in response have taken to slaughtering the Iguanas in a variety of fashions ranging from drowning, burning, shooting and killed in many more graphic and heartless manners it finally received some media attention. The Miami Herald responded with an article not condemning but yet advocating and promoting the murder of these innocent creatures. Rather than pointing out how inhumane and cruel it was they offered alternative ways to kill them. If the article had been about the hundreds of stray cats and dogs that frequently invade residents yards being murdered it would receive intolerable amounts of community out rage. This is the equivalent of people being told to mercessly batter a stray dog over the head or to do worse to an animals which in no way harmed you than going in your yard. In fact the amount of reported Dog attacks listed in recent years in Miami Dade alone are 992, verses no reported iguana attacks against humans of any age. A large amount of iguanas released in Miami Dade county were former pets, bought from local pet stores and one they were too big to take care of released into the wild and now are fighting for their life from fellow citizens and or pet owners. Although the Miami herald does point out that killing iguanas shouldn't be your first alternative by not taking a firm opposing side, and rather offering alternative methods of killing and or abusing these animals they are promoting and advocating animal cruelty. To many people this article and the actions taken against these creatures is seen beyond cruel and inhumane. It is representing the wishes of all said people that the Miami Herald apologize publicly and produce a statement retracting their article. Though not everyone would select an iguana as their animal of personal preference, it does not give the right or the moral ground for the media to be advertising their murder in positive light. ** Some signatures were inputted at later date after being transfered from numerous petition sheets to online, all which being done with known consent from signing party.


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