Do Not Make Pipeline Protests Illegal

Target: Taylor F. Barras, Louisiana Speaker of the House

Goal: Do not pass a broadly defined bill that could make the act of planning to participate in a pipeline protest illegal.

Louisiana and two other states—Minnesota and Pennsylvania—are attempting to crack down on pipeline protests by making the very act of planning to participate in one illegal. While it is already against the law to trespass on property owned by energy companies responsible for laying down pipelines, a newly proposed bill would go one step further and allow would-be protesters to face severe penalties for merely ‘conspiring’ to protest in the first place. In a state with a long history of battles against major oil companies, this law could silence demonstrators once and for all.

Inspired in part by the success of protesters in North Dakota in impeding progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Louisiana activists have staged their own protests against the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline in that state, which could endanger the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents. These actions have resulted in a backlash in the fossil fuel industry and the political groups they are allied with, resulting in the creation of this unfair bill that could label any group of two or more individuals planning to protest at a pipeline site as ‘conspiring’ to break the law. Even if they never disrupt operations or vandalize property, they could still face serious penalties, including arrest and time spent in jail.

Louisiana must not approve such a harsh law that could so severely restrict its citizens’ First Amendment rights. Tell the Louisiana Speaker of the House that this fossil fuel industry-backed bill must be rejected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Barras,

We are writing to urge you to reject a recently introduced bill that proposes to penalize people guilty of ‘conspiring’ to enter property owned by energy companies to protest pipeline construction. Trespassing and vandalization are already illegal in the state of Louisiana, making this new legislation designed to protect these companies’ assets completely unnecessary.

Protesters have a constitutionally sanctioned right to express their concerns regarding pipeline construction and other potentially environmentally damaging actions. That is why we, the undersigned, demand that you do not allow them to be fined or arrested for simply planning demonstrations without causing any actual harm to property or infrastructure.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bart Everson

Justice for Dog Burned by Chemicals

Target: Greg Champagne, Sheriff of Louisiana’s St. Charles District

Goal: Find and prosecute animal abuser who doused innocent dog with chemicals.

An innocent dog was found near death, covered with horrific chemical burns in a Louisiana flower bed. The owner of the flower bed rushed the dog to the animal hospital, thankfully ensuring the animal’s survival, but the damage done is severe, and it is said that his recovery will be “long and painful.” According to reports, the dog was purposefully doused with dangerous chemicals and left for dead. Unfortunately, the culprit has yet to be found or identified.

We cannot let this criminal remain at large. It is all too clear that whoever they are, they intended to kill this dog slowly and painfully; it was a major stroke of luck that the poor creature was rescued in time to save his life, but the damage done is still monumental. Also unknown is whether or not the dog was owned by someone; there is a chance this was someone else’s pet, stolen and viciously attacked.

PETA is said to be offering a big cash reward to whoever can provide them with information, and this is the only known investigation attempt thus far. We must aid in the capture of this criminal and demand they face justice. Sign this petition to see justice done for the poor dog victimized by this mysterious culprit.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Champagne,

A local man found an innocent dog near death in his flower bed. The poor creature was covered in chemical burns due to an unknown assailant’s attempt to murder him; the dog was rushed to the animal hospital in time to save his life, but his recovery will be a long and painful process. Worse, the crime has allegedly yet to be reported to any authorities.

The culprit has yet to be identified or found, and the only known investigation attempt is PETA’s offer of a large cash reward in exchange for any information. Your state must wholly look into this incident so that the dog’s attempted murderer can be apprehended and punished as soon as possible. This innocent dog did not deserve such a brutal assault, and it is frankly a miracle he is alive right now, as chemical burns are often fatal. Please aid in finding this abuser and ensuring they face justice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: PETA