Washington (CNN) – The White House may have opened Pandora's box on Thursday when it announced it would respond to any petition that over 30 days garners at least 5,000 signatures and is submitted through the upcoming White House website "We the People."
Though the White House said the project is a way for the White House to connect with "individuals," a number of advocacy groups have told CNN they plan to use the website to lobby the White House on issues of all kinds.
Some groups have even started working on their petitions.
Ingrid Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will submit a petition titled, "End Dog and Cat Homelessness Crises in America."
Newkirk said the petition would be ready to go by early next week.
Ronald Halber, executive director of The Jewish Community Relations Council says his organization will submit a petition asking the White House to press Cuba for the release of Alan Gross. "We average about 1,000 signatures a day," said Halber, "so 5,000 would not be difficult for us."
Other large advocacy organizations are excited about the opportunity and plan to use the website in the near future.
Jeffery Davis, AARP national spokesperson said, "We look forward to seeing the new 'We the People' petition platform and finding new ways to get our voices heard."
Amnesty International plans to use the website for issues ranging from closing Guantanamo Bay to increasing foreign aid budgets.
Amaya Tune, media outreach specialist for the AFL-CIO says that the organization looks forward to using the tool to make sure "the voices of middle class working families are included."
For many advocacy groups, 5,000 signatures in 30 days is an easy feat said Mary Boyle, spokesperson for Common Cause. "It would be easy. We could do it in a day," said Boyle.
In a post on the White House blog, Macon Phillips, director of new media, said that all petition responses by the White House will be official and on the record. "If a petition gathers enough support (i.e., signatures) it will be reviewed by a standing group of White House staff," wrote Phillips.
The opportunity to get an official response from the White House is most valuable to smaller advocacy groups, said Alex Koroknay-Palicz, executive director of the National Youth Rights Association, an organization that lobbies the government for more youth rights.
"We certainly don't have the kind of access that larger organizations do," said Koroknay-Palicz. "We have about 10,000 members around the country, so if they all signed the petition it would be no problem, but it doesn't always work like that."
Koroknay-Palicz plans to send multiple petitions through "We the People," including petitions to lower the drinking age, lower the voting age and abolish corporal punishment in schools. He says any response from the White House would help his organization.
After some groups researched the new site, questions arose as to how the new website will affect other forms of submitting petitions.
C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance said, "I would hope that they [the White House] will reassure the public that petitions that don't go through the 'We the People' system will be given equal treatment."
Through a spokesperson, Gaddy said that the Interfaith Alliance has submitted petitions in the past through other channels. He hopes those channels will stay open and that the new website will not devalue the weight of a petition.
"The right of the American people to petition the government is guaranteed by the first amendment to the Constitution," said Gaddy. "We should not infringe on that right for the sake of expedience."