Shut down the Petaluma Wildlife Museum
  • Petitioned Troy Sanderson

This petition was delivered to:

Petaluma City School Board of Education President
Troy Sanderson
Petaluma City School Superintendent
Steve Bolman
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Gov. Jerry Brown

Shut down the Petaluma Wildlife Museum

    1. Andrea veliz
    2. Petition by

      Andrea veliz

      Pittsburgh, PA


The Petaluma Wilidlife Museum claims that it is a place that serves to enrich the community and challenges students to go above and beyond, by taking responsibility caring for the animals. What they don't tell you is that they allow students to abuse the rats that are kept by the facility in order to feed the reptiles. Instead of maintaining the animals and terminating them according to state law -- via a CO2 chamber -- the supervising teacher allows and even encourages the students to abuse the animals, keeping them in tiny, crowded, and filthy bins, where they have to take turns standing on their tiptoes up to a mesh ceiling in order to get sufficient air. The students kill the rats in a variety of horrifying ways, including smashing them into rocks, walls, and railings, drowning, and freezing to death. Many animals have sustained injuries as students simply harm them for fun, and a culture of animal torture and harm is being created amongst these students, who believe it is entirely normal to behave this way towards these helpless creatures.

Despite being reported multiple times to the local animal control officers, nothing more than a couple of warnings have been handed to the supervising teacher. Neither the school nor the officers have handed down any sort of punishment to the participants. The proper euthanasia equipment, purchased at the instruction of the officers, now sits unusued in the storage shed for the museum while rats continue to disappear.

Although rats do not have a positive image in society they, like any other animal, deserve to be treated humanely and euthanized humanely and according to state law. They do not deserve to spend their short lives living in fear and pain, and they certainly do not deserve a violent, painful death.

Mr. Governor, please consider either shutting down the museum or prohibiting them from having live rodents on site and prevent this tragedy from continuing. Please view the photos and videos in the link below, obtained by a student of the museum who refuses to accept that this is okay, who has put their grades and eventual graduation at risk by obtaining this evidence. Please view this evidence and send the message that abuse is not okay, no matter how small an animal is.

Troy Sanderson, Petaluma City School Board of Education President
Steve Bolman, Petaluma City School Superintendent
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California
Sen. Barbara Boxer, California
Gov. Jerry Brown, California
Help us stop abuse at the Petaluma Wildlife Museum!

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Recent signatures


    1. Continuing to Push for Change

      Andrea veliz
      Petition Organizer

      The Petaluma Wildlife Museum rats are in desperate need. The students are creating petitions and gaining supporters to earn back their reputation. The chances of the Petaluma Wildlife Museum closing down is becoming slim. On the other hand, it is very likely that , if we speak out to the President of the Board and Superintendent of the Petaluma High School District, the Rat Breeding Program will soon come to an end. The rats can then be given to loving families and rescues around the area if all goes according to plan. If you have a moment, please send an email (addresses below) expressing your opinion about The Rat Breeding Program and the mistreatment and lack of care the animals receive. JUSTICE FOR THE PETALUMA WILDLIFE MUSEUM RATS!
      Attach a photo of you and/or you adorable rat to your letter!
      Please use our hashtag #JusticeforthePWMrats in your photo to spread the word and help rescue our feeder rats!
      We and the rats thank you!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Addition of Decision Makers

      Andrea veliz
      Petition Organizer

      Something else I wanted to share: We've expanded our list of those who will be receiving the petition, to encourage more collaboration from people of authority to help us bring about change!
      We hope to get in contact with these people over the course of the next few days, as the petition is sent out, in order to get positive action! Cross your fingers!


    4. 1200 Signatures and Making the News

      Andrea veliz
      Petition Organizer

      Ladies and gentlemen, signers of all ages, we're at 1200+ signatures! In fact, almost to 1300!! Amazing! You guys are doing so great!
      I'd also like to announce that our story has made it to the local Petaluma news outlets!! Check out the link below!
      This weekend, we will send our petition out and make a call on those who can bring about change to do so in the name of the helpless. Thank you all for every bit of help you have and are giving us. We all, the rats especially, appreciate your care!

      Andrea Veliz

      Videos of rat abuse at Petaluma High...

      Comprehensive up-to-date news coverage, aggregated from sources all over the world by Google News.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • phyllis pickett GARDEN CITY, KS
      • about 1 month ago

      horrible cruelty to precious animals for fun, it is sick!!

    • phyllis pickett GARDEN CITY, KS
      • 3 months ago

      to save the precious lives of the intelligent ratties, there is so much cruelty in the world with the young people anymore, it sickens me!

      • 5 months ago

      This is no way to treat sentient creatures and there is no excuse for keeping animals in these conditions and killing them in this manner. It causes completely unnecessary suffering.

      • 5 months ago

      Animals need respect. Also its been proven that animal abusers more likely to grow into criminals.

    • Peggy Parks VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • 5 months ago

      This is horrific and you should not be entrusted with an of Gods creatures. You are sick by doing what you are doing to these innocent creatures!


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