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Petitioning Chairman CDA

Help free Kaavan the elephant from 28 years of solitary confinement

I came across Kaavan the Elephant while visiting the Murghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Kaavan was all alone, as he has been for the 28 years he’s been at this zoo. His legs were chained up to limit where he could move in his enclosure. But that didn’t seem to matter because for the entire time I was there Kaavan didn’t move. The only thing that moved was his head, as it bobbed repetitively from right and left, a behavior known as "weaving" which elephants adopt in response to stress and depression. He cut a small, solitary figure against the backdrop of his shed, it was a sorry site. Despite his obvious discomfort, the zoo claims that Kaavan is used to his enclosure and doesn't mind it. Kaavan needs our help. If enough of us put pressure on Pakistani authorities, we can get Kaavan released to an elephant sanctuary. The global outcry has already resulted in the government ordering the zoo to remove Kaavan’s chains. Zoos such as this one rob elephants of their most basic needs. In the wild, elephants are active for 18 hours and roam up to 30 miles a day. They live in social herds, and form deep bonds with one another. Nothing even close is being offered to Kaavan at the Murghazar Zoo. There isn't much time left, Kaavan already has gangrene susceptible gashes on his feet from the chains. Kaavan’s predecessor was Saheli, donated to the zoo by the Sri Lankan government. She died from gangrene and neglect. I don’t want the same fate to befall Kaavan, especially after a lifetime of solitude. It doesn’t have to. Together, we can give Kaavan the life he deserves.  

Samar Khan
400,063 supporters
Petitioning Arif Mohammed Khan, Maneka Gandhi, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Dr. Asha Thomas, Shri. P​.​K.Kesavan, Shri​.​K. Raju

Justice for the Pregnant Elephant Brutally Killed in Kerala

To whom it may concern, A pregnant elephant died in Kerala last Wednesday, after she faced one of the most brutal forms of animal abuse. She ate a pineapple filled with firecrackers, offered to her allegedly by some locals. The fruit exploded in her mouth, badly injuring her tongue and mouth. The elephant walked around in the village, in searing pain and in hunger. She was unable to eat anything because of her injuries.       The elephant remained calm, though she was under excruciating pain she didn’t attack any one as she ran in the streets of the village. She didn't crush a single home or created any havoc. The 15-year-old elephant just stood in the river so that her mouth and tongue which had exploded could get some form of relief. Unfortunately she died standing in the river. The incident was brought to light by Mohan Krishnan, Section Forest Officer, Nilambur, on his Facebook page This is really disheartening and makes us sick to the core. There have been several animal abuse incidents in India in last few months and unless a strict action is taken against the offenders these abuses and assaults on animals will never stop. We personally feel that a charge of murder should be slapped against the people involved in this brutal murder. We would therefore request the government of India to take an immediate action against the offenders. Sign and share my petition so we can get justice for the elephant.  

Nikhil Suryawanshi
2,200,783 supporters
Petitioning Peta, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Investigate/ Arrest Brittany Johnson aka Peaches aka @lovelypeaches4ever100

Brittany Johnson, known to most by her social media persona as "Peaches", is a 17yo prostitute who openly admits to selling sex to older men in exchange for food, money, and shelter to her fan base of over 80k people. She's gained most of her recognition through a series of disturbing social media stunts including eating her own feces, releasing pornography of herself (That's now uploaded to PornHub), licking used sanitary napkins & tampons, as well as even performing sexual acts on a dog (all with video evidence many have saved). Despite this type of "comedy" she posts and her followers watch, recently, there has been a series of disturbing messages she's been posting and deleting that alludes and states her harming her 8-month old daughter Cora (who she's said she's performed oral on in the past as well). This has led many of her followers to turn on her and despite this, she still continues with it. Many have tried contacting authorities and a definitive answer is never given being that no one can ever locate her & being that we live in an age of trolls it's easy to dismiss her as one. That, & the idea that it's rumored her child isn't in her custody but another family member's. She claims to have a best friend, a "rapper" by the name of @kethekid who might possibly have answers but blocks anyone who asks. Shes posted messages recruiting older men to have sex with her 8-month old in exchange for money and even refers to her as a "bitch" who will be "dead by 10yo".Many fear for the life of her child and are worried she might possibly abuse/kill her. I believe this petition will go nowhere, however, even if you don't sign it, I ask that you screenshot and help this story go viral to potentially turn it into a case. A child's life is at stake here. I, as well as many others, would hate to hear a child is found dead at the hands of someone who was reported multiple times. Thank you.

Samantha Howell
304,094 supporters
Petitioning Xi Jinping, Liu Xiaoming, International Animal Rescue, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


STOP! The Yulin dog eating festival! Dogs are innocent animals, that deserve love, attention, care, and a family. First, dogs are stolen from owners, taken from puppy farms or taken from the streets as strays, next they are crammed into cages that are way too small for the amount of dogs inside, click this link to see: , which often twist their limbs into extremely uncomfortable positions and have to stay there for several hours. Once they finally reach their destination, then, like some sort of torture the dogs are boiled, beaten, strangled, electrocuted, burnt and skinned ALIVE! They think the dog tastes better and will be more tender if it has adrenaline! After the horrendous ordeal the visitors happily eat the dogs. Animal cruelty is not a crime in China! When a dog just bites a human, it usually gets euthanised, or, in China there was a policeman that beat a dog to death in public! Here is the link to that: They eat dog meat because they believe that if you eat dog meat it gives the men more sexual stamina and that it will keep them cool during the summer and it will apparently ward off evil spirits. I just can’t beleive that these people could torture the animals that help with the police, help disabled people, support and love each family they have, support and love children if they have been abused and many more.   If a human tortures a dog in China, nothing happens! PUT AN END TO THIS MADNESS!   If you really want to see how China really treats man’s best friend, contact me on and I will send you the link as soon as I can. I’m warning you that the video is extremely graphic and upsetting.  

George Bedford
300,008 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Fish and Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Prohibit the sale of designer turtles.

The illegal trade of red ear sliders has gone too far. They are not only illegally selling the turtles as "cute pets," they are now painting them in order to make them "Cute Souvenirs". The abuse of an already illegally sold animal is unjust and needs to be addressed. Firstly, these red ear sliders are commonly sold at fairs and tourist attractions with small inhumane enclosures. The recommended tank size per turtle is 20 gallons. Unfortunately, they are typically packed in a small tank, put on display, and then sold in less than 1/2 gallon enclosures. The allowing of these animals to be sold for the purpose of education has done little to nothing in stopping the unjust selling and trade of them. These turtles are currently being poisoned and suffocated by acrylic paint in order to make them more sell-able and to turn a profit. We can all agree that when these turtles are young they are adorable creatures; however just because they are cute does not mean they should be taken advantage of. We need to crack down on the laws that prohibit the sale of these turtles while also making sure that we are educating the public on the proper care of them. These turtles are more than just adorable animals; they are living creatures and deserve the best treatment possible.  

Christian Lopez
257,533 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Ohio

Rescue of neglected pitbull

I’ve known about boss for about a week and a half now. I found out that one of my grandmas “tenants” had a dog down on a lot of land they’re “supposedly” renting from her. I asked the owners of the Boss if I could go down and give him water and food and meet him. Because I’m an animal lover (especially pitbulls). After going down to the lot I found that boss was 90% staying outside. When I first saw him he was very timid and tried to seek shelter under a very small tree (which offered him no shelter from the weather. After getting boss to warm up to me he immediately turned into the most warm and kind pup ever. It was overwhelmingly clear to me that the dog was shown little to no attention. He acted like he hadn’t been giving a good scratch’n in a very very long time. His (log) chain was attached to an old gate put up by my grandfather a long time ago, And he had about 10ft of space to roam. The only shelter available to him was a small “dog house” that clearly could not withhold rain. With no door, and straw as the “bedding”. (Keep in mind it was 38F° And raining the first time I saw Boss. He had no water in his water bowl and no food in his food bowl. The only food available to him was a bag of (damp) dry dog food inside the trailer. ( the owners knew I was going to feed the dog) (with evidence and witness’s).  After asking someone (who had been attempting to collect rent from these people)  for a while now how these people treated Boss. She went on to tell me how on multiple occasions she has had to go down and feed Boss. She also mentioned one occasion where they were asked to bring boss to our house because the man that also claims ownership of Boss was “beating him.    There have been many people in the community who have told me that Boss isn’t the first animal they have neglected like this. After taking into my own hands and removing Boss from that space. I was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor 1 count of petty theft. And have spent 72 hours incarcerated because of it. I am now facing up to 6 months in jail and 2 years of probation. If you’d like to see Boss’s story. You can watch it from the beginning on my TikTok (jay.plvg). Or look for the hashtag #saveboss. Also links to donate to help me help boss are all in my bio there as well. My goal is to have boss rescued and put in a loving and caring home. For charges of neglect and animal cruelty brought upon his “owners” Also to have the charges against me dropped considering I was acting in the best interest of boss removing him from those conditions. 

Jarrod Bergeron
241,860 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May MP

Stop Animal Cruelty and Abuse in China

   Animals have been with us since the beginning of time. They have lived amongst side of us for centuries either in the wild or domesticated. Being so a part of our lives, it would be hard to see the world without them. After years of research, humans discovered that a majority of animal species are not as different from us as they seem, in the way that they can feel emotions like we do and pain as we do too. Developing a sense of respect for animals, we have as a community treated them with consideration and have given animals rights like humans. Over time we have developed a sense of love for animals as well, loving them as much as loving ourselves, even driving us to not include meat in our diets. This love is not shared by all as some in the world choose to believe that animals are the less dominant species compared to us mankind, therefore reasonable to treat them inhumanely.     Whilst in most parts of the world, animals are protected under laws and policies, in China that is not the case. Among the top 10 most industrialized nations, China is the only one that does not have a law against animal cruelty. This is surprising as the rapid development of China in the last few decades should have ensured that the issue of animal protection is brought up at least once. And at least twice it has, once in 2006, when Zhou Ping of the National People's Congress introduced a proposal for a nationwide animal-protection law in China, and second in September 2009, when the first comprehensive Animal protection law of the People's Republic of China was drafted, both ended up not brought into real consideration and left behind by the leaders. The lack of laws prohibiting animal abuse and animal protection has caused countless sadistic stories of animal cruelty to occur all over China. The news articles and stories are so horrendous, many include graphic images and videos displaying the acts of cruelty. Some existing examples of cases of animal abuse and cruelty include the Yin Yang fish, being deep-fried while it is still alive, some food markets in China include live animals, such as live scorpions, in Beijing, vendors sell fish, turtles, and amphibians as key rings and mobile-phone decorations and also stories of two dogs being boiled alive for the taste of adrenaline-soaked meat.The actions of such brutally were only met with minimal punishments such as fines instead of serving prison time and probation which would be the consequences of animal abuse in any other country. This has been met with outrage from the rest of the world and animal-rights activists in China either verbally or online. Protest, group lobbying, and public speeches have taken place all over China by animal-rights activist expressing their anger on this issue. Although they are noticed by the government, media and animal abusers, the issue has no been defused yet as no legal action has taken place yet. As a person who has first hand witnessed animal abuse in China, I am not willing to stay silent and allow such cruelty take place.      It was at a new years flea market where I first witnessed the acts of animal cruelty. There were hundreds of stands lined on the sides of the street selling various items ranging from cheap souvenirs to cooking tools. However, at the entrance of the market, there was a large crowd surrounding a single stand. Curious to find out what the fuss was about, I walked over to peek at what product the vendors were selling that attracted so much attention. It turned out that the stand was hosting a carnival game of sorts requiring participants to throw a ring around caged bunnies and birds on the floor. Disgusted, I could not see how these people thought it was ethical to do such things. What amazed me as well was that there were policemen nearby and they never even bother batting an eye in the direction of these remorseless animal abusers. When asked about whether or not the animals were still alive as the cages were as small as the size of our palms not allowing much room to move at all, the owner would use a stick with a pin attached to the end of it to poke these animals, making them flinch as a sign of life. Completely scarred from this experience, I later on also passed quite a few stalls selling animals displaying them like puppets on a string. Not understanding why this behavior is acceptable, I would like to petition that legal actions take place.     I propose three points, firstly that the government of China starts bringing the draft law drafted in 2009 into actual consideration, implementing laws on animal protection before the year of 2019 month of May. Secondly, the governments of other countries should show their support for animal protection by funding nonprofits like PETA and WAPA and local organizations like Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 with whatever resources they need. Lastly, by showing their disapproval of the lack of legal action done about this issue, other countries will cut trades of products with China that involve the process of animal cruelty.      In 2009, a draft law was proposed to fine up to 6,000 yuan and two weeks of detention for those who are found guilty of animal cruelty and abuse. "The proposal will be submitted to the State Council by the end of the year," Chang Jiwen, director of the social law research department of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in the year 2009, it is now 2018 and nothing has no actions have been taken. Unsure why the government of China has chosen to completely disregard the idea of animal protection, prolonging the lacking of animal protection for almost a decade. Next year marks the 10th year the government of China has decided to push aside the idea of implementing laws regarding this issue, and it has gone on for too long. If by the month of May next year this outdated draft has not gone through the process of becoming a law, which includes through the State Council and then receives three readings at the National People's Congress Standing Committee, then other countries should step in and take charge of the situation.      The differences that nonprofit organizations like PETA, WAPA, and Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 have made in the world is drastically ranging from building animal shelters to save animals from slaughterhouses. This is why these organizations are so vital to the protection of animals as they are in some ways doing what the government of China is not doing. However the problems that these organizations face are also very similar, resources, they need money, manpower and the governments support to truly make a permanent change in the world we live in today. I am aware that the government of China is funding organizations like Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 with resources, but they are very limited. Failing to implement new laws concerning the protection of animals, the governments of France, United States, Canada and the prime minister of United Kingdoms should feel obligated to fund nonprofits with whatever resources they need in order to minimize the problem.     Many countries across the world do have laws and policies ensuring the protection of animals from abuse and brutality, however, these laws only ensure that they don’t happen in their own countries. While governments claim they stand up for animal rights and protection, they are also trading livestock and other products with China that may have undergone the process of animal abuse. There have been cases where thousands of chickens being trapped in a hen house, not only tightly packed that they barely have space to move but also never cleaned and so unhygienic the floors of the hen house are covered in feces. This calls for the halting of trades and purchasing with companies in China who do not meet international animal protection laws, as it although not directly contributing to the cause, but allowing it to get steadily worse.     Although some of these proposals are far-fetched, these are the only ways that we can stop these brutish and unmerciful ways of animal treatment in China permanently. Like you I love animals, and I do not agree with some of the ways they are treated in the industry today, however, what is happening in some parts of China today should be our main priority because as human beings, we can tell their actions are simply not morally correct. Together we can make a difference and gain the attention of a higher authority who will impose legal actions stopping this train wreck in its tracks, saving the countless animals around the corner awaiting their demise. Please sign this petition to show your support on this issue. Thank you.

Ethan Lau
205,055 supporters
Petitioning ZSL London Zoo, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Westminster Council

Cancel after hours 'Zoo Nights' at ZSL London Zoo

This cannot go on any longer. This is a recurring event where ZSL London Zoo is basically turned into a nightclub for the night after the zoo has closed, with music blaring and alcohol being sold, with no care for the animals and with countless incidents in previous years.  Examples of the chaos that has ensued previously: People trying to enter enclosures People pouring beer over tigers Someone stripped off and tried to get into the penguin pool to allegedly harm a penguin A group of people cracked the glass on the snake enclosure Butterflies were crushed to death People have commented on this petition saying they used to work for the zoo/previously attended one of these events and said the animals appeared visibly stressed, with someone saying on one occasion people were cleared away from the gorilla enclosure whilst zookeepers calmed them down. This has to stop. There seems to be absolutely no consideration for the animals who are already kept at the zoo against their will, it is all for consumers. This is clearly a big money maker but  I'm sure there are plenty of other ways of raising money without risking the animals safety, as this should be top priority. The last thing these animals need is to be surrounded by drunk people and loud music. This event has been rebranded several times with no indication of it being cancelled for good. There are 8 of these events, on all the Fridays of June AND JULY! The first event begins on the 7th June, THIS WEEK! We don't have a lot of time before the animals are subjected to 1 of these stupid things a week for TWO MONTHS, so please help by signing, sharing and letting the zoo (and Magnum Ice Cream, their sponsor) know how you feel! Thank you so so much, I am so grateful for every signature. Here is the link to the 2014 article explaining what happened at a previous event: ------------------------------------------------ The RSPCA and PETA have been contacted by CNN about these stupid nights and have said the following: "Zoos should be responsible for the safety of the animals in their care. Allowing these late-night events to continue does not demonstrate adequate consideration for animal welfare," said Adam Grogan, head of wildlife at the RSPCA. "Mixing animals with people drinking alcohol can have disastrous results -- a fact that ZSL London Zoo is well aware of yet is deliberately choosing to ignore," PETA UK's Director Elisa Allen added. "To host loud, alcohol-fueled events which cause them fear and distress and even pose a threat of physical harm to them defies belief." ( A comment from Born Free Foundation says the same thing: "The presence of visitors tends to stress animals in zoos, whatever the time of day -- so adding more visitors is going to add more stress," Chris Draper, head of Animal Welfare at the Born Free Foundation, which has researched the impact of the nights on animals in the past, told CNN. "Adding more stuff going on late at night adds insult to injury." "It raises the prospect of bad behavior, if they're adding to music to the mix," Draper said. "These animals are not subjected to music on a daily basis, they're not used to music." Dismissing the events as irresponsible, Draper said the zoo is sending a message "that it's OK to treat animals as entertainment exhibits."

Abbie Andrews
189,598 supporters
End animal rape, brothels, and pornography

Thank you for contacting PETA about bestiality (humans’ use of animals for sexual pleasure). It is a very serious issue and should be considered an act of abuse. Sexual assaults against animals can be fatal, and we encourage everyone to take action against this type of violence. If you encounter a website that depicts acts of bestiality, please report the site to its host. For information about what to do about websites depicting or supporting cruelty to animals, please see The Department of Justice has developed a division to help investigate Internet crime. Please go to to learn more about this program. To submit a complaint, please go to Animal abusers need to be aggressively prosecuted. If you visit the action alerts page on our website (, you will find that many alerts address cruelty cases. Our Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) pursues animal-abuse cases by contacting law-enforcement officials, pushing for vigorous prosecution and strict sentencing, sending out news releases (, and offering rewards for information leading to convictions of perpetrators. CID has also mailed our “abuse link” packs—which explore the connections between cruelty to animals and violence against humans—to hundreds of prosecutors and judges across the country. Please visit to learn more about the following topics: • What to do if you witness cruelty to animals • The link between animal abuse and human abuse • How to campaign effectively for tougher laws Thanks again for your compassion for animals. Sincerely, The PETA Staff

8 years ago

Diandra, Thank you for sharing your concern with us regarding the abuse of animals around the globe. Ending animal suffering is PETA’s main focus, both in the United States and abroad. PETA has entities around the world in efforts to accomplish this goal. These include PETA UK, PETA Deutschland, PETA Asia-Pacific, PETA Austrailia, PETA France, and PETA India. In regards to China, PETA Asia-Pacific just announced a huge victory in regards to “crush” videos. PETA Asia worked with authorities to ensure that the Ridons were located, arrested, and prosecuted. They received a life sentence for their part in making the videos. You can learn more here: The best way to end cruelty to animals is to encourage the local people themselves to work against it―hold public demonstrations, take their case to the media, and use any political clout at their disposal. We fight for animals in many countries, but without the invaluable support of local people fearlessly denouncing cruelty, we can only offer animals so much. To find animal rights groups in a particular area, consult, a Web site that offers an extensive listing of organizations categorized by country. Ultimately, great courage and strength will be required to fight against injustice and cruelty. We appreciate everyone who has signed this petition and works to make a better place for animals, worldwide.

9 years ago