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Petitioning Theresa May MP, Boris Johnson MP

Imprison or Deport the 25000 on the terrorist watchlist

Our countries Security level is at an all time high of "CRITICAL" And troops are being deployed due to the threat of terrorism. Our security agencies currently have 3000 suspected terrorists under watch & costing taxpayers millions of pounds per year. Our security organisations are overstretched & unable to stop these already "KNOWN" Terrorists who are attacking & killing our people, including children. Put them in confinement or deport them to save lives & ease pressure on our security services. If a new law needs to be made to do this, Then it should be made. If you can make laws to convict people & imprison them for up to 10 years for using a Kodi box, Then the least you can do is change the law for peoples safety.

Derren Mace
251,346 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May Prime Minister, Michael Gove MP, George Eustice MP, Jacob Rees Mogg, Boris Johnson MP

BAN HALAL & KOSHER MEAT IN THE UK

HALAL AND KOSHER MEAT MUST BE COMPLETELY BANNED IN THE UK. THAT INCLUDES THE SALE AND SLAUGHTER. IT CONDONES CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE BRITISH PUBLIC. IT IS OFFENSIVE TO EVERY CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE UK AND IT IS MORALY WRONG IN OUR CIVILIZATION. ALL LIFE IS SACRED AND FIGHTS TO LIVE, IF IT MUST BE KILLED IT MUST BE DONE AS HUMANLY AS POSSIBLE. THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN WISH TO REMAIN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY NOT A BARBARIC ONE. WE DENOUNCE HALAL & KOSHER MEAT IN OUR COUNTRY. ALL THOSE THAT WISH TO LIVE IN THE UK MUST ACCEPT AND ABIDE BY OUR UK LAWS AND PRINCIPLES. British people are against halal and kosher slaughter. Under British Law, animals must be stunned before slaughter, and not killed in full view of other animals. It is distressing to animals morally wrong and unnecessarily cruel. Halal and kosher slaughter is a barbaric way to slaughter an animal. Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands have banned halal slaughter, and as an animal loving nation, we are insisting the same happens in the UK. We are angry at the Government and food industry for pandering to the MINORITY group that want halal and kosher foods, and we stand up and set an example that the halal and kosher slaughter method is wrong. It is completely unnecessary because the people who eat this food can say a prayer over the food which enables them to eat it. We are a predominantly Christian country and we demand that you follow the wishes of the British people. We insist all animals are stunned prior to slaughter. The Danish PM said animal rights have to come above religious rights, and we believe that in the year 2017, this is true. As well as the cruelty, Christians and Sikhs are forbidden to eat halal and kosher and since it is unlabelled, our religious rights are being violated. We therefore insist that all animals are stunned prior to slaughter, and that all halal and kosher foods are banned in this country. We have fought many years to be a civilized nation and we will not let those standards drop to barbaric practices because of a minority living in our country. If you live in Britain you must adapt to our values, custom’s and high standards. WE will NOT allow our standards to drop for the sake of a few. This petition is based on a petition by Johanne Tavares called “Stop unstunned halal and kosher slaughter in the UK”: https://www.change.org/p/stop-unstunned-halal-and-kosher-slaughter-in-the-uk 

MS THOMPSON
84,716 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson MP

Nigel Farage must be involved in the Brexit negotiations in Brussels

The decision, by the Vote Leave Campaign, to exclude Nigel Farage from the negotiations, in Brussels, under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is considered, by the undersigned, to be detrimental to the possible benefits to be achieved during the negotiations and an insult to many of the 17,410,742 people who voted to Leave the EU and to the thousands of UKIP members and supporters who campaigned for 4 months to help achieve this victory. UKIP was, and still is, the only party united in their commitment to Brexit and Nigel Farage, as an MEP, has experience of the EU environment, the voice and the determination to achieve the best possible outcome for the UK. Failure to include Nigel Farage, in the team, will be seen as a vindictive political act, by many people, and may result in a massive shift of Brexit voters to support UKIP, in the future.  

John Saxon
76,473 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, George Eustice MP, Boris Johnson MP

Stop slaughter abuse. Save innocent animals from unlicensed death at UK slaughterhouse.

Stop animal slaughter abuse. Save innocent animals from un-stunned, unlicensed killing at UK slaughterhouse, Burnley. One of Britain's largest halal slaughterhouses is under investigation over allegations of animal cruelty. All the animals at the Halal Slaughterhouse, Burnley, are meant to be killed under Halal Law, quickly by a single cut from a surgically-sharp knife, however, no animals were shown to be killed in the correct manner.  Undercover footage shows a slaughterman hacking at sheep's necks, after throwing them into a blood covered conveyor belt. The hidden cameras show disturbing and illegal behaviour as the sheep's necks were slit several times and sheep were seen having fits and attempting to escape after several throat hacks, instead of dying an instant death.  Sign this petition to campaign for animal rights and against illegal slaughter.

Charlotte Kiel
29,308 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Boris Johnson MP, UK Foreign Office, Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Salmond, Humza Yousaf, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Bahraini Government

#freehannahjames

Demand the release of Hannah James and allow her to return to the UK.   As you all may know that my daughter hannah james moved to Bahrain last year and married jassim alhaddar the father of her son . Things became very difficult for her as she was suffering from domestic violence by the hands of jassim alhaddar , this became worse day by day . Hannah james finally made the decision to leave him and Bahrain with her son with support and help from her family . He made it impossible for her to leave as he burnt her passport . He then went to the police and accused her of having an affair so she is and has been in Bahrain prison for one month now and is looking at a sentence between 1-5 years on the grounds of adultery which is a very serious crime in middle eastern country's especially in a sharia Muslim culture community. Hannah is suffering being in prison she is only been given rice and water 3 times a day and on occasion they put sedatives in the rice to keep prisoners calm . She was not given or had access to toiletries as they do not provide this and she only received money that I sent to her through the embassy a couple of days ago . I have been allocated a consult through the British embassy who have been no help at all and unfortunately they have not been given permission to visit hannah to check on hannah welfare . Bahrain is a law to them selfs and there is absolutely no need for my daughter to be in prison in this country . Jassim alhaddar claims to be a good Muslim but when he was here in the U.K. He drank alcohol , smoked and ate through Ramadan during day light hours never prayed at all and was also caught having several affairs with teenage girls and he is now hiding behind his religion to in-prison hannah . Even his own family have disowned him . We are also being black mailed from jassim alhaddar for money and the return of their son  Shelley james

Pamela Stuart
10,418 supporters
Petitioning Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Martin Schulz, Koen Lenaerts, Court Of Justice Of The European Union (ECJ), Marita Arvela, Frans Timmermans, Gian Luca Galletti, Karmenu Vella, Daniel Calleja Cres...

Stop the Illegal Killing and Illegal Trapping of Millions of Wild Birds

  Ask the governments to protect millions of wild birds and stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping, and illegal trading. Leave a comment (COMMENT=MORE IMPACT) These wild birds are either: Illegally sold to restaurants or private dealers, at a high price, as an expensive illegal “delicacy” to be eaten Illegally traded and illegally sold as caged pets Illegally killed for fun or sport The illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of birds extends throughout the Mediterranean, in over 25 countries. Cruel, illegal methods include bow traps, snare traps, mist nets, limesticks - where birds get trapped in glue, and many other methods, that don't just kill the birds, but often leave them mutilated and in agony. Often with torn wings and separated legs. Birds include many threatened and endangered species from the IUCN Red List The birds affected are wide ranging. There are too many to list, but here are a few: European Robin, House Sparrow, Ortolan Bunting, Eurasian Chaffinch, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Calandra Lark, Eurasian Blackbird, Eurasian Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, European Turtle-Dove, Common Coot, Warblers, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Ringed Plovers, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Wrens, White Wagtail, Bee-eaters, Brambling, Redpoll, Common Buzzard, European Honey-Buzzard, Eagle, Hawk, Common Snipe, Siskin, European Serin, Starling, Thrush Nightingale, Dunnock, and many, many more. Be it for fun, for sport, for a traditional “delicacy” or to be sold as caged pets, it’s all illegal and the cruel methods of hunting these birds across the Mediterranean needs to be stopped. I’m petitioning for existing laws to be enforced. The legislation is already in place; unfortunately the enforcement of the law is weak. I am calling on the governing bodies of each of the countries where these practises are common to come together and save our wildlife. This is a matter for both conservation and animal welfare. This issue sweeps across many countries and continents, and we have a duty to ensure that these flyways are safe areas where our wild birds can live and thrive. There needs to be justice for these illegal acts.   Highlighted below are some of the problems from a few countries.     Italy: The illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of approximately 5.6 million migrant and resident birds extends across Italy, from the Brescia Alps down to the Sulcis district in Sardinia.   Northern Italy: See: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/bow-traps The Brescia Alps, between Lakes Garda, Como, and Iseo, (Lombardy), lie one of the most important European migrant bird flyways. In principle, the authorities have an obligation under national and international law to place this part of the Alps under special protection. Instead however, they just stand by and watch as one of the most important European migration routes deteriorate into a paradise for poachers. As early as the end of September, countless illegal "archetti" traps – a metal bow with a snare attached – have been set up on the mountain passes. The bright red berries of the mountain ash attract the birds, mostly Robins, Thrushes and Wrens, into the illegal traps, which are propped open under tension with small sticks. Once the bird lands on the trap the tension is released and the trap snaps shut, and the bird - still alive - is trapped in the snare, with both it's legs broken. They often flutter about for hours until they die of thirst or exhaustion; or until they are collected by the poacher. They are then illegally served as "delicacies" to restaurants and private dealers. See: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/bow-traps Even though these bow traps have been banned in Italy since the 1950s, thousands of these illegal traps are still found today. The Italian Government is not doing enough to stop these illegal acts. They need to ACT NOW.     Sardinia: Hundreds of thousands of wintering migrant birds are the victims of an egoistic obsession every year in the south of Sardinia. After dying by strangulation in fine snares they are illegally sold by the poachers at high prices to restaurants and private ‘gourmets’ for consumption. Those birds that are illegally trapped alive are kept in squalid conditions, trapped in a cage in the dark. To fatten them up, they often have their eyes plucked out while they are still alive, as the pain and stress causes them to eat more than normal. Robins, Wrens, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Fieldfare and many other species of bird are illegally killed in Italy. The use of snares is illegal. The trade in the birds is illegal. But in the more isolated regions of the island everybody knows his neighbour and effective controls are rare. The ITALIAN GOVERNMENT needs to ACT NOW and enforce the laws to protect these birds. Only the local forest police attempt to combat the poachers. It is almost impossible to lie in ambush for the poachers on the trapping routes in the impenetrable and extensive woodland, so much so that the officers can only locate and confiscate the snares. In view of the hundreds of thousands of traps this is a never-ending task.   Southern Italy: The islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea along the south Italian coast, in particular, Capri, Ischia and Ponza, are valuable stepping stones for the migrants returning from Africa. After arriving here in spring, following a demanding flight across the Sahara and the Mediterranean, they are often too exhausted to fly. The poachers are well aware of this. From the end of March on wards, illegal snap traps baited with mealworms are set out in vineyards, olive groves and gardens. These prove to be the undoing of the starving birds. Species whose populations north of the Alps are threatened with extinction, such as the Nightingale, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear and Common Redstart, die in masses in these small illegal traps. Quails, Turtle Doves and Raptors are also the much sought-after prey of the hunters, who clear their fields of fire by burning off the macchia. Calls from illegal electronic bird lures can be heard at night far out to sea, and these lead the birds into the traps and to the hunters' guns.     From the Brescia Alps down to the Sulcis district in Sardinia, millions of wild birds are being illegally killed, illegally trapped and illegally traded. Illegal “archetti” (bow traps), illegal snare traps, illegal nets, illegal limesticks and illegal electronic bird lures, are being used. The Italian government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 3.4-7.8 million individual birds are illegally killed each year in Italy. Italy is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/sardinia http://www.lipu.it/     Cyprus and British Overseas Territories: Cyprus is an important migration flyway for birds between Africa and Europe and millions of birds are illegally killed yearly as they migrate over the island. The Famagusta and Limassol districts are some of the worst.  Again many birds are illegally killed and/or caught. More illegal “delicacies” such as Blackcap, Song Thrush, Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, and Common Chiffchaff, are all illegally trapped and illegally sold to restaurants to be eaten. The birds are caught for profit and fuelling the illegal restaurant trade with the traditional delicacy known as ambelopoulia. Birds are often kept in appalling conditions, illegally trapped in tiny cages. To fatten them up, they have their eyes plucked out while they're still alive. This causes them to eat more than usual due to the pain and stress.  To protect resident and migratory birds, BirdLife Cyprus and the RSPB survey areas of illegal trapping. More than 150 species of birds, over half of conservation concern, have been trapped in illegal nets, or on illegal limesticks, and it is estimated that organised crime gangs earn over 15 million Euros yearly. The dead birds are sold to provide the main ingredient for ambelopoulia in Cyprus; an illegal delicacy served to restaurant diners. The 2015 survey estimated 19 km (12 miles) of illegal mist nets across both the Republic and the British Territories, and more than 5,300 illegal limesticks, mainly in the Republic. It is estimated that over 2 million birds were illegally killed in 2015, including over 800,000 on British Territories. (For example Akrotiri and Dhekelia).  The British Overseas Territories in Cyprus are now among the most severe strongholds for the illegal trapping of wild birds anywhere in Europe. Under the watch of the British military, more than a million songbirds are being caught and killed illegally each year, including many endangered species. With its massive poaching issue, Cyprus remains a key problem child for wildlife conservation and international protection of migratory birds. By far the worst areas are the UK military bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the south of the Mediterranean island. Combined, these areas - considered property of the Crown and Defence Department official British Overseas Territories - equate to just 230 square kilometres of land. Yet each year poachers enter unperturbed, constructing huge illegal trapping installations to illegally catch hundreds of thousands of small birds with huge nets. The birds are caught for profit and fuelling the illegal restaurant trade with the traditional delicacy known as ambelopoulia. The territories are in a state of complete anarchy, perhaps through fear of gaining a bad reputation as “occupiers”, neither the British Government, British police, nor the military take any action against the highly visible lobbies. By turning a blind eye, they quell any discussion on the return of the territories to Cyprus and from London the situation is seemingly out of sight and out of mind. Excerpt from CABS website http://www.komitee.de/en/protest/protest-campaign-sba-cyprus   The Cyprus government and the British government are NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 1.3-3.2 million individual birds are illegally killed each year in Cyprus. Cyprus is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/cyprus http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/       France: Illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of hundreds of thousands of small birds such as Eurasian Chaffinch, European Robin, Ortolan Bunting and many, many more. The Ortolan Bunting is often served as a “delicacy”, through tradition and a rite of passage. They are illegally trapped and caged. To fatten them up, sometimes they have their eyes plucked out while they're still alive, as the pain and stress that this causes makes them eat profusely. They are left like this for weeks, in perpetual darkness, and over time once they have fattened up, they are drowned, (often in Armagnac), and cooked. Although this is illegal, it carries on because it is a tradition and the poachers are very rarely prosecuted. Cited as “tolerance”, these illegal and horrific acts continue. Those who do get prosecuted are simply let off with a warning; there is rarely any justice. Considered a gastronomic delicacy a number of well-known politicians have admitted to eating them, even former President of France Francois Mitterand could not resist. In France, hunting of Ortolan Buntings has been forbidden by law since 1979 and the species was put on the protected list in 1999.  Each year, however about 30,000 Ortolans are trapped illegally during migration, August-September, in the SW France principally in the département of Les Landes using what are called “traditional hunting methods” (matoles or cage traps).   Many other birds are illegally caught in the process. Often European Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Robins, Thrushes, and many other small birds are illegally trapped and illegally killed.  The French government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 149,000-895,000 individual birds are illegally killed each year in France. France is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice.     LPO (Birdlife France) have set up a letter you can send to the Interior Minister of France. PLEASE SEND HIM A MESSAGE HERE: https://www.lpo.fr/actualites/stoppez-le-braconnage-du-bruant-ortolan See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/france https://www.lpo.fr/ In 2013, LPO (BirdLife in France) sent a complaint to the European Commission. In March 2015, the Commission informed LPO that the French government had given a satisfactory reply to their questions, including that it was working with LPO on the issue; and if the NGO had no more evidence, the Commission would close the complaint. LPO immediately sent a dossier with information from the previous poaching season to Brussels.  LPO has continued sending proof to the Commission that the French government is doing nothing to stop the illegal trapping and that it has convicted very few of the hunters involved. On 16 June 2016, there was some cause for hope. The Commission announced that it had sent a “reasoned opinion” to the French government, which had two months to satisfy the Commission that it was taking action to stop this illegal killing, or else the Commission could bring France before the European Court of Justice. Nothing has come of this.       Spain Located on the southwest edge of Europe, Spain is an important flyway for western migrating birds which cross the Straits of Gibraltar en route to their winter quarters in Africa. The majority of migrants from the British Isles, the Benelux countries and France transit the bathing beaches of the Costa Blanca and Costa Brava twice a year, and almost all water birds that use the Wadden Sea as a rest area, on their way to Africa, cross the Iberian Peninsula. In the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, in the autonomous regions of Catalonia and Valencia, illegal bird trapping takes place. Every autumn countless thrushes are illegally caught on treacherous lime sticks in more than 2,000 illegal trapping sites - the so-called Barraccas in Catalonia or Paranys in Valencia. Spanish experts say that the Spanish trappers illegally catch more than 2 million song birds annually in these installations, including numerous endangered species. The ‘Paranys’ are specially cultivated and trimmed illegal trapping-gardens that dominate the landscape between Valencia and Tarragona. Every tree is spiked with hundreds of small illegal limesticks that stick to the birds’ plumage with just the slightest touch, and cause them to fall helplessly to the ground. Unable to move their wings, they then land in a tunnel where the trapper ‘harvests’ them – usually after a long and painful struggle – by strangulation. Taped bird calls lure whole flocks of night migrants to their deadly fate. This is illegal. This method of trapping has been banned in the EU since 1979. Although the Spanish courts long ago declared the practice illegal, and a judgement of the European Court of Justice ruled, unambiguously, in December 2004 that the installations must be closed down, they are still in use today. The Spanish Government, politicians, the local administration and the police TURN A BLIND EYE to the continued violation of national and international nature protection legislation. For the first time ever CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) volunteers have managed to film the massacre with low-light cameras. “The material demonstrates that thousands of wild birds are illegally and cruelly killed and that numerous protected and endangered species are among the victims” states CABS President Heinz Schwarze. The video shows Thrushes and Blackcaps squealing and panicking, fighting for their lives among the corpses of their partners. Click to watch the video: http://www.komitee.de/en/youtube/youtube-spain In addition the film shows that, despite a clear ban on such practices, the Spanish authorities take no action against these installations, although these are highly visible and are operated openly by their owners. Schwarze continues “We have informed the police time and again but no one accepts responsibility”. CABS accuses the local government of active complicity in that they tolerate the operation of the installations, hinder the responsible game wardens in their monitoring work and protect the trappers from prosecution. The game wardens are forbidden to work at night – when the installations are active – which rules out any effective form of control. Even when the wardens manage to take a case to court the offenders are let off with no sanctions. In 2013 a trapper was found not guilty by a court in Vignaros because the commonly used bird lime trap he used Il Tordo - was allegedly not capable of trapping protected species! CABS has announced that it intends to file an official complaint against Spain with the European Commission because of the toleration of mass, non-selective trapping and killing of protected bird species. In order to put pressure on the Spanish authorities, and to urge the authorities to finally take effective action against this breach of European legislation, CABS has started an international protest action. A prepared email mail text in Spanish (with English translation) and addressed to Valencia’s Environment Minister Isabel Bonig Trigueros is available. PLEASE SEND HER A MESSAGE HERE: http://www.komitee.de/en/actions-and-projects/spain/lime-sticks-spain/protest-mail-spain     Across the country, from the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, the autonomous regions of Catalonia and Valencia, to Majorca, and the South, many laws are being broken, legislation is being ignored, and Spanish authorities are turning a blind eye to illegal acts. The Spanish government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Spain is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/spain http://www.seo.org/       Malta Illegal bird trapping takes place on Malta and Gozo. The birds are illegally kept as caged birds in dark garages of supposed ‘bird lovers’. Bird trappers also make a successful business out of the illegal capture and illegal sale of wild caught birds, and often live birds from other countries are illegally smuggled into Malta for use as decoy birds for illegal trapping. Until Malta’s accession into the EU in 2004, bird trapping was permitted as a normal activity. Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Serin and Linnet were legally trapped using ground horizontal ‘clap nets’. Despite accession of Malta to the European Union in 2004, Maltese politicians were able to negotiate a generous transition period. With Brussels’ consent, the trapping of 7 finch species was permitted until 2008. As of 1st January 2008, it is illegal to kill and illegal to trap songbirds and finches. However, finch trapping is being permitted by the ORNIS Committee, a Maltese consultation body, going against the European Commission, who immediately gave Malta a formal warning in Autumn 2014. Despite this the Maltese Government opened the finch trapping season. In 2014 the finch trapping season ran from October to December with a quota of 12,000 linnets, 800 goldfinch, 4,500 greenfinch, 500 hawfinch, 5,000 chaffinch and 2,350 siskins. 4,168 finch trapping licenses were issued and each trapper had a bag limit of 10 finches per season, each bird having to be reported by sms and ringed with a ‘single use’ ring. Despite the declaration that the season was to be ‘regulated and restricted’ it was reported that only 25% of finch trappers were subject to spot checks by police or officials. Also it was discovered that the official rings for tagging caught birds could easily be tampered with and removed. The Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) unit of the Maltese Police is responsible for implementation of the bird protection laws. Although the great majority of Maltese reject and condemn illegal hunting, effective control by the police is still lacking. The ALE has not been reinforced for years and at best no more than ten officers per shift are available to control more than 15,000 hunters and trappers. A lack of officers on the island of Gozo means Maltese trappers can get away with illegal trapping and illegal killing.   Infringement procedures have been launched by the European Commission against Malta, since there is no scientific justification for finch trapping. As of 1st January 2008, it is illegal to kill and illegal to trap songbirds and finches, yet these activities still take place, due to a lack of enforcement from the Maltese government and authorities. The Maltese government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Malta is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See link for more:  http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/malta http://birdlifemalta.org/     Germany Germany lags behind as far as species protection is concerned. In Germany, many wild birds, from songbirds to raptors, often including protected species, are illegally trapped and illegally sold as caged pets. This is in violation of European nature protection legislation, and the Federal Nature Conservation Act. Birds are also smuggled in from the tropics or Eastern Europe. There are countless pet owners in Germany who are not satisfied with keeping dogs or budgies; there is a huge illegal wildlife trade problem, involving many wild birds, tortoises, parrots, ducks, tropical insects and many other animals. The sentencing of the trappers is weak, rarely do the prosecutors give a strong enough sentence. These offenders are often let off and the sanctions imposed are not serious enough to deter other trappers. There is rarely justice for these illegal acts on wild birds. Germany has been reproved on several occasions by the European Commission for inadequate implementation of international environmental regulations.   The German government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Germany is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/germany https://www.nabu.de/     Greece: Among one of the worst countries for the illegal killing of European Turtle Doves, but also the illegal trapping of European Goldfinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch and Greater Short-Toed Lark, all to be illegally sold as cagebirds. Greece is also among the top three countries that illegally kill Dalmatian pelican. Many more species of bird are illegally killed and illegally trapped across Greece for fun or sport, including species listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List. 485,000-922,000 individual birds are illegally killed each year in Greece. The Greek government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds.  See links for more: http://www.ornithologiki.gr/       Egypt: Perhaps the MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN as an estimated 5.7 million birds are killed illegally each year. Read here for more info:  Birdlife Egypt Illegal Killings National Geographic Document Video Photographer Covers Songbird Slaughter There are way too many species of bird to list. Every bird from House Sparrows, Common Coots, Red-Backed Shrikes, Eurasian Golden Orioles, Ringed Plovers, Endangered, Vulnerable, and Critical listed species, are all illegally killed in large numbers.  The stunning beautiful Golden Oriole is being targeted because its flesh can be sold in Middle Eastern markets where it is regarded as a cure for impotency. The Egyptian government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds.   There are many more. Here is a list of the main countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Overseas Territories, Croatia, Cyprus (Including British Overseas Territories Akrotiri and Dhekelia), Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia FYRA, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority Territories, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey. Here are some links to full in-depth reports. Birdlife Report on Illegal Killings in Mediterranean Images Showing Extent of Illegal Killings Birdlife Report Showing Countries and Extent of Illegal Acts Birdlife Map Showing Illegal Killings Birdlife Video on Extent of Illegal Killings Birdlife Official Campaign Website Donate to CABS to Support Rescue Work in the Field (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) Donate to Birdlife to Support the Work on Illegal Killings Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) Official Website Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) German Official Website CABS Actions and Projects CABS in Italy Italy Illegal Bow Traps CABS in Spain CABS in Germany CABS in Cyprus CABS in Malta CABS in France List of all Birdlife Partners Committee Against Bird Slaughter Facebook page Committee Against Bird Slaughter Twitter page Birdlife International Facebook page Birdlife International Twitter page CMS Official   I urge all the people who have the power to please enforce the existing laws. I ask those who are reading this to support this cause. If nothing is done, we will all be responsible for the continual suffering and decline of this wildlife.    

Adam Kiddy
10,326 supporters
Petitioning Criminal cases review, Criminal Cases Review Commission, HM Court & Review, Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Nicola Sturgeon

JUSTICE FOR PAIGE DOHERTY

John Leathem was sentenced to 27 years in prison for brutally murdering 15 year old Paige Doherty. Leathem plead guilty to inflicting at least 146 injuries on Paige now he wants to appeal his sentence ??  Surely 27 years in prison cannot be reduced! Paige was 15 years old with her full life ahead of her. This man will still be in his 50s upon release! He's already lived more than double of what Paige sadly had!!  The full city of Glasgow & beyond need to see justice for what happened to Paige, her parents and siblings cannot get put through any more torture than they have already been through. DO NOT LET THIS MAN APPEAL!!!! #JUSTICEFORPAIGE

Lisa Blair
10,100 supporters
Petitioning Rt Hon Theresa May, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson MP

URGENT PETITION: GRANT CLIVE AND YVONNE KARUSSEIT INDEFINITE LEAVE TO STAY VISAS

  After living here for five and a half years, my husband and I were informed that our visa applications for Indefinite Leave to Stay had been declined. The reasons given were: "We have not given sufficient proof that we are proficient in English and that despite passing our Life in the UK tests, which state we reached the required level for the purpose of obtaining Indefinite Leave to stay in the UK, we do not have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK!" We were ill advised as to whether we were required to write an English test due to our origins and the fact English was our home language.  My husband, Clive, supplied his original certificates from Cambridge and City of Guild London where it shows he passed English. I supplied certificates from Blount Commercial Academy were it shows a first class pass in English. I also supplied them with proof that I attended a week Fraud Conference at Cambridge University and that was obviously all in English. We have now been in the UK for seven years, having spent the last two years fighting to remain here, in the country we call home! I was born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before UDI was declared. My husband Clive was born in South Africa but he went to Rhodesia when he was about 5 months old. Clive's father was transferred there after making guns for Britain during the second world war. My mother is Rhodesian born and bred. Her grandfather was a Grenadier Guard and was sent to South Africa to fight for Britain in the Boer War. His sons were born there, one of them being my grandfather, hence the reason we were born in Africa. My step father (who will always be my father) adopted me and my siblings when we were very young and so I was granted an Ancestral Visa and my husband a spousal visa. My father left Britain when he was about 19 years having been offered a position in Mozambique. He volunteered his services, aged twenty,  when the second world war broke out and was in the Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Division, ending the war in Italy. Britain was keen to develop the colonies and so Dad  was given a farm in Rhodesia for his services during the war. This was a massive incentive for him to stay in Africa. I have an inherent fear of having to return to South Africa because of all the violence there now, which is where we will be sent, if deported.  Having lived through the Rhodesian war and experienced horrors there, plus the fact I lived in South Africa after fleeing Rhodesia, I have nightmares on a regular basis of what happened. My mum was attacked in Rhodesia and sustained injuries, one of which has left her totally deaf in her left ear. I was attacked sitting in my car in South Africa. I fought back and ended up cuts and bruises as well as a wrist broken in three places. We just cannot go back to Africa! Everything we own is here in the UK which we have made our home! Terry Ford, my eldest brother (Dad's only son) was brutally murdered on his farm in Zimbabwe after being beaten and tortured. His faithful companion, Squeak, went everywhere with Terry. He refused to leave Terry's battered body and remained curled up next to his master for hours. Squeak was really very traumatised by what he saw happen to Terry. Terry was farming in Rhodesia, near Salisbury (now Harare) in the Norton area. Robert Mugabe’s sister visited him and wanted his farm. Terry said no and she said " I am Mugabe's sister and what I want I get". Terry was brutally murdered on the farm not long after that. His death made international headlines and members of the family were plagued by the press. Terry was an amazing brother and my siblings and I loved him dearly. He was a gentle giant with an amazing sense of humour.  My Father suffered a number of strokes after Terry's murder, choosing not to accept his gruesome death for over a year. We were finally able to bring him back to the UK (he was British) in November 2010. Our schooling was British, our exams were British and marked in the UK. Our upbringing was very British. Coming here to the UK was like coming home for us. We have worked hard and bought a lovely home in Melbourne, Derby. It has an annex so my parents could live with us and I could care for them. My parents came with us as Mugabe had stopped all pensions and medical aid and they had nothing. We have taken care of them for the past 16 years. Clive has an excellent job as an Estimator for an Engineering Company in Derbyshire. We have settled here, we are happy here and we are safe here. Our family can never return to Zimbabwe and we have nothing left in South Africa to return to. We have never once asked anyone to support us. We pay our taxes, our NI and our rates and taxes. I take care of my ailing Mum (I am her registered, full time carer). Dad sadly passed away just over four years ago. My elderly mother has dementia and other debilitating medical problems. With her dementia, she relies on me to do most things for her. There will be no family to take care of her if we are deported. The fact that we grew up in Rhodesia and were brought up in the British way under British rule for many years does not appear to count for much, sadly. Our British roots also seem to count for nothing. We have now been granted 30 month "Leave to Remain" visas, eighteen months now remaining. I was advised to find a job of some sorts as being a carer is not considered a job for Indefinite Leave to Remain and I am the main applicant! I shall continue to take care of Mum, whilst working part time at our local SPAR. I am only 5 minutes walk from home should Mum need me. After two year of hell, we are blessed to still be here. I have subsequently suffered a heart attack due to the on going pressure and am now recovering from it. OUR FIGHT IS NOT OVER! WE WILL NOT GIVE UP! Please support Yvonne and Clive by joining their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SupportCliveAndYvonneKarusseit

Yvonne Karusseit
7,928 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Transport For London

Don't close Caledonian Road tube station for 8 months.

Transport for London's plan to close Caledonian Road Underground Station for eight months from March 14th 2016 to replace the station’s two lifts has been withdrawn - for now. This petition's aim is to persuade London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London to replace the lifts without closing the station.  Feasibility studies have shown that this can be done. Increasing passenger numbers mean that three or four lifts would be desirable and possible - the lift shafts are already in place - but two modern, faster,  more reliable lifts could satisfy demand for the time being. Six million journeys a year start or end at Caledonian Road Station including many by people with disabilities, students, residents, theatre goers and business people.  Four million journeys would be disrupted by an eight month closure and lift replacement programme.  The equivalent of 100 extra full buses along Caledonian Road, each way, every weekday would be required just to meet the needs of passengers going in and out of Central London.     Following the threat of a Judicial Review from Islington Council, TfL has agreed to halt its closure plan and reconsider its options.  Replacing the lifts one at a time while the station remains open is the option we are campaigning for.  This has been done elsewhere.  We call on Transport for London and London Mayor, Boris Johnson to do the right thing - replace the obsolete lifts one at a time while the station remains open. Please sign and share this petition and help make sure the station doesn’t close. No station closure. You know it makes sense.    

Nigel Scott
7,413 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Boris Johnson MP

HALAL SLAUGHTER IS BARBARIC

Halal slaughter in the United Kingdom is barbaric and should be stopped. We are a Christian country and these methods of animal cruelty needs to be stamped out by our people and government. It is the wrong way for any animal to die. A long slow painful death. Bleeding to death until they die whilst still in a concious state and aware of everything. Close down all halal slaughter houses and make it illegal in our Christian living country. HALAL SLAUGHTER HOUSE IN LONDON

Pete Couldwell
6,656 supporters
Keep a fair wind in our sails and save sailing for all the community from DSWC!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Westferry Printworks planning application PA/15/2216 and in particular its potential impacts on sailing conditions in the Millwall Outer Dock. As you are aware a Representation Hearing was held at City Hall on 27 April 2016 where the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, Sir Edward Lister, after hearing representations including those presented on behalf of the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre Trust (DSWCT) and considering the Greater London Authority (GLA) Hearing Report (D&P/3363/03), decided to grant planning permission for the proposed development. In making his decision, the Deputy Mayor delegated authority to his planning officers to secure additional financial mitigation towards the impacts on the sailing conditions in the Dock. This decision was based on the appreciation of the wider planning benefits of the development, but also in recognition of the increased operational costs associated with a new pontoon configuration as set out within your representations. With regards to the additional mitigation, Greater London Authority officers are currently finalising this through further discussions with the applicant and DSWCT. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 year ago
Transport for London must publish sexual assault & fraudata for taxi and private hire NOW!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about fraud and sexual assault crime data. By way of clarification, the data that you refer to is held by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), not Transport for London (TfL). The information shared by the MPS with representatives from the taxi and private hire trades was taken from provisional police data of all sexual assault allegations in the last 12 months made to the police where a taxi or private hire driver is alleged to have been the perpetrator. It also gave an indication of the number of arrests of taxi drivers, as well as licensed and unlicensed private hire drivers. Due to the complexity involved in determining whether confirmed sexual offences were committed by unlicensed or licensed taxi or private hire drivers, or any details of how the victims were approached, the MPS is unable to provide a definitive breakdown of cab-related sexual offences by type of vehicle or driver for reporting or publication. TfL is now working with the MPS and the City of London Police Service to collate and publish the total number of taxi and private hire related sexual offences, which will be published online as soon as possible. TfL has also approached the MPS and City of London Police about publishing the data for fraud offences within the taxi and private hire trades. Discussions with the respective police forces are ongoing before making a decision on whether this data should be released publicly. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 year ago
Stop mini holland in Chingford and Highams park.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented, including in Waltham Forest and Chingford. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Waltham Forest is currently developing proposals for Chingford and Highams Park as part of its Mini-Hollands programme. Perception surveys were carried out with local communities in March and April, with design workshops also taking place to inform proposals before a round of public consultation is undertaken in early summer 2016. Public consultation is undertaken over a number of weeks to provide residents the opportunity to express their views on the projects. Consultations are led by Waltham Forest, and further details about the projects are available on the Enjoy Waltham Forest website at www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk. In order ensure that your voice is heard in the planned consultation you are encouraged to contact Mark Bland, the Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. Waltham Forest is directly responsible for the development of projects as well as the consultation and decision-making processes. Mr Bland can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 year ago
Get rid of Mini-holland

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Turning to your idea of dedicating the pavement on one side of the road to cyclists and the pavement on the other side to pedestrians, this may have unforeseen impacts, including businesses on one side not attracting the same amount of customers as the other. On this occasion it may not be possible to take your idea forward but Waltham Forest welcomes all ideas. The Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme is Mark Bland and he can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 year ago
Let Students Express Themselves!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about letting pupils express themselves through dress. The Mayor is a big supporter of encouraging young people in London to explore their identities and build confidence and commends your work to promote student views. If you want to find out more about why some schools have uniform policies, and how you can work with your school about theirs, this guidance from the Department for Education may be useful www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform. Whilst the Mayor does not have any authority to influence individual school uniform policies, his education and youth team does work with schools across London to see how programmes and teacher training can support young people to develop their confidence and express themselves. The Peer Outreach Workers and Lynk Up Crew are groups of young people who work with the Mayor to address issues facing young Londoners. If you are interested in getting involved you can find out more on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/peer-outreach-team. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 year ago
PRIVATE HIRE SHOULD PAY CONGESTION CHARGE IN LONDON

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the number of private hire vehicles (PHVs) on London’s streets. The Mayor agrees with petitioners that more must be done to tackle the growing number of PHVs in central London. These vehicles are significantly contributing to a number of challenges, including increased motor traffic congestion, illegal parking and poor air quality. Currently, if an applicant meets the statutory eligibility criteria, Transport for London (TfL) is legally obliged to issue a licence. The Mayor has been in discussions with the Government to provide further legislative powers to TfL to cap the total number of PHVs in London. The Government has been reluctant to pursue such legislation. Petitioners may be pleased to know that, as an alternative measure, the Mayor has instructed TfL to look into the impact and feasibility of removing the Congestion Charge exemption for PHVs in central London, as suggested by petitioners. Following TfL Board approval, new operator licence types will also be introduced to minimise the number of PHVs on the road. These new licence types will account for larger operators, who will be charged more to cover the extra licensing and compliance costs to TfL, while encouraging operators to be as efficient as possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 year ago
A Bakerloo Line extension into South East London via Peckham Rye to Lewisham.

Dear Petitioners Thank you for your petition in support of a Bakerloo line extension in south-east London, via Peckham Rye to Lewisham. The option for a Bakerloo line extension was considered as part of an assessment process for the Bakerloo line extension that Transport for London (TfL) carried out in 2015. The Options Assessment Report was published in January and is available to view on TfL’s website at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension. TfL is currently looking to develop an extension to Lewisham, via the Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, to support new housing opportunities presented by the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. The next steps will allow TfL to safeguard any land required in the future, ensuring that construction can start should the necessary consent and funding be secured. A second phase of the extension, which goes further into south east London, to Catford and beyond, will be further considered. This has the potential to improve public transport access in south-east London beyond Lewisham. The report also looked at the route alignment suggested in your petition. It concluded that the alternative route option via Peckham Rye would cost more, have a longer journey time, and enable lower levels of new development. TfL will also be working with other parties such as Network Rail on long-term efforts to improve rail services, including in South East London. You may have seen that the Mayor and Secretary of State for Transport recently published proposals to increase the role that TfL plays in rail services in London, building on the success of the London Overground. You can find out more in A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East, which is available through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493754/dft-tfl-rail-prospectus.pdf. Thank you again for your petition. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 year ago
Review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about a review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses. The Mayor of London is committed to the challenge of creating a fairer and more cohesive society for current and future generations of Londoners. The GLA works to minimise disadvantage, maximise opportunity, and ensure equal treatment for all Londoners through its Equalities strategies and the London Health Board. Some of our work with disabled Londoners includes: regular engagement meetings with deaf and disabled organisations to ensure effective input into areas including transport, health services, housing and London’s built environment. Further information can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/communities-london-how-were-improving-equality/deaf-and-disabled-communities. The Mayor of London’s powers do not extend to welfare reform, which is a matter for national government. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 years ago
Rename Olympic Stadium to Payet Arena

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about renaming the former Olympic Stadium. The former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a multi-use venue, and whilst West Ham United’s tenancy will help to secure a long-term future for the venue, the Stadium itself remains a public asset and does not belong to the Club. UK Athletics are also a tenant and events have already been scheduled for this year, including the London Anniversary Games and a sold out AC/DC concert. The Stadium is a public asset, and is owned by E20 (a joint venture between London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham). E20 want to ensure the best possible deal for the taxpayer and are seeking a naming rights partner; E20 expect to receive significant income from a naming rights deal which in addition to concessionaires and events will also help to secure the long-term financial sustainability of the venue. For this reason, the naming of the Stadium will be dependent on a suitable and appropriate naming rights partner. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 years ago