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Petitioning Gladys Berejiklian

Demand an End to Dog Experiments in Australia

According to the latest available statistics, over 6,600 dogs were used for research and teaching purposes in Australia in just one year.The limited information available on animals used for research does not specify what breeds of dogs are used, but published research papers indicate that greyhounds and beagles are often used - beagles because of their friendly, docile temperaments, and greyhounds because of their 'availability' when of no further use to the racing industry.Dogs are used in Australian laboratories for toxicity testing, infection inducement, aversive stimuli behavioural testing, and more. Humane Research Australia has also exposed the use of beagles for pharmaceutical drug testing, and the use of greyhounds in brain experiments, heart surgery experiments (where heart failure is induced to test blood pump devices, blood flow devices are tested, or circulatory death is induced to test heart preservation devices for transplantation), dental surgery experiments, terminal blood donation experiments, and others.Humane Research Australia is opposed to the use of all animals in research and teaching on both ethical and scientific grounds. The use of greyhounds however, is of particular concern when we consider they are discarded from another unethical and very cruel industry.Dogs are not simply laboratory 'tools' for researchers to use at their leisure. These experiments are unethical, unreliable, and unnecessary. Australian researchers should be utilising a battery of advanced human biology-based methods of research in order for results to be directly relevant to human health outcomes - not subjecting dogs to needless suffering and death.Join Humane Research Australia in urging Australian State and Territory Governments to immediately ban the use of dogs in experiments by signing the petition!

Humane Research Australia
81,504 supporters
Petitioning Office of Public Prosecutions, Daniel Andrews, County Court Victoria

Paramedic bashers serve no jail, get off free!

Amanda Warren, 31, and Caris Underwood, 20, punched and kicked veteran paramedic Paul Judd as he and another paramedic; Chenaye Bently tried to treat a patient at suburban Reservoir in April 2016. They were both intoxicated after a day-long binge on bourbon, champagne and cannabis. Paul has still been unable to return to work after this incident and has had four operations on his foot to try and repair the horrific damaged caused by these two women. Victorian laws introduced in 2014 demand a mandatory minimum jail term of six months for anyone who intentionally injures an emergency worker, unless there are “special reasons”.  Warren, 31, was jailed for eight months and Underwood, 21, received four months when the pair were sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. However, both these women have appealed their sentences and the judge decided that neither woman would serve any jail time. This is disgusting that the justice system can treat our paramedics like this, what has to happen for a sentence to be served. These women are still out living their lives with no care and a smirk on their face, whilst the paramedics are living in fear. “It is incomprehensible why anyone would assault an ambulance officer,”  “These are not authority figures. These are helping figures. This was an assault lasting some duration ... that requires denunciation by the court." Please help by signing the petition to make it public that these women should be facing the consequences of the crime they have committed.   A side note - Caris Underwood is not a citizen of Australia, she never applied for her citizenship after moving here as a young child

Sarah Handley
32,128 supporters
Petitioning Victorian Police force

Vic Police: stop meeting of anti-woman group led by legal rape advocate Roosh Valizadeh.

On Saturday the 6th of Feburary the anti-woman, "neomasculine" online group "Return of the Kings" led by Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh who calls for rape to be legalised on private property has organised for public meet ups in cities around Australia including Melbourne, Victoria as well as in 43 countries world-wide. The Age has reported that "He has said women, transgender men and homosexual men were not invited." Given the issues Australia already faces regarding violence against woman, abuse and rape it is deeply concerning that these men are able to display such public and blatant hatred towards women. With 1 in 5 women raped in there lifetime it is vital that this group is unable to further encourage such abuses. These mens behaviour should be acknowledged as a hate crime and halted immediately. Supporting these hate groups is never okay. Violence against woman is never okay. Please sign this petition to notify the Victorian Police that we expect them to protect us from this harmful misogyny, further, that it should not be accepted in Australia. We ask for this event to be shut down. ********************************FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE UPDATE BELOW: Return of the Kings group leader Daryush Valizadeh has posted on his website that public meet ups were cancelled saying "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6" before apologising to all members who are "let down" by his decision. Victory is ours!!

Chloe Kay
20,075 supporters
Petitioning Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mick Fuller, Steven Marshall, Bernard Carlon, Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Mark Bailey, Mark Ryan, Jodi McKay, Guy Zangari, Luke Donnellan, Lisa...

Protect People who Ride Bikes with Proactive Enforcement of Safe Passing Distance

Every day the lives of decent hard-working cyclists are being threatened by a small minority of reckless drivers. Cameron was fatally hit by a ute, leaving behind a wife and three children. Lauren was cut-off by a sedan that knocked her from the road to the footpath, all caught on CCTV footage. Adrian was cycling to work when a car came so close on a roundabout that he thought he was about to die. Anastasia was killed after being struck by a truck, she was 23 years old. Neil was enjoying a pleasant National Park ride when a Police car shocked him with a dangerous close pass, shortly after the passing distance law was brought into place. James was hospitalised for weeks with horrific injuries after being hit by a sports car, while on a popular cycling route. Marc and Tom took definitive evidence to the Police (video and ultrasonic distance measurement), but were fobbed off by a misinformed and uncaring system. There have been thousands of victims of dangerous close passes since the law was changed, but only a handful of fines have been issued. How would you feel after an unsafe pass from a ute or van, to take the video evidence to your local police station, and be told by the officer that they wont even make a record of your incident (let alone start an investigation)? Stunned, angry, victimised, ignored, alone... This has happened to hundreds of cyclists across Australia. All States and Territories are implementing safe passing distance laws for vehicles when overtaking cyclists (with the exception of Victoria). The purpose of these rules is to reduce injuries and deaths to bike riders. But in practice the burden of evidence and prosecution has fallen onto the victims of dangerous close passes... This is grossly unfair!! Lives are being unnecessarily lost, and serious injuries are being sustained, for as long as Safe Passing Distance goes unenforced. As a coalition of cyclists, groups and concerned citizens we are calling out this injustice... Sign for your mates, for your family, and for our children to have safer roads than we ride on today. We the undersigned call on Governments and Police to proactively enforce Minimum Passing Distance (MPD), as an essential measure for improving Road Safety in Australia. Amy Gillett Foundation Cycling Australia (CA) Bicycling Australia Bicycle Queensland (BQ) Bicycle NSW Australian Cycle Alliance (Cycle) We Ride Australia (Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation) Bicycles Network Australia ( Bicycle Network Safe Cycling Australia (SCA) Cycling New South Wales (Cycling NSW) City of Sydney and Lord Mayor Clover Moore Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) Inner West Bicycle Coalition (Ashfield Bicycle Group, Bike Leichhardt and Bike Marrickville) Inner West Cyclists BIKEast Bikes Botany Bay Bike North North Western Sydney Cycling Club Waratah Masters Cycling Club ARTcycle Newcastle Cycling Club Newcastle Cycleways Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG) Wild Horizons Cycling Victoria Hobsons Bay Bicycle User Group (HBBUG) Cycling Queensland Brisbane West BUG Cams Cycle Coaching WestCycle (Cycling Western Australia) Bike SA Cycling South Australia The Bicycle Institute of South Australia Aldinga Bike Kitchen Cycling Tasmania Pedal Power ACT Cycling Australian Capital Territory Cycling Northern Territory West Midlands Police have won multiple awards for their Operation Close Pass, which has decreased serious injuries and deaths to cyclists by one-fifth in the first year alone. Motorists observed making unsafe passes and other poor driving are pulled over, and either warned/educated/prosecuted. Police have also asked the public to submit video evidence, which has resulted in several hundred fines. Google "West Midlands Operation Close Pass" to see the impressive results of this cheap and effective Police action for yourself... This model is being rolled out by other Police in the UK, such as London, Hampshire and South Yorkshire... Two-thirds of the 50 American states are enforcing laws for a safe passing distance of at least 3 feet, with examples of proactive enforcement in Austin, Tampa and Memphis. After becoming visible, following the road rules, watching out for each other and riding defensively we still depend on motorists to give us space and respect on our roads... Just like speeding, mobile phone distractions and drink driving the Police should take a proactive approach to Minimum Passing Distance (MPD). These rules can't reverse an injury or death after the fact. They need to be proactively enforced. The safe passing distance rules require vehicles to give at least 1.0 metre of clearance to cyclists (up to speeds of 60 km/hour), and at least 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking in speed limit zones exceeding 60 km/hour. Motorists who do not comply with the law are liable for hundreds of dollars of fines and the loss of demerit points. Drivers are allowed to cross unbroken lines, and vehicles can go over flat traffic islands, in order to comply with the law. Add your voice in support of Road Safety… Please contact to have your organisation added to this petition. Next steps: Share this petition with all of your friends, family and contacts... and ask for their support Write to your local MP and Ministers to push for proactive enforcement of Road Safety laws, including MPD Speak up for Road Safety, with your off-line and on-line networks... Take evidence of dangerous close passes to Police, and seek prosecution of the offending drivers (there are good resources from Bicycle NSW, Simply Cycling Training, and Bicycle Queensland to help you) #AMetreMatters #SeeThePerson #PassCyclistsSafely #StayWideroftheRider #IGiveAMetre #SlowDownPassWide #RideToSchool #OpClosePass

David Maywald, CFA JP (Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club)
12,757 supporters
Petitioning Jaala Pulford

Ban the sale of platypus-killing enclosed yabby traps in Victoria

Enclosed yabby traps are certified platypus-killers Platypus are easily trapped inside enclosed yabby traps (such as opera house nets) after they enter attracted by the bait. Platypus are air breathing animals who, once trapped, are unable to resurface and soon drown. Every year numerous platypus die due to opera house nets and other models of enclosed yabby trap). Data on reported deaths in public waterways is collected by DELWP and the Australian Platypus Conservancy, however we do not currently know the full extent of platypus deaths on private land. The use or possession of opera house nets is prohibited in, on, or next to Victorian public waters. This ban, however, does not extend to privately owned bodies of water, such as dams or small streams on private land. Use of opera house nets on private land is still legal despite the well documented threat they pose to platypus. In addition, every year numerous opera house nets are illegally used and detected in public waterways, indicating many are unaware of the regulations. We argue the current regulations are not sufficient to prevent avoidable platypus deaths. We the undersigned call upon the Victorian Minister for Agriculture to implement the following. 1. The sale and use of enclosed yabby traps be prohibited in the State of Victoria under the Fisheries Act 1995. 2. The State Government consult with retailers and recreational fishing peak organisations to achieve this goal. 3. The State Government work with DELWP, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Melbourne Water and recreational fishing peak organisations to promote currently available platypus-safe alternatives to enclosed yabby traps.  The platypus is one of the world’s most unique animals and found nowhere else in the world than South-Eastern Australia. It is an apex predator of our waterways and provides a broad range of social values - indigenous cultural heritage, iconic status for community engagement in conservation, and visitation revenue for Zoos Victoria. Our goal is to ensure that this truly unique animal remains here for the long term. Alternatives to opera house nets: A range of platypus-safe alternatives to opera house nets are currently on the market. Purchase price difference is very small ($1.00-$5.00 more per unit). More info here:   

Belgrave Platypus
4,961 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Andrews, Hon Gayle Tierney MP, NT Worksafe, Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Hon Will Hodgman MP, Hon Andrew Barr MLA, Greg Jones, Worksafe WA,...

Shocking Truth: Defibrillator legislation is essential for cardiac arrest survival

Don’t let sudden cardiac arrest claim a member of your family when it is so easily treated and a life restored. THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS! To the Australian State & Territory governments and Work Safe authorities, we ask that OH&S & WHS legislation be amended to include automated external defibrillators in first aid kits in the workplace and public spaces. A sudden cardiac arrest is: over 550 times more likely to occur than a fire related fatality. 28 times more likely to occur than a road trauma death. 3 times more likely to occur than death caused by the four major cancers combined Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading causing of death and No 1 public health problem (Dr Tony Scott (NZ National Cardiac Arrest Awareness Network, 2016 joint Australian & New Zealand Resuscitation Councils conference in Auckland). Thousands of preventable Australian deaths are occurring each year due to the lack of access to a nearby automated external defibrillator(AED). The only solution to address poor survival rates is the development of a systemic approach to public education and accessibility of AEDs. This petition implores State & Territory governments to commit as much attention and funding to cardiac arrest survival as is directed to the road toll and fire safety. Millions of dollars are spent on reducing the road toll - Australia led the world with the introduction of seat belts and speed detection cameras resulting in a dramatic reduction in road deaths over four decades.  Fire safety equipment is mandated by law along with regular testing and tagging maintenance.  Deaths caused by fire or smoke are low risk in Australia due to these preventative measures. The time is now: AEDs need to be key inclusions in first aid kits and become as commonplace as fire extinguishers. The only way to achieve that outcome is to raise awareness, educate the public and provide accessible AEDs in the community and workplace. AEDs in the workplace In Australia, it is now mandatory that anyone participating in first aid training must be assessed as being competent in the application of an AED. (Australian Health Training package, HLTAID001, 1 July 2015 in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines) It is not however compulsory that an AED be provided in a first aid kit. The situation now exists that employers are training their staff to provide a lifesaving skill for which they are not required to provide the device that actually enables the trained staff to perform that skill. There is an obligation to provide a 'Duty of Care' and ensure optimal safety. State & Territory governments are responsible for Occupational Health & Safety/Work Health Safety legislation and it is time that the law caught up with this lifesaving technology. The facts about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA): SCA is fatal but is reversible if early CPR & early defibrillation is available to the casualty SCA can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere, at any age SCA is not a heart attack (although it can be caused by heart attack) SCA is the leading cause of death in the developed world The facts about automated external defibrillators (AED): An AED is simple and easy to use An AED is automated – will not shock indiscriminately – an AED must first detect a heart rhythm before advising if a shock is required An AED will only shock someone who is in a life-threatening heart rhythm An AED will not shock someone who has a normal heart rhythm SCA survival is directly related to the time delay in receiving defibrillation i.e. early defibrillation increases chance of survival Successful public access defibrillation program in Seattle, USA In King County, Seattle USA, survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has increased from 13% (1970) to 62% (2013) as a result of public access defibrillation programs. Similar public education programs in Australia will prevent thousands of avoidable deaths.  The following data illustrates the number of lives that could be saved in Australia if public access to and usage of AEDs improved. Sudden Cardiac Arrests (annual estimate in Australia)           33,000Estimated survival rate without early defibrillation                          5%         1,650 Estimated survival rate with early defibrillation by bystanders     80%       26,400 Estimated survival rate with Seattle's success rate                        62%       20,460 Please add your support to this petition – there are literally thousands of lives at stake each year in this country and hundreds of thousands of lives, globally. February 17 is the anniversary of my husband Paul’s death from sudden cardiac arrest.  You never know when it could be someone you know and love.  Anyone of us can be an Urban Lifesaver if we just know why, when & how to get a victim back in a heart beat. I am not only a widow but also a registered nurse, first aid trainer, author of 'Back in a Heart Beat' which busts the myths associated with sudden cardiac arrest and defibrillators, and producer of a short educational film 'Back in a Heart Beat'. Urban Lifesavers is a not-for-profit & registered charity established in 2015 to raise awareness about public access defibrillation. Please share this petition with your networks and help us to save lives Anne Holland (Founder NFP Urban Lifesavers) M: 0414 560 364 E: W: T: @UrbanLifesavers  

Anne Holland
2,985 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Lily D' Ambrosio, Daniel Andrews, Adam Fennessy DELWP


Our wildlife is in urgent need of help in Victoria. Below I highlight just some of the problems that exist in the Department that should be looking after it. Please tell the people responsible enough is enough.  Many of the issues relate to such things as encroaching development  and logging .. and demonstrate  that  actions are taking place without the emphasis that behind each action undertaken our wildlife must be protected. And all actions to protect our wildlife must be followed and all penalties enforced for non compliance. They are not a priority. In fact sometimes it's clear they may be not be considered or recommendations followed. When species numbers become critical there is a need to assess whether to begin captive breeding look into the genetics of the population while trying to protect it in the wild. How can we avoid extinctions otherwise? How can we know what needs to happen? Recommendations and attention to where and when a range of species, especially   critically endangered species are recorded, must be at the forefront of all decisions. And this includes flora. The entire Victorian Volcanic Plain is listed as endangered. There are recommendations and action plans regarding this immense area of Victoria. You can submit into the Flora and Fauna Guarantee ( FFG)act currently being reviewed  and the Review of Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations currently under way. See Environment  Justice or Environment Victoria  for advice if you need it. Visit their websites for how to submit,  what's wrong, whats right guides. When? As soon as possible submissions will close in March.  Now is the time to call  for urgent reform into the practises, policies, lack of attention to all the things we care about. Petition DELWP The Minister and the Premier and call for reform. Protections are seriously eroded in practice. Dont believe all is being done to save our wildlife. Most people feel the opposite is true.  For the second time in a month habitat vital to save  the States Emblem and  Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum, was logged. How can that be? Current data, regular monitoring could and should protect our endangered wildlife. Video footage was taken of  LeadBeaters Possum,running along a branch with the sound of chainsaws operating bringing down their homes. Could they provide cameras and sensors etc to volunteers like has happened in Wisconsin? So as much was known about our fauna could in fact be known and used and allow for true protections. Wherever you look, from a butterfly that uses  either native grasses and maybe just one  species of  native flowering plant, in order   to survive...Information can be  see Museum of Victoria and Melbourne Zoos website)..... To a Kangaroo or a Corella, Cockatoo or a Galah being shot when non lethal methods of birth control, attention to weed management, use of non lethal equipment or a live raptor would suffice, When their  breeding and roosting and feeding habitat is disappearing.  When there is no transparency in the data of how many are killed each year, no compliance regarding the wording in conditions to use all practical non lethal methods first are not. When questions regarding known and projected populations movements of culled birds and all questions regarding effects of habitat re breeding sites are have not been answered. Does not moving animals or undertaking a range of alternatives rather than allowing and conducting culling cause concern? ( see petition re Kilmore Golf Club. The Plains Wanderer, a bird we could easily lose forever, further endangered due to  poor grasslands management There are  recommedations  reports and timelines actions that demonstrate the problems. What looks good on paper often hasn't happened didn't happen..  but there should be an effort to get their own actions completed and adhere to recommendations and to too show that there is a real effort to try to protect our wildlife. Does missing out of date data regarding highly endangered species down to  those they SAY are secure in the wild worry you? Does loss of their habitat worry you? And yet as we lose habitat,  without knowing what, where, the animals are,how can we protect  them properly.? Bags of shell fish disappear, regularly, due to lack of staff to educate, enforce rules and proper fines being issued to ensure protections,...,Do you fight for the Reef? We need attention here too!       Does the "hidden "loss of habitat in our backyards: councils felling, fines not being enforced,residents felling, trees not properly inspected but deemed unsafe and chopped down, you see free firewood and trees are mulched straight away so that habitat naturally  created, when a tree dies, disappears too, and councils and the department regularly do this. They are simply wiping out our wildlife and its habitat. And those entrusted to protect habitat need to address all these matters because a few trees matters,one tree matters as far as our wildlife is concerned. Grey headed flying foxes.. ~ volunteers carrying backpacks to spray them on extremely hot days.. 1000's may die and a man trying to save them for many  many years said to me that people don't care? Do we? Yes but the Department doesn't seem to. Blossom failure on their trees this year, meant many were literally starving, Carers could barely cope... all volunteers. Ask the Bat Society what numbers they estimate were lost due to fires since Black Saturday and heat  and blossom failing to appear at right time this year. They too are losing habitat everywhere. Climate change ...think of losing our native  forests and trees and plants in the landscape. Think of the loss of shading the earth, and think too of rising temperatures and  what hot days and fires mean to our wildlife. We need to  as much attention to climate change effects on our wildlife and habitat, as there has been given to the effects of coal elsewhere. Do you love  Banksia trees?  Do you love She Oaks, , do you love native daisies, do you love native lilies , do you love our beautiful big Red gums and all Eucalyptus trees that tell us we are Australian along with all the native trees our wildlife needs for survival. Do you just like to go walking and enjoy seeing wildlife? Native bees, growling grass frogs, legless lizards, Koalas , tiny little Phascogales perhaps? All endangered. A little about Koalas.. they are not the same as found further Nth. They do eat Eucalyptus leaves but only the the tips of the leaves and they will ( anywhere they are found) eat certain species of gum leaves  only and that can vary from one area to another.  They suffer in the heat. A zoo will spray the leaves,  keep leaves refrigerated changed twice  a day and mist enclosures. Koalas need to be assessed urgently. Quolls have not been seen in the SW of the State for 3 years despite hundreds of camera monitors. Where are they how many are there? Do they know? There's only one species left in the wild in Victoria as far as we know. Think of any animal you know of, any area of habitat that you have seen disappearing, why it matters to you? Tell them how their actions removing habitat, not properly keeping current data, ask for explanations why critical habitat has been harvested and why non management of grasslands is putting fauna at risk. Ask why proper protections for wildlife crossings are not in place to let animals cross safely? While many of us fight for the Orangutan , the Great Barrier Reef, the tiger, try to get Marine parks established, try to help the Tasmanian devil, or stop drilling in the arctic .... We  need to get  attention to the issues in the department right now to save our wildlife.  We are and have been losing animals forced to be crowded into smaller and smaller spaces, losing places to live in as development increases and infrastructure is built, as the urban boundary was extended, we are losing the corridors that connects habitat, trees that can and do provide nesting hollows for our birds,  and many other species too, that can share just one such tree together with many other species, and take many many years to grow. We are losing genetic diversity in what plants and animals remain. The Animal populations out  there are under too much pressure. Even  the ones we refer to as secure. Have a look at the animal/ plant that you care about and see what's happening. Why is it in trouble? Who really protects, saves,  monitors, revegetates, who really cares about a species survival? We do. Volunteers  all over the State  have been trying to fix the problems for many years. Grants don't do it,  the department doesn't do it. Grants to groups may help but they also disguise the real story and issues. How can planning be a part of a department that is supposed to be helping habitat and wildlife, for example? Why do I find the Animal Ethics Commitee for Wildlife in the agricultural section of the department? The economic push driving development is apparent as is it  obviously driving felling logging and it seems is allowing all our safety nets for wildlife and habitat to be eroded or ignored in the process A look at the backgrounds of the people you  can contact and you will see the lack of the word environment anywhere. Many in the departments are  good people with good intentions but those people can't change it. Decision makers can.  Our native grasses and wildflowers, that our animals have evolved to rely on, have all but disappeared.  Biodiversity is being lost.  Genetic diversity is being lost. The critical balance in nature is being destroyed. There have had many many extinctions( Australia has had  the highest rate of extinctions ) and we will lose more. again and again..however we can act to save as much as we can.  It will take a lot of pressure to force change. These issues and many others, have been known in and outside of this department for many years. Resistance to real change is strong.   IF we unite into one, bring all our areas of concern to light, we can create the changes, everyone of us knows must  be made. It's time to tell this Department we have had enough.  And to ask for decisions policies and procedures  that can truely protect our wildlife.  Please sign and share. Thank you.     .            

Sue Gribble
1,909 supporters