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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal government policy on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.

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Petitioning USDA

Stop Online Puppy Mills

Do you want to stop puppy mills? I'd love y'all to support my campaign to help close a USDA loophole which currently is very bad news for puppies. As an active member of the rescue community I have seen the effects of puppy mills first hand and would appreciate your support. I was originally planning to submit this on July 16, but just heard the comment period has been extended until August 15 - that means we have even more time to sign and share this! The problem is that right now many puppy breeding facilities that sell puppies are not licensed or regularly inspected for basic humane treatment of animals. These places sell online, on the phone, or through the mail without even giving people a chance to see the animal like you would in a regular, inspected and licensed store. While I'm a rescuer and would always encourage you to adopt an animal, the fact is that this huge USDA loophole is being exploited by those who breed and sell animals without being held to basic animal welfare standards. Please join me and sign the petition. Let's work together to take this step forward for animal welfare. Comments will be part of a Proposed Rule on Animal Welfare; Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions (Document ID APHIS-2011-0003-0001) -Anne

Anne Teicher
143,871 supporters
Petitioning Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Cancel the promotion event on April 24th to give away 1000 free hermit crabs.

According to the 2010 Maryland Criminal Law Code, Title 10, Subtitle 6, Section 10-610b, this promotion is illegal. Beyond that, the idea of giving away free animals is immoral and will result in the brutal deaths of hundreds of hermit crabs due to the amount of care these animals need. Please take a moment to sign this petition against this awful, tasteless event. If they do not cancel this event, please vote with your money and boycott their games and products. Thank you for your time.

Hermit Crab Owners
463 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The More You Know- Support Almond Milk And Other Natural Alternatives!

As of right now, most milk comes from factory cows which produce about 8-9  gallons of milk daily. The numbers don't really have an effect until you realize what it takes to get a cow to start lactating- like most mammals, cows need certain hormones in order to create that milk and their caretakers get these hormones by pumping bull semen into them and other artificial growth hormones and antibiotics during the rearing to increase milk production. These hormones are used to help the cows and increase the amount of milk a farm is able to ship out each day but they have negative effects on humans who consume that milk. People should choose almond milk and other natural products as substitutes. The government should begin to subsidize the farms that produce almond milk and in turn make it more cost efficient and more readily available for the general population.

Kevin Dowdy
318 supporters