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Stop Sickening School 'Possum Hunt' Where Children are Encouraged to Kill
Victory! School Possum Hunt CANCELLED!Lady Freethinker is pleased to announce that Orini Combined School has cancelled the scheduled possum hunt fundraiser. as a direct result of this petition We thank them for this decision, and urge them to teach compassion for all living things. Children as young as 5 years old are urged to kill innocent possums in a sickening fundraiser for Orini Combined School in Taupiri, New Zealand, scheduled for September 30, 2017. “We don’t care if you trap ‘em or shoot ‘em. it’s all on to clean up the possum vermin in Orini and raise some funds...all welcome to join in the family fun," reads the twisted event poster. The barbaric event -- for grades 0 through 8 -- is horrifically cruel to the possum victims, and also teaches children at a very young age that slaughtering animals is not only OK, but a fun and rewarding activity. The children are even awarded prizes for killing the heaviest possum and the possum with the "best fur." Sign the petition demanding that Orini Combined School cancel this horrific event, and instead teach children that animals are not "vermin," but thinking, feeling beings that deserve respect, not violence.
Justice for Glamour, the 'Miracle Dog' Shot, Beaten and Left for Dead
Shot multiple times and badly beaten, Glamour was found abandoned in a parking lot in St. Louis, Missouri. The sweet dog had bullet wounds in her neck and knees that were filled with maggots, as well as multiple broken bones. Glamour suffered from a ruptured eyeball, a broken jaw, a broken left knee, broken ribs, a fractured left forearm, and a deep neck injury. She was beaten so brutally that some of her bones had shattered completely. Her wounds were so severe, one of poor Glamour’s legs had to be amputated. Rescue group Stray Rescue took in the battered dog, and said this is one of the worst cases of abuse they had seen in 20 years. Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue, noted how lovable and friendly Glamour is despite everything that she’s been through. "She's the sweetest dog...such a will to live, and she wags her tail for us, and we love her," Grim said. It’s a miracle that Glamour survived so much horrific abuse, and she deserves justice after what she went through. Sign the petition to urge the St. Louis Police Department to make it a priority to find out who did this to Glamour and arrest them -- before they can torture or kill another innocent dog.
Justice for Glamour, the 'Miracle Dog' Tortured and Left for Dead
Shot multiple times and badly beaten, Glamour was found abandoned in a parking lot in East St. Louis, Missouri. The sweet dog had bullet wounds in her neck and knees that were filled with maggots, as well as multiple broken bones. Glamour suffered from a ruptured eyeball, a broken jaw, a shattered left knee, broken ribs, a fractured left forearm, and a deep wound in her neck. She was beaten so brutally that some of her bones had shattered completely. Her injuries were so severe, one of poor Glamour’s legs had to be amputated. Rescue group Stray Rescue took in the battered dog, and said this is one of the worst cases of abuse they had seen in 20 years. Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue, noted how lovable and friendly Glamour is despite everything that she’s been through. "She's the sweetest dog...such a will to live, and she wags her tail for us, and we love her," Grim said. It’s a miracle that Glamour survived so much horrific abuse, and she deserves justice after what she went through. Sign the petition to urge the St. Louis Police Department to make it a priority to find out who did this to Glamour and arrest them -- before they can torture or kill another innocent dog.
Justice for Newborn Kitten Brutally Stomped to Death
In a horrific and senseless crime, a tiny newborn kitten was allegedly stomped to death at a train station in Belleville, Illinois. The accused man, Decalos Edwards Johnson-Foston, was trying to board a MetroLink train with the kitten on his shoulder. But a security guard told Johnson-Foston that he couldn’t bring the kitten onboard. Johnson-Foston hurled the kitten onto the ground, and before anyone could react, he stomped on the kitten’s head, killing the innocent animal. He then jumped onto a bus to flee the scene, and was apprehended and arrested at the next bus station. Onlookers were shocked by what they saw. “All of us were angry at the individual who did this, because it was a senseless act of violence toward this animal,” witness Michael Hesse told the Belleville News-Democrat. “It was a newborn kitten — one of the women on the train even said she would take the cat.” Johnson-Foston was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a Class 4 felony. He is currently in custody in the St. Clair County Clair on a $75,000 bond. Johnson-Foston committed a horrific act of animal cruelty, and needs to be given a sentence that fits his crime -- including a lifelong ban on owning any animals. Sign this petition to tell the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to prosecute Johnson-Foston to the full extent of the law.
Pass Resolution to End Dog And Cat Meat in ALL Countries Around the World
Across the globe, millions of dogs and cats are stolen from their families or bred at horrendous meat farms, then put through excruciating torture such as being burned, beaten and skinned alive before they are butchered and their flesh sold for meat. A bipartisan resolution -- H.Res.401 -- introduced on 6/22/2017 by Congressmen Alcee Hastings and Vern Buchanan brings new hope for these innocent animals by calling for an end to the dog and cat meat trade around the world. It is crucial that this resolution pass. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China brought this horrendous industry to the national spotlight, but a shocking number of dogs and cats are also slaughtered in countries like South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India and others. “Approximately 30,000,000 dogs and a large number of cats are killed for human consumption annually across the globe," said Hastings. "This extreme display of animal cruelty is not only inhumane, but also a threat to public health for citizens and international visitors. The United States must demand that this horrific practice be stopped immediately.” It will take a global effort to stop the horror once and for all, and it is our responsibility to keep up the fight until the suffering finally ends. Please sign this petition urging Congress to pass this crucial legislation, which will help stop the ruthless dog and cat meat trade wherever it exists in the world.
Sign: Stop the Slaughter of America's Wild Mustangs
If we don't act now, tens of thousands of America's iconic wild horses may be culled -- or sold off to meat slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, where torture and painful death await. For nearly 3 decades, wild horses and burros have been protected by a ban on the slaughter of healthy animals or any sale that results in their harm. But now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to change that, and do away with "excess" animals by cruel and drastic means. Their advisory committee has already voted to kill or sell without restriction up to 90,000 wild horses and burros. Still, the horses can be saved simply by keeping language in the Interior Department Budget that prohibits “destruction of healthy, unadopted wild horses and burros." The House Appropriations Committee has voted on a bill with this language erased. Now, it's up to the Senate Appropriations Committee to decide whether the horses will live or die. No horse's life is "excess," and these animals do not deserve to be rounded up, slaughtered, and sold for meat just to give more land to rich cattle ranchers, as many speculate will be the case. Instead of brutally killing America's horses, the government should enact cruelty free population control measures, such as reducing births. Better yet, they should protect the public land on which these majestic creatures roam free. Sign the petition to tell the Senate Appropriations Committee that their version of the Interior Department budget must prohibit the slaughter and international sale of America's wild horses, as well as urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop any plans to kill these animals or sell them to slaughter. Tens of thousands of horses' lives depend on it!
Coca Cola: Stop Sponsoring Dog Death at Iditarod
Five dogs died in a mere week at this year's Iditarod race -- and those are just the ones we know about. At this appallingly cruel event, dogs are forced to haul hundreds of pounds of weight for over 100 miles a day, in frigid temperatures that can reach 60 degrees below zero. In 2017 alone, three dogs were raced to death on the trail, one died of hyppthermia on a plane, and another was hit by a car. A shocking 150 dogs have reportedly died since the Iditarod's inception in 1973. And it is not reported how many dogs die shortly after the race -- or how many were cruelly "culled" because they weren't fast enough to enter (as is common practice, and even recommended in some training manuals). As a sponsor of the Iditarod, Coca Cola is promoting some of the most hideous forms of animal cruelty. Sign the petition to urge Coca Cola to stop sponsoring this brutal event and to condemn the killing of dogs for sport.
Sign: File Animal Cruelty Charges Against Man who Shot Cat in Head with Crossbow
In a horrific act of animal cruelty, a man in Adelaide, Australia allegedly shot a cat named Max in the head with a crossbow. When Max’s owner, Renny Goodwin, saw the arrow sticking out of Max’s head, she rushed him to surgery. At the vet’s office, she learned that the arrow just narrowly missed his brain. Renny was shocked that somebody could do such a cruel thing to an animal. “I wouldn’t want anyone to deal with what we went through,” she told The Advertiser. “If the arrow had have been in a slightly different position, he wouldn’t have come home.” Thankfully, it seems like Max is going to be okay. But the next animal harmed by this cruel man may not be as lucky. The man who shot Max was charged with possession of prohibited weapons. He’s now out on bail and will appear before the court on June 14th. Shockingly, the man was not charged with a single count of animal cruelty. Australia’s Animal Welfare Act says that a person found guilty of aggravated animal mistreat can be fined $50,000 or face up to four years in jail. But the man who shot Max will not face these punishments if no cruelty charges are filed. Shooting a cat with an arrow is clearly animal cruelty, and the man who shot Max deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law -- and never be allowed to possess an animal for the rest of his life. Sign this petition to tell prosecutors to file animal cruelty charged for this heinous crime at once.
Sign: Free Elephant with Open Sores from 50 Years in Chains
For half a century, Gajraj the elephant has been held captive at a temple in Maharashtra, India. His ankles have painful, open sores from the chains he has been shackled in for 50 years; until he is freed, these sores may never heal. Gajraj has endured severe abuse during his imprisonment at the temple. The tips of his beautiful ivory tusks were brutally hacked off, leaving behind bloody stumps. This was done without permission of the forest conservator, despite the fact that such permission is required per the Indian Wildlife Protection Act. "The chopping of his tusks is malicious — these are usually just made blunt to ensure safety," said People for Animals regional head, Manoj Oswal. "Plus, there is no clarity about who was responsible for it. Ivory is a much-valued commodity.” The head veterinarian of PETA India, Dr Manilal Valliyate, inspected Gajraj and noted that his toenails were not being properly maintained, and he had injuries from standing on the hard, manmade ground. After 50 years of cruel confinement, Gajraj has suffered more than enough. Please sign the petition to urge Indian officials to free this elephant from his chains at once and send him to a proper sanctuary.
Vaquitas May Go Extinct in Just Months - Sign to Save Them!
One of the world's rarest and most cherished animals, the vaquita porpoise, is on the brink of extinction. With just 30 -- or possibly even fewer -- of these marine mammals left in the entire world, they could be gone forever within months, according to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). Vaquitas are the smallest cetaceans (a type of marine mammal that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises) on Earth, and exist only in the Gulf of California in Mexico. To lose this special species would be heartbreaking. Why is the vaquita in so much danger? Fishing nets. The tiny cetaceans are dying in rapid numbers because they get caught in gillnets at fisheries. And since they only reproduce every other year, the vaquita population cannot afford to lose a single more member. Fortunately, the solution to save the beloved vaquita is clear: Ban the gillnet. Indeed, this may be the only hope this species has left. Please save the vaquita from extinction. Sign this petition to urge the Mexican ambassador to the United States to outlaw the gillnet immediately -- before we lose the vaquita forever.