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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 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: 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.
Sign: Justice for Neglected Dog So Matted, She Could Barely Walk
When officials performed a welfare check with a woman in Queen Creek, Arizona, they were shocked to find an emaciated cocker spaniel and horse inside her home. The cocker spaniel, Lillie, was extremely emaciated, and there were matted clumps of fur on her ears and legs, making it hard to even walk. Lillie was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment, and thankfully is starting to show signs of improvement. One of the vets treating Lillie called this the worst case of this kind of neglect he has seen in his 21 years working as a veterinarian. The horse, Santos, was covered in parasites, and was so thin every one of his ribs was visible. He also suffered from a major untreated heart murmur. Unfortunately, his health was so bad he had to be euthanized. The animals' former owner told police that the animals had not been to a veterinarian in years. She also clearly had not been feeding the animals or taking care of them in any way. She is currently facing four counts of animal cruelty, and three of the charges could be upgraded to felonies after the veterinarians finish compiling their report. These animals’ keeper horribly abused these animals, effectively killing one of them. Sign to urge the judge at Maripoca County court to serve justice, and ban her from ever owning another animal again.
Justice for Dog Thrown in Trash Bag and Left to Die by Police Officer
When a good samaritan in Philadelphia, PA, took a walk through Wisshackon Valley Park last November, they saw something very unusual. What at first glance appeared to be an ordinary trash bag with something sticking out from the top turned out to be a dog clinging to life. The 3-year-old pup, wrapped in a sheet, was reduced to skin and bones due to extended starvation. But the dog was still alive. The dog, named Cranberry, was rushed to a medical treatment facility by local animal law enforcement. There, Cranberry was scanned for a microchip -- and a match came up for Officer Michael Long of the Philadelphia Police Department. A search of Long's home turned up a sheet matching the one found at the crime scene, and on Thursday Long was finally arrested and charged with three counts of animal cruelty and one count of possession of an instrument of crime. Long is currently out on bail, and has been suspended from his duties as a police officer. Justice must be served for this torture and attempted murder of an innocent dog. Please sign the petition urging Philadelphia prosecutors to make sure that, if found guilty, this man is permanently dismissed from his job as a police officer and receives a fitting sentence -- including never being allowed to own an animal again.
Sign: Stop Mutilating Live Animals for Military Training
The U.S. currently slaughters over 8,500 pigs and goats every year in military trauma training drills. These animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, and killed in other brutal ways. Undercover video has revealed the torment that animals are put through during these training exercises. The horrific footage show goats having their limbs cut off with tree trimmers and pigs having their organs pulled out of their bodies. These animals often moan and kick during the surgery, showing that that they have not received enough anesthesia to mask the pain. With modern technology, there is no reason for the animals to suffer through these military trauma training drills. There are now human-patient simulators that are better teaching tools than animals. Because animals have such different anatomies from humans, doing surgery on them does not teach military surgeons the life-saving skills they need. The human-patient simulators accurately mimic breathing difficulties, bleeding, and patient responses to medication. This gives military doctors a chance to practice the vital skills they will use on the battlefield. Three congressmen and a senator have introduced a bipartisan bill that will end the cruel use of animals in military combat trauma training exercises. The Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act needs to be passed to save animals from cruel and unnecessary deaths and to give military doctors access to the latest technology. Sign this petition to urge Congress members to support and pass this important, lifesaving bill!
Sign: Justice for Dog with Ears Cut Off for Selfies
In a now-viral image circulating throughout Turkish social media, two young men pose proudly next to a cowering dog with bloody stumps for ears, each man holding what appears to be a dog ear in his hand. According to Turkish news, the pair are suspected to be involved in dogfighting, and were reportedly punishing one of their losing dogs. The Turkish justice system has now let the men off with a fine of just over what is equivalent to $1,000 U.S. dollars. And no jail time. This lax punishment is not acceptable for inflicting such reprehensible harm on an animal. These men's shockingly light sentence is not even close to proportional to the pain and suffering they senselessly inflicted on an innocent animal — let alone the multiple dogs presumably forced to tear each other to shreds in fights staged for human entertainment. Animals are not toys. They are not property. They have thoughts and feelings, as backed up by research demonstrating that dogs are just as sentient as a human child. What’s more, cruelty to animals is irrefutably linked to cruelty to human beings. This incident of grossly inhumane treatment highlights the urgent need for the Turkish government to revisit their animal cruelty laws. Please sign this petition now to call on Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, to advocate for stronger punishment for animal abuse. Dogs like this deserve justice, and animal torture must be treated like the serious crime that it truly is.