Lady Freethinker

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Lady Freethinker is a nonprofit media organization with the mission of achieving social justice – for every species. Lady Freethinker holds the core belief that with education and grassroots action we can achieve a free and compassionate world for humans and all other animals. Our dedicated team of writers bring you breaking news about animal rights, human rights and the environment, as well as simple actions you can take to effect meaningful change.

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate

Pass the Big Cat Safety Act to End Cruel Private Breeding of Tigers and Lions

Right now in the U.S., thousands of tigers, lions, cheetahs and other big cats are cruelly forced into unregulated “ownership” for human amusement. The Netflix show Tiger King has raised new awareness of the cruelty, killing and exploitation of the captive big cat industry -- now is the time to finally pass legislation to free these majestic animals from suffering. Confined to backyards, breeding compounds or decrepit roadside attractions, big cats are ripped from their mothers just days after birth and suffer severe malnutrition because their owners fail to properly feed them. Many of the cats are brutally declawed, leading to lifelong disability. Confined to tiny concrete enclosures or kept on chains, the animals suffer from circulation problems, cracked footpads, and other painful conditions -- as well as severe psychological trauma. Keeping big cats in captivity is also extremely dangerous for humans, who are at grave risk of being mauled or killed. Congress has introduced The Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill that could finally end ownership of big cats by unaccredited animal exhibitors and those who simply want to keep the cats as pets. Of the estimated 5,000 to 7,000 big cats in the United States, fewer than 400 live in accredited zoos (which already fail to provide adequate living conditions). The rest are owned privately by people who may have no clue how to care for the animals. One of the reasons so many people own big cats is because there is no federal law against it. This new bill could save countless animals from lives of abuse and neglect. Sign this petition to urge Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act, and save both cats and humans from misery and pain.

Lady Freethinker
64,430 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

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.

Lady Freethinker
133,370 supporters
Petitioning Director of Public Prosecutions

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.

Lady Freethinker
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