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Stop Barbaric Plan to Open A Dog Meat Market to Slaughter Strays in Nairobi
The governor of Nairobi, Kenya made a shocking announcement in a Facebook post recently -- he wants to open a dog meat market to slaughter and butcher the stray dogs of the city, and sell their flesh for meat. On June 25th, Governor Sonko posted a video of a street market selling dog carcasses, with the caption, "We are in the process of identifying a market for stray dogs in Nairobi where we shall be recruiting and bringing together all the dog eating nationalities and open for them a koroga club where they'll be buying slaughtered stray dogs ready for cooking or eating." Not only is this idea completely barbaric and inhumane for the dog victims, but selling the meat of strays for human consumption could pose serious health risks for people, making this an issue of public health as well as animal cruelty. Cruelty and butchering are not appropriate population management tools for any animal. Nairobi officials must understand that the rest of the world is against the horrific dog meat industry and will fight this plan every step of the way. Sign the petition to tell Governor Sonko to abandon this plan immediately and find more humane ways to help the stray dogs of Nairobi.
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.
Stop the Brutal Bok Nal 'Dog Eating Days'
The hottest days of summer bring South Korea's brutal Bok Nal "dog eating days," in which dog meat soup is consumed in the mistaken belief that it somehow cools the blood. In reality, Bok Nal only brings torture and death for countless innocent dogs, who may be hung, burned, electrocuted or skinned alive. Bok Nal is celebrated on three gruesome days, thought to be the hottest of the year; in 2017, the dates are July 12 (Chobok), July 22 (Joongbok) and August 11 (Malbok). During Bok Nal, 70 to 80 percent of the estimated 2 million dogs killed annually for meat in S. Korea will be consumed. Many farmers wait until Bok Nal to slaughter the dogs, because during this time they will fetch a higher price. There is hope in ending Bok Nal and the entire dog meat trade in S. Korea. Newly elected, progressive President Moon Jae-in is against the dog and cat meat trade -- he even adopted a dog, Tory, who was saved from slaughter at a dog meat farm. Sign the petition urging President Moon to take swift action to stop the barbaric dog and cat meat industry in S. Korea, and end the cruel Bok Nal dog eating days. Millions of dogs' lives depend on it.
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.
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.