Last Chance for Animals

245,521 supporters

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an interational, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention. LCA believes animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter. LCA therefore opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.

Started 7 petitions

Petitioning Australia Tourism Board, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Destination New South Wales

Save the Koalas From Extinction!

Australia's koalas are in danger, and urgently need your help. The iconic animals have suffered devastating population decline due to human development, and could go extinct unless we act now. Australia's economy depends on tourism -- sign this petition to let them know that until they start protecting the koala, you refuse to visit the country! While millions of koalas used to roam in the wild, their populations have plummeted by as much as 95% since the 1990s, with as few as 43,000 remaining. Koalas only live in Australia, and rely on eucalyptus trees to survive. But the eucalyptus trees – the koalas’ only food source – are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Shortsightedly placing profit above all else, developers have decimated the koalas' natural habitat. Loss of habitat makes koalas climb to the nearest high area, even if no trees are around. They may end up in people’s backyards or other unnatural places, and risk being run over on roads and highways. Habitat loss also leads to encounters with cattle, which is very dangerous for the koalas. Tragically, the Australian government is failing to protect the koala. LCA is working with Australians for Animals to put the pressure on Australia’s government to take swift action. Australia is in desperate need of a conservation plan that will save the koalas and their land. But the government wants to wait until June 2018 to complete the plan – and then wait another 90 days for comments. The koalas simply do not have that long. Australia must come up with a conservation plan at once, and then implement that plan as soon as possible.  Sign the petition to tell Australia’s tourism boards that you refuse to visit the country until a koala conservation plan is enacted. We cannot let the koalas go extinct!

Last Chance for Animals
18,381 supporters
Petitioning Laurent Lessard, Luc Blanchette, Pierre Arcand

Cruauté dans un laboratoire de recherche de Montréal. Que justice soit faite pour Grace.

En mars 2017, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) a dévoilé des images tournées à l’intérieur d’une entreprise de recherche contractuelle de la région de Montréal. Un enquêteur de LCA a travaillé chez International Toxicology Reseach Canada (ITR) à Baie-d’Urfé, dans la région de Montréal pendant plus de quatre mois en 2016. Il a filmé de nombreuses infractions aux lois provinciales de protection des animaux.  L’investigation de LCA montre le cas d’une jeune macaque, Grace, tournant sans cesse dans sa cage et ayant une grande plaque sans poil, deux signes de stress sévère causés par le confinement et l’absence de socialisation avec les autres animaux. Lorsque l’enquêteur de LCA a montré ces symptômes à un employé d’ITR responsable des soins quotidiens aux animaux, l’entreprise a avisé ses techniciens de ne pas noter la perte de poils ou d’autres comportements répétitifs dans les carnets de santé. Les lignes directrices d’évaluation quotidienne des animaux de laboratoire demandent pourtant à ce que les indicateurs de comportement et de bien-être soient mesurés. Grace était traitée comme n’importe quel instrument de laboratoire. Mais ce n’est pas le cas! C’est un jeune animal qui sera gardé en vie pendant des années, voir des décennies. Son corps sera utilisé étude après étude, et elle va souffrir des effets des produits toxiques qu’on la force à ingérer, de l’isolation, de la peur et du stress constant d’une vie dans un laboratoire. Aucun animal ne mérite ce traitement. Nos enquêteurs ont vu des animaux être jetés et violemment et frappés pendant les procédures et la manipulation de routine. Ils ont aussi pu observer des animaux présentant des plaies ouvertes et des infections pas traitées ou traitées inadéquatement. Les gestes ont souvent été posés devant les superviseurs qui n’ont pris aucune mesure pour empêcher d’autres abus ou pour corriger la situation de négligence systématique des animaux.  LCA a transmis les éléments de preuves et déposé des plaintes officielles auprès du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), du ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) et du Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN). LCA demande que les lois soient appliquées dans les cas suivants: Des animaux jetés, frappés, suspendus par les oreilles ou les membres. Les coups étaient si forts qu’ils peuvent être entendus sur l’enregistrement ; Des plaies et les infections non traitées ou mal traitées ; Des animaux soumis à des procédures douloureuses et angoissantes à la vue d’autres animaux ; Des beagles et des macaques à qui on refuse toute possibilité de socialisation avec les humains ou d’autres animaux, et qui n’ont accès à aucune forme exercice, dans certains cas pendant une étude de neuf mois (à la fin de laquelle les animaux sont tués) ; Des macaques qui n’ont pas accès à de l’eau potable en quantité suffisante ; Des techniciens qui ont reçu l’ordre de ne pas prendre note de la perte de poils chez les macaques, même si cette perte de poils était la conséquence de comportements répétitifs développés par le stress d’être confiné dans un logement inapproprié, et même si les lignes directrices pour l’évaluation quotidienne des animaux dans les laboratoires exigent que les indicateurs de bien-être soient mesurés ; Un logement inadéquat où les animaux étaient confinés sans literie appropriée ou une zone sèche et plate pour se reposer. Les animaux étaient exposés à de forts bruits et à des niveaux nocifs de gaz causés l’accumulation d’urine et de matières fécales derrière les cages. Les animaux risquent également d’être pris dans le grillage de leurs cages ; Des beagles incapables de se retourner complètement parce qu’ils sont constamment attachés avec un cathéter inséré entre leurs omoplates ; Un cas anecdotique d’un singe macaque laissé sans surveillance pendant qu’il est restreint dans un dispositif d’inhalation pour ensuite suffoquer jusqu’à la mort. Exigez que la justice soit faite pour Grace et pour tous les autres animaux observés pendant l’enquête de LCA.

Last Chance for Animals
13,465 supporters
Petitioning Laurent Lessard, Luc Blanchette, Pierre Arcand

Demand Justice for Grace, Victim of Cruel Research Lab

For four months in 2016, a Last Chance for Animals (LCA) investigator worked at International Toxicology Research Canada (ITR), located in Baie d’Urfe, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal), and documented numerous violations of provincial regulations covering the humane treatment of animals. One of these victims was Grace, a young macaque monkey who turned in endless circles in her cage. and had patches of fur missing from her skin, both signs of severe stress caused by confinement and a lack of any stimulation or socialization with other animals. When LCA’s investigator pointed these symptoms out to an ITR employee responsible for the animal’s’ daily care, they were instructed not to record Grace’s condition, blatantly disregarding guidelines for the daily assessment of animals in laboratories, which require the measuring of behavioral well-being indicators. Grace was treated as nothing more than another piece of lab equipment -- but she isn’t. She is a young animal who will be kept alive for years, maybe even decades, her body used in study after study as she suffers the painful effects of the toxins that she is forced to consume, and the isolation, fear, and constant stress that life in a laboratory will mean for her. No animal deserves this treatment. Sadly, Grace was just one of many victims at ITR. LCA’s investigation also reveals: • Animals thrown, slammed, suspended by their ears or limbs, and struck in the face • Animals subject to painful and distressing procedures in full view of other animals (in violation of Canada Council on Animal Care guidelines) • Beagles and macaques denied any chance of socialization with humans or other animals, and further denied any opportunity to exercise, in some instances for the duration of a nine-month study (at the end of which the animals were killed) • Inadequate housing with no appropriate areas to rest, in which animals were exposed to constant loud noises and harmful levels of gasses due to the build-up of urine and feces behind the animals’ cages; and where animals risked being caught in the wire grilling of their cages • An anecdotal instance of a macaque monkey left unsupervised while restrained in an inhalation device, and subsequently suffocating to death   These abuses often happened in full view of supervisors, who made no effort to prevent further abuse or to correct systematic neglect of the animals. LCA has submitted evidence in official complaints to Le ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ), Le ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP),  Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN) and is demanding enforcement for: Demand justice for Grace and for all of the animals documented during LCA’s investigation. Sign to urge authorities to prosecute ITR and all individuals responsible for this horrific abuse!

Last Chance for Animals
48,041 supporters
Petitioning Arkansas Governor

Stop Dangerous Arkansas Ag Gag Bill HB 1665!

A new and extremely dangerous ag gag bill passed the Arkansas house on Monday, March 6, 2017, and passed the state senate on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The bill -- HB 1665, "To Create A Cause Of Action For Unauthorized Access To Another Person's Property" -- would bar recording or collecting data on factory farms, puppy mills, and other animal facilities known for extreme cruelty. If this unconstitutional bill passes, giant agriculture companies will be able to sue whistleblowers who expose animal cruelty, filthy conditions and environmental pollution, and collect money for any "damages" caused to their company. Undercover investigations -- just like LCA's investigation exposing notorious B dealer CC Baird, who sold stolen pets for torturous medical research (as documented in the HBO documentary Dealing Dogs) -- would be outlawed under this bill! This sweeping legislation doesn't stop with animal industries. If HB 1665 passes, it will become illegal for whistleblowers to expose wrongdoing at any business in Arkansas. Child abuse at daycare centers, sexual harassment, and violations of safety codes will all go unreported -- or else. Sign this petition to urge Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto this insidious bill. Don't let Big Ag take away your First Amendment rights!

Last Chance for Animals
6,329 supporters
Petitioning CNN

CNN: Stop Promoting Animal Torture on Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown'

CNN has built a reputation as a respectable, informative news network. But by glorifying the most insidious forms of animal cruelty on Anthony Bourdain's gruesome TV series Parts Unknown,  the network has sunk to a disturbing new low in so-called entertainment.  Bourdain's show depicts barbaric and sadistic acts such as cutting open a live snake to remove its beating heart; wrestling a goat to the ground before slicing his throat and drinking the blood; and laughing callously about a chef ripping the intestines from a live duck. Through Parts Unknown, Bourdain is desensitizing people around the world to animal torture, and turning suffering into a joke. With his popularity and status, Bourdain could be doing a lot of good in the world; yet he chooses the road of misery and death.  CNN must be held to the highest accountability for their programming -- and it's time to take animal torture out of their lineup. By continuing to air this macabre experience masquerading as a travel show, CNN is directly responsible for brutal animal abuse. Help stop the glorified cruelty. Sign now to urge CNN to stop promoting animal torture!

Last Chance for Animals
121,141 supporters
Petitioning Ontario Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

OSPCA: Push for Lifetime Ban on Marineland, Canada from Owning ANY Animals!

Following an investigation by Last Chance for Animals, the OSPCA has charged Marineland, Canada with 11 counts of animal cruelty. The maximum possible penalty includes a lifetime ban on owning animals for Marineland's board of directors. Sign now to urge the OSPCA to push for this ban! This is LCA’s second investigation of animal cruelty at Marineland, and it is crystal clear that animals have no place at this deplorable theme park. The evidence gathered by LCA reveals numerous instances of improper care and mistreatment of their land animals, including: The discovery of multiple dead animals—including deer, fowl and bison—on a daily basis. The dead bodies are stored in an onsite freezer before they are buried in Marineland’s mass grave Animals with severely infected eyes receiving no medical treatment Countless fallow deer limping from undiagnosed injuries Hundreds of fallow deer warehoused on a barren lot hidden from public view, with inadequate access to shade A fallow deer fawn left to die in the hot sun; after being discovered with a hole in its abdomen, the Marineland supervisor said that they would pick up the deer the next day, after it had died Male pheasants being injured and killed because of aggressive flock mates Bears, whose diet included moldy produce and fly-infested fish, suffering from chronic diarrhea As seen in these findings and in the findings of LCA’s previous investigation of marine mammals, Marineland consistently fails to take proper care of its captive animals. The OSPCA must do the right thing and request the maximum penalty if Marineland is convicted; a ban on owning ANY animals!

Last Chance for Animals
7,771 supporters
Petitioning Canada's Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Support a Ban on Whale Captivity in Canada!!‏

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) conducted a five-month undercover investigation in the summer and fall of 2015 that exposed disturbingly inadequate treatment, housing and care of marine mammals at Marineland, Canada, the world's largest confiner of beluga whales.  LCA’s undercover footage reveals: A juvenile beluga named Gia, who was accidentally separated from her mother then left in a shallow isolation pool for three months where she became emaciated Belugas, including newborn calves, covered in “rake marks,” visible scarring from being attacked and bitten by dominant whales while in a confined pool Belugas exhibiting signs of eye abnormalities, such as redness, irritation, and cataracts, and in some cases, young belugas appearing to develop cataracts prematurely Belugas suffering for months from an undiagnosed condition reported by employees to park management as “genital rubbing” which caused the whales to rub themselves constantly against the concrete pool floor until blood was visible in the water Routine deprivation of food for training purposes More than 100 barrels of industrial strength bleach kept on site, and employees repeatedly complaining of burning eyes and a strong chlorine smell on certain days when next to the pools Kiska, Marineland’s lone orca, constantly swimming in circles in the smaller of her two pools  After completing the investigation, LCA submitted a complaint to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals alleging violations of the OSPCA Act. The complaint detailed Marineland's care of whales that falls below prescribed standards in medical treatment, food, protection from elements, water quality and psychological well-being.  In August 2017, a beluga whale named Gia suddenly died. Gia was one of five captive cetaceans in Canada who have died in the last year. It is crucial that we take action by urging the Canadian government to protect these sensitive creatures from further harm. Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, was introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore in 2015 and adopted by Green Party leader Elizabeth May in 2016. This bill would prevent this tragedy from being inflicted upon future whales by banning the capture, confinement, breeding and sale of cetaceans. Please voice your support for S-203 so that theme parks like Marineland will no longer be allowed to exploit these animals for entertainment and profit. Speak up for the animals. Sign now to show Elizabeth May your support for S-203! 

Last Chance for Animals
30,393 supporters