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animal abuse

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Petition to Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Arizona State Senate, Arizona State House, California State Senate, Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, California State House, Connecticut State House, Chris Murphy, Rosa DeLauro, Georgia State House, Johnny Isakson, Nathan Deal, Tulsi Gabbard, Idaho State Senate, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Illinois State Senate, Tammy Duckworth, Indiana State House, Chip Perfect, Shawn Keough, Dorothy L. Hukill, Tom Goodson, Bill Posey, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Louisiana State House, Georgia State Senate, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Wayne Ivy, Brevard County Animal Services, Ron Wyden, Matt Bevin, Rand Paul, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Mitch McConnell

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statutes states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting: this is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
77,464 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Hordaland Statsadvokatembeter, Justis- og beredskapsminister Per-Willy Amundsen

Man gets no jail sentence or fine for abusing puppies to death. We demand strict penalty

En 32 år gammel mann fra Bergen ble nylig idømt 21 dager betinget fengsel og forbud mot å ha hund i 5 år, etter å ha mishandlet flere valper til døde. Med den betinga dommen vil han ikke sone en dag i fengsel. Dommen gjaldt den siste valpen, som ble systematisk mishandlet over en periode på flere måneder i 2015.  Valpen som het Lord ble ukentlig slått og sparket og påført skader i ben og ribben, og han ble bitt til blods i snuten av eieren.  Han døde alene i leiligheten etter å ha blitt mishandlet en siste gang.   Mannen har innrømmet å ha gjort det samme med et ukjent antall hunder før. Det er dokumentert at han kjøpte 8 dachsvalper i løpet av noen år, og at 7 av dem døde etter kort tid.  Kun en av dem ble reddet etter at den ble oppdaget med bruddskader.  De andre døde etter uker med grov mishandling.  De led ubeskrivelig og levde i vedvarende redsel i en periode der de var ekstra sårbare og avhengige av beskyttelse. Til tross for dette kan han etter 5 år igjen få eie hund, og i mellomtiden kan han ha andre dyr.     Den milde dommen er en hån mot dyrs rettsvern, og den gir en farlig signaleffekt.  Den viser at de mest hjelpeløse fortsatt er uten rettsvern i Norge, og at folk kan mishandle dyr til døde uten å få verken bot eller fengselsstraff. Sammenhengen mellom vold mot dyr og vold mot mennesker er grundig dokumentert.  Dette bør norsk rettsvesen ta innover seg.  Både for dyrs og menneskers sikkerhet er det svært viktig at dyremishandling tas på alvor. Vi ber om at dommen ankes og at strafferammen på 3 års fengsel benyttes i grove saker som denne, i tillegg til fradømming av retten til dyrehold på livstid.     English: A 32-year-old Norwegian man gets away with only 21 days conditional imprisonment and a ban on having dogs for 5 years, after mistreating several puppies to death.  With the conditional sentence he will not serve a day in prison. The judgment was for the last puppy, who was systematically abused over a period of months in 2015. The puppy named Lord was regularly kicked and beaten, causing injuries to his legs and ribs, and he was bitten in the nose by his owner, leaving an open wound.  Ha finally died alone in the apartment from his injuries. The man has admitted to have done the same to numerous dogs before, all of them puppies.  It is documented that he purchased 8 dachs puppies before 2015, and that 7 of them died shortly after.  Only one was rescued after it was discovered with fractures.  The others died after terrible suffering.  Despite of this he can own dogs again after 5 years, and in the meantime he can have other animals.  The link between violence to animals and violence to humans is well documented. This should be taken into consideration by the Norwegian judiciary. For the safety of both animals and humans it is very important to take animal abuse seriously. We request that the sentence is appealed and that the maximum penalty of 3 years prison is used in cases like this, in addition to denial of the right to own animals for lifetime.    

Jenny Rolness
34,364 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Sidney A. McPhee, PhD, Mr. Rick Insell

Ask MTSU, And Mr. Rick Insell, To Sever Ties With The Animal Cruelty Of The Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse

These horribly scarred feet, photographed on July 28, 2015,   belong to a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse named “Gen’s Ice Glimmer” (TWHBEA Reg. #20404770/Bloodtype #TWT050457)  "Glimmer" was found to be "SORE"on April 5, 2013,  at the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show held on the MTSU campus.  Mr. Andy Simpson,  hired as a Judge by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration 2012 Spring Fun Show, allegedly committed cruel acts to make "Glimmer" perform the Big Lick . Facing other federal Animal Cruelty charges unrelated to "Glimmer",  Mr. Simpson started an 8 month federal suspension from showing TWH on June 1, 2015 which runs to January 31, 2016. Thanks to the Horse Plus Humane Rescue of Hohenwald, Tennessee,  “Glimmer” was saved from slaughter on July 28, 2015 when a person with the 2015 Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  bought Glimmer before he went under the auctioneer’s hammer with killer buyers present.  With his feet permanently disfigured,  "Glimmer" was no more use to the various people who used him for family entertainment for nine years .   So they apparently decided to get rid of him.  Almost 11 year old “Glimmer's” last show was the July 18, 2015 London, Kentucky Horse Show.    On July 19,  “Ice Glimmer”  was offered “For Sale” on Craigs List by a person who won a World Championship at the 2014 Celebration.  "Glimmer" was then taken to auction on July 28 by the WC winner's father. Fortunately, a person decided "Glimmer" wasn't going to be allowed to be sold at auction for killer prices.  This person stepped in and bought "Glimmer" in the auction company's parking lot where he was being ridden by a young woman on a hard rock surface with lead in his feet and chains around his ankles. "Glimmer" was inspected on July 31 by a USDA VMO, and found to be bilaterally sore and permanently scarred in both front feet.  A USDA APHIS IES (Investigatory Enforcement Service) investigation was opened to determine what, if any, laws had been violated. “Glimmer” possesses a blue ribbon pedigree, and a nine year show record over five states - Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina and Virgina.  Ironically,  the MTSU basketball coach Mr. Rick Insell serves as one of seven Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.   Mr. Insell has said,  "The Celebration has been my life for the last 40 years and being able to stay involved is big for my family and always will.  I really enjoy spending my Friday and Saturday nights during the summer watching them showcase their talents and wonderful horses at the one-night shows across the midstate."  Beginning on August 27 and running through September, the Celebration will feature Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  At the 2014 TWH Celebration, USDA Vet inspectors disqualified over 15% of all Big Lick horses it inspected.     On July 25, 2015  (three days before Glimmer was saved),   USDA Vet inspectors at the Pulaski Red Carpet Horse Show found 39% of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses it inspected as “SORE” or not complying with the Horse Protection Act. A state supported University with 23,000 students located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,  MTSU has no business allowing Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses on its campus,  or the Animal Cruelty associated with them to stain its reputation as a place of academic learning. In 2013,  the flagship University of Tennessee chose to no longer allow a Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse to be exhibited at the annual UT Homecoming football game.  It now features a natural flat shod TWH. In March 2015,  the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) refused to accept a $50,000.00 donation to its children’s hospital generated by Big Lick Animal Cruelty at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show. In 2015,  the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture banned Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair after protests against Big Lick Animal Cruelty. Over 50,000 persons have signed Petitions against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.  Tennesseans have staged four public protests against it.   A BOYCOTT Protest will take place at the Celebration in less than three weeks. It’s now time for MTSU to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty,  by banning the Big Lick TWH from being exhibited on its property, and to no longer allow its salaried employees to be associated with the Animal Cruelty in any way And it’s also time for MTSU employee Mr. Rick Insell,  to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board,  or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach. One of the greatest Tennessee Walking Horses which ever lived, the immortal Wilson’s Allen (never shown Big Lick),  is buried in front of the Horse Science Building at MTSU.    It would honor the memory of Wilson Allen,  sire of Midnight Sun,  for MTSU to set an example,  and ban the Big Lick Animal Cruelty, once and for all.

Mary Smith
15,198 supporters