Petition to Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç
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.
Petition to Cui Tiankai, Chen Wu, Shao Qiwei, Li Jinzao
Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China Permanently!
While watching Lisa Vanderpump’s popular reality show, I was sickened to learn about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This festival is cruel and hideous. It started in 2010 and has no religious or ceremonial value. The dogs are beaten and then skinned alive — crying out in agony as people cheer on the butchers. Then the poor creatures are fed to people all over the city. Outraged and feeling desperate to do something, anything for these helpless dogs, I started this petition to say enough is enough — it’s time to STOP the Yulin Dog Meat Festival permanently! The festival hits home on a personal level. Dogs are my life. As a professional dog groomer, it’s my job to treat dogs with the highest level of compassion and care. And as a mom to three dogs — one rescued from Hurricane Katrina — I consider my dogs as family members, and would do anything to protect them. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows how sensitive, loyal, loving and trusting dogs are. Please sign my petition to help END this despicable festival for good. If you need more coaxing to sign, watch this video and see if you can stomach what happens to the dogs. You won't be able to sleep.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
To BAN the CHAINING or TETHERING of DOGS throughout the UNITED STATES.
Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in our nation! Countless people leave dogs chained 24/7, some without food & water, some get tangled & die, many perish in the ice & snow, and blistering heat of summer. Until the laws are changed, we are forced to look away, as it is legal in most areas! The worst form of LEGAL DOG ABUSE currently known! A lot of this could be solved with spaying / neutering /education / organizations to build fences. We need your help, your voice, your caring heart & helping hands! Together we can make a difference! Some people say not being able to chain their dog is an inconvenience. Having a dog is an elective CHOICE. LET'S PUT AN END TO DOG CHAINING IN THE UNITED STATES, A COUNTRY FOUNDED FOR "FREEDOM!" Please spare a moment to sign, to end a LIFETIME of suffering for chained dogs! We must face this reality & identify this as unacceptable for our culture, in order to improve the standard of living for dogs AND people for generations to come. We must stand up & be a voice for the voiceless! Like my Facebook Page, "Dogs Without Chains," to read the latest news stories involving chaining issues, some with happy endings, & some tragic endings, involving our canine friends, those that need help, those that rescue, and those that abuse. Stay educated on the latest developments & breaking news about this subject. Some content may be disturbing, but reality is disturbing, and we need to start exposing the horrors of tethering, in order to get this on the radar of lawmakers at all levels of society, & really throughout the world. YOUR NEWS SOURCE FOR ALL TETHERING ISSUES: "DOGS WITHOUT CHAINS" - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains?ref=bookmarks Every signature will count! Each of you will be a voice for the voiceless! Your support will speak volumes to Law Makers! "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ~Margaret Mead What can you do RIGHT NOW other than signing/sharing this petition? 1. Form a Committee in your area with the sole purpose of seeking a ban on chains in your County or City. 2. Don't publicize your efforts, in order to avoid opposition from forming & fighting you, keep it on the "down low." 3. Meet with your City Council/County Commissioners individually in private. They have to meet with you, it is their Civic Duty. Find out where they stand. Do not be afraid. Use the points below to sway them to your side. Avoid being confrontational, or accusatory. 4. Once you have them on your side, attend a meeting, GET IT PASSED! *Guilford County Commissioners were asked to pass around a big heavy chain in their meeting, and hold it in their hands. A powerful message. *Having victims of dog bite attacks present at the meeting, is also a good idea. The victims could speak briefly on what it was like to be attacked, but keep it short & sweet. Studies show that dogs are made aggressive & territorial by chaining them, making them far more likely to attack if they break loose. According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs. *Your Community Leaders have sworn to protect Citizens, (especially helpless toddlers & the elderly,) by confronting & resolving this issue of dog containment in a humane and acceptable way, that also protects the animals. Here is a report by PETA you can provide: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/cruel-practices/chaining-dogs/chained-dog-findings/ A report by the Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/chaining_tethering/facts/chaining_tethering_facts.html More information to back up this claim: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chain.htm *At your meeting have lots of support show up, but spread the word discreetly, so an army of opposition does not show up. *Don't show too many graphic images of neglected dogs, to avoid being seen as a crazy animal activist, (while that is really what I am I must admit), because it will likely turn them off. They mostly want to hear how it affects the community as a whole negatively. 5. If successful, try the State Level, and reach out to other communities to help them get it passed! YOU CAN DO IT! Table of Laws Concerning Tethering: https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-dog-tether-laws There is pending legislation in Nashville, TN, and many other places passing an Tethering Ordinance as you read this. Get it passed in your area! http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/03/nashville-dog-chaining-ban-survives-challenge/24345785/ *IT WILL TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP ENFORCE A BAN. Be prepared to stay involved to see your ordinance through! Points to make to your local lawmakers: (It has been proven that approaching lawmakers from a PUBLIC SAFETY stance 1st, 2nd a PROPERTY VALUE ISSUE, and THIRDLY an ANIMAL ABUSE issue, highlighting the effects on the community & standard of living, as opposed to simply an Animal Abuse Issue is the most successful way to win them over to your side.) *The law requires a fence for a pool but not a dog. People are more likely to get attacked by a dog that breaks his chain, made more aggressive by the chain, than to fall in someone's pool & drown. Why can a fence not be required for dogs? (SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER). *People have argued that not all dogs chained are abused, some are only temporarily chained for bathroom breaks. However, THE ONES WHO ABUSE CANNOT BE STOPPED WITHOUT LAWS. Guilford County, NC recently passed a law that dogs cannot be tethered without the owner present. Brilliant! They made it look easy! Just as the terrorists in the world cannot be stopped without laws. Laws are for the PROTECTION OF CITIZENS, and in this case, pets as well! *Are we to look the other way? Are we to teach our children to look away from the abusers? Are we to teach them to look the other way when we see a dog suffering on a chain, because it is legal, & there's nothing that can be done? I think our children deserve to learn MORE respect for animals than that, and the animals deserve more. *Calling the police over and over and over on the same chained dog exploits the resources of a police department/animal control. *In places where a ban on chaining is currently in effect, the law enforcement officers (who are actually working to enforce), are making 2 trips, instead of 30, and ultimately seizing the dog if the violation isn't brought to compliance. The EXTRA RESOURCES-time, gas, effort, NOT spent going to the SAME HOUSE 30 times to say the pitiful chained dog is within the limits of the law, is being spent adopting the dogs out. Officers will have more time to rescue, and place, rather than chasing their "tails." I know this for a fact, because I have called 30 times on the same dog, as well as 30 of my neighbors, who have also made 30 calls on the same dog, all to reach the conclusion, that while the chained dog is rather pitiful, he is within the "limits of the law." *If the abusers chain their dogs & neglect them 24/7, there is nothing law enforcement can do without laws. *Real estate values go down where there are chained dogs. Would you buy a house next door to a Chained Pit Bull? I know people who were attacked by Pit Bulls who got off their chains. Some were nearly killed. Pit Bulls are cuddly teddy bears, unless chained, and neglected, then they become ferocious. Would you buy a house next door to a fenced pool or a chained Pit Bull? Which would frighten you more for your Grandma, or your kids? (Don't forget to use the research listed above about chained dogs & attacks as listed under #4). *In Drug Infested neighborhoods, dog fighting is prevalent. If we stop the chaining, we at least take that element away from those neighborhoods. The quality of life improves for everyone, not just the dog. *A Federal Ban on Chains would cut down on, if not eliminate all the illegal dog fighting in this country. *Not everyone keeps their dog in the house. My personal opinion on that is, if people took the time to properly train a dog to know what is his, and what is not, the dogs do great in the home. Dogs will stink up a house, IF the owner never gives the dog a bath, and never cleans. If someone thinks a dog is SO nasty it can never be inside, even when it is zero degrees, WHY do they WANT a dog? *If someone cannot afford an enclosure for the dog to go out in for fresh air, WHY do they need a dog? *One vet bill can exceed the cost of an enclosure, as all dog owners know. Does one really need a dog if they cannot afford fences & vet bills? *If someone is gone all the time, and does not have time to give a dog love and attention, WHY do they want a dog? I would love to have an elephant, or a giraffe. I love seals, walruses & penguins, but unfortunately,as much as I would like to have one, I do not have the resources, the time or the knowledge to have any of these creatures. *Dogs find missing persons, lead the blind, find bombs, solve crimes, perform life saving tasks, hello! they are too smart to be chained & disregarded! *People say dogs have lived outside for hundreds of years, but they were not CHAINED hundreds of yrs. ago & could get out of the rain! Tiny plastic houses would not have been the hiding place of choice of a dog 100 years ago. Many dogs are chained out with NO HOUSE & NO SHELTER! *People go to jail for abusing animals, but isn't chaining a dog 24/7 abuse? So why is it legal in many areas? Why? *Show them how many places already have an ordinance banning chaining/tethering. *Lastly, it would be beneficial for you to provide documentation of PROGRESS REPORTS in localities where this ban has ALREADY been passed, to show them it CAN BE DONE, and how it will benefit everyone. Do not show up without facts. Here is a page dedicated to the Tethering Issue in Orange County, NC - where they have a 3 hour tethering limit. (I think Guilford's ban on chaining unless owner is present is more effective, but regardless, here is the progress reported by Orange County:) http://orangecountync.gov/animalservices/TetheringFAQ.asp There is no progress report available as of yet for Guilford because their ban on chains just went into effect recently. In NC, a law was passed,"Susie's Law" that would hand down a 5 year mandatory jail sentence for abusing an animal. Yet chaining a dog 24/7 out in an ice storm or a lightning storm is *ABUSE.* Why are we not putting these people who chain their dog 24/7 in these conditions in jail? There is no logic here in NC regarding this issue, but a few of us are working to change that, even Susie, whose own Momma (Donna Lawrence) was attacked by a chained dog! (Please see the uplifting movie "Susie's Hope," a story about a puppy that was beaten & set on fire, survived and was rescued by a woman who had been attacked by a dog on a chain, that she was trying to feed because the owners neglected it.) An amazing story that will offer you inspiration & courage! http://www.SusiesHope.com My Opinion Piece leaves critics of this petition, absolutely nowhere to go. Pass it on: http://donnahughes.com/wordpress/2015/01/22/my-opinion-on-dog-chaining-by-donna-hughes/ So many dogs are suffering night & day in cold & hot temperatures while chained up. THIS IS NO LIFE FOR A DOG, or any animal, to be tied up 24/7. I urge State & Federal Law Makers to strongly consider the CRUELTY and NEGLECT of an animal, that is living his ENTIRE life out in the elements, while attached to a stationary object. The dog is an intelligent creature. When chained 24/7, they must wonder what they are being punished for. See the story of the German Shepherd in New York, chained up in subzero temperatures: http://wivb.com/2015/02/19/controversy-swirls-over-dogs-left-outside/ See the story of Zeus, a beautiful Great Pyrenees Dog, chained 10 years in all sorts of bad weather: http://www.inquisitr.com/1895239/zeus-the-great-pyrenees-left-on-a-chain-new-york-state-supreme-court-ruling-leads-to-outrage/ See the story of the dog chained, while his owners ignored him, flood waters rose & he was stuck in the high water: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=349328338589725 There was the German Shepherd who chewed off his own foot to escape his tether: http://ktla.com/2014/11/14/dog-chews-off-own-foot-to-escape-being-chained/ For my last example, see the story of Joseph, the dog chained for 10 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW-IMI7TTRU If these stories don't tear your heart out, I don't know what will. Does it seem right & is it fair to permanently tie an animal to an object, an animal known to be unconditionally loving? If you think not, please sign & share! Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.~Albert Schweitzer There are no easy solutions, but I have organized a group to build fences for pet owners. Critics of this petition, argue it will promote pet homelessness. However, there has got to be a better solution, than leaving these dogs on chains to suffer. SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. They don't want to be cooped up, sitting in their waste either. I understand that all God's creatures can no longer be free to roam the Earth. Horses, cows, livestock must be fenced in. Birds are caged. Animals are kept in captivity in zoos. There is unfortunately a feral cat population in every town. Dogs are difficult to keep in certain areas where it is not safe for them to roam freely. Many folks do not like their dogs in their homes. These are all problems difficult to solve. Developing power and an infrastructure a hundred years ago in our country, was also a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Finding the Titanic, was a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Cleaning up the Twin Towers when they fell, and learning how to live in a world of terrorism has been, & continues to be a difficult problem to solve, but worth trying! Dogs are a lot of work. They are like a 2 year old, that never grows up. But they are so loving, and kind. For me, they are worth everything I have to do, clean up, and buy. I love hearing them snore. It's a precious Heavenly sound. Many people's lives revolve around their dogs. So why are others so heartless? LET'S MAKE THIS PROBLEM, WORTH SOLVING! You mean to tell me humans have entered into an age of technology, never foreseen by our Country's forefathers, with the ability to see who you are talking to half a planet away, where everything can be accessed with the push of a button instantly, we can look up almost anything on our phones, in a place where 100 years ago you waited for communication by letter for weeks & even months. We put a monkey in space, brought him back, and men have walked on the moon, submarines dive deep into the ocean, jets transport us across the country in no time flat, but we can't figure out how to solve a problem such as this? No way! It is unacceptable! When I go to elementary schools to sing, the children always cry, sometimes uncontrollably, when I sing my song "Dog On A 10 Foot Chain." Do we want to teach children, who obviously all have a heart for animals, that this is ok? I can't stand to see one more dog freezing out in the weather, or sitting in the pouring rain! It's not fair! Dogs are so much smarter than that! They are MAN'S BEST FRIEND. They deserve more than that. We owe it to them, to take care of them, if we take them in as pets! Recently, in my local newspaper, (The Greensboro News & Record) here in NC, posted a photo taken of a dog sitting in his house, while SURROUNDED by vultures! http://www.news-record.com/news/photo-vultures-congregating-near-dog-in-greensboro-cause-concern/article_c900e168-910b-11e4-9704-db9c7636aff0.html They were probably not even going to wait for him to die to try to eat him! The photo is posted on my Facebook page (Dogs Without Chains). The great thing is, the dog was taken by authorities, and Guilford County has a NO KILL shelter! So great news for that guy, but what about all the rest? Would you want to be chained to something 24/7? As people, when we are cold, we move around. Dogs tied up, cannot even move around enough to stay warm! It's a hard life. I wrote two songs, to touch hearts, and provoke change/thought/actions/ on this issue: ("DOG ON A 10 FOOT CHAIN," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/GZn5qKJs2rU("ONE LESS DOG IN THE COLD," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/cBlWY7jT9ts I wrote both of these songs, after tossing & turning many nights, worrying about the dogs out there suffering. None of God's creatures want to be tied up out in the elements. Additional Perspective: According to the HSUS, dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. According to the HSUS, “Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What’s more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become ‘part of the scenery’ and can be easily ignored by their owners.” Please spread the word, and encourage everyone to sign this petition, to end this cruel existence. Thank you for your support on this matter, and please help end the pain and suffering immediately! Like my Facebook page, "Dogs Without Chains." https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains Visit www.DonnaHughes.com for more information. Contact me at Donna@DonnaHughes.com There are way too many dogs in shelters, and approximately 7 million dogs each year will be put to death due to overcrowding. This is another aspect of our society I would like to change. I have been told a huge help to that problem would be Puppy Mill laws in every State, making breeders accountable, reducing overcrowding. Eliminated tethering would also help, because while some have suspected unchaining dogs would make shelter numbers increase, it actually helps reduce, as it cuts down on unwanted litters of puppies for 2 reasons: 1. Chained dogs cannot escape an ambush romance, thus getting pregnant, 2. If the owner cannot afford anything better than a chain as containment, they likely have not taken the proper time & care to spay & neuter. *SPAY & NEUTER! Thank you everyone! "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." ~Harold Wilson "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Victor Frankl "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." ~William Blake Articles written on my Efforts to END dog chaining, one written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner: https://www.pinterest.com/donnalhughes1/articles-on-dog-chaining/ Read the response of these 4th grade students, when asked what they thought of dog chaining, after their teacher posted an article about me that was in The Courier Tribune. Some truly heart wrenching answers! "Dogs on chains get cold," "Their owners forget about them," "How would you like to be on a chain?" "What if you couldn't reach your food or water?" "Dogs are people too," "Dogs should be treated with love & kindness," "No dog wants to be on a chain," "Chaining a dog is just wrong." Sometimes grownups can learn a lot from a kid! https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains/posts/343040182567464 A final thought. For those who have dogs, but do not want them inside their homes, it is cruel to leave a dog tied up, where predators could get them, the elements cause them to suffer, and where they are not shown love & attention. If you are someone that just chains them up, and spends 5 minutes a day with them, please find them a better home. Surrender them to someone who will love them. There are enough dog lovers in this world, just ask around, SOMEONE will take the dog for you. I recently accepted a dog that was surrendered willingly by his elderly owner, previously chained, and he is such a smart dog. So much happier now. Living in the house, and already house broken, after a couple of weeks. He is such a joy. He's finally learning words, which he didn't know before, because nobody ever spent any time with him. In my area, there are dogs on *chains* ALL AROUND ME, everwhere! It is unfortunately legal. You can't call the authorities, unless they have no water, or no shelter. So they can be sitting in 2 feet of snow, or a hurricane, or a lightning storm, a tornado, or 110 degrees, tied to a chain, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it. The authorities actually consider a tiny plastic house - shelter. A dog down the road from me had a house he could barely fit in, and it had a huge hole in the top. I made several calls to the proper authorities, and FINALLY after a MONTH or more, the owners bought the dog a new house. But there he was, on a chain, 24/7. Here where I live, in North Carolina, you can't go around cutting dogs loose. You will get shot, or arrested. We simply have to ban together across the United States, and ban the practice of this dog neglect/abuse! Let's truly make America, the land of the "free," and the home of the "brave!" It takes brave people to make changes! With gratitude, Donna Hughes If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS, Use these Dog Holidays to promote causes for Dogs! http://www.dogtipper.com/fun/pet-holidaysUse these hashtags when sharing! #UnchainDogs #EndAnimalCruelty #EndAnimalAbuse #EndDogChaining #NoChainsForDogs #ChainFreeDogs "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." ~Winston Churchill "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~John F. Kennedy "The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." ~Nathaniel Branden "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."~Dalai Lama Congrats to the Winners of the Dogs Deserve Better Songwriting Contest about Chained Dogs! http://dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html
Petition to Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Ban the Sale of Cruel 'Live Animal' Keychains
On the streets of China, live animals such as turtles and lizards are sealed in plastic bags filled with colored liquid and sold as keychains and mobile phone charms. Treated as objects rather than living beings, the animals endure extreme confinement -- and usually, suffocation and death -- for a few moments of human enjoyment. One seller of live animal keychains told CNN that the pouches contain “crystallized oxygen and nutrients.” But animal advocates counter this claim, asserting that lack of sustenance and oxygen deprivation quickly kill the animals. And frankly, it doesn't take an expert to realize that an animal will not live long in a plastic bag. Some compassionate people may free the animals from their plastic tomb and keep them as pets -- but these people could face serious health risks. Turtles, for example, are known carriers of Salmonella, a dangerous bacteria. No matter how you look at it, the practice of forcing live animals into keychains is simply cruel. Unfortunately, in China there are no animal welfare laws preventing this outrageous treatment of living creatures. These animals are subjected to a slow death by suffocation in a watery grave. Sign now to send a message to Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, urging him to help put a stop to this atrocious practice. Let the government of China know that this treatment of living, sentient beings will not stand with the rest of the world.
Petition to Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown
Stop animal abuse in Ohio, Change Ohio State Law 959.02
We are petitioning Junior Senator of Ohio Rob Portman and Senior Senator, Sherrod Brown. In Ohio, law 959.02 states, "No person shall maliciously, or willfully, and without the consent of the owner, kill or injure a horse, mare, foal, filly, jack, mule, sheep, goat, cow, steer, bull, heifer, ass, ox, swine, dog, cat, or other domestic animal that is the property of another. This section does not apply to a licensed veterinarian acting in an official capacity." But nowhere in there does it say that whomever owns the domestic animal does not have the right to harm, kill, injure, etc. Is this okay? Just because I own the animal does not give me the right to kill, and/or injure it in any way shape or form. The animals need justice as much as the people do Many animal abusers are not given proper punishments, and therefore, the animals suffer. Sometimes much more than the people do. The fine for animal abusing is at minimum, 300 dollars, no hours of community service, and no days/months/years in jail/prison I believe that for the animals, the punishments for animal abuse should be increased dramatically and the law should be changed, no owner of any domestic animal should have he right to harm and/or injure any animal. This is not right and MUST be stopped, people should not have the right to do that, or even feel like they can even make an animal feel hurt or abandoned in their own house, or even environment! If we win, all animals will have the freedom to feel safe, isn't Ohio supposed to feel safe? Like a soft, warm, blanket? Isn't America supposed to be a free country? For animals and huamans alike? If we lose, this catastrophic law will keep people from paying the proper sentence for a disgusting act that should be illegal. Animals have many rights, feeling safe should be one of them. Thank you for your time, Megan
Petition to Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Mayor Kathleen Almasy, ASPCA, OHIO SPCA, International Animal Rescue, Stark County Police Department, Police Chief Derrick Blake, East Canton Council Members, Village Administrator Ed Collins, Humane Society Of Stark County, Stark County Animal Control, Sheriff, Sheriff George T. Maier, Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Ohio
Shut Down The Bird Nerds Rescue - Save The Animals
The Bird Nerds Rescue is a building located in East Canton, Ohio. It houses several birds of all species, macaws, cockatoos, conures, parakeets, cockatiels, etc as well as guinea pigs and rabbits. Disclaimer: The contents of what is written here is based entirely on my experience, and my opinion, as well as many other people who have visited this facility and have seen the horrors described - This is not being stated as fact, however true it may be. The living condition for these animals is far from the minimum needed to ensure they are safe and in a sanctuary or rescue type of environment. There are so many birds, there are not enough cages. There are big macaws that have free rein over the rescue building once you pass the small, dark lobby that omits an odor from the wild mouse infestation that hasn't been taken care of or is unable to be controlled. These birds are able to fight and hurt one another as they are not caged and are not supervised all the time. Several scuffles happen between the birds - The animals are in danger of hurting one another due to lack of proper caging for each one. The rescue is not open to the public, it is by appointment only. The rescue has only ever been cleaned when there are events going on, a vet clinic, etc. It is unsanitary to keep birds in the conditions they are subjected to by no fault of their own. Please sign this petition, share it with fellow animal advocates and lets put a stop to this cruel treatment of animals that don't deserve it. No animal deserves to be kept in less than decent conditions. The definition of rescue is to make safe, to shelter, and to release from suffering. Please rescue these animals. This is my personal experience below, this is what I wrote to several organizations in HOPES something can be done. Not to attack the owner of the rescue on a personal level, but to say enough is enough, help these animals or give them to someone that has the means and capability to do so.. My name is Rebecca ****, I am a lover of all animals, reptiles, dogs, skunks, amphibians, and mostly parrots.I have been wondering who I can contact to hopefully help several birds, by several I would say a minimum of 100 birds, that are located in a "rescue" facility in East Canton, Ohio. The rescue's name is "The Bird Nerds Rescue / Sanctuary", it is located at **** Lincoln St E, East Canton, OH 44730. The owner of this 'rescue' is Connie Phillips; her phone number for the rescue is: **** The Bird Nerds Rescue is not open to the public, it is open by appointment only or if there is an event taking place such as a holiday get together, fundraiser, or vet clinic. I volunteered with Connie and The Bird Nerds Rescue from Mid 2016 up until just recently, November 2017. In that time, I started seeing some major red flags that were signs of a woman in too far over her head and animals suffering due to it. Before several vet clinics, a pet expo, and a few other events I offered to help clean up the inside of the rescue so that it looked presentable for the public / visitors. On all of these occasions I left the rescue smelling far from sanitary, more than just a hard days work at a rescue cleaning up after animals. I have worked as a kennel attendant and at other rescues, I have never smelled so disgusting in my life - I have never been exposed to the filth I was exposed to when cleaning. Now, birds, they're messy animals - They poop a lot, they're not litter trained, its expected to see some feces here and there. However, what I don't expect from a rescue is INCHES upon INCHES, layers of dried feces mixed with trash, food, rotting fruits and vegetables that had OBVIOUSLY been there for quite some time. When cleaning under some cages the one time I was in helping, I found two rabbit carcasses. Connie takes in everything, not just birds - Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, anything she is offered even if she does not have the means to take care of it. These rabbit carcasses were reduced to nothing but fur and bone, so they had been dead for quite some time. I also pulled out numerous dead field mice, dead smaller birds, one larger bird when cleaning as well, all in the same decomposed state as the two rabbits. The front lobby of the rescue, the only part she allows anyone to see has a strong odor of mouse urine and feces due to the infestation of wild mice she has. The birds, most are not socialized with humans, due to the limited amount of visitors that actually go into the rescue. Many are left in less than minimal cage sizes. She has several large birds that roam freely around the rescue - This allows the birds to get into fights. Which happened quite frequently all the times I was at the rescue helping Connie. Sargent Bilko, a Military Macaw, was bitten on the foot so bad that he bled for quite some time. There is a veterinary clinic located not even five minutes down the street from the facility - I begged Connie to take the bird to the vet to seek immediate medical attention as it was bleeding quite a bit, and birds do not do well with open wounds and blood loss. I have the pants and blood stained shirt from that incident. She refused to go to thevet because she did not like them, and instead had me go down to the dollar general and get flour to try to clot the wound. After two hours of Bilko bleeding, I finally got it to stop. This animal NEEDED medical attention, but due to her "not liking the vet" and not wanting to pay a vet office visit, this animal bled much longer than he should have. How many other birds are there that I wasn't there for, that no one is there for, free roaming, fighting and drawing blood? How many birds have died due to improper care by not safely keeping them in cages out of harms way when there is no supervision? Due to the animals not being all caged, they also escape. When at the facility I personally had to chase a mini macaw species, named Birdie, across the busy road that the rescue is located on. Birdie was swished and swayed all about by an on coming semi truck, THANKFULLY he did not actually get hit by the truck. Instead, I chased him across the road to the field / lawn of the house across from the rescue and picked him up, as he had landed and had the wind knocked out of him and his sense all muddled. Birdie screamed as if there was something wrong with him, injury wise, however Connie told me to just put him back in the back of the rescue and he would be fine. The cages that some of the birds are in are so rusted that there are holes in them, I know that this is a rescue and they cannot afford brand new top of the line cages and what have you, however when I cut myself SEVERAL times on rusted out holes, rusted doors, it goes to show they're NOT safe for humans to touch let alone an animal to live in. Connie has had the health inspector and animal control officer (I believe) out to inspect her building. She goes out of her way to avoid them, so they leave a note on her door. In the time from them leaving a note on the door, to when she calls them back to invite them to visit - She drags in her son, Matt, or friends to help her clean it up and make it look acceptable. I'm begging someone to PLEASE look more closer to this rescue. I don't care if nothing happens other than the animals are relocated to a rescue that actually CARES for their wellbeing. I'm begging you please do what you can to put a stop to this woman, I'm not looking to get Connie herself in trouble, I do believe she thinks that she is doing right by these animals however, the conditions they are subjected to is not SAFE. The definition of Rescue is to "Make Safe, To Shelter, And Release From Suffering" PLEASE rescue these animals. If you cannot, please forward this to someone who can possibly put a stop to this cruelty. Thank you, Rebecca ****
Petition to L'Oréal, Maybelline
End Animal Cruelty
Many large makeup companies continue to test there new products on innocent animals. When many people hear about makeup testing on animals, there mind goes to rats and other rodents. Though rats and other rodents are the main target for makeup testing, dogs, cats, and even horses are also heard to be tested on. The main makeup brand this petition is targeting is L’Oreal. L’Oreal owns a number of other companies including Maybelline New York, Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl's, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kerastase, Giorgio Armani, Inneov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, Skinceuticals, Ralph Lauren, La-Roche-Posay, and Yves Saint Laurent. All of these brands are known to test on animals. Animals deserve the same freedom and respect we do.
Petition to Senator Marty Golden, Assembly Carl Heastie, Nicole Malliotakis, Matthew Titone, James Tedisco, STATE OF NEW YORK, Senator Marty Golden, Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie
Revise Article 26 353-B to Protect Pets from Inclement Weather NY
As recent cases of neglect, due to pets being left out in the cold have come to light in New York, it has been made clear that some changes need to be made to Article 26B ( Agriculture and Market Law- relating to Cruelty to Animals ). I would like N.Y. to create an example and require that no dog or cat be left out for an extended amount of time in inclement weather, which includes : - When the temperature outside is 35°F or below - When the outside temperature is 85°F or higher - When there's a wind chill warning - When there is a heat advisory - When there is a blizzard or hurricane. Also that for any pet living outside for the majority of the time, the guidelines for adequate shelter be changed to add: - Shelter must be well constructed, have a slanted roof, enclosed sides, a doorway and a solid, level floor raised at least two inches from the ground. - Shelter should have no cracks or openings other than the entrance. - Shelter must be rainproof and windproof with an adequate amount of straw bedding. Together we can provide a better quality of living for our pets!