Petition to President Widodo, Siti Nurbaya Bakar
Shut down the Bandung Zoo now!
Sun Bears kept in the Bandung Zoo are so hungry they eat their own feces. One of the zoo’s giraffes suddenly died and was found to have 40 pounds of plastic trash in its stomach. The Bandung Zoo has been coined Indonesia’s “death zoo” and must be shut down immediately. Perhaps the most upsetting was the recent loss of Yani, a 34-year-old Sumatran elephant, who was visibly weeping when she died shackled on the ground. She had been sick and neglected for too long. Yani’s species is critically endangered and she was one of about 2,800 of these majestic animals left. Tourists often report that the confined animals look emaciated and weak. The zoo is overcrowded and doesn't have a veterinarian on hand, so when animals fall ill they are left to suffer like Yani. These are not the only horrific events to have occurred within the zoo, and won’t be the last. Please join me in imploring the President of Indonesia and his Minister of Environment and Forestry to shut down this zoo and relocate these animals to a conservation or sanctuary where they can be taken care of.
Petition to Benjamin Zigan, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, DVM, Curtis King, Norm Johnson, Gina McCabe, Jay Inslee, Kathy Coffey, Vaughn Merry, Amy Maib
Justice for Yakima Dog Who Died Chained in Snow & Other Washington Pets Left in the Cold
This is a petition for clearer legislation, closer investigation and swifter prosecution of all animal neglect and abuse in the state of Washington. In the memory of our Yakima Boxer, we want to strengthen laws so that our animals' welfare is not left up to interpretation. Our Yakima Boxer's story shows how an aging and ailing dog can be chained out in freezing temperatures to die, suffering and alone, without any consequences to the humans responsible. The City of Yakima and the state of Washington need revised ordinances and legislation to protect our domesticated animals. "Adequate" is too subjective of a term, as our Yakima Boxer's tragic story illustrates. RIP sweet baby. During the first week of January, 2017 Francisco Rodriguez of Yakima, Washington noticed his landlord's dog wasn't moving on his chain anymore. Reportedly, the dog stayed chained and dead for a few days. The 14-year-old boxer was covered in snow, still chained to his makeshift dog house, dead, when Francisco reported this to Yakima Animal Control. Animal Control determined that the dog died of old age, without a necropsy, end of story. The dog belonged to Francisco's landlord and Francisco was then told he was evicted. The community has come to Francisco's aid and helped him with getting into a new place. Now it is time to come to this nameless dog's aid, and not allow his death to go unnoticed. This poor, aging dog was left out in the cold to die, chained and alone. We need to be this Boxer's and all domesticated animals' voice. Let's prevent this from happening to others. It is time for communities everywhere to be the voice for animals, just as Francisco has been the voice for the Boxer. Ironically, just after Francisco told his story, KIMA came out with this story reporting that Yakima had received 59 welfare checks on freezing and suffering animals in December. Yet, reportedly, there have been no citations. Not even for our Yakima Boxer who suffered untold weeks and finally succumbed in old age in the below freezing weather and record snowfall, suffering both animal abuse and elder cruelty. http://kimatv.com/news/local/up-to-5k-misdemeanor-charge-for-pet-owners-with-neglected-freezing-animals Coincidentally, the same week our Yakima Boxer died, Dr. Ernie Ward, the same veterinarian who demonstrated how dogs suffer in hot cars, happened to upload this video to demonstrate the suffering a dog goes through in freezing temperatures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK27edLsZow&feature=youtu.be Finally, here is what the American Veterinarian Medical Association (and every other pet welfare group) warns about pets in freezing temperatures: "Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside... no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather." https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx Yakima's ordinances are identical to state law, both vague in their terms, with little in the way of definition or concrete description. The laws to protect precious lives are much too subjective, too open to interpretation. Yakima County Municipal Code 8.36.200: “It is unlawful for any person to physically abuse any dog or to fail to furnish adequate care, including without limitation water, food, shelter, sanitation, ventilation, rest and medical attention, or to confine a dog with any dangerous dog. Any person found guilty of a violation of this section shall be fined five hundred dollars for each violation.” We need clearly defined laws to protect our animal family members in every county of every state so that the laws cannot be loosely interpreted and not enforced. Adequate care must be clearly defined. Every state, county, city ordinance should provide concrete temperature restrictions, both hot and cold, if they truly care for domesticated animals' welfare. These temperature guidelines are available for extreme weather. https://www.gopetplan.com/uploads/media/34/how_cold_is_too_cold.png Some states use the National Weather Service extreme weather alerts for laws for bringing pets inside, others have set a 20 degree and below restriction. http://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/1-000-fine-possible-pet-owners-who-leave-animals-outside Adequate shelter must also be defined. A makeshift box is not adequate shelter. Dog houses should be weather proof as much as possible. They should be off the ground and have at least a heavy flap door. Temperatures should be maintained above the freezing level. According to Maryland law linked above, "A dog house, shed, garage or other large area that has temperatures that reach below 33 degrees’ Fahrenheit inside is too large to allow a dog to maintain adequate body temperature to sustain life will be considered insufficient." Robert Pregulman of Seattle Dog Spot provides an excellent and thorough telling of what Francisco endured and what animal control's response was here. http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/yakima-county-man-kicked-home-reported-landlords-dog-froze-death/ Francisco Rodriguez did what every citizen should do. Report suspected animal abuse. He has bravely stood up to many an attack since posting, including threats of unlawful eviction. Thankfully, he has a community of supporters, from Robert Pregulman and Seattle Dog Spot to the people who run and belong to both Sharing & Caring Lost & Found Pets Yakima County and Yakima Valley Lost and Found Pets on Facebook. Thank you. We all need community members like Francisco and his supporters who all volunteer time for our communities. We need our elected officials to be just as caring. Please listen to our loud voices for our voiceless community members!
Petition to Robert Pittenger, North Carolina State House, Virginia Foxx, Larry Pittman, Carl Ford, Linda Johnson
Make it illegal to hit an animal and leave it suffering on the side of the road.
I am starting this petition because the number of animals killed in the United States has been estimated at a million per day. A million animals are hit by cars and more than half of them are left suffering and could easily be hit again. On Wednesday, January 11th at 730am I was called about a dog that was hit by a car only minutes from my home. He was left laying on the side of the road in the snow with 3 fractures in his pelvis, multiple cuts, scrapes, road rash and one gash that had to be degloved, flushed and sutured up. He couldn't stand and was in lots of pain. The driver who hit him was nowhere to be found and numerous people drove by without stopping to lend a helping hand. My friend and his brother took their jackets off to keep him warm and a nice gentleman stopped to give them a ride to the animal hospital I work at. His owners were never located and I as an animal rescuer took him under my wing. We started a gofundme account after realizing that surgery would cost anywhere between 3500-4000 dollars. Everyone wanted to help him and we quickly raised the money for surgery. We've named him Charlie. Three years ago, the same thing happened to Bennett. He was hit by a car in Charlotte, we were told he would never walk again and that he needed to be euthanized. I took him home and after weeks of tender loving care he made a full recovery and was adopted. These two stories are what can happen when people take the time to help that innocent animal that they hit. Now not all cases will end well but if the animal is seriously injured and can't be helped, it needs to be humanely euthanized. It should be illegal to hit an animal and leave it to suffer. Many animal rescuers are willing to help and options are always available to get the hurt animal somewhere safe or humanely put to sleep.
Petition to Cui Tiankai
Sign: Stop Tying Down Tigers for Cruel Circus 'Rides'
New video has emerged of a shockingly cruel “family” circus in China: An Amur tiger is tied to a table, with ropes around his body and legs, forced to lie flat and helpless while tourists sit on his back for torturous 'rides.' To do this to an animal is cruel and degrading. Sign now to urge the Chinese government to shut this barbaric circus down! In the video opening, one trainer holds the terrified tiger down while another trainer ties rope belts around the animal - the belts are so tight the tiger can’t move an inch. After the tiger is pinned down, frightened children are placed on the animal’s back while their parents and circus workers look on and laugh. Throughout the ordeal, the distressed tiger remains quiet. Beyond the cruelty caught on tape, the tiger was mostly likely subjected to vicious abuse during training to force him into such unnatural submission. Jin Yipeng, deputy professor of veterinary medicine at China Agricultural University, has said that in Chinese circuses, large animals like tigers are often hit with barbed hooks that leave numerous small and painful wounds all over the their body. The tigers are also often declawed without any anesthesia. This declawing is often done improperly— instead of taking off the entire claw and joint, the trainers leave the joint. This results in the animals being unable to put weight on their wounded paws, which causes painful arthritis. It’s time to end the horrific animal circus industry in China. Sign this petition to tell the Chinese ambassador to the United States that you do not want to see any more tigers tortured for entertainment. Close down this atrocity and all others like it.
Petition to Tom Vilsack, Barack Obama
Finalize The Federal Rule To Abolish "Big LIck" Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses
Please SIGN this Petition to ABOLISH “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. The welfare of "The Horses" should be above Politics. Over 95% of the persons 'commenting' are "FOR" the proposed Federal Rule which will abolish "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses. CCABLAC joins with Tea Party Conservative Republican Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), both large animal vets, in urging U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and U. S. President Barack Obama, to act expeditiously to do all things necessary to finalize the proposed Federal Rule. On October 24, 2016, Reps. Yoho - Schrader, along with 179 other Congressmen, signed a Letter making it clear that the ONLY EQUINES that the proposed Rule would affect are: Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses The "Comment" period ended on October 26, 2016, with a total of 73,933 Total Comments: FOR: 70,292 (95%)AGAINST: 3,641 (5%) Once done, the Federal Rule abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty will be published in the Federal Register as part of the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, and it will be become law. "WE, The People" - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty) has led the fight against abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty. Over 200,000+ signing Change.Org Petitions, and 26 peaceful public protests from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. After you SIGN, please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. "WE, The People", CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)
Petition to Bill Haslam, Jai Templeton, Dr. Bill Frist
Don’t Spend ONE DIME of Tennessee Taxpayers Money To Perpetuate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty!
Due to “political connections”, the State of Tennessee plans to spend taxpayers money in excess of $100,000.00 to support the perpetuation of “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Show Horses. The players in this scenario are: Mr. Steve Smith, outgoing TWHBEA President, and Tennessee Republican Party power broker. Mr. Smith was Campaign Chairman for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Mr. Jai Templeton, TN Agriculture Commissioner, appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R-TN) Former U. S. Senator Bill Frist, M. D (R-TN), close personal friend of Mr. Steve Smith. On Friday, December 2, 2016, TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith announced at the annual TWHBEA Award banquet that: The State of TN Department of Agriculture will provide State of Tennessee taxpayer dollars in excess of $100,000.00 to fund “Project Pegasus” which will perpetuate the “Big Lick” show horse which MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says: “The ‘Big Lick’ is built on the suffering and pain of horses. The fact is that the “Big Lick” can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The “Big Lick” is a learned response to pain, and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” In the past TWHBEA President Mr. Steve Smith was issued a citation for alleged “soring” of a Tennessee Walking Horse (Animal Cruelty). http://www.billygoboy.com/2016/12/05/part-ii-outgoing-twhbea-president-mr-steve-smith-announces-tennessee-taxpayer-money-100000-00-will-fund-project-pegasus-to-save-big-lick-animal-cruelty-show-circuit/ At the TWHBEA meeting, Mr. Steve Smith told the “Big Lick” crowd that former Tennessee U. S. Senator Dr. Bill Frist would intervene on their behalf to save the “Big Lick” show horse. According to Mr. Bill Harlin, proprietor of legendary Harlinsdale Farm, “Tennessee has gained the reputation of being a ‘Horse Abuse’ state. The State Horse – Tennessee Walking Horse – has experienced a 46 year reign of terror of horse abuse. It is the only Equine Breed shown in 8 LB stack platform shoes, with Chains on their feet. Self regulation has not worked. In response to peaceful protests by CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty), Tennesseans have BOYCOTTED “Big Lick” horses shows, and other “Big Lick” Shows no longer exist including the long time Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi. On July 26, 2016, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proposed a Federal Regulation to remove the “Pads and Chains” and abolish the “Big Lick”. Over 95% of the public comments were favorable, with support by 181 U. S. Representatives and 40 U. S. Senators. Finalization of the Regulation to the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, in the Federal Register is presently pending before the end of the current administration. Please let Tennessee officials: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam; TN Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Jai Templeton, Former U. S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D. know that continuing “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is unacceptable, and it must end. Please do not spend ONE DIME of Tennessee taxpayers money to attempt to perpetuate “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. After you SIGN, please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. WE, The People, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)“We speak for “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.
Petition to MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW Manager Mr. Robert Taylor
CANCEL THE 59 "BIG LICK" TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE CLASSES AT THE 2015 MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW, AND BAN THEM IN THE FUTURE
As a child, I fondly remember the “Jackson Horse Show” at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds where beautiful sound natural flat shod Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) performed the plantation gaits. My Father was the Horse Show Manager from the early 1940s until the mid-1950s. WHAT'S GOING ON? On March 26 - 28, 2015, one of the CRUELEST Horse Shows - the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) performance or "BIG LICK" show is coming to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The “Mississippi Charity Horse Show” will feature 59 “Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses classes. Sadly, four of the five "Horse Show Judges" have received Horse Protection Act Violation Citations for "Soring" Horses. “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horses front feet to exaggerate their animated step ... The Horses are forced to perform the CRUEL and unnatural high stepping "Big Lick" gait. HOW THEY HURT HORSES TO DO THE "BIG LICK" GAIT Middle Tennessee State vet Dr. John Haffner, “ The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring. When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it." Trainers deliberately TORTURE by "Soring" by applying harsh chemicals (including kerosene, diesel fuel, and WD-40) to the horse's legs and hooves. The chemicals cause painful blistering so when the horses are shown wearing “CHAINS” on their front feet, it causes excruciating pain which forces the horse into a high-stepping gait. "Big Lick" TWH also wear heavy built up “STACKED SHOES” weighing 10-15 lb per foot. Often, trainers will insert metal or objects between the pads and the horse's foot to create pain which also causes the horse to step high. "Big Lickers" also "train" horses not to react to pre-show inspections. One Trainer used a medieval like "Barbed Wire Harness" in the shape of a "Figure Eight" to fit over a horse's head and ears so it would "learn" not to move during inspections. Other Trainers beat or shock the horses to "teach" them. OVER 50% OF "BIG LICK" HORSES SHOWED SIGNS OF "SORING" On September 10, 2014, The Tennessean newspaper reported over 50% of 389 Tennessee Walking Horses inspected by USDA vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration (TWH Super Bowl) showed signs of soring. It said the apparent signs of soring disqualified 166 competitors during the event - 15.4 percent of all of the horses inspected." BUSINESSES REFUSE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH "BIG LICK" In 2014, the Celebration's largest sponsor, Regions Bank (16 states), withdrew its $25,000.00 corporate support of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. In 2012, Pepsi-Co (Pepsi Cola, Mountain Dew brands) withdrew its $25,000.00 corporate sponsorship of the event. NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO ELIMINATE THE SORE “BIG LICK” In 2014, over 70% of the U. S. House of Representatives and 60 United States Senators publicly announced support for a Federal Law to eliminate the "Big Lick" by removing pads and chains from Tennessee Walking Horses, and make horse soring a federal felony. Tragically, the law did not get a vote. Soring is now concentrated in the States of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. UNIV. OF TENNESSEE REMOVED BIG LICK TWH @ UT HOMECOMING Starting in 2012, the University of Tennessee ended the decades long tradition of exhibiting a"Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse at its annual Homecoming football game. The new tradition features a sound natural flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse performing the plantation gaits. UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS) DISASSOCIATES FROM THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW OVER SORING CONTROVERSY HOW CAN YOU HELP?? SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION! Please urge Horse Show Manager Mr. Robert Taylor to CANCEL the 59 "BIG LICK" Tennessee Walking Horse classes at the 2015 Mississippi Charity Horse Show, and to BAN them in the future. ' Let's Make It Clear - The people of Mississippi - America - and the World firmly believe in 2015 that the intentional abuse of "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse is CRUEL and UNACCEPTABLE. Note: Petitioner is a 5th generation Mississippian, Ole Miss alumnus, and former breeder of World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses. He served as Media Representative for the All American Walking Horse Alliance at the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” on June 18, 2014, which urged the elimination of the "Big Lick" pads and chains.
Petition to Dr. Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator USDA APHIS (Deputy Administrator), Tom Vilsack, Kevin Shea, Administrator USDA APHIS
STOP THE USDA "SCAR RULE" CHANGE WHICH WILL HURT TENNESSEE WALKING SHOW HORSES - PLEASE STRONGLY ENFORCE THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT AT THE MISSISSIPPI CHARITY HORSE SHOW ON MARCH 26 - 28, 2015
"SORING" Tennessee Walking Horses is animal cruelty and a crime. These noble horses are the ONLY breed in the WORLD shown in heavy Stacked Shoes with Chains on their legs. Over 50% of the Horses inspected by the USDA Vets at the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee were "SORE". “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse's front legs to exaggerate their animated step. The Horses are forced to perform the CRUEL and unnatural high stepping "Big Lick" gait". The rich and influential people HURTING these Horses have now used political influence to force the USDA into making a Rule Change. Under the 2014 "SCAR RULE", if a Horse had "SCARS" on both front legs, it was disqualified from showing. The 2015 "SCAR RULE" permits certain "SCARS" to be on the Horses front legs, and still allows them to show. In plain English, the 2015 "SCAR RULE" says "if you can push on the SCAR with your fingers and spread or flatten it out, then it isn't a SCAR." These "SCARS" result from "Training" the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse by putting harsh burning chemicals on their front legs, and then putting Chains on top of them. The flesh is injured, and "SCARS" develop. A salicylic acid mix is used to try and burn off the "SCARS". The new 2015 "SCAR RULE" change will HURT the Horses. Sound Horse organizations FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) and AAWHA (All American Walking Horse Alliance) protest and object to the new 2015 USDA "SCAR RULE" change. The 2015 "Big Lick" Show Season starts at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show on March 26 - 28 in Jackson, Mississippi. Last week, UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) cut ties with the event, and refused to accept donations due to the controversy surrounding the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. Now is the time to let the USDA know that the American Public opposes the 2015 "SCAR RULE" change. Horses should NOT be HURT and "SCARRED" for the sake of rich people enjoying institutionalized animal abuse in the name of family entertainment. This cruelty to horses should definitely not be in the view of families and children There's not much time, so let's please all stand up for "The Horses". Please Sign this Petition, and an automatic email will deliver your message to: • Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture• Kevin Shea, Administrator -USDA APHIS• Chester Gipson, Deputy Administrator - USDA APHIS "The Horses" are depending on US to protect them.