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Animal Cruelty

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Petition to St. Landry Parish Officials, Earl Taylor, Bill H Fontenot, Bobby Guidroz, Jeff Landry

Demand Justice for Dr Drip, a Champion Racehorse

St. Landry Parish, Louisiana We demand the St Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney and Parish President pursue felony aggravated animal cruelty charges against the person or persons responsible for the abuse and torture of champion racehorse, Dr Drip.  This case must be be investigated by detectives from St Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department as well as the St Landry Parish Animal Control.  We also strongly urge the courts to deliver maximum sentencing for felony charges.  Cruelty of this magnitude must be fully investigated, prosecuted and punished.      On Tuesday June 20, 2017 the St Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control responded to an animal cruelty complaint.  The sheriff’s department took swift action and seized the equine.  The equine, now known to be Dr Drip, a champion racehorse, was in horrific condition.  Not only had he been starved to death, he was also suffering from burns down his entire back.  As if that was not enough, Dr Drip’s flesh, open wounds and exposed bones were infested with maggots, to the point that witnesses heard the maggots feasting on his flesh and bone.  Dr Drip's vertebrae was fully exposed in several sections in what appear to be “saddle sores” indicating he had been ridden in this condition.  On the Morning of June 21, 2017 Dr Drip went down and when urged to get up, his rotting flesh slid off his body.  The pain he suffered in the hands of his abusers is unimaginable.  Though he had the will to live, his body could not match his will to live. Dr Drip's shell of a body surrendered that will and he had to be euthanized.  The persons responsible for this heinous and deliberate act of aggravated animal cruelty must face justice. Thank You for your attention to this case, we look forward to a full investigation by post-certified law enforcement officials and an arrest under the Louisiana aggravated cruelty to animal statutes and full prosecution followed by maximum sentencing.

Amy Hanchey
12,124 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

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

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 all 31 other states that 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. Link to the incident that inspired this petition: https://www.facebook.com/BellasHope.org/ 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
61,809 supporters
Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Missouri State House, Eric Greitens

Remove Representative Mike Moon from the office of Missouri's 157th district.

The purpose of this petition is to seek the removal of Representative Mike Moon (by recall election) from Missouri's 157th District Office for conduct that can only be described as frightening and sociopathic. Conduct that has no place in Missouri's Capitol. A Capitol that is ultimately responsible for the people that it represents. Representative Moon recently proposed House Bill 14, in which he has since named the “Missouri Right to Life Act". The bill was proposed to help garner rights of unborn children. Shortly after the bill's proposal Representative Moon took to social media to promote it's introduction. It was within this video that Representative Moon shockingly participated in the brutal and heartless decapitation of a live chicken, followed by it's full and graphic dismemberment. The following is a transcript of the video's narration by Representative Moon:  “We’ve been called back for this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically”  Moon then proceeded to focus his attention on a shackled chicken which he then decapitated barehandedly (as it struggled during the process). Moon then proceeded to blissfully and gleefully butcher the animal, before ultimately removing it's heart as an analogy for the following narration; “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here, so today I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri, and I hope you’ll support it.”  During this graphic video Representative Moon justified his behavior through his belief that "God had established Dominion for him to do so". A belief that he cannot otherwise prove or establish as factual. A belief that he is also using to establish Missouri House Bill 14. Although Representative Moon is entitled to his religious beliefs, that same luxury should be afforded to both those within Representative Moons' district and Missourian's state wide.  Representative Moon's lack of regard for the beliefs and rights of those he wishes to "serve" are also strong indicators as to why he is seemingly unfit to hold public office.  In closing we would like to use the very name of the bill Representative Moon is proposing to define the "Right to Life" as something that extends to all life. Despite Representative Moon's archaic beliefs, life is something that is of equal value regardless of species. So it is upon the request by the people of Missouri that Representative Moon be removed from office for not only being a poor representation of the State of Missouri, but a poor representation of himself and the values his claims to live by. Sincerely, Those of us concerned. Attached below is the graphic and unsettling video in question: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article155897439.html

Adam Brewer
2,137 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Chris Pappas, Christopher T. Sununu, Joseph D. Kenney, David K. Wheeler, Joseph A. Foster, Maggie Hassan, Colin Van Ostern

Protect the public and companion animals from unscrupulous veterinary hospitals

Johnny White died after his intestine was partially torn away from his stomach over the course of 13 days.  Veterinary records indicate veterinary employees suspected Johnny had a foreign body as early as day 3 of his ordeal.  The veterinary employees did not disclose their suspicions until day 12, but happily took money for examinations and treatments that did not fix Johnny's underlying issue.  On day 12, the veterinary hospital promised to conduct emergency surgery, but reneged 5 hours later and made Johnny wait an additional day. The following night Johnny was brought to an emergency and urgent care facility that also made him wait a second night to receive appropriate treatment for his critical condition.  Johnny died from his injuries on day 14 at 7:30 am just as the day staff was strolling in.  I filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau (“bureau”) against two businesses on July 28, 2016 alleging fraud, false advertising, breach of contract, and deceptive practices. I promptly received a letter dated August 4, 2016 from James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection Bureau, stating the complaints I filed raised issues of medical malpractice and not violations of the consumer protection act and as such should be dealt with by the professional licensing board. The complaints I filed were against two businesses, not individuals. The NH Board of Veterinary Medicine (“board”) has no authority over businesses that engage in commerce in the State of NH. The bureau is in fact the appropriate authority and agency to investigate and address complaints of businesses engaged in deceptive practices. NH does not exempt veterinary care from the consumer protection act. Specifically, I alleged the first animal hospital engaged in deceptive practices and breach of contract in the following ways:1. Charged me for unrelated tests for which I brought Johnny in for;2. Charge me for defective blood work due to a defect in the in-house blood machine;3. Charged me and failed to disclose to me the expert opinion that Johnny had a foreign body, while writing that diagnosis down on internal communications on day 3 and day 5 of Johnny's very painful ordeal. The basis of our contract was I paid the business for their employee veterinarian in exchange for the veterinary employee to examine Johnny and provide her expert opinion;4. Told me directly and unequivocally on day 6 Johnny did not have a foreign body even though internal communications (and subsequent diagnostics and surgery) indicated he did;5. Leveraged the fact Johnny needed urgent emergency surgery in order to secure my agreement to run a boatload of diagnostics, some of which that would exacerbate his condition, under the guise that there was no time to bring my dog to another veterinary hospital because he required immediate life saving surgery6. Reneged on that contract to perform emergency life-saving surgery after spending 5 hours running diagnostics that further confirmed Johnny needed that life-saving surgery, effectively cutting Johnny off from obtaining emergency surgery from another animal hospital I alleged the second business engaged in deceptive practices as it holds itself out as an urgent emergency veterinary facility that provides advanced veterinary care and diagnostics including complicated surgeries, in-house blood work, endoscopy, ultrasounds, CAT scans, etc. 24/7/365. I alleged that these services are not in fact available during overnights and I provided evidence from multiple consumers who also experienced this. This is the very definition of a deceptive practice. It puts the public and the public's companion animals at risk, and not only monetarily. It is unscrupulous for this business to misrepresent the level of care it provides to the public and charging a premium and pocketing that money without delivering on that promise. This business is acting like a charlatan snake-oil peddler. Protecting the public from these types of deceptive acts is the purpose of the bureau. The fact the businesses are engaged in veterinary care does not give them a free pass to deceive and fleece the public. Because the businesses are for the benefit of animals, a vulnerable segment of the population, rather than inanimate objects and it is widely recognized that animals are sentient, even in legal circles, and are capable of sensations and emotions, feeling pain and suffering, and experiencing a state of well being, it is even more paramount that veterinarians conduct business in an above-board, moral, and humane manner.

Johnny's Journey
4,114 supporters