Animal Cruelty

1,563 petitions

Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom, Kevin Mullin, Chad Mayes, Nancy Skinner, Anthony Rendon, Ian C. Calderon, Kevin de León, Bill Monning

Outlaw Horse Racing In California

Upward of 2,000 horses die on American racetracks every year. In 2016, there were roughly 170 deaths on California tracks alone. ( All to serve people’s desire to place a $2 bet. Despite the typical opening day festivities with ladies in fancy garb and big hats, there is nothing glamorous about horse racing. Racetracks are battlefields where horses pay with their lives for our entertainment. How can we justify a spectacle in which an animal gets instantly euthanized for merely spraining an ankle or breaking a leg? Racehorses are tormented and tortured for the sole purpose of generating profits for their owners and race promoters. How is this, the so-called “Sport of Kings”, still legal? It wasn’t that long ago that another blood sport - greyhound racing - was legal in much of the United States. A more enlightened view has emerged that rightly recognizes it for what it truly is; cruel, inhumane and exploitative. Animal activists and advocates have fought long and hard to render it illegal in 40 states and counting. Similarly, horse racing should be outlawed. Regulations to improve treatment of horses and reduce their rate of death are ineffective, as they are neither followed nor enforced. Frankly, given the money at stake, there are huge incentives to cheat at the track, as well as recklessly breed horses for speed to the detriment of their general health. The only answer is complete abolishment of the horse racing industry. California can pave the way for other states by being the first to pass legislation making horse racing illegal. Please join me in calling upon California lawmakers to ban horse racing, as well as gambling on horse racing, in the State of California.

Horseracing Wrongs Inc.
89,832 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ASPCA, Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Humane society

Make way for change Bosworth!

For several years, the mayor of the town of Bosworth, MO has made clear that if there is a stray or a loose dog on his or any other local's property, that it is OKAY to shoot to kill them. This started when there were stray dogs tearing into the trash and the locals were sick of cleaning up the mess. The town of Bosworth, population of roughly 300, has no dog catcher or pound. Even though, Bosworth is within the Carroll county area, outside of the town Carrollton. Their local pound will not take in any animals from the town of Bosworth nor will the Carrollton dog catcher come up to grab any of the strays or runaways, as the town is not within the city limits. The pounds of Marshall and Chillicothe will also not take in any pets as the town of Bosworth is also just outside their jurisdictions. It takes about 30 minutes to get to any of these three towns. So the mayor's solution to this dilemma was to SHOOT the strays. The downside to this, is that if any dog escapes their yard, collard or not they WILL be shot. Meaning that if 'Old Yeller' just happened to get the catch you off guard and got loose, the mayor or any of his supporters will shoot your dog on site if it trespasses their property. MANY townsfolk have lost their dogs due to this. As of today I just received word that my mom's dog, Bear, broke his chain and ran into town at some point. In a turn of events one of the locals shot and killed him and left him there. Bear, while massive, was just that a cuddly bear. All this poor baby probably wanted was to say hi, and someone shot him dead! My mom had raised him. Bottle fed him every 2-3 hours  since he was two weeks old and now he is gone! "Under Missouri Law 273.033.  Killing or injuring a dog is justifiable PROVIDED you, your family or livestock are in IMMINENT DANGER."  Therefore, to shoot a dog for just sniffing the grass on your property does not mean you have the go ahead to shoot to kill. What I want is the Mayor of Bosworth to stop allowing this inhumane behavior to continue. I also want the Mayor of Bosworth AND the townsfolk to find an alternative solution to deal with possible strays or runaways. My proposal to is to turn one of the abandoned buildings in the town of Bosworth into a animal Shelter and we will name it in honor of Bear. It will be named BearPaws. In addition, I would like to ask for help from any major organizations to come down and assist so that we can make a better situation for every dog in the area.  

Madeline Harrison
483 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Henry McMaster

Make Licenses Required for Dog Breeders in South Carolina

I’m Alexa Marsh, a seventeen year old girl with a deep love for animals. I have two dogs, a black lab named Brooke and a yorkie mix named Murray, whom my family and I adopted after he was rescued from a puppy mill a few years ago. After learning about what he as well as the other dogs at the puppy mill suffered through, I was absolutely horrified, and even more so when I discovered that in some states there are not any regulations for breeders.  For those of you who do not know, puppy mills are large breeding facilities whose only interest is profit (from pet stores buying their puppies). These puppy mills do not care about the health conditions of the dogs, as long as they are making income. Sanitation conditions are intolerable, and often dogs are found stuffed into tiny cages living among their feces and urine. Their skin is dry and itchy from ticks and fleas, and their fur is long and matted. These dogs are starved and malnourished, and during the occasional times in which they are fed, they are left to fight each other for the small amount of food that is provided for them. Many dogs suffer from blindness, deafness, joint disorders, kidney and heart diseases, epilepsy, and even life-threatening illnesses that are passed on to their puppies. There are even times when dogs die and are left in their cages for weeks among the other dogs. Puppy Mills are inhumane and cruel, and by requiring licenses for dog breeders in the state of South Carolina, we can help limit these horrible facilities and save innocent dogs from terrible cruelty.

Alexa Marsh
19,028 supporters