Petition to A. Donald McEachin, Rosalyn R. Dance, Jeff M. Bourne, Tim Kaine, Mark R. Warner, Bill R. DeSteph, Jr., Adam P. Ebbin
Tommie’s Law - Making animal cruelty a felony.
In an evil, senseless act of violence, a male brindle pit bull was tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park off the 200 Block of W Clay Street covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire. RACC named the dog Tommie. After being treated for burns to over 40% of his body at Virginia Veterinary Centers, Tommie succumbed to his injuries. It’s time to make animal cruelty a felony.
Petition to Columbia County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners
Protection for Pets & Animals in Columbia County
The CSRA Has Issues, & We've Got Them Too!We have a serious pet overpopulation problem in the CSRA, and Columbia County is not immune to it. There are many local rescue cases which involve abandoned pets, dogs allowed to roam without a leash or collar, backyard breeders with no regard for their animals, "accidental" breeding, and dogs living their lives on chains outside without adequate housing. These are not new problems, and rescues as well as shelter supporters have been trying for years to get protections in place to prevent them. Let's make 2019 the year that citizens, rescues, and animal shelter supporters come together so we can finally show our elected officials we require change! How Can We Change This?First - you can sign this petition! The Commissioners of Columbia County need to know that we will not stand idle and continue to allow zero protection for animals. Richmond County has ordinances protecting animal welfare, isn't it time we do too? The more people that show up to the 2/19 6PM meeting, the better. Make your elected officials aware that this is a problem which is rampant in our county, and will only worsen. The only way we can start to put protections in place, is to make it known that the way pets are currently treated in our county is a problem. It isn't going to go away, and neither will support for these protections. "Anti-Tether" - What it Actually MeansMany responsible pet owners use tethers! Banning them 100% would be ridiculous. What we are hoping to do is establish regulations for the conditions of tethered dogs, such as a time limit, adequate housing, and the presence of an owner (in case of strangulation or other injury). Some ordinances limit tethering to 13 hours at a time. The point behind anti-tether is to stop people from chaining their dogs outside 24/7 without proper shelter or resources, and instead use tethers for potty breaks or outside exercise time while making sure their basic needs are met. Outside DogsMany outside dog owners are responsible and their pets - happy! There are lots of local happy and healthy outside dogs who roam in a large fenced area and are well cared for. Anti-tether has nothing to do with those dogs and owners. Spay & NeuterRequiring average citizens who do not wish to be a breeder to spay and neuter would DRASTICALLY reduce the local stray population. Most responsible pet owners will spay and neuter, but most owners are not responsible. There are so many local programs available to make spay and neuter affordable: rescue vouchers, low cost clinics, city voucher programs, etc. Often these vouchers are not even used. Rescues even go as far as to make spay and neuter appointments fully paid for, and still people will decide not to show up. What we're doing now just is not working. But this is not a problem in other parts of the country. In the Northeast, where there are regulations for citizens to spay and neuter, most areas don't have the overpopulation problem. That is why many local rescues transport to those areas. Regulations related to spaying and neutering has that big of a direct impact to the local pet population. This is something that most rescues and shelters agree needs to be put in place everywhere! Breeders & ExceptionsMany rescuers, shelter employees/volunteers and responsible pet owners in general have dogs and cats from breeders. Not all breeders are bad, and most want to do the right thing in order to be in compliance with local regulations. If counties or cities start requiring licenses for breeders, this information becomes available to local Animal Control much like a city registration tag for a pet. If the cost of these licenses is significant enough, then reputable breeders who already pay to take their animals to the veterinarian, for genetic testing, and provide the best resources to their animals will not have an issue paying for it. The goal is to stop local backyard breeders who do not provide even basic veterinarian care for their animals and are not held accountable for the animals they breed. Having a breeder license which could be potentially revoked would cause breeders to consider their actions much more than they do now. Also, there are obviously medical exceptions for foregoing spay or neuter surgery. These would require documentation from a certified veterinarian.
Petition to People for Animals First
Remove Lisa Fowler and Save the Hawaiian Humane Society
People for Animals First (PFAF) is a grassroots effort by former and current Hawaiian Humane Society employees and volunteers, and community animal welfare advocates and groups. We have come together to bring forward concerns about the practices and management of the Society and to spark the change necessary to save the organization and Oahu’s animals. Under the direction of President and CEO, Lisa Fowler, and with the oversight of the Hawaiian Humane Society Board of Directors, we provided public testimonies and evidence for the following: The encouragement of euthanasia for healthy or treatable animals. Violations of standard safety procedures and labor practices. A hostile work environment that encourages bullying and fear of leadership. To address the issues the Society is facing, we are calling for the following: Terminate Lisa Fowler immediately. Eliminate the practice of using non-disclosure agreements and “hush money” to silence employees from reporting misconduct. Create an effective whistle-blower policy to protect employees from retaliation and create safe channels for reporting. Conduct an audit of the Hawaiian Humane Society’s operations in all areas of the organization. The audit must be conducted by an expert in the field of shelter operations and animal care. Require veterinary services to comply with the City & County contract which mandates “providing veterinary services under the direction of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for animals in the shelter”. Conduct an audit of the Hawaiian Humane Society’s corporate culture and implement policies in the best interest of employees and the organization. For more information, check out our recent media coverage: https://www.kitv.com/story/39939604/current-and-former-employees-upset-with-hawaiian-humane-society-ceo https://www.kitv.com/story/39946761/former-employees-say-unnecessary-euthanasia-going-on https://www.kitv.com/story/39969549/hawaiian-humane-society-responds-to-unnecessary-euthanasia-claims https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/02/group-calls-for-ouster-of-humane-society-ceo/ We are here because HHS is in crisis mode and the public deserves to know. Please help us spread the word. Mahalo.
Petition to Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines: Stop Abusing Dogs for Sport
In under a month, mushers will force teams of huskies to race a brutal 1,000 miles across the Alaska tundra. This team of man and dogs is not a partnership, but instead exploitation in the name of prize money from the few corporate sponsors cruel enough to still sponsor the race. And the race is cruel: teams can race for up to two weeks with mushers often ignoring veterinary advice in favor of a chance to cross the finish line first. As someone who has been involved in sled dog sports for over two decades, I have witnessed countless animal deaths firsthand in preparation and training for this race. Dogs are pushed so hard they suffer bloody diarrhea, paralysis, lung damage, frostbite, and even death. In the 2017 race alone, 5 dogs died in horrific pain, and at least 147 dogs have died over the course of the Iditarod’s 45-year history. As one of the last major corporate sponsors of the Iditarod, Alaska Airlines is funding this cruelty. Sign and share today to urge the airline to break this corporate partnership before more dogs race to their deaths. Even when the race is over, these sled dogs often live their entire lives chained outside and are abused as a means of “enforcing” their training. Sled dogs are factory farmed at competitive kennels and chained in endless rows in barren fields - a practice that is against internationally accepted humane mushing standards. Dogs who get sick or fail to perform to the standards of their mushers are killed. The Iditarod claims to care about the welfare of sled dogs but fails to enforce regulations, providing guidelines that even the most respected mushers often fail to meet with no repercussions. After learning of this cruelty, Wells Fargo pulled out of its sponsorship. However, the Iditarod is still allowed to continue and thrive because of its last remaining corporate funders. By sponsoring this race, Alaska Airlines condones the brutal conditions in which these sled dogs live and race, and endorses the idea that a race is more important than animals’ lives. Please sign this petition to show Alaska Airlines that animal welfare matters, and that no race is as important as sled dogs’ lives.
Petition to William O'Brien, Charlene M. Lima, Anastasia P. Williams, Patricia Serpa, Kenneth Marshall
STOP DECLAWING IN RHODE ISLAND
We request the Rhode Island legislature to pass HB 5073, which would add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in Rhode Island. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions). Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Statistics publicly available from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the eight to 14 years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health. The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV. This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). We hope such a bill would be successful and be a model for humane legislation in other states.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Wilkie
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.
UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments. It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments
UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services. According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse. William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Petition to Dr. Alex Azar, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Ryan Zinke, Dr. Robert Wilkie, General James Mattis, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert
Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!
In 2014, I adopted my best friend Violet from the basement of a taxpayer-funded animal experimentation lab. Now, I’m working with Congress to get dogs like her, as well as cats and monkeys, released from government labs at the end of experiments. When I met Violet, she lived alone in a cage in a laboratory basement. She had never been outside, never seen stairs and most of her experiences with humans involved fear and pain. She loved other dogs but was understandably terrified of humans. Now, we’re inseparable, and she’s best friends with our cats and even helps us foster kittens! But, Violet is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of cats, monkeys and dogs like her are experimented on each year in government labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution. Because its quicker and easier than relocating them to rescue groups, private homes or sanctuaries, experimenters usually kill these animals and dispose of them like trash, even if they’re healthy. Now, the taxpayers who bought these animals want them released. Recently, our organization White Coat Waste Project has secured the release of monkeys from the FDA, and is working to get dogs out of VA labs and kittens released by the USDA. Please join me in urging all government agencies to #GiveThemBack: retire and release animals at the end of taxpayer-funded experiments! --Julie Germany, Board Member, White Coat Waste Project