Petition to Michael Colreavy, TD, Sandra McLellan, TD, Sinn Fein, Martina Anderson, MEP, Matt Carthy, MEP, Lynn Boylan, MEP, Martin Ferris, TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, TD, Dessie Ellis, TD, Peadar Tóibín, TD, Pearse Doherty, TD, Pádraig MacLochlainn, TD, Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Jonathan O'Brien, TD, Brian Stanley, TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, TD, Sean Crowe, TD, Gerry Adams, TD, Liadh Ní Riada, MEP
Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
The Sinn Fein party, while it has opposed stag hunting in Ireland and backed an anti-bullfighting motion in the European Parliament, has a policy of supporting cruel hare coursing. Despite the suffering, injury and death caused to Irish hares and the fact that many party representatives are in favour of a ban, Sinn Fein's current stance is that they "oppose an outright ban". Please sign and share this petition and urge the party to change its policy and come out strongly in favour of a ban on hare coursing. Hare coursing is illegal in most countries, including England, Scotland, Wales and also in Northern Ireland. It continues in the Republic of Ireland, even though the vast majority of citizens want it outlawed. In coursing, hares are forcefully netted from the countryside, kept in captivity for weeks or months and eventually forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of greyhounds. Using live animals as bait for dogs would normally be a serious offence of animal cruelty but the government has provided immunity from prosecution for those involved by inserting an exemption for coursing into animal welfare legislation. Witness the cruelty of hare coursing athttp://youtu.be/4LrFGNrL0rA See latest video footage showing hares hit and mauledhttps://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1492231004225786/
Petition to Michael Gove, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Make CCTV Mandatory in All Live Animal Transport Vehicles
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published its statistics for September 2017, reporting the slaughter of 87.5 million poultry, 225,000 cattle, 258,700 sheep and 893,000 pigs. During their lifetime, many of these animals will have endured long journeys by road (or sea), moving them between farms, to vets, markets and abattoirs, or exported abroad. The FSA records report 2,224 incidents of welfare breaches during a 6-month period, with reports of animals trapped between crates, some with broken bones, many enduring extreme temperatures, and even reports of death before reaching their arrival destination. On 11th August 2017, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove unveiled plans to introduce compulsory CCTV systems in abattoirs throughout the UK. Whilst welcomed by many animal welfare organisations and activists, we would like to see this protection extended to include transportation. We, the Reading Animal Welfare Activists (RAWA), are proposing the introduction of a CCTV system which would record the activities within vehicles for all journeys (including small businesses) involving the movement of live animals for economic purposes. This system would operate throughout the entire duration of a journey, including the loading and offloading of livestock, with the hope that it would provide increased protection for the animals involved. It is expected that ongoing surveillance would prevent negligence and deter individuals from mistreating animals. Archived footage would be kept, and could be used as evidence should suspicion of a welfare breach arise. The government will not implement this without public outcry or support, so we are calling for your support on this matter. We believe that CCTV would complement existing arrangements implemented by DEFRA, and more importantly, increase protection for our animals. As Jeremy Bentham once said: “The question is not can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?”. Thank you for taking the time to read this.The RAWA team
Petition to Neil Vogel (CEO, About.com), Jeff Kip (CEO, InterActive Corp)
About.com - Stop promoting cruel bullfighting
About.com is being asked to stop publicising bullfighting and providing links to sites selling bullfighting tickets. On the About.com GoSpain page, travel writer Damian Corrigan declares: "I recommend heading for the bullring as soon as you arrive in the city to secure your tickets." Dates and locations are listed along with links to bullfighting websites where tickets may be purchased. Elsewhere on About.com, the torturing and killing of bulls is shockingly described as "art". Beneath a photo of a matador plunging a sword into the bleeding body of a bull, it is stated: "The exact manner in which the fighter takes the bull's life is important to the art." In a letter to About.com CEO Neil Vogel and CEO of parent company InterActive Corp, Jeff Kip, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports stated: "Bullfighting is an extremely cruel and violent activity in which bulls are terrorised, tortured and killed. Most holidaymakers lured in to the bullrings are left feeling shocked and disgusted at the bloody scenes they witness. Please show compassion and remove bullfighting from your website." ACTION ALERT Urge About.com and InterActive Corp to stop publicising bullfighting on their website. Mr Neil Vogel, Mr Jeff KipCEO, About.com / InterActive CorpEmail: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +1 212 314 7277 (New York)Twitter: @neilvogel @AboutTravel @gospain
Petition to Du Qinglin Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Rhino Trust (Namibia), Savé Valley Conservancy (Zimbabwe)
Help save RHINO from extinction
Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE
Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in asian countries, particularly Vietnam. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine but more and more commonly now it is used as a status symbol to display someone’s success and wealth. As South African is home to the majority of rhinos in the world it is being heavily targeted by poachers, see poaching numbers in South Africa. However poaching is now a threat in all rhino range states and field programmes are having to investment heavily in anti-poaching activities. The scarcity of rhinos today and the corresponding intermittent availability of rhino horn only drives the price higher, and intensifies the pressure on the declining rhino populations. For people whose annual income is often far below the subsistence level, the opportunity to change one’s life by killing an animal that they don’t value is overwhelming. Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos. Often they use a tranquiliser gun to bring the rhino down and hack of its horn leaving the rhino to wake up and bleed to death very painfully and slowly. Poachers are also often armed with guns making them very dangerous for the anti-poaching teams who put their lives on the line to protect rhinos. What is rhino horn? Rhino horns are similar in structure to horses’ hooves, turtle beaks, and cockatoo bills. They are made of keratin – in rhinoceros horn it is chemically complex and contains large quantities of sulphur-containing amino acids, particularly cysteine, but also tyrosine, histidine, lysine, and arginine, and the salts calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. Traditional Chinese Medicine According to traditional Chinese texts, such as Li Shih-chen’s 1597 medical text “Pen Ts’ ao Kang Mu”, rhino horn has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It also states that the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.” (However, it is not, as commonly believed, prescribed as an aphrodisiac). Rhino horn, is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water and consumed by the patient. As Richard Ellis, author of "Tiger bone and rhino horn" wrote in 2005 for the EAZA Rhino Campaign's Info Pack: "It is not clear that rhino horn serves any medicinal purpose whatsoever, but it is a testimony to the power of tradition that millions of people believe that it does. Of course, if people want to believe in prayer, acupuncture or voodoo as a cure for what ails them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t, but if animals are being killed to provide nostrums that have been shown to be useless, then there is a very good reason to curtail the use of rhino horn. There are five species of rhinoceros and, with the exception of one subspecies of African white rhino, all are in danger of being hunted to extinction for their horns. Rhinos as we know them have been around for millions of years, but Dr H. Spaiens has created a predicament from which they might never recover. It is heartbreaking to realise that the world’s rhinos are being eliminated from the face of the earth in the name of medications that probably don’t work." Aphrodisiac There is a belief in the West that rhino horn is used as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant but this is not correct and seems to have been misunderstood or misinterpreted by Western media. However, research has shown that people in Vietnam are starting to believe this rumour as they are consuming it for new reasons. Even without aphrodisiacal properties, however, rhino horn is one of the mainstays of TCM, and its collection has been responsible for the death of tens of thousands of rhinos around the world. Make no mistake: those people who use rhino horn to cure medical ailments really believe it works. That’s what drives up the demand on which the poachers thrive. As Ann and Steve Toon commented in 2002, “For practitioners of traditional Asian medicine, rhino horn is not perceived as a frivolous love potion, but as an irreplaceable pharmaceutical necessity.” VietNam – new uses for rhino horn https://africacheck.org/reports/medical-claims-for-rhino-horn-youre-better-on-an-aspirin-or-biting-your-nails/ https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/legalising_the_horn_trade There has been a recent surge in demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, where it is being touted as a hangover cure and treatment for terminal illnesses plus many more uses. A survey carried out by TRAFFIC in 2013 identified that the motivation for consumers buying rhino horn is the emotional benefits rather than medicinal, as it reaffirms their social status among their peers. Image and status is important to these consumers, they tend to be highly educated and successful people who have a powerful social network and no affinity to wildlife. Rhino horns are sometimes bought for the sole purpose of being gifted to others; to family members, business colleagues or people in positions of authority. TRAFFIC identified three main consumer groups, read their report here Trade The International trade in rhino horn is banned under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora). In South Africa particularly there is a call to legalise the trade in rhino horn. Read more about this in legalising the horn trade thorny issues. What is Save the Rhino doing? Save the Rhino is one of the few organizations working to protect all five species of rhinos through a range of activities. Demand Reduction Read about the work we are doing in Consumer countries to reduce the demand for rhino horn Conservation activities Read about all of the conservation activities we do to protect rhinos in the field. How can we help !!! Please Sign & Share Thank you very much
Petition to christina mckelvie
Introduce harsher punishments to stop animal cruelty
i feel strongly on this matter as we are the voice for the animals who are being abused everyday it actually is so hard to understand why human beings can do so much cruel to a defenceless animal i love my dogs as part of my family so i think its about time we all pulled together and try make a difference for all these animals and the only way is to change how to do this is by making it a criminal offence and give harsher punishments not just a slap on the wrist some things i read do you know in this country alone there is a animal abused every 10 seconds from beating,burning,fighting,shooting,neglect,poising this is only some of what we humans inflict on defenceless animals im hoping to be able to get over 100,000 signatures to try stop the inhumane treatment of all these animals please help by signing thank you.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Reverse the government's decision to give the go ahead for a puppy farm in Hull, created with the purpose of providing beagle puppies to laboratories for animal testing!
The government have just given the go ahead for a puppy farm in Hull to supply animals to laboratories for testing. These beautiful and loving animals will never know love or compassion, just pain, suffering and neglect! It's WRONG and CRUEL!!!! But quite apart from the suffering of innocent dogs, these experiments are now proven to also delay and prevent the arrival of effective treatments and cures for human patients. MPs are now signing EDM 66, calling for a thorough science hearing to prove that such 19th century obsolete science must immediately stop, for all our sakes. EDM 66: http://edm66.forlifeonearth.org/
Petition to Alexander Langsam, Robert Ferrari, Connor Georgiou, David Hill, Lara Williams
Britannia Hotels Must Go Cage-Free Now!
Hi, my name is Jenny and I am petitioning Britannia Hotels to stop sourcing cage eggs for its 52 hotels across the country. Hens kept in cages for egg production endure lives that are not worth living. The space they live in is less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. They don’t get to experience any natural sunlight, can't carry out any of their natural behaviours and suffer both physically and psychologically. I’m an avid animal lover, and hate to see any animal in pain, which is why I’m running this petition. I enjoy spending my time helping charities fight for animals, and petitioning has made other companies improve their animal welfare standards. So if you believe that hens should not endure a life of pain and suffering it would be amazing if you would sign this; it would mean so much to me, and you may help countless numbers of hens who deserve a better life. Fortunately, the world is changing and more and more companies, brands and big hotels such as Travelodge, Premier Inn and Hilton, are ditching cage eggs from their supply chains on the grounds of animal cruelty. Steps like this are really important stages towards making our world a better place for animals. But Britannia Hotels have failed to make these basic improvements. We can make choices in our own lives to reduce or stop animal suffering but it’s also up to us, as consumers, to stand up to companies with bad practices. Please sign my petition and let Britannia know that you do not support this kind of extreme animal cruelty.
Petition to Ocean Park, Hong Kong Government
Ocean Park - Save The Animals
Ocean Park has been keeping pandas in what we believe are cruel conditions. We believe that they are keeping them in inhumane habitats and we should try to help by creating a better home for them. The following picture is on their website, is this the way animals should be treated? Here are more examples. - https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en/park-experience/get-closer-to-the-animals/honorary-panda-keeper - https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en/park-experience/get-closer-to-the-animals/meet-giant-panda If a change is conducted, we want to be able to take down such images and make sure that these animals will not be seen in such inhumane conditions. Thank you for your support Adhya and Josie