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animal cruelty

84 petitions

This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Travis Dowling, Jaala Pulford, Michael Burgess, stingray.consultation@vfa.vic.gov.au

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF RAYS

OBJECTIVE: Ban the killing of rays in popular tourist region, Port Phillip Bay (Melbourne, Australia); to preserve their place in the ecosystem and their value to the local and tourist communities. STOP THE SLAUGHTER: Large, gentle smooth rays are iconic residents of the many piers and jetties of Port Phillip Bay of Melbourne Australia (a popular tourist, diving and fishing region). These animals are much loved and highly regarded as having community value by locals, tourists, divers, snorkelers and many fishers. Yet these marine creatures are showing up dead beneath the piers, along with many harmless, smaller fiddler rays (aka ‘Banjos’) every week, being caught, killed and discarded as both ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted’ catch. By their own testimony, some fishers are removing the wings from the large and small rays to use as bait for catching sharks and discarding the remains. There is also concern that stingray meat is potentially being sold as 'sea scallops' and 'calamari' at some restaurants. CURRENT REGULATIONS AREN'T WORKING: The huge ray in this image was killed legally, and currently each fisher can legally kill up to 5 of these majestic animals per day in Victoria. Regulations need to be updated in line with public sentiment that these animals have greater value and interest to local, tourist, fisher and diver communities and the ecosystems they inhabit alive. Also of concern is the common but illegal practice of fishers frequently killing and throwing the smaller ‘banjos' back beneath the piers, not wanting to keep them or catch the same ray again. This is an offence against Fisheries Regulations 2019, Reg 101: Offence to fail to return fish to water without injury or damage - which is frequently not closely monitored and enforced. Some within the fishing community are either unaware of current regulations or have blatant disregard for them. Fishers can acquire a fishing license with no requirement to have read or understood regulations, and there is currently no signage on the fishing end of piers and jetties to reinforce the regulations and penalties in the absence of Fisheries officers. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: In additional to illegal kills, there are many examples of cruelty where live, unwanted rays have their mouths torn out to retrieve fishing hooks before being dumped. While a smaller number of rays are killed for food, the process of their catch and slaughter is often inhumane. Some rays are cut in half while alive, removing their tail end and/or wings to be used as bait or food before being discarded back into the water which is currently legal (for disturbing video evidence, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0KhjPXkgRQ ) We argue that current regulation regarding fisher treatment of both ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted’ rays falls short of the best interest of the rays and the local and tourist populations of Port Phillip Bay. PRECEDENT: In 2015, Fisheries WA in conjunction with Westfishrec announced a ban on fishers taking two species of rays (smooth stingrays and black stingrays) at Hamelin Bay, citing that ‘Fishers acknowledged the tourism and conservation value of large tame residential stingrays particularly in holiday locations”. This protection was later extended to all smooth and black rays in the West and South Coast Bioregions (Kalbarri to the South Australian border). Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andrew Rowland said “Recreational fishers support protecting these species and their associated values”. Additionally, “Rays played an important role in the marine ecosystems as scavengers and predators … The public’s fascination with the winged wonders of the sea was reflected in their popularity with many residents who live on the coast and tourists who visit WA’s stingray aggregation areas.” (Department of Fisheries’ Aquatic Biodiversity Branch Team Leader, Dr Shaun Meredith) The same scenario applies to the rays of Port Phillip Bay, and the same ban is needed. WE ARE PETITIONING TO: 1. Ban the killing of rays in Port Phillip Bay2. Post signage on boat ramps and the fishing end of piers and jetties featuring pictures of these endemic species of rays, along with penalties for killing them against current and future regulation3. Further educate the Victorian fishing community about current regulations and the proposed incoming bans on taking ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted’ rays and how to release and return them without harm4. Monitor piers, jetties and ramps more effectively with cameras, and position more Fisheries officers to deliver penalties to offenders This #raysawareness petition will be submitted to the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, Fisheries Victoria Director Travis Dowling and VRFish CEO Michael Burgess. 

Project Banjo Action Group
32,987 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Cr Jenny Hill, Mr Scott Stewart, Hon Coralee O'Rourke, Mr Aaron Harper, Ms Cathy O'Toole

End live export from Townsville

We are Townsville residents, tourists and visitors who, like many Australians, object to the live export of cattle because this trade is inherently cruel. It has been well documented that cattle transported overseas suffer during long distance transport by road and on ships, multiple loading and unloading, poor handling, as well as through brutal and cruel slaughtering methods. The export of live animals has also been shown to contribute to the loss of local jobs. We think that it makes no economic sense to export jobs overseas as this has a negative flow-on effect on the local economy.   Finally we are deeply concerned that the loading of live export ships at the Port has a negative impact on local residents, visitors to areas adjacent to the Port such as the Casino, Entertainment Centre, the CBD and Strand areas due to the unpleasant stench coming from thousands of cattle in a hot environment.  It is difficult to see how plans for increased tourism and more residential development in the Townsville CBD are compatible with plans to increase the number of cattle shipped through the Port.  We support TALE (Townsville Against Live Exports)'s call to Townsville Local, State, and Federal representatives to abandon plans to expand the live export trade from the Port of Townsville (from around 300,000 head per annum to a million) and to end live export from Townsville. Townsville can do better! We support alternatives which would be better for the animals, for local jobs and which would help make Townsville more attractive as a tourist destination and a city in which to live and work. 

TALE Townsville Against Live Export
7,611 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to New Zealand House of Representatives, Members of Parliament, New Zealand Government, National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

Stop the cruelty of Australian magpies and have magpie trip-traps prohibited

Australia’s most iconic song bird was introduced into New Zealand 150 years ago to eradicate insects for farmers and did an excellent job. When Chemicals were introduced the Magpies were no longer needed. In 1951 magpies lost the protected bird species classification. University studies on this matter have all concluded the magpie is of no threat to native birds or the ecology. Despite being regarded as one of the most intelligent social species on the planet New Zealand citizens and councils are inhumanly, using a magpie trip-trap then proceed to shoot, poison, or drown magpies whilst they are in the trip-trap.  I want the  New Zealand Parliament House of Representatives to advise the minister  of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to review the welfare of animals caught in Trip-Traps and prohibit the use of magpie trip-traps .  I have been involved with the rescueing of magpies that have been trapped in trip-traps and most of the magpies have severe injuries including a ripped scalp , broken and bleeding beaks , and are always showing a lot of distress. The council has let me rescue some of the trapped magpies as long as I don’t release them but there has been over 1 million cruel deaths and without a change For a new law legislation the animal cruelty will continue for magpies . Magpies were voted Australia’s bird of the year once again and Australia geographic proposed the magpie is the most intelligent animal species overall. The no 1 best selling book on Amazon 2017 was  a true story about a pet magpie named penguin and is adored worldwide. New Zealand’s animal cruelty has to stop! If my petition is successful I Have a solution for New Zealanders that still wish to remove magpies from public places and privately owned properties . I have started  a non profit organisation for rescue magpies and will organise the magpies to be trapped and taken away  to a new magpie sanctuary . Myself and others are being affected and many people of Australia were horrified of the matter and I will appreciate my petition to be shared on social media to create awareness and I will do everything in my power to save the Australian magpies !                

Cornwall Park bird rescue
4,428 supporters