Topic

animal laws

28 petitions

Started 4 days ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Doug Ford, Andrea Horwath

Ontario Voters: Tell Party Leaders to Stop Pets Being Taken by Researchers

Ontario Election – Urge Party Leaders to stop our pet cats and dogs being taken by researchers Friends, we know that you care deeply about the dogs and cats who share your homes.  Our animal companions are our family, and it’s up to us to protect family. Right now provincial candidates are coming to our doors to ask for our votes. We urge you to print this petition and share it with every candidate. And, please sign and share it so that the leaders of the three parties now representing us in provincial parliament will know that they must take this issue seriously. Let’s use this election to make sure that we elect representatives who will respect our concern for the suffering of animals. Petition to the leaders of the three parties currently representing us in Ontario’s Provincial Parliament: We urge you to commit to ending the shameful practice of sending pet cats and dogs to research. Because of a bad law, called Ontario's Animals for Research Act,  lost, stolen, or abandoned pets who are taken to pounds and humane societies are too often taken by researchers where they can be seriously harmed in painful and distressing experiments. According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, in just 5 years over 25,000 pet cats and dogs were taken by researchers.  We call on: Liberal leader, Kathleen Wynne; NDP leader, Andrea Horwath; and Progressive Conservative leader, Doug Ford  - to make a firm commitment to, “Ban the use of lost or abandoned pets in research.” Please do not ignore the love that so many Ontario voters have for the dogs and cats who share our homes. Ask yourself what you would say to a child who is heartsick because their beloved family friend is missing. Will you be willing to tell that child that you are too busy with other matters to keep their friend from dying in a research facility? If you have ever loved a dog or cat, or have a family member who loves their pet, don’t ignore our pleas. The Green Party of Ontario has already included this commitment in their election platform. We urge you and your parties to do the same. Background: Most Ontario citizens believe that when a dog or cat is brought to a municipally-funded pound that every effort will be made to find them a new, loving home. But, for around 5,000 former pets each year, they instead face the ultimate betrayal of being sent to a research facility to be used as a test subject. Animal Alliance of Canada has already asked each of you to commit to ending this shameful practice. Not one of you has responded as of the posting of this petition. It would be simple to amend the Animals for Research Act to ban this shameful practice. This would not change the provincial budget. There is no good reason for this issue to be ignored by the three leaders this petition is directed to. No reason at all. The Green Party of Ontario has already included in their platform their commitment to: “Ban the use of lost or abandoned pets in research.” We are deeply grateful to Green Party leader, Mike Schreiner for including simple decency toward family pets in his platform. Surely your parties can do the same. About Pets in Research: Under Ontario’s Animals for Research Act, dogs and cats who are brought to pounds, shelters, and humane societies can be sold to researchers for a small fee after only a brief holding period. Because this classification of animals, referred to as ‘Random Sourced’ are cheap to buy, researchers have little incentive to embrace the more modern testing methods that do not use animals. For decades, Animal Alliance of Canada has lobbied provincial governments that were lead by all three of your parties to end this practice. Not one of your parties chose to protect family pets and the feelings of animal-loving families. But, now, you can change that. It’s finally time to amend this bad law. This time, please don’t ignore Ontario families who love their pets.  We urge you to publicly promise to amend the Animals for Research Act to prohibit the use of our lost pets in research. To understand more visit: www.nopetsinresearch.ca  

Animal Alliance of Canada (Liz White)
850 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

Ban Cat Declawing in Alberta

Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. A cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.  A cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility, and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors. Unlike most mammals who walk on the soles of the paws or feet, cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their toes. Their back, shoulder, paw and leg joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves are naturally designed to support and distribute the cat's weight across its toes as it walks, runs and climbs. A cat's claws are used for balance, for exercising, and for stretching the muscles in their legs, back, shoulders, and paws. They stretch these muscles by digging their claws into a surface and pulling back against their own clawhold - similar to isometric exercising for humans. This is the only way a cat can exercise, stretch and tone the muscles of its back and shoulders. The toes help the foot meet the ground at a precise angle to keep the leg, shoulder and back muscles and joints in proper alignment. Removal of the last digits of the toes drastically alters the conformation of their feet and causes the feet to meet the ground at an unnatural angle that can cause back pain similar to that in humans caused by wearing improper shoes.   Adapted from Edmonton Humane Society

Trisha Barranoik
12,857 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Canada Food Inspection Agency, Justin Trudeau

Justice for Cocoa and Bella #cocoabella

On the morning of April 26, 2018, two days before being moved to a new boarding facility, our two beautiful, innocent and much loved horses were robbed of the rest of their lives due to an inconceivable act. Our horses were allegedly stolen and sold without owner consent and forged documents led to their unnecessary deaths. We will painfully never see them again. We don’t want to think about the fear, pain and suffering they must have endured. To make matters worse, this incident almost resulted in horses who were treated regularly with vaccines, Ivermectin and other medications to enter our food chain, which would have been a health concern for public at large as Bute is known to be carcinogenic to humans. Although we cannot bring back the lives of these innocent beings - our beautiful Cinderella ‘Bella’ and Cocoa, we hope this tragedy will result in bringing about change. We hope our outrage, disbelief and sorrow will raise awareness and lead to more stringent Equine Slaughter Laws in Canada. We hope the Canada Food Inspection Agency implements protocols so falsified documents are identified and not approved, to prevent unlawful slaughters. Animals are not soulless beings, they should be treated with humanity and respect.Please sign today, share, and together we can only hope to bring about change. Something good can come from this awful, unimaginable tragedy. Let’s join together and create change to make animals safer!To all those who sign, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Some extra facts on horse slaughter here.

Kathy/Kelsea Taylor
16,511 supporters