Petition to John Horgan, Carole James, Lana Popham, Adrian Dix, Rich Coleman, Dr. Andrew Weaver, Lawrence MacAulay
Ban Battery Cages in British Columbia
What’s the first thing you see when you wake up? What if it was a cage? What if every single day you woke up, you saw a cage? Would you enjoy that? I know I wouldn’t, and I know the over two million egg laying hens in B.C. don’t enjoy it either. They also hate being crammed together in these cages with on average less space than a standard piece of printed paper (94 square inches). That tiny space is all they will ever have for their entire lives. They aren’t treated like living animals, they’re treated like machines. They aren’t given a proper place to lay their eggs, nor are anywhere to dustbathe or perch. These are natural behaviours that are important to them, and it is extremely stressful and uncomfortable when they cannot perform these behaviours. To make matters worse, instead of dustbathing, hens are often forced to bathe in urine and feces that fall from other hens in cages stacked above. The list of welfare risks and cruelties that these animals endure on a daily basis is endless, which is why it's up to us to call on the government to ban this cruel and dangerous practice. Please sign this petition to urge Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and the B.C. Government to ban battery cages in our egg industry. This would not only benefit millions of neglected hens, but it would also drastically lower the risk of salmonella infection for B.C. citizens. A study by the European Food Safety Agency, which analyzed data from 5,000 egg farms in more than 20 countries found that eggs from battery caged hens were twenty-five times more likely to carry salmonella infection than uncaged free run hens! Momentum is building in the cage-free movement. Major food chains such as Mcdonald’s, Subway, Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs in the future. Major grocers such as Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada have done the same. Recently, the Egg Farmers of Canada have pledged to end the use of battery cages by 2036. This is a big step in the right direction, but the 2036 timeline is ridiculously drawn-out. If the B.C. government truly cares about the safety of B.C. citizens and B.C. farm animals it must lead by example and ban caged housing in our egg industry, allowing a far shorter timeline. This is simply the right thing to do. - Ned Taylor UPDATE: Like our Facebook page to enhance the fight for a cage-free BC: https://www.facebook.com/Cage-Free-BC-1840004186274923/ Bibliography http://www.bcegg.com/farm-to-table/bc-egg-producers http://www.spca.bc.ca/animal-issues/farm-animal-welfare/farm-animals/egg-laying-hens.html http://www.choosecagefree.org/cage-free-benefits http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/97r http://www.humanefood.ca/battery.html
Petition to Cyndi Powell, Justin Trudeau, Paul critchlow
Help save our family member against BSL law
I adopted our family member Roxy when she was 6 weeks old due to chronic anxiety and panic attacks, for not feeling safe in my own home alone! She is now 1 year old and I have never felt safer since she has been by my side. I could not ask for a better companion, a better friend, a better family member... She is well trained and on point. She has a doubled fenced in closure and her own little park in our yard. She was raised with my two children and other animals, including farm animals! Now because of the Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) law, the police want to take my precious animal and put her down, when all she has done is live her life as a breed that is misunderstood. Our animals are precious family members, they should not have to pay for what humans have made other humans believe these dogs are capable of! The owners should be held responsible for their animals behaviour, not the helpless animals. She is strong willed, affectionate, clownish, loyal, obedient, intelligent, friendly and courageous! The perfect family member for us especially with all her kisses. Please please please help me save our beloved family member.
Petition to Judge C, Higgins
Niko's Life Matters! Save Niko!
THE STORY... Niko has been locked up in Virginia for 18+ months. One day Niko escaped from his yard..his owner noticed right away and chased after him. Toni did catch up to him in a neighbors yard. It was discovered the neighbors cat was dead in the yard. The cat was found in the front of the house, Niko was found on the side of the house. The cat had no blood on it ...Niko had no blood on him. The cat was never taken to a vet to determine the cause of death. So now Niko sits and waits to die... Toni(Niko's mom) now has a wonderful lawyer working hard on Niko's case. No one has ever called her back. Niko's life is one the line for something he clearly DID NOT DO!!! Niko and his mom need your support. Niko has a wonderful sanctuary in NY where he can live out his days safe . All who are involved in saving Niko realize he cannot return back home to where he belongs. Please spare his life and release him to a sanctuary. Niko's facebook group --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/prayersforniko/ Niko's facebook page --> https://www.facebook.com/NikosLifeMatters/?ref=bookmarks
Petition to Councillor Mike Layton, Mike Williams
Ban The Permanent Confinement and Neglect Of Dogs In Toronto
We believe that the City of Toronto’s existing bylaws allow for loopholes for owners to willfully neglect and put their dogs at risk by providing unsubstantial living quarters and quality of life for dogs.Under the current Article III Section C of Toronto Animal Code states:“a weather-proofed and insulated enclosure that includes sufficient space to allow for the normal postural and behavioural adjustments and adequate amounts of ventilation and intensity of light for the animal.”This needs to be revised to:“a weather-proofed and insulated enclosure that includes sufficient space to allow for the normal postural and behavioural adjustments and adequate amounts of ventilation and intensity of light for the animal may be deemed sufficient for periods of no more than 3 hours at a time. Otherwise animal (dog) should reside with owner in their residence. Said enclosure should not be stacked on top of other enclosures for any reason. Enclosures should not be padlocked, should be free of substantial rust and should be free from substantial animal excrement.”Failing to abide by this bylaw should result in a fine of $350. If the owner is unreachable and the dog has been outside for more than 3 hours, emergency services and animal control may intervene to remove the dog from said situation until the owner can be located.In 2017 in Toronto there is no reason to have a dog other than for companionship purposes. Our bylaws need to reflect that we are a modern city that treat companion animals with intent of companionship. There is no point in having a dog and leaving it unattended in an enclosure. Many owners who do leave their dogs in outdoor enclosures in Toronto, do so as a means to keep “breeding pets”. There is no quality of life or companionship purposes for these dogs.
Petition to Tracy McElman, Office of the chief insp
OSPCA should be fostering all animals! stand behind their policies and bring Rosie home!
To make a change we need to recognize the need for change. OSPCA does not use fostering for dogs but they do for cats and this is the problem when there someone willing to be the foster home for an animal while they wait for their next journey in life. When an animal comes from A puppy mill or harsh living conditions I feel it inappropriate to put them in a cage when A foster home would be more appropriate. IT is very hard to take care of an animal for a week of ongoing care as well as trying to find it’s home and realizing she came from a puppy mill! I did my research and made sure that I was following the right protocol to make sure the remainder of the animals were saved as well but that involved me surrendering Rosie. OSPCA has A policy that when you are the one that surrenders an animal you would get the first opportunity to adopt the animal you surrendered This is a policy but not utilized when there’s an animal in their care that they would like to own! This policy must be made mandatory! In this case this policy was avoided And they have done nothing to rectify the situation although I have made it very clear that we are heartbroken and disturbed by the emotional turmoil we’ve had to go through for more than a month and a half. Daily messages asking how she was doing and when she would be available to adopt were sent to ospca! The situation became even more emotional when they said I could see her and then refused to allow me to see her when I arrived. I seen the other dogs online available to adopt from other SPCA units so I sent them a message requesting more information about Rosie. My heart shattered when I read the message that she had been adopted out to the vet sister! I was more than clear that I would like to adopt Rosie and as I was told their policy and it made me feel confident That I would be the first one to have the opportunity to adopt her. I believe Rosie belongs with me no matter how long the fight to get her back will be! Rosie is a hero for saving 30+ dogs but she’s going to be an even bigger hero For making things right for all people and animals that have to deal with OSPCA in the future. Correcting mistakes is never easy but if you don’t correct them They are always there! Preventing these mistakes from ever happening again will Help provide peace of mind that these policies are in place and are made to be utilized! The policies that have been broken in this case are going to require other policies to be broken to bring Rosie home but I think it’s only appropriate as they made the wrong decision in avoiding their policy To accommodate the vet sister! The fact that Rosie went to the vet sister to avoid these policies needs to be rectified!
Petition to The Canadian Government, The people!
Help Save Animals By Passing Bill-C246
You may be surprised to know that Canada is rated one of the worst countries regarding animal abuse. The World Animal Protection gives Canada a D on its animal protection index, below India, Brazil and the Philippines. Canada also ranked 45th out of 50 countries in the animal cruelty index. Now as a Canadian I find this absolutely unacceptable. Its time to raise awareness and facts about animal cruelty to Canadians and help support abused animals nationally. Why I am starting this GoFundMe:I have always had a big connection to animals much like my family, we have had and still have lots of animals of all varieties, dogs, cats, fish, birds, and recently bunnies. And I always assumed that animal cruelty would be on a massive downfall especially in a country like Canada until I found out otherwise. My immediate response is this donation page where others can help fight Animal Cruelty, i'm not asking for much just enough to donate to various organizations. What this money will be used for:I will be donating 75% of the money earned to Animal Support organizations located in Ottawa and 25% to Awareness campaigns. [I will keep updates on what I have done with the funds, and what your donations have helped do.] Some Statistics Regarding Animal Abuse: -Cosmetic Testing on animals is still legal in Canada! Unlike our European neighbors who have banned it completely. -45,000 Animal cruelty complaints every year in Canada -1 in 1,000 Number of complaints that lead to criminal charges -92% Canadians who want better laws to protect animals
Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Drew Dilkens, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Ontario SPCA, Cheryl Hardcastle
Change local laws to prohibit the mistreatment of animals in our pet stores
Hello! It is a well known fact that Corbrets Pet Depot on Walker Rd. In Windsor, Ontario, has ongoing cases of animal cruelty and abuse that have been seen by many customers over the years. From contacting the Windsor Police and the local Windsor Humane Society, it is said that nothing can be done due to laws. However, we aim to change this. I would like to work together with anyone and everyone to shut down this poor excuse for a pet store. Attached is one of many experiences people have had within the pet store. Hopefully this will get the attention of our local City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, our Member of Parliament Cheryl Hardcastle, the Windsor OPP, and much more. These animals don’t deserve to be mistreated. Laws shouldn’t protect the evil, they should defend the innocent. If you support animal rights, and want to prevent further abuse, please sign this petition and work with us to complete our goal. Please feel free to comment your own experiences with the pet shop. Thank you!
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