animal protection

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Saga Furs, Mr. Juha Sipilä, Mr, Sauli Niinistö, Legislative Branch of Finland Government, Finnish Animal Welfare Act, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Dodo, Fur Free Alliance

Ban the Inhuman Treatment of Arctic Foxes on Finnish Fur Farms

In Finland, Arctic foxes are bred in squalid, tightly confined containers for the sole purpose of being inhumanly slaughtered, skinned, and sold to high-end fashion brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The Finnish government enacted the Finnish Animal Welfare Act, which explicitly states that "animal breeding that causes pain and suffering is prohibited." Yet, this Animal Welfare Act has done nothing to stop the unimaginably cruel practice of Finnish monster-breeding.  Artic foxes; adorable, highly-intelligent animals in the same family as your beloved dog, normally weigh 6 - 8 pounds (3 - 4 kilos) in the wild, but are being bread to weigh over 44 pounds (20 kilos) by Saga Furs!! Not only are their conditions on these fox fur farms unbelievably cruel and unthinkable to begin with, but these monster bred foxes are in constant daily pain in their joints and muscles, and most of them cannot even stand on their legs. The pictures of their little faces show so much fear, sadness, and PAIN that I cannot fathom how the Finnish government, a progressive, liberal democracy, is allowing such HORRORS to take place to arctic foxes. Foxes, like their cousins the domestic dog, are pack animals. They instinctively have a trust and desire to be around humans. They are highly intelligent, highly sociable, and worst of all, studies have proven their ability to understand the environment they are in. What this means is these animals are not only being tortured in ways that are cruel beyond compare on a daily basis because they weigh over 5 times what their bodies can carry, but they are AWARE THEY ARE BEING TORTURED. This is all before they are killed cruelly in ways I cannot bear to describe and skinned (some alive). Please, I beg of you to help me do something to end this cruel, unnecessary, and heartbreaking practice from continuing in civilized society. I am confident that this is a solvable issue and that the Finnish government will do what is right.  50,000 SIGNATURES AND THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO HEAR THE PETITION! We can do it! I believe in us that we can save these foxes from torture and stand up to evil corporations who let the little man do the dirty work! JOIN ME!  

Ivana Dillas
43,294 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring

Pass a Virginia law to protect dogs in harsh weather

Legislation is greatly needed in the State of Virginia, requiring dog owners to keep their pets indoors once the temperature drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures. Rainbow is a recent example: On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia, surrounded by snow, ice, and vomit. Her neck was bound tightly by a short chain that prevented her from reaching her plastic, uninsulated igloo, and she died an agonizing death, alone. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Rainbow's owner, Jose Berlanga, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to provide proper shelter. General District Judge Gordon Vincent found Berlanga guilty of both counts. He was fined $650 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. However, the entire jail sentence was suspended, as was $500 of the $650 fine. In the end, Berlanga paid a fine of $150 for Rainbow's death. Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. These are just a FEW cases from Virginia Two Pit Bull Dogs Freeze to Death in Frederick County, VA Owner gets second animal cruelty charge after pit bull dies from heat stroke in Henrico, VA Two dogs die of heat stroke in Newport News, VA Suffolk, VA woman charged with cruelty in dog death Dog dies of excessive heat in Bristol, VA Dog freezes to death in Accomack County, VA (Rainbow) Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Car Outside Virginia PetSmart The general consensus is that dogs are not susceptible to harsh climates, and that their fur makes them resistant to such temperatures. This is untrue. To the contrary, dogs suffer a great deal in these conditions.  Numerous animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States, have urged pet owners to keep their animals inside during times of extreme and inclement weather.  Recently, there have been several cases of people leaving their pets chained outside, day and night, in extreme weather. Many of these animals FROZE TO DEATH and there is NO LEGAL RECOURSE TO PROTECT THEM OR TO HOLD THEIR OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE! We are appealing to you to help us protect our best friends!  Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather: DC Mayor signs "Momma's Law" See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year: Illinois: And in Indianapolis:    

Gary Sweeney
381,619 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Henry Stern

Stop Declawing in California

California State Senator Henry Stern, you are well-known for your heartfelt concern for the well-being of all animals, so we request that you author legislation that would add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in California. 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) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).   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 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 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 AAFP.  Senator Stern, we believe such a bill would be successful and would be a model for humane legislation in other states.

The Paw Project
21,399 supporters