animal protection

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Petition to Hyland Fowler, Christopher Peace, Jeffrey Bourne, Jennifer McClellan, Ryan McDougle, Rosalyn Dance, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring

Pass a Virginia law requiring dog owners to keep their dogs inside in harsh temperatures

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.  Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather: See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year: Illinois: And in Indianapolis: On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia. Two men have were found to be responsible for the death of this dog when she was left without adequate shelter in freezing cold temperatures and died an agonizing death, alone. To make matters worse, her neck was bound by a chain that prevented her from reaching her flimsy un-insulated dog house. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. 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 and cats alike 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 when the temperature becomes too much to handle. According to the ASPCA: If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death. Any dog will suffer if left outside in extremely low temperatures, but shorthaired breeds like Labrador retrievers, Weimaraners, beagles and greyhounds, as well as young, old or ill dogs are most susceptible to hypothermia, a potentially deadly condition where body temperature falls below normal. Signs include shivering, lethargy and lack of coordination. As the condition progresses, dogs may become comatose and die. Warmer climates present other challenges for canines, especially for short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds like shih tzus, bulldogs, boxers and pugs. These, along with other brachycephalic breeds, are more susceptible to heat stroke because of their inability to effectively rid their bodies of excess heat by panting. Geriatric pets are vulnerable to overheating as well. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, drooling and gums turning deep red. If left untreated, overheated pets may perish. According to the Humane Society of the United States: Keep your pets inside with you and your family. Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if they roam outside during other seasons. Dogs are happiest when taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time. Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. 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!

Gary Sweeney
6,049 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Tom Vilsack, Barack Obama

Finalize The Federal Rule To Abolish "Big LIck" Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses

Please SIGN this Petition to ABOLISH “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. The welfare of "The Horses" should be above Politics. Over 95% of the persons 'commenting'  are "FOR"  the proposed Federal Rule which will abolish "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses. CCABLAC joins with Tea Party Conservative Republican Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), both large animal vets,  in urging U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,  and U. S. President Barack Obama,  to act expeditiously to do all things necessary to finalize the proposed Federal Rule.  On October 24, 2016, Reps. Yoho - Schrader, along with 179 other Congressmen, signed a Letter making it clear that the ONLY EQUINES that the proposed Rule would affect are: Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses The "Comment" period ended on October 26, 2016, with a total of                   73,933 Total Comments: FOR:         70,292 (95%)AGAINST:   3,641 (5%) Once done, the Federal Rule abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty will be published in the Federal Register as part of the Horse Protection Act of 1970, as amended, and it will be become law. "WE, The People" - CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty) has led the fight against abolishing "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty. Over 200,000+ signing Change.Org Petitions, and 26 peaceful public protests from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. After you SIGN, please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter!    Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. "WE, The People", CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)  

Mary Smith
9,496 supporters