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animal protection

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Update posted 2 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: malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter248 Illinois: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0311 And in Indianapolis: https://www.municode.com/library/in/indianapolis_-_marion_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITIIIPUHEWE_CH531AN_ARTIVCATR_S531-401GEREANCATR    

Gary Sweeney
391,307 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Bill Cantrell, Janet Donlin, Jeffrey Howard, Robert M. Beech, Robin Broadway

Eliminate ALL Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horse Classes (“Big Lick”)

The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in the World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse's front hooves. The "Baby" Horses are put into "TRAINING" often as early as 14-15 months old. They are "STARTED" with a "SMALL" foot/package which is built up to the larger size platform shoes.  They are "SORED" to see if they can "WALK" through the pain,  and Step High to be a Tennessee Walking Show Horse. This is the prized (and abominable) "Big Lick" Gait. Here is a Video of "Amazing Honor", TWHBEA Registration #21602014 -       (Foal Date - April 14, 2016)  - She was started under saddle on September 6, 2017 at the age of 17 Months.   This video shows 59 DAYS of "Big Lick" Training      (Sep. 6 - Nov. 4) needed to "Make" a "Big Lick" Show Prospect. https://youtu.be/KOouMSaKRdE A nightmare of Animal Cruelty was on display in Laurel, MS last  Saturday night,   March 3, 2018.    Viewed over 161,000 times,  this CCABLAC Video shows a 23 month Tennessee Walking Horse – “HRH Princess Charlotte” – struggling to do the high stepping “Big Lick” gait.  https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/1458130324310059/ “HRH Princess Charlotte” is trying to go in a straight line while wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES,  and CHAINS are hitting her sensitive skin above her front hooves.  “HRH Princess Charlotte’s” foal date is March 26, 2016.  At 23 months, she is the equivalent of a 15 year old child.  “The ‘Big Lick’ is a pain induced gait,”  says Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner,  Horse Science Professor at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University).  "It is a business based on the suffering and pain of Horses”.  “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horses front feet to exaggerate their animated step. Here is a CCABLAC Video of the TWO YEAR OLD Gelding Class at the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which has been seen over 675,000 times.  https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/1287773114679115/  And this shocking (DoDo) video  - "Here's What Soring Does To Horses" -  exposes the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket as nothing more than base and abject ANIMAL CRUELTY.    https://www.facebook.com/DodoImpact/videos/1602145449802542/ The video has been viewed over 15 MILLION TIMES  since being released on March 7, 2017.  It features “Gen’s Ice Glimmer”,  an abused Tennessee Walking Show Horse. https://youtu.be/0G95-ANvkPE Many Tennessee Walking Horses like “HRH Princess Charlotte” are started under saddle as merely “Babies” – about 15-17 months old.    Putting a 23 month old filly in the Show Ring wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES and CHAINS is barbaric,  and an atrocity.  The "Big Lick" gait should never be accepted or sanctioned by civilized society in 2018. Please voice YOUR outrage and opposition to this vile practice by SIGNING and SHARING this Petition. Your Signatures and Comments will be delivered to: ·      Mr. Bill Cantrell, President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association; ·      Ms. Janet Donlin,  CEO, American Veterinary Medical Association;  ·      Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher - The Walking Horse Report/Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration;  ·      Mr. Robert M. Beech, Vice President, Equine Welfare - Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry (TWHBEA); ·      Ms. Robin Broadway,  President,  American Horse Council. After you SIGN,  please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Face Book, 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)   “Speaking FOR ‘The Horses’ Who Cannot Speak For Themselves” Here is the “Story of CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”. https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy/videos/1143804862409275/ https://youtu.be/MuKWcqUdZbc CCABLAC,  is a “WE, The People” grassroots movement.  The  “Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”) - has peacefully assembled and protested against Animal Cruelty to “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL;  to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC;  all the way to the White House in Washington, D.C. one year ago when it delivered over 100,000 signatures against the Animal Cruelty.

G. T. Fleming
31,020 supporters