Petition to Neil Parish MP (Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton), Eliot Barrass
Show cats the same respect as dogs in road traffic accidents.
230,000 cats are knocked over every year in the U.K. 70% are still alive after the driver continues and are sadly left to die on the side of the road in pain. If a motorist hits a dog it is the law that they must contact the police so that the animal can receive medical treatment and that the owners can be contacted. A cat is just as much a loved family member as a dog and equally is capable of suffering the same, the same laws should apply to both dogs and cats. Our 13 year old cat was knocked over by a car and left in the road, it took 5 days of searching and my children handing out leaflets before we located her. She was taken to the vets by a lady who found her in the middle of the road. Our beautiful girl Angel looked perfect when we went to see her and the vet explained that her injuries were internal, they could not say how long she suffered but that it was unlikely that she died instantly. This more than anything affected our family, the thought of Angel suffering in pain is unbearable. Cat owners know that they are more than pets; they are much loved family members. Angel had been with us for almost 13 years, she had been through our families ups and downs and my youngest daughter didn't know life without her. We need to ensure that NO animal suffers needlessly and that people take responsibility for their actions, if you knock an animal over, no matter the animal, you should have a legal responsibility to ensure that prolonged pain is unnecessary and that the owners are contacted without delay where possible.
Petition to Du Qinglin Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Rhino Trust (Namibia), Savé Valley Conservancy (Zimbabwe)
Help save RHINO from extinction
Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE
Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in asian countries, particularly Vietnam. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine but more and more commonly now it is used as a status symbol to display someone’s success and wealth. As South African is home to the majority of rhinos in the world it is being heavily targeted by poachers, see poaching numbers in South Africa. However poaching is now a threat in all rhino range states and field programmes are having to investment heavily in anti-poaching activities. The scarcity of rhinos today and the corresponding intermittent availability of rhino horn only drives the price higher, and intensifies the pressure on the declining rhino populations. For people whose annual income is often far below the subsistence level, the opportunity to change one’s life by killing an animal that they don’t value is overwhelming. Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos. Often they use a tranquiliser gun to bring the rhino down and hack of its horn leaving the rhino to wake up and bleed to death very painfully and slowly. Poachers are also often armed with guns making them very dangerous for the anti-poaching teams who put their lives on the line to protect rhinos. What is rhino horn? Rhino horns are similar in structure to horses’ hooves, turtle beaks, and cockatoo bills. They are made of keratin – in rhinoceros horn it is chemically complex and contains large quantities of sulphur-containing amino acids, particularly cysteine, but also tyrosine, histidine, lysine, and arginine, and the salts calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. Traditional Chinese Medicine According to traditional Chinese texts, such as Li Shih-chen’s 1597 medical text “Pen Ts’ ao Kang Mu”, rhino horn has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It also states that the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.” (However, it is not, as commonly believed, prescribed as an aphrodisiac). Rhino horn, is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water and consumed by the patient. As Richard Ellis, author of "Tiger bone and rhino horn" wrote in 2005 for the EAZA Rhino Campaign's Info Pack: "It is not clear that rhino horn serves any medicinal purpose whatsoever, but it is a testimony to the power of tradition that millions of people believe that it does. Of course, if people want to believe in prayer, acupuncture or voodoo as a cure for what ails them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t, but if animals are being killed to provide nostrums that have been shown to be useless, then there is a very good reason to curtail the use of rhino horn. There are five species of rhinoceros and, with the exception of one subspecies of African white rhino, all are in danger of being hunted to extinction for their horns. Rhinos as we know them have been around for millions of years, but Dr H. Spaiens has created a predicament from which they might never recover. It is heartbreaking to realise that the world’s rhinos are being eliminated from the face of the earth in the name of medications that probably don’t work." Aphrodisiac There is a belief in the West that rhino horn is used as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant but this is not correct and seems to have been misunderstood or misinterpreted by Western media. However, research has shown that people in Vietnam are starting to believe this rumour as they are consuming it for new reasons. Even without aphrodisiacal properties, however, rhino horn is one of the mainstays of TCM, and its collection has been responsible for the death of tens of thousands of rhinos around the world. Make no mistake: those people who use rhino horn to cure medical ailments really believe it works. That’s what drives up the demand on which the poachers thrive. As Ann and Steve Toon commented in 2002, “For practitioners of traditional Asian medicine, rhino horn is not perceived as a frivolous love potion, but as an irreplaceable pharmaceutical necessity.” VietNam – new uses for rhino horn https://africacheck.org/reports/medical-claims-for-rhino-horn-youre-better-on-an-aspirin-or-biting-your-nails/ https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/legalising_the_horn_trade There has been a recent surge in demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, where it is being touted as a hangover cure and treatment for terminal illnesses plus many more uses. A survey carried out by TRAFFIC in 2013 identified that the motivation for consumers buying rhino horn is the emotional benefits rather than medicinal, as it reaffirms their social status among their peers. Image and status is important to these consumers, they tend to be highly educated and successful people who have a powerful social network and no affinity to wildlife. Rhino horns are sometimes bought for the sole purpose of being gifted to others; to family members, business colleagues or people in positions of authority. TRAFFIC identified three main consumer groups, read their report here Trade The International trade in rhino horn is banned under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora). In South Africa particularly there is a call to legalise the trade in rhino horn. Read more about this in legalising the horn trade thorny issues. What is Save the Rhino doing? Save the Rhino is one of the few organizations working to protect all five species of rhinos through a range of activities. Demand Reduction Read about the work we are doing in Consumer countries to reduce the demand for rhino horn Conservation activities Read about all of the conservation activities we do to protect rhinos in the field. How can we help !!! Please Sign & Share Thank you very much
Petition to Peta India
Ban on use of horses/donkeys/mules as rides to pilgrimages in India.
"The horse was forced to stand on his legs moments after it fell down. Its legs were shaking as it did. It was being forced by its owner to carry a man up the hill. The owner took no notice of a fractured ankle of the horse. When asked by me about the health clearance certificate of the animal the owner fled with the saddle leaving his horse again crashing to the ground in pain. People kept walking by........", I cried as I read somewhere. The man who shared this was on his way to Vaishno Devi Temple in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. But such incidents happen everywhere in India during the holy Yatras. This petition is a tribute to all the animals who have died or are dying carrying people up and down the holy mountains of India. It puts humanity to shame when pilgrims pass by injured, and in worse cases, dying horses/mules, that are used as mere mediums for carrying them up and down the hills, unnoticed. Most of these animals are employed illegally by their owners. There is a policy in India called 'Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act' which is being violated openly everywhere, all the time. The protectors of the law often become aides in the abusive use of animals in India. There is no check on the health of the animal before taking it on a 10-20 km ride uphill/downhill with loads ranging from 40 to 120 kg on their backs. The owners overexploit the animals which can often be seen limping with injuries to their ankles and knees. Wounds due to friction from the belts around the buttocks of these animals can't go unnoticed since they are often bleeding red. Ask yourself, is it OK to arrive at a temple having given such pain to an animal? It's your wish to go to meet your high dwelling deity, why should an animal be troubled immensely for that? Ask yourself, is it not a sin to ride to a holy place on the back of a sick and injured animal? Stop the cruel treatment of animals and ask for other means of transportation. When you say no to atrocious use of animals new alternatives will be created. Next time when you are going on a pilgrimage ask yourself, would you risk the life of an innocent animal to visit your holy place? If your conscience tells you it's wrong (I am sure it does) rise up for these innocent and harmless beings who can't speak up for themselves. Let's come together as a loud voice in support of providing a better life to these fellow earthlings who have been tortured for our comfort for centuries. Through this petition, we ask the Government of India to look into this matter seriously and put a complete ban on the use of animals as means of carrying people to holy places. This is the only possible way for the redemption of these creatures.
Petition to Theresa May MP - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Is the time long enough before putting an unclaimed dog to sleep? 7 days is no time at all
It can take just 7 days for a healthy unclaimed dog to be put to sleep. Approximately seven thousand dogs are put to sleep because of this reason in the UK every year. If we are really a nation of animal lovers and loving dogs in particular, then it is time for change. Please sign this petition and lets get noticed. Lets make it law that local authorities must hold onto dogs for longer than 7 days before rehoming them or putting them to sleep. 21 days should be the minimum. I would like to make this timescale longer but I want to aim for something achievable. Lets give the owners more time to find their dogs. If the dogs are unwanted lets give the dogs more time to get a place in a rescue centre. I appreciate extra funding will be needed but these dogs die alone and afraid. They cannot stand up for themselves. We have to do it for them. Please sign and prove we are a nation to be proud of. I've just updated the picture today (10.11.17) to show the reality of the situation. Dogs lined up after being killed ready to place in a bin bags. This is happening every day in the UK!
Petition to Bart De Wever, Saskia Severens
Help us get our permission back to organize Cubes in Antwerp
Our mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, has forbidden us to do cubes ever again in Antwerp. We received an official refusal stating that "it is forbidden to walk around with masks" and that "children may see the shocking footage too" which is not allowed according to them. We think that this prohibition is not justified for the following reasons: since we are called Anonymous For The Voiceless, we are the animal rights chapter of Anonymous in general. The masks have several purposes like: attracting attention of bystanders, making the bystanders focus on the footage so they are not talking to the people in the cube, also to remain anonymous so that we are representing any member of society (and that we are a big movement and still growing), etc... They tell us it's forbidden to walk around with masks, but we are not even walking around... We stand still on the same place for 2 or 3 hours so they can keep perfectly an eye on us whenever they want to. The masks are not worn anywhere else outside of the cube. We are peacefull activists, not disturbing the public order in any way. In Brussels, masks are tolerated for our protests, so why not Antwerp? We know there's still a terrorism threat in Belgium so we can compromise if they really don't want us to wear the masks... But we are going to fight for it first. The most important reason for the refusal was that children may see the shocking footage too. We do not really advise children to watch the footage, but what about the news every day for example? Bombings in the Middle East, people in hospitals with serious injuries, ISIS killing people etc... what about that then? Children may see this kind of footage too when their parents behave irresponsibly. And even on this topic, children should know the truth. Education about food in schools is not very common, so we think that people should know the truth about their food and where it comes from, even if they are children. Our opinion is that parents (or guardians) are fully responsible when it comes to our actions and they should decide if their children can watch it or not. They can simply walk past if they don't want this. On top of this, we have a standard rule that we will not show any of the footage to children who are watching alone without their parents or guardians nearby. So that's definitely not a reason to decline our protests. Please sign this petition so we can organize cubes again in the city of Antwerp.
Petition to Dale Burnett, Veli Moluluo, Tom Willings, Martin Troop, John Gildersleeve, Noble Foods HQ
Noble Foods: Stop Farming Hens in Cages!
As a family, we care about animals, so I want to ensure the food my children and I eat doesn’t support intensive factory farming systems. Hens forced to live their whole lives in a cage will be crammed in a space around the size of an A4 sheet of paper per bird and will never get to experience the sun on their backs, or scratch around in the grass. Since I found out about cage farming of hens, I’ve always bought free range eggs. In fact, I saw the TV adverts for ‘Happy Egg Co’ showing chickens running around outside so that was the brand I chose. However, I’ve recently found out that Happy Egg’s parent company also profits from keeping over 4 million hens in cruel cages to sell under other brands. I’m horrified to think that my money may have been indirectly supporting the caging of hens; it’s exactly what I was trying to avoid! All of the big supermarkets in the UK, and loads of restaurants, have pledged to end the sale and use of eggs from caged hens but the UK’s biggest egg producer - Happy Egg owner Noble Foods - hasn’t followed suit. That’s why I’m petitioning Noble Foods to end this madness and put a stop the cruel practice of keeping hens in cages. Please join me and sign my petition - a life in a cage is no life at all!
Petition to Procurator Fiscal Mr A Richardson
Bear is a loving, gentle and kind dog. Adored by his family, friends, adults and children. He is not aggressive, does not have behaviour problems, he is just a big cuddly dog who loves to spend time with people, play with his toys and get petted by everyone. He has been a massive part of our lives for nearly 11 years. Hes an avid traveller going around Scotland on camping holidays with family and friends, being social with all walks on people on his adventures. He has never scared anyone or been aggressive, he has a great personality and is always happy to see people and make new friends. It's hard to put into words how much impact Bear has had on us all, even my sister who is scared of dogs has never felt threatened or scared of him, there has never been any reason to be. He is a very loved member of the family and it would break all of our hearts if anything were to happen to him. Due to a freak accident, Bear has been taken into custody by the Police who are looking to destroy him. On the 7th June 2017, Bear was in being lead to home having been walked around the area passing kids on bikes and scooters he was on his lead with his owner. Bear does not have an aversion to scooters or bikes. Whilst turning the corner the girl (we cannot give further details as this breaches websites rules) who was travelling fast on a scooter has collided with Bear, she and Bear had not seen each other before this, a large hedge blocked both their views. Both Bear and the girl got a shock at meet. The girl has fallen into Bear's face. This collision has caused the girl to fall from her scooter into bushes (that looked to be freshly trimmed by the council, leaving the bushes sharp and pointed), causing marks on the girls back. The girls then attempted to manoeuvre herself by pushing out at Bear, due to the nature of the collision and fright both the girl and Bear experienced at unexpectedly meeting, this appears to have made Bear feel threatened and appeared to feel under attack. The girl has also got an injury to her arm, due this unfortunate event. As you can image both the girl and the dog have misunderstood the situation and with no previous aggressive episodes or behaviour issues this is out of character for Bear. Bears owners acted promptly to this accident, following the girl home right away, securing Bear in his home and informing the parent of the girl straight away. Being responsible dog owners they also insisted on calling an ambulance and the police to stay within the law . The mother and girl both stated at the time of the incident they didn't want Bear destroyed. We understand there is rumours and allegations circulating about Bear, we wholeheartedly refuse to accept these as anything other than malicious. We have stayed fair entirely through this campaign and we will continue to tell the truth. We understand conflicted opinion and have never stated that we will hold any judgement on those who believe Bear should be destroyed. We have remained in contact with the police and have continued to seek advice and support from them. We have stayed within the outlined rules set by change.org and legal framework. We appreciate the nature of this may conflict people's views, and as a family we are supporting and helping the girl as much as we are Bear. We hope that you will use this information and base your own opinion, sign the petition and leave positive words. Hurting people is not in his nature and we will do everything in our power to stop him being destroyed. Please help us save our Bear.
Petition to BBC, ITV, Metro, The Sun, The Mirror, The Telegraph, BBC, The Guardian, The Observer
Highlight the Violence Vegans and Animals Have Received
Since the BBC interviewed a farmer who claimed that ‘vegans send death threats’ and then later admitted to the media that she had ‘never received death threats myself’ the media has completely blown up and falsely slandered vegans with no evidence whatsoever of “death threats.” Vegans have been branded as ‘militant’ by the media for using our right to peacefully protest which is the completely opposite of militant as no vegan has ever expressed their beliefs with a knife or gun unlike fox hunters or slaughterhouse workers. Since the animal rights movement begun many peaceful activists have been assaulted and even murdered like the animals they speak up for. The evidence for these injustices exist unlike the supposed death threats to farmers yet have gone almost completely ignored by media. Animal rights activists deserve to have their acknowledgement of the violence we have received just for expressing a different belief! We deserve to have our side of the story told as to the struggles the movement has gone through so far since the 1960s and exactly why we care so much for the animals that we seek to defend.