Petition to RSPCA, Australian Parliament
Australia needs an Animal Abuse Registry for offenders
Australia's animal cruelty laws are disgraceful and in no way offer justice for so many innocent souls that are abused, tortured or neglected by the hands of humans. This petition is to raise public awareness of these (non punishable offences) and to finally give these animals some justice by naming and shaming the offenders and banning them from ever owning Animals ever again!! We must be the voice for the voiceless... it takes a village to make actual change so let's all ban together and fight for all animals in Australia.By the community showing their support and rallying together hopefully we can bring about a change for animal welfare.I have been a Animal advocate for many years and I see countless people get a slap on the wrist or just a fine for animal cruelty. Their lives matter just as much and it's time to stand up for them and be heard... we have a sex offender registry so why don't we have a Animal abuse registry? Both are abusing the vulnerable and the innocent.
Petition to Mark Furner
Make shade shelter Mandatory for all Farm Animals living outdoors-Media release inside
Each year thousands of outdoor farm animals suffer terribly from heat stress and pain due to having no access to shade or shelter in paddocks, sale yards, holding pens and feedlots throughout Queensland and Australia. The sheep in the photo seek shade from a fencepost from the blazing sun. A former RSPCA president, merchant banker turned philanthropist, and Australian veterinarian and professor are all supporting animal advocates in our campaign to mandate shade and shelter for thousands of farm animals in Queensland and ultimately throughout Australia and the world. ‘Animals Need Shade’ have lodged a petition in the Queensland Parliament, for which the citizens of Queensland which has just finished. QLD residents are waiting for an answer whether Mark Furner will adopt mandatory laws to give farm animals the right to shade shelter. Please follow Animals Need Shade Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening. We are calling on owners of farm animals to take responsibility and the government to fulfil their role in representing the the Australian people to provider laws that prevent unnecessary suffering. Please sign the CHANGE ORG petition MEDIA RELEASE https://www.dropbox.com/s/bimvz0acn6e38pq/Animals%20Need%20Shade%20-%20All%20Qld.mp3?dl=0 ABC RADIO INTERVIEW with Morika Elek - Queenslanders urge government to enforce mandatory shade and shelter for farm animals. Animal advocates lodged a petition in the Queensland Parliament (just finished), urging a change in the law to protect heat-stressed livestock, as temperatures in the state rise and heatwaves become commonplace and are waiting for an answer. Australia is definitely a sunburnt country. Record summer temperatures have made headlines around the world. While the heat may be good news for some in our beach-loving country, it has devastating consequences for millions of farmed animals routinely kept outdoors in paddocks, saleyards, holding pens and feedlots with little to no shade. Queenslanders fear lack of no shade/shelter for farm animals is an animal welfare crisis. Queensland group Animals Need Shade is leading the charge in calling for mandatory legislation to force owners of farm animals in the sunshine state and across Australia to provide adequate shelter for cows, sheep, horses and other livestock through their newly launched ‘Animals Need Shade’ campaign. Animals Need Shade recently filed a petition on the Queensland Parliament’s website urging the government to insert mandatory requirements into the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 for adequate shelter for livestock kept outdoors, including a definition of ‘adequate shelter’, and to introduce penalties for owners and carers who fail to provide adequate shelter for their outdoor farm animals. The pair have the support of leading animal advocates, including former vice-president of Citibank and philanthropist Philip Wollen, OAM, veterinarian and professor Andrew Knight, and former Rockhampton RSPCA president Elizabeth Shanahan.“I remember how hot it was last summer in Canungra, Beaudesert and Boonah and how I couldn’t stand in the sun for more than five minutes without feeling the brunt of this shocking heat,” says Elek, who lives in the Scenic Rim. “The sight of Farm Animals exposed and suffering from the extreme heat of the sun without shade or shelter is unfortunately common throughout Queensland." Elek is concerned about all Farm animals and claims that cows suffer, even more in the heat than humans, especially without shade. Dairy NZ notes that Fresian cows (approximately 83% of dairy cows in Australia are Fresian) begin to experience the effects of heat stress when their body temperature reaches 68℉ (21℃) at 75% relative humidity. The average annual temperature in many parts of Queensland is 29°C. In 2017 even southern regions such as Gatton recorded 141 days where temperatures reached over 30°C. Despite the Queensland government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) acknowledging the impact of heat stress on livestock and recommending shelter and shade, it is not mandatory for owners of farm animals to provide these basic requirements. Speaking about cattle in an interview with Living the Country Life, David Sparks, an extension veterinarian from Oklahoma State University, warns: “If you’re uncomfortable,the herd is too hot, and if you’re too hot, the herd is in serious danger.” Sparks explains that cattle don’t sweat and have an upper critical temperature that is around 20 degrees cooler than humans. “So that means if it is 80 ℉ [26.6 ℃] outside it feels like 100℉ [37.7℃] to cattle. They are also affected more seriously by humidity.” This results in severe suffering, according to Australian-born veterinarian Andrew Knight, Professor of Animal Welfare at Winchester University in the UK. “Cows and other Farm animals are sentient, sensitive animals, capable of feeling pain, stress and fear,” says Knight. “Being exposed to excessive sunlight can be highly stressful and decrease their health and welfare. Such systematic lack of care is indicative of the widespread exploitation these animals endure.” Elizabeth Shanahan, former Rockhampton President of the RSPCA for 20 years, is also deeply concerned about the lack of appropriate shelter for outdoor farm animals. “From my experience very little has been done to protect farm animals from the elements,” says Shanahan. “Complaints about the treatment of farm animals are rarely, if ever, prosecuted. Something must change and soon to protect these vulnerable forgotten animals. TheQueensland community expects laws that protect all animals. Laws must be upgraded and enforceable, to ensure the basic right to shade and shelter for all farm animals.” This change org petition and the recent QLD parliament petition has also received the support of Melbourne-based Philip Wollen, OAM, renowned former merchant banker turned philanthropist. “I travel 20,000km throughout the Australian countryside every year,” says Wollen. “What I see every day as we drive past vast open paddocks in Australia are no trees, blazing heat and distressed, parched and panting animals. I often see animals lying dead on the ground. Every paddock has been cleared of trees. Occasionally I see a paddock with a single tree, under which 100 or so parched animals stand, and clustered around them in the blazing sun will be 1,000 more – with not a single shadow to protect them. This is an atrocity and laws must be changed to force farmers to provide adequate shelter and shade for their charges.” Animals Need Shade is calling on all Australians to sign this petition and to those living in South Australia please join the new Adelaide Farm Animals Need Shade Facebook page. The public are unaware of the statistics on deaths, and the serious physical and psychological distress suffered by animals who have no protection. Together our voices will help stop suffering. We are working with all states to create change. Please join this force for Farm animals. Evidence is available of hundreds of community complaints in relation to no shade/shelter. There is mounting evidence amongst the community and many animal advocate groups of many Farm Animals that continue to suffer without adequate shade/shelter, even after reports have been made. The community will continue to report to the RSPCA, keeping the CASE NUMBER and photos. When the community sees that animals continue to suffer after a report has been made - many in the community will now contact the Animal Defenders Office immediately after a second report is made. Note: case numbers are not given out after you have reported, so if you don't have a number you wont be given it again. ### About ‘Animals Need Shade’ Animals Need Shade is a campaign launched in 2017 by Queensland animal advocate Elek. Animals Need Shade have launched an online petition with the Queensland government calling for stronger legal protections and enforceability regarding the provision of adequate shade and shelter for farm animals. We are waiting for an answer regarding the petition. They will be working with all states to make shade/shelter mandatory across Australia. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/animalsavetv/ Petition soon to be lodged with South Australian Govt. Media Contact: M Elek: . Other relevant links: https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/4497157/sheep-death-investigation-will-continue/?fbclid=IwAR286uytNIp9tJWVCeUA0xMP3kPZWbmcRvl2YxAruzDQiPtLLZZed83SkKs https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-24/heat-cow-deaths/5217546 ZONES OF COMFORT FARM ANIMALS Farm animal have zones of comfort (thermoneutral zone) before they experience heat pain. No shade shelter/solar radiation heightens suffering. Humidity, extra weight, diet, pregnancy, young animals, and more will also lead to further pain and suffering. Beef cattle (British breeds) 15 – 25°CBeef cattle (tropical breeds) 16 – 27°CChickens & hens 10 – 20°CDairy cattle 5 – 20°CGoats 10 – 20°CPigs 16 – 25°CSheep 21 – 31°CTurkeys 10 – 24°C SUMMER Humidity significantly impacts farm animals (Temperature Humidty Index) THI - is used to measure suffering. Suffering is often counted in number of pants per minuteTemperature head load (THL) – consistent hot weather meaning there is no relief from the pain endured from heat,the inability of cattle to sweat & difficulty in dissipating heat leading to increased respiratory diseasessolar radiation (no shade shelter from blazing sun),soil temperature of dirt– which is significantly hotter than air temperatureyoung, sick, pregnant eg Ewes pregnant 5-6 months of the year, Dairy cows constantly pregnant and lactating suffering starts at 21 degrees and 75% humidity.WINTER Wind chill (e.g) if at 0 degrees celcius (32 degrees FH) with a wind of 20 kmph can feel like -5 degrees celcius (25 degrees FH) wet bodies from rain and hail,soil temperature – frost or ice in winteryoung, sick, pregnant eg Ewes pregnant 5-6 months of the year, mature animals all suffer more.
Petition to Scott Morrison
Ban the aerial culling of our Australian Heritage Brumbies
On 19 th December 2018 the Australian government implemented a strategy that resulted in an estimated 150 Heritage Brumbies being cruelly shot by alleged marksmen from helicopters against the wishes of 1000s of Australian citizens at the Singleton Army Base.Even after the disastrous massacre at Guy Fawkes National Park which resulted in the ban of this barbaric act the ruling bodies saw fit to allow it to happen once again.The mob of wild horses were pushed away from public eye and massacred in 4 hours of bloodshed wiping out a bloodline that had been present on the land long before the base.Heavily pregnant mares and young foals many of whom would have been trampled under the feet of the mob were herded up only to die or be wounded in a hail of gunfire.It is impossible to guarantee instant death in such circumstances and yet this was seen as a humane and only viable option.These horses were not starving or sick. Just inconvenient to the Australian authorities .This has got to stop now before a precedence is set allowing this to reoccur under the banner of management thus allowing the government to render the Heritage Brumbies an extinct species in the wild.Please find the time to show those in a position of power to prevent such inhumane cruelty that the Australian people want their iconic symbol of freedom the Heritage Brumby to remain free to roam the outback of Australia without fear of persecution.
Petition to Minister of Agriculture for the 46th Parliament of Australia, State Ministers of Agriculture
Help the lambs – no more suffering for Merino wool!
EN DE As a filmmaker I quite often encounter terrible fates. But what I saw filming my current documentary on Merino wool in Australia pushed me and my team to the limits of the unbearable: The cruel suffering of Merino sheep for wool. We have decided to act and need your support: Help us to stop surgical procedures on sheep without the use of pain relief or anesthesia in Australia! In May 2019 a new federal government will be elected in Australia. Let's welcome the Ministers with thousands of signatures and encourage them to act. We do not want sheep to suffer for wool! We need your vote for mandatory pain relief! What it's all about: We travelled from Germany to Australia to document the conditions under which 90 percent of the fine merino wool in our clothes is produced. On several sheep farms we had to learn that the first weeks of a lamb´s life are tarnished by painful interventions that are usually performed without pain relief or anesthesia: Their tail is cut off, male offspring castrated and then there is mulesing, an operation carried out to protect lambs from an infestation of fly maggots. The cries of the lambs who have to endure these procedures without painkillers are heartbreaking. What is mulesing? Merino sheep were bred with wrinkled skin for just one reason: on more skin surface more and finer wool can be grown. But the excess skin and the skin folds come with danger for the sheep´s lives. Flies especially like to lay their eggs in the moist folds on the hindquarters of the sheep. When the maggots hatch, they drill through the skin and eat the sheep from the inside. Left untreated, this leads to a gruesome, slow death. No sheep farmer wants to watch his sheep die in such an agonizing way. Named after its discoverer, John W. H. Mules, mulesing has proved an economic and effective preventative measure. We have witnessed this extremely painful and bloody procedure. The lambs are restrained in such a way that they can no longer move. Then large pieces of skin on the behinds are cut away - on the majority of farms still without anesthesia or painkillers. The solution: We call for an immediate ban on all operations on sheep without the use of pain relief or anesthesia. In addition, the Australian government must set a new time frame for the wool industry to phase out the practice of mulesing where it is safe for the sheep, since in the long term there is only one solution: Merino sheep must be bred to have less wrinkle and less wool growth in the breech area. That is possible, but breeding programs have not been supported effectively in recent years. There even has been an ultimatum that the Australian wool industry had set itself: In 2010, they wanted mulesing abolished. But the deadline was simply withdrawn and no new one ever set. Help to stop mulesing and other operations on sheep without pain relief in Australia! A new federal government will be elected in May 2019. With more than 100.000 signatures, we want to hand this petition over to the Minister of Agriculture for the 46th Parliament of Australia and State Agricultural Ministers in the presence of national and international press, putting the pressure right on. We do not want sheep to suffer for wool! We need your vote! Please support us with your signature and follow our initiative #nopain4sheep on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more info, this is our documentary. Letter to 46th Australian Parliament: Dear Minister of Agriculture for the 46th Parliament of Australia, State Ministers of Agriculture, with dismay we had to learn that the Australian wool industry has still failed to enforce pain-free alternatives for the mulesing of Merino sheep, such as breeding less wrinkled sheep. More so: mulesing and other surgical procedures such as crutching and castration are still performed on the majority of farms without pain relief. Please take action to change the practice of these painful and cruel operations. We don’t want sheep to suffer for wool. We urge you, as the Australian State Agriculture Ministers in charge, to set new legislation standards: An immediate ban of all operations on sheep without the administration of pain relief. Don’t disappoint our confidence in the Australian government and wool growers: We don´t want to wear the wool from screaming sheep on our skin.We want wool without suffering and pain!
Petition to Cardinia Shire, CEO of Cardinia Shire Carol Jeffs, Mayor of Cardinia Shire Colin Ross, Brad Battin MP Liberal
HELP SAVE our son's pug Darcie from being seized by Cardinia Shire before it is too late.
Darcie is a much loved family dog who was a gift to our 11 year old son for his 8th birthday. Darcie allegedly rushed at a resident on 2 occasions on the 1st May. Darcie is desexed, registered, microchipped and is kept inside the house or when needed he is securely contained in an outdoor pen. He has never caused incident or trouble to other people or animals. The council have provided us with 3 unclear still photos of a black dog. At the time of allegations we were overseas on a family holiday and had a house sitter stay at our property. We have provided council with still shots from our CCTV footage which shows Darcie either locked up in his outside pen or in the house at the time of allegations. Compliance officers have visited our property and inspected Darcie's secured cage and location of CCTV cameras and were satisfied. We have never had any involvement with council for any other matters. We have recently had to get RSPCA involved as a local resident continues to throw rocks at our dogs when they are behind our fence line. The resident provokes our dogs and teases them. We have even caught them taking videos of our 3 dogs whilst our dogs were secured on our property, resulting in Pakenham police being contacted. Council are not interested in any of this information. We have not received a caution, no infringement notices....BUT.... 3 months later my husband has been informed by email that Council are filing charges relating to multiple offences under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (vic). How can charges possibly proceed if we have evidence and we were overseas at the time. Under section 81 of the Act, Council have the power to seize a dog if an Authorised Officer of Council has formed a reasonable belief that a person has committed an offence under section 29. "In this particular case, multiple rushes against another person. In this case, council will be exercisng this discretion to seize Darcie. If Darcie is not voluntarily given to Council, Council will be able to obtain a Search Warrant and attend with police". We are deeply concerned that if Darcie is wrongfully seized by Cardinia Shire in front of our 2 young children it will leave long lasting pain, heartache and grief for us all. Darcie also has medical needs that require 24 hour care, he can not be left alone in a pound. We all understand that there are most certainly dangerous, harmful dogs in our community that do need to be impounded and destroyed and that this is absolutely paramount to our safety and we fully respect and support this action of seizure of these dogs. Help us to help our pug by signing this petition.
Petition to Scott Morrison, Scott Morrison
APVMA REVIEW THE USE OF 1080 IN AUSTRALIA
APVMA is the Australian regulatory body authorising importation and use of Veterinary products, poisons and chemicals in this country. IN A 2008 REVIEW, APVMA SAID FEW DOGS DIED FROM 1080. THEY DID NOT CONSIDER THE HUMANENESS OF 1080. 11 YEARS ON AND EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF DOGS DIE FROM 1080 BAITS AND SECONDARY POISONING ACROSS AUSTRALIA. THOSE DEATHS ARE GRUESOME, CRUEL AND INHUMANE AS WELL AS CAUSING INHUMANE AND PROLONGED DEATH IN ANY SPECIES INCLUDING NATIVE WILDLIFE. APVMA MUST OPEN THE USE TO REVIEW, CONSIDER THE OBVIOUS DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF COMPANION ANIMALS, THE INHUMANENESS AND CLEAR GROWING RISK TO THE PUBLIC AS THE USE OF 1080 HAS BECOME LARGE SCALE, AND UNMONITORED. THE USE OF 1080 IS DECIMATING AUSTRALIA'S NATIVE APEX TERRESTRIAL PREDATOR, THE DINGO. THIS IS ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM.
Petition to The Honourable President And Members Of The Senate In Parliament Assembled., Senator Nick Mckim, Senator Jordan Steele-John, Senator Derryn Hinch, Senator Rachel Siewert, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
STAND AGAINST LIVE EXPORT
NO MORE LIVE EXPORTS. Having seen the horrific footage of Live Exports Truth, I can not just sit back and do nothing. We The People Who Have Signed This Petition Fully Support That All Live Exports End. We The People Believe Live Exports Are Brutal And Animals Should Be Slaughtered In Australia, Snap Frozen Then Exported. We The People Want Australian Slaughter To Benefit The Australian Economy And The Animals. We The People Know That Live Export Is A Mar On Australia And It’s Inhabitants. STOP ALL LIVE EXPORTS IMMEDIATELY.
Petition to Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP), Bob Brown
Help to prevent the wild camels of Australia being slaughtered.
I am a 14 year old who would like to solve the growing issue of camels in the Australian outback being slaughtered and killed..the reason that so many are being slaughtered is because there are too many of them. According to care2.com, “Under its Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP), the government has sought to control its wild camel population of 1.2 million by an aggressive culling effort. Private contractors have been shooting the camels from helicopters, with the carcasses left to rot in the desert.”(Kristina. C, 2013) Yet, not only is this unjust to the camels, if we continue to disparage them then in the future these precious intelligent creatures may be close to extinction and many people will look at today and regret it. I, myself having had a camel in California know how smart and family oriented these creatures can be. Even if we put in restrictions on how and when we kill the Dromedary Camels. We can limit how many camels can be killed each year. In some places in the world camels are used for important matters. Such as the following countries, the Middle East, North Africa, and more. They are NOT left to rot in the desert but in fact their meat and fur is put to good use. Admittedly, there are more and more people becoming aware of this gruesome and unruly matter who I would like to thank personally for. Stuart Camps, who raised and still trains camels for a living had some important thoughts on the matter: “...Now added to Australia's line-up is the camel, a creature perfectly suited to the arid expanses, and of great benefit if allowed to remain. But they need to be managed. Almost all camels the world over - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - exist in managed herds. This has been the case for around 4,000 years now. Only in Australia and on the high steppes of the Gobi, in Mongolia, do wild camels exist.If the Australian camel is managed intelligently, which includes compassionately, the camels, and the environment, can both thrive. And so too can the industries of tourism, dairy production, meat and other things.There is nothing wrong with the camels. They are simply in need of being well managed, and cared for. If they are well managed, there should no need to abusively and indignantly cull them, and leave them to rot. Australia can be smarter and kinder than that.” HOWEVER, that does not mean that camels are still not being killed inhumanely and also for sport. According to ABC news camels are being left for hours and even days to suffer and die. Camel expert Cynthia Goforth-MacRitchie, also touches on this matter.“If camels are shot from helicopters and left to die and rot in the desert then this leads to a bigger dismissed issue. If these people are killing a mother camel this leaves baby camel(s) left to suffer for days without their mother’s care, milk, and protection. This eventually leads to an inhumane and tragic suffering death of a baby camel.” Cynthia Goforth MacRitchie has a history of raising camels for 25 years and other unusual creatures for a long time in California. Including an Ostrich and Emu farm of 200 using their oils, meat, and feathers for good use. Knowing this Cynthia is a valid source of how you can use these resources for the better. She also tells us that, “This camel meat and wool can be used to aid the immigrants coming to Australia and perhaps create jobs if they start a camel ‘farming’ industry.” If you could please help us sign out petition. We want to bring this to as many people’s attention as possible by solving issues. Putting rules and regulations on the culling of camels and limitations. I speak for many when I say I do not want to leave innocent creatures left to suffer in the desert from the indecency of the people who shoot and leave camels to suffer. We would like to end this and create penalties for killing these camels unjustly and if they are being killed without a cause. This includes killing camels for the reason of the overpopulation. Since the population of camels IS an issue then the deceased camel should be put to good use.. ***disclaimer: I do understand however that camels with disease can not be used so therefore adjustments would have to made in different scenarios... any questions, comments or concerns my email is email@example.com Thank You!