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Petition to Cr Dan Stewart

Cheap Cat and Dog Desexing in Gympie

This is petition is the Gympie Council area. At the moment the council only works with RSPCA for desexing. This is only for a short time each year and only offers a 20% discount. At the moment Central Highland Council offer desexing $55 for females cats and $35 for each female after that and $35 for male cats. Dog desexing is $50 to $80 depending on size. Microchipping is available for an additional $5 with desexing. We need Gympie Council to come under National Desexing Network and and do the same so that makes it affordable for everyone. "I know how much effort, time and expense and study that goes into turning a person who loves animals into a Veterinary Surgeon and they have the overhead of keeping up a Practice but gee it would be terrific if somehow we could get inexpensive desexing of dogs and cats. They make up such a big part of our lives and I know that there are those who say..if you can't afford to purchase a dog or cat and have all the needles, desexing and registrations required, you shouldn't have one...but there are also those in our community who CAN afford to feed their cat or dog each week along with buying their groceries BUT it is the BIG bills like neutering and speying that hit lower income families hard. There are people missing out on having the comfort of a pet in their lives and animals missing out on having a good home with people who love them. " Coralie CluneAll councils spend a lot on animal management within the pound system. Another reason for them to fund this is the outlay will reduce their costs in the end. They have no argument as to why it would not be worth the money spent. If you can to help further our cause please write a letter to council to let the know we want cheaper desexing. Their email address is Please sign and share this petition and make our council introduce affordable desexing for our pets. This petition when it has enough signatures will go to Cr Dan StewartPosition: Councillor - Division 5 Portfolio: Community DevelopmentMobile: 0499 081 404E-mail:

TJ Spark
707 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Wendy Tuckerman

Keep Blantyre Farms' cruel, intensive pig farming out of Harden Edwina and Michael Beveridge (Blantyre Farms) currently own and operate Golden Grove Piggery and Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery in Young NSW, where an estimated 25,000 pigs, including 2,200 sows, are kept in cruel intensive confinement. Edwina's extended family, the Walker & Rowntree families (Windridge Farms), own other large intensive factory farm piggeries in the region including Wonga Piggery and Templemore Piggery. Wonga piggery (Young NSW) was the site of a large fire in June 2015 which resulted in the horrific death of approximately 2,500 pigs trapped in sheds and unable to escape. On 18 December 2015, public notice confirmed that a Development Application (DA) had been lodged with Harden NSW council by Blantyre Farms. This DA is for a proposed large scale intensive factory farm (Piggery) situated on Eulie Road in Harden. The proposed multi-million dollar piggery includes 22,000 pigs - breeding and growing, two sites, approx 1 km apart, and 21 sheds incorporating a methane digestive system. This DA, if approved (post construction), involves 850-900 pigs being transported weekly (250 pigs per semi trailer), from Harden NSW to the Diamond Valley Pork slaughterhouse in Laverton, Melbourne, where they will be lowered into a carbon dioxide gas chamber. Inside this chamber they will face excruciating pain as the gas suffocates them and turns to carbonic acid in their eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, until they lose consciousness (view footage). Footage obtained from inside Golden Grove and DHG Piggeries in 2013 (see above) clearly demonstrates the cruelty and mistreatment considered standard practice by Blantyre: In the farrowing crates at Golden Grove, sows showed signs of distress, exhibiting stereotypies (abnormal repetitive behaviours) such as bar biting, rubbing repetitively on bars and protruding edges, prolonged pressing and pushing, head bowing, weaving, stepping back and forward and 'sham' chewing. Many have great difficulty standing up or lying down due to weakness, the tiny size of their cages, and the slippery metal floor. Some pigs had less than two inches of space in front or behind them, and all were unable to take more than one or two steps forwards or backwards, and were unable to turn around. They are kept here for upwards of six weeks at a time, as is the industry standard. A large number of dead and dying piglets were found at Golden Grove each night activists visited. Many of these were simply left in the aisles, often in full view of their mothers who could see through the bars beneath their feeding trough. A number of piglets were killed or severely injured by "overlay", where the sows lie on top of their piglets, crushing them. The industry claims farrowing crates prevent overlay. Yet the footage from Blantyre Farms completely undermines such a claim. The footage shows that where sows have difficulty standing or lying and cannot move away from their young, and where piglets have little room of their own, overlay is inevitable. Workers cut off the tails and teeth of piglets, and cut sections out of their ears, all without pain relief. Tails are discarded in the aisles and sometimes even end up in the food trolley. Tail cutting is performed by the majority of piggeries in Australia as an attempt to prevent cannibalism (tail biting) once the pigs are moved into overcrowded "grower" sheds which completely lack stimulation. Despite the tail cutting, Blantyre's grower facility, Dead Horse Gully (DHG), has a severe cannibalism problem. When moving piglets between farrowing crates ("fostering") or taking them from their mothers to be moved across the road to DHG Piggery, workers pick them up by one leg and throw them into trolleys, the piglets often landing head-first or crashing into others already in the trolley. Once impregnated, sows are moved into the large group housing shed, which features row upon row of open-backed sow stalls, where the sows can move out into a small corridor between the stalls, but must return to the stalls for food and water or to avoid being attacked by other sows, as is common due to the overcrowded, unstimulating conditions. The air in this shed is filthy, and for the sixteen weeks of their pregnancy the sows remain trapped here without sunlight, on concrete floor where they must live amongst each others' urine and faeces (in natural conditions, pigs will urinate and defecate far away from where they sleep and eat). Upon finding hidden cameras in the farrowing shed, Edwina Beveridge set a trap for activists; upon their return, eight men were sent out to "hunt" them in a pursuit that lasted over 4 hours. The activists' car had been destroyed, with one window smashed in, all tyres deflated with the valves cut off, and extensive damage to the engine. Personal belongings inside the car had been rifled through, and in an interview with The Land Edwina admitted to viewing identification contained within the locked car. However, police refused to press charges, citing a "lack of evidence". Edwina then took to harassing board members of multiple animal rights groups with frivolous legal threats. In addition to the cruelty that can be expected at the new piggery if development proceeds, there are also serious environmental concerns, as with all intensive farming (piggeries in particular). A loss of visitors to Harden can also be expected, as the region further reinforces its negative reputation as an intensive factory farming hub, after the recent construction of a 27-shed duck farm. To the Administrator, Hilltops Council, we ask that you do the right thing by your community and by the hundreds of thousands more pigs who face a life of suffering and misery at the hands of Edwina and Michael Beveridge over the next decade - please say no to the construction of this piggery.

Aussie Farms
33,142 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

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 anaesthesia 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 per cent 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 anaesthesia: 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 lifes. 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 anaesthesia or painkillers. The solution: We call for an immediate ban on all operations on sheep without the use of pain relief or anaesthesia. 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! Yours sincerely,

Joanna Michna
74,813 supporters