animal rights

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Michael Medline, Thrifty Foods

Eliminate live lobster tanks from your local Grocery stores!

This petition calls on major grocery chains including Sobeys Inc and those within its management (Thrifty Foods and Price Chopper) to end the use of live lobster tanks in stores across Canada.  Studies show that lobsters have more complex emotions/behaviours and awareness than first thought. The fact that they are solitary creatures and forced into tanks with dozens of other lobsters is stressful and unethical. These tanks have been around since my childhood, and thus have been normalized, but, when you think about it - a) we take these solitary creatures out of their natural environment, b) transport them for long periods of time, and c) store them in crowded tanks in stores for ‘a month or longer’ to then be boiled alive (staff are not allowed to ‘kill’ them before boiling them, and despite popular belief, they do not die immediately.) I understand that eliminating live lobster tanks is not a small undertaking but, it is possible! John Mackey, the reputable CEO of Whole Foods, a 16-billion dollar grocery store, immediately ceased selling live lobsters in-store, after a 7-month internal investigation, given that their findings did not satisfy their requirements for the ethical treatment of these crustaceans. They now will only sell frozen raw and cooked products from suppliers with strict guidelines for the humane treatment of lobster. At this time, their main supplier is Clearwater seafood out of Nova Scotia!  To be clear, the goal here is not to eliminate jobs or to reduce lobster fishing, as I know many families rely on this source of income, simply to fine tune the process to effectively reduce unnecessary animal suffering.  We are the dominant species, we have a responsibility to all other creatures, including lobsters! I have begun conversations with Sobeys’ sustainable team and, in an effort to show public support in this endeavour, I am asking that you:  1) Please sign and forward this petition to as many people as you can or 2) Contact your local grocery store manager 3) email to respectfully convey your request and/or 4) Express your concerns on site when shopping. Thank you for your support! 

Andrea Mcanany
19,263 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Trish Gerth

Stop Elephant Rides At African Lion Safari

The African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario is still offering elephant rides. This has to stop because riding elephants causes them mental, emotional and physical harm. It is simply exploitation for profit. African Lion Safari does not advertise or mention elephant rides on their social media or website, indicating that they are aware of the controversy.  Riding elephants (particularly in Asia where howdahs are used [ chairs or benches strapped to the elephant's back] ) is also very damaging to their spine  "Instead of smooth, round spinal disks, elephants have sharp bony protrusions that extend upwards from their spine," Carol Buckley, president of Elephant Aid International, said. "These bony protrusions and the tissue protecting them are vulnerable to weight and pressure coming from above." (Taken from The Dodo article     Elephanatics, a non-profit organisation in Vancouver, says that riding on an elephant's back can cause spinal damage in two ways: 1. A horse's spine is curved downwards so that a rider's weight is going in the same direction as the spine curvature. Conversely an elephant's spine is curved in the other direction - upwards. So the weight of the "howdah" (up to 200kg) and say 3 people (up to 280kg) is an almost half tonne of weight pushing an elephant's spine in the wrong direction. This can continue for up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. Severe spinal damage can result. 2. The top of each elephant vertebrae is not rounded like in humans, but pointy. Excessive weight and rubbing from the howdah and riders can cause skin lesions which often become infected because few elephants in Asia are given time off to heal. This exacerbates the wounds, causing further pain.   If this is something offered in Canada, where animal welfare is generally a major concern of most people, then unaware consumers will think this is acceptable, and perhaps do the same overseas in places like Asia where elephant rides are the product of extremely cruel practices to train elephants to be ridden. The term for training an elephant to be ridden is called 'crushing', and includes starvation, sleep deprivation, beatings, being tied down, and being screamed at for several weeks. This breaks the elephants spirit, or 'crushes' it, to force the elephant to give up and do as it is told by the trainers. To ride elephants in Canada is directly funding cruelty to one of the most intelligent mammals on Earth  Increasing tourism demand for elephants offering rides or performing tricks is hugely attributing to the decimation of wild populations of an already critically endangered species.  This cruelty is also not limited to Asia. Circuses have horrible training methods including bullhooks and ropes to tie down the elephants and beat them, particularly as babies when they are first being trained. They also have limited space when traveling with a circus. These articles contain more information, including images of circus elephant training.   PLEASE support this petition and SHARE on your social media to get the word out. My goal is 100,000 signatures on this petition. Thank you  

Eiren Doherty
29,390 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Ernie Hardeman

Ban Fur Farming in Ontario

Petition to: Ernie Hardeman (Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) Please stop the cruel and inhumane mistreatment of fur bearing animals and enact a province-wide ban on fur farming in Ontario. We demand a ban on fur farming be enacted for the following reasons: Two recent investigations into the Ontario fur farm industry have revealed shocking animal neglect and cruelty at several mink farms in the province.  This showcases an industry wide culture of mistreatment of animals. Footage on the links below shows dead and injured animals, cages covered in excrement, animals being fed old rotten food, stereotypical behavior, and other violations of the OSPCA Act. The National Observer showcased a nation wide investigation into Canada's fur farm industry and is proof the mistreatment of animals is common place throughout the country. In addition to the overt criminal mistreatment of animals in the care of fur farm owners, farming animals solely for their fur is inherently inhumane and cruel.   Numerous countries and regions recognize fur factory farms cannot meet the basic needs of animals and have already passed bans on fur farming and/or the import and selling of fur. Predatory animals like mink and foxes are not domesticated and are not suitable for farming. They are restricted from performing natural instinctive behaviors like swimming and burrowing. They are subject to long periods of inactivity and lack of stimulation leading to frustration, distress, and stereotypical (abnormal repetitive) behaviour such as pacing, cage biting, self-mutilation, physical deformities (bent feet), and high levels of infant mortality.  Forcing animals to be in a state of distress is a violation of the OSPCA Act.  A poll conducted by Environics (2015) showed that 92% of Canadians are in favour of better animal protection laws.  Another poll conducted by Humane Society International (2014) showed 68% of Canadians support a ban on fur farming.  Confining and killing animals such as fox, mink, chinchilla, and rabbit for an unnecessary luxury item like fur is unethical and cruel.  Many Canadian retailers have fur free policies in place and refuse to sell fur. Many prominent clothing designers also refuse to use fur in their clothing lines. Killing methods such as anal electrocution are still currently in use and are cruel and inhumane.

malcolm klimowicz
1,395 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Yukon Premier Sandy Silver


Why this is important! The 1,000‐Mile Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race is cruel and inhumane. Animals continue to suffer horribly and die in agony in this barbaric event. They need help! I am asking the Government of the Yukon to stop funding and supporting the deadly 1,000‐mile Yukon Quest sled dog race because it fosters the suffering, exploitation, abuse, and deaths of the defenseless animals involved and forces them to be warehoused in large dog yards where they often live unattended on a four‐foot chain twenty‐four hours a day, seven days a week. The Yukon Quest sled dog race has a high mortality rate including one dog who recently died racing in minus -52 below temperatures on February 10th 2018 when he choked to death on his own vomit. This is a common cause of death in 1,000-mile sled dog races. In 2007 three dogs perished during the race and in the past three years at least one dog has died per race. Even one dead dog is one too many. By funding and supporting this cruel event in which animals die and are treated inhumanely the Yukon Government sends a message to our children that the heartless abuse of a defenseless animal is ok as long as we refer to it as a 'sport'. I am asking the Yukon Government to honour the Malamute that stands proudly on the Yukon Coat of Arms and cease all funding and support for this barbaric event. Please Sign & Share this petition to help the sled dogs! "Because I am a Sled Dog"

pj johnson
19,705 supporters