animal rights

122 petitions

Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Premier Doug Ford

Let these birds live. Stop Ontario's war on Double-crested Cormorants

ProblemOntario introduces an open season hunt on nesting birds.Urgent - We need MASSIVE opposition. Ontario’s Conservative Premier, Doug Ford is using Trumpian tactics, has put this in with several other outrageous new laws so as to overwhelm the electorate and has quietly introduced this proposal just before the holidays to avoid scrutiny.Don’t let this happen! Complain about this loud and long and often, PLEASE. It is a major disaster.Please sign our petition. And please continue reading.Nowhere in North America are sport hunters permitted to shoot at close range nesting migratory birds and their chicks while still in the nest, but that is exactly what Ontario’s Conservative Premier Doug Ford is proposing for Double-crested Cormorants and it needs to be stopped now. Premier Doug Ford intends to change the law in Ontario, to allow sport hunters to ‘spoil’ the birds after being shot. Meaning both parents and chicks can be blasted out of their nest and left to rot. Currently it is illegal to ‘spoil’ game species. Technically, the hunting of wildlife isn’t supposed to be for the sheer thrill of killing. Carcasses, in theory, are to be used. Doug Ford is waiving this provision and will allow hunters to shoot up colonies at their pleasure in an open season that will run from March 15 to December 31, every year. Hunters can kill off an entire colony and their chicks in a matter of minutes. A government cull of nesting cormorants in 2003 at Presqu’ile Provincial Park saw two government sharp shooters kill over a thousand birds in one day. So let’s not kid ourselves - Doug Ford wants to kill off these birds in Ontario and it can be done quickly. This proposal was written almost verbatim by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and is part of their PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT agenda. There are no restrictions.There are no restrictions on the number of hunters that can attack a colony anywhere, anytime including one of the largest colonies on the Great Lakes located in Toronto at Tommy Thompson Park. As long as sport hunters remain in their boats, and do not step onto the shore, there is nothing restricting them from coming close enough to shoot nests from below, killing adults peacefully tending their young and the chicks. The enjoyment of Toronto Harbour will be reduced by the presence of gunshots and flying bullets and dead birds floating to shore. This is no joke!This proposal is deceitful.Landowners have always had the unrestricted ability to kill cormorants if they were perceived as ‘nuisance’ on their private property and science from across numerous jurisdictions including Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry concluded that the presence of cormorants indicates an abundance of fish. The problem is that sport and commercial fishers are too greedy to share the resources with any species seen as a direct competitor. Almost all Double-crested Cormorant colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species such as Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans, who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity. When Ontario Parks began culling cormorants at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, they lost the ONLY Great Blue Heron breeding colony on Lake Ontario which was embedded among the cormorants for protection against predators. Doug Ford is a ‘text book’ psychopathic bully that has shown little empathy for the most vulnerable in our society both people and wildlife. Let’s stop this him NOW before he decimates waterbird colonies across Ontario. The policy to kill cormorants during their nesting season can be found here: note: It is impossible to monitor this hunting activity as proposed. The same promise to monitor the Spring Bear Hunt never materialized and young cubs are dying at the hands of sport hunters as the mother bears are killed in the spring hunt. The Ontario govt. has NEVER produced a report to date. They can’t and they won’t. They want them dead in the water - literally. For more information on Double-crested Cormorants please link here: You !!!!!SolutionPersonal story

Peaceful Parks
8,051 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

End the Commercial Seal Hunt

Problem Seals in Canada are being ruthlessly beaten, and killed by fishermen. Canada's government isn't stoping this cruelty, in fact they are letting it happen. According to the Humane Society of the US, "Each spring, the Canadian government authorizes fishermen to club or shoot to death hundreds of thousands of baby seals for their fur". However the demand for seal products has fallen drastically, yet why are more and more seals being killed? It is because the Canadian government doesn't want the seals to "wipe out" the fish population, but ultimately they aren't the problem. Human overfishing and other fishing practices are preventing the recovery of fish stocks. Even according to Canadian government scientists, overfishing was the sole reason for the collapsing ground fish stocks. There is no reason for the government to accuse the innocent seals. The government, like always, undermines that idea therefore they blame it on the seals. They also ignore the fact that poor science is backed behind the vicious killing sprees, making scientists sound the alarm for change. Scientists have stated that this practice as unsustainable, and that the seals are recovering from record low levels. This will inevitably cause harm on the food chain, creating increased problems in the future. The seals also die a slow and cruel death. It has been estimated that the average seal stayed alive for 45.2 seconds after being hit, or shot. In other words, they have to experience 45.2 seconds of pain, suffering, and torment because of the Canadian government inability to induce change. To put it into perspective, if we get a paper cut it already causes a level of uncomfortable pain. Imagine now, being shot or hit in the head, at a force substantial enough to penetrate the skull. To make matters even worse, you don't even comprehend why you are being treated like this, being treated like yet another doll for the government to toy with. This is precisely what the seals, the baby seals, have to go through. We need to end this. We need to end it all.  SolutionThe barbarism done to the poor seals can be ended by petitioning the Canadian government in making "seal clubbing" and with that, seal hunting illegal.  National poll shows a solid majority of Canadians oppose this, but how is it that the commercial seal hunt is still alive then? This is because we are not speaking up. Humans have the capability to use the voice within them to speak for change, to help speak for those who cannot say, "Why is this happening?" and "I don't want to die".   We are the seal's only voice.  Therefore, by signing this petition, we will be demonstrating to the government that this practice is pitiless. It lets us come together, pressuring the government to put an end to the commercial seal hunt. Spread the news, spread the pointlessness of this practice. By doing so we can put a smile on every seal out there and, in the end, getting a warm "thank you" from them. Sources    

Kevin Zhan
78 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. Kim Romanufa

Ban Cat Declawing in Alberta

Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. A cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.  A cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility, and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors. Unlike most mammals who walk on the soles of the paws or feet, cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their toes. Their back, shoulder, paw and leg joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves are naturally designed to support and distribute the cat's weight across its toes as it walks, runs and climbs. A cat's claws are used for balance, for exercising, and for stretching the muscles in their legs, back, shoulders, and paws. They stretch these muscles by digging their claws into a surface and pulling back against their own clawhold - similar to isometric exercising for humans. This is the only way a cat can exercise, stretch and tone the muscles of its back and shoulders. The toes help the foot meet the ground at a precise angle to keep the leg, shoulder and back muscles and joints in proper alignment. Removal of the last digits of the toes drastically alters the conformation of their feet and causes the feet to meet the ground at an unnatural angle that can cause back pain similar to that in humans caused by wearing improper shoes.   Adapted from Edmonton Humane Society

Trisha Barranoik
17,991 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Edmonton Crown Prosecutors Office, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


  DIESEL'S STORY (Français suivre) In 2015, Kyle Springer of Somerville, New Brunswick, walked away from a home he was renting at the time. He left behind his dog Diesel (pictured here), in the home he left. Kyle Springer did not return but disappeared. Diesel's remains were discovered sometime later by the landlord's daughter, Erin McCormick, when she went to check the apartment after Mr. Springer had failed to pay rent. Animal Cruelty agents together with the RCMP estimate that Diesel had been alone in the apartment without food for at least 2 months, and that he had died approximately 3 days before Erin McCormick had found him. There was a considerable amount of garbage, feces and urine in the apartment. Household items and clothing that had been left behind, were found strewn about in every room. Diesel likely spent many hours going through items in search of food. There were no food or water bowls found in the home, but a bag of dog food was later found in a cupboard during an investigation of the premises. The toilet was empty of water. It was reported in court that there were remnants of a plastic grocery bag and 3 pieces of cushion foam found in Diesel's stomach. It is incredibly heartbreaking and incomprehensible how anyone could leave an innocent animal behind without food or care to fend for itself.  Diesel was abandoned and ultimately suffered a slow and agonizing death through starvation. Animal cruelty, abuse and neglect continues to be a serious problem in this country. This includes the malicious, deliberate act of maiming, injuring and/or torture of innocent animals, abandonment, and failure to provide proper care that often leads to serious injury and death for domestic pets and wildlife. With the support of individuals, communities and animal welfare agencies, we can help to prevent animal cruelty, abuse and neglect by educating the public that animal lives matter. That animals must be afforded the same humane treatment that humans receive. By ensuring that our laws are adequate and effective in providing strong protections for animal health, welfare and treatment. Kyle Springer was charged in 2015 with willfully and without lawful excuse causing suffering to a dog (Diesel) in leaving him unattended in his residence to starve to death. An arrest warrant was issued for Kyle Springer in 2015, but he could not be located by authorities. It is believed that Springer fled the province. In November 2018, following a tip through Crime Stoppers, RCMP were able to make an arrest and Kyle Springer appeared in a Woodstock, NB courtroom where he plead guilty to the charges against him. As Kyle Springer now resides in the province of Alberta, the courts are in the process of transferring his charges to Alberta. Kyle Springer must report to the prosecutor's office in Edmonton by December 31st, 2018. He is to appear in court in Edmonton on January 8th, 2019. What this petition is asking for : We the undersigned, respectfully request that the Crown Attorney for the province of Alberta, Canada, proceed with the charges against Kyle Springer as indictable offences for the crime of animal neglect and abandonment in 2015. If Mr. Springer is found guilty, we recommend that the maximum sentence be imposed. We are also requesting that sentencing against Mr. Springer include a lifetime ban on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as any animal or a bird. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION (AND SHARE WIDELY) TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE CROWN IN THIS CASE TO SEEK THE MAXIMUM PENALTY -- #JUSTICEFORDIESEL – THANK YOU Le histoire de Diesel En 2015, Kyle Springer de Somerville, au Nouveau-Brunswick, a quitter une maison qu'il louait à l'époque. Il a laissé son chien Diesel, un mélange de Labrador, seul dans la maison. Kyle n'est pas revenu mais a disparu. Les restes de Diesel ont été découverts un peu plus tard par la fille de la propriétaire, Erin McCormick, lorsqu'elle est allée vérifier l'appartement après que M. Springer n'avait pas payé le loyer. Les agents de cruauté envers les animaux et la GRC estiment que Diesel était seul dans l'appartement sans nourriture pendant au moins deux mois et qu'il était décédé environ trois jours avant que Erin McCormick l'ait retrouvé. Il y avait une quantité considérable de déchets, d'excréments et d'urine dans l'appartement. Des objets ménagers et des vêtements laissés derrière ont été retrouvés éparpillés dans toutes les pièces. Diesel a probablement passé de nombreuses heures à parcourir ces articles à la recherche de nourriture. Il n'y avait pas de nourriture ni de bol d'eau dans la maison, mais un sac de nourriture pour chien a ensuite été retrouvé dans un placard au cours d'une enquête sur les lieux. Les toilettes étaient vides d'eau. Il a été rapporté devant le tribunal qu'il y avait des restes d'un sac d'épicerie en plastique et de 3 morceaux de mousse de coussin trouvés dans l'estomac de Diesel. Il est incroyablement déchirant et incompréhensible que quiconque puisse laisser un animal innocent sans nourriture ni soins pour se défendre. Diesel a été abandonné et a finalement subi une mort lente et angoissante, due à la famine. La cruauté envers les animaux, les abus et la négligence continuent de poser un grave problème dans ce pays. Cela inclut l'acte malveillant délibéré de mutilation, de blessure et / ou de torture d'animaux innocents, l'abandon et l'absence de soins appropriés, qui entraînent souvent des blessures graves et la mort pour les animaux domestiques et les animaux sauvages. Avec le soutien des individus, des communautés et des agences de protection des animaux, nous pouvons aider à prévenir la cruauté envers les animaux, les abus et la négligence en éduquant le public que la vie des animaux est importante. Que les animaux doivent recevoir le même traitement humain que les humains. En veillant à ce que nos lois assurent une protection suffisant et efficace de la santé, du bien-être et du traitement des animaux. En 2015, Kyle Springer a été inculpé d'accusation volontaire et sans excuse légitime de causer des souffrances à un chien (Diesel) en le laissant sans surveillance dans son domicile et en le laissant mourir de faim. Un mandat d'arrêt a été lancé contre Kyle Springer en 2015, mais les autorités ne pouvaient pas le localiser. On pense que Springer a fui la province. En novembre 2018, à la suite d'un signalement par Crime Stoppers, la GRC a pu procéder à une arrestation et Kyle Springer a comparu devant un tribunal de Woodstock, au Nouveau-Brunswick, où il a plaidé coupable aux accusations portées contre lui. Comme Kyle Springer réside maintenant dans la province de l’Alberta, les tribunaux sont en train de transférer ses accusations à l’Alberta. Kyle Springer doit se présenter au bureau du procureur à Edmonton au plus tard le 31 décembre 2018. Il doit comparaître devant le tribunal d'Edmonton le 8 janvier 2019. Ce que demande cette pétition: Nous, soussignés, demandons respectueusement que le procureur de la Couronne de la province de l'Alberta poursuive les accusations portées contre Kyle Springer en tant qu'acte criminel pour le délit de négligence et d'abandon d'animaux en 2015. Si M. Springer est reconnu coupable, nous recommandons que la peine maximale soit imposée. Nous demandons également que la peine infligée à M. Springer soit assortie d’une interdiction à vie de posséder, de garder ou de garder le contrôle de, ou de résider dans les mêmes locaux qu’un animal ou un oiseau. VEUILLEZ SIGNER (ET PARTAGER) POUR ENVOYER UN MESSAGE À LA COURONNE DANS CE CAS, POUR RECHERCHER LA PÉNALITÉ MAXIMALE -- #JUSTICEPOURDIESEL -- MERCI LINKS TO MEDIA REPORTS / LIENS VERS MEDIA RAPPORTS : CTV ATLANTIC -

Advocates for Animals
1,542 supporters