animal rights

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Update posted 12 hours 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
32,405 supporters
Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Robert Cotter, Leon Benoit, Tim Alexander, Wayne Howlett, Heather Shears, Debbie Brake-Patten, John Finn, Gudie Hutchings

Save the Aucoin Family Farm, Kippens Newfoundland

Gerard Aucoin, born and raised in Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada is a recognized member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. He is a long time resident of Kippens, NL and has maintained a small farm for personal use for the last twenty (20) years. The land on which he lives and works, has been utilized for agricultural and farming by his family for over 150 years and prior to the establishment of the Town of Kippens.  In 2012,  the Town of Kippens implemented a town plan for future development in which non-conforming properties were permitted to continue their existence. In March 2018, The Town of Kippens issued three (3) “Stop Work and Removal Orders” in which Mr. Aucoin was ordered to remove all livestock (animals), fencing (including longers, signs and advertising), and two sheds from his property by April 20, 2018.  The town subsequently rescinded the orders, however, that was short lived.  In September 2018, a nearby developer filed an appeal against the town at the Western Regional Appeal Board in respect to rescinding the orders. The appeal hearing was postponed until November 2018. While awaiting the appeal hearing, on October 15, 2018,  the Town of Kippens has re-issued "removal orders" against the property and owners of animals, sheds, fencings, and signs. Food sovereignty is a major issue in Canada and particularly for indigenous people. The actions by the Town of Kippens has caused undue hardship, anguish and harm to the Aucoin family. Further, it is a threat to Mr. Aucoin’s existence, survival as a farmer, and to his animals.  Together we can make change, and preserve the Aucoin family farm which has been a long standing integral part of the local community. If you support Gerard in his effort to have the orders rescinded and the harassment cease please make your support known to the Town of Kippens, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Farm Industry Review Board , Member of Parliament and the local MHA by signing this petition.

Shana O'Quinn
18,810 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 our 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
30,006 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Dr. John Malloy, Lisa Thompson, Shelley Lucas, Ginette Petitpas Taylor

TDSB: Stop Serving Carcinogens to Children

The Toronto District School Board allow schools to serve *known* carcinogenic food to children. A report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 categorized processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: With this information available to them, it is grossly irresponsible for them to continue to allow schools to serve processed meat to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. We are asking the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board to act on this knowledge responsibly, and in the best interest of the children by not allowing processed meat to be served at school. --------------------------------------------------- On top of signing, please also consider sending a letter to:1. District Manager, Nutrition Services at the TDSB (Shelley Lucas): Shelley.Lucas@tdsb.on.ca2. Director of Education (Dr. Malloy): director'soffice@tdsb.on.ca3. Minister of Education (Lisa Thompson): lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org4. Minister of Health (Ginette Petitpas Taylor): Here's a template: I am writing out of concern for the policies in place that allow Toronto schools to serve food to children that is known to be carcinogenic. I’m sure you are aware of the report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 that categorizes processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: With this information available to us, I wonder why the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board continues to allow schools to serve processed meat at BBQs, picnics and pizza lunches? Wouldn’t you agree that, given the science, it is grossly irresponsible? Not only does it put students' health at risk, but given that animal agriculture is the leading cause of global warming, water pollution, ocean dead zones, and deforestation, it’s also putting the future of the planet (the one these children are set to inherit) at risk. I’ve been to several school events with my child this year and at each one, *known* carcinogenic foods were being served to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. The Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board do know though, and have a responsibility to act on that knowledge. I would like to know how you plan to act. Sincerely, A mother

Jenny Henry
1,257 supporters