Petition to Ms. Li Xiao Lin
Compassion for Canines - Ending the Yulin Dog Festival
As a fellow dog owner and lover, I was heartbroken to hear that thousands of dogs are brutally tortured and eaten in Yulin, China every year during a 10-day stretch in June. And yes, sadly it's scheduled to continue on as planned this summer. What's even worse is that many of the dogs transported to The Yulin Dog Meat Festival are pets that have been snatched off of the street near their family homes... still wearing their collars. Once they arrive in their cramped cages (if they don't succumb to any injuries received during transportation) they are slaughtered in heinous ways in open markets and, shockingly enough, sometimes next to elementary schools. If you, like me, know that this brutality needs to end, join me in taking a stand for canine compassion.I will be organizing events over the next few months in Vancouver, B.C. If you are in the area, feel free to join! All proceeds will be sent to the #StopYulinForever campaign.The more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change.-Maria
Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), International Animal Rescue
Lioness kept in tiny cage, neglected and depressed in the Philippines. She needs our help!
Lyka the blind lioness kept in horrid conditions in a zoo in the Philippines Her eye-condition has seen her written off as a 'breeding mistake'Horrified visitors are calling for animal welfare to step in and save LykaStaff at the government-run zoo claims the rusty 3ft-wide cage is sufficient A government-run zoo in the Philippines has been accused of animal cruelty after visitors found them keeping a blind lioness in a tiny, squalid cage. Lyka the lion has been written off as a 'breeding mistake' by the zoo, after going blind as a result of a congenital eye problem. The five-year-old lioness is now living out her life in a filthy, 3ft-wide rusty enclosure the Maasin Zoo in Iloilo, southern Philippines Please, we must save this beautiful Lioness. To see such a beautiful creature suffering like no one cares is extremely painful to see. Your signatures and posts on Social Media are the biggest weapons to help save this Queen of the jungle. Thank you for your support. Ciro Golden
Petition to Narendra Modi Prime Minister, Mahesh Sharma, Peta india, Pinaryi Vijayan, Justice P. Sathasivam, Shri.K. Raju
India’s Temple Elephant’s Desperately in Need of Help
India’s elephants play a vital role for Temple’s and brings in major draw for tourists and devotee’s . Owning temple elephants symbolizing Culture Tradition , History, and Prestige these elephants are forced to partake in rituals and worship in religion ( Buddhism , Hinduism). These elephants are wild animals that are taken from their family and forests and sold or gifted into captivity. At the entrance of a temple or inside you will be greeted by a Temple Elephant. They‘re roles are to work earning revenue for the temple and their mahouts. After giving a monetary donation: The task of a temple elephant is to touch devotees with their trunk as a blessing however there are other tasks that they endure. Example’s Below of Temple Elephant Tasks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1LGVNt9KO0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjCSE_2_spc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQVyhU4j_iE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6UMSVpBmCA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPLGOjL7zgQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7psBBeZpsw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTt4sUyNhUI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I-aXvJNoMc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBWAXLfL830 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ippeg6A2fuY They are overburdened with much more work , when festival season arrives they are forced to be paraded surrounded by thousands of spectators, extremely loud noises, adding to their deprivation of sleep and rest , they are made to stand for hours in one place no matter what the weather elements are, they’re malnourished, dehydrated, and frequently mistreated. What‘s more concerning is that presently these elephants are being rented out for other venue’s to earn more revenue (weddings, giving rides, and other religions have joined in and are renting them for their own celebrations) Who are responsible for them? The elephant’s care and welfare are in the hands of a mahout whose education skills are completely inadequate majority of them don’t hold a degree or certification to handle wildlife.On average a mahout salary is $200 US dollars a month (the only incentive is to earn tips) in order to do this his job is to control the elephant to remain submissive; elephant’s under their care go through a lifetime of physical torture and mental stress. The list of brutality (below) is just a fraction of what they endure.Training Process “Breaking-Of-The-Will" · Elephants and Baby elephants are chained , beaten into submission· Their hind feet tied to a stump and front legs chained to a tree· Tethered so tight with chains it cuts into their skin· Elephants are deliberately blinded (taking away their sight) so that they depend on the mahout· Confining them so they can’t move· Elephants are being beaten continuously threatened by ankus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztAhS4UqAMg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L2AnxMhNow Elephant have attacked back, there are many reports involving human/animal conflict which have resulted in death to a mahout or spectator. The Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA) is responsible to oversee zoos. They’ve made major developments for Asian elephants in India with two life changing announcements for elephant’s in zoos and in circuses. That elephants require a lot of space to exercise and move about in and they are being deprived that space in zoos and circuses and they made it possible to retire these elephants. We ask that the Government make the same consideration and take action for Temple Elephants and have them retired to a sanctuary. 1. Elephants to be banished from all zoos (announced in 2009) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Elephants-to-be-banished-from-all-zoos/articleshow/5221159.cms 2. Elephants to be banned in circuses due to cruel conditions (announced in 2017) http://indianexpress.com/article/india/central-zoo-authority-for-ban-on-elephants-in-circuses-4544237/ Major Concerns Regarding Temple Elephant’s Welfare · Temple Elephants are Chained for up to 12 to 22 hours a day unable to move freely· Temples are religious structures meant for worship. not equipped with the facilities to adequately care for an elephant.· Temple elephants are kept in confinement and suffer with their legs and have foot problems due to obesity and lack of exercise they are made to stand on hard surfaces.· Temple elephants are kept in isolation , stressed, their behavioural patterns back and forth weaving movements· Temple elephants are dying at an astronomical rate due to cruel captive conditions ( being starved, beaten , neglected) An elephant’s life and health depends on its mahout and since the start of 2018 (13 elephants have died) and in the past 26 months ( 73 elephants have died ) . https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/six-captive-elephants-have-died-in-kerala-in-just-one-month-and-it-s-time-to-raise-an-alarm-340817.html https://epaper.timesgroup.com/Olive/ODN/TimesOfIndia/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=TOIKRKO%2F2018%2F03%2F04&entity=Ar01900&sk=87A9DDC1&mode=text Attention IS NEEDED NOW Temple Elephants are living under tremendous stress and are violently abused and exploited. Protecting their rights is an obligation and priority to end this generation and future generations of enslavement and allowing them to live Cruelty FREE. India’s government needs to implement responsible tourism directed towards ecotourism. Which would generate much more economic benefits for local people and the wellbeing of these elephants while still retaining a spiritual and cultural tradition. #TempleElephant #Elephant #Mahout #Festival #Parade #Captivity #Mandir #Blessing #Ganesh #HinduTemple #Buddhism #Hindu #India #Kerala #SouthIndia
Petition to Winnipeg Police Board, Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Humane Society
Police Staff Must Take Animal Cruelty Seriously
Winnipeg Police Services Officer was seen on video mocking two women who came to the station to report their neighbour for allegedly punching his dog in the head. The officer responded "I've punched my dog! Sometimes you have to discipline an animal." He added "So, you're going to dictate how everybody disciplines their animals?" and "Oh, so we can't discipline anybody now. Heaven forbid." All of these comments were made in a mocking tone. People need to know they can rely upon the police to enforce the legislation in the Criminal Code. This officer needs to be disciplined, educated about the fact that animal cruelty is an offence under the Criminal Code that needs to be taken seriously, and investigated for his claims that he's punched his own dog. THE PETITION: To the Winnipeg Police Board: Whereas an Officer failed to take a complaint of animal cruelty seriously, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that he and the entire Winnipeg Police Service Force be educated about animal cruelty, its impact on both animals and humans, and how to enforce the Criminal Code in this regard. We also respectfully request that the Officer in question be investigated for his actions in response to this animal cruelty complaint and disciplined accordingly. To the Winnipeg Humane Society and Winnipeg Police Service: In relation to Officer's claim that he has punched his own dog, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that you investigate him for animal cruelty. RELATED NEWS ARTICLES: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-couple-who-complained-of-dog-punch-incident-share-video-of-officer-s-reaction-1.3980632 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-police-humane-society-dog-abuse-1.4711661 https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/winnipeg-police-services-investigate-actions-of-officer-at-hartford-ave-station-485615242.html
Petition to Affinity Capital Management Inc., Anup Ruparelia
Vegan Investment Platform in Canada
Do you believe that animals have the right not to be exploited, abused, and/or killed? Currently, Canadians do not have investment options aligned with their vegan/vegetarian values. We want to change that. Socially Responsible investments (SRI) mainly focus on the environment, human rights, labour rights, etc. Though they are all worthy goals, we believe it’s time to broaden the SRI criteria to include the vegan values: A NEW SRI/Vegan Investment Criteria Proposal: Excluding companies directly involved in the following types of activities: Manufacture or serve food or beverage items containing animal products Manufacture or sell clothing that involves killing or harming animals Manufacture or sell products that use animals for experiments Breed animals for food production and/or animal testing Animals used for Entertainment (circus, shows, stampedes, etc.) We need your help to get this started!
Petition to Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia, Managers , Gili Islands
End horse abuse on Gili Islands
The Gili Islands in Indonesia (between Lombok and Bali) is a place of severe animal abuse. And it needs to stop. Small ponies buckling beneath the weight of carts crammed full of passengers, luggage, shipped goods, industrial materials, etc., all day under the scorching sun. Malnourished, exhausted, whipped, no breaks.. Trudging up and down rough, bumpy, unsafe roads without shoes. Some of them foaming at the mouth from dehydration.. Some of them collapsing dead in the middle of a run. It is torture. Unequivocally. There are over 500 ponies across these three small islands, inhumanely trapped and subsequently imprisoned in this slave labour life. We have the power to end this abuse. If we stop fuelling their business (allowing them to make money off of this torture), and make it known why, they will be forced to change it. Tourism runs on money alone, it is their only concern - so let's send a message to the pony cart business, as well as all other businesses that are in partnership with them, that they will NOT make money until they adopt humane practices. Sign this petition. Write to Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism: (http://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/contact. And boycott these islands. (If you must visit, please be prepared to walk or bicycle your way around - the islands are very small and very manageable without exploiting these ponies.) At the very least, let's spread the word. Abuse happens when we all collectively let it. Change happens when we all collectively stand up to it. Please do your part. If this gets enough attention it will be impossible to ignore. Let's make a difference. I so appreciate your help. Pledge (words taken from the previous petition by http://www.horseswithoutcarriages.org/contact.shtml):"We, the undersigned, ask those who represent these interests to take the advice of this petition and shut the horse carriage industry down and replace it with a more humane practice [bicycles, Tuk Tuks, etc.] ... Tourists DO NOT want to see theses ponies suffering. As potential tourists we take the pledge not to visit the Gili Islands or Indonesia until this issue is resolved in favor of the horses and will tell others to do the same. There are many more humane vacation spots in the world that will get our business."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to respectfully convey your request and/or 4) Express your concerns on site when shopping. Thank you for your support!
Petition to The Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Housing Minister, British Columbia Attorney General
End “No Pets” Policies in British Columbia
Amidst an unprecedented affordable housing crisis and historically low vacancy rates across British Columbia, affordable pet-friendly housing is in dramatically short supply and existing units are quickly disappearing. An estimated 75-97% of rentals have 'no pets' policies in place, putting families with pets at an unfair disadvantage to secure housing. Stratas often enact unreasonable pet restrictions, limiting the choice and personal freedoms of homeowners. In 2016, the BC SPCA alone took in 1,774 companion animals due to the lack of pet-friendly housing, a number which has risen steadily each year since they started keeping record in 2012. 'No pets' policies are based on the widespread misperception that pets are likely to cause excessive damages, which has been shown by peer-reviewed studies to be a fallacy. The fact is tenants without pets incur virtually the same amount of damages on average, and any pet-friendly landlord can attest that the benefits of providing pet-friendly housing outweigh the risks. Our proposal follows the legal precedent set in Ontario, which removed the pet restrictions clause from their Residential Tenancies Act in 1990, and has enjoyed a greater abundance of pet-friendly, family-friendly housing for 27 years. Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House introduce and pass a motion urging the government to repeal and replace Sections 18 (1) (2) and (3) of the Residential Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.78, Sections 18 (1) and (2) of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.77, Section 123 (1) of the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, and repeal Section 3(4) of the Schedule of Standard Bylaws in the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, to allow tenants of all of these types of properties to keep pets in their homes.