Petition to Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States
Sign: Stop Horrific 'Dog Spinning' Ritual
Every year on March 6th, residents of a village in Bulgaria perform a horrific act called "dog spinning” in the mistaken belief that this will prevent rabies and keep away evil spirits. During this cruel ritual, a rope is tied around a dog's chest, and the dog is suspended above a body of water. The dog is twisted until the rope is as tight as it will get, pressing painfully into the poor animal. Then, the rope is released, and the dog spins around wildly. Before the dog even has a chance to catch its breath, it's dumped into the freezing water. Participants say that the dogs are not harmed during this ritual, but that's completely false. Some dogs have drowned because they're too disoriented to swim to the surface of the water. The dogs who survive are terrified and traumatized by their ordeal. The ritual was officially banned by the Bulgarian government in 2006, but the law is not enforced, and people continue performing the sadistic ritual. For years, animal advocates in Bulgaria have tried to put an end to this atrocity, desperately urging villagers to use stuffed dogs instead. But until police officers start enforcing the ban on the practice, it will keep happening, and more dogs will suffer and die. Sign this petition to tell the Bulgarian ambassador to the United States that you do not want any more dogs tortured and killed in this cruel “spinning” ritual.
Petition to Paul Ryan
Sign: Pass the Humane Cosmetics Act to Stop Cruel Animal Testing
The Humane Cosmetics Act -- which would ban animal cosmetic testing in the U.S. -- has been re-introduced in the House. It’s time to pass this bill and save countless animals from being used in tortuous and unnecessary experiments. Animals used in cosmetic testing are subjected to excruciatingly painful procedures. And when the testing is over, they are typically killed by decapitation, neck-breaking, or asphyxiation. In one of these cosmetic tests, rats are forced to breath in a substance to test if it’s toxic. The animals often experience seizures, paralysis, bleeding, and convulsions. Most die within fourteen days of being exposed to the substance. In another horrific test, pregnant rabbits and rats are force-fed a toxic substance throughout their pregnancy. The animal is killed on the day before they’re supposed to give birth. Researchers then extract their babies and test them for developmental abnormalities. “The cruelty animals are subjected to during cosmetics testing is unacceptable—from lethal dose tests to irritation and force-feeding tests. Not only are these tests inhumane, but modern technology makes them unnecessary and overly expensive,” said Representative McSally, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, in a press release. More than 30 countries around the world have banned the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. Now, it’s time for the United States to follow suit. Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act and finally stop the suffering.
Petition to Ankeny Police Department
Justice for Larry
My families' cat, Larry, went missing on June 3rd, 2017. After several days of searching and wondering, a neighbor admitted to both us and Ankeny police that he live trapped Larry and dumped him in the country "somewhere NW of Ankeny". He claims he cannot remember the exact location he dumped the cat. June 25th, 2017 will be three weeks since Larry has been missing. We are still out looking for him, hanging up fliers, and asking the police to take action. So far, the Ankeny police have not gone forward with charging the neighbor. Iowa statute 717B.8 (Abandonment of Cats and Dogs) states that a trapped dog or cat must be taken to a shelter if taken into custody. The neighbor admitted to the Ankeny police that he trapped and dumped Larry in the country. Why isn't he being charged as laid out in the statute? We have spoken with three different officers that have not moved forward. We want this petition to show that animal lives matter and that there needs to be Justice for Larry!
Petition to Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.
Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too. A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten. But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption. "This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings. This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill. Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.
Petition to Kevin Plank, Kevin Mansell
Boycott Under Armour until they Stop Killing Wildlife! – Take the Pledge!
This petition serves solely to bring awareness to the public of Under Armour's heavy involvement in Trophy Hunting. Boycott Under Armour until they Stop Killing Wildlife! – Take the Pledge! Picture: Under Armour Trophy Hunter Lee Lakosky poses with a Kodiak Bear he had just killed for "fun". Under Armour sponsors numerous Trophy Hunters like Lakosky, that kill wild animals on different continents in order to promote Under Armour Hunting Gear. Under Armour boasts of their numerous trophy kills on "UNDER ARMOUR HUNT" social media pages. For a multi billion international SPORT CLOTHING company to be heavily involved in killing wild animals is not only very grotesque but also disturbingly inhumane. Killing an animal for thrills and trophies is barbaric and embarrassing. Calling it recreation, and using terms like "Harvesting" is downright psychopathic. Kevin Plank, please stop promoting the Killing of Wildlife as an recreational activity and "passion for the outdoors". It is not hunting, it is killing for pleasure.
Petition to Venezuela , Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States, WAZA World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Help Ruperta, the elephant suffering at the Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela.
The food crisis in Venezuela can not be ignored by the rest of the world. Ruperta, the elephant at the Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela, is an innocent victim of this crisis. This proposal asks for help to save this fellow citizen of the planet and to call attention to the problem of hunger in Venezuela that hurts both human beings and animals like Ruperta. This proposal is not meant to be political, but humanitarian in its intent. Let us help Ruperta the elephant and all of Venezuela to overcome the hunger crisis. Let us show our solidarity, our compassion, and goodwill. If we call ourselves good people, then we must do something. El problema del hambre en Venezuela es algo que no podemos ignorar. Ruperta, la elefanta en el zoológico de Caricuao en Venezuela, es una víctima más de esta crisis. Esta propuesta pide ayuda para salvar a este ser vivo y busca también llamar la atención a la crisis alimenticia que sufre Venezuela. Esta propuesta no tiene un fin político. Esta propuesta sí tiene un objetivo humanitario. Ayudemos a Ruperta y a toda Venezuela a superar el hambre. Mostremos nuestra solidaridad, compasión y buena voluntad. Si de verdad somos buenas personas, tenemos que hacer algo.
Petition to Harrisonburg City Council
Approve a No-Kill Shelter in the Shenandoah Valley
For too long, the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley have been without an official no-kill shelter. The current shelter, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, euthanizes 6.8 cats per 1,000 taxpayers supporting the shelter, a rate over double the next-closest shelter in Virginia. An independent study found their adoption and website protocols out of date, preventing the adoption and ensuring the euthanization of a large number of healthy, adoptable animals. One of these animals was a friendly, loving, beautiful community cat named Phez, whose picture you can see in this petition. Phez was a resident of Pheasant Run Townhomes, cared for by the management office and with a home in the maintenance shed. Phez was loved by the residents of Pheasant Run, often following them on walks or making himself at home in apartments. He was never once aggressive to anyone, even other animals, and seemed to only want love and attention. On April 28th, Phez followed a resident into their apartment, as he so often did. This resident, wanting Phez out of their apartment, called Harrisonburg Animal Control, who picked him up that evening. Animal Control posted a picture of an officer with Phez on their Facebook page, describing him as a "friendly fellow." The next day, a resident of Pheasant Run commented on the Facebook post, naming him as belonging to the complex's management office, but no attempt was ever made to reach the management office by Animal Control. A few days later, in early May, Phez was taken to the RHSPCA. By the time the management at Pheasant Run located Phez on May 10th, the RHSPCA had already euthanized him. After struggling to receive any paperwork or explanation from the RHPSCA, one of the apartment managers was told that he had been put down the previous day. Phez had allegedly bit an employee but did not break the skin, so he was going to be placed for adoption - but later, when being transported, bit another employee, deemed "aggressive," and euthanized. The partial paperwork, eventually received by Pheasant Run's management, had a significant amount of information crossed out and re-written, and a large number of dates contradicted each other - four dates were listed on the same paperwork regarding his intake from Animal Control. The RHSPCA has declined to release the rest of the paperwork, forcing a request to be filed with the state of Virginia for access to the rest of Phez's records. This seems to indicate some element of wrongdoing or cover-up in Phez's death, and for many, this has been the final straw in the already-tumultuous relationship with the RHSPCA. Several local organizations have no-kill adoption centers - for example, Cat's Cradle for cats and Anicira Veterinary Clinic for dogs. Why, then, is the RHSPCA not no-kill? Anicira has presented a Public-Private Partnership proposal to Harrisonburg's City Council, requesting the contract to become the locality's animal shelter. They have the resources, facilities, and drive to be the best they can be for the Valley's animals, and provide our best hope for replacing the outdated, high-kill shelter that is our current RHSPCA. This proposal will be addressed soon by City Council; an exact date will be posted in an update to this petition once it is confirmed. For animals like Phez, who deserve so much more than the RHSPCA offers, please consider signing, to send the message to the Harrisonburg City Council that we can and must do better, by partnering with Anicira and making Harrisonburg as friendly of a city to animals as it is to its people. For those located in Harrisonburg and able to attend the City Council meeting, please find a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/301710236922342 where you can mark yourself down as attending with other Friends of Phez and supporters of Valley animals!
Petition to Missouri State House, Eric Greitens
Remove Representative Mike Moon from the office of Missouri's 157th district.
The purpose of this petition is to seek the removal of Representative Mike Moon (by recall election) from Missouri's 157th District Office for conduct that can only be described as frightening and sociopathic. Conduct that has no place in Missouri's Capitol. A Capitol that is ultimately responsible for the people that it represents. Representative Moon recently proposed House Bill 14, in which he has since named the “Missouri Right to Life Act". The bill was proposed to help garner rights of unborn children. Shortly after the bill's proposal Representative Moon took to social media to promote it's introduction. It was within this video that Representative Moon shockingly participated in the brutal and heartless decapitation of a live chicken, followed by it's full and graphic dismemberment. The following is a transcript of the video's narration by Representative Moon: “We’ve been called back for this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically” Moon then proceeded to focus his attention on a shackled chicken which he then decapitated barehandedly (as it struggled during the process). Moon then proceeded to blissfully and gleefully butcher the animal, before ultimately removing it's heart as an analogy for the following narration; “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here, so today I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri, and I hope you’ll support it.” During this graphic video Representative Moon justified his behavior through his belief that "God had established Dominion for him to do so". A belief that he cannot otherwise prove or establish as factual. A belief that he is also using to establish Missouri House Bill 14. Although Representative Moon is entitled to his religious beliefs, that same luxury should be afforded to both those within Representative Moons' district and Missourian's state wide. Representative Moon's lack of regard for the beliefs and rights of those he wishes to "serve" are also strong indicators as to why he is seemingly unfit to hold public office. In closing we would like to use the very name of the bill Representative Moon is proposing to define the "Right to Life" as something that extends to all life. Despite Representative Moon's archaic beliefs, life is something that is of equal value regardless of species. So it is upon the request by the people of Missouri that Representative Moon be removed from office for not only being a poor representation of the State of Missouri, but a poor representation of himself and the values his claims to live by. Sincerely, Those of us concerned. Attached below is the graphic and unsettling video in question: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article155897439.html