Petition to Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç
Sign: Justice for Dog with Ears Cut Off for Selfies
In a now-viral image circulating throughout Turkish social media, two young men pose proudly next to a cowering dog with bloody stumps for ears, each man holding what appears to be a dog ear in his hand. According to Turkish news, the pair are suspected to be involved in dogfighting, and were reportedly punishing one of their losing dogs. The Turkish justice system has now let the men off with a fine of just over what is equivalent to $1,000 U.S. dollars. And no jail time. This lax punishment is not acceptable for inflicting such reprehensible harm on an animal. These men's shockingly light sentence is not even close to proportional to the pain and suffering they senselessly inflicted on an innocent animal — let alone the multiple dogs presumably forced to tear each other to shreds in fights staged for human entertainment. Animals are not toys. They are not property. They have thoughts and feelings, as backed up by research demonstrating that dogs are just as sentient as a human child. What’s more, cruelty to animals is irrefutably linked to cruelty to human beings. This incident of grossly inhumane treatment highlights the urgent need for the Turkish government to revisit their animal cruelty laws. Please sign this petition now to call on Turkey's Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kılıç, to advocate for stronger punishment for animal abuse. Dogs like this deserve justice, and animal torture must be treated like the serious crime that it truly is.
Petition to Clark County Sheriff
Free Horse Left on Short Chain with No Shelter for 7 Years
An abused, helpless horse in Clark County, Wisconsin has spent the last 7 years chained by the neck, unable to move beyond a mere few feet. According to concerned locals, the horse is completely deprived of shelter, exposed to the broiling sun, hailstorms, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, all the poor animal can do is pace back and forth on its short chain. Despite numerous pleas and a petition from the community, authorities have failed to take action. Kind locals have even offered to buy the horse, but the owner has refused and the animal continues to suffer, year after year. According to ABC News 18, the Clark County Sheriff's office stated that "...when checked on, the horse has shown no sign of malnutrition or distress which means legally they cannot intervene." Yet if conditions are as described by locals, this should surely qualify as animal abuse. No animal deserves such torture and neglect. Sign the petition to add your voice in demanding that officials confiscate this badly abused horse and release it to someone who will give the animal the care it so desperately needs.
Petition to Rena Distasio, Tom Udall
Change the Animal Shelters in New Mexico
This petition is to ask for the change in structure and process of the Animal Shelters in New Mexico which will result in saving millions of lives of innocent animals each year. The New Mexico shelters do not have a system set up that is efficient in any means. Compared to other states it is very outdated and leads many to seek pets elsewhere and leaves animals with 7 days before their death. This petition asks for the change of the process of the Animal Shelter procedures. Animals need to be spayed/neutered while in the shelter and put up for adoption as already being spayed/neutered. This will prevent further overpopulation and will make animals more likely to be adopted. If the animal cannot be spayed/neutered in time then a voucher for the spay/neuter should be provided to the adopter at no cost to them. This can be done! Look to other states for guidance! Example: Texas has this exact procedure with a $70 adoption fee. With your help, we can make a huge difference and take this all the way to the top to save all the shelter animals in New Mexico and give them the voice that they don't have!
Petition to South African Government
Sick Acts of Animal Cruelty in South Africa- Calling on the Government to Stand Up and Implement CHANGE
The South African government has one of the most incompetent justice systems worldwide whilst its lack of efficiency exacerbates the effects of animal abuse prevailing in our society. Here, animals have been killed as part of gang initiations, including being boiled alive, having their feet cut off, being tied onto train tracks, being burnt alive or even being buried alive. These sick acts continue to manifest within the country as government authorities lack any recognisable involvement in implementing change. Justice needs to be done and laws need to be established. Paying a small fine for such a sick criminal offence should not be accepted within today's society. Please help stand up for change within South Africa; the government needs to act, and it needs to act NOW! Please SHARE this with as many people as possible!! Facebook, Tweets and Emails! :)
Petition to Philippines Ambassador to the United States
Justice for 72 Dead Dogs Found in Truck of Philippines Dog Meat Gang
When police arrived at a traffic accident in Imus, Philippines last week, they made a gruesome discovery: 72 slaughtered dogs were found in the back of a truck. The dogs had been gutted and their fur and skin burned off, on their way to be sold in the cruel and illegal dog meat trade. The perpetrators fled the scene, and remain on the run. They are thought to be a man named Terry Baybay and two unidentified companions. Selling dog meat is illegal in the Philippines. But this ban is not strictly enforced, and hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed every year for their meat. Cruel dog meat smugglers round up strays or steal family dogs (many still wearing their collars), often shipping them to the Benguet Province, where dog meat is rampant. The dogs are often tortured as smugglers put tin cans over their mouths and tie their legs behind their back. The dogs are then clubbed in the head or have their throats cut, suffering a slow, painful death. No dog deserves this. Sign now to tell the Philippines ambassador to the United States it is imperative to find and shut down the cruel operation responsible for taking these 72 dogs’ lives, and to make it a priority to shut down the barbaric dog meat trade nationwide.
Petition to General Mills, General Mills, Rebecca O'Grady, Kendall J. Powell
Yoplait cups are a hazard to wild animals - they need to go!
Since 1978, when they first appeared on grocery store shelves, General Mills' Yoplait yogurt containers have been killing wildlife. Tempted by the sweet smell, animals stick their heads inside the conical-shaped containers and they get stuck. It's not so much the "vercon" shape of the cup or the size of the opening, but the thin lip, or flange, at the top. How animals get stuck: The design of the cup allows an animal to force its head past the flexible rim, but when it tries to back out, the flange catches on the animal's hide, the back of its skull, or zygomatic arches (cheekbones). Deprived of fresh air, unable to see, unable to eat or drink, these animals suffer tremendously before they perish, if not rescued in time. Join us in asking General Mills to get rid of the flawed cup design that is killing animals. HISTORY This is no news to General Mills. In August 1998, under pressure from animal activists, General Mills added this to the label: Protect Wildlife Crush Cup Before Disposal, placing responsibility for their hazardous packaging onto the consumer. General Mills refused, however, to make the necessary changes to the flawed design, citing: "That design is a key lure for customers, and changing it could harm sales," a spokesperson for General Mills said." Perhaps, we can show them that sales will be harmed if they don't! Take the pledge. 1 ) Don't purchase Yoplait yogurtor General Mills products 2 ) Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same. Want to do more? 1) LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yoplait.Cups.Kill.Wildlife 2) Send a personal comment to General Mills, HERE. 3) Organize a demonstration, a sit-in, a parade, or a costume party in your area. 4) Video your efforts so we can post them. This petition was inspired by a rescue of a skunk with a Yoplait container on its head. Check out our story and video, HERE. More rescues involving animals stuck in Yoplait containers at our official web site www.noyoplait.com, HERE. Thank you in advance for supporting this call for a change! Rebecca Dmytryk, President and CEOWILDLIFE EMERGENCY SERVICESadmin(at)wildlifeservices(dot)org
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alex Melvin CEO at Rural King, Rural King Corporate, Rural King Inc, Alachua County Animal Services, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
Rural King Please Stop Selling Domestic Rabbits
We the Petitioners respectfully request that Rural King stand with Tractor Supply who made the compassionate decision to cease all rabbit sales in their stores in 2012. We also respectfully request a USDA statewide investigation into the cruelty of the animals at Rural King stores, having over 100 stores in a twelve state area. Rural King not only sells domestic rabbits at Easter but all year long while contributing to the unwanted and dumped rabbits in both shelters and in the wild, where they rarely survive either fate. Unwanted rabbits also end up on Craigslist where they are given away Free often resluting in live dog bait, live feeding to snakes, eaten by humans or killed by animals abusers.References can be found all over the internet of baby rabbits being purchased as pets from Rural King while they supply the public with animals appearing to be purchased from questionably inspected back yard breeders. Because of over population, over a million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Additionally, many pet rabbits are rendered homeless when they are gifted to individuals who later abandon them after their "novelty" has worn off. Restricting the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits will increase the demand to adopt animals from animal shelters and rescue organizations, which will in turn help more shelter animals find loving homes. It will also reduce the number of pets that are gifted to owners who may not want them and who may not be knowledgeable about the care and cost of keeping a companion animal. Finally, it would reduce the financial burden on taxpayers for the care and euthanasia of unwanted animals left at an animal control facility, or picked up by animal control agents because they are abandoned.There are also valid concerns over the welfare of the animals in the Rural King stores across the state. Several instances of alleged sick or dead animals reported online being seen in store cages, animals dying shortly after purchase and claims of a back room "hospital" where rabbits and chicks are left without Vet care, food or water to suffer and die as well as news reports of live chicks thrown in dumpsters. Some Baby rabbits appear to be under 2 months old often seen in the store photos. March 2017 -Concerns over Animal Welfare at Local Farm Supply Store Back room "chick hospital" was a galvanized tub with quite a few dead chickens in it. "Hatfield said this is not a new problem. Last year, she received reports of bunnies dying daily at Rural King in addition to chicks". May 2017 - Mistreatment of animal allegations March 2015 - Sick live baby chicks seen thrown into garbage dumpster at Rural King. July 2014 - Alleged Consumer complaint: Carbondale Illinois store is selling sick and dying baby rabbits and the manager refuses to acknowledge complaints. July 2014- Alleged investigation by Illinois Department of Agriculture Animal Cruelty Department into the death of two dutch rabbits purchased at the Carbondale Illinois Rural King store. One laying sick in store died within 2 hours of purchase, the mate 72 hours later. Alleged report of Ileus -gastrointestinal shutdown, deadly bloat, bacterial infection, and parasitic infestation (contagious). Described as malnourished and skeletal . (Referenced in petition photo). May 2017 - Complaints - of baby pigs 8.5 weeks and 9.5 weeks old still trying to nurse for sale at Rural King. Adopt Don't Shop References New York City Council outlawed the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the rabbits. Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles also have laws banning the sale of rabbits by pet stores. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-newyork-rabbits-idUSKBN0JV2SD20141217 Retail pet store sales bans are a welcome trend, here is a list of the jurisdictions in the United States and Canada which have passed such legislation. https://bestfriends.org/resources/jurisdictions-retail-pet-sale-bans California bill would ban selling pets bought from breeders. https://calcoastnews.com/2017/04/california-bill-ban-selling-pets-bought-breeders/
Petition to University of Memphis
Support for a Permanent Vegan Station in the University of Memphis Cafeteria
We have a significant number of students on campus who find their dining options to be unsatisfactory in terms of taste, calorie content, and nutritional value. A dedicated vegan station would allow students with dietary restrictions, allergies, religious concerns, or personal preferences to enjoy a satisfying and nutritious lunch every single day. We would like to see a dedicated vegan station added to the cafeteria to quell these concerns and help ensure that every student at the University of Memphis can partake in a healthy, delicious, and satiating lunch.