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CASD and Grayling Schools End Donkey Basketball

This petition was started to urge the school administrators at the Crawford AuSable School District (CASD) to not allow donkey basketball games to occur on any school property next week, or in the future. Project Graduation has currently scheduled a donkey basketball game to be held on May 6, 2017 in the Grayling Middle School. It is our hope that not only will this year's game be canceled, but that the CASD principals and superintendent will agree to not permit donkey basketball to occur ever again on any CASD school property.    The reason we are petitioning the school to step in and end donkey basketball games on school property is because, although, having a donkey basketball fundraiser may seem like a fun idea for the kids, the truth is that most often participants in these games have no animal-handling experience, which can cause pain and injury to the animals and kids involved. Most often, there’s no way for the kids riding to distinguish if the donkey has an existing injury, sickness, or is experiencing pain. Donkeys are not protected under any Federal laws, so local humane agencies have a hard time prosecuting owners,or perpetrators, if cruelty occurs. Because of the lack of law protecting donkeys, we are depending on the leaders in the community and the school system to do what’s right for the donkeys, and the kids who attend school at CASD. By canceling the game, and not permitting donkey basketball games to be held in the future, CASD would be showing the kids and the community that they care about animal protections, and want to keep our kids safe.   At these basketball games donkeys have potential to experience a host of abuses. Donkeys are often pushed, pulled, kicked, and punched by their riders, are injured by basketballs hitting them, or by falling on slippery surfaces – like a gym floor. Most donkeys used for basketball events have little opportunity to lead a 'normal' life. They spend a significant amount of their lives in crowded trailers while being shipped from one event to the other. Donkeys may injure each other in the cramped trailer, and frequent transport can increase stress, as well as their susceptibility to respiratory illnesses. Using animals for entertainment, such as, hosting donkey basketball fundraisers, send kids the message that it’s OK to use and humiliate those who are weaker than they are. And because of that, schools from coast to coast have stopped hosting cruel donkey basketball fundraisers. It is my hope, and the hope of so many others, that CASD will no longer allow donkey basketball games, or any entertainment/fundraiser, to be held on school property when live animals are involved. There are many other ways to raise funds for Project Graduation, which don’t include using animals. Please join me by signing this petition asking CASD to never again participate, promote, host, or support a donkey basketball game.     Thank you for signing!  

Amanda Fortino
1,028 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring

Pass a Virginia law requiring dog owners to keep their dogs inside in harsh temperatures

Legislation is greatly needed in the State of Virginia, requiring dog owners to keep their pets indoors once the temperature drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures. Rainbow is a recent example: On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia. Two men have were found to be responsible for the death of this dog when she was left outside in freezing cold temperatures. Her neck was bound by a chain that prevented her from reaching her flimsy un-insulated dog house, and she died an agonizing death, alone. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. These are just a FEW cases from Virginia: Two Pit Bull Dogs Freeze to Death in Frederick County, VA Owner gets second animal cruelty charge after pit bull dies from heat stroke in Henrico, VA Two dogs die of heat stroke in Newport News, VA Suffolk, VA woman charged with cruelty in dog death Dog dies of excessive heat in Bristol, VA Dog freezes to death in Accomack County, VA (Rainbow) Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Car Outside Virginia PetSmart The general consensus is that dogs are not susceptible to harsh climates, and that their fur makes them resistant to such temperatures. This is untrue. To the contrary, dogs suffer a great deal in these conditions.  Numerous animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States, have urged pet owners to keep their animals inside during times of extreme and inclement weather that is life-threatening to animals left outside.  Recently, there have been several cases of people leaving their pets chained outside, day and night, in extreme weather. Many of these animals FROZE TO DEATH and there is NO LEGAL RECOURSE TO PROTECT THEM OR TO HOLD THEIR OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE! We are appealing to you to help us protect our best friends!  Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather: DC Mayor signs "Momma's Law" See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year: Illinois: And in Indianapolis:    

Gary Sweeney
13,689 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, Bruce Rauner

Protect Illinois' Animals by Opposing Illinois SB1882 and HB2824

On February 10, two identical bills were introduced to Illinois' Senate and House to amend the state's Animal Welfare Act – SB1882 and HB2824. At first glance, they appear to be beneficial to animals, requiring microchipping of dogs and cats sold by pet stores. However, buried within these bills is a dangerous provision to prohibit local governments from regulating where pet stores acquire their animals. This action would eliminate the hard-fought and won laws in Chicago, Cook County, Warrenville, and Waukegan that prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs in these communities’ pet stores. It would also prevent the passage of future companion animal and consumer protection ordinances that groups like Safe Pets for Joliet are fighting for in other Illinois communities. The proposed bills would also require that pet stores disclose information from inspections "as posted on the Animal Care Information System online search tool maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture." This bill was introduced after the USDA removed said search tool, making it unenforceable. The group lobbying for these bills is the Illinois Pet Lovers Association, "a collection of Illinois pet store owners, veterinarians, pet suppliers and customers." These proposed bills are not about protecting animals, but profiting from them. HB2824 has already been assigned to the House Business & Occupational Licenses Committee, and a hearing date has been set for March 8. The time to act is NOW. Please express your opposition to this legislation, which would provide weak and unenforceable regulations on pet stores while prohibiting local governments from enacting ordinances that effectively prevent pet stores from sourcing animals from puppy/kitten mills. Our local governments should have the authority to make decisions about businesses in the best interest of their residents, and no community in Illinois should continue to be victimized by pet stores and the commercial breeding industry. This is a statewide issue. No matter where you live in Illinois, RAISE YOUR VOICE! See the status of SB1882. See the status of HB2824.  Learn more about the dangers of these bills on The Puppy Mill Project website.

Safe Pets for Joliet
1,585 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to William West, NC COURTS DISTRICT 12, REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HUDSON, Senator Thom Tillis


Huey was a pitbull dog who patiently waited at a shelter for someone to adopt him and promise him a forever home.  He was adopted by a military service member (his name is withheld for privacy reasons) for emotional support during his separation from his estranged wife Marinna Rollins. But tragedy struck.  Huey was tied to a tree, and shot 10 times in the head by Army veteran Marinna Rollins, and her live-in boyfriend Jarren Heng, who is currently AD (active duty) Army. Rollins and Heng intentionally, deliberately, and cruelly tied Huey to a tree then proceeded to shoot him 10 times in the head, followed by "burying" him in a shallow grave in the woods on or near Ft. Bragg, NC. Both defendants were arrested 25 April 2017, but Heng bonded out on 27 April 2017.  As of the drafting of this petition, Rollins is still in custody at the Cumberland County Detention Center in Fayetteville, NC.  The whereabouts of Heng are unknown at this time, but he may be in military custody.  We could not confirm this.  Both Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng videotaped the beating and killing of Huey and posted the videos to their Facebook pages.  It is clearly evident in the still pics that Rollins is drinking as she is holding a liquor bottle. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office released details of how the incident was initially posted to Facebook via videos of the incident. Investigators also said the veteran, 23-year-old Marinna Rollins, and 25-year-old Jarren Heng shot the dog five times each while tied to a tree, and both denied knowing the whereabouts of the dog when questioned. Rollins estranged husband, who asked not to be identified, claimed the Rollins told friends she was Huey's owner, contrary to the fact that he was the legal owner of Huey, according to Animal Control records. Animal Control received a call in reference to the shooting of Huey.  The caller said the shooting was recorded on videos linked to a Facebook page belonging to Rollins, which has since been deleted.  Before the death of Huey, Rollins was heard on video stating that "her dog had to go to a happy place".  Heng filmed Rollins shooting the dog Huey, and both could be heard giggling on video as Huey lay dying.   We have talked to several LEO's (law enforcement officers), court officers, animal rescue groups, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and have made them all well aware of this case. The court dates for both Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng is 16 May 2017 at 0900 at the Cumberland County Courthouse (Courtroom 2B).  We plan on being in that courtroom, and we have promises from almost 100 people that will attend as well. Huey was a sentient being.  He had a heartbeat, he was a living gift from God.  All animals, in my opinion, are gifts from God.   WE ALL DEMAND JUSTICE FOR HUEY!  We also request that both defendants, Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng be forever prohibited from owning any type of firearms, and a lifetime ban on owning any type of animal, regardless of species or breed. Huey was deemed an ESA dog without permission from his legal owner.  Marinna Rollins apartment complex do not allow dogs, so she had to register him as an ESA for her PTSD. Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng have NO compunction about committing acts of violence towards animals, which could easily escalate with violence towards humans.  Even though Huey is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for Matt, he has never had a voice, now we are his voice. Huey could not defend himself. He TRUSTED Rollins and Heng, without conditions.  We cannot imagine what Huey endured that fateful night. It is VITAL this petition be delivered to the appropriate authorities and court officials, but most importantly to the Judge who will be presiding over this case.   North Carolina General Statutes states that animal cruelty crimes and the killing of an animal is considered a Class H felony. After some research by one of the sources close to this case, it was discovered that a Class H felony only requires probation.  We, therefore are also petitioning to change the Statutes to be revised to reflect a change in the penalties for such a crime to be tried as a Class F felony that mandates no less than 10 months in a state prison, but no more than 41 months of incarceration in a state prison. We believe, and request, that anyone found guilty of animal abuse/cruelty and/or murder of an Emotional Support Animal be held to the maximum penalties for a Class F felony.  Here is a link to the news article in the Fayetteville Observer:   

Lisa Marco
3,211 supporters