Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring
Pass a Virginia law to protect dogs in harsh weather
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, surrounded by snow, ice, and vomit. Her neck was bound tightly by a short chain that prevented her from reaching her plastic, uninsulated igloo, and she died an agonizing death, alone. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Rainbow's owner, Jose Berlanga, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to provide proper shelter. General District Judge Gordon Vincent found Berlanga guilty of both counts. He was fined $650 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. However, the entire jail sentence was suspended, as was $500 of the $650 fine. In the end, Berlanga paid a fine of $150 for Rainbow's death. 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. 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: malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter248 Illinois: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0311 And in Indianapolis: https://www.municode.com/library/in/indianapolis_-_marion_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITIIIPUHEWE_CH531AN_ARTIVCATR_S531-401GEREANCATR
Petition to Hordaland Statsadvokatembeter, Justis- og beredskapsminister Per-Willy Amundsen
Man gets no jail sentence or fine for abusing puppies to death. We demand strict penalty
En 32 år gammel mann fra Bergen ble nylig idømt 21 dager betinget fengsel og forbud mot å ha hund i 5 år, etter å ha mishandlet flere valper til døde. Med den betinga dommen vil han ikke sone en dag i fengsel. Dommen gjaldt den siste valpen, som ble systematisk mishandlet over en periode på flere måneder i 2015. Valpen som het Lord ble ukentlig slått og sparket og påført skader i ben og ribben, og han ble bitt til blods i snuten av eieren. Han døde alene i leiligheten etter å ha blitt mishandlet en siste gang. Mannen har innrømmet å ha gjort det samme med et ukjent antall hunder før. Det er dokumentert at han kjøpte 8 dachsvalper i løpet av noen år, og at 7 av dem døde etter kort tid. Kun en av dem ble reddet etter at den ble oppdaget med bruddskader. De andre døde etter uker med grov mishandling. De led ubeskrivelig og levde i vedvarende redsel i en periode der de var ekstra sårbare og avhengige av beskyttelse. Til tross for dette kan han etter 5 år igjen få eie hund, og i mellomtiden kan han ha andre dyr. Den milde dommen er en hån mot dyrs rettsvern, og den gir en farlig signaleffekt. Den viser at de mest hjelpeløse fortsatt er uten rettsvern i Norge, og at folk kan mishandle dyr til døde uten å få verken bot eller fengselsstraff. Sammenhengen mellom vold mot dyr og vold mot mennesker er grundig dokumentert. Dette bør norsk rettsvesen ta innover seg. Både for dyrs og menneskers sikkerhet er det svært viktig at dyremishandling tas på alvor. Vi ber om at dommen ankes og at strafferammen på 3 års fengsel benyttes i grove saker som denne, i tillegg til fradømming av retten til dyrehold på livstid. English: A 32-year-old Norwegian man gets away with only 21 days conditional imprisonment and a ban on having dogs for 5 years, after mistreating several puppies to death. With the conditional sentence he will not serve a day in prison. The judgment was for the last puppy, who was systematically abused over a period of months in 2015. The puppy named Lord was regularly kicked and beaten, causing injuries to his legs and ribs, and he was bitten in the nose by his owner, leaving an open wound. Ha finally died alone in the apartment from his injuries. The man has admitted to have done the same to numerous dogs before, all of them puppies. It is documented that he purchased 8 dachs puppies before 2015, and that 7 of them died shortly after. Only one was rescued after it was discovered with fractures. The others died after terrible suffering. Despite of this he can own dogs again after 5 years, and in the meantime he can have other animals. The link between violence to animals and violence to humans is well documented. This should be taken into consideration by the Norwegian judiciary. For the safety of both animals and humans it is very important to take animal abuse seriously. We request that the sentence is appealed and that the maximum penalty of 3 years prison is used in cases like this, in addition to denial of the right to own animals for lifetime.
Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장
Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!
Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age. For the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy. South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, the more it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism. The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption. This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice. Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” It is time, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society. This means it is time for the South Korean Government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a humane and decent manner. And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism. The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea
Petition to Eddie Lucio Jr.
Sign: Ban Cruelly Chaining Up Dogs in Texas
Texas finally has a chance to save dogs from suffering and death with a proposed bill that will ban keeping dogs on chains, or tethering them in any way without access to food, water or shelter from the elements. Tethering can be extremely dangerous for dogs. Many are tied up with thick, heavy chains, and are injured by the weight. Plus, dogs sometimes get tangled up in their chains and are choked to death. With no shade, any kind of tethering can be deadly on hot Texas days. "Imagine being chained 24/7 (in the) blazing heat, freezing ice, or sleeting rain,” a statement from the Texas Humane Legislation Network says. “Thousands of dogs across the state only know life like this and many dogs die as a result of inhumane tethering. Strangulation, heatstroke, freezing to death, and inability to access food, water, or shelter are the most common causes.” Texas animal control officers receive calls almost every day from people who have seen a tethered dog and are concerned for their safety. Plus, shelters often have to take in neglected dogs that were left on a chain for days on end. If the bill, HB 1156/SB 1090, is passed, it will make it a crime to harmfully tether or chain dogs. This bill will help put an end to a cruel practice that has resulted in many dogs' deaths. Sign this petition to urge Texas lawmakers to pass the bill and save dogs from suffering and dying on chains.
Petition to Everyone Who Hunts
Animals are being hunted at an alarming rate.
Animals are being hunted at an alarming rate. Billions are killed every year. I think we should have restrictions on how many animals you can kill a year. If you care for any life, you should agree.
Petition to Kathleen Canestrino, David Simms
Dog Park in Hackensack
Hackensack is known to be the city in motion, but has fallen behind the curb in becoming pet friendly. There is no park in Hackensack that has a dog park. Dog parks provide space for dogs to exercise, without the restriction of a leash, allows local dog owners to connect, establishing a stronger community and can bring more traffic to local businesses. This is why I am petitioning a dog park in Hackensack, specifically in Hackensack Firefighters Memorial Park. The space allows residents to establish strong community bonds and potentially add revenue to local businesses in the immediate area. Both while enjoying outdoor activities with man's best friend.
Petition to President, Congress, Senate, Legislators, Ohio Governor, Ohio State Lawmakers, etc
United States MUST Update Rabies Vaccine Laws
I'd like to call this law (once it gets to be a law) " Freedom's Law " in honor of my Service Dog. 2/17/2015 - 11/6/2017 was how long I had her and Worked with her as a SD Team. Owner-Trained her myself and everything. She is GREATLY missed. I believe her death and the illnesses and seizures were all her very last Adverse Reactions to the vaccines she'd had. Our laws about Rabies vaccines just do not match the science. And we are harming/killing our pets, livestock, etc, by insisting on repeating the vaccines one or every three years; when Animal Immunologists know that "boosters" are useless and unnecessary. They know ONE vaccine (at around 4-6 months of age range) confers life-long immunity. Even if Titer Tests show no results, it's still dormant but can be activated if the animal needs the immunity. This affects not just pets. Or livestock. It also severely and detrimentally affects people who have Service Dogs or Service (mini) Horses, or Military Working Dogs, or Police Dogs, etc. France did a study on rabies vaccine efficacy and adjusted their laws based on their findings. www.rabieschallengefund.org - someone here in USA wants to do a similar study, in hopes it will help us get these laws to match the science. Please adjust these laws? Set up a database of which animal has had ONE vaccine at 4-6 months old, Titer Test thereafter, and do NO more regardless of the results of the titer test. Then we can quit harming our furry friends or helpers. UPDATE: " ' And, instead of quarantine (which can cost thousands of dollars) or euthanizing a dog or cat or other animal who's had a rabies vaccine, if it has been bitten by another animal. Should just get a booster ' '' -- Kansas State University's new protocol advises to AVMA. Even though that is a risk, it is still better for the family who loves their pet than 6-8 months of quarantine or worse. This is based on Kansas State University's new test results, protocol advocacy. But, again, I'm still advocating that our laws be updated to match the science. I guess AVMA's recent update (based on Kansas State University's advisement) is a step in the right direction. However, since vaccines themselves can and do cause harm, even death, I hope that someday the laws will be updated again to where " ' Only ONE vaccine in a lifetime and NO more ' ''. Or, in the cases of where the animal has had any illness(es) prior to the appointment, then, a NOSODE should be used instead. Australia and some other areas of the world DO use nosodes instead and still see results WITHOUT the harmful side-effects (such as behavior changes, allergies, etc). ** further update** I know Australia accepts NOSODES against rabies instead of vaccines. I wish American laws would allow nosodes, too. Since nosodes works from a much more natural means than injection and can be adjusted to the individual animal's or person's needs. Whereas, the vaccine is not adjusted due to the animal / person's size, etc, at all (unless the vet has an acct with PTP / KSU)**. Nosodes work by being ingested through the mouth. This is a MUCH more natural way to get the animal's immune system to react to the 'invader' than injection. AND, nosodes do NOT carry toxic metals, several other animals species' DNA, human DNA, or other chemicals. Truly, nosodes are the best way to go, especially if the dog or other animal can not get the vaccine. For dogs who can not take the vaccines due to allergies or other chronic illnesses, nosodes would STILL give them the protection from the disease without being as likely to harm them. This is another way to look at things. EVERY vaccine label and package insert warns " Do NOT use in sick or injured animals " and that means any illness or injury. ** http://www.naturalrearing.com/coda/a_rabies_the_big_scam.html http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/AnimalWellness/Petvacc.aspx and http://vitalanimal.com/vaccination-safety/ and http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/rabies-vaccination-and-aggression-in-dogs/ and http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2008/06/18/20/ and http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/is-there-hope-for-rabies-law-reform/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Dogs+Naturally+Magazine and http://www.ahvma.org/rabies-press-release/ and http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/dec15/ahvmarabies12115.html and http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2016/02/11/rabies-vaccination-change/ and http://news.wisc.edu/schultz-dog-vaccines-may-not-be-necessary/ and http://vitalanimal.com/rabies-titer-gone/ and http://www.protectthepets.com/ and http://www.ivis.org/proceedings/wsava/2006/lecture6/Ihrke3.pdf?LA=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc4tNd1t-qs&t=53s http://vitalanimal.com/right-choices-rabies/ https://www.thewholedog.org/id63.html (nosodes explained) https://www.change.org/p/us-congress-evolve-with-science-people-animals-first-not-profit-stop-the-over-vaccinating-of-our-animals-now/u/20042288?recruiter=695988875&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=facebook_link
Petition to Greg Abbott
Reintroducing Great Plains wolf back to Texas to restore balance to the ecosystem.
"The Great Plains Wolf, also known as the buffalo wolf, dusky wolf or loafer, is a subspecies of gray wolf whose range once extended throughout the Great Plains from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan southward to northern Texas". Wikipedia But thanks to human intervention it's range has been decimated and now endangered. As a result the ecosystem in these places has lost it's once great diversity, Without the wolves presence, its usual prey has been destroying the undergrowth/saplings. It is critical that we return the Great Plains Wolf to it's natural environment hunting buffalo and deer. And once reinstated, it will be illegal to murder. Because the food chain is unbalanced with too many coyotes which hurts the energy flow, by refusing the ecosystem a apex predator.