Petition to Parliament of Australia
Mandatory Palm Oil labelling on all products in Australia by January 2020
PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ORANGUTAN! (Around 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation). We, The People of Australia are seeking mandatory palm oil labelling on all products sold in Australia by January 2020. Why? Around 300 soccer fields per hour of precious rain forest in Malaysia and Indonesia (habitat of the Orangutan) are destroyed each hour for Palm Oil plantations. It is estimated that 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year. Each year, Australia imports approximately 130,000 tons of palm oil and it's found in a huge range of products. These include, (but are not limited to) biscuits, chips, crackers and batters, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics. If an Australian consumer makes the decision to avoid purchasing products that contain Palm Oil, - under current legislation, (with Palm Oil not required to be labelled), this is an almost impossible task. Here are some examples of how Palm Oil is currently 'hidden' from Australian consumers. Names for Palm Oil Palm oil kernel “Palmitate” or “Palmate” Elaeis gunieensisHydrated Palm Gylcerides HexadecanoicPalmitic Acid Likely to be Palm OilVegetable oil (if product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil)Anything containing “stearate, stearyl” Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) Sodium Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2Steareth -20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483 Palm Oil is also high in saturated fat so there is a case for it to be labelled for health reasons as well as environmental. We are seeking transparency on our food labels so that we can make informed choices. We request mandatory labelling of Palm Oil on ALL products sold in Australia by January 2020.
Petition to RSPCA, Australian Parliament
Australia needs an Animal Abuse Registry for offenders
Australia's animal cruelty laws are disgraceful and in no way offer justice for so many innocent souls that are abused, tortured or neglected by the hands of humans. This petition is to raise public awareness of these (non punishable offences) and to finally give these animals some justice by naming and shaming the offenders and banning them from ever owning Animals ever again!! We must be the voice for the voiceless... it takes a village to make actual change so let's all ban together and fight for all animals in Australia.By the community showing their support and rallying together hopefully we can bring about a change for animal welfare.I have been a Animal advocate for many years and I see countless people get a slap on the wrist or just a fine for animal cruelty. Their lives matter just as much and it's time to stand up for them and be heard... we have a sex offender registry so why don't we have a Animal abuse registry? Both are abusing the vulnerable and the innocent.
Petition to chinese Minister of Agriculture, Governor of Yulin GuangXi Province
End the Yulin Dog and Cat meat festival
We at the International Society for Animal Rights are dedicated to end the dog and cat meat trade in the Guangxi Province of Yulin, China. This infamous region is responsible for the highest number of dogs and cats killed Annualy for the "Yulin dog meat and lychee Festival". Support us as we work towards putting an end to this cruel "Festival" and bringing positive change for the helpless Cats and Dogs of China. Dear. Ambassador and Governor of the Peoples Republic of China; We, the people of the world have witnessed the lack of compassion and cruelty inflicted upon the helpless Cats and dogs in Yulin, Guangxi Province. We strongly and respectfully urge you, the Chinese government to end the suffering of the tens of thousands of Cats and Dogs who are being brutally killed at this festival Annually. China is a prosperous and forward moving country where tens of Millions of your own compassionate and devoted citizens have taken a stand against the dog and cat meat trade as well as Animal cruelty all together. You can win the hearts and minds of your Citizens and the citizens off the world by making a change that will move your nation further forward by establishing and passing legislation that will bring Animal protection laws into motion and making it a criminal and punishable offence to anyone who is found guilty of Cruel treatment, Confinement, Abuse, Neglect, Slaughter and any other form of Animal abuse. "All beings tremble before Violence, All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others then whom can you harm? What harm can you do?" - BUDDHA- THE YULIN FESTIVAL: The Yulin Festival, also known as the Yulin dog meat and lychee festival is a brutal occurrence that has taken place every year since 2010. The sheer brutality that takes place every July for an entire month has outraged the world with millions of people all over the world taking a stand against this cruel and evil "Festival" including 10 Million Chinese Citizens who are disgusted and appalled at the atrocities that take place in Yulin. Change is at hand as the next generation of Chinese animal lovers are viewing dogs and cats as companions, rightfully. Each year 10,000 to 50,000 Dogs and Cats are sold and brutally killed at the Yulin festival, some of the methods used to kill these innocent and helpless animals range from violent beatings over the head to being thrown alive into a pot of boiling hot water, other cruel methods that have surfaces have even seen conscious cats and dogs being burned alive with a blowtorch. The fear and helplessness felt by these innocent cats and dogs goes further as it is believed fear makes their meat taste better, this sick and sadistic belief means many dogs are bludgeoned and killed in front of other dogs to incite and trigger fear. Unfortunately, morals and compassion are not prevalent amongst dog meat traders as many have and continue to steal beloved pets from their owners to fuel the ever growing demand for dog and cat meat at this cruel and barbaric "Festival". Animal rights and protection laws are practically non-existent in China and that is one of the toughest hurdles we face as we try to end Animal cruelty in a country where there are no repercussions for harming, Abusing and killing Animals. Like us on facebook to Stay up to date with this campaign and to help us with our efforts towards helping more Animals with future campaigns.
Petition to NT Government
Ban the sale and use of Prong/Pinch Collars in Northern Territory, Australia
These collars are cruel, inhumane and unnecessary. There are kinder and more effective ways to train a dog. The thick metal prongs over time will wear into the dogs skin and eventually become attached as they dig into the dogs skin. As well as physical damage and pain it will also cause psychological damage to the dog. They are barbaric and disgusting to use on dogs and there is no reason to use them. They are already banned in some states of Australia and we need to ensure the NT follows. The dogs don’t understand why they are constantly in pain and some get so attached to the feeling of pain that they panic when the collar is removed or on the filp side they become more reactive (displaying what some label as aggressive behaviour) due to pain. They are used by outdated dog trainers who will say "if used correctly they do not inflict pain". Dog training has moved on from the dark ages and there are more humane ways to work with dogs.
Petition to Cr Dan Stewart
Cheap Cat and Dog Desexing in Gympie
This is petition is the Gympie Council area. At the moment the council only works with RSPCA for desexing. This is only for a short time each year and only offers a 20% discount. At the moment Central Highland Council offer desexing $55 for females cats and $35 for each female after that and $35 for male cats. Dog desexing is $50 to $80 depending on size. Microchipping is available for an additional $5 with desexing. We need Gympie Council to come under National Desexing Network and and do the same so that makes it affordable for everyone. "I know how much effort, time and expense and study that goes into turning a person who loves animals into a Veterinary Surgeon and they have the overhead of keeping up a Practice but gee it would be terrific if somehow we could get inexpensive desexing of dogs and cats. They make up such a big part of our lives and I know that there are those who say..if you can't afford to purchase a dog or cat and have all the needles, desexing and registrations required, you shouldn't have one...but there are also those in our community who CAN afford to feed their cat or dog each week along with buying their groceries BUT it is the BIG bills like neutering and speying that hit lower income families hard. There are people missing out on having the comfort of a pet in their lives and animals missing out on having a good home with people who love them. " Coralie CluneAll councils spend a lot on animal management within the pound system. Another reason for them to fund this is the outlay will reduce their costs in the end. They have no argument as to why it would not be worth the money spent. If you can to help further our cause please write a letter to council to let the know we want cheaper desexing. Their email address is email@example.com Please sign and share this petition and make our council introduce affordable desexing for our pets. This petition when it has enough signatures will go to Cr Dan StewartPosition: Councillor - Division 5 Portfolio: Community DevelopmentMobile: 0499 081 404E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Wendy Tuckerman
Keep Blantyre Farms' cruel, intensive pig farming out of Harden
www.StopBlantyre.com Edwina and Michael Beveridge (Blantyre Farms) currently own and operate Golden Grove Piggery and Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery in Young NSW, where an estimated 25,000 pigs, including 2,200 sows, are kept in cruel intensive confinement. Edwina's extended family, the Walker & Rowntree families (Windridge Farms), own other large intensive factory farm piggeries in the region including Wonga Piggery and Templemore Piggery. Wonga piggery (Young NSW) was the site of a large fire in June 2015 which resulted in the horrific death of approximately 2,500 pigs trapped in sheds and unable to escape. On 18 December 2015, public notice confirmed that a Development Application (DA) had been lodged with Harden NSW council by Blantyre Farms. This DA is for a proposed large scale intensive factory farm (Piggery) situated on Eulie Road in Harden. The proposed multi-million dollar piggery includes 22,000 pigs - breeding and growing, two sites, approx 1 km apart, and 21 sheds incorporating a methane digestive system. This DA, if approved (post construction), involves 850-900 pigs being transported weekly (250 pigs per semi trailer), from Harden NSW to the Diamond Valley Pork slaughterhouse in Laverton, Melbourne, where they will be lowered into a carbon dioxide gas chamber. Inside this chamber they will face excruciating pain as the gas suffocates them and turns to carbonic acid in their eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, until they lose consciousness (view footage). Footage obtained from inside Golden Grove and DHG Piggeries in 2013 (see above) clearly demonstrates the cruelty and mistreatment considered standard practice by Blantyre: In the farrowing crates at Golden Grove, sows showed signs of distress, exhibiting stereotypies (abnormal repetitive behaviours) such as bar biting, rubbing repetitively on bars and protruding edges, prolonged pressing and pushing, head bowing, weaving, stepping back and forward and 'sham' chewing. Many have great difficulty standing up or lying down due to weakness, the tiny size of their cages, and the slippery metal floor. Some pigs had less than two inches of space in front or behind them, and all were unable to take more than one or two steps forwards or backwards, and were unable to turn around. They are kept here for upwards of six weeks at a time, as is the industry standard. A large number of dead and dying piglets were found at Golden Grove each night activists visited. Many of these were simply left in the aisles, often in full view of their mothers who could see through the bars beneath their feeding trough. A number of piglets were killed or severely injured by "overlay", where the sows lie on top of their piglets, crushing them. The industry claims farrowing crates prevent overlay. Yet the footage from Blantyre Farms completely undermines such a claim. The footage shows that where sows have difficulty standing or lying and cannot move away from their young, and where piglets have little room of their own, overlay is inevitable. Workers cut off the tails and teeth of piglets, and cut sections out of their ears, all without pain relief. Tails are discarded in the aisles and sometimes even end up in the food trolley. Tail cutting is performed by the majority of piggeries in Australia as an attempt to prevent cannibalism (tail biting) once the pigs are moved into overcrowded "grower" sheds which completely lack stimulation. Despite the tail cutting, Blantyre's grower facility, Dead Horse Gully (DHG), has a severe cannibalism problem. When moving piglets between farrowing crates ("fostering") or taking them from their mothers to be moved across the road to DHG Piggery, workers pick them up by one leg and throw them into trolleys, the piglets often landing head-first or crashing into others already in the trolley. Once impregnated, sows are moved into the large group housing shed, which features row upon row of open-backed sow stalls, where the sows can move out into a small corridor between the stalls, but must return to the stalls for food and water or to avoid being attacked by other sows, as is common due to the overcrowded, unstimulating conditions. The air in this shed is filthy, and for the sixteen weeks of their pregnancy the sows remain trapped here without sunlight, on concrete floor where they must live amongst each others' urine and faeces (in natural conditions, pigs will urinate and defecate far away from where they sleep and eat). Upon finding hidden cameras in the farrowing shed, Edwina Beveridge set a trap for activists; upon their return, eight men were sent out to "hunt" them in a pursuit that lasted over 4 hours. The activists' car had been destroyed, with one window smashed in, all tyres deflated with the valves cut off, and extensive damage to the engine. Personal belongings inside the car had been rifled through, and in an interview with The Land Edwina admitted to viewing identification contained within the locked car. However, police refused to press charges, citing a "lack of evidence". Edwina then took to harassing board members of multiple animal rights groups with frivolous legal threats. In addition to the cruelty that can be expected at the new piggery if development proceeds, there are also serious environmental concerns, as with all intensive farming (piggeries in particular). A loss of visitors to Harden can also be expected, as the region further reinforces its negative reputation as an intensive factory farming hub, after the recent construction of a 27-shed duck farm. To the Administrator, Hilltops Council, we ask that you do the right thing by your community and by the hundreds of thousands more pigs who face a life of suffering and misery at the hands of Edwina and Michael Beveridge over the next decade - please say no to the construction of this piggery.
Petition to The House of Representatives
Review sentencing guidelines for animal abuse and make changes to ensure consistency
An unexpectedly quick plea and sentence meant our petition was not handed to the judge although the judge was asked to consider the level of support shown by the petition by the Police. The person in the story below received a 2 year jail sentence for killing the 5 month old puppy. Sentencing of 2 years jail for animal abuse is better than many punishments handed down but below the 3 years 9 months maximum possible (5 years less 25% for a guilty plea). Click here to read the Northern Advocate article about the sentencing. I am not letting this drop. This petition will now be used to help lobby for consistency for crimes like this and to help change the standards judges sentence by. I am lobbying local MPs to help me get this petition to the Minister of Primary Industries. I will personally travel from Invercargill to Wellington to present the petition. The the aim is to ensure the recommendations provided to judges in regards to the sentencing of animal abusers is set at a higher level, a level that will actually deter future animal abuse and reflect the heinous nature of this crime. This puppy's suffering and death will NOT be for nothing. The original story is below. On Sunday July 9, 2017 53 year old Northland Hanuere Paul Witehira, struck a 5 month old puppy multiple times with a hammer because he could not get the lunch he wanted. He had been drinking. The puppy suffered skull fractures and broken teeth. It was subsequently put down by a vet. I just can't imagine the fear, pain and suffering the puppy would have gone through. According to the Northern Advocate article, howls could be heard blocks away and it was the man's own son along with neighbours who called police. The unnamed man is being held in custody. No animal deserves to be treated like this under any circumstances. I am calling for the maximum 5 year imprisonment penalty to be enforced in this case. It is a clear cut instance of extreme animal abuse causing massive suffering. I will ask Senior Sargent Brian Swann of the Mid North Police to present this petition to the prosecutor prior to the next hearing on July 18. This petition will provide evidence to show the sentencing judge that this behaviour will not be tolerated by New Zealanders and it should be punished strongly. Support this petition to help ensure this receives a punishment that truly reflects the crime. You can not stand by and allow another minimal punishment to be handed down in this case. The Northern Advocate article can be found by clicking here The Northern Advocate follow up story is here. Click to read.
Petition to The Honourable President And Members Of The Senate In Parliament Assembled., Senator Nick Mckim, Senator Jordan Steele-John, Senator Derryn Hinch, Senator Rachel Siewert, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
STAND AGAINST LIVE EXPORT
NO MORE LIVE EXPORTS. Having seen the horrific footage of Live Exports Truth, I can not just sit back and do nothing. We The People Who Have Signed This Petition Fully Support That All Live Exports End. We The People Believe Live Exports Are Brutal And Animals Should Be Slaughtered In Australia, Snap Frozen Then Exported. We The People Want Australian Slaughter To Benefit The Australian Economy And The Animals. We The People Know That Live Export Is A Mar On Australia And It’s Inhabitants. STOP ALL LIVE EXPORTS IMMEDIATELY.