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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 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:

TJ Spark
715 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Wendy Tuckerman

Keep Blantyre Farms' cruel, intensive pig farming out of Harden 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.

Aussie Farms
33,140 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

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.  

Karl Thomas
88,110 supporters