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 Gumtree
Ban “FREE” Animals on Gumtree
It is understandable that some people end up in situations where they no longer have the means to support their animals. However, posting advertisements for “Free” on Gumtree is not a way to re-home your pet. Many underground dog fighting rings scour these sites for free animals to either use as fighting dogs or live bait. These animals endure horrific trauma. There are also cases where animals have been handed over to “good homes” and have turned out to be anything but. A young dog named “Bow” was given “FREE to a good home”. A few weeks later, his body was discovered bound and bloodied. Stabbed to death. There was another case recently where a woman in Forster, NSW, was found guilty of torturing and mutilating defenceless animals. She had “acquired” most of the innocent animals off of “FREE” advertisements on Gumtree. There are many ways to re home your beloved pets. Adding a substantial price tag does help ward of offenders, however, surrendering your animal to your local rescue group is the best option. Rescue groups will do a background check and supply an adoption fee with all animals. Some rescue groups even offer to keep your animal at home with you whilst they search for their new forever home. PLEASE help us put an end to this horrific abuse and end “FREE” animals on Gumtree.
Petition to Mark Furner
Make shade shelter Mandatory for all Farm Animals living outdoors-Media release inside
Each year thousands of outdoor farm animals suffer terribly from heat stress and pain due to having no access to shade or shelter in paddocks, sale yards, holding pens and feedlots throughout Queensland and Australia. The sheep in the photo seek shade from a fencepost from the blazing sun. A former RSPCA president, merchant banker turned philanthropist, and Australian veterinarian and professor are all supporting animal advocates in our campaign to mandate shade and shelter for thousands of farm animals in Queensland and ultimately throughout Australia and the world. ‘Animals Need Shade’ have lodged a petition in the Queensland Parliament, for which the citizens of Queensland which has just finished. QLD residents are waiting for an answer whether Mark Furner will adopt mandatory laws to give farm animals the right to shade shelter. Please follow Animals Need Shade Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening. We are calling on owners of farm animals to take responsibility and the government to fulfil their role in representing the the Australian people to provider laws that prevent unnecessary suffering. Please sign the CHANGE ORG petition MEDIA RELEASE https://www.dropbox.com/s/bimvz0acn6e38pq/Animals%20Need%20Shade%20-%20All%20Qld.mp3?dl=0 ABC RADIO INTERVIEW with Morika Elek - Queenslanders urge government to enforce mandatory shade and shelter for farm animals. Animal advocates lodged a petition in the Queensland Parliament (just finished), urging a change in the law to protect heat-stressed livestock, as temperatures in the state rise and heatwaves become commonplace and are waiting for an answer. Australia is definitely a sunburnt country. Record summer temperatures have made headlines around the world. While the heat may be good news for some in our beach-loving country, it has devastating consequences for millions of farmed animals routinely kept outdoors in paddocks, saleyards, holding pens and feedlots with little to no shade. Queenslanders fear lack of no shade/shelter for farm animals is an animal welfare crisis. Queensland group Animals Need Shade is leading the charge in calling for mandatory legislation to force owners of farm animals in the sunshine state and across Australia to provide adequate shelter for cows, sheep, horses and other livestock through their newly launched ‘Animals Need Shade’ campaign. Animals Need Shade recently filed a petition on the Queensland Parliament’s website urging the government to insert mandatory requirements into the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 for adequate shelter for livestock kept outdoors, including a definition of ‘adequate shelter’, and to introduce penalties for owners and carers who fail to provide adequate shelter for their outdoor farm animals. The pair have the support of leading animal advocates, including former vice-president of Citibank and philanthropist Philip Wollen, OAM, veterinarian and professor Andrew Knight, and former Rockhampton RSPCA president Elizabeth Shanahan.“I remember how hot it was last summer in Canungra, Beaudesert and Boonah and how I couldn’t stand in the sun for more than five minutes without feeling the brunt of this shocking heat,” says Elek, who lives in the Scenic Rim. “The sight of Farm Animals exposed and suffering from the extreme heat of the sun without shade or shelter is unfortunately common throughout Queensland." Elek is concerned about all Farm animals and claims that cows suffer, even more in the heat than humans, especially without shade. Dairy NZ notes that Fresian cows (approximately 83% of dairy cows in Australia are Fresian) begin to experience the effects of heat stress when their body temperature reaches 68℉ (21℃) at 75% relative humidity. The average annual temperature in many parts of Queensland is 29°C. In 2017 even southern regions such as Gatton recorded 141 days where temperatures reached over 30°C. Despite the Queensland government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) acknowledging the impact of heat stress on livestock and recommending shelter and shade, it is not mandatory for owners of farm animals to provide these basic requirements. Speaking about cattle in an interview with Living the Country Life, David Sparks, an extension veterinarian from Oklahoma State University, warns: “If you’re uncomfortable,the herd is too hot, and if you’re too hot, the herd is in serious danger.” Sparks explains that cattle don’t sweat and have an upper critical temperature that is around 20 degrees cooler than humans. “So that means if it is 80 ℉ [26.6 ℃] outside it feels like 100℉ [37.7℃] to cattle. They are also affected more seriously by humidity.” This results in severe suffering, according to Australian-born veterinarian Andrew Knight, Professor of Animal Welfare at Winchester University in the UK. “Cows and other Farm animals are sentient, sensitive animals, capable of feeling pain, stress and fear,” says Knight. “Being exposed to excessive sunlight can be highly stressful and decrease their health and welfare. Such systematic lack of care is indicative of the widespread exploitation these animals endure.” Elizabeth Shanahan, former Rockhampton President of the RSPCA for 20 years, is also deeply concerned about the lack of appropriate shelter for outdoor farm animals. “From my experience very little has been done to protect farm animals from the elements,” says Shanahan. “Complaints about the treatment of farm animals are rarely, if ever, prosecuted. Something must change and soon to protect these vulnerable forgotten animals. TheQueensland community expects laws that protect all animals. Laws must be upgraded and enforceable, to ensure the basic right to shade and shelter for all farm animals.” This change org petition and the recent QLD parliament petition has also received the support of Melbourne-based Philip Wollen, OAM, renowned former merchant banker turned philanthropist. “I travel 20,000km throughout the Australian countryside every year,” says Wollen. “What I see every day as we drive past vast open paddocks in Australia are no trees, blazing heat and distressed, parched and panting animals. I often see animals lying dead on the ground. Every paddock has been cleared of trees. Occasionally I see a paddock with a single tree, under which 100 or so parched animals stand, and clustered around them in the blazing sun will be 1,000 more – with not a single shadow to protect them. This is an atrocity and laws must be changed to force farmers to provide adequate shelter and shade for their charges.” Animals Need Shade is calling on all Australians to sign this petition and to those living in South Australia please join the new Adelaide Farm Animals Need Shade Facebook page. The public are unaware of the statistics on deaths, and the serious physical and psychological distress suffered by animals who have no protection. Together our voices will help stop suffering. We are working with all states to create change. Please join this force for Farm animals. Evidence is available of hundreds of community complaints in relation to no shade/shelter. There is mounting evidence amongst the community and many animal advocate groups of many Farm Animals that continue to suffer without adequate shade/shelter, even after reports have been made. The community will continue to report to the RSPCA, keeping the CASE NUMBER and photos. When the community sees that animals continue to suffer after a report has been made - many in the community will now contact the Animal Defenders Office immediately after a second report is made. Note: case numbers are not given out after you have reported, so if you don't have a number you wont be given it again. ### About ‘Animals Need Shade’ Animals Need Shade is a campaign launched in 2017 by Queensland animal advocate Elek. Animals Need Shade have launched an online petition with the Queensland government calling for stronger legal protections and enforceability regarding the provision of adequate shade and shelter for farm animals. We are waiting for an answer regarding the petition. They will be working with all states to make shade/shelter mandatory across Australia. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/animalsavetv/ Petition soon to be lodged with South Australian Govt. Media Contact: M Elek: . Other relevant links: https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/4497157/sheep-death-investigation-will-continue/?fbclid=IwAR286uytNIp9tJWVCeUA0xMP3kPZWbmcRvl2YxAruzDQiPtLLZZed83SkKs https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-24/heat-cow-deaths/5217546 ZONES OF COMFORT FARM ANIMALS Farm animal have zones of comfort (thermoneutral zone) before they experience heat pain. No shade shelter/solar radiation heightens suffering. Humidity, extra weight, diet, pregnancy, young animals, and more will also lead to further pain and suffering. Beef cattle (British breeds) 15 – 25°CBeef cattle (tropical breeds) 16 – 27°CChickens & hens 10 – 20°CDairy cattle 5 – 20°CGoats 10 – 20°CPigs 16 – 25°CSheep 21 – 31°CTurkeys 10 – 24°C SUMMER Humidity significantly impacts farm animals (Temperature Humidty Index) THI - is used to measure suffering. Suffering is often counted in number of pants per minuteTemperature head load (THL) – consistent hot weather meaning there is no relief from the pain endured from heat,the inability of cattle to sweat & difficulty in dissipating heat leading to increased respiratory diseasessolar radiation (no shade shelter from blazing sun),soil temperature of dirt– which is significantly hotter than air temperatureyoung, sick, pregnant eg Ewes pregnant 5-6 months of the year, Dairy cows constantly pregnant and lactating suffering starts at 21 degrees and 75% humidity.WINTER Wind chill (e.g) if at 0 degrees celcius (32 degrees FH) with a wind of 20 kmph can feel like -5 degrees celcius (25 degrees FH) wet bodies from rain and hail,soil temperature – frost or ice in winteryoung, sick, pregnant eg Ewes pregnant 5-6 months of the year, mature animals all suffer more.
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 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.
Petition to Karina Ewer
We the undersigned wish to see Streaky Bay Council laws on Volunteer Cat Traps change.
At the moment Volunteer Cat Trapping is welcomed by the District Council of Streaky Bay, as Feral Cats have been always been & continue to be a problem for this town. Unfortunately though, not everyone seems to be doing the right thing as suggested by Council & many Pet Cats are mysteriously disappearing. The Council laws need to be looked at, so that Pet Cats & their owners are protected. Cat trapping needs to be undertaken ONLY by Council Officers, so that it's Feral Cats being caught & euthanised properly or better yet (Trap, Neuter, Release)..... NOT family pets, by Community members hiring a trap to deal with a problem Pet in their area. It is far too easy to trap a neighboring cat & dispose of it, without anyone ever knowing. Many people in Streaky Bay have had Pet Cats mysteriously disappear & some people have stories about how they are fully aware of who disposed of their pet after trapping it in a Volunteer Cat trap (easily available from Council) or from many sites on the internet. We would like The District Council of Streaky Bay of SA to meet & discuss making changes to the hiring of Cat traps to members of the Community within the town. We would like the following changes to be made: Volunteer Cat Trapping to STOP within the inner residential part of Streaky Bay. That descision be made very clear to Community members & a substantial fine put in place for ignoring the new Bi-Law. We require our local Council (District Council of Streaky Bay), to protect Pet owners in the Community by making these changes.
Petition to NSW Farmers Association, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Stop farmers labelling animal slaughter as “processing”, reducing buyer confusion
Meat from animal livestock “slaughtered” will have to be rebranded to “processed” if the NSW Farmers Association is successful in their attempt to change public image. We ask a public forum to back our bid to have Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) review terminology and crack down on disingenuous representation on so-called fake-processed meats. "I want consumers to have confidence that when they buy tofu, it's tofu — when they buy plant-based mince, it's plants processed into mince and when they buy meat, it is actually produced by slaughtering a living animal” "I just want truth in terminology and consumers to have confidence that they are not being misled." NSW Farmers’ said changes were needed to undermine animal activists efforts to appeal and engage the public In discussions about the realities of the Australian farming industry. Livestock farmers feared their businesses were at risk because before the rapid growth in available plant-based alternatives, shoppers often did not think about how animals got to their plate. But they insist this not a veiled attempt to stop the growth of plant-based products. Instead to "minimise the impact of this detrimental emotive arguments", they hope to blunt buyers compassion and reinforce cognitive-dissonance achieved through decades of marketing and scientific funding. An increasing number of consumers were not eating animal products because of allergies or philosophical beliefs, however, many still continue to eat meat "that's their decision but we need to be careful [we] don't confuse the marketplace”. In April, France banned the use of meat and dairy-related terms on vegan and vegetarian plant-based alternatives. In the US, Missouri became the first state to pass a law preventing food producers from marketing products as meat, if the food did not come from harvested livestock or poultry. Queensland senator Barry O'Sullivan called for plant-based products called mince to be stripped from shelves and re-labelled. New regulations should also govern how animal products are marketed within supermarkets. If it’s meat, it’s slaughtered and if it’s plant-based, it’s processed. I think people have been very, very clever with the marketing of these products. I think it says something about the reputation of animal slaughter that farmers are seeking to change it and want it to be seen in the same morality as plant-based alternatives, using the same language — indeed even labelling it as grass-fed, free-range or “RSPCA approved”. I think we need to be backing the original terminology of “slaughter” which carries the gravity of its intent unlike “processing” that treats animals like objects void of intelligent emotional and social capacities, should we change “livestock” to “stock”, or even “death” to “decommissioned”. Allowing this sets the precedent to change other terminology that further erodes the respect and value of animal life. This petition was created with a satirical rewrite of the following article, Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as 'meat' or 'milk': https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.abc.net.au/article/10360200 And written in response to the following article, NSW Farmers' change terminology for livestock industry: https://www.theland.com.au/story/6291345/farmers-ditch-slaughter-for-public-image/
Petition to Malaysian minister of animal welfare
Stop the Incorrect Labeling of Palm Oil and Stop the Slaughter
Stop the Incorrect Labeling of Palm Oil and Stop the Slaughter. Harvesting palm oil kills orangutans. Thousands of cute humans are killed due to our hunger for palm oil. Every time you accidentally buy a palm oil product you threaten these beings. We have lost over 100,000 of them in less than 20 years, because of the food we eat. When we accidentally consume a palm oil product due to the lack of information on the packet we starve them. If this partition is signed we can save them. If we continue to eat the way we do we will most likely wipe them out in the near future. It is crazy that we subconsciously kill animals by doing something as simple as eating. Today, we can stop the incorrect labeling of palm oil and stop the murder. Sign the partition and make palm oil labeling mandatory.