animal welfare

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Petition to Curt B. Leng, Town of Hamden, Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, Gary Byron

Free Kato and Kleo!

Kato and Kleo have spent most of their lives held in separate cages, 23 hours a day, on a kill order issued by the town of Hamden, CT since October, 2012.  Nearly 6 YEARS now.  They were only puppies when someone opened the gate to their backyard and released them.  A little girl saw them and cried out, not because they were harming her, but because she was scared. Cynthia Reed, the 47-year-old grandmother of the little girl, went after Kato and Kleo with a piece of wood, screaming obscenities and beating on them. One of them MAY have bitten her, (no one knows for sure, as there was never an investigation as to whether she was bitten, and by which dog). Over 30 people then joined in, and attacked Kato and Kleo with bats, metal pipes, rocks, whatever they could get their hands on. Since Connecticut is a no-fault state, Ms. Reed was paid $65,000 by the insurance company without even being examined.  Ms. Reed then disappeared and did not show up for the initial court hearing.  Sadly, Kato and Kleo's owner, Kim Miller, has gone through several incompetent attorneys, and suffered through every level of the Judicial system, desperate to have her dogs returned to her.  In the beginning, Kim had offers from several sanctuaries, willing to take Kato and Kleo, but the town of Hamden's attorney declined these offers, without consulting the town's Mayor.  Unfortunately, Kim's last effort was dismissed back in August 2017.  There is no more money to fight legally since the town of Hamden has effectively bankrupted Kim in her efforts to save them. According to the CT Department of Agriculture, Animal Control Division, the decision to free Kato and Kleo is now up to the town of Hamden, since they initially placed the kill order.  Callers to the town of Hamden are being told the opposite.  This game of pointing fingers must end now.  For nearly 6 YEARS, elected officials have been incapable of resolving this injustice.  Most dogs would have had kennel rage within a few weeks of being incarcerated, but in the nearly 6 years of their confinement, Kato and Kleo are still sweet and well behaved. FYI:  The facility where they are being held, is considered a “temporary shelter” and they are not equipped to provide long term care. Kim provides the beds for Kato and Kleo so that they don’t have to sleep on the floor. She also provides their food, cleans their cages, brings in fans during the summer months (during CT’s heatwave, the temps in the shelter can exceed 94F) and pays for all their vet bills. Kato has cancer and is not receiving proper medical care, while confined. Mayor Leng has told Kim, (on several occasions), that he does not want these dogs killed and that if it were up to him, he would free them with restrictions, home arrest, etc.  Even the Animal Control Officer who gave the kill order, apologized to Kim, knowing he made a mistake.  With the life expectancy of these dogs being 8-10 years, they have already spent most of their lives in cages.  We are asking that Mayor Leng do what he has the power and authority to do and end this nightmare!  #FreeKatoAndKleo

Laurie Mann
306 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to Bill Cantrell, Janet Donlin, Jeffrey Howard, Robert M. Beech, Robin Broadway

Eliminate ALL Two Year Old Tennessee Walking Horse Classes (“Big Lick”)

The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in the World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse's front hooves. The "Baby" Horses are put into "TRAINING" often as early as 14-15 months old. They are "STARTED" with a "SMALL" foot/package which is built up to the larger size platform shoes.  They are "SORED" to see if they can "WALK" through the pain,  and Step High to be a Tennessee Walking Show Horse. This is the prized (and abominable) "Big Lick" Gait. Here is a Video of "Amazing Honor", TWHBEA Registration #21602014 -       (Foal Date - April 14, 2016)  - She was started under saddle on September 6, 2017 at the age of 17 Months.   This video shows 59 DAYS of "Big Lick" Training      (Sep. 6 - Nov. 4) needed to "Make" a "Big Lick" Show Prospect. A nightmare of Animal Cruelty was on display in Laurel, MS last  Saturday night,   March 3, 2018.    Viewed over 161,000 times,  this CCABLAC Video shows a 23 month Tennessee Walking Horse – “HRH Princess Charlotte” – struggling to do the high stepping “Big Lick” gait. “HRH Princess Charlotte” is trying to go in a straight line while wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES,  and CHAINS are hitting her sensitive skin above her front hooves.  “HRH Princess Charlotte’s” foal date is March 26, 2016.  At 23 months, she is the equivalent of a 15 year old child.  “The ‘Big Lick’ is a pain induced gait,”  says Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner,  Horse Science Professor at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University).  "It is a business based on the suffering and pain of Horses”.  “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horses front feet to exaggerate their animated step. Here is a CCABLAC Video of the TWO YEAR OLD Gelding Class at the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which has been seen over 675,000 times.  And this shocking (DoDo) video  - "Here's What Soring Does To Horses" -  exposes the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Racket as nothing more than base and abject ANIMAL CRUELTY. The video has been viewed over 15 MILLION TIMES  since being released on March 7, 2017.  It features “Gen’s Ice Glimmer”,  an abused Tennessee Walking Show Horse. Many Tennessee Walking Horses like “HRH Princess Charlotte” are started under saddle as merely “Babies” – about 15-17 months old.    Putting a 23 month old filly in the Show Ring wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES and CHAINS is barbaric,  and an atrocity.  The "Big Lick" gait should never be accepted or sanctioned by civilized society in 2018. Please voice YOUR outrage and opposition to this vile practice by SIGNING and SHARING this Petition. Your Signatures and Comments will be delivered to: ·      Mr. Bill Cantrell, President of the Walking Horse Trainers Association; ·      Ms. Janet Donlin,  CEO, American Veterinary Medical Association;  ·      Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher - The Walking Horse Report/Director of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration;  ·      Mr. Robert M. Beech, Vice President, Equine Welfare - Tennessee Walking Horse Breed Registry (TWHBEA); ·      Ms. Robin Broadway,  President,  American Horse Council. After you SIGN,  please SHARE the petition with your friends and family via email, Face Book, and Twitter! Your PETITION Signatures and Comments will be delivered to the proper officials. "WE, The People” – CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty)   “Speaking FOR ‘The Horses’ Who Cannot Speak For Themselves” Here is the “Story of CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”. CCABLAC,  is a “WE, The People” grassroots movement.  The  “Citizens Campaign Against Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses (“Big Lick”) - has peacefully assembled and protested against Animal Cruelty to “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL;  to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC;  all the way to the White House in Washington, D.C. one year ago when it delivered over 100,000 signatures against the Animal Cruelty.

G. T. Fleming
31,513 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to The Bahraini Supreme Council for the Environment, the Bahraini Ministry of Municipalities Affairs & Agriculture

Stop Animal Cruelty in Bahrain’s Zoos

Animal cruelty is widespread across the Kingdom of Bahrain.  From the out of control stray dog and cat population, which the government is currently attempting “to control” by relocating dogs to the deserts of Bahrain where they have trouble finding food and water and suffer from diseases like distemper, to the import of wild animals to be kept as domestic pets, to the plentiful cases of animal beatings, burnings, and mutilations, to the appalling conditions in zoos across the country, Bahrain is not a safe and happy place for most of its animal population.  I am a US national with a life long interest in the Middle East and an animal welfare advocate.  I completed my bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies at the George Washington University in 2015, for which I spent considerable time in Jordan and Morocco. Following my undergraduate studies, I received a Fulbright Grant to Bahrain. It was then that I first discovered the appalling abuse animals endure here and began focusing on animal welfare in Bahrain.  I am currently  pursuing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and was awarded a grant to conduct an animal rights/welfare research project in Bahrain this summer. I hope that my findings will help expose the current state of animal welfare in Bahrain, encourage the Government to take action, and incite a positive change for animals in Bahrain.  My findings at the zoos have been incredibly heartbreaking;  • At Tasneem Zoo, a baboon is chained by his neck to the inside of his small cage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The chain is no longer than a meter and there has been no water or food in his cage the multiple times that I have visited. He paces back and forth, exhibiting stereotypic “zoochotic” behavior, a type of mental suffering caused by captivity. There are cats who are far too skinny, with their kittens, panting in cages outside, in temperatures above 45 degrees, again with no water in sight. There is a monkey being swung in the air by a leash held by a zoo keeper. • At Al Areen Zoo, there is a lion who is always sedentary and panting excessively, without exerting himself, who only has a small bit of dirty water in an enclosure that is too small and doesn’t provide any enrichment. There are brown bears, who are supposed to live in forested areas of cooler climates, in a small enclosure reminiscent of a desert with barely enough water for the bears to wet a paw. There is a sole chimp (chimps are social animals and should not be kept in solitude) who appears depressed, bored, and lonely. • At Arman Zoo in 2016, I worked with other animal rescuers to rescue cats and dogs who had been beaten at the hands of zoo workers and visitors and suffered broken bones and teeth, were malnourished and dehydrated, had pneumonias and various other illnesses, were infested with fleas and ticks, had ringworm and suffered outside in temperatures over 45 degrees in small cages with no shade.  This zoo has also attracted international attention when a video of a zoo worker beating one of the zoo’s monkey went viral.  Arman Zoo, although better now than two years ago, continues to hold various animals in improper and insufficient enclosures, including alligators, tortoises, and baboons. The list of animals being improperly cared for and abused in zoos across Bahrain goes on and on. The Bahraini Government and those specifically responsible for handling these animal welfare complaints, namely the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs & Agriculture and the Supreme Council for the Environment, have repeatedly ignored my and many others’ emails and phone calls, as well as countless Facebook and Instagram posts and articles both in local news and abroad, addressing our concern for these animals.  There is an Animal Welfare Law in Bahrain, which states that animal owners and caregivers should ensure that there is no harm or suffering inflicted on their animals and that animals are kept in appropriate facilities and proper living conditions (in addition to many other requirements), but it remains unenforced.  Why introduce a new law and not enforce it? While all animal abuse cases in this country are disgusting and heinous, lack of action against the cruelty taking place in these zoos, which is extremely easy to monitor, has a unique and longstanding negative impact for Bahrain and its animal inhabitants.  Bringing children to these zoos for “entertainment purposes,” as school trips and families often do, perpetuates the idea that the treatment of animals at these places is “normal,” which in turn will ensure that these children grow up thinking that what is actually animal cruelty is entirely normal, dooming animals in Bahrain to a bleak future with no end in sight for animal cruelty.  It is time for Bahrain to stop ignoring these animals’ misery.   Please sign this petition asking the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs & Agriculture and the Supreme Council for the Environment to put an end to the cruelty animals experience in Bahrain’s zoos, either by enforcing the Animal Welfare Law, which is meant to ensure proper living conditions, or by agreeing to send these animals to reputable sanctuaries abroad where they can live out their lives in peace and happiness.  

Colleen Hegarty
1,429 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Ms. Li Xiao Lin

Work with Yulin to end dog meat festival and trade.

Dear President of Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (BPAFFC): By sending this petition to you, we sincerely hope that it conveys how much we treasure a positive relationship with China. We believe both the West and the East have cultural elements that if shared, could strengthen ties between the regions. Specifically, we know that many parts of China and many Western nations agree that the practice of eating dog meat is harmful to any modern nation's reputation, hurtful to dog owners and poses a dangerous risk to people's health. We have seen the progress China has made in this area. However, the infamous Yulin dog meat “festival” and the intensive media coverage it receives around the world puts a black mark on China's image internationally. Many hold the erroneous belief that Yulin is what China is like. We believe, if your office were to initiate the first steps toward ending the Yulin dog meat festival and ultimately, the dog meat industry, China would receive immeasurable goodwill from all parts of the world. Therefore, we respectfully ask if you would consider scheduling a meeting between us, your office, and Yulin officials in the near future, so we can work together to find a win-win solution. Respectfully,  Paul Fong, Director of International Policies, Duo Duo Project Visit to learn more and support our projects. Or donate to our fund raiser:

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