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Petition to Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dan Ashe, Dennis W. Kelly, AZA , Rob Vernon

AZA: Disinvite Wayne Pacelle and the H$U$ From Your Annual Conference

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to be a keynote speaker at their annual conference in September 2017.  HSUS representative Jonathan Balcombe will also be giving a presentation.  Despite their public veneer, the HSUS is an animal rights lobbying group that shares PETA's radical views, and works towards the closing of all zoos and aquariums, the banning of meat and other animal related products, and the abolishing of pet ownership.  Pacelle and the HSUS are enemies of the zoological community.  Despite claims that "AZA-accredited facilities are well respected by HSUS," they continue to attack and harass respectable zoos and aquariums worldwide, claiming "even some AZA-accredited zoos contain forgotten and outdated exhibits." Pacelle admits, "I don't have a hands-on fondness for animals. I did not grow up bonded to any particular nonhuman animal."  Pacelle claims, "If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don't want to see another dog or cat born," and further states, "One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals."  Jonathan Balcombe, meanwhile, posted a blog in which he compares eating meat to being a member of the Klu Klux Klan, concluding about a neighbor's plans to have Christmas dinner with meat, "For me, that was just as jarring, if less surprising, than if she really had admitted to terrorizing black Americans." In addition to extremist views, the Humane Society of the United States is involved in unethical practices.  The HSUS has sent more than $100 million in donor funds to the Cayman Islands and other offshore accounts, and paid a multi-million dollar settlement to Feld Entertainment to avoid federal racketeering charges when it was revealed that the HSUS and other animal rights groups had paid a plaintiff who gave false testimony regarding the treatment of elephants by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as part of a lawsuit brought by the animal rights groups that the presiding judge called "frivolous," "vexatious," and "groundless and unreasonable from its inception."  All of this has resulted in the Humane Society of the United States having their charity rating downgraded and a donor advisory issued against them.  Recently, formal complaints have been filed with the IRS concerning the HSUS's questionable relationship with Whole Foods and attacks on competing grocery stores. Inviting Pacelle and Balcombe to speak at AZA's annual conference is a slap in the face of zoological professionals and their supporters, and it casts serious doubts on the AZA's ability to effectively represent zoos and aquariums.  The AZA appears to endorse the radical and unethical statements and actions listed above by associating with HSUS leaders and representatives.  If the AZA is to remain relevant and respected, it must rescind the invitations to Wayne Pacelle and Jonathan Balcombe, completely disassociate itself from the Humane Society of the United States, and expand its mission to not only represent zoos and aquariums around the world, but to defend them from the unwarranted attacks from critics who place personal agendas above animal welfare and conservation, and to point out the anti-animal truth behind animal rights groups like the HSUS. Please note that since verified email addresses for the AZA and its leadership have been difficult to find, I ask that you, in addition to signing this petition,  go to https://www.aza.org/contact-us to share your views with the AZA directly.  The petition letter may to be too long for their contact form, so you may have to omit sections of it.  If you are an AZA member or otherwise have contact with AZA leadership, I ask that you please use those alternative contact methods as well.  Expressing your opposition to Pacelle and the HSUS through the AZA's social media page is also recommended, but please be aware that the AZA is aggressively deleting anti-HSUS posts and comments, and even blocking zoo supporters from their social media pages for expressing their legitimate concerns.   The time for looking the other way and hoping that the animal rights cult won't target you or your animals has passed.  If the corrupt Humane Society of the United States can infiltrate and influence a pro-animal organization as respected as the AZA, then we must recognize they and their fellow animal rights groups will never stop until they have completely severed the human-animal bond and ended all human-animal interaction.  If an AZA-HSUS partnership is allowed to flourish, it could ultimately bring an end to zoos and aquariums and the wonderful conservation work they do and the appreciation for wildlife they inspire in millions of people each year.  Don't let the accomplishments of our ever-evolving zoos be swept away simply because a small but vocal and well funded group of fanatics don't believe that animals should be in the care of human beings.

Marty Flick
564 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, Mark Mulvaney, American Horse Council

Mr President, Please Publish Federal Rule Save”The Horses” From “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty

“We, The People” respectfully petition you to please instruct Secretary of Agriculture,  Mr. “Sonny” Perdue, and OMB Director,  Mr. Mark Mulvaney,  to expeditiously review and publish the Federal Rule in the Federal Register to remove the “Pads and Chains” from Tennessee Walking Horses.  This will eliminate 50 years of corruption and Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses! CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) grassroots advocates are largely Southerners who voted for you, but more importantly,  they “Speak FOR ‘The Horses Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.   These are animal welfare advocates, not animal rights” people.   Many of them eat bacon, steak and hunt wild game.  We are not against Horse Shows featuring flat shod natural Tennessee Walking Horses. According to famous Tennessean newspaper Sportswriter Mr. David Climer,  “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses is akin to “Dog Fighting” and “Cock Fighting”.  For years, many of those involved in the Tennessee walking horse industry have yearned for its competitions to be taken seriously as a legitimate sport.  Blood sport, yes. Legitimate sport,  no.   Sorry, but I’m calling horse excrement. Soring is still in common practice, and everybody knows it.” Native Tennessean MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Horse Science Professor Equine Vet Dr. John Haffner says:  "the “Big Lick” is a business built on the suffering and pain of horses. The fact is the big lick can only be accomplished by soring.   When one soring technique becomes detectable, another one is developed. The big lick is a learned response to pain and if horses have not been sored, they do not learn it.” CCABLAC animal welfare advocates have peacefully publicly demonstrated against this Animal Cruelty from the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, FL;   to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC;  to Nashville, Columbia & Shelbyville, Tennessee;  to Times Square in your New York City;  to the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. Videos taken by CCABLAC animal welfare advocates at “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse Shows have reached over 7+ million persons.  The Tennessee public has responded to calls to “BOYCOTT” the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty. The Federal Rule has unprecedented Bi-Partisan support.  The lead Sponsor is Tea Party Republican Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM (R-FL) who is a large animal vet.   The other lead sponsor is Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR), also a large animal vet.    The Federal Rule was proposed on July 26, 2016.   Over 135,000 public comments were made, and 95% favored publication of the Rule in the Federal Register.   Over 182 U. S. Representatives wrote a letter  to the Secretary of Agriculture  on October 25, 2016, “strongly” urging  U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to “expeditiously finalize” the Rule (to abolish ‘Big Lick’ Animal Cruelty). The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Horse Council have strongly endorsed the proposed Federal Rule.  They know the score. Mr. President,  key persons in the Republican establishment have been bought and paid for where this issue is concerned.   Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blocked a vote on this in 2014.    Unfortunately,  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken over $750,000.00 from the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty interests since 1988.  He will not let this measure be voted upon by the U. S. Senate. Mr. President, please do the right thing to help “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves”  To do so,  you will have to go against some key members of the Republican Establishment, but by doing so, you will win over many people who have doubted you. It is what you promised when you ran for President, and said yesterday in your Inaugural Address:   “The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital,  there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now. Because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.” Mr. President,  “the establishment” will not protect “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves.  This is a marvelous opportunity for you to "Make America Great Again" by taking the side of these magnificent horses who cannot speak for themselves. Mr. President,  please fulfill YOUR promise to “WE, The People”,  and "Make America Great Again", by helping “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves". ----------------------------------------------------------------------  After you SIGN,  please SHARE this petition with your friends and family via email, Facebook, and Twitter! A CCABLAC delegation will deliver Your PETITION Signatures and Comments to the White House,  Secretary of Agriculture and Director, OMB (Office of Management and Budget). WE, The People, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty)  - “We Speak FOR  “The Horses” Who Cannot Speak For Themselves”.

Citizens Campaign Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC)
102,767 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to ccdistg@ClarkCountyNV.gov , ccdista@ClarkCountyNV.gov , ccdistf@clarkcountynv.gov , ccdistb@clarkcountynv.gov , ccdiste@clarkcountynv.gov , ccdistc@ClarkCountyNV.gov , ccdistd@clarkcountynv.gov , kathleenjung@yahoo.com , Acting Executive Director

Demand Shelter Reform & Transparency at Nevada SPCA. Fight for a proper no kill shelter.

Open Letter to the NSPCA Board and Local Agencies Urging Shelter Reform, Collaboration & Transparency To Whom It May Concern, NSPCA Board President Kathy Jung and Fellow NSPCA Board Members, Clark County Commissioners and Local Government Agencies, & Southern Nevada Residents, RE: NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 Summary: CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements as well as Clark County Municipal Codes pertaining to animal welfare. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. We urge local Southern Nevada residents to show your support by signing the petition today. Detailed Information: Over the course of several years and a compilation of hands-on experiences in and around the Nevada Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals (NSPCA) several things have become apparent to this group and we deem worthy of this open letter. First and foremost, thank you for the work your organization strives to achieve and for the mission you have in place: “The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care. We work to achieve our adoption goals by treating each animal as an individual, with a name instead of a number.  We strive to match each rescued animal with people by personality and lifestyle in order to have the best chance to find a forever home. We seek homes for the animals where they will be treated, cherished, and appreciated as members of the family.”1 We realize that unlike the open-intake, government-subsidized shelter(s) in Southern Nevada; the NSPCA is operating under the ‘no-kill model’, which is both widely commended and supported throughout the community. We also recognize that your organization rescues some of the most difficult to adopt, often unwanted and medically in-need animals. As stated on your website: “Besides those awaiting adoption, we have animals in the process of rehabilitation so that they too can be available for adoption in the future, and we exhaust all reasonable measures to help them become adoptable.  At the time of rescue many animals have broken bones and other injuries, disease, emaciated bodies from starvation or neglect, birth defects, tumors and other growths, and more.  Even more are bouncing back from cruelty and abuse, learning to trust people again.”2 As Southern Nevada’s only no-kill shelter, the general public and community donor naturally assumes you operate under the true ‘No-Kill Model.’ The No- Kill resolution states: ”Whereas, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm;”3 Among other rights, the No Kill Statement of Rights and Guiding Principles4 state that: Taxpayers and community members have a right to full and complete disclosure about how animal shelters operate.  Shelters provide care and treatment for all animals in shelters to the extent necessary, including prompt veterinary care, adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and socialization;  Shelters are held accountable for and make information publicly available about all the animals in their care. Having said all of that, the CCCAWA has good reason to believe that the current management of the NSPCA is failing to carry out the mission of the organization, failing to comply as a true no-kill animal rescue and failing to comply with key NRS requirements5 as well as Clark County Municipal Codes6 pertaining to animal welfare. Key areas of concern include: 1. Inadequate staffing: Key staff member(s) have left or been dismissed without replacement both in front and back-of- house. Kennel attendants are often tasked with front-of- house duties and pulled in so many directions that kennel duties and cleanliness suffers. There are no staff members whose job duties include socialization, walks or proper exercise.References: NRS 574.360, NRS 574.4730, MC 10.30.010, MC 10.30.080 2. Unclean living conditions and improperly maintained enclosures: Building and grounds are not well kept, kennel doors are broken, elements are exposed, sewage is backing up, water is leaking from the roof, bugs and pigeons are present and the smell is often overpowering. Water bowls go unwashed and are refilled to the point of algae, fecal matter and urine is not cleared away and properly sanitized each day and left into the next etc, bugs fill treat containers and water dishes including cockroaches and black widows, animals are often covered in fecal matter and urine when brought up for adoption, training or walks with volunteers.References: NRS 574.360, MC 10.30.010, NRS 574.430, MC 10.30.080, NRS574.420, MC10.30.070, NRS547.370, MC 10.30.020 3. Inadequate housing and shelter for the number of animals: There are often times 4-5 small dogs in a kennel and sometimes up to 3 large dogs. Fights often break out and can go on unattended causing both mental and emotional damage to the animals. Cases involving food hoarding and resource guarding which many rescue animals exhibit, can lead to a dog being without food, water, or access to the indoor area of the kennel until it can be noted by a staff member.References: NRS 574.410, MC 10.30.060 4. Inadequate medical care: There seems to be only one member on staff dedicated to medical care and she has questionable training or qualifications in veterinary care. This is gravely inadequate for the number of animals present. Injuries and illness often go unnoticed and unattended unless severe and extremely visible. Outside trainers note injuries unattended-to and volunteers witness reports of illness gone unanswered or improperly addressed. Dogs have been noted with severe ear infections, growths, neurological problems, broken bones, parasites and more; without constant reminders and volunteer pleading treatment does not take place and noted requests for treatment often go unanswered by staff or dismissed as minor. This environment is unfit for older animals or animals with any ongoing medical issues. This group has been privy to several older dogs dying in the shelter with little to no preventative care or end of life care given until it was apparent the animal was already beyond aide. Other times dogs have gone unaltered without notice until attention is drawn to it due to apparent physical symptoms such as going into heat/vaginal bleeding. There is no way one staff member could adequately address all of these issues or even be aware of them.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 5. Inadequate socialization or interaction program in place for dogs. No program in place to ensure dogs are receiving socialization, working with trainers to improve behavior issues or getting proper mental or physical stimulation. Currently all exercise and enrichment is done through 100% volunteer contributions. When volunteers are out of town or are restricted access, animals suffer and do not leave their kennels for days on end.NSPCA: NV19811013389, C7609-1981, EIN: 88-0187383 6. No transparency regarding dogs unavailable for adoption: Dogs “in the back” or “unavailable for adoption” as the website refers get no socialization what-so- ever. There is no program in place to get them ready for adoption, mark their progress or evaluation as to when they can move to “the front”. Volunteers are denied access and the dogs are not listed on the website.Rows upon rows of kennels exist “in the back” with absolutely no accountability to the public,the donor, or even to the board of directors regarding the animals’ well-being, socialization,progress or health status. Dogs could die and go completely unnoticed as they are essentially hidden and unaccounted for publicly. 7. Unclear guidelines and changing expectations for volunteers; informal hierarchy of leaders and a culture of silencing through bullying. There is no volunteer coordinator on staff. There are no clear rules or guidelines. Times often change, procedures change, rules and expectations change. Volunteers are asked to not speak with trainers or outside entities regarding the shelter or concern for the animals. People are asked to leave and shunned if concern is voiced or ideas offered which are unwelcome or deemed “accusatory”. 8. Consistent medical neglect as well as a culture of silencing and emotional blackmail by staff done through removing access to animals in a retaliatory fashion. It has been observed that key volunteers and financial supporters suggest additional medical examination and/or request an animal be made available for foster or hospice care in order to – keep a closer eye on a medical situation, provide more personalized care, work on a behavioral issue such as kennel stress etc. – and are most often times dismissed and/or denied. Repeated concern for an animals’ well being is frowned upon and is deemed as “negativity”. Any comments made to senior staff that could possibly be construed as negative result in the volunteer being deemed “aggressive” and asked to leave. Often times, expressing concern about an animal will result in the placements of restrictions via a “No Walks; Medical Treatment” sign being placed on the kennel. The “No walk” restriction can/does last for weeks to months at a time with no communication as to what has been observed, if a professional has seen the animal, if the issue has improved or resolved, and/or when the animal will be allowed to leave its kennel for mental and physical stimulation again. Volunteers fear voicing even reasonable concerns for fear of being deemed “aggressive,” being asked to leave, being denied access the animals to ensure their well being, and for fear of retaliatory ‘no walk’ periods as subtle punishments for the whistle blowers themselves. No walk signs are used to defer medical attention, silence concerned volunteers and punish whistle blowers.References: NRS 574.440(2), MC 10.30.090(b) 9. Unclear guidelines, requirements, procedures and/or policy regarding a foster care program. There is no formal foster program in place; it is clear through social media and other marketing that litters of puppies, kittens or those animals deemed “in need” of medical fosters are marketed for foster care while other animals with similarly severe medical concerns remain in the shelter for months at a time before action is taken by senior staff. What qualifies an animal for foster care is unclear and that determination is at the complete discretion of management, which dislikes and hinders input by supporters. Management has very little interaction with the animals and therefore likely no real sense of their daily medical welfare especially given the number of animals present. Management has stated that supposed “healthy animals” are not to be marketed for foster homes at anytime despite it’s proven ability to alleviate behavioral issues due to kennel stress as well as over crowding.References: NRS 574.440, MC 10.30.090 10. Unclear guidelines and procedure regarding social media and promotion of animals; continued silencing and lack of transparency. Volunteers are not provided with a social media policy but are reprimanded by deputized volunteer leaders for promoting animals using wording deemed inappropriate. Descriptions having warranted reprimand include stating length of time an animal has been at the shelter, stating the hours of the shelter, stating medical concerns or other urgencies, using the word “shelter” itself, among others. 11. Unclear guidelines for adoption requirements. Some families are told they are unable to adopt any dog labeled a pitbull or pit mix if they have another one because you can’t have “two fighting breeds” together. Families are often denied due to multiple pets even if they are willing to restrict access or make accommodations. Dogs are deemed inappropriate for children or families often due to initial evaluation and without regard for progress or improved behavior. Other times, dogs are given to individuals who appear transient and whose ability to properly care for the animal is questionable with little to no questions or regard. 12. Unethical lost and stray pet procedures.  Disregard for recommended guidelines of Nevada Administrative Code by accepting animals that have not been held for 72 hours at the government-contracted municipal open-intake shelter.  Lack of acceptable protocols for attempted reunification with an original owner.  History of withholding information from rightful owners after actions have been taken to reclaim their animals, refusal to cooperate; stonewalling and intimidating owners.  Owners have been denied access to their animals due to prohibited public viewing; animals have been adopted out while owners have been attempting to reclaim.  Deceptive tactics such as lying, bullying and hiding dogs ‘in the back’ which have later been uncovered when photos of the animal on-property appeared online or in the media.  Implying, without any specific knowledge or proof, that owners have been “irresponsible.” Given the issues at hand, we feel that the NSPCA is in dire need of shelter reform, which requires:  New leadership  Transparency and accountability  Adhering to a model of acceptable animal care and employee safety  Legislation to require shelters to operate humanely As board members tasked with steering the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission; we feel this plea is best suited for your ears. As you know, one of the most important responsibilities for many boards is to hire and set the compensation of a talented CEO/executive director to run the proper day-to- day management activities of the organization. That said, we of CCCAWA are asking for the removal of NSPCA management and shelter redesign with health, wellness and transparency as your guides. We are also asking the general public to show their support for proper shelter reform of the NSPCA in order to restore Southern Nevada’s only ‘no kill’ shelter to the proper sanctuary it was intended to be for homeless animals in our community. Show your support by signing the petition today. Lastly, if you or someone you know has related information please email cccawa.s.nevada@gmail.com and/or contact your local animal control department directly.  Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your thoughtful consideration and action regarding this important matter of animal welfare. Sincerely, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCAWA)Southern Nevadacccawa.s.nevada@gmail.com Sources: 1&2 Source: http://www.nevadaspca.org/ 3 Source: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/ 4 Source: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/ 5 Source: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-574.html 6 Source: https://www.municode.com/library/nv/clark_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT10AN_CH10.04DE_10.04.085ANSH  

Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare Activities (CCCWA)
1,113 supporters