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animal welfare

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Petition to Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes, Gary Mickelson, Derek Burleson, Scott Rouse, Doug Ramsey, Justin Whitmore

Tyson: Stop Starving Birds

Tyson Foods keeps its breeder birds perpetually starving and desperate for food. When I started my investigation, I was prepared to see animals forced to live in miserable conditions, but I wasn’t prepared for just how extreme that misery actually is. This is the first time anyone has worked undercover inside a “broiler” chicken breeding factory farm.The egregious abuses were the most horrifying to witness: Tyson employees kicked, swung, and threw live birds by their wings, violently shoved them into cages, inhumanely and improperly killed them, and even punched or suffocated some animals to death. Workers also ran over birds with forklifts, crushed them with transport cages, and left them to slowly die.I was also shocked to discover a cruel and painful practice that few people even know about — it’s  never before been documented on hidden camera: workers grabbed young male breeder birds by their heads and stabbed dull plastic rods or “bones” through their sensitive nostrils, commonly referred to as “boning.” The wide plastic rods block the birds from fitting their heads inside certain food containers in order to limit what and how much they eat.The good news is that after watching our investigative footage, Tyson announced that it’s immediately ending this cruel and barbaric practice.  But there’s still a crucial underlying issue that Tyson needs to address about this practice: why was it being done in the first place?Tyson’s chickens have been genetically manipulated to grow so unnaturally obese so quickly that they often collapse under their own weight and some suffer from heart attacks. With such extreme growth, these birds have developed extreme appetites. However, unlike an average “meat” chicken, who will be slaughtered at less than two months old—before these ailments fully manifest—breeder birds must survive much longer.  Thus, to prevent these breeder birds from growing too big, too quickly, Tyson deliberately starves them -- leaving the birds in a constant state of hunger.So while Tyson is taking a step in the right direction by ending the cruel practice of “boning,” these birds will continue to starve and suffer until the company stops breeding and raising birds who have been genetically manipulated for fast growth.The best way we can help birds is to leave them off our plates, but we can also take a stand against cruelty by telling Tyson to stop starving birds!  - Rusty, a Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator

Compassion Over Killing
190,458 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Mark Herring

Pass a Virginia law to protect dogs in harsh weather

Legislation is greatly needed in the State of Virginia, requiring dog owners to keep their pets indoors once the temperature drops below 35 degrees, or exceeds 85 degrees. Currently, there is no protection for dogs left outside, and severe weather poses a fatal threat to these defenseless creatures. Rainbow is a recent example: On the morning of January 12, 2017, a dog was found frozen to death in Accomack County, Virginia, surrounded by snow, ice, and vomit. Her neck was bound tightly by a short chain that prevented her from reaching her plastic, uninsulated igloo, and she died an agonizing death, alone. She was named posthumously named "Rainbow." Rainbow's owner, Jose Berlanga, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to provide proper shelter. General District Judge Gordon Vincent found Berlanga guilty of both counts. He was fined $650 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. However, the entire jail sentence was suspended, as was $500 of the $650 fine. In the end, Berlanga paid a fine of $150 for Rainbow's death. Unfortunately, it is a common practice to leave dogs outside in extreme weather. These are just a FEW cases from Virginia Two Pit Bull Dogs Freeze to Death in Frederick County, VA Owner gets second animal cruelty charge after pit bull dies from heat stroke in Henrico, VA Two dogs die of heat stroke in Newport News, VA Suffolk, VA woman charged with cruelty in dog death Dog dies of excessive heat in Bristol, VA Dog freezes to death in Accomack County, VA (Rainbow) Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Car Outside Virginia PetSmart The general consensus is that dogs are not susceptible to harsh climates, and that their fur makes them resistant to such temperatures. This is untrue. To the contrary, dogs suffer a great deal in these conditions.  Numerous animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States, have urged pet owners to keep their animals inside during times of extreme and inclement weather.  Recently, there have been several cases of people leaving their pets chained outside, day and night, in extreme weather. Many of these animals FROZE TO DEATH and there is NO LEGAL RECOURSE TO PROTECT THEM OR TO HOLD THEIR OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE! We are appealing to you to help us protect our best friends!  Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently signed Emergency Legislation on February 21, 2017 to protect animals from harsh weather: DC Mayor signs "Momma's Law" See a similar law passed by Massachusetts last year: malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter248 Illinois: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0311 And in Indianapolis: https://www.municode.com/library/in/indianapolis_-_marion_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITIIIPUHEWE_CH531AN_ARTIVCATR_S531-401GEREANCATR    

Gary Sweeney
391,177 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alex Melvin CEO at Rural King, Rural King Corporate, Rural King Inc, Alachua County Animal Services, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Rural King Please Stop Selling Domestic Rabbits

We the Petitioners respectfully request that Rural King stand with Tractor Supply who made the compassionate decision to cease all rabbit sales in their stores in 2012. We also respectfully request a USDA statewide investigation into the cruelty of the animals at Rural King stores, having over 100 stores in a twelve state area. Rural King not only sells domestic rabbits at Easter but all year long while contributing to the unwanted and dumped rabbits in both shelters and in the wild, where they rarely survive either fate. Unwanted rabbits also end up on Craigslist where they are given away Free often resluting in live dog bait, live feeding to snakes, eaten by humans or killed by animals abusers.References can be found all over the internet of baby rabbits being purchased as pets from Rural King while they supply the public with animals appearing to be purchased from questionably inspected back yard breeders. Because of over population, over a million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Additionally, many pet rabbits are rendered homeless when they are gifted to individuals who later abandon them after their "novelty" has worn off. Restricting the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits will increase the demand to adopt animals from animal shelters and rescue organizations, which will in turn help more shelter animals find loving homes. It will also reduce the number of pets that are gifted to owners who may not want them and who may not be knowledgeable about the care and cost of keeping a companion animal. Finally, it would reduce the financial burden on taxpayers for the care and euthanasia of unwanted animals left at an animal control facility, or picked up by animal control agents because they are abandoned.There are also valid concerns over the welfare of the animals in the Rural King stores across the state. Several instances of alleged sick or dead animals reported online being seen in store cages, animals dying shortly after purchase and claims of a back room "hospital" where rabbits and chicks are left without Vet care, food or water to suffer and die as well as news reports of live chicks thrown in dumpsters.  Some Baby rabbits appear to be under 2 months old often seen in the store photos. March 2017 -Concerns over Animal Welfare at Local Farm Supply Store Back room "chick hospital" was a galvanized tub with quite a few dead chickens in it. "Hatfield said this is not a new problem. Last year, she received reports of bunnies dying daily at Rural King in addition to chicks". May 2017 - Mistreatment of animal allegations March 2015 - Sick live baby chicks seen thrown into garbage dumpster at Rural King. July 2014 - Alleged Consumer complaint: Carbondale Illinois store is selling sick and dying baby rabbits and the manager refuses to acknowledge complaints. July 2014- Alleged investigation by Illinois Department of Agriculture Animal Cruelty Department into the death of two dutch rabbits purchased at the Carbondale Illinois Rural King store.  One laying sick in store died within 2 hours of purchase, the mate 72 hours later.  Alleged report of Ileus -gastrointestinal shutdown, deadly bloat, bacterial infection, and parasitic infestation (contagious).  Described as malnourished and skeletal . (Referenced in petition photo). May 2017 - Complaints - of baby pigs 8.5 weeks and 9.5 weeks old still trying to nurse for sale at Rural King. Adopt Don't Shop References New York City Council outlawed the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the rabbits.  Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles also have laws banning the sale of rabbits by pet stores.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-newyork-rabbits-idUSKBN0JV2SD20141217 Retail pet store sales bans are a welcome trend, here is a list of the jurisdictions in the United States and Canada which have passed such legislation. https://bestfriends.org/resources/jurisdictions-retail-pet-sale-bans California bill would ban selling pets bought from breeders. https://calcoastnews.com/2017/04/california-bill-ban-selling-pets-bought-breeders/

Linda Sue
3,430 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Mark Ozias

Improve The Welfare Of The Animals At Olympic Game Farm!

My husband & I, being nature & animal lovers/advocates were suggested to check out Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Washington a few years ago. Although this person had good intentions, we were greatly disappointed in the welfare of the animals in this "sanctuary", as they have described themselves. It was apparent that this place is exploiting animals for profit. From feeding bread while on a drive thru safari, watching a bear & about 3 wolves together, pacing back & forth in their very small enclosures, to an above ground pool they say is an aquarium & a reptile house we hadn't the chance to check out due to that section of the park being closed when we were on our 2nd trip there, just this past year, to take photos of the welfare of these animals.  The drive thru safari is not ony dangerous because there really isn't any employee to keep a watchful eye to make sure people abide by the rules, but the only thing you can feed these wild animals such as zebras, ox, elk, llamas, & yes, even bears is bread. They claim whole wheat bread is good for them. When you're open 7 days a week for 7-9 hours each day, you can imagine how bread is no longer a treat but becomes a staple part of their diet. The bears that are out in the safari did not have much for shelter to protect themselves from the sun or rain. There was no pool or toys to keep them mentally stimulated. Some animals looked dishevled as if they haven't been tended to for a long time. I have written a letter directly to the owner, Robert Beebe, to no surprise without response. To no surprise, the bear & wolves were still in there small enclosures, pacing, after over 3 years since my husband & I last visited. I have tried getting help from PETA, but they too have written letters & are up against weak animal welfare laws. I've contacted Four Paws International, local humane society, a local news station & USDA all either not responding to my requests or telling me they couldn't help me. I'm counting on this petition & the people to be a voice for the voiceless. What I'd like to see this petition do is at the very least give that push to provide all the animals at this farm better shelter, toys to keep them somewhat mentally stimulated, & stop allowing visitors to feed the animals. Also, if they can't provide a much larger habitat for the black bear & wolves then move them to a proper sanctuary. Give the ponies & camel shelter from the heat when allowing for rides & not to overwork them.  As for the reptiles & their so called "aquarium", my husband & I didn't get the chance to check up on the welfare of these animals. We hope that the USDA & local veterinarians would check up on their care & pressure the Beebes & their employees to follow the vets' suggestions & provide them with adequate set ups, but it seems they haven't in the past, according to documents provided to me by PETA (attached in one of my updates). My goal is to give these animals a better life & to raise awareness to stop supporting animal exploitation, slavery and cruelty. Enough is enough! 

Carolita (CrtrGrl) McGee
3,286 supporters