Petition to Philippine Law Makers
Pass a Philippine Law that Bans All Forms of Animal Cruelty
I. The Current Law - R.A 8485, otherwise known as "The Animal Welfare Act of 1999" is an act to promote animal welfare in the Philippines by supervising and regulating the establishment and operations of all facilities utilized for breeding, maintaining, keeping, treating or training of all animals either as objects of trade or as household pets, as stated by the Legislation of the Philippines, (2013). II. Issues with RA 8485 A. Section 6-1 which states killing of any animal other than cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabao, horse, deer and crocodiles is likewise hereby declared unlawful except in the following instances: number 1, when it is done as part of the religious rituals of an established religion or sect or ritual required by ethnic custom of indigenous cultural communities. It is not right to kill animals even if it is for religious rituals. As stated by Rodriguez, (2014) in his article "10 Ways Religion And Superstition Have Led To Animal Cruelty", in some cases, religion and superstition have played pivotal roles in leading humanity to cause great harm to helpless creatures both great and small. Example: Dog’s teeth are imbued with magical properties and are typically worn as a necklace or charm by the Igorots. B. Section 6-6 where there is permission to kill and harm animals when animal is killed after it has been used in authorized research or experiment. There are already countless campaigns that demand the ban of using animals in research or experiments because this action is deemed unethical. C. Section 8 states that any person who violate should be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than two (2) years or a fine of not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000) nor more than Five thousand pesos (P5,000) or both at the discretion of the court. This sentence is not that grave for people to be afraid of committing animal cruelty. Due to the low consequences, the crime could be done repeatedly especially by syndicates. D. There is no such section in the law that states anything about companies that use parts of animals as products (except food). Companies can use this hole in the law as an excuse of killing and using parts of animals in products. Example: elephant tusks for ivory, deer horns for furniture, rhinoceros horns for medicine, animal fur for clothing, crocodile leather etc. III. Proposed Solutions A. Consider animal killing for religious or community rituals as a major violation of the anti-animal cruelty law. B. Totally an all for animal testing or experiments in products. Alternatives include, sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues (also known as in vitro methods), advanced computer-modeling techniques (often referred to as in silico models), and studies with human volunteers (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, n.d.) C. Raise the sentence to people who violates the anti-animal cruelty law. Since in the Philippines, it is charged as a misdemeanor offense, the penalty should then be raised into an indeterminate sentence of 10 years and one day of prison mayor, as minimum, to 14 years and eight months, as maximum, legally erroneous as parallel to the penalty of homicide. D. Philippines should no longer allow companies and factories which manufacture products from wild animals. The country should hone a wildlife centered environment. This would also contribute in preserving the endangered and threatened species. E. Make animal fighting operations illegal. Sabong or cockfighting is a blood sport common in the Philippines in which roosters are placed in a ring and forced to fight to the death. It should be banned alongside other forms of animal fighting ventures as well. F. Prohibit private ownership of exotic pets regardless of handler’s social status. Section 26 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (Republic Act No. 9417) still allows private ownership of wild animals if such person or entity can prove financial and technical capability and facility to maintain said wildlife. However, this reason is still unjust since animals should live in their natural habitat -- in full freedom to run, to hunt and to be developed as it sends it their species. We can affirm that, the animals were not put in the planet to be prisoners for life; to be tormented by their tamers, and neither to ridicule them in shows and they are obligate to carry out actions against their nature. G. Having all pet owners have a legal registration as an evidence of pet ownership. This is important for if there is some incident that happens to their respective pet, owners are responsible to be testified and/or convicted once the animal cruelty has been proven. H. Stop the Oplan Dog Pound, in which barangay captains aim to catch all stray dogs in the street, where they get them in some brutal ways. IV. Conclusion These only proves how weak our bills are in terms of taking care of animals and fighting against the animal cruelty. And what we have to do is to strengthen them and think of what we can do. Our bills should be more focused on creating an animal-friendly society, for these animals, just like us humans, have lives that need and want care and affection. So if you witness or suspect animal abuse, do not just stand there — report it! Animal cruelty is a crime, and the more often abusive individuals are punished for their behavior, the less likely others will be inclined to do the same. ANIMALS HAVE NO VOICE, SO IT IS OUR OBLIGATION AND DUTY TO SPEAK FOR THEM.
Petition to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Bring Oscar Home
Oscar is a baby raccoon who was abandoned and would have died, had we not rescued him. We obeyed state laws and filed for a permit to keep him and we were approved. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation later revoked our permit, and showed up at our house without warning, demanding to take him or charge and arrest me for a second degree misdemeanor because he was rescued from the wild and not purchased from a breeder. Oscar is a very sweet and loving baby who had a great home here with us. He had free roam around our house and our yard and was a very happy and beloved pet. He had never been in a cage before and is now living in one. He does not have the aggressive and mean personality it takes to survive in the wild. Oscar is VERY domesticated. He knows his food comes from one of us from out of the fridge, he sleeps in bed with us and uses a litter box - all things that would be unreachable in the wild. He has never known anything other than us and his residential home. He will not survive in the wild. Raccoons are also very intelligent and emotional beings. Oscar imprinted on our family and truly loved us. He is most likely feeling lost, abandoned and depressed, having been ripped away from his home. HE DOES NOT DESERVE THIS!! The state claims that this is in his best interest, I strongly disagree. The state does not know Oscar or what is in his best interest.Oscar and our family should not have to pay the price for FWC's mistake. Please please sign our petition to help Oscar come HOME!!
Petition to Winn-Dixie Stores, Safeway, Target, Publix Super Markets
Tell Stores Fairlife Milk is Not Fair! ***OFFICIAL ARM PETITION***
Animal Recovery Mission's three-month undercover investigation of fairlife's supplier, Fair Oaks Farms, revealed systemic abuse of calves like we have never seen before. This brutal footage has led to law enforcement opening up an investigation. This is part of the largest undercover dairy investigation in history and has received media coverage all over the world with over 5 million views. Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies in the U.S. and produces dairy products for the fairlife milk brand - which is produced, marketed and distributed by the Coca-Cola Corporation. Make your voice heard! Let Coca-Cola know that you don't support animal abuse by asking your local retailer to drop fairlife milk products. Shop the supermarkets that have already banned fairlife milk products, such as Amazon, Winn-Dixie, and Jewel-Osco. Your voice matters! Call the following stores today and tell them to remove fairlife milk products:Albertsons, Safeway, Stop & Shop, Ralph's, Giant, Publix, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger and many more. To learn more about the investigation, go to: https://animalrecoverymission.org/ Please sign, like, and share!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump
Stop the Trophy Hunt of Alaska’s Wolves and Bears
The Trump administration has opened the floodgates on trophy killings in Alaska. A new plan will allow mother black bears with cubs to be gunned down, and wolves with pups to be killed where they sleep. We can’t let Trump turn public lands like Denali National Park and Preserve into killing fields. Trump wants to make it legal in Alaska’s national preserves to kill wolves and coyotes from May 1 through August 9, which is the season when cubs are born. He also wants to allow the killing of mom bears still caring for young cubs and even the cubs. It also allows trophy hunters to slaughter wolves in their dens. It’s sickening. It isn’t the first time Trump’s dealt a death blow to Alaska’s bears and wolves. One of his first acts as president was stripping protections for these creatures on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit within days, and our legal battle to make Alaska’s wildlife refuges safe again for bears and wolves is far from over. Now he wants to do the same thing on national preserves, expanding the reach of trophy hunters in Alaska. We have 60 days to stop this rule from being put on the books. This is the time to act. Alaska’s wolves and bears are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the slaughter of Alaska wildlife being hunted for their heads and skins.
Petition to Benjamin Zigan, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, DVM, Curtis King, Norm Johnson, Gina McCabe, Jay Inslee, Kathy Coffey, Vaughn Merry, Amy Maib, Dan Newhouse
Justice for Yakima Dog Who Died Chained in Snow & Other Washington Pets Left in the Cold
This is a petition for clearer legislation, closer investigation and swifter prosecution of all animal neglect and abuse in the state of Washington. In the memory of our Yakima Boxer, we want to strengthen laws so that our animals' welfare is not left up to interpretation. Our Yakima Boxer's story shows how an aging and ailing dog can be chained out in freezing temperatures to die, suffering and alone, without any consequences to the humans responsible. The City of Yakima and the state of Washington need revised ordinances and legislation to protect our domesticated animals. "Adequate" is too subjective of a term, as our Yakima Boxer's tragic story illustrates. RIP sweet baby. During the first week of January, 2017 Francisco Rodriguez of Yakima, Washington noticed his landlord's dog wasn't moving on his chain anymore. Reportedly, the dog stayed chained and dead for a few days. The 14-year-old boxer was covered in snow, still chained to his makeshift dog house, dead, when Francisco reported this to Yakima Animal Control. Animal Control determined that the dog died of old age, without a necropsy, end of story. The dog belonged to Francisco's landlord and Francisco was then told he was evicted. The community has come to Francisco's aid and helped him with getting into a new place. Now it is time to come to this nameless dog's aid, and not allow his death to go unnoticed. This poor, aging dog was left out in the cold to die, chained and alone. We need to be this Boxer's and all domesticated animals' voice. Let's prevent this from happening to others. It is time for communities everywhere to be the voice for animals, just as Francisco has been the voice for the Boxer. Ironically, just after Francisco told his story, KIMA came out with this story reporting that Yakima had received 59 welfare checks on freezing and suffering animals in December. Yet, reportedly, there have been no citations. Not even for our Yakima Boxer who suffered untold weeks and finally succumbed in old age in the below freezing weather and record snowfall, suffering both animal abuse and elder cruelty. http://kimatv.com/news/local/up-to-5k-misdemeanor-charge-for-pet-owners-with-neglected-freezing-animals Coincidentally, the same week our Yakima Boxer died, Dr. Ernie Ward, the same veterinarian who demonstrated how dogs suffer in hot cars, happened to upload this video to demonstrate the suffering a dog goes through in freezing temperatures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK27edLsZow&feature=youtu.be Finally, here is what the American Veterinarian Medical Association (and every other pet welfare group) warns about pets in freezing temperatures: "Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside... no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather." https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx Yakima's ordinances are identical to state law, both vague in their terms, with little in the way of definition or concrete description. The laws to protect precious lives are much too subjective, too open to interpretation. Yakima County Municipal Code 8.36.200: “It is unlawful for any person to physically abuse any dog or to fail to furnish adequate care, including without limitation water, food, shelter, sanitation, ventilation, rest and medical attention, or to confine a dog with any dangerous dog. Any person found guilty of a violation of this section shall be fined five hundred dollars for each violation.” We need clearly defined laws to protect our animal family members in every county of every state so that the laws cannot be loosely interpreted and not enforced. Adequate care must be clearly defined. Every state, county, city ordinance should provide concrete temperature restrictions, both hot and cold, if they truly care for domesticated animals' welfare. These temperature guidelines are available for extreme weather. https://www.gopetplan.com/uploads/media/34/how_cold_is_too_cold.png Some states use the National Weather Service extreme weather alerts for laws for bringing pets inside, others have set a 20 degree and below restriction. http://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/1-000-fine-possible-pet-owners-who-leave-animals-outside Adequate shelter must also be defined. A makeshift box is not adequate shelter. Dog houses should be weather proof as much as possible. They should be off the ground and have at least a heavy flap door. Temperatures should be maintained above the freezing level. According to Maryland law linked above, "A dog house, shed, garage or other large area that has temperatures that reach below 33 degrees’ Fahrenheit inside is too large to allow a dog to maintain adequate body temperature to sustain life will be considered insufficient." Robert Pregulman of Seattle Dog Spot provides an excellent and thorough telling of what Francisco endured and what animal control's response was here. http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/yakima-county-man-kicked-home-reported-landlords-dog-froze-death/ Francisco Rodriguez did what every citizen should do. Report suspected animal abuse. He has bravely stood up to many an attack since posting, including threats of unlawful eviction. Thankfully, he has a community of supporters, from Robert Pregulman and Seattle Dog Spot to the people who run and belong to both Sharing & Caring Lost & Found Pets Yakima County and Yakima Valley Lost and Found Pets on Facebook. Thank you. We all need community members like Francisco and his supporters who all volunteer time for our communities. We need our elected officials to be just as caring. Please listen to our loud voices for our voiceless community members!
Petition to Dr. Alex Azar, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Ryan Zinke, Dr. Robert Wilkie, General James Mattis, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert, Jackie Walorski
Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!
In 2014, I adopted my best friend Violet from the basement of a taxpayer-funded animal experimentation lab. Now, I’m working with Congress to get dogs like her, as well as cats and monkeys, released from government labs at the end of experiments. When I met Violet, she lived alone in a cage in a laboratory basement. She had never been outside, never seen stairs and most of her experiences with humans involved fear and pain. She loved other dogs but was understandably terrified of humans. Now, we’re inseparable, and she’s best friends with our cats and even helps us foster kittens! But, Violet is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of cats, monkeys and dogs like her are experimented on each year in government labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution. Because its quicker and easier than relocating them to rescue groups, private homes or sanctuaries, experimenters usually kill these animals and dispose of them like trash, even if they’re healthy. Now, the taxpayers who bought these animals want them released. Recently, our organization White Coat Waste Project has secured the release of monkeys from the FDA, and is working to get dogs out of VA labs and kittens released by the USDA. Please join me in urging all government agencies to #GiveThemBack: retire and release animals at the end of taxpayer-funded experiments! --Julie Germany, Board Member, White Coat Waste Project
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Wilkie
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.
UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments. It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.
Petition to Carmen Rottenberg, James Snee, Luis Marconi, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Hormel Foods, Dr. Mindy Brashears
Not So Fast, USDA: Stop the Unhealthy & Inhumane High-Speed Slaughter!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to expand a flawed pilot program that allows select slaughterhouses to dramatically speed up their slaughter lines, while simultaneously pulling back on government oversight. I recently worked undercover at one of these pilot facilities, and captured on video the shocking ways this program fails to protect animal welfare—and American food safety. Please join me in telling USDA and Hormel it’s time to stop this high-speed, reduced-inspection pilot program, known as HIMP. By shifting key inspection responsibilities to the slaughterhouses themselves, while also allowing these plants to operate at extremely high kill speeds, this program is allowing animal abuse and food safety problems to increasingly go unchecked. Consumers deserve more, not less, oversight in food production. Before going undercover at Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota, I knew that I would see appalling abuses and nightmarish animal suffering—that’s unavoidable at a slaughter plant, especially one that processes 1,300 pigs each hour. But what I didn’t expect was how rare it would be to encounter a government inspector, or how many pigs would be processed into SPAM or other Hormel products despite being sick, injured, riddled with pus-filled abscesses, or covered in feces. Even knowing what I did about animal cruelty, I naively believed that the government was at least making sure that the food supply was safe—but I don’t believe that anymore. Now, I know that our government has rubber-stamped a program that gives the profit-driven pork industry free reign to “monitor” itself. I documented plant employees, under pressure to keep up with the facility’s high operating speeds, dragging, kicking, beating, and excessively shocking pigs. I even saw pigs regaining consciousness on the slaughter line—a major violation of federal law. Let’s demand that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service live up to its name and do just that—meaningfully regulate and inspect our nation’s slaughterhouses. It can’t continue to bow to pressure from industry giants like Hormel. We must end this high-speed slaughter program, which replaces highly-trained inspectors with untrained, industry employees—with devastating results for animals, workers, and consumers. In Solidarity, Scott David (former Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) October 2017 Update: With a proposal to expand the dangerous HIMP pig slaughter program on the horizon, chickens and turkeys are facing a similar threat. The industry has petitioned the USDA to lift the current maximum line speed of 140 birds per minute (that’s already more than 2 birds every second!). Such a waiver of the cap would essentially allow plants to operate at any speed—a serious danger to animals, workers, and consumers.In 2015, I worked inside Mountaire Farms in North Carolina—operating at speeds of up to 140 birds per minute. I saw live birds being thrown into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition, fallen birds being thrown across the room, and birds having their heads caught in the shackles as workers rushed to keep up. As investigations and government inspection records reveal, improper shackling can even lead to the kill blade slicing birds open in places other than their throat, and the birds then entering the scalding tank alive. Yet the industry has ignored these risks in a sly attempt to line its own pockets by trying to make slaughter lines run even faster. Please join me in telling the USDA, “Not so fast!”