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animal welfare

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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!      

Terry Fletcher
23,832 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

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

White Coat Waste Project
1,221,701 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

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.

White Coat Waste Project
739,858 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

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!”

Compassion Over Killing
263,731 supporters