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animal welfare

639 petitions

Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom (Lieutenant Governor), Kevin Mullin, Chad Mayes, Nancy Skinner, Anthony Rendon, Ian C. Calderon, Kevin de León, Bill Monning

Outlaw Horse Racing In California

Upward of 2,000 horses die on American racetracks every year. In 2016, there were roughly 170 deaths on California tracks alone. (horseracingwrongs.com) All to serve people’s desire to place a $2 bet. Despite the typical opening day festivities with ladies in fancy garb and big hats, there is nothing glamorous about horse racing. Racetracks are battlefields where horses pay with their lives for our entertainment. How can we justify a spectacle in which an animal gets instantly euthanized for merely spraining an ankle or breaking a leg? Racehorses are tormented and tortured for the sole purpose of generating profits for their owners and race promoters. How is this, the so-called “Sport of Kings”, still legal? It wasn’t that long ago that another blood sport - greyhound racing - was legal in much of the United States. A more enlightened view has emerged that rightly recognizes it for what it truly is; cruel, inhumane and exploitative. Animal activists and advocates have fought long and hard to render it illegal in 40 states and counting. Similarly, horse racing should be outlawed. Regulations to improve treatment of horses and reduce their rate of death are ineffective, as they are neither followed nor enforced. Frankly, given the money at stake, there are huge incentives to cheat at the track, as well as recklessly breed horses for speed to the detriment of their general health. The only answer is complete abolishment of the horse racing industry. California can pave the way for other states by being the first to pass legislation making horse racing illegal. Please join me in calling upon California lawmakers to ban horse racing, as well as gambling on horse racing, in the State of California.

Denise Larkin
61,931 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Senator Loretta Weinberg, Dr. Michael Yurkus, Jonathan Eisenmenger, Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, Lt Governor Sheila Oliver, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Congressman Albio Sires, Congressman William James Pascrell, Jr., Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, Assemblyman BenjieE. Wimberly, Senator Linda Greenstein, Assemblywoman Sharonda E. Sumter, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Paul A. Sarlo, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Assemblyman Gary Schaer

Protect New Jersey's Dogs and Cats with Jack's Law

Jack's Law would help save the lives of more than 500,000 dogs and cats in New Jersey by restricting the responsibilities of recent veterinary school graduates and require interns to be supervised — in person — by experienced veterinarians, especially in critical care situations. It would also require veterinary hospitals be transparent and honest to consumers about exactly who treats the animals left in their care.  Currently there are no laws in New Jersey prohibiting a recent veterinary school graduate from being the sole medical provider in a hospital setting — even in a critical care unit. In New Jersey, an intern works under a veterinarian’s license. However, the licensed veterinarian is not required to be present when the intern is working, or to personally supervise him or her. When we take our dogs and cats to veterinary hospitals, we should be able to trust that the people caring for our loved ones are experienced professionals. Eighteen months ago, I lost my incredibly loved and irreplaceable collie, Jack. Jack died in Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (RBVH) as the result of being left overnight in the Critical Care Unit under the unsupervised care of an inexperienced and incompetent intern.  It was only after Jack died that I learned that the sole medical provider caring for him in the CCU had just graduated from veterinary school two months earlier and had only been working as a "veterinarian" for less than two weeks. In fact, she had not even passed the state exam or received a license from the state. Jack died because the intern who was supposed to be taking care of him wasn't paying attention or because of her inexperience, she just didn't know how to help him. For nearly 13 years I kept Jack healthy, happy and strong despite the fact that he was born with a megaesophagus which required continual observation and care. All of that was destroyed with one lie, one intern and one irreversible mistake. In short, Jack had a feeding tube surgically inserted into his abdomen at RBVH. This was to be a temporary measure to help him recover from a serious bout of esophagitis. The surgery was deemed a success. Both the surgeon and admitting veterinarian were so pleased with his progress that they told my husband and me that we could take him home the next morning. In fact, when we saw Jack twice that afternoon, he was alert and coherent. He immediately recognized us and kissed my face. His temperature and breathing were normal. Jack looked so well, we went home—confident that he was being cared for properly and professionally. But by 9 p.m., while under the unsupervised care of the intern, Jack aspirated. By morning, Jack's condition had dramatically deteriorated. He had a raging fever and needed oxygen to breathe. Instead of bringing him home, we buried Jack alongside  his brother in Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, the very next day.  For most of us who share our lives with dogs and/or cats, our four legged friends are much more than pets—they are members of our family. We love them, care for them and do our very best to protect them. That's the only reason we went to RBVH. It was supposed to provide exemplary surgical and post-operative care. What makes Jack's death even more devastating is the fact that it was completely avoidable. When I told the admitting veterinarian how concerned I was about leaving him in the care of an inexperienced vet tech, she promised to put him in the CCU where he would be kept under the constant, careful supervision of a veterinarian. Had I known that the "veterinarian" had just graduated two months earlier and had only been practicing as a vet for two weeks, I never would have left him there. Unbelievably, there's nothing to prevent what happened to Jack from happening again. While there are no statistics to quote, I called all the emergency hospitals listed on the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association's website and most of them hire interns. Who knows how many unsupervised interns have made similar critical mistakes.  Jack was an incredible soul. He made everyone around him feel happy and loved. He was intelligent, funny and beautiful. He was so much more than that. I am heartbroken and will miss him forever. It is unforgivable that Jack died because I wasn't told the truth. It would be unconscionable to allow others to die simply because nothing was done to change that awful truth. I hope that with your help, we can save other families and their beloved dogs and cats from similar heartache. Please do not let Jack's death be in vain. Thank you very, very much.    

barbara tunick
25,379 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.gov; , ACardona@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov , JGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.gov , areal@animalcare.lacounty.gov , PWebb@animalcare.lacounty.gov , MLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Remove Alison Cardona as Deputy Director for Violating HAYDEN’S LAW!

Update: 9/4/18: 2 dogs have been found DEAD in their kennels in a 4 day span! Dogs are dying at Carson - in their kennels - on cold cement floors!________ Update 9/2/18: I am reopening this petition to bring awareness to the fact that 5 dogs were killed this past week for being labeled “aggressive”. One dog had already been there for 2 months before being killed. These are not peaceful deaths for these dogs. They don’t get the nice sedative, the arms surrounding them and soft whisperings of love and goodbyes.  THEY ARE P.T.D. (PUT TO,DEATH). Not sleep. Death. —————————————————————- UPDATE: Any dog who is in an LA COUNTY SHELTER for 60 days or more may be PTS with no advance warning! ************************************************* Mahatma Gandhi — 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' This was sent to the people who network to save RESCUE ONLY DOGS: This is from the former Deputy Direct of the Southern, CA Shelters: Carson, Downey, Baldwin, Lancaster and Agoura Hills.   I wanted to take the time to inform you that effective immediately there will be some changes in the animals in which you have been notified. All animals deemed "not safe" for placement due to behavior will no longer be made available to rescue's. You will no longer receive notifications on these animals and animals that fall under this category will be euthanized after there holding period is up. You will continue to receive notification on animals that are behaviorally sound and available. If you have any question please contact Allison Cardona the new Deputy Direct for the South County Operations. I will still be available but I encourage you to reach out to Allison for all your concerns, and let her know this is NOT OK!!!  We are asking that the recent Policy Changes implemented by Allison Cardona be revoked and that rescues be allowed the opportunity to once again give every dog a second chance by making them available to rescues!  Furthermore, we are requesting that Temp Tests be given on INTAKE and that they are administered by a TRAINED BEHAVIORIST, not a shelter employee!  Young, healthy dogs are being labeled NOT SAFE by a SHELTER employee. They use a FAKE RUBBER hand which is very human aggressive to a dog. Months go by without exercise, no toys, they develop open sores on their feet and legs, they become depressed and listless, they have no grass to roll in, no human contact, no love, no decent food, no baths, or even the simple act of being petted. They test them AFTER MONTHS in a kennel and almost ALL will fail.  LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! HAYDEN'S LAW:  SEC. 12. Section 31108 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:  31108. (a) The required holding period for a stray dog impoundedpursuant to this division shall be six business days, not includingthe day of impoundment, except as follows: (1) If the pound or shelter has made the dog available for owner redemption on one weekday evening until at least 7:00 p.m. or one weekend day, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment.  (2) If the pound or shelter has fewer than three full-time employees or is not open during all regular weekday business hours, and if it has established a procedure to enable owners to reclaim their dogs by appointment at a mutually agreeable time when the pound or shelter would otherwise be closed, the holding period shall be four business days, not including the day of impoundment. Except as provided in Section 17006, stray dogs shall be held for owner redemption during the first three days of the holding period,not including the day of impoundment, and shall be available for owner redemption or adoption for the remainder of the holding period. (b) Any stray dog that is impounded pursuant to this divisionshall, prior to the killing of that animal for any reason other thanirremediable suffering, be released to a nonprofit, as defined inSection 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, animal rescue oradoption organization if requested by the organization prior to the scheduled killing of that animal. In addition to any required spay or neuter deposit, the pound or shelter, at its discretion, may assess a fee, not to exceed the standard adoption fee, for animals released. LA County is breaking the law. What they are doing is a direct violation of Hayden's Law! Please SIGN and SHARE this petition. Send emails, contact the media. Stand up and be an animals voice! We cannot allow this to happen! Thank you!  mmayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov;  JUbario@animalcare.lacounty.govACardona@animalcare.lacounty.govJGutierrez@animalcare.lacounty.govareal@animalcare.lacounty.govPWebb@animalcare.lacounty.govMarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.govMLopez2@animalcare.lacounty.govjguzman@animalcare.lacounty.govAMota@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Terri McCabe
33,878 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary David Shulkin

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.

Dr. Larry Hansen and the White Coat Waste Project
207,301 supporters