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animal welfare

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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
4,936 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom, 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.

Horseracing Wrongs Inc.
90,228 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ASPCA, Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Humane society

Make way for change Bosworth!

For several years, the mayor of the town of Bosworth, MO has made clear that if there is a stray or a loose dog on his or any other local's property, that it is OKAY to shoot to kill them. This started when there were stray dogs tearing into the trash and the locals were sick of cleaning up the mess. The town of Bosworth, population of roughly 300, has no dog catcher or pound. Even though, Bosworth is within the Carroll county area, outside of the town Carrollton. Their local pound will not take in any animals from the town of Bosworth nor will the Carrollton dog catcher come up to grab any of the strays or runaways, as the town is not within the city limits. The pounds of Marshall and Chillicothe will also not take in any pets as the town of Bosworth is also just outside their jurisdictions. It takes about 30 minutes to get to any of these three towns. So the mayor's solution to this dilemma was to SHOOT the strays. The downside to this, is that if any dog escapes their yard, collard or not they WILL be shot. Meaning that if 'Old Yeller' just happened to get the catch you off guard and got loose, the mayor or any of his supporters will shoot your dog on site if it trespasses their property. MANY townsfolk have lost their dogs due to this. As of today I just received word that my mom's dog, Bear, broke his chain and ran into town at some point. In a turn of events one of the locals shot and killed him and left him there. Bear, while massive, was just that a cuddly bear. All this poor baby probably wanted was to say hi, and someone shot him dead! My mom had raised him. Bottle fed him every 2-3 hours  since he was two weeks old and now he is gone! "Under Missouri Law 273.033.  Killing or injuring a dog is justifiable PROVIDED you, your family or livestock are in IMMINENT DANGER."  Therefore, to shoot a dog for just sniffing the grass on your property does not mean you have the go ahead to shoot to kill. What I want is the Mayor of Bosworth to stop allowing this inhumane behavior to continue. I also want the Mayor of Bosworth AND the townsfolk to find an alternative solution to deal with possible strays or runaways. My proposal to is to turn one of the abandoned buildings in the town of Bosworth into a animal Shelter and we will name it in honor of Bear. It will be named BearPaws. In addition, I would like to ask for help from any major organizations to come down and assist so that we can make a better situation for every dog in the area.  

Madeline Harrison
562 supporters
Update posted 2 days 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

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
1,185,578 supporters