animal welfare

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Petition to Shannon Phillips, Liz Breakey, Jerry Arshinoff, Constituency Office, Andre Corbould, Rob Simieritsch, Kelly Williams, Jason Caswell, Matt Besko, Ron Bjorge, Travis Ripley, Katherine Ganley


For at least the last 3 weeks a young black bear has been wandering in a farmer’s field south of Calgary, along Trans Canada Highway and Highway 22.  This bear has sustained an injury, and will not put weight on its left hind leg.   The Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society has offered to help this bear who is needlessly suffering.  They have the facilities to rehabilitate and house this black bear.  The Provincial Wildlife Act does state that the Minister may, in writing and in the prescribed form, transfer the Crown’s property in wildlife on terms and conditions that the Minister considers appropriate and that are specified in the transfer instrument.  As the Minister you have the right to transfer ownership of this bear from the Province to the Cochrane Ecological and Wildlife Society.  I put it to you that it is your moral duty to allow the citizens capable of alleviating this bear's pain to exercise their right to answer to their own moral compasses. A spokesman for the Government stated that “The best thing to do is let it recover naturally”.  This representative does not have a degree in veterinary medicine, nor a related degree or diploma that would make him a subject matter expert.  It would be impossible, even for a veterinarian, to diagnose an animal and provide a prognosis based on visual inspection from a great distance.  This bear, at the very least, deserves an assessment of the injury.  The bear should not have to live the next several months in pain and possibly succumb to infection, or starvation, when it may well be easily corrected.   Wildlife suffers daily from illness and injury due to human contact, be it our sprawling construction, our vehicles through their habitat, both on our highways and with our off road vehicles.  It behooves us, then, to also step in to benefit injured wildlife. As an Albertan and a Canadian, I pride myself in helping others which includes all animals.  We live in a society in which we have the means to help this bear.  Our society can not stand by and watch this bear suffer and possibly die a prolonged death.  Mahatma Gandhi eloquently stated “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I ask that Honourable Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, issue a temporary permit to allow this black bear a chance at rehabilitation and treatment of its injuries. Thank you so much for signing my petition.  Please share. 

Lisa Madsen
8,541 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Lisa Helps

City of Victoria: Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

CITY OF VICTORIA: BAN THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES.City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here. WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry. AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced over 20 collisions and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city.   AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk. AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets. AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies. AND WHEREAS recent documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA.   AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues. AND WHEREAS Victoria Horse Alliance has compiled a report which outlines how a “phasing out” to a ban could be naturally accomplished by Dec 31st, 2017 based on current rental agreements between the City of Victoria and carriage operators. THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2017. Thank you for signing Victoria Horse Alliance

Victoria Horse Alliance
5,502 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Iowa Democratic Party, Kevin Geiken, Mike Frosolone, Jacob Becklund, Tess Seger, Roy Pagans, Blair Lawton, Adam Beaves, Protect The Voicless

Iowa Please Do Not Reelect Supporter of Dog Fighting - Congressman Steve King

In 2012 Iowa Congressman Steve King was seen on video stating: " There is something wrong with society to make it a crime to watch dog fighting, but there is no law that bans somebody to watch people fight".  Mr. King, believes dog fighting should not be illegal in the United States while he ridiculously compared the choice of humans boxing to animals being forced to inhumanely fight each other for human entertainment - blood sport. Dog fighting is completely outlawed in the United States, Mr. King's blatant disrespect of Federal law against interstate dog fighting activities providing for felony level penalties, is nothing less than appalling. "Dog fighters are violent criminals that engage in a whole host of peripheral criminal activities. Many are heavily involved in organized crime, racketeering, drug distribution, or gangs, and they arrange and attend the fights as a forum for gambling and drug trafficking. Within the last decade, enlightened law enforcement agencies and government officials have become cognizant of the clandestine culture of dog-fighting and its nexus with other crimes and community violence". [1] We depend on congressional leaders to vote on matters that affect the lives and well-being of people and animals; we also depend on them to educate the public and represent the people.  By his own words on video, Congressman Steve King has no regard for animal cruelty, the crime, the despicable background of the business or the connection of related community violence to these acts.   We the petitioners respectfully request Congressman Steve King not be considered for reelection in 2018. FACTS Pit bulls are bred and live in inhumane conditions, the dogs have their ears and tails cruelly cropped by their owners. They are given drugs to entice them for fighting.  Dogs are not the only animals that suffer in this cycle of cruelty, the dogs are given Bait where smaller Live Animals are tied up while the dogs tear them apart or sometimes they are confined in an area to be chased and mauled by the dogs while attacked and killed.  "Although dog fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later, If the losing dog is perceived to be a particular embarrassment to the reputation or status of its owner, it may be executed in a particularly brutal fashion as part of the “entertainment.” [5]References: [1] Animal Law[2] Washington PostKing, whose legislative history regarding animal welfare is poster material for cruelty (and dunderheadedness) [3] King's contribution to Not helpling Animals [4]  Marc Bekoff Ph.DKing is alleged to be a long time advocate of legalizing dog fighting and cock fighting. [5] ASPCA [6] Des Moines Register

Linda Sue
16 supporters