animal welfare

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Ministry of the Environment (Japan)

Ban owl cafes in Japan from shackling the birds with short leashes

Many owl cafes in Japan shackle their owls with short leashes purely for human entertainment and profit. This is inhumane, unnatural, and extremely stressful for the owls. Another big issue with many of these cafes is the noise. Owls are extremely sensitive to noise, and many of them are nocturnal. They need to be able to sleep whenever they want, but they are not able to rest fully if there's loud noise - for example, loud music or other types of birds nearby. Owls are said to need ~15 hours of sleep a day, and they are not able to get it if they are subjected to loud noise for much of the day. With this petition, we demand The Ministry of Environment of Japan ban owl cafes from chaining owls with short leashes, as well as subjecting them to loud noise for much of the day. Currently, there is already a law on how the owl cafes are supposed to treat these animals. According to this, they must create enough space for each bird to be able to take natural actions such as spreading their wings and flying. However, it currently does not have specific numerical criteria, so owl cafe owners are able to interpret this law in any way they want and essentially set their own criteria. Thus, we demand The Ministry of Environment take the following two actions: Set specific numerical criteria on this law so that all owl cafes are banned from shackling the owls with short leashes. Set a specific rule regarding the noise that's based on a specific number - for example, decibels. Finally, owls have no ability to speak up for themselves when they are subjected to stressful situations. This is why it is crucial that we, humans, stand up for them when there is an injustice. Let's work together to save the owls from the horrible conditions they are subjected to. #SaveTheOwls (Here's a reference to the relevant law in Japanese)

YK Sugi
13,695 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to MPP Paul Calandra, Kate Macdonald, Connie Mallory, Amanda McKibbon

STOP OSPCA FUNDING Until They Do Their Job

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals receives $5.5 million annually, from the Provincial Government, for carrying out their mandate to protect the animals of Ontario. In addition to the $5.5 million annually OSPCA also receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from municipality contracts across the province, fees from their affiliates, monumental donations from pet food/care companies, donations from a kind hearted animal loving public and ongoing fund raisers. They pay outrageous salaries to upper management, have glamorous annual meetings which last for days and continue to claim they do not have enough funding to do their job properly. We ask the newly elected Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario to discontinue funding as long as OSPCA refuse to fulfill their mandate and that an investigation into their actions be initiated. For years OSPCA has had an indisputable pattern of  ignoring calls of animal abuse, neglect or abandonment. Time after time the public has come to the rescue of animals in distress to do the job OSPCA should be doing. As a result and out of necessity hundreds of grass roots rescues have developed in Ontario that get no funding whatsoever.  OSPCA was given their authority and powers by the Provincial Liberal government. They have no accountability and no transparency. They are not mandated under the Ontario Ombudsman nor legislated under the Freedom Of Information Act. They are not required to report to anyone. They don't list employees or contact information for management or the Board of Directors on their website. So far 2018 has been a particularly horrendous period for animals. Enough is enough. Do your job or give us our money back.  Animals are suffering due to lack of action by those designated to protect and care for them. If you call the 310-SPCA(7722) Emergency Line after business hours you will hear a message saying "our call centre is now closed" stating hours Monday to Friday 8:00 to 6:00 Weekends 8:00 - 4:00.  We can only hope animals are not abused, neglected or starved outside those hours. This is happening right now. We need to save these dogs: BEACHBURG - Complainant called Emergency Line. It took 3 days to get a response. OSPCA left the dogs on the property but charged the owner with failing to comply with an Order, causing distress, failing to provide standards of care and allowing distress. If there was enough evidence to lay charges, why didn't they rescue the dogs and remove them from the property? If he didn't comply with an Order that means they have been there before but didn't bother to go back and make sure the dogs were O.K The stories are endless. Here are just a few examples. STOUFFVILLE: OSPCA goes to farm with dying and starving horses. Leaves a note for the owner. Either they didn't go into the barn to check on the horses after receiving many complaints or they didn't recognize dying horses when they saw them. When the vet finally saw the carcasses of horses 3 weeks later he said some had fresh blood. That means they died recently. Maybe if OSPCA had done their job some of these horses would have been saved and wouldn't have suffered as long as they did. Inexcusable. ESPANOLA - OSPCA didn't respond to calls from neighbours about a dog being beaten by its owner so they called police. Police took the dog and held it at their station waiting for OSPCA to pick it up. OSPCA said they couldn't because the police interfered with their investigation. The police were forced to return the dog to his abuser. Yet they tell people to call their local police if an animal in immediate, life threatening distress. They even say so on their telephone message. SUDBURY - Kittens and an emaciated adult cat and rabbit abandoned in an apartment. OSPCA came, saw the animals and left. When rescuers saved the animals, OSPCA threatened to charge them with breaking and entering: BATH - OSPCA refuse to help residents being overrun by feral cats because the cats aren't spayed or neutered: BEAMSVILLE - OSPCA refuse to work with rescuers when hundreds of abandoned cats were left by hoarder.  Local residents rescued all those still alive, saw to their medical attention and rehomed them. OSPCA said they interfered with their investigation.  

RAAW - Reform Advocates for Animal Welfare
6,259 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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.  Currently, there is virtually no regulation or public oversight of this industry. AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced dozens of collisions, accidents, 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 it has been documented that carriage companies pollute water systems by disposing horse urine and feces directly into storm drains against city bylaws. AND WHEREAS 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 recent footage of horses collapsing and struggling to get up exemplify the lack of professionalism of the carriage operators and reinforce the inappropriateness of horses working on city streets. 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, 2018. Thank you for signing Jordan Reichert Victoria Horse Alliance

Victoria Horse Alliance
38,204 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Marco Mendocino, Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Bill Morneau, Julie Dabrusin

Require all single-use plastics bought and sold in Canada be biodegradable

The problem of plastic pollution is at its worst and is not getting better.  Globally, waterways have become increasingly polluted, strangling marine life and creating garbage dumps of our magnificent oceans and Great Lakes. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Report launched at the World Economic Forum in 2016, by the year 2050 we can expect to have more plastic in the ocean that fish, with an average of one refuse truck of plastic being dumped into the world's seas every minute. Plastic goods are only growing in demand and although many are recyclable, only 5% actually is. Not to mention the fact that unlike glass and other materials, plastic is only able to be recycled a limited number of times and is therefore unsustainable regardless.  The long-term effects of the small fragments of plastic that are beginning to litter the seabed are unknown, however we are already witnessing the presence of these microplastics in marine life, including the fish we consume. Plastics leach harmful chemicals that easily migrate up the food chain, some of which have already found to be present in humans.  The solution to this is for the world's governments to take action and finally put a ban on the use and distribution of single-use plastics that are not biodegradable. Countless options already exist made of various different materials. the UN Environment lists a few: edible cutlery made of sorghum, plates and cutlery made of bamboo or palm leaf, natural packaging foam made of fungus and agricultural waste, expired milk recreated as a natural clothing fiber, and even pineapple pleather as a replacement for shoes and other plastic goods.  Canada can and should be a global leader in the initiative to save the global environment from plastic pollution, beginning in our own backyard with our Great Lakes and long coastlines. Please! The issue grows worse each passing day. Let us help us help ourselves by restoring a clean and livable environment that does not grow sick and polluted by our own hands.   

Isabella Di Federico
7,913 supporters