Petition to Comisión Europea, Vytenis Andriukaitis
Ban the use of wild animals in circuses
[Spanish] [French] [Italian] [Dutch] On Easter Monday there was a road crash in Spain involving five circus elephants. It left one elephant dead and two severely injured. It was only a matter of chance that no people were hurt. This tragedy could have been avoided - that’s why I’m calling for the use of wild animals in circuses to be banned in the European Union. Recent reports show shocking incidents involving the public and wild animals in circuses across Europe. These often involve circuses and animals which, travel all around the continent endangering the health and safety of European citizens. In Spain, a few weeks ago a hippo escaped for the fifth reported time. The elephants involved in this latest incident were on their way to their next performance location with Spanish Circus Gottani. They had been smuggled out of Germany and were forced to France, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland and, eventually, Spain. The family who owns the elephants has a record of negligent behavior which has led to several incidents. The large majority of EU Member States has already banned or severely restricted the use of wild animals in circuses. The veterinary community has already urged the European and other competent authorities to simply prohibit the use of wild mammals in travelling circuses. We too are calling for the end of the practice. It is time for the European Union to act. Only this can guarantee a solution to the physical and emotional suffering of wild animals in circuses and to the related public security risks. Please sign and share.
Petition to Karmenu Vella
Stop the mass slaughter of dolphins by the fishing industry in EU waters
Thousands of short-beaked common dolphins are being killed by fishing vessels targeting pelagic fish species in EU waters. This barbaric practice is dismissively referred to as 'bycatch' by the fishing industry. I founded Blue Planet Society to conserve our amazing marine wildlife - and I'm determined to help save short-beaked common dolphins from these horrific deaths. I'm calling on Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, to take urgent action to end this cruel and avoidable mass slaughter of these highly intelligent and much-loved animals. Please sign petition to help save short-beaked common dolphins.
Petition to Irish Government, horse sport ireland
HORSE WARDEN AND LICENSES FOR IRELAND
More and more are we hearing about the abandonment and abuse of horses in Ireland. Photos of dead and decaying horses, ponies and FOALS are circulating Facebook and Irish news and it is just being allowed to happen I am an 18 Year Old Equine Science student in the University Of Limerick. And I believe that there there is a serious need in this country for a warden who can track ownership and welfare of horses in the country. The Department of Agriculture overlook this problem, when the people are doing what they can to make this public, to make this noticed. Me and so many people in Ireland love horses as our best friends, and to anybody, anybody at all. Seeing an abused or abandoned animal hurts more than words can ever describe. We need horse ownership licensing, we need tracked records of sales of EVERY Equine in this country, and most importantly, we need to protect the welfare of these beautiful creatures who do so much for the human race
Petition to Animal welfare board of India
Ban on use of horses/donkeys/mules as rides to pilgrimages in India.
"The horse was forced to stand on his legs moments after it fell down. Its legs were shaking as it did. It was being forced by its owner to carry a man up the hill. The owner took no notice of a fractured ankle of the horse. When asked by me about the health clearance certificate of the animal the owner fled with the saddle leaving his horse again crashing to the ground in pain. People kept walking by........", I cried as I read somewhere. The man who shared this was on his way to Vaishno Devi Temple in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. But such incidents happen everywhere in India during the holy Yatras. This petition is a tribute to all the animals who have died or are dying carrying people up and down the holy mountains of India. It puts humanity to shame when pilgrims pass by injured, and in worse cases, dying horses/mules, that are used as mere mediums for carrying them up and down the hills, unnoticed. Most of these animals are employed illegally by their owners. There is a policy in India called 'Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act' which is being violated openly everywhere, all the time. The protectors of the law often become aides in the abusive use of animals in India. There is no check on the health of the animal before taking it on a 10-20 km ride uphill/downhill with loads ranging from 40 to 120 kg on their backs. The owners overexploit the animals which can often be seen limping with injuries to their ankles and knees. Wounds due to friction from the belts around the buttocks of these animals can't go unnoticed since they are often bleeding red. Ask yourself, is it OK to arrive at a temple having given such pain to an animal? It's your wish to go to meet your high dwelling deity, why should an animal be troubled immensely for that? Ask yourself, is it not a sin to ride to a holy place on the back of a sick and injured animal? Stop the cruel treatment of animals and ask for other means of transportation. When you say no to atrocious use of animals new alternatives will be created. Next time when you are going on a pilgrimage ask yourself, would you risk the life of an innocent animal to visit your holy place? If your conscience tells you it's wrong (I am sure it does) rise up for these innocent and harmless beings who can't speak up for themselves. Let's come together as a loud voice in support of providing a better life to these fellow earthlings who have been tortured for our comfort for centuries. Through this petition, we ask the Government of India to look into this matter seriously and put a complete ban on the use of animals as means of carrying people to holy places. This is the only possible way for the redemption of these creatures.
Petition to GVK, CIDCO
Animals are dying at Navi Mumbai International Airport Site! Appeal CIDCO to build Shelter
If you haven't heard already, construction of Navi Mumbai International Airport has begun at Panvel. This land, used to be collection of villages, which have now been abandoned and flattened for the construction. The villagers left tonnes of rubble and 100s animals behind. These animals, once dependent on the villagers for food and water, are now walking miles to find nothing but mud, rocks and dust. The site preparation involves breaking down hillocks and boulders and levelling the ground. Furthermore, the construction equipment, destruction of water bodies and constant movement of rocks and earth have injured many animals. Two beautiful souls - Varsha Pillai and Pooja Teli (both in their mid 50s) have taken it upon themselves to keep these animals safe. Every day, they make their way to the site, walk through barren land and pick up stray dogs and cats who are often famished or injured. They feed these animals each and everyday. They also carry water to fill up the water bowls placed at the site. The total expenses for feeding and transport exceeds Rs 3000 per day! We no longer have the funds left to feed them. It is the responsibility of the Government Body and the Contractors of this project to rehabilitate these animals. We are appealing CIDCO to build a Shelter for the animals affected by this project. Please sign this petition to save the animals at the NMIA site from starvation and death! To volunteer or donate for the feeding and rescue mission please contact Pooja Teli at 7208878300
Petition to David Small
Ban US-style factory farms in the UK
A public outcry has brought attention to plans for a huge, 40,000 pig factory farm near Limavady, in the picturesque landscape of Lough Foyle. We are calling on David Small (Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency) for an immediate ban on the building of factory farms! Please sign the petition today. If the Limavady pig factory is built, at any one time, up to 40,000 pigs would be confined indoors in overcrowded, barren concrete pens. Antibiotics are commonly overused in factory farms just to keep the pigs alive in such terrible conditions. These pens become a breeding ground for antibiotic resistant bacteria that can pass from pigs to humans. Neighbours will have to suffer the stench of 66,000 tonnes of faeces (in the form of liquid slurry) being spread on surrounding fields every year - close to houses, schools and public footpaths. There has been an alarming 26% rise in intensive US-style factory farms in the UK since 2011 - whilst simultaneously the number of smaller, high welfare farms has drastically declined . In Northern Ireland alone, permissions are currently being sought for 14 further pig factories, so stopping the Limavady proposal would potentially close the sluice gate to further applications. This spike in pig farm applications was caused by inflated subsidies for Anaerobic Digesters, which generate electricity from pig waste. The waste slurry from this process still contains high levels of ammonia which cause respiratory problems in humans and pollutes sensitive natural habitats. According to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, 98% of ‘Special Areas of Conservation’ have already exceeded the critical threshold for ammonia at which ecological damage occurs. All UK taxpayers will have to pay the cost if Northern Ireland is fined for breaking the ‘Nitrogen Directive’. James Orr, director of Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland, says: “Northern Ireland is already plagued by shocking levels of ammonia emissions. Releasing further ammonia from pig slurry into Northern Ireland’s ecosystems will lead to environmental disaster. Intensive agriculture and the associated problems with a massive increase in pig slurry cannot be the path to a healthy future for Northern Ireland.” Tracy Worcester, director of Farms Not Factories, says: “Manure from pigs kept at lower densities in a more natural environment is an invaluable fertiliser, not a toxic pollutant. We can use the power of our purse to only buy from real farms, not animal factories. When buying pork, look for the high welfare labels Outdoor Bred, RSPCA Assured, Free Range or, best of all, Organic. Find out how to boycott pork from factory farms by reading at our Guide to Labels & Supermarkets.”
Petition to Molson Coors Brewing Company, Carling
Carling: Stop using plastic rings that kill animals!
We’ve all seen tragic images of animals killed or suffering due to plastic multipack rings. Finally now there’s a solution - Carlsberg beer just announced they’re ditching the plastic rings and replacing them with a recyclable glue. That’s why I’m now calling on Britain’s top selling lager brand Carling to immediately follow their example to stop polluting our planet and making animals suffer. Our wildlife is drowning in plastic. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles become trapped in the rings or die eating them. One study estimates that 90% of seabirds on earth have eaten plastic. Put simply - these plastic rings are death traps. According to the great Danes at Carlsberg, their removal of the plastic rings will cut the overall amount of plastic in their multipacks by a whopping 76% - we are talking about 1,200 tonnes less plastic needing to be disposed of on an annual basis. This is the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags! Therefore, it’s clear that it would make a huge difference to our planet if other major players decided to follow suit. Carling is the UK’s favourite lager by sales - they have a duty and a responsibility to show they care about animals and the environment by scrapping these plastic rings immediately. If Carlsberg are doing it, so can they. Sign here to tell Carling to immediately ditch their plastic multipack rings. To re-use an old advertising cliché: If Carlsberg did environmental policies ... Thanks, Simon. Facebook Page.
Petition to DMBC , BMET
Stop houses being built on Longlands plot that has become home to many species of wildlife
The problem is the site in Stourbridge is owned by BMET who say they no longer have any use for it so Persimmon Homes are proposing plans to build over 50 houses on it. It has been disused since 2011 and has now become home to many species of wildlife including protected species Badgers. The plans for housing need to be axed! For good! The already over populated area does not need any more houses. What it could do with is another park, a nature reserve and possibly a community centre or area. Over half of the area is full of age old oak trees and includes a small football pitch and another field which could easily be turned into a park or nature reserve. Something that would be of more benefit to local residents and wildlife, not some housebuilding company who's only interest is money and profit.I am a local resident who lives close to the plot and I see and hear the many animals every day. I feed quite a lot of them including the badgers so I am greatly concerned about their welfare and lives.