animal welfare

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Petition to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), International Animal Rescue, Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers, Animal ACTion Network, Animal lovers

Shut Down Forest Lodge Kennels

Action needs to be taken to make a change and shut down Forest Lodge Kennels. Based in Northampton, Forest Lodge Kennels - Rescue & Rehoming are the only local holding kennels covering dog warden services from Milton Keynes, South & East Northants, Northampton, Corby, Kettering & Bedford Council. It can hold up to 106 dogs and 10 cats. Their ‘services’ include dog rehoming kennels, dog and cat boarding, grooming and micro-chipping. Dogs that come into the kennels have to stay for 7 days to allow an owner to claim them before being put up for rehoming. However, Forest Lodge do not follow these rules and the animals that stay are mistreated, with no love or care. The cages are a dirty state, a tiny bed at the back, a small blanket with dogs laying in their own urine and faeces. Walking past each dog you can tell each one is depressed, scared and stressed. Some too scared to move from their ‘beds’ and some no reaction at all. In one case, Mandy Giles had a lovely dog Benji from the kennels but he died 11 days later after 7 days in the vets. There have been at least 3 other cases like this. In another case, two people that enquired to see how much the dog was, was told “just take him otherwise he’ll be put to sleep, he’s a horrible smelly little dog”. Once out the cage they saw he was so neglected that his coat was matted like felt, and his mouth was matted with food, faeces, and a tooth. He was so underweight you could see his hip bones. The case was reported to the RSPCA and nothing further was done. Another case, after one person claimed their dog back after boarding her for a few nights, she was unrecognisable. The Bordeaux was skin and bone, her behaviour changed, flinching at sudden movements and loud noises. Another’s dogs face was scabbed and skin had came off after sending their dog there for only 2 nights. 2 days ago, we found a stray german shepard that we named Bear. He was very malnourished, wearing an illegal collar where the spikes dug into his skin from wearing it too tight. We took him to White Cross vets, where he had his collar taken off and was sent to Forest Lodge Kennels although we didn’t want him to go. Neither did the vets but these kennels are the only licensed one by the council in Northampton. The kennels were told under no circumstances, the dog was not to be released to his owner. However, he was released on the 2nd day back to him. We reported this back to the vets and RSPCA to see if something can happen, and Bear to be saved, and are being updated on this. Many dogs come home with kennel cough, parvo, and other infections. Traumatised from their stay, and no longer the same. Most are released in the first couple days to anyone that wants them, instead of being in the kennel for 7 days and rehomed properly like they are supposed to.There are so many cases like these over the years, and worse that continue to carry on, yet the owners always deny it all, shout abuse, do not usually give the right medical treatment that the dogs need, and have no passion for their animals. If we work together, complain to the council (South Northants Council) sign petitions, spread the word and awareness we can shut this place down and save the animals from the abuse that they endure. If we lose, this will always carry on and get worse. We are never giving up this fight. Please, if you have experiences with Forest Lodge, comment your experience and your thoughts. Also if you want to take another step, please call and complain to South Northants Council: 01327 322278 as they are in charge of the kennel license. If you care, please sign and spread the word.

Romy Miller
1,343 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Grant pets rights as living beings

We call upon the UK Government to give a new legal status and 'Grant pets rights as living beings'. A change in animals status from “personal property” to that of a “sentient being" will bring the civil law into line with the penal code, which sets tough penalties for cruelty to animals. This should make it easier to prosecute cases of animal cruelty.  Britain could claim to be something of a world leader in animal welfare, but as a nation, however, we have failed in bringing progressive positive change to improve the welfare of animals. While countries all over the world have updated or enacted effective animal cruelty legislation, England remains behind. European animal welfare legislation is based on the recognition that all animals, from pets to farm animals, are sentient beings – i.e. they have powers of perception and feeling. A legally binding protocol attached to the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam recognised animals as "sentient beings" and this recognition was strengthened in the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 which included animal sentience as an Article in the main body of the Treaty.  Some countries have already (even before the treaty) transformed animals from things to non-things, such as Austria (ABGB 1998, Constitution 2004), Germany (BGB 1990, Constitution 2002), Switzerland (BGB 2000, Constitution 2004), and most recently France (2014). Scientific research is constantly revealing new evidence of animals’ intelligence and emotions. There is also increasing evidence that many animals can learn new skills and some appear to show emotions similar to human empathy. Animals are capable of feeling pain and experiencing distress,they can also be reduced to a state resembling human depression by chronic stress or confinement in a cage. This new understanding of the sentience of animals has huge implications for the way we treat them and the policies and laws we need to adopt.   Voice-Sensitive Regions in the Dog and Human Brain Are Revealed by Comparative fMRI. Highlights • This is the first comparative neuroimaging study of a nonprimate species and humans • Functional analogies were found between dog and human nonprimary auditory cortex • Voice areas preferring conspecific vocalizations were evidenced in the dog brain • Brain sensitivity to vocal cues of emotional valence was found in both species We demonstrate that voice areas exist in dogs and that they show a similar pattern to anterior temporal voice areas in humans. Our findings also reveal that sensitivity to vocal emotional valence cues engages similarly located nonprimary auditory regions in dogs and humans.    Neuroscientist Gregory Berns  What fMRI Can Tell Us About the Thoughts and Minds of Dogs One neuroscientist is peering into the canine brain, and says he's found evidence that dogs may feel love. As Berns’ team begins to scratch the surface of the canine brain, they’re finding something surprising—in several ways, its activity mirrors that of the human brain to a much greater extent than expected. We cannot ignore the striking similarity between dogs and humans in both the structure and function of a key brain region: the caudate nucleus. As part of their first paper published on the work in 2012, they trained dogs to recognize two different hand signals: one that meant the animal would be given a piece of hot dog imminently, and one that meant no hot dog. As they hypothesized, the first signal triggered elevated activity in an area called the caudate nucleus, which is rich in receptors for dopamine (a neurotransmitter involved in the sensation of pleasure). In humans—and in dogs, the research indicated—caudate activity is related to the desire to have something that causes pleasure, and the satisfaction involved in obtaining it. Subsequent work revealed more unexpected findings. As part of a second experiment, they had dogs sit in the scanner and exposed them to smells of humans (from either their owners or strangers) and other dogs (from either dogs they lived with or unfamiliar dogs). “We wanted to understand how dogs recognize other people and dogs in their households,” Berns says. Again, they saw increased activity in the caudate, but only as a result of one of the scents. “In this case, the reward system only seems to activate in response to the smell of a familiar human, which is pretty amazing,” he says. To further probe how the dogs’ brain activity correlates with the actions of humans they know well, they put the dogs in the fMRI and had their owners leave the room, then walk back in. This, too, triggered activation in the caudate. Berns interprets these results as indications that, in some ways, the mental processes of dogs may not be so different from those of humans. They’re close enough, he suggests, that we can safely describe them with words we don’t often apply to animals: the mental activity represents emotions, and perhaps even constitute love. “At some fundamental level, we believe the dogs are experiencing emotions something like we do,” Berns says. The research suggests that the human brain and canine brain aren’t as radically different as we might have imagined.   Why Support Change As society changes and evolves, so too do the views and values of its people. A challenge of law-makers is to identify shifts in values and expectations, so that they can pass new laws and amend existing laws. Changing social values are the fundamental ideas we have about other people and society in general. They include ideas about race, gender, families, children, violence, personal responsibility and the law itself. Changing morality and ethics are concerned with what is right and wrong, though on a social level rather than what offends the individual. As previously mentioned, our laws on animal abuse have changed very little, but society has. True law reform occurs because society has changed and the law needs to change with it. No longer do we as a nation want to tolerate animal abuse. We want the laws changed and the penalties to be more severe and we want the Courts to take it more seriously. We need to make the changes. To lead it, and to mould it to fit with the changing views and values of our society. These are views shared by a very large proportion of the electorate and should be acknowledged.  

The German Shepherd Helpline
5,708 supporters