Petition to Michael Colreavy, TD, Sandra McLellan, TD, Sinn Fein, Martina Anderson, MEP, Matt Carthy, MEP, Lynn Boylan, MEP, Martin Ferris, TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, TD, Dessie Ellis, TD, Peadar Tóibín, TD, Pearse Doherty, TD, Pádraig MacLochlainn, TD, Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Jonathan O'Brien, TD, Brian Stanley, TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, TD, Sean Crowe, TD, Gerry Adams, TD, Liadh Ní Riada, MEP
Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
The Sinn Fein party, while it has opposed stag hunting in Ireland and backed an anti-bullfighting motion in the European Parliament, has a policy of supporting cruel hare coursing. Despite the suffering, injury and death caused to Irish hares and the fact that many party representatives are in favour of a ban, Sinn Fein's current stance is that they "oppose an outright ban". Please sign and share this petition and urge the party to change its policy and come out strongly in favour of a ban on hare coursing. Hare coursing is illegal in most countries, including England, Scotland, Wales and also in Northern Ireland. It continues in the Republic of Ireland, even though the vast majority of citizens want it outlawed. In coursing, hares are forcefully netted from the countryside, kept in captivity for weeks or months and eventually forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of greyhounds. Using live animals as bait for dogs would normally be a serious offence of animal cruelty but the government has provided immunity from prosecution for those involved by inserting an exemption for coursing into animal welfare legislation. Witness the cruelty of hare coursing athttp://youtu.be/4LrFGNrL0rA See latest video footage showing hares hit and mauledhttps://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1492231004225786/
Petition to Michael Gove, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Make CCTV Mandatory in All Live Animal Transport Vehicles
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published its statistics for September 2017, reporting the slaughter of 87.5 million poultry, 225,000 cattle, 258,700 sheep and 893,000 pigs. During their lifetime, many of these animals will have endured long journeys by road (or sea), moving them between farms, to vets, markets and abattoirs, or exported abroad. The FSA records report 2,224 incidents of welfare breaches during a 6-month period, with reports of animals trapped between crates, some with broken bones, many enduring extreme temperatures, and even reports of death before reaching their arrival destination. On 11th August 2017, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove unveiled plans to introduce compulsory CCTV systems in abattoirs throughout the UK. Whilst welcomed by many animal welfare organisations and activists, we would like to see this protection extended to include transportation. We, the Reading Animal Welfare Activists (RAWA), are proposing the introduction of a CCTV system which would record the activities within vehicles for all journeys (including small businesses) involving the movement of live animals for economic purposes. This system would operate throughout the entire duration of a journey, including the loading and offloading of livestock, with the hope that it would provide increased protection for the animals involved. It is expected that ongoing surveillance would prevent negligence and deter individuals from mistreating animals. Archived footage would be kept, and could be used as evidence should suspicion of a welfare breach arise. The government will not implement this without public outcry or support, so we are calling for your support on this matter. We believe that CCTV would complement existing arrangements implemented by DEFRA, and more importantly, increase protection for our animals. As Jeremy Bentham once said: “The question is not can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer?”. Thank you for taking the time to read this.The RAWA team
Petition to Du Qinglin Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Rhino Trust (Namibia), Savé Valley Conservancy (Zimbabwe)
Help save RHINO from extinction
Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE
Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in asian countries, particularly Vietnam. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine but more and more commonly now it is used as a status symbol to display someone’s success and wealth. As South African is home to the majority of rhinos in the world it is being heavily targeted by poachers, see poaching numbers in South Africa. However poaching is now a threat in all rhino range states and field programmes are having to investment heavily in anti-poaching activities. The scarcity of rhinos today and the corresponding intermittent availability of rhino horn only drives the price higher, and intensifies the pressure on the declining rhino populations. For people whose annual income is often far below the subsistence level, the opportunity to change one’s life by killing an animal that they don’t value is overwhelming. Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos. Often they use a tranquiliser gun to bring the rhino down and hack of its horn leaving the rhino to wake up and bleed to death very painfully and slowly. Poachers are also often armed with guns making them very dangerous for the anti-poaching teams who put their lives on the line to protect rhinos. What is rhino horn? Rhino horns are similar in structure to horses’ hooves, turtle beaks, and cockatoo bills. They are made of keratin – in rhinoceros horn it is chemically complex and contains large quantities of sulphur-containing amino acids, particularly cysteine, but also tyrosine, histidine, lysine, and arginine, and the salts calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. Traditional Chinese Medicine According to traditional Chinese texts, such as Li Shih-chen’s 1597 medical text “Pen Ts’ ao Kang Mu”, rhino horn has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It also states that the horn could also cure snakebites, hallucinations, typhoid, headaches, carbuncles, vomiting, food poisoning, and “devil possession.” (However, it is not, as commonly believed, prescribed as an aphrodisiac). Rhino horn, is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water and consumed by the patient. As Richard Ellis, author of "Tiger bone and rhino horn" wrote in 2005 for the EAZA Rhino Campaign's Info Pack: "It is not clear that rhino horn serves any medicinal purpose whatsoever, but it is a testimony to the power of tradition that millions of people believe that it does. Of course, if people want to believe in prayer, acupuncture or voodoo as a cure for what ails them, there is no reason why they shouldn’t, but if animals are being killed to provide nostrums that have been shown to be useless, then there is a very good reason to curtail the use of rhino horn. There are five species of rhinoceros and, with the exception of one subspecies of African white rhino, all are in danger of being hunted to extinction for their horns. Rhinos as we know them have been around for millions of years, but Dr H. Spaiens has created a predicament from which they might never recover. It is heartbreaking to realise that the world’s rhinos are being eliminated from the face of the earth in the name of medications that probably don’t work." Aphrodisiac There is a belief in the West that rhino horn is used as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant but this is not correct and seems to have been misunderstood or misinterpreted by Western media. However, research has shown that people in Vietnam are starting to believe this rumour as they are consuming it for new reasons. Even without aphrodisiacal properties, however, rhino horn is one of the mainstays of TCM, and its collection has been responsible for the death of tens of thousands of rhinos around the world. Make no mistake: those people who use rhino horn to cure medical ailments really believe it works. That’s what drives up the demand on which the poachers thrive. As Ann and Steve Toon commented in 2002, “For practitioners of traditional Asian medicine, rhino horn is not perceived as a frivolous love potion, but as an irreplaceable pharmaceutical necessity.” VietNam – new uses for rhino horn https://africacheck.org/reports/medical-claims-for-rhino-horn-youre-better-on-an-aspirin-or-biting-your-nails/ https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/legalising_the_horn_trade There has been a recent surge in demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, where it is being touted as a hangover cure and treatment for terminal illnesses plus many more uses. A survey carried out by TRAFFIC in 2013 identified that the motivation for consumers buying rhino horn is the emotional benefits rather than medicinal, as it reaffirms their social status among their peers. Image and status is important to these consumers, they tend to be highly educated and successful people who have a powerful social network and no affinity to wildlife. Rhino horns are sometimes bought for the sole purpose of being gifted to others; to family members, business colleagues or people in positions of authority. TRAFFIC identified three main consumer groups, read their report here Trade The International trade in rhino horn is banned under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora). In South Africa particularly there is a call to legalise the trade in rhino horn. Read more about this in legalising the horn trade thorny issues. What is Save the Rhino doing? Save the Rhino is one of the few organizations working to protect all five species of rhinos through a range of activities. Demand Reduction Read about the work we are doing in Consumer countries to reduce the demand for rhino horn Conservation activities Read about all of the conservation activities we do to protect rhinos in the field. How can we help !!! Please Sign & Share Thank you very much
Petition to house of lords uk (LORD), derek thomas (mp), Theresa May
Make it law to pass by a horse wide and slow and abide by horse riders hand signals
I want to make it a legal requirement to drive past a horse wide and slow and for drivers to have to abide by hand signals asking them to stop and slow down when asked. We need a law that protects horse riders. Horses are easily scared by cars that don’t take care when passing them. When they get scared they can spook or rear, throwing riders off of them. This can lead to someone falling through a windscreen. Until there is a law neither the driver, the riders or the horses are safe. I have been a horse rider my whole life and have seen first hand the dangerous consequences driving past a horse recklessly can have for everyone on the road. I have been involved in too many near misses while on my horse-- who has become nervous of cars approaching us too fast and too close. The roads are becoming busier, faster, their is heavier traffic on rural roads, tractors are getting bigger all the time -- the roads are getting more and more dangerous. Please help sign this petition to make driving past a horse wide and slow a legal requirement. Horse riders like me are trying to hold drivers to account ourselves-- trying to catch drivers with the use of head cameras to let the drivers know they will be caught on camera. Too many times riders are left lying in the roads with a scared horse as drivers pass by and drive off leaving the scene. But we can’t keep trying to hold drivers accountable ourselves we need parliament to do something to change this. The horse industry is big a lot of businesses rely on being able to ride on the roads We need to be able to ride safely. There have been lots of times that I have asked a driver to slow down and they just speed past because legally they don't have an obligation to do anything else By the time I ask them the accident has already happened-- the car either drives past too fast or squeezes through, scaring the horses or narrowly missing them. More than 4,000 horse riders and carriage drivers were admitted to hospital between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012 from injury in a transport accident. We as riders need protection by the law, we need to stop the incidents. Lives of horses and people are being lost. We could put an end to this if we could by STOP a car when we need to.
Petition to Responsible department: Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs
.@DefraGovUK: "BAN THE BOLT" ABOLISH THE USE OF THE CAPTIVE BOLT GUN TO DESTROY GREYHOUNDS IN THE UK.
C.A.G.E.D North West 'Ban the Bolt' Campaign [Petition Supported by Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon] Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are 'unaccounted' for -- puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old.Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most 'economical' way - by bolt gun. Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection.These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons. Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate.Defra have the power to end this cruel practice so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.For more information please click on the links below to read about Milton the greyhound and use of bolt gun in destruction. http://www.cagednw.co.uk/ban-the-bolt.html http://www.cagednw.co.uk/greyhound-disposal.html http://www.greytexploitations.com/resources-and-reports/a-license-to-kill http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-396015/The-killing-fieldsof-10-000-greyhounds-old-race.html
Petition to Councillor Angela Claydon
Provide suitable accommodation for homeless people and their pets.
Cheshire West and Chester Council have reduced funding for homeless accommodation. In order to cut costs they have started housing homeless people with dogs in small flats with no outdoor space. Their homelessness manager Eileen Griffiths, and housing officer Alison Reaney, are of the opinion that dogs don't need a garden because they can toilet indoors. It is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act to keep animals in this condition, it is also of course unsuitable accommodation for the homeless, it is unsanitary. I inspected one of these flats that they said was immediately available to accommodate somebody with two large dogs. The dogs would only have comfortably fit in one room. These two dogs are expected by the council to live in one room, and toilet in the same space. The carpet in this room had remnants of dog excrement on it from the previous residents pets. Cheshire West and Chester Council have a homeless budget of £1,060,104. They currently spend £859,104 of that money on their own wages. The council also receive government funding of £6.5 million for "housing related support." In total the council are taking over £7.3 million for themselves, and dedicating under £200,000 of that money to provide accommodation for the homeless. With £7.5 million to provide accommodation for homeless people, this abuse is inexcusable and unnecessary. The council say for 2015-2020 they're going to focus their resources on: "An on-going programme of training for the team" "Customer leaflets and information materials " "Better investment in ICT software for homelessness data" (They are intending to spend £100,000 on this) Their plan is to take even more money for themselves, Whilst they cut facilities for the homeless.They have made this decision whilst publicly acknowledging that homelessness in the area is increasing. I have a better suggestion for how we can spend the £7.5 million: Provide suitable permanent accommodation for people with pets. Address the shortage of suitable accommodation for single people with pets, by building one bedroom houses. Ensure some of these properties are available outside of West Cheshire Homes, for the many people the council have barred from social housing. Provide suitable temporary accommodation for pet owners. Whilst using current housing stock to house dog owners, you need to use properties with private outdoor space . If you have no suitable one bedroom properties for this purpose currently, you should be willing to use properties with a higher number of bedrooms until you've addressed the shortage. Implement regeneration schemes in areas with outdated accommodation and facilities. If you agree that this is a better use of funds please sign the petition. You can also contact Councillor Angela Claydon who is Cabinet member for housing, and Lord Mayor of Chester. Email: email@example.com Twitter : https://twitter.com/MayorChester Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lordmayorchester Telephone: 01244 977701 and 01244 977702
Petition to Dale Burnett, Veli Moluluo, Tom Willings, Martin Troop, John Gildersleeve, Noble Foods HQ
Noble Foods: Stop Farming Hens in Cages!
As a family, we care about animals, so I want to ensure the food my children and I eat doesn’t support intensive factory farming systems. Hens forced to live their whole lives in a cage will be crammed in a space around the size of an A4 sheet of paper per bird and will never get to experience the sun on their backs, or scratch around in the grass. Since I found out about cage farming of hens, I’ve always bought free range eggs. In fact, I saw the TV adverts for ‘Happy Egg Co’ showing chickens running around outside so that was the brand I chose. However, I’ve recently found out that Happy Egg’s parent company also profits from keeping over 4 million hens in cruel cages to sell under other brands. I’m horrified to think that my money may have been indirectly supporting the caging of hens; it’s exactly what I was trying to avoid! All of the big supermarkets in the UK, and loads of restaurants, have pledged to end the sale and use of eggs from caged hens but the UK’s biggest egg producer - Happy Egg owner Noble Foods - hasn’t followed suit. That’s why I’m petitioning Noble Foods to end this madness and put a stop the cruel practice of keeping hens in cages. Please join me and sign my petition - a life in a cage is no life at all!
Petition to christina mckelvie
Introduce harsher punishments to stop animal cruelty
i feel strongly on this matter as we are the voice for the animals who are being abused everyday it actually is so hard to understand why human beings can do so much cruel to a defenceless animal i love my dogs as part of my family so i think its about time we all pulled together and try make a difference for all these animals and the only way is to change how to do this is by making it a criminal offence and give harsher punishments not just a slap on the wrist some things i read do you know in this country alone there is a animal abused every 10 seconds from beating,burning,fighting,shooting,neglect,poising this is only some of what we humans inflict on defenceless animals im hoping to be able to get over 100,000 signatures to try stop the inhumane treatment of all these animals please help by signing thank you.