animal welfare

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Petition to Micheal Creed., Dermot Murphy

Investigate the cruelty and neglect within AHAR incl excavation of the carcasses buried...

Following on from the recent expose documentary, broadcast by RTE*, it has been brought to our attention that there are and were severe cases of animal NEGLECT and ABUSE, along with a MASS BURIAL SITE of horses and dogs underneath the sand arena within AHAR. There are now a number of independent witnesses to this, who are willing to testify in a court of law. We have also been made aware that a member within the department of Agriculture has been tipping off the manager of AHAR, in relation to pending or planned inspections, thus giving AHAR the time needed to hide animals. We are petitioning for the department to fully and thoroughly INVESTIGATE these findings and demand that the sand arena is excavated, along with post mortem to be carried out on the carcasses buried there. We have no doubt that you The Minister of Agriculture will SUPPORT us on bringing an end to the ongoing cruelty and mass burials of animals at AHAR. EDITED to add links:- *Animal Farm Update - Following AHAR's complaints about the above programmes, RTÉ was cleared of any wrongdoing by the independent Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Full report and findings here -  

Charmayne Gourley
33,257 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Responsible department: Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs


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.      

CAGED Nationwide
160,569 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Monte Carlo Festival, ville de monaco, Office de tourisme de Monaco, Princesse Charlene, Chapiteau de Fontvieille

No to wild animals in the circus in Monaco/Non aux animaux sauvages au cirque de Monaco

Version français dessous The circus is one of Monaco's oldest and well loved traditions for over 40 years. We are lucky enough to have the worlds best circus acts perform and compete in our principality. The acts are all amazing and, compared to many countries, the animals are kept in good conditions that we can witness as we walk past the chapiteau and along the digue. However, times have changed and confining and training wild animals to perform is no longer entertaining. Despite this, every year, they arrive in Fontvieille and we see tigers pacing in their cages and elephants and seals walking across the road for their evening show. 19 countries have now banned wild animals in circuses, yet Monaco, renowned for its advanced environmental outlook, still lets these animals return year after year. It's time for change. Please let this be the last year animals are part of the Festival de Cirque de Monte Carlo.  Le cirque est l'une des traditions les plus anciennes et les plus appréciées de Monaco, depuis plus de quarante ans. Les meilleurs numéros de cirque au monde sont donnés ici, tous plus incroyables les uns que les autres, et, en regard de la plupart des autres pays les animaux qui s'y produisent vivent dans de bonnes conditions ce dont nous pouvons témoigner en passant aux abords du chapiteau ou sur la digue. Mais, quoi qu'il en soit, les temps ont changé et le fait d'enfermer et de faire travailler des animaux sauvages afin qu'ils fassent leur numéro n'a absolument plus rien de divertissant. Mais, malgré tout, chaque année, ils débarquent à Fontvieille et nous voyons de vieux tigres arpenter leurs cages, des éléphants et des phoques traverser la route pour leur représentation du soir. Aujourd'hui 19 pays ont interdit les animaux de cirque, mais Monaco qui se distingue par une politique environnementale très avancée, continue, année après année d'accueillir des animaux de cirque. Il est temps de changer ! S'il vous plaît, que cette année soit la dernière à intégrer des animaux au sein du Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo.

Carla Webb
4,988 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to President , UK Parliament

Απαγορεύστε το κυνήγι στην Κύπρο – Ban hunting in Cyprus

English text below Βοηθήστε να σταματήσει ο βασανισμός εκατοντάδων ζώων μέσω του κυνηγιού υπογράφοντας το ψήφισμα και καλώντας την κυπριακή κυβέρνηση να απαγορεύσει κάθε μορφή κυνηγιού. Please sign this petition to urge the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus to put an end to animal suffering caused by hunting. Ban hunting in Cyprus – stop animal crueltyHundreds of animals suffer and die in horrific ways in Cyprus every year due to hunting. Although it was part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent and cowardly form of recreation that kills hundreds of animals in Cyprus every year, many of which suffer a slow and horrific death. Pain and Suffering Pray – the hunters main victimsMany animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured or killed by hunters. Animals just like humans have a nervous system which allows them to feel pain when shot or dragged by a hook that has been punctured right through some part of their body. Hunters cause injuries, pain and suffering to animals who are not adapted to defend themselves from bullets, traps and other cruel killing devices. They destroy animal families and habitats, and leave terrified and dependent baby animals behind to starve to death. For the animals that manage to survive hunting, the stress that they suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter. “Hunting” dogsDogs who are used for hunting also suffer. They’re often kept chained or penned and denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication. Despite the claims of the hunters to love and care for their dogs, cases of killing each other's dogs for revenge are being reported lately as well. Many of them are shot, while some are lost during hunts and never found, and others who are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves often die of starvation or get struck by vehicles. After every hunting activity, large numbers of abandoned and injured dogs are rescued, while others are found dead and brutally abused. Dog rescuers in Cyprus are struggling to accommodate the dogs that are victims of hunters. It isn’t about conservation or population control.Hunting has actually contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world. The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival—if they are left unaltered. The hunters victims are artificially reproduced and released to nature. Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group. Hunting is Not SportHunting is often called a “sport,” to disguise a cruel, needless killing spree as a socially acceptable activity. However, the concept of sport involves competition between two consenting parties, adherence to rules and fairness ensured by an intervening referee, and achieving highest scores but not death as the goal of the sporting events. In hunting, the animal is forced to “participate” in a live-or-die situation that always leads to the death of the animal, whereas the hunter leaves, their life never remotely at stake. Hunters also frequently use food and electronic callers to lure unsuspecting animals in front of their weapons. The truth is, the animal, no matter how well-adapted to escaping natural predators she or he may be, has virtually no way to escape death once he or she is dealing with guns and traps. Violence against animals can lead to violence against humans.Like other forms of casual or “thrill” violence, hunting leads to a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit violent acts against animals rarely stop there, as many move on to target their fellow humans. Hunting is business – many of its supporters make money from itHunting is supported by many just because it is a source of income for them, at the expense of suffering animals. Hunting Associations’ board members and “opinion leaders”, as well as relevant state officials include owners of businesses targeting hunters such as shops selling clothing, guns and equipment, as well as individuals illegally trading hunting equipment.We, the undersigned, believe that hunting is a cruel act that has no place in civilised societies and should be illegal for the welfare of animals and the protection of the natural environment. We urge you to ban any form of hunting and animal suffering caused by it.  

antonia omirou
5,136 supporters