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 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 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 Cornwall county councill
STOP THE FREE RANGE EGG FARCE
Cornwall has its first planning application for an industrial mega farm, fondly called by the applicants a “Centre of Excellence”. The reality being far removed from the cultivated description is a proposal for 4 multi-tier units with a grand total of 112,000 laying hens. The application is designed to give a picture of healthy hens basking in the mild Cornish climate whilst trotting off to pop an egg and resume their ranging whilst enjoying the unpolluted Cornish environment. Nobody can give a figure about how many hens will range, sometimes its none, sometimes it could be 10/20%. The proposed site is at Nancegollan, in an area of open countryside with no existing farm buildings or infrastructure, the units will sit on the brow of a small hill with residential properties surrounding the 160 acre boundary and a mere 500 odd metres from the village. The cost of production and the greed of profit has made this multi-tier unit very popular amongst the egg farmers, its high rise living for the free range hen. Planning constraints have been overcome by means of going up instead of out, less floor space. The reduced labour requirements along with the net gain in profit will see an increase in the amount of planning applications for these types of unit. Before we know what’s happened, our countryside will be peppered with large industrial manure factories polluting the environment and ruining the lives of many who have chosen to work, set up a family home and contribute to a decent country life. The planning application (PA17/04129) was validated on the 12th may 2017 since this date the residents have employed the services of a planning consultant and a Landscape impact specialist, they have highlighted many faults with this application and given their advice to the Council to ensure a fare due process, this has fallen on deaf ears. The issues raised are many 1, the red line development boundary does not include the hen ranging areas, considering the environmental impacts, dust, manure, flooding, noise and the engineering works required on the ranging area’s this is fundamentally a development zone and should be within the red line development. The other issue is the lack of neighbour consultation, we were not informed about this application, and the properties that bound this site are between 1 metre and 87 metres from the hen ranging areas. 2, the landscape visual assessment was supposed to incorporate a 5 km zone; the applicants did this at 3km. 3, the transport statement is lacking in the amount of vehicle movements and contradicts itself 4, the manure disposal plan will not work as one site can only legally take 345 tons per year, the proposed site will produce 90 ton per week. The other site is a green waste company near Hayle where the residents are suffering the smell from the St Erth sewage treatment plant; this additional smell will only increase their misery. 5, the site is situated at the start of the river Hayle, it suffers from severe run-off, pollution will enter this river system and cause a potential disaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUBp_bZlgMA 6, the site will generate heavy traffic, the proposal is endorsed by highways for the articulated lorries to enter the B3302 via the blind white Horse cross roads, this is a dangerous access point and does not have the width to take such large vehicles. 7, there are 5 dwellings at the base of this site, all of which suffer from this site’s run-off, all have a private drinking water supply that will suffer contamination. There many issues about this proposal, due to the inaccurate submission and the amount of alterations to the application, the council should insist on a new application and one that gives a true and honest idea of what the applicants are trying to achieve.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.