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Petition to DEFRA

Ban the breeding of rabbits in the UK

According to a 2012 survey from the Rabbit Welfare Association 67,000 rabbits end up in rescue centres each year in the UK. This figure nearly doubles the previous 35,000 recorded in 1999. The rescues cannot cope with the growing numbers of unwanted rabbits, due to lack of space, funds and support. Most rescues have a long waiting list for new arrivals. The unlucky animals that don’t make it to a rescue are usually advertised cheaply online, given away for free or abandoned in the wild to fend for themselves. Most will never be found in time. Some will end up as bait in illegal dog fighting. Rabbits are often purchased from pet shops or online sellers who advertise baby bunnies as cute, fluffy, easy and cheap to look after and perfect pets for children. This could not be further from the truth. Rabbits are fragile animals with complex needs. They are the third most popular pet in the UK, yet the most misunderstood and neglected. Most rabbits become unwanted when the novelty wears off, usually within a year of purchase - the kids have lost interest, the bunny becomes an inconvenience, too expensive and time-consuming. Many end up in a hutch or a cage to live a miserable life in solitary confinement with very little interaction or veterinary care. Rescue centres see the result of this suffering and neglect day in day out. They work hard to pick up the pieces of this pet bunny trade. A lot of rabbits arrive so damaged that they cannot be rehomed. Rescue centres cannot always afford the expensive veterinary treatment for some of the rabbits and resort to putting them to sleep. The animals that are rehomable sometimes remain months or years at the rescue because people, misled by the advertising, go and buy a baby bunny from a breeder or a pet shop instead of adopting. Education campaigns for rabbit welfare and promoting adoption over purchase is not enough. The issue will remain and carry on growing as long as people are permitted to breed rabbits and make a business of selling them to anyone, unneutered or vaccinated. Recent investigations into puppy farming in the UK has caught the media’s attention. The conditions in which rabbits are bred and kept generate similar welfare issues, yet the breeding and selling of rabbits is mainly unlicensed and unregulated. The breeders who are reported to the RSPCA often receive no more than a suggestion to improve the conditions in which the animals are kept... and the breeding and suffering continues. Since it is difficult to determine the sex of baby rabbits, breeders, pet shops and even vets make mistakes. As a result of this, accidental litters are common and only add to the issue of unwanted rabbits having to be rehomed. For all the reasons above, we call for a complete ban on the breeding and selling of rabbits in the UK as well as compulsory neutering of all rabbits until the situation gets under control and becomes manageable again. This means until all homeless rabbits get adopted, neutered, vaccinated and bonded with another rabbit whenever possible following a successful home-check. Rabbits suffer in silence whilst being exploited, sold as cheap pets, neglected and treated as commodities. It is about time measures are put into place to protect them.

Isabelle Rineau
15,439 supporters
Update posted 16 hours ago

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
22,157 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Director-General Dr Yap Him Hoo, Minister Lawrence Wong, Mr Prem Nasir/Dr Javan Fan/Mr Adel Yusnin Norman, Minister K. Shanmugam, MP Indranee Rajah

Justice for Sophie, Solomon and Jasper

On September 9, 2017, while my Siberian Huskies Sophie, Solomon and Jasper were walking together on a leash through a narrow public pathway behind their home, a free roaming uncollared cat hidden in the bushes darted out, attacked Sophie and injured her nose.  Reflexively, Sophie caught the cat in her mouth. Seeing the attack on Sophie, her brothers Solomon and Jasper also held on to the cat with their mouths.  The Huskies freed the cat on the instruction of their handler, who released the cat when she did not see any injuries on it. While trying to keep the cat away from the Huskies, the handler also suffered a 25cm long deep scratch on her leg inflicted by the cat.  Most unfortunately, the cat passed away later in the day.  In October 2017, the Singapore Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) informed me that, acting on a complaint, they had to test each of the dogs for aggression.  We believe the Huskies passed the aggression test, especially since they are neutered and spayed.  AVA has refused to confirm or deny the fact.  They have also refused to confirm the cat's cause of death. Despite the fact that the Huskies are 6 years old and have never had any incidences of this nature in their history, AVA now proposes to impose a restriction against the Huskies, prohibiting them from being walked together in public places. In addition, AVA has informed me that it will not provide me any information in relation to the complaint - presumably to prevent me from mounting a defense or rebutting false or incomplete evidence given. Notwithstanding this position, AVA also requires me to pay a fine for not having the Huskies securely “under the control of the handler”.  When queried by me as to the reasonableness and fairness of expecting me to defend against an unknown complaint by an unknown person with unknown supporting evidence, AVA informed me that their position is that the Huskies and handler must per se be at fault when the cat dies, so there is no need for me to know more.  I believe AVA's position is not only logically untenable but patently wrong. Mr Anthony Ong, a professional dog trainer with K9 World in Singapore, with more than 40 years of experience training dogs in the Singapore Police Force and now privately, who is familiar with the Huskies, has opined that:-             “even with leash and collar, it can never be guaranteed that a darting animal (in this case a cat) which startled the dog will not result in the dog catching the animal out of sheer defence and natural reflexes.” I believe that AVA's requirement that the Huskies not be allowed in public areas together for the rest of their lives is an unreasonable penalty for an accident that could have happened to anyone. It is unjust that the Huskies' quality of life should be severely diminished over an accident that could have occurred no matter how responsibly leashed and controlled they were.  AVA also does not seem to understand the importance of the pack walk to the behavioral balance of dogs. By withholding critical information from me, presumably to render me unable to defend myself and my Huskies, AVA has also chosen not to avail itself of the mountain of evidence that shows the Huskies are beloved by the residents in the neighbourhood and that the free-roaming cat had a history of unprovoked aggression. Instead, AVA expects me to accept these restrictions on the quality of life of my Huskies lightly because, in their words, my fine could be much greater if I don't. AVA fails to understand that these strong arm tactics will not work on true dog lovers, as our dogs' quality of life is priceless and worth fighting for, especially when my Huskies were the ones attacked.  They, and their handler, did no wrong. Please sign our Petition to let the Ministry of National Development and AVA know that we:-  1.      where we are personally familiar with the Huskies,  (a)       have never observed the Huskies to be aggressive towards humans and other animals in the neighborhood.  (b)       have never witnessed the Huskies not being securely leashed or under the control of their owner or her helper.  (c)        have no objections whatsoever against the owner of the Huskies walking the Huskies together in public areas. (d)       have never felt that our personal safety or that of our pets or children have been in danger due to the Huskies being walked together. 2.          do not agree with the unfairness of AVA’s investigation and determination process. Written details of any complaint and the evidence gathered to support such complaint must be provided to the complainee to give the complainee a fair chance to respond. 3.          believe the incident could have happened to any of us that day, even if our dogs are securely leashed and under control.  The incident was an unavoidable accident as the Huskies were acting reflexively to the attack by the cat.  4.          given that the incident was an unavoidable accident, believe that there is nothing to be achieved by taking any action in respect of the incident and would request AVA to dispense with such action. Curtailing these docile Huskies' quality of life over a misadventure is not only unjustified but inhumane.

Justice for the Huskies
2,600 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Irish Health Service, Health Service Official, Mr. Simon Harris, Minister for Health, Ballina Training Centre

Stop Health Service cruel hare coursing project!

This petition calls on Ireland’s National Health Service to please END a shameful project involving people with severe intellectual disabilities in HARE COURSING! The project is underway at a training centre in Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland. The centre provides therapeutic programmes and services for people with intellectual disabilities. In the recent “Mayo Mental Health News" newsletter, the cruel blood sport was described as “the interesting new pastime offered by the Centre.” The project involves both helping to train greyhounds for hare coursing AND encouraging patients to attend and support hare coursing events. The Health Service Executive (HSE), which funds and runs the Ballina Training Centre, has confirmed that the service has been supporting the activity for clients. A local politician, Councilor Gerry Ginty has spoken out strongly against the HSE funded centre's facilitation of coursing, saying "it’s regrettable that this would be considered an appropriate past-time for service users" and expressed support for a ban on the blood sport. It is shocking beyond words that Ireland’s Health Service is condoning and facilitating a project that promotes one of the cruelest blood sports in the world. Most civilized human beings would recoil in horror from the idea of bringing vulnerable people to live coursing events, where hares are mauled; get tossed about like rag dolls, and have their bones crushed- and greyhounds also suffer appalling injuries. Please sign this petition and let the Irish Health Service know that this CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. (Tony O’Brien, Director General of the Health Service, can be contacted by phone at 00 353 1 635 2000) ·         Here is footage from hare coursing fixtures held in the present season: This is the kind of activity the HSE thinks is an appropriate experience for people with serious intellectual disabilities:  

John Fitzgerald
2,572 supporters