Petition to Dave Lewis, Tesco
Tell Tesco: ban disposable plastic straws
Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans, harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds. Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options. Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets. Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling straws and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic! Sincerely, Clare
Petition to Chinese president
HELP STOP CHINA ANIMAL CRUELTY
There are no laws in China to prevent unimaginable cruelty to animals or to aid in their welfare. The fur trade in China begins with the live skinning of millions of dogs and cats annually, which then die a horrible death. These furs are then exported to countries such as our own. Dogs are regularly beaten to death on the streets, all perfectly legal. Each year China holds their “Animal Olympics” where horse fighting often ends with the horrific death of these beautiful creatures. Live animals such as sheep and cattle are thrown to the Tigers, solely designed to entertain the collective crowds. On a commercial street in China, little tortoises are found packaged as souvenirs. These tiny tortoises are still alive and swimming inside a permanently sealed herbal solution where they die after 1-3 months. The population of China still seems to enjoy the cruel spectacle of animal suffering. Every year they have a festival called the Yulin Cat and Dog meat festival. Why do they have to eat these poor innocent animals. If an animal is killed, it should be killed without giving the animal any serious pain. People who do use these animals, kill them in such cruel methods, either by electrocuting or slitting their throats and then boiling them in boiling hot water. THE TIME HAS COME TO STOP AND MAKE A CHANGE
Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Tim Farron MP
Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, made a recent announcement: "Personally, I've always been in favour of fox hunting." However, the British public have made it very clear in the years of Tory rule that they do not agree with her outdated opinions. It's time to tell May that her 'personal' opinions are not representative of the country she is paid to serve. 84% of the population have shown support for keeping Labour's 2004 hunting ban in place, don't let May repeal this important piece of legislation. The practice of fox hunting involves setting a pack of dogs on a fox and then chasing it on horseback, usually in traditional dress. The "sport" is to many people a vicious and outdated pastime, and the idea of repealing the ban put in place by the Labour government, so that people like May can hunt and kill helpless creatures, is a horrific one. Please sign this petition to show the Prime Minister how archaic her view is on the topic of hunting for sport, and show your support for the animals that the ban currently protects.
Petition to Theresa May MP - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Is the time long enough before putting an unclaimed dog to sleep? 7 days is no time at all
It can take just 7 days for a healthy unclaimed dog to be put to sleep. Approximately seven thousand dogs are put to sleep because of this reason in the UK every year. If we are really a nation of animal lovers and loving dogs in particular, then it is time for change. Please sign this petition and lets get noticed. Lets make it law that local authorities must hold onto dogs for longer than 7 days before rehoming them or putting them to sleep. 21 days should be the minimum. I would like to make this timescale longer but I want to aim for something achievable. Lets give the owners more time to find their dogs. If the dogs are unwanted lets give the dogs more time to get a place in a rescue centre. I appreciate extra funding will be needed but these dogs die alone and afraid. They cannot stand up for themselves. We have to do it for them. Please sign and prove we are a nation to be proud of. I've just updated the picture today (10.11.17) to show the reality of the situation. Dogs lined up after being killed ready to place in a bin bags. This is happening every day in the UK!
Petition to Enda Kenny, Simon Coveney, Theresa May MP, Michael Gove
Ban Greyhound Racing
Irish greyhounds 'bred for the racing industry' are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80% of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many later transported to countries like Pakistan to be used for racing, of where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death. Irish, breeders/owners and trainers are also sending dogs to China where death is imminent. There seems to be no limits to what the racing industry are capable of, while disregarding the welfare of these highly sensitive dogs. The Irish and UK government have failed to prevent dogs being transported to countries where animal welfare laws are non-existent, therefore we the undersigned believe that the government and the racing industry have made no effort to protect these dogs. We call for an outright ban on greyhound racing with effect from 2020. A phase out of 4 years to ensure a minimal amount of surplus dogs will remain in 2020. The greyhound racing industry proves to be dependent on cruel practices. BAN IT NOW!!
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 West Lakes Academy, Jonathan Johnson
Stop plastic waste: West Lakes Academy
Blue Planet II has allowed us to witness our impact on the oceans and marine life, and has acted as inspiration for this petiton. Our seas are home to fascinating life, but we are poisoning them through our laziness and waste. Plastic litter has been a particular focus in the series, for example it was attributed to the death of a whale calf. The mother carried its deceased child's corpse for a week in mourning. There are many simple changes that can happen to help prevent such incidents. West Lakes Academy does not currently have plastic recycling bins in the refectory, and so no plastic packaging is recycled which has been a concern of students. We are calling on West Lakes Academy to do more to reduce the harm we are causing to our planet. We want and are calling for: A reduction in the amount of plastic packaging used for food, and the elimination of any non-recyclable plastic that may be used. A reduction in the amount of plastic cutlery used. The removal of disposable cups by encouraging pupils and staff to bring in their own reusable cups and flasks. Introduce recycling bins for any plastic packaging. Our everyday choices add up, and we all carry responsibility in making choices which will aid our planet. 'Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet.' - Sir David Attenborough
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.