Petition to The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Mr Steven Agnew MLA, Rt Hon Michael Gove, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, George Eustice MP, Thérèse Coffey MP, Lord gardiner of kimble, Arlene Foster MLA PC, Gerry Adams TD, Colum Eastwood MLA, Robin Swann MLA, Naomi Long MLA, Jim Allister QC MLA, Theresa May MP
Justice for Sparky: Tougher Sentences for Offenders of Animal Cruelty
Sparky was an 11 week old puppy, he was a victim of Animal Cruelty. He was bludgeoned to death with a hammer and then microwaved. The cruel monsters who did this also filmed their actions while laughing and joking. His poor lifeless body was then dumped in a rubbish bin. Sparky's life ended before it even began. All he knew was a life of immense pain and suffering. His last moments on earth filled with tremendous fear. The current sentences for Animal Cruelty are a Maximum of 5 years. Sparky would likely have lived longer than 5 years. Yet Sparky will not get to live these years out with a family who loves him, playing with his favourite ball and sleeping in front of the fire. Instead Sparky is gone. His life cruelly robbed from him in the most horrific and violent way. In five short years the offenders could be free to walk the streets again. The crime is so horrific and violent I think that five years is merely a slap on the wrist. Someone who is capable of such a horrific act is truly capable of anything and obviously has no respect for living beings. Please sign this petition to ensure that the offenders and other offenders of such serious acts of cruelty get the sentences they deserve. We as a community of people do not want to live among these monsters, they do not share the same values and respect for life and do not deserve to walk free among us. They deserve lengthier prison sentences. I deeply care about animals like Sparky. These innocent animals can't speak up for themselves and so I want to on their behalf. They have thoughts, feelings and emotions. Just like us. They deserve justice too. If Sparky was a human these monsters would be jailed for life. I hope to get enough signatures to get the government to extend the maximum sentences for the most serious acts of cruelty. PLEASE SIGN. Let's get justice for Sparky.
Petition to Neil Vogel (CEO, About.com), Jeff Kip (CEO, InterActive Corp)
About.com - Stop promoting cruel bullfighting
About.com is being asked to stop publicising bullfighting and providing links to sites selling bullfighting tickets. On the About.com GoSpain page, travel writer Damian Corrigan declares: "I recommend heading for the bullring as soon as you arrive in the city to secure your tickets." Dates and locations are listed along with links to bullfighting websites where tickets may be purchased. Elsewhere on About.com, the torturing and killing of bulls is shockingly described as "art". Beneath a photo of a matador plunging a sword into the bleeding body of a bull, it is stated: "The exact manner in which the fighter takes the bull's life is important to the art." In a letter to About.com CEO Neil Vogel and CEO of parent company InterActive Corp, Jeff Kip, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports stated: "Bullfighting is an extremely cruel and violent activity in which bulls are terrorised, tortured and killed. Most holidaymakers lured in to the bullrings are left feeling shocked and disgusted at the bloody scenes they witness. Please show compassion and remove bullfighting from your website." ACTION ALERT Urge About.com and InterActive Corp to stop publicising bullfighting on their website. Mr Neil Vogel, Mr Jeff KipCEO, About.com / InterActive CorpEmail: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +1 212 314 7277 (New York)Twitter: @neilvogel @AboutTravel @gospain
Petition to Theresa May MP, The Department for Transport, The Home Office
Make it a legal requirement to report cat's that are injured or killed on the road
Hundred's of thousands of animals are injured or killed on the roads every year. Currently it is illegal to run over a dog or an animal that is considered livestock and not report it within 24 hours. Dogs are protected by the Road Traffic Act 1998 which requires drivers to stop and give their details to the owner or if that is not possible, report the incident to the police – but no such law exists in the UK for cats. Why not cats? Understandably cats are free-roaming creatures and accidents do happen but the majority of drivers hit-and-run leaving what is probably somebody’s much loved pet in or at the side of the road. Make it so cats have an equal status with dogs and owners are found so they can seek medical attention or in the worst case, lay their pet to rest! To some a cat is “just a cat” but to others this animal is a child’s best friend. A member of the family. The only companion of an elderly person. On Friday the 27th of January 2017, my beautiful 10 month old cat Simba was hit and killed by a driver who was speeding down a residential road where we live. The driver hit-and-run. I was very fortunate that some lovely lady picked him up and brought him back to us. My 5 year old son and I are absolutely devastated as this could have been easily avoided had the driver been driving carefully down a street where many kids play out! But to not even stop and deal with the repercussions of their actions is disgusting. Since this has happened I have been inundated with stories from cat owners that have had to deal with the same heartbreak as we have. We were lucky. We got Simba back. But many people have had their cats missing for weeks, months and years, not knowing what’s happened, just fears that they may have been killed and disappeared. This needs to stop. Please. Make it so we cat owners can be notified and have closure instead of councils disposing of them like they are nothing. Many cats are micro-chipped now and could easily be returned home. Since starting this petition I have found that someone back in 2015 had the same idea as I did and started a petition the same as this one. Her name was also Christina and she amazingly racked up over 113,000 signatures which shows it can be done! She was doing it for the attention of her local MP/council but hasn't pursued it any higher although I have seen she is doing a new petition to make all councils scan domestic animals. I want the attention from our Prime Minister and Parliament and I will not stop until we get what we want. For it to be the law to report every incident involving cats. This is for the good of our furry felines and their doting owners. I have called what I am doing “Justice for Simba” due to the bad experience I have had and in memory of him, but I undoubtedly want justice for all cats and their families. I have created a Facebook page which you can like, read the full story and follow updates on this petition. It’s www.facebook.com/justiceforsimba We also have Twitter: @justiceforsimba Thank you for your on-going support and please like and share so we can get the result we want. I’m relying on your signatures to do so!
Petition to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK.
Petition to end the cruel treatment of elephants in India - by Save The Asian Elephants
Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the "training" process of pajan. http://stae.org Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young. PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESSThe captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission. We respectfully urge:Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries. David Cameron to urgently fulfil his Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”. The Association of British Travel Agents to press its members to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted. STAE asks for your signature to this petition as we need maximum visible support as we enter crucial meetings with the UK Foreign Office and the UK tourism industry. See STAE's work featured in Mail on Sunday 16/08/15: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199391/Tortured-tourists-Chained-spot-20-years-Beaten-submission-secret-jungle-training-camps-terrible-plight-Indian-elephants-LIZ-JONES.html and 23/08/15 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3207447/Your-roar-outrage-gentle-giants-MoS-readers-extraordinary-reaction-abused-elephants-story.html http://stae.org
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.
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 https://www.rte.ie/news/investigations-unit/2017/0116/845377-animal-farm/ Update - https://www.rte.ie/news/investigations-unit/2017/0314/859742-ahar-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 - http://www.bai.ie/en/latest-broadcasting-complaints-decisions-published-30/
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTGE20GX7ik&index=1&list=PLRkXOvbUPNNg1KdCXIhJwE_YQELz8SOX0
Petition to Jonathan Vine-Hall
Stop Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare killing animals for food
"My own view, and that of every decent minded person, is that no animal should be caused to suffer at all for any reason." Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins, MBE, founder of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Currently the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, an animal sanctuary in Ringmer, East Sussex, serves meat, dairy, egg and fish in its café. Since Raystede is also an educational centre, inviting families and school parties to learn from them how to be compassionate towards animals, serving animal products in their café is sending a confusing message, one which is very detrimental to the cause. Visitors look to Raystede for an example of how best to be kind to animals. If they see that Raystede condones animal farming they will not be likely to question it themselves and millions of animals will continue to be bred for the butcher's knife at the sanctuary supporters' bidding. If Raystede served only plant-based food in its café then it would send a clear and consistent message:“There is no need for animal protein in the human diet and therefore eating it is done only for pleasure. Animals suffer horrifically for the meat, fish, dairy and egg industries and since hurting animals for pleasure goes against everything Raystede stands for, it will not serve animal products in its café.” Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins MBE, who set up Raystede as a charity in 1952, truly did care about all animals and strove to end their exploitation in every area. By serving meat, fish, eggs and dairy in their cafe, those in control of Raystede now are flouting her principles and undoing the pioneering educational work she dedicated her life to. She wrote in one of her self-published books (Sensible Pets and Silly People): "I cannot understand the attitude of so many people who say it is wrong to take life and yet themselves probably take a number of lives for their own food during every week of their existence. I feel it is quite illogical to take the line that it is wrong to take life and yet at the same time eat for breakfast a rasher of bacon, for lunch a piece of cow, and just a little cold lamb for supper! ... Too many poems and psalms eulogising skipping lambs seem to be in juxtaposition to the readiness with which the meat-eater enjoys a morsel of mutton seasoned with mint sauce!"