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Petition to Rick Snyder, Bill Moritz, Governor Rick Snyder, Russ Mason, Barbara Avers, Natural Resources Committee

STOP THE KILLING OF MUTE SWANS IN MICHIGAN

        On January 13, 2011, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources presented a proposal for Mute Swan Management to the Natural Resource Commission.  Their proposal not just denies the waterfowl rehabilitator to take in any injured mute swans, but it also will force them to render any mute swans they have in their possession. These swans will be killed. Most waterfowl rehabilitators take care of these animals on their own time and money. They choose to take care of them because they feel it’s not the animals fault when they get injured due to careless fishermen that leave their lures, bobbers, hooks , empty worm cans and fishing line behind, or when an animal gets hit by a boat, car, or jet ski. That’s not “survival of the fittest” or “let nature take its course”. It’s called human error, and they should be able to care for these animals.   On February 10, 2011, The NRC voted 3 to 2, that even though the average number of mute swans that the rehabilitators take in in one year is only about 40 swans, they did not feel that the rehabilitators should care for what The DNR calls "a non-native,  invasive species" that they are  working on removing from all state land and eventually public and private lakes.   Also proposed in their management plan was the reduction of the mute swan population from 15,000 to 2,000 swans. "The Mute Swan Management and Control Program Policy and Procedures contains a goal to reduce the mute swan population to zero on DNRE lands. We will continue management activities to reach that goal." -Barbara Avers, DNR Waterfowl and Wetlands Specialist. During the presentation, they neglected to say how they expect to do this. When asked, the "DNR specialist" admitted that they would be lethally shooting them through permits on public and private land. This would begin before the end of 2011. According to the August Mute Swan Forum Minutes, the swans will be tossed in landfills. Please e-mail us if you would like a copy of these extremely interesting minutes that lay out how they plan to carry out this inhuman management plan. PLEASE HELP STOP THE KILLING OF MUTE SWANS IN MICHIGAN! Sign this petition and spread the word.        Background information: The DNR claims that Michigan has the largest mute swan population in all states, but they have not provided any information in regards to population counts and the process resulting in 15,000 mute swans. Additionally, according to the 'Michigan's Natural Resources and Environment: A Citizen's Guide', Michigan has over 35,000 inland lakes and ponds. No comment was made by the NRC when this figure was brought to their attention and why this much water was not enough for all the waterfowl in our state. The DNR claims that the mute swan is a "non-native", invasive species that is very aggressive towards the trumpeter swan (native swan), ducks, loons (http://michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12202-32587--,00.html, does not mention mute swans as cause), and the Canada goose. If the mute swans were aggressive towards the Canada goose, chasing and eliminating them from the same lakes, why is the DNR permitting goose round-ups every single year?  The DNR has not given any GOOD reason to the unnecessary goose round-ups where mute swans are present. Also, the DNR has failed to prove that mute swans are indeed non-native.  In fact, there is evidence that shows the complete opposite. Just because the DNR says there is no evidence that supports this, does not mean it does not exist. The DNR claims that the "non-native”, invasive mute swan is destroying the natural sub aquatic vegetation (sav) in our lakes. The DNR, to this day, has not produced or provided the public with any Michigan studies showing these findings.  According to the Mute Swan Forum minutes, the data the DNR is using to support their claims are from the East Coast, Maryland mostly. Maryland has not one natural lake.(http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question65579.html). According to the DNR website Michigan has 26,857 inland lakes.  There are a number of other factors which DNR has failed to reference.  Since mute swans eat algae, they can be valuable in shallow bay areas, in rivers and ponds.  They are also insectivores and will eat small insects.  The trumpeter swans, species they are trying to replace the mute swans with, are about the same size as mute swans and can also consume significant amouts of vegetation. Also, when asked if the use of fertilizers, pesticides, motorized boats, jet skis, etc. played a more important role in the destruction of our lakes, no answer was provided.  The trumpeter swan was almost hunted into extinction by the 1900's. According to Trumpeter Swan Society 2006, the trumpeter swans have been "placed" by wildlife management agencies, often in areas in which they never bred historically, to create a "trophy" species for sportsmen. Once the mute swans are exterminated, they will go after the trumpeters like they did in Wisconsin: http://blog.greenconsciousness.org/2008/11/first-mute-swans-were-shot-to-save.html, Utah , Montana and Nevada, http://bijou36.tripod.com/Trumpeter_Swans.htm (scroll to end of page). As for human - swan conflict, The DNR claims that the mute swan is aggressive towards humans. The DNR does not have accurate and complete records regarding human-swan conflicts according to the Mute Swan Forum Minutes. The mute swan will not attack a human unless at some point in his life someone has come too close to his nest with a jet ski, boat, etc., or has tormented it on purpose. They, like us, won’t forget if they have been bullied or hurt by someone. They will protect their young. It’s an instinct that all normal and GOOD parents have. The waterfowl are going to protect themselves if they feel threatened, as we would if we feel threatened. It’s a natural reaction and it’s common sense.   Please sign our petition to stop the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from killing the mute swans! 

Karen Stamper
10,425 supporters
Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Alonso Ledezma

Please Allow Backyard Chickens in San Jacinto, CA

My name is Lisa Vollmer and I live in San Jacinto, CA  92583. In May of 2015,  we moved to San Jacinto from Temecula, CA to get out of the city and into a more rural area.  After looking at homes all around Hemet and San Jacinto, we decided upon our current home, due to the fact that it already had a chicken coop/run in the backyard. Today, we had a visit from animal control, in regards to our hens.  We have 2 hens that moved here with us last May, from Temecula, CA.  They are 2 1/2 years old, and we have had them since they hatched.  We were told, that we have one week to "re-home" our 2 girls (Rosie & Cinnamon).  We believe this to be unfair!  We purchased our home here because it was surrounded by animals.  In LESS THAN 1-2 miles of our home, there are bison (across the street), ostrich, goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and zebras... all in which we can see while driving by.  Our 2 girls, are apart of our family.  They provide us with 2 eggs a day, they eat bugs and weeds from the backyard, and they provide fertilizer for our gardens and fruit trees, entertainment, companionship, and they de-stresses my husband and I.   And now, because we live about 6 houses from a Hemet zip code, we have to give up our 2 girls?? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ RIVERSIDE COUNTYAmended Effective:  (Ord. 348.3928) The keeping or raising of not more than four (4) mature female crowing fowl (chickens only) on lots or parcels between 7,200 square feet and 39,999 square feet ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hemet's new chicken ordinance7,200 square feet to one acre: Four hens, no roosters. The ordinance, which received final approval Tuesday, Aug. 19, will allow most people living on lots of at least 7,200 square feet to raise chickens at home. The change was made as urban backyard chicken farming grows in popularity. Councilwoman Shellie Milne was the main proponent of the changes. “It’s really part of the San Jacinto Valley’s history,” she said. “We’re a farming community.” -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  BENEFITS OF BACKYARD CHICKENS: Their eggs contain two to three times more omega-3 fatty acids and one-third the cholesterol - along with food safety Create a Self-Sustaining Life, just like vegetable gardening Composting - Chickens also serve as great composters and reduces kitchen scraps/waste (On October 1, 2016, there is a Backyard Composting workshop, along with vermicomposting and building your own worm bin classes at the San Jacinto Community Center.. ewwww)   Natural Fertilizer -You can then add the chicken’s waste to your compost pile and use it on your garden as a fertilizer.  Natural Pest Control - chickens will happily pluck up any unwanted insects and pests in your yard.Roosters are NOT needed for a hen to produce eggs Encourages kids to go outside (away from tv, cell phones, and the internet) it teaches them science, responsibility, where food comes from, about nature and respect for animals.  Chickens make social and even affectionate pets. Chickens are also known to be very friendly, reduce stress and provide emotion support.  (Chickens are now becoming and providing emotion support "Therapy Chickens" for nursing homes, the elderly, people with anxiety and depression, military troops with ptsd, Coops for Troops program, etc...)  There are several published/printed magazines and books regarding backyard chickens  (backyard poultry magazine, backyard chicken magazine  Chickens In Your Backyard, Choosing and Keeping Chickens, Tending A Small-Scale Flock For Pleasure, The Chicken Health Handbook, Chickens In Your Backyard, Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock, Keeping Pet Chickens: You don't need much space to Enjoy the Bounty of Fresh Eggs from Your Own Small Flock of Happy Hens, Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces, etc...) plus the hundreds of online resources on backyard flocks (The chicken chick, Fresh eggs daily, Coop Dreams, etc...) Size of area that chickens need.  So for 4 chickens that free range, you should have a coop/run area that measures about: 4 by 4 feet (16 square ft)  For chickens that will be inside the run all the time (never free ranging), you need to bump that number up to 8-10 square feet per bird. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have started this petition in hopes to get an ordinance change for San Jacinto, CA.  San Jacinto should have the same backyard chicken ordinance as our sister city Hemet, CA. (min. 7200 sq ft, 4 hens, no roosters) If you would like to join our fight, for the right to have or keep a small backyard flock, please sign the petition and share with everyone you know. Every signature is important and will make a difference!  

Lisa Vollmer
545 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

To BAN the CHAINING or TETHERING of DOGS throughout the UNITED STATES.

Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in our nation!  Countless people leave dogs chained 24/7, some without food & water, some get tangled & die, many perish in the ice & snow, and blistering heat of summer.  Until the laws are changed, we are forced to look away, as it is legal in most areas!  The worst form of LEGAL DOG ABUSE currently known!  A lot of this could be solved with spaying / neutering /education / organizations to build fences.  We need your help, your voice, your caring heart & helping hands!  Together we can make a difference! Some people say not being able to chain their dog is an inconvenience.  Having a dog is an elective CHOICE. LET'S PUT AN END TO DOG CHAINING IN THE UNITED STATES, A COUNTRY FOUNDED FOR "FREEDOM!" Please spare a moment to sign, to end a LIFETIME of suffering for chained dogs!  We must face this reality & identify this as unacceptable for our culture, in order to improve the standard of living for dogs AND people for generations to come.  We must stand up & be a voice for the voiceless! Like my Facebook Page, "Dogs Without Chains," to read the latest news stories involving chaining issues, some with happy endings, & some tragic endings, involving our canine friends, those that need help, those that rescue, and those that abuse.  Stay educated on the latest developments & breaking news about this subject.  Some content may be disturbing, but reality is disturbing, and we need to start exposing the horrors of tethering, in order to get this on the radar of lawmakers at all levels of society, & really throughout the world. YOUR NEWS SOURCE FOR ALL TETHERING ISSUES: "DOGS WITHOUT CHAINS" - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains?ref=bookmarks   Every signature will count!  Each of you will be a voice for the voiceless!  Your support will speak volumes to Law Makers!   "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ~Margaret Mead What can you do RIGHT NOW other than signing/sharing this petition? 1.  Form a Committee in your area with the sole purpose of seeking a ban on chains in your County or City. 2.  Don't publicize your efforts, in order to avoid opposition from forming & fighting you, keep it on the "down low." 3.  Meet with your City Council/County Commissioners individually in private.  They have to meet with you, it is their Civic Duty.  Find out where they stand.  Do not be afraid.  Use the points below to sway them to your side.  Avoid being confrontational, or accusatory.   4.  Once you have them on your side, attend a meeting, GET IT PASSED!  *Guilford County Commissioners were asked to pass around a big heavy chain in their meeting, and hold it in their hands.  A powerful message.   *Having victims of dog bite attacks present at the meeting, is also a good idea.  The victims could speak briefly on what it was like to be attacked, but keep it short & sweet.   Studies show that dogs are made aggressive & territorial by chaining them, making them far more likely to attack if they break loose.  According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs. *Your Community Leaders have sworn to protect Citizens, (especially helpless toddlers & the elderly,) by confronting & resolving this issue of dog containment in a humane and acceptable way, that also protects the animals. Here is a report by PETA you can provide: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/cruel-practices/chaining-dogs/chained-dog-findings/ A report by the Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/chaining_tethering/facts/chaining_tethering_facts.html More information to back up this claim: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chain.htm *At your meeting have lots of support show up, but spread the word discreetly, so an army of opposition does not show up.   *Don't show too many graphic images of neglected dogs, to avoid being seen as a crazy animal activist, (while that is really what I am I must admit), because it will likely turn them off.  They mostly want to hear how it affects the community as a whole negatively.   5.  If successful, try the State Level, and reach out to other communities to help them get it passed!  YOU CAN DO IT! Table of Laws Concerning Tethering:  https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-dog-tether-laws There is pending legislation in Nashville, TN, and many other places passing an Tethering Ordinance as you read this.  Get it passed in your area! http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/03/nashville-dog-chaining-ban-survives-challenge/24345785/ *IT WILL TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP ENFORCE A BAN.  Be prepared to stay involved to see your ordinance through! Points to make to your local lawmakers: (It has been proven that approaching lawmakers from a PUBLIC SAFETY stance 1st, 2nd a PROPERTY VALUE ISSUE, and THIRDLY an ANIMAL ABUSE issue, highlighting the effects on the community & standard of living, as opposed to simply an Animal Abuse Issue is the most successful way to win them over to your side.) *The law requires a fence for a pool but not a dog. People are more likely to get attacked by a dog that breaks his chain, made more aggressive by the chain, than to fall in someone's pool & drown.  Why can a fence not be required for dogs?  (SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER). *People have argued that not all dogs chained are abused, some are only temporarily chained for bathroom breaks.  However, THE ONES WHO ABUSE CANNOT BE STOPPED WITHOUT LAWS.  Guilford County, NC recently passed a law that dogs cannot be tethered without the owner present.  Brilliant!  They made it look easy!  Just as the terrorists in the world cannot be stopped without laws. Laws are for the PROTECTION OF CITIZENS, and in this case, pets as well! *Are we to look the other way?  Are we to teach our children to look away from the abusers? Are we to teach them to look the other way when we see a dog suffering on a chain, because it is legal, & there's nothing that can be done? I think our children deserve to learn MORE respect for animals than that, and the animals deserve more. *Calling the police over and over and over on the same chained dog exploits the resources of a police department/animal control. *In places where a ban on chaining is currently in effect, the law enforcement officers (who are actually working to enforce), are making 2 trips, instead of 30, and ultimately seizing the dog if the violation isn't brought to compliance. The EXTRA RESOURCES-time, gas, effort, NOT spent going to the SAME HOUSE 30 times to say the pitiful chained dog is within the limits of the law, is being spent adopting the dogs out. Officers will have more time to rescue, and place, rather than chasing their "tails." I know this for a fact, because I have called 30 times on the same dog, as well as 30 of my neighbors, who have also made 30 calls on the same dog, all to reach the conclusion, that while the chained dog is rather pitiful, he is within the "limits of the law." *If the abusers chain their dogs & neglect them 24/7, there is nothing law enforcement can do without laws. *Real estate values go down where there are chained dogs. Would you buy a house next door to a Chained Pit Bull? I know people who were attacked by Pit Bulls who got off their chains. Some were nearly killed. Pit Bulls are cuddly teddy bears, unless chained, and neglected, then they become ferocious. Would you buy a house next door to a fenced pool or a chained Pit Bull? Which would frighten you more for your Grandma, or your kids? (Don't forget to use the research listed above about chained dogs & attacks as listed under #4). *In Drug Infested neighborhoods, dog fighting is prevalent. If we stop the chaining, we at least take that element away from those neighborhoods. The quality of life improves for everyone, not just the dog. *A Federal Ban on Chains would cut down on, if not eliminate all the illegal dog fighting in this country. *Not everyone keeps their dog in the house. My personal opinion on that is, if people took the time to properly train a dog to know what is his, and what is not, the dogs do great in the home. Dogs will stink up a house, IF the owner never gives the dog a bath, and never cleans. If someone thinks a dog is SO nasty it can never be inside, even when it is zero degrees, WHY do they WANT a dog? *If someone cannot afford an enclosure for the dog to go out in for fresh air, WHY do they need a dog? *One vet bill can exceed the cost of an enclosure, as all dog owners know. Does one really need a dog if they cannot afford fences & vet bills? *If someone is gone all the time, and does not have time to give a dog love and attention, WHY do they want a dog? I would love to have an elephant, or a giraffe. I love seals, walruses & penguins, but unfortunately,as much as I would like to have one, I do not have the resources, the time or the knowledge to have any of these creatures. *Dogs find missing persons, lead the blind, find bombs, solve crimes, perform life saving tasks, hello! they are too smart to be chained & disregarded! *People say dogs have lived outside for hundreds of years, but they were not CHAINED hundreds of yrs. ago & could get out of the rain!  Tiny plastic houses would not have been the hiding place of choice of a dog 100 years ago.  Many dogs are chained out with NO HOUSE & NO SHELTER! *People go to jail for abusing animals, but isn't chaining a dog 24/7 abuse? So why is it legal in many areas? Why? *Show them how many places already have an ordinance banning chaining/tethering. *Lastly, it would be beneficial for you to provide documentation of PROGRESS REPORTS in localities where this ban has ALREADY been passed, to show them it CAN BE DONE, and how it will benefit everyone.  Do not show up without facts. Here is a page dedicated to the Tethering Issue in Orange County, NC - where they have a 3 hour tethering limit. (I think Guilford's ban on chaining unless owner is present is more effective, but regardless, here is the progress reported by Orange County:) http://orangecountync.gov/animalservices/TetheringFAQ.asp There is no progress report available as of yet for Guilford because their ban on chains just went into effect recently. In NC, a law was passed,"Susie's Law" that would hand down a 5 year mandatory jail sentence for abusing an animal.  Yet chaining a dog 24/7 out in an ice storm or a lightning storm is *ABUSE.* Why are we not putting these people who chain their dog 24/7 in these conditions in  jail? There is no logic here in NC regarding this issue, but a few of us are working to change that, even Susie, whose own Momma (Donna Lawrence) was attacked by a chained dog! (Please see the uplifting movie "Susie's Hope," a story about a puppy that was beaten & set on fire, survived and was rescued by a woman who had been attacked by a dog on a chain, that she was trying to feed because the owners neglected it.)  An amazing story that will offer you inspiration & courage! http://www.SusiesHope.com My Opinion Piece leaves critics of this petition, absolutely nowhere to go.  Pass it on: http://donnahughes.com/wordpress/2015/01/22/my-opinion-on-dog-chaining-by-donna-hughes/ So many dogs are suffering night & day in cold & hot temperatures while chained up.  THIS IS NO LIFE FOR A DOG, or any animal, to be tied up 24/7.  I urge State & Federal Law Makers to strongly consider the CRUELTY and NEGLECT of an animal, that is living his ENTIRE life out in the elements, while attached to a stationary object.  The dog is an intelligent creature.  When chained 24/7, they must wonder what they are being punished for. See the story of the German Shepherd in New York, chained up in subzero temperatures: http://wivb.com/2015/02/19/controversy-swirls-over-dogs-left-outside/ See the story of Zeus, a beautiful Great Pyrenees Dog, chained 10 years in all sorts of bad weather: http://www.inquisitr.com/1895239/zeus-the-great-pyrenees-left-on-a-chain-new-york-state-supreme-court-ruling-leads-to-outrage/ See the story of the dog chained, while his owners ignored him, flood waters rose & he was stuck in the high water: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=349328338589725 There was the German Shepherd who chewed off his own foot to escape his tether: http://ktla.com/2014/11/14/dog-chews-off-own-foot-to-escape-being-chained/ For my last example, see the story of Joseph, the dog chained for 10 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW-IMI7TTRU If these stories don't tear your heart out, I don't know what will. Does it seem right & is it fair to permanently tie an animal to an object, an animal known to be unconditionally loving?  If you think not, please sign & share! Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.~Albert Schweitzer There are no easy solutions, but I have organized a group to build fences for pet owners.  Critics of this petition, argue it will promote pet homelessness.  However, there has got to be a better solution, than leaving these dogs on chains to suffer.  SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER.  They don't want to be cooped up, sitting in their waste either.  I understand that all God's creatures can no longer be free to roam the Earth.  Horses, cows, livestock must be fenced in.  Birds are caged.  Animals are kept in captivity in zoos.  There is unfortunately a feral cat population in every town.  Dogs are difficult to keep in certain areas where it is not safe for them to roam freely.  Many folks do not like their dogs in their homes.   These are all problems difficult to solve.   Developing  power and an infrastructure a hundred years ago in our country, was also a difficult problem to solve, but worth it.  Finding the Titanic, was a difficult problem to solve, but worth it.  Cleaning up the Twin Towers when they fell, and learning how to live in a world of terrorism has been, & continues to be a difficult problem to solve, but worth trying! Dogs are a lot of work.  They are like a 2 year old, that never grows up.  But they are so loving, and kind.  For me, they are worth everything I have to do, clean up, and buy.  I love hearing them snore.  It's a precious Heavenly sound.  Many people's lives revolve around their dogs.  So why are others so heartless?  LET'S MAKE THIS PROBLEM, WORTH SOLVING! You mean to tell me humans have entered into an age of technology, never foreseen by our Country's forefathers, with the ability to see who you are talking to half a planet away, where everything can be accessed with the push of a button instantly, we can look up almost anything on our phones, in a place where 100 years ago you waited for communication by letter for weeks & even months.  We put a monkey in space, brought him back, and men have walked on the moon, submarines dive deep into the ocean, jets transport us across the country in no time flat, but we can't figure out how to solve a problem such as this?  No way!  It is unacceptable! When I go to elementary schools to sing, the children always cry, sometimes uncontrollably, when I sing my song "Dog On A 10 Foot Chain."  Do we want to teach children, who obviously all have a heart for animals, that this is ok? I can't stand to see one more dog freezing out in the weather, or sitting in the pouring rain! It's not fair!  Dogs are so much smarter than that!  They are MAN'S BEST FRIEND.  They deserve more than that.  We owe it to them, to take care of them, if we take them in as pets! Recently, in my local newspaper, (The Greensboro News & Record) here in NC, posted a photo taken of a dog sitting in his house, while SURROUNDED by vultures!   http://www.news-record.com/news/photo-vultures-congregating-near-dog-in-greensboro-cause-concern/article_c900e168-910b-11e4-9704-db9c7636aff0.html They were probably not even going to wait for him to die to try to eat him!  The photo is posted on my Facebook page (Dogs Without Chains).  The great thing is, the dog was taken by authorities, and Guilford County has a NO KILL shelter!  So great news for that guy, but what about all the rest?   Would you want to be chained to something 24/7?   As people, when we are cold, we move around.  Dogs tied up, cannot even move around enough to stay warm!  It's a hard life.  I wrote two songs, to touch hearts, and provoke change/thought/actions/ on this issue: ("DOG ON A 10 FOOT CHAIN," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/GZn5qKJs2rU("ONE LESS DOG IN THE COLD," on You Tube)http://youtu.be/cBlWY7jT9ts I wrote both of these songs, after tossing & turning many nights, worrying about the dogs out there suffering. None of God's creatures want to be tied up out in the elements. Additional Perspective: According to the HSUS, dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. According to the HSUS, “Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What’s more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become ‘part of the scenery’ and can be easily ignored by their owners.” Please spread the word, and encourage everyone to sign this petition, to end this cruel existence. Thank you for your support on this matter, and please help end the pain and suffering immediately!   Like my Facebook page, "Dogs Without Chains." https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains Visit www.DonnaHughes.com for more information. Contact me at Donna@DonnaHughes.com There are way too many dogs in shelters, and approximately 7 million dogs each year will be put to death due to overcrowding.   This is another aspect of our society I would like to change.  I have been told a huge help to that problem would be Puppy Mill laws in every State, making breeders accountable, reducing overcrowding.  Eliminated tethering would also help, because while some have suspected unchaining dogs would make shelter numbers increase, it actually helps reduce, as it cuts down on unwanted litters of puppies for 2 reasons: 1. Chained dogs cannot escape an ambush romance, thus getting pregnant, 2. If the owner cannot afford anything better than a chain as containment, they likely have not taken the proper time & care to spay & neuter.   *SPAY & NEUTER!  Thank you everyone! "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." ~Harold Wilson "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~Victor Frankl "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." ~William Blake   Articles written on my Efforts to END dog chaining, one written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner: https://www.pinterest.com/donnalhughes1/articles-on-dog-chaining/ Read the response of these 4th grade students, when asked what they thought of dog chaining, after their teacher posted an article about me that was in The Courier Tribune.  Some truly heart wrenching answers! "Dogs on chains get cold," "Their owners forget about them," "How would you like to be on a chain?" "What if you couldn't reach your food or water?" "Dogs are people too," "Dogs should be treated with love & kindness," "No dog wants to be on a chain," "Chaining a dog is just wrong." Sometimes grownups can learn a lot from a kid! https://www.facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains/posts/343040182567464 A final thought. For those who have dogs, but do not want them inside their homes, it is cruel to leave a dog tied up, where predators could get them, the elements cause them to suffer, and where they are not shown love & attention.  If you are someone that just chains them up, and spends 5 minutes a day with them, please find them a better home.  Surrender them to someone who will love them.  There are enough dog lovers in this world, just ask around, SOMEONE will take the dog for you. I recently accepted a dog that was surrendered willingly by his elderly owner, previously chained, and he is such a smart dog.  So much happier now.  Living in the house, and already house broken, after a couple of weeks.  He is such a joy.  He's finally learning words, which he didn't know before, because nobody ever spent any time with him. In my area, there are dogs on *chains* ALL AROUND ME, everwhere!  It is unfortunately  legal.  You can't call the authorities, unless they have no water, or no shelter.  So they can be sitting in 2 feet of snow, or a hurricane, or a lightning storm, a tornado, or 110 degrees, tied to a chain, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it.   The authorities actually consider a tiny plastic house - shelter.  A dog down the road from me had a house he could barely fit in, and it had a huge hole in the top.  I made several calls to the proper authorities, and FINALLY after a MONTH or more, the owners bought the dog a new house.  But there he was, on a chain, 24/7.  Here where I live, in North Carolina, you can't go around cutting dogs loose.  You will get shot, or arrested.  We simply have to ban together across the United States, and ban the practice of this dog neglect/abuse! Let's truly make America, the land of the "free," and the home of the "brave!"  It takes brave people to make changes! With gratitude, Donna Hughes If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS, Use these Dog Holidays to promote causes for Dogs! http://www.dogtipper.com/fun/pet-holidaysUse these hashtags when sharing! #UnchainDogs #EndAnimalCruelty #EndAnimalAbuse #EndDogChaining #NoChainsForDogs #ChainFreeDogs "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." ~Winston Churchill "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~John F. Kennedy "The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." ~Nathaniel Branden "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."~Dalai Lama Congrats to the Winners of the Dogs Deserve Better Songwriting Contest about Chained Dogs! http://dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html

Donna Hughes
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