Petition to President Widodo, Siti Nurbaya Bakar
Shut down the Bandung Zoo now!
Sun Bears kept in the Bandung Zoo are so hungry they eat their own feces. One of the zoo’s giraffes suddenly died and was found to have 40 pounds of plastic trash in its stomach. The Bandung Zoo has been coined Indonesia’s “death zoo” and must be shut down immediately. Perhaps the most upsetting was the recent loss of Yani, a 34-year-old Sumatran elephant, who was visibly weeping when she died shackled on the ground. She had been sick and neglected for too long. Yani’s species is critically endangered and she was one of about 2,800 of these majestic animals left. Tourists often report that the confined animals look emaciated and weak. The zoo is overcrowded and doesn't have a veterinarian on hand, so when animals fall ill they are left to suffer like Yani. These are not the only horrific events to have occurred within the zoo, and won’t be the last. Please join me in imploring the President of Indonesia and his Minister of Environment and Forestry to shut down this zoo and relocate these animals to a conservation or sanctuary where they can be taken care of.
Petition to Joko Widodo, Joko Widodo, Indonesian Consulate, Mr Ir. Darori, Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia, H. E. Mr. Dino Djalal (Ambassador to the United States)
Close Surabaya Zoo
Surabaya Zoo, also known as Kebun Binatang Surabaya (KBS), was founded in 1916 and is the one of the largest zoos in South East Asia, covering 37 acres and housing over 350 species. The zoo has fallen into disrepute over the last few years with widespread allegations of mistreatment, corruption, and uncontrolled breeding. Many of the animals cared for at KBS live in pitiable conditions, some are highly endangered species. This must stop. The Zoo states there are 2,800 animals living there, other reports put the number at closer to 4,000. The mistreatment of the animals started to attract widespread condemnation in 2010. In that year, the Jakarta Post labelled KBS as the Surabaya "Zoo of Death". In the same year the Forestry Ministry revoked Surabaya Zoo’s license after many animal deaths including rare species such as Sumatran tigers, Komodo Dragons, lions and crocodiles. East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) conducted an investigation, which found that negligent keepers were to blame for most of the animal deaths. It is alleged that zookeepers are stealing meat which they sell to the black market. Also that animals are being stolen by the zookeepers and also sold. The zoo does not have the cashflow needed to feed, house and breed the animals in it's care. Entry is less than US$2.00 per person. It does not generate enough. Subsequently, the animals are maltreated and underfed. The zoo is unable to separate breeding animals, so breeding is out of control. For example, nearly 200 pelicans inhabit a filthy enclosure the size of a basketball court. They do not have the room to move their wings. A giraffe that died that was found to have an 18kg ball of plastic in it's stomach, It had been living off food thrown to it by visitors, such as candy bars, which often still had the wrapper on it. Tigers are kept locked in small concrete cells because they do not have enough room to exercise. They are allowed out of their damp cells for only 3 days for every 10 they are locked up. Some animals have chronic long term back and leg complaints because they cannot exercise. Many have wasting digestive diseases from eating tainted meat. Some animals are being moved and their condition is improving, however even during their movement they are still being abused by KBS staff. When the zoo relocated several hippopotami, the animals were physically beaten and injured during the process. We call on the honourable President Joko Widodo to mandate the following 5 actions immediately: 1) Close Surabaya zoo permanently and dismiss the management. Hire reputable, qualified staff to engage in the immediate care of the animals. 2) Increase funding and security to ensure all animals receive the proper diet, and medical attention necessary. 3) For any animal where rehabilitation is feasible to the point where the animal could survive in the wild, rehabilitation must take place under the direction of qualified experts, so that they can be released back into the wild. 4) Any animals with incurable, degenerative conditions, and that are in significant pain must be humanely euthanized based on the recommendation of veterinary experts. 5) Commission an enquiry with the view to identify the causes of the conditions and the zoo, and the prosecution of those responsible for the state of the animals. Please act - the world is watching. Reference sites: https://www.facebook.com/shutdownsurabayazoo http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/04/yet-another-surabaya-zoo-animal-dies.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/9140708/Surabaya-Zoo-animals-kept-in-scandalous-conditions-at-Indonesias-largest-zoo.html http://media.smh.com.au/news/world-news/the-sorry-state-of-surabaya-zoo-4243087.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/08/zoo-official-issues-dire-warning-about-the-treatment-of-animals-at-indonesias-surabaya-zoo.html http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/starved-and-abused-inside-indonesias-nightmare-zoo/story-e6frfq80-1226298813282 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonbin_Surabaya http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/zoo-takes-terrible-toll-on-animals-20130526-2n5ct.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/surabaya-zoo-indonesia-giraffe_n_1340941.html http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/01/15/another-animal-dies-surabaya-zoo.html http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/09/lion-dead-hanging-pictures_n_4568912.html http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2013/s3894606.htm http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-10/african-lion-found-hanging-in-cage-at-indonesias-death-zoo/5193544 http://infinitefrogs.kinja.com/zoo-of-death-hits-new-low-point-hangs-lion-1509139923 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surabaya_Zoo
Petition to Cui Tiankai
Sign: Stop Tying Down Tigers for Cruel Circus 'Rides'
New video has emerged of a shockingly cruel “family” circus in China: An Amur tiger is tied to a table, with ropes around his body and legs, forced to lie flat and helpless while tourists sit on his back for torturous 'rides.' To do this to an animal is cruel and degrading. Sign now to urge the Chinese government to shut this barbaric circus down! In the video opening, one trainer holds the terrified tiger down while another trainer ties rope belts around the animal - the belts are so tight the tiger can’t move an inch. After the tiger is pinned down, frightened children are placed on the animal’s back while their parents and circus workers look on and laugh. Throughout the ordeal, the distressed tiger remains quiet. Beyond the cruelty caught on tape, the tiger was mostly likely subjected to vicious abuse during training to force him into such unnatural submission. Jin Yipeng, deputy professor of veterinary medicine at China Agricultural University, has said that in Chinese circuses, large animals like tigers are often hit with barbed hooks that leave numerous small and painful wounds all over the their body. The tigers are also often declawed without any anesthesia. This declawing is often done improperly— instead of taking off the entire claw and joint, the trainers leave the joint. This results in the animals being unable to put weight on their wounded paws, which causes painful arthritis. It’s time to end the horrific animal circus industry in China. Sign this petition to tell the Chinese ambassador to the United States that you do not want to see any more tigers tortured for entertainment. Close down this atrocity and all others like it.
Petition to Feld Entertainment
Ringling Brothers – Do the Right Thing and Retire Your Animals to TRUE Sanctuaries
Like many, when I heard about the end of the Ringling Brothers touring circus, my first reaction was exhilaration. But as executive director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), my mind quickly turned to the question “Where are all the animals going?” Right now, thousands of animals are being trained to entertain for profit, bred to provide cub petting opportunities, and forced to "live" in shameful conditions. That’s why I’m worried that Ringling’s tigers, camels, and other newly retired performing animals will soon end up in disreputable roadside zoos, private homes, pseudo-sanctuaries and even more circuses. None of these can rightfully be called a true “sanctuary.” These animals will continue to be treated as property and used for exhibition and entertainment. Please sign our petition to call on Ringling to do the right thing and retire its performing animals to accredited sanctuaries. Juliette Feld of Ringling states “our commitment to all of our animals is for our lifetime," and that it needs to find “suitable homes …” I agree. This is an opportunity for the lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos, llamas and other animals to live out the remainder of their lives in true sanctuaries offering the highest quality of care in settings that best support their natural needs and behaviors. Ringling’s animals deserve a REAL retirement - not more abuse in circuses and roadside zoos. GFAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2007 to fulfill a need to differentiate and support animal sanctuaries that not only provide high-quality care for the animals but also engage in sustainable financial and governance practices. We fulfill this need as the only recognized international sanctuary accreditation program. I am asking Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to prioritize retiring their animals at GFAS-accredited sanctuaries. All 132 of our accredited care facilities in the United States have undergone a rigorous assessment and meet our Standards of Excellence. These Standards include valuable animal-specific guidelines for the proper space, enclosure, diet and social needs; they also offer general information for promoting organizational health and sustainability such as proper governance; safety training and protocols; financial practices; and outreach. I hope that Ringling lives up to its responsibility to place its retired animals in “suitable homes” with the same resolve that kept them in business for 146 years. Prioritizing the placement of retired animals in certified sanctuaries offers a monumental opportunity to set a positive example for all the entertainment community with a decision to do what is right for the many that have served them over the years. I applaud Ringling for its landmark announcement. Now Ringling must take the responsible next step by placing these animals in accredited sanctuaries. So please join me by signing this petition to urge Feld Entertainment to retire animals in GFAS-certified sanctuaries. Ringling needs to do the right thing. These animals deserve it. This petition will be delivered to: FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Petition to City of Palo Alto
Save the Palo Alto Animal Shelter!
We are about to lose our 121 year old animal shelter for yet another sacrifice to the almighty dollar which will benefit few and harm many. The Palo Alto Animal Shelter is an invaluable community asset. Many people throughout Palo Alto and the surrounding cities have availed themselves of the services there, including adoption of pets and the spay/neuter clinic. If one of our animals has gone astray, we know that we can count on Palo Alto Animal Shelter to care for our pet if found and returned, and that they will do everything possible to return the animal to its rightful owners. Many of us and our children have volunteered community service hours at the shelter. Indeed, there is usually a waiting list for volunteers! We have amazing animal services, and we should not lose the shelter to more expansion of business and retail. We have a beautiful shelter on the edge of the Bay lands. It is a shelter where healthy, friendly dogs and cats and a host of small animal companions enjoy no time limit to their residency while awaiting their forever home. It is a shelter which also provides affordable spay/neuter services to the Northern end of Santa Clara County. An extension of business/retail to that already congested area would cause more traffic problems, and sully the beauty of that portion of the Frontage Road. The time to fight back is now. Palo Alto City Manager James Keene is hell bent on destroying the shelter and replacing it with Anderson "Big Dog" Honda. He is counting on the people of Palo Alto not taking notice while he completes this ignoble action. Come out now Palo Alto if you value your Animal Shelter. James Keene is on the brink of taking it all away. The Palo Alto Animal Shelter is a community treasure, and in the second wealthiest city in the country, surely there is a way to keep it where it is and viable for a good many years to come.
Petition to Harris County Georgia Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Jolley, Chief Deputy Col. Neil Adams, Capt. Jim Price, Randy Dowling
Justice for Sylvette
Disclaimer: This petition page is not officially sponsored or endorsed by PAWS Humane. From PAWS Humane Facebook Page"Official PAWS Humane Statement: On December 17th, we received a call from a concerned citizen in Harris County who discovered the remains of our beloved PAWS alum, Sylvette. It was apparent from the scene that this was not an accidental death. According to law enforcement, animal control, and others on the scene, we learned that Sylvette was allegedly tethered to a tree and shot as a mercy killing because she was snake bitten. We felt the amount of circumstantial evidence present supported further investigation. The law enforcement agency took the opposite position. Since December 17th, 2016, PAWS Humane has been diligently working to uncover the truth of what happened to our dear Sylvette and find a way to take it forward. Unfortunately, witnesses are refusing to offer testimony and the stories we do have are conflicting and/or incomplete. Sadly, due to lack of investigative cooperation, the case will remain unresolved. We are very saddened by the violence committed against Sylvette and we know many of our followers feel the same. For this reason we would like to provide everyone with an opportunity to honor the life of Sylvette. Please post your fondest memories and/or pictures in the comments below if you knew her. If you did not have the privilege of meeting Sylvette, we would love to hear your encouraging words. Sylvette lived at the shelter for more than 200 days. She was loved by all who met her: staff, volunteers, and most importantly her foster parents. We hope that by bringing her situation to light, it will help to prevent something like this from happening in the future or at least cause the powers that be to take it seriously. When all is said and done, we will have a memorial service for Sylvette and invite all of her supporters to attend. In loving memory of the Pit Bull who loved everyone…Sylvette." Source: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=paws%20humane Petition Statement: Unfortunately, Sylvette is just another dog in the eyes of the law. Harris County Sheriff's Department needs to be urged to investigate and pursue this case. At this time the PAWS Humane team has done everything within their power to bring Sylvette to justice. PAWS Humane is a fantastic rescue organization that has done so much for so many homeless and abused animals in Georgia. I had volunteered at PAWS Humane for over a year and I can not stress enough that PAWS Humane is a fantastic organization that stands by their motto, "People Helping Animals, Animals Helping People." I have the full and utmost confidence that if the Harris County Sheriff's Department gives this case the attention it deserves, some justice will be served. We are petitioning the Harris County Sheriff's Department to fully investigate this case and to send a loud and clear message that people who abuse, harm, mistreat or illegally kill animals will not be tolerated in our community. Please join me in signing and sharing this petition in honor of Sylvette and other animals like her. If you feel so compelled, please consider supporting Sylvette's GoFundMe. All donations will go to putting Sylvette's remains to rest, potential legal feels, and her brother and sisters at the shelter. https://www.gofundme.com/In-Memory-Of-Sylvette
Petition to The City of Los Angeles
SAVE THE LIVES OF DOGS AND CATS IN LOS ANGELES - DON'T SHUT DOWN ROCKIN' RESCUE
TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES - PLEASE DO NOT CAUSE THE UNNECESSARY DEATHS OF DOGS AND CATS BY SHUTTING DOWN ROCKIN' RESCUE Rockin’ Rescue is an animal rescue for dogs and cats located in Woodland Hills, California, part of the City of Los Angeles. I know Rockin' Rescue from my work as a Volunteer at the City of Los Angeles West Valley Animal Shelter. I believe Rockin’ Rescue is the best animal rescue in the area. It is non-profit, and in fact costs the founder, Ady Gil, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to operate. Rockin’ Rescue has saved the lives of many dogs and cats who were about to be killed in City Shelters, and found them homes. It would be a tragedy if Rockin’ Rescue is shut down. There are generally about 100 to 120 animals at Rockin’ Rescue. If Rockin’ Rescue had to close down, those animals would be brought to city shelters, where many of them could be killed; or other animals would be killed to make room for the animals coming from Rockin’ Rescue. And of course, Rockin’ Rescue would be unable to save the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats in the future. This would be completely counter to the goal of the City of Los Angeles to become a no kill city by 2017. Rockin’ Rescue has been fighting against being shut down by the City of Los Angeles because of a zoning issue. Rockin’ Rescue is located in a Commercial Zone, rather than a Manufacturing Zone; it has requested a zoning variance from the City, so that it can continue to operate in a Commercial Zone. Unfortunately, the Zoning Administrator denied the variance requested by Rockin’ Rescue, even though both the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council unanimously supported granting the variance. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield also supported granting the variance. Nevertheless, the Zoning Administrator denied the variance, even though she specially found as follows: "There is no dispute that the applicant [Rockin’ Rescue] is providing a valuable and necessary service for the City. The proposed variances were supported by the Woodland Hills NC, Councilmember Blumenfield, the adjacent Tarzana NC, and hundreds of area residents." [Zoning Administrator Decision (ZA Decision) page 8 (emphasis added).] Concern about the lives and well-being of animals, as well as respecting the will of the people and their elected representatives, didn’t seem to count for much at that stage of the proceedings. The only thing the Zoning Administrator cared about was that Rockin' Rescue is located in a Commercial Zone rather than a Manufacturing Zone. But a Manufacturing Zone is hardly a good place for an animal rescue. The Zoning Administrator didn’t think it mattered that hundreds of area residents supported Rockin’ Rescue -- let’s get thousands of signatures worldwide. Documents regarding this matter can be found at the following webpage: http://mausnerlaw.com/save_rockin_rescue Please join in asking the City of Los Angeles to SAVE THE LIVES OF DOGS AND CATS BY KEEPING ROCKIN’ RESCUE OPEN. DON’T SHUT DOWN ROCKIN’ RESCUE. Please sign this petition. Sincerely, Jeffrey Mausner
Petition to Erin Jaggers, Executive Director, Tony Massey, Charlie Norman
SPEAK OUT AGAINST/BOYCOTT THE "ANIMAL CRUELTY" 'BIG LICK' TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE SHOW IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE ON APRIL 24-25, 2015
On April 24 - 25, 2015, one of the CRUELEST Horse Shows - the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse is coming to the Maury County Park at Columbia, Tennessee. The barbaric Show failed in Panama City, Florida due to lack of support. It has now moved to Columbia, Tennessee where it will be called the "Gulf Coast Charity Celebration", although it is over 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses are "SORED" to perform the "Big Lick" - a high stepping gait with large hoof build-ups, severe bitting and overweight hunched over riders on Two Year Old Horses. (See Picture) “Soring” is the illegal and cruel practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horses front feet to exaggerate their animated step. Columbia, Tennessee is a progressive beautiful city of 35,000 people about an hour South of Nashville. Columbia's reputation should not be marred by "Animal Cruelty" being displayed at the Maury County Park in the name of family entertainment. The Southern States of Mississippi, North Carolina and Alabama have recently risen up against the "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horse "Animal Cruelty". • March 6, 2015 - MISSISSIPPI - The UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center) Children's Hospital severed ties with the Mississippi Charity Horse Show in Jackson, Mississippi. It refused to accept "blood money" donations from the "Big Lick" horse show due to the national controversy regarding the care and training of "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses. http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/28565842/controversy-surrounds-ms-charity-horse-show-big-lick • March 13, 2015 - NORTH CAROLINA - The North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner banned "Big Lick" Tennessee Walking Horses from the 2015 NC State Fair. http://www.billygoboy.com/2015/03/10/north-carolina-bans-big-lick-from-2015-n-c-state-fair-north-carolina-department-of-agriculture-joins-university-of-mississippi-medical-center-severing-ties-with-big-lick-tennessee-walking-h/ • APRIL 2, 2015 - ALABAMA - Over 70% voted landslide "NO" in The Decatur Daily newspaper online Poll Question: "Should Celebration Arena Have Hosted The Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Show Given Its Previous Horse Soring Violations?" http://www.decaturdaily.com/should-celebration-arena-have-hosted-the-tennessee-walking-horse-trainers/poll_e18be182-da45-11e4-a954-abd011f62025.html Now, it's time for TENNESSEE to make its statement. America and the World are ready to HELP innocent Columbia, Tennessee say "NO MORE ANIMAL CRUELTY = NO MORE "SORE BIG LICK" Tennessee Walking Horse Show. Please Sign This Petition.