Petition to Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House, John Ditslear, Hamilton County Animal Control
Change Indiana State Ordinance for domestic animals in extreme cold
Indiana's state laws for domestic animals in extreme weather are not sufficient. Certain counties have ordinances stating domestic animals must be brought inside if the outside temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Others do not. This needs to be a state-wide law punishable by law if not complied with. There also needs to be changes in laws regarding what is adequate shelter and housing for domestic animals outdoors. This law also needs to apply to breeders. Currently, in Arcadia, IN, there is a German Shepherd Dog breeder who has upwards of 20 or more dogs in kennels outside, with an Igloo dog house as a shelter. At this moment, the temperature in Indiana is -10 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill of -45 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Indiana state laws for breeders, it is humane for dogs to be outside in this extreme cold. According to Indiana state laws, the breeder is compliant. While this may be sustainable for the German Shepherd Dog, it is not sustainable for all breeds. Therefore, the laws must be revisited. After the town became outraged, the people of Arcadia, IN feel a change needs to made. The animals, and all domestic animals, deserve a change in the state laws. We ask that the ordinance Marion county holds become a LAW to bring animals inside when temperatures are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and be constructed state-wide. Breeders MUST have an indoor kennel sufficient for all ages and breeds of domestic animals during times of extreme weather, if the animals cannot be in the home/business. If these laws are not followed the offender will be punished by law (to be decided by officials). State regulations/ordinances/laws can be found at in.gov/boah (Indiana State Board of Animal Health) under the Commercial Dog Breeder Statute IC 15-21
Petition to Columbia County Board of Commissioners
Protection for Pets in Columbia County
The CSRA Has Issues, & We've Got Them Too!We have a serious pet overpopulation problem in the CSRA, and Columbia County is not immune to it. There are many local rescue cases which involve abandoned pets, dogs allowed to roam without a leash or collar, backyard breeders with no regard for their animals, "accidental" breeding, and dogs living their lives on chains outside without adequate housing. These are not new problems, and rescues as well as shelter supporters have been trying for years to get protections in place to prevent them. Let's make 2019 the year that citizens, rescues, and animal shelter supporters come together so we can finally show our elected officials we require change! How Can We Change This?First - you can sign this petition! The Commissioners of Columbia County need to know that we will not stand idle and continue to allow zero protection for animals. Richmond County has ordinances protecting animal welfare, isn't it time we do too? The more people that show up to the 2/19 6PM meeting, the better. Make your elected officials aware that this is a problem which is rampant in our county, and will only worsen. The only way we can start to put protections in place, is to make it known that the way pets are currently treated in our county is a problem. It isn't going to go away, and neither will support for these protections. "Anti-Tether" - What it Actually MeansMany responsible pet owners use tethers! Banning them 100% would be ridiculous. What we are hoping to do is establish regulations for the conditions of tethered dogs, such as a time limit, adequate housing, and the presence of an owner (in case of strangulation or other injury). Some ordinances limit tethering to 13 hours at a time. The point behind anti-tether is to stop people from chaining their dogs outside 24/7 without proper shelter or resources, and instead use tethers for potty breaks or outside exercise time while making sure their basic needs are met. Outside DogsMany outside dog owners are responsible and their pets - happy! There are lots of local happy and healthy outside dogs who roam in a large fenced area and are well cared for. Anti-tether has nothing to do with those dogs and owners. Spay & NeuterRequiring average citizens who do not wish to be a breeder to spay and neuter would DRASTICALLY reduce the local stray population. Most responsible pet owners will spay and neuter, but most owners are not responsible. There are so many local programs available to make spay and neuter affordable: rescue vouchers, low cost clinics, city voucher programs, etc. Often these vouchers are not even used. Rescues even go as far as to make spay and neuter appointments fully paid for, and still people will decide not to show up. What we're doing now just is not working. But this is not a problem in other parts of the country. In the Northeast, where there are regulations for citizens to spay and neuter, most areas don't have the overpopulation problem. That is why many local rescues transport to those areas. Regulations related to spaying and neutering has that big of a direct impact to the local pet population. This is something that most rescues and shelters agree needs to be put in place everywhere! Breeders & ExceptionsMany rescuers, shelter employees/volunteers and responsible pet owners in general have dogs and cats from breeders. Not all breeders are bad, and most want to do the right thing in order to be in compliance with local regulations. If counties or cities start requiring licenses for breeders, this information becomes available to local Animal Control much like a city registration tag for a pet. If the cost of these licenses is significant enough, then reputable breeders who already pay to take their animals to the veterinarian, for genetic testing, and provide the best resources to their animals will not have an issue paying for it. The goal is to stop local backyard breeders who do not provide even basic veterinarian care for their animals and are not held accountable for the babies they breed. Having a breeder license which could be potentially revoked would cause breeders to consider their actions much more than they do now. Also, there are obviously medical exceptions for foregoing spay or neuter surgery. These would require documentation from a certified veterinarian.
Petition to Joanne Hayes-White
Save Edna, the Fire Cat!
San Franscisco Fire Department 49 says they are being asked to get rid of their cat after an anonymous complaint. Edna came to the station 4 years ago and has been a source of comfort and stress release ever since.
Petition to Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines: Stop Abusing Dogs for Sport
In under a month, mushers will force teams of huskies to race a brutal 1,000 miles across the Alaska tundra. This team of man and dogs is not a partnership, but instead exploitation in the name of prize money from the few corporate sponsors cruel enough to still sponsor the race. And the race is cruel: teams can race for up to two weeks with mushers often ignoring veterinary advice in favor of a chance to cross the finish line first. As someone who has been involved in sled dog sports for over two decades, I have witnessed countless animal deaths firsthand in preparation and training for this race. Dogs are pushed so hard they suffer bloody diarrhea, paralysis, lung damage, frostbite, and even death. In the 2017 race alone, 5 dogs died in horrific pain, and at least 147 dogs have died over the course of the Iditarod’s 45-year history. As one of the last major corporate sponsors of the Iditarod, Alaska Airlines is funding this cruelty. Sign and share today to urge the airline to break this corporate partnership before more dogs race to their deaths. Even when the race is over, these sled dogs often live their entire lives chained outside and are abused as a means of “enforcing” their training. Sled dogs are factory farmed at competitive kennels and chained in endless rows in barren fields - a practice that is against internationally accepted humane mushing standards. Dogs who get sick or fail to perform to the standards of their mushers are killed. The Iditarod claims to care about the welfare of sled dogs but fails to enforce regulations, providing guidelines that even the most respected mushers often fail to meet with no repercussions. After learning of this cruelty, Wells Fargo pulled out of its sponsorship. However, the Iditarod is still allowed to continue and thrive because of its last remaining corporate funders. By sponsoring this race, Alaska Airlines condones the brutal conditions in which these sled dogs live and race, and endorses the idea that a race is more important than animals’ lives. Please sign this petition to show Alaska Airlines that animal welfare matters, and that no race is as important as sled dogs’ lives.
Petition to Dr. Alex Azar, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Ryan Zinke, Dr. Robert Wilkie, General James Mattis, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert
Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!
In 2014, I adopted my best friend Violet from the basement of a taxpayer-funded animal experimentation lab. Now, I’m working with Congress to get dogs like her, as well as cats and monkeys, released from government labs at the end of experiments. When I met Violet, she lived alone in a cage in a laboratory basement. She had never been outside, never seen stairs and most of her experiences with humans involved fear and pain. She loved other dogs but was understandably terrified of humans. Now, we’re inseparable, and she’s best friends with our cats and even helps us foster kittens! But, Violet is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of cats, monkeys and dogs like her are experimented on each year in government labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution. Because its quicker and easier than relocating them to rescue groups, private homes or sanctuaries, experimenters usually kill these animals and dispose of them like trash, even if they’re healthy. Now, the taxpayers who bought these animals want them released. Recently, our organization White Coat Waste Project has secured the release of monkeys from the FDA, and is working to get dogs out of VA labs and kittens released by the USDA. Please join me in urging all government agencies to #GiveThemBack: retire and release animals at the end of taxpayer-funded experiments! --Julie Germany, Board Member, White Coat Waste Project
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Wilkie
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.
UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments. It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments
UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services. According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse. William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Petition to Kevin Plank, ÖSV Präsident Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel, Präsident Oke Göttlich, Kevin Mansell, Roberta Myre
Boycott Under Armour for promoting Trophy-Hunting
Picture: Under Armour goon Lee Lakosky poses with the carcass of a Kodiak Bear he'd just killed. Under Armour sponsors numerous Trophy-hunters like Kendall Jones, Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Cameron Hanes, and many others, to kill wild animals for sport on different continents in order to promote the sale of Under Armour Hunting Gear. Under Armour trophy hunters flaunt their numerous kills ostentatiously on "UNDER ARMOUR HUNT" social media pages as well as their personal websites. To Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour: "Sir, the inspired spirit of innovation that built your company is contrary to the sport hunting programs you support and sponsor. Watching individuals butcher unsuspecting wild animals for the thrill of killing, flaunting pictures of themselves with their kills on social media is something that haunts any conscientious human being. Your aim to inspire through sport is noble and innovative. Including killing sentinent beings into that aim is base, grotesque and inhumane. Please reconsider and cancel your involvement in hunting. It literally destroys the reputation of your entire company."