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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Marc Garneau, Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Johnathan Wilkinson

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Johnathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
234,459 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, SPCA, RCMP, Crown Counsel, Honourable Judge

Recommend and approve provincial and federal animal neglect and cruelty charges against April Dawn Irving and, if she is convicted, enforce the maximum penalty available, including a lifetime ban on owning animals under S. 447.1 of the Criminal Code.

April Dawn Irving has been the subject of the seizure of 319 dogs in 3 separate incidents in 2 different provinces over the past 8 years. In the most recent case, 201 dogs were seized from a farm near Milk River, Alberta in January, 2015. The dogs were suffering from numerous injuries and ailments, including “gaping wounds, broken bones and malnutrition.” As if this story wasn’t horrific enough, according to an article by Michael Platt of QMI Agency, in 2007 the Alberta SPCA seized 36 Huskies and Wolfhounds from a northern Alberta kennel run by Irving. In 2010, officers from the Saskatchewan SPCA seized 82 dogs from a property near the town of Leslie, Saskatchewan. In the 2010 case, Irving was charged and convicted under the Saskatchewan Animal Protection Act. She was found guilty of “non-criminal neglect” and fined $5,000, the highest penalty available at the time. She was also banned from owning more than two dogs at a time for a period of 10 years. Unfortunately, prohibitions on animal ownership instituted under provincial legislation are only enforceable in the province in which the prohibition was ordered. Thus, despite the fact that Ms. Irving was banned from owning animals for 10 years in Saskatchewan in 2010, she simply moved to Alberta and was LEGALLY able to own more than 2 dogs in that province. Had she been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada rather than provincial legislation, if convicted, Ms. Irving could have been prohibited from owning animals and that prohibition would have applied across Canada. This is a serious gap in Canada’s animal cruelty and neglect legislation which needs to be addressed. Unfortunately the best that can be done at this time to address situations like this is to charge someone under the federal Criminal Code animal cruelty legislation and, if convicted, order a prohibition under that legislation that can then be enforced across the country. Given April Irving’s previous history and conviction for animal neglect, we respectfully request that decision-makers charge her under the Alberta Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada legislation and, if convicted, that they enforce the maximum penalty available, including a prohibition on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for the rest of her life in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. PETITION FACEBOOK PAGE: TO DONATE TO THE CARE OF THE DOGS: LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES:

Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada
58,053 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Hamilton City Council

Ban Plastic Grocery Bags in Hamilton Ontario.

A report from the government of Canada published in 2008 found that Canadians take 55 million plastic bags home per week. This report was published eleven years ago so things are bound to have improved, right? Well, that isn’t the case. In the past eleven years, less than a dozen Canadian cities have established plastic grocery bag bans and few supermarkets here in Hamilton have created plastic shopping bag fees for those who would like or, need to use them. With that, less than 1% of all plastic bags are being recycled so, where do they all go?  While some are sent to landfill, the rest end up in our oceans and in the natural environment. It is estimated that around 18 billion pounds of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year, including plastic bags. Plastic shopping bags are especially dangerous for aquatic life since in water, plastic bags tend to resemble what many species eat. In fact, a third of all fish caught in the UK have been found to have consumed some form of plastic. The implications of using one-use plastic bags are bound to worsen as time goes on.   The plastic shopping bag alternatives are literally endless. Paper bags, cloth and biodegradable bags, all serve as viable alternatives that could help save this planet, so why don’t we use them? For those reasons, I am calling on the city of Hamilton to ban plastic grocery bags. This petition urges The City of Hamilton to: -          Ban businesses of all kinds from providing a plastic shopping bag for the customer to carry merchandise in. -          Fine all businesses that provide plastic shopping bags to customers after the ban has been put in place. The ban would exclude: -          Plastic wrapping. The ban would include: -          Plastic grocery bags. -          Plastic shopping bags. As a Hamiltonian, I think that we can have an impact on the sheer amount of plastic being littered every day. Over time, our city alone will prevent thousands, if not millions of plastic shopping bags from ending up in natural environments and will, therefore, save the lives of thousands of animals. Hamilton also lies in the most populated area in all of Canada. By banning plastic bags, we may be able to help promote the banning of plastic shopping bags in cities in the GTA. With the combined force of having prevented millions of plastic bags from being used, the impact of the environment will be evident and incredibly beneficial for the forests, lakes and the animals that inhabit them. By signing this petition, you will be helping thousands of living creatures live safer and happier lives. In addition to that, you will help keep the natural environments that surround Hamilton clean and beautiful so that you and future generations of Hamiltonians can enjoy it.   Whether or not preventing the use of a single plastic bag will change the world, is debatable, however preventing the use of millions will most certainly make a difference. Just like this petition, one signature may not make a difference, but many will.   For more information, you can read these articles:  

C A Mulcaster
183 supporters