animals cruelty

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Government of Botswana

Elephant Massacre in Botswana; Restore Anti-Poaching Units Now

On September 3rd, 87 elephant carcasses were found near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary in Botswana.  This is an unprecedented massacre considering Botswana has been recognized as one of the formidable defenders and conservationists of wildlife in Africa.  Botswana is home to approximately 130,000 elephants.  Due to its steadfast conservation, elephants from other countries were crossing the borders into Botswana for safety.  However, after the election of President Mokgweetsi Masisi in May of this year, anti-poaching units (APU) were removed from the country’s borders and the anti-poaching teams’ weapons were confiscated.  If these APUs were present, this recent killing spree of elephants could have been thwarted successfully.  According to the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2017, 74% of travel to Botswana was by tourists compared to business travel.  Monies generated by tourists was 686.6 million USD or 7,119.6 million BWP (Botswana Pula) and this contributed to 26,000 jobs for 2017.  The obvious reason tourists travel to Botswana is to see wildlife.  If anti-poaching units are not restored, the number of wildlife will continue to dwindle and in effect lead to a loss of revenue and jobs, affecting the economy as a whole.  Each year approximately 35,000 elephants are killed in Africa.  If their population continues to decline due to poaching, ecosystems will be affected.  The presence of elephants in the delicate ecosystem is undeniably paramount in not only supporting other wildlife but for the people who live in Africa as well.  Elephants in the wild aide in generating tourism dollars which fuels the economy that then helps to feed the hungry, finance education programs and enable health-care programs that save lives.  The wildlife presence in Botswana has an obvious overwhelming positive effect on human life.  If we stand idly by, the loss of wildlife will have a negative effect in the quality of life for the people of Botswana. President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the government of Botswana, your gravitas and solemnity are being beckoned by the world for you to restore the Anti-Poaching Units and arm game rangers.  Your conservation efforts to protect the wildlife will in effect help your people and maintain the economy of Botswana. 

Nicole Rojas
983,205 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to COFEPRIS , Mexican Government

Stop inhumane actions towards Axolotls

According to Google, "Axolotls are probably one of the most scientifically studied salamanders in the world. ... Nowadays, it is extinct in the wild because of the pollution and urban sprawl that threaten its habitat in the Mexican Basin." Axolotls now rely more than ever on humans to keep them alive in captivity. This can lead to genetic inbreeding and deformations in their family tree so we have to act fast. Being a proud 12-year-old owner of an Axolotl, I can tell you this is bad. Axolotls are key to scientific advances. For those of you who don't know about these amazing creatures, here's a quick science lesson; Axolotls have the fastest regeneration in the world, and arguably the best, being able to regenerate portions of their spinal cord. This is performed when the section of limb that is cut off gets the cells surrounding it replaced with stem cells. These stem cells gradually build up, giving identity to the ones that follow behind it (muscle, nervous, etc.) While human bones produce vast amounts of stem cell each day, first, we have trouble harvesting it because the body needs them to perform normal functions, and even if we could, they are not as expendable and valuable as embryonic stem cells (the type of stem cells Axolotls produce.) The type of stem cells that can be found in the umbilical cord. Fun fact, we do actually harvest these! Institutions called cord-blood banking are specifically designed for this! But sadly, these institutions are private and we only have one umbilical cord per human, plus most are not willing to give up something that valuable. So, if we could find a way to use technology like CRISPER, and mass produce stem cells like Axolotls do without harming them, people that usually cannot get medical treatment for injuries that would need costly prosthetics can now just ask for a new leg and get one! weird right? But the sad truth is, The Mexican Government readily denies the existence of these cute things in order to build over there homes, pollute their rivers, and even eat them as a delicacy! So in order to allow Axolotls help save the future, we have to help them first. This is why I am making this petition to send to the Mexican government to (hopefully) ban pollution of Axolotl habitats, clean up the rivers where they live, and message the equivalent of the Mexican FDA to stop all consumption of Axolotls to benefit the common good. Besides, if you aren't into cool scienc-ey stuff, they are SUPER cute. But hey, I'm Only 12. =)  

lani freeman
350 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Ed Markey, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Massachusetts State Senate, Edward J. Markey, Charles D. Baker, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Michael E. Capuano, James P. McGovern, William R. Keating, Niki Tsongas, Linda Forry, Richard E. Neal, Stephen F. Lynch, Seth Moulton, Katherine M. Clark, Timothy Toomey, Mark Montigny, Robert DeLeo, William Brownsberger, Stanley Rosenberg, Joan Lovely, Michael Moore, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Brian Dempsey, Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Diana DiZoglio, Karen Spilka, Ellen Story, William Brownsberger

Changing The Legal Status of "Pets" From Personal Property To "Companion Animals"

I have never been a huge fan of petitions but I feel like this 1 needs to really take a stand and fight for what we believe in. I fully stand behind Bill H.2290 presented by 4th Bristol District Representative Steven S. Howitt. This petition will go to every political figure in the state of Massachusetts. From the Governor on down!!! Let our voices be heard!!! Everything on this bill is what animals lovers need!!! From holding animal abusers responsible to protecting the animal rescue organizations. Running a local rescue like I do, a Do Not Adopt List would also be so crucial to making sure these animals are going towards the best forever home possible.  Mr. Howitt of Seekonk (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2290) of Elizabeth Cabraldipippo relative to the penalties for a guardian abusing a domesticated companion animal. The Judiciary. The effort to establish a legally meaningful distinction between pets and living room sofas has recently gained momentum. Draft legislation was just introduced in Massachusetts to change the legal status of dogs and cats from property to companion animals. Presenter:Steven S. Howitt (By Request)                                                Status:Referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary Bill H.2290For the purposes of this bill a “companion animal” shall be considered a dog, cat or any domesticated animal. Domesticated animal for purposes of this bill shall include birds, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, or any animal sharing a home with a caregiver. Caregivers of “companion animals” shall be considered “guardians”. Guardians of “companion animals” have a duty to protect the health and safety of the animal. A companion animal may not be left outside during extreme weather including extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, or hail or any weather condition which poses an adverse risk to the health and safety of the “companion animal”.  Guardians and/or any person who abuses a “companion animal” shall have the animal seized by animal control and shall be punished by:  First offense - imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 6 months, but not longer than 2 ½ years and a $2,500 fine, “companion animal” abusers may not be permitted to obtain another animal.  Second offense – imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 1 year but not longer than 2 ½ years and a $5,000 fine and shall be put on a “do not adopt to” list. This list will be published publicly. the list will be provided to all shelters, rescues, animal controls offices and pet stores.  Third offense – imprisonment in the house of correction for a period of 2 ½ years and a $10,000 fine and shall be put on a “do not adopt to” list. This list will be published publicly. the list will be provided to all shelters, rescues, animal controls offices and pet stores.

Brian Harrington
2,311 supporters