animals cruelty

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Government of Botswana

Elephant Massacre in Botswana; Restore Anti-Poaching Units Now

On September 3rd 2018, 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 2018, an anti-poaching unit (APU) was removed from the country’s borders and the anti-poaching unit team’s weapons were confiscated.  If there was an increased presence of APUs, 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
1,239,455 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Susan Wojcicki, Evan Spiegel, Adam Mosseri, Susanne Daniels

Demand Social Media & Streaming Platforms Ban Animal Cruelty Content

(La traducción al español está disponible) We are requesting Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media/video streaming platforms take stronger action against animal cruelty. Too many posts depicting animal violence have been uploaded with no retribution. When a report is made, these platforms, time and time again, have said the post is within its regulations. It is inexplicable why images of abused and murdered animals are deemed appropriate when selfies of people with exotic animals are not. We ask that Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube etc: 1) Prevent the uploading of images glorifying the abuse, torture, and murder of animals as well as images promoting the hunting of animals for recreation by users who are not utilizing such images for activism or educational purposes. (Posts that are for the appropriate causes must not be banned: images depicting farm conditions, cross cultural events/incidents, and reposted images meant to spread awareness and catch offenders.) 2) Remove animal abuse content when reported - the “Animal Abuse” option under “Report” for ALL sites is INEFFECTIVE. The offending content remains despite numerous reports and complaints.    3) YouTube must add an "Animal Abuse" option under "Report" for ACCOUNTS not just videos.  4) A team of REAL people able to discern the in/appropriateness of reported images, who will follow the aforementioned guidelines faithfully, so as the removal of activist content/profiles will not transpire. 5) The reporting of suspected animal abuse to animal welfare organizations. 6) Assist animal welfare organizations in the investigation of animal cruelty.  Given the passing of the PACT Act, closer attention should be paid to social media & streaming sites’ inactiveness toward animal abuse content. If abusers are held accountable, so should the leaders of any social media site who do not proactively protect animals.  We are standing up for those who do not have a voice, and we are asking you to do the same. **Accomplishments:  In the original petition, we asked that Instagram add an "Animal Abuse" option under "Report," and they finally did this between April-May 2020. __________________________________________________________________ Exigimos que Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube y otras plataformas de los medios sociales y de transmisión de video tomen acción más fuerte contra la crueldad de los animales.  Demasiadas publicaciones demostrando violencia de animales han sido descargadas sin retribución. Cuando un denuncio está hecho, estas plataformas, una y otra vez, han dicho que la publicación cae bajo de sus regulaciones. No hay razón porque imágenes de animales abusados y matados estén consideradas apropiadas cuando selfies de personas con animales exóticos no lo están. Pedimos que Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, y otras plataformas: 1) Prohíban la carga de imágenes que glorifican el abuso, la tortura y la matanza de animales incluso imágenes que promueven la caza recreacional de animales por usuarios quienes no utilizan estas imágenes para propósitos activistas o educativos. (Las publicaciones que representan causas adecuadas no deben de estar prohibidas: imágenes demostrando condiciones de la agricultura, eventos/incidentes transculturales y imágenes republicadas con la intención de concientizar y detener criminales.) 2) Eliminar el contenido de maltrato animal cuando se informa: la opción "Abuso de animales" en "Informar" para TODOS los sitios es INEFECTIVA. El contenido ofensivo permanece a pesar de numerosos informes y quejas. 3) YouTube debe agregar una opción de "Abuso de animales" en "Informe" para CUENTAS, no solo videos. 4) Un equipo de personas reales (NO ROBOS) que distinguen lo apropiado de las imágenes denunciadas, quienes seguirán las reglas susodichas fielmente, para que la remoción de contenido/usuarios activistas no ocurra. 5) El reportaje de abuso de animales sospechado a organizaciones de bienestar de los animales. 6) Ayuden organizaciones de bienestar de los animales en la investigación de la crueldad de los animales.  Dado la aprobación del Acto PACT, más atención detallada debe de estar prestada a la inactividad de los medios sociales en relación a contenido de abuso de los animales. Si abusadores están hecho responsables, pues los líderes de cualquier sitio de medios sociales que no protegen activamente a los animales también deben de estar castigados. Nosotros estamos luchando por quienes no tienen voz, y pedimos que hagas lo mismo.   **Logros:  En la petición original, solicitamos que Instagram agregue una opción de "Abuso animal" en "Informe", y finalmente lo hicieron entre abril y mayo de 2020. Special thanks to Simonne, Ashley, Katie Robertson*, & Kahtia 

Hepburn VSF
396,198 supporters
Update posted 3 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
354 supporters
Update posted 4 years ago

Petition to Ed Markey, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Massachusetts State Senate, Edward J. Markey, Charlie Baker, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Michael E. Capuano, James McGovern, William R. Keating, Niki Tsongas, Linda Forry, Richard E. Neal, Stephen F. Lynch, Seth Moulton, Katherine 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
2,298 supporters