Petition to Australian Parliament
Protect our pets: food regulations now!
Imagine taking your dog to the vet, sick and in pain, only to be told the food you’d given him will soon kill him? That’s exactly what happened with my darling Vincent. I thought I was feeding him quality food, but the Dog Food I was giving him was destroying his body from the inside out. Why are there no food safety regulations for the food we give our pets? It gets worse: the global company knew their food made nine police dogs seriously sick in December, but didn’t recall the dangerous product until months later. During this time I was continuing to feed Vincent and Mabel this food. How many more dogs got sick during that time including our beautiful Mabel? And it’s not just that dog food – pet owners across Australia have been finding mould or plastic throughout their pet food. There are currently no laws protecting our pets from harmful food, and these global pet food companies seem to only care about their profit. Vincent was magnificent. He was healthy, happy and full of life. In the two weeks before he died, he lost 20kgs. He’d stand at his water bowl and just look up at me as if he knew he couldn’t swallow. I’m urgently calling on the Australian government to introduce regulations that would ensure the food we give our beloved pets is safe for them to eat. Please join my campaign and help make sure no pet owner is misled into feeding their beloved companion food that will hurt them. Don’t let this happen again, next time it could be one of your pets.
Petition to Wombat Awareness Organisation
Save the Twin Creek Wind Farm Wombats
We all love renewable energy but what if it came at the cost of a valuable ecosystem? The proposed site for Twin Creek Wind Farm in the Barossa Hills is exactly that! The chosen site is the largest contiguous patch of native grassland in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM region and is home to the most significant population of Endangered Pygmy Blue-tongue Lizards (PBTL) and the near Threatened Southern Hairy-nosed wombat (IUCN), the local NRM has them listed as an Endangered species. The development includes 51 huge wind turbines, 40 kilometers of roads which are 12 to 15 meters wide and 50 kilometers of 5 meter wide trenching some of which part of goes right over the top of Wombat and PBTL habitat. There was very little mention of wombats in the Development Application and no consideration has been given to the impacts the wind farm will impose. Wombats will have to be killed for this development and do they plan to do this quietly? We want to help these animals! We are asking for the Twin Creek Wind Farm to be relocated to a more suitable location and for the proposed site to be purchased by the State Government for conservation purposes. Please help us make this happen!
Petition to Gladys Berejiklian
Ban the 'no pets' clause in NSW tenancy agreements
It's time to ban the 'no pets' clause in tenancy agreements. Too many families are forced to depart with their loved and adored pets/family members due to pet unfriendly landlords. These pets are almost always given up and placed into kennels, causing crowding and unnecessary euthanasia. These numbers are only growing. We were unable to find a home for years, and were forced to stay with many different friends over the years due to the utter lack of 'pet friendly' homes and unkind landlords, I know many people who have faced the same struggle. The RSPCA and Tenants Union of NSW have already begun to challenge the 'no pets' clause. This discrimination should not be tolerated, and a ban on the clause is well over-due. Renters should be able to own a pet without having to ask for permission from their landlord, as long as any damages (if any) are covered by the tenant there is no reason to continue disallowing pets. Keeping a pet is the individual's choice. As an adult, you should not need to seek permission for this. Keeping a pet is generally less damaging to property than having a child, it's time for change.
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
BAN PUPPY FARMS IN AUSTRALIA
Puppy farms are inhumane, industrial-based breeding facilities, where female dogs are treated as nothing more than breeding machines. Every year thousands of puppies are exposed to the hideous conditions of puppy farms. They watch their brothers and sisters die around them from lack of nutrition or disease, the survivors are to be sent off to pet stores or sold online. Around 45,000 dogs are sold every year from puppy farms, many of which have developed chronic conditions and have severe behavioural issues. Unfortunately most puppies are so destroyed by puppy farms, that owners can find it too hard to care for them, and are therefore sent to the pound and most likely 'put down'. Even though the RSPCA is fighting to bring down puppy farms they are still... completely legal; as long as the owner meets the minimum care requirements; a dog needs to be able to stand up and walk around, at maximum a female dog can be kept in a cage for 23 hours. But there is no requirement for health care... and definitely no requirement for love. Resources: www.animalsaustralia.org/feautures/puppy-factory-problem.php ataac.org/facts/18-animals-wa-exploit/219-puppy-farming https://rspca.org.au/campaingns/puppy-farms https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-puppy-mills https://petsaustralia.org/the-big-issues/puppy-farms https://greens.org.au/initiatius/vic/abolish-puppy-farms madonnaofthemills.com/puppy-mills
Petition to David Littleproud, The Honourable President and Members Of The Senate Assembled., Senator Derryn Hinch, Senator Whish-Wilson, Senator Jordan Steel-John, Senator Rachel Siewert, Senator Nick McKim, Standing Committee On Petitions
Ban Live Export!
I started this petition because I have seen a lot of evidence involving incredibly cruelty to livestock that leave Australian Soil. If we do not speak up and take action these horrendous acts will continue. The latest pictures I have seen involve cows being hit numerous times on the head with a sledgehammer. I have seen video footage of cows and sheep having their throat cut without being sedated before the slaughter. The look in the eyes of these animals is heartbreaking and WE need to make sure there is NO live export and animals that are to be slaughtered are sedated prior to the kill. I'm not going to post videos or pictures, because believe me they are something NO one should ever have to see. So PLEASE sign this petition, I'm not asking a lot, it will take 3-5 minutes of your time, THANK YOU.
Petition to The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, The Hon Rob Stokes MP
Ban new development in Sydney's Wildlife Corridors
Wildlife Corridors were created to allow Fauna to move freely between Habitats. Any proposed residential development on Bayview Golf course will prevent wildlife from moving between the coast at Winnererremy Bay Mona Vale and major habitat areas around Katandra Bushland Sanctuary and Nangana Road Bayview. A second attempt for approval for a major building development was lodged in 2016 on this very Wildlife & Coastal corridor by REZONING from OPEN SPACE, that will completely cut this High Priority Wildlife Corridor (Map 9 Pittwater Council website) , isolating fauna from their feeding area in the remnant trees. Many old remnant trees (159 trees , yes 159 to be exact) will have to be removed for building purposes. Many Threatened and Endangered Native species owe their survival to these Wildlife Corridors and need this habitat for feeding and protection . Please stop any further development in these Wildlife Corridors, particularly the ones in Bayview / Ingleside & across Sydney.
Petition to Wagga Wagga City Council, Wagga Wagga City Councillors
Saviour's Petition: Improve Animal Welfare at Wagga Wagga Pound (G.R.A.S)
We, Belinda Oakman (rescuer of Saviour, the kitten put alive in a freezer at Wagga Wagga Pound (G.R.A.S)), Myriam Hribar and Simone Lieschke, former volunteers, are starting this petition to help the animals at Wagga Pound, who have suffered due to the lack of compassion and understanding of animal welfare by staff and management. We have been in correspondence with Council for over ten months regarding issues that reflect an ongoing pattern of neglect and lack of compassion, and these issues have been occurring and have been raised with Council since 2011. We have found very little has changed and have been disappointed in Council’s responses, which has prompted us to create this petition and contact media (the article can be viewed here: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/cats-found-in-freezer-at-wagga-wagga-city-council-animal-shelter-20160330-gnuqdn.html We are still very concerned over the welfare of the animals at Wagga Pound. Some examples of neglect include: - Animals without water or food. - Feral cats left in crush cages for up to 5 days with no evidence of a food or water bowl in their cage. - Mishandling of animals. - Animals left sick or to die without vet treatment. A sick young black dog was so thin and emaciated that its body had already started to shut down. All the volunteers could do was lift it up on to a bed with a warm blanket. A rabbit was left for five days with obvious signs of disease, its eyes closed oozing puss and an infected ear. Both these animals should have been taken to the vet immediately and not left to suffer. - A mother dog was left on the wet cement giving birth to puppies. It was volunteers who found her and gave her an appropriate bed with towels and blankets and blocked up the drains so the puppies couldn’t roll through them. Two of the most serious incidents have occurred involving cats. One concerns a black kitten that was knocked out by a ranger, presumed dead and then placed in a freezer ALIVE. The second incident involves disturbing photos of another cat placed in a freezer with blood coming out of its nose, blood on the four walls of the freezer and scratch claw marks in the ice. (See links for photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxAzsWC , https://flic.kr/s/aHskxwH4N6 Issues concerning statistics: Incoming and outgoing numbers of animals not matching, an inaccurate euthanasia percentage and anomalies in surrender statistics for cats. According to their statistics, 69 dogs have died (not euthanised) in the past three years at Wagga Pound, meaning that a dog dies nearly every fortnight. In the financial year 2014/2015, 12 cats are unaccounted for, which works out to be one cat per month. From 2012/2013 to 2014/2015, a three-year period, a total of 44 dogs and 37 cats are unaccounted for. The Council pound website is often not kept up to date, even though this has been an ongoing issue that has been raised many times with Council over the years. For example, as recently as the 2nd of April 2016 at 10am, the pound website had only one cat uploaded, however there were 16 cats at the pound, many of which had been there for many days. Rescues and the public rely on the website to determine which animals they can save and to find lost pets. The design of the new dog kennels, which cost $700,000, has not taken into account animal welfare and practicality. Dogs are sleeping on sometimes wet cement or cement covered in faeces and urine. No beds are provided – the dogs sleep directly on cement. The in-floor heating has often been problematic, resulting in the dogs often sleeping on cold cement. The open drain is inside the building next to the public walkway and to view the dogs you walk through waste water. Sometimes the smell in the kennels is over-powering. Due to the impractical nature of the drains chosen, the dogs are not allowed to have any stimulus or bedding. (See link for photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxAudTC There has been a documented instance where surrendered rehomable microchipped cats have been placed on the put-to-sleep list after only a couple of days (even though the cattery was less than half full) instead of every effort being made to rehome them. Also a microchipped pet dog was euthanised prematurely and one lady was not shown her missing dog even though she had been to the pound three times in two days, even showing rangers photos of the dog. We have concerns regarding the training and qualifications of the rangers in regards to animal health, behaviour, handling and welfare, due to the ongoing instances of neglect. What changes are we asking for? As rate/tax payers, the Wagga community deserves to have a council facility that has the highest of standards. Therefore, we would like the following to occur: 1. Staff to have appropriate and relevant qualifications and a genuine passion for animals. 2. All animals at the facility to be provided with basic requirements, such as water, food, veterinary treatment and dry bedding. 3. The new dog kennels to be reviewed and for conditions to be improved, such as raised bedding provided. 4. An independent audit to review Wagga Pound, its policies and procedures being made available to the public, and Council to implement policies and procedures that reflect current legislation, and ensure staff comply with them. 5. Improved transparency and accuracy, especially in records and statistics. 6. Improved communication with rescue groups and the public, and keeping the Council pound website up to date at all times, to reduce the euthanasia rate. 7. Stimulus (such as toys) to be provided for animals to combat the damaging effects of boredom. 8. Improved hygiene to prevent spread of disease and improve welfare. 9. Implement reputable temperament testing methods, and feral/dangerous animals to be treated humanely. 10. Resources to be available for extreme cases of neglect or vulnerable animals, for example puppy/kitten food, flea and worm treatments. The animals that come to Wagga Pound have already been through so much, they deserve to be treated humanely. In the media: - "Ranger in frozen cat scandal 'still working' " - The Daily Advertiser: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/3835444/ranger-in-frozen-cat-scandal-still-working/ - WIN News Riverina: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1011809552239519
Petition to RSPCA NSW, NSW Police
RSPCA NSW: Save these hens from Lakesland farm
Skinny, starving and dying. Overcrowded. Covered in their own feces. Dead and rotting carcasses everywhere. Pecking desperately at empty food and water dispensers. This is what a passer-by found after coming across hens roaming lost near a farm in Lakesland, NSW. Since then undercover footage has been released and it confirmed everything she had already seen. Shawn Stone - who runs this cage-free egg farm - clearly shouldn’t have any animals under his care, certainly not thousands of hens. Despite the RSPCA first being notified of the situation on the 10th of June, and being sent the shocking footage of the hens starving and dying on the 20th of June, so far not a single hen has been rescued from the property. Not only is this a clear case of animal cruelty and negligence, it has also shocked the Australian public who trust and rely upon the RSPCA to protect vulnerable animals. We are calling on the RSPCA NSW to: Charge Shawn Stone for animal cruelty Ban Shawn Stone from owning any animals Rescue and rehome all hens Australians will not tolerate animal cruelty on live export ships and we certainly won’t tolerate animal cruelty in our own backyard.