Petition to Christian Porter
Ban Abusive Dog Trainer - Jeff Gellman - Australia
Ban Abusive Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman - Australia We call on Hon Christian Porter asking he consider cancelling Mr Gellman's working VISA. We ask the Government to investigate why Australia is allowing dog trainer - Jeff Gellman - access to a Visa to Australia to be able to train dogs and their owners using abusive tools, cruelty and purposely cause fear and pain to the dogs he is training. In Australia, we recognise that animals are sentient beings as written in the animal welfare act 1999.An Act—(a) to reform the law relating to the welfare of animals and the prevention of their ill-treatment; and, in particular,— (i) to recognise that animals are sentient: (ii) to require owners of animals, and persons in charge of animals, to attend properly to the welfare of those animals: Therefore, we ask that you prevent Jeff Gellmans abuse of dogs and stop him being able to enter Australia to train using physical harm by hitting dogs on the head, using electronic shock collars - which he openly promotes and is asking participants to purchase for the seminar - as well as using other forms of cruelty to abuse dogs in the name of training. Jeff Gellman, owner of Solid K9 Training has been engaging in and teaching dog training techniques that are scientifically unproven and harmful to dogs - oftentimes using tools that are banned in many countries, including some parts of Australia such as electric shock collars and prong collars. He promotes "techniques" that includes hitting (Bonking) and kicking dogs as punishment. In a recent video, Jeff can be seen hitting a dog in the head, causing it to yelp. A clip can be found HERE: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O6IRVWmVCX0&feature=youtu.be This is where we draw the line between what training is - and what abuse is. We, the people of Australia, call on Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, The Hon Christian Porter, to investigate Solid K9 Training and these abusive practices including hitting, choking, shocking dogs. Our dog owners and dogs deserve better. They deserve humane and scientifically backed training approaches. We encourage the general public to think carefully about the welfare of their dog before attending this mans seminars. We encourage dog owners to seek help using modern science based rehabilitation via a qualified VET behaviourist rather than attend this abusive training.Animal welfare laws in Queensland:Animal welfare in Queensland is regulated and enforced to ensure animals are treated humanely.The Queensland Government's animal welfare program has 4 main aims:(i) promote the responsible care and use of animals(ii) provide standards for animal care and use that (iii) balance the welfare of animals and the interests of people whose livelihood depends on animals(iv) allow for the advancements in scientific knowledge and allow for changes in community expectations about practices involving animals We need to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable painand ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 sets regulations for animal welfare standards. These regulations are the basis for the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012.This guide covers laws that protect animals in Queensland and how these are enforced. Video: Solid K9 "trainer" Jeff Gellman, admits to & endorses animal abuse for 19 minutes https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=05k0Pdarcd8 This is a clear breach of the QLD animal welfare code - to protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable pain. His training methods are outdated, archaic and painfully abusive.If anyone signing wishes to write independently, please see the links below. Thank you. Hon Christian Porter: Christian.Porter.MP@aph.gov.au The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists:email@example.com Barbara Hodel - President Pet Professional Guild Austpresident@ppgaustralia.net.au Ms McMillan - local PM sitting member Mount Gravatt: Mansfield@parliament.qld.gov.au Much to our disappointment - Mount Gravett showgrounds are continuing to support this event: firstname.lastname@example.org Hon Mark Furner : email@example.com (hasre-directed us to the Department of Home Affairs to petition): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petition to Australian Government
Right To Rescue
Animals, like humans need systematic change. The toll of factory farming is beyond doubt. Industrial animal farms are one of the largest causes of climate change and habitat loss. They contribute to serious public health risks, including antibiotic resistance that sickens and kills young children. And they inflict grotesque cruelty on 3 trillion of sentient beings worldwide (annually). Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources surveys indicated that 95% of the public believes that animals welfare is an issue of concern, and only 35% of these people believed breeding animals for food was fair. Public awareness and concern is increasing every year, which is why leading political commentators and philosophers have described animal rights as the next frontier of social justice. Yet far from supporting progress, our political and corporate leaders have too often blocked it. Nationwide, the industry receives subsidies and government hand-outs to assist animal farmers whilst laws are passed to prohibit animal protection groups from exposing the truth. Deceptive corporate marketing manipulates consumers into taking actions against our own values. With the National Party lobbying to prohibit competition in the market by plant-based alternatives. And perhaps most frighteningly, our most basic civil liberties have been undermined – police misuse of power to disband actions, activist homes raided, exorbitant fines issued and numerous activists threatened with prison -- for exposing the industry’s misconduct and trying to help suffering animals. The devastating toll of this industry -- on the planet, on our citizens, and on animals -- demands action. We are calling for an immediate end to the government support of factory farming abuses and the draconian prosecutions of nonviolent activists. And at the heart of this issue, we demand legal protection for animals, including the legal right of all animals to be rescued from situations of distress and exploitation. Sign this petition to support the right to rescue animals in distress and have the following basic rights provided to animals; The right to be free - not owned - or to have a guardian acting in their best interest.The right to not be exploited, abused, or killed by humans.The right to have their interests represented in court and protected by the law.The right to a protected home, habitat, or ecosystem.The right to be rescued from situations of distress and exploitation.
Petition to David Speirs, Susan Ley, Lily D'Ambrosio, Matthew Kean
Declare Bushfire Zones Safe So Volunteers Can Rescue Wildlife
We need the government to declare the fire grounds safe and organise volunteers to go in and rescue surviving wildlife. Today this was confirmed to me by both rescuers on the ground and at the CEO level of a key wildlife agency that after so many of us donated, and so many organisations moved mountains, with so many hero wildlife rescuers ready & willing, our animals are now dying off in huge numbers. All because of slow, uncoordinated bureaucracy. All because our governments are once again failing to act. Please help put pressure on them to pull their fingers out and allow access to the fire grounds for our amazing rescuers to save the survivors of the #australianbushfires. Animals are starving to death and dying of their injuries every day while we wait for them to act. I've seen it. If you can help by writing, calling, hitting them up on social media - please do. Many burned out fire grounds remained closed to volunteer rescuers, meaning they can't get in to save animals. The State Governments have not been quick enough to survey the sites and declare them "safe" Please help us put urgent pressure on the governments. Email: Federal Minister for the Environment Susan Ley: email@example.comSouth Australian Minister for the Environment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Liverpool City Council
Save Liverpool Animal Shelter
Liverpool Council has now just announced that they are closing the "no-kill" Liverpool Animal Shelter on March 19. That's right - it is closing and noone locally knew about it let alone was consulted about it. Instead all animals will now go to Blacktown Holding Facility which is not a "no-kill" shelter....26km's away...Instead of relocating locally Liverpool council have agreed to a 5 year deal with Blacktown council to use the $27 million "state-of-the-art animal rehoming centre" being built in 2022. This new facility will only be able to house 135 dogs and 230 cats and is claimed to become a "No Kill Shelter" for 7 Sydney councils.What does this mean for the animals in Liverpool? Whilst the council are trying to assure us this will be a "No Kill Shelter" How many dogs will be put to sleep for being "aggressive" or "non rehomeable" to bring the facilities numbers down at busy periods? How many animals will just disappear off the radar? How many animals will have to suffer before the council listens? In the meantime until the new facility is built our local animals will be crammed into the existing Blacktown animal holding facility which currently houses 72 dogs and 50 cats. There is not enough room for the existing councils let alone a big council like Liverpool. The Liverpool Animal Shelter has helped hundreds of animals since 2016 either through rehoming, adoption or reuniting lost pets. Our animals will suffer if we don't stop this closure. We must fight to get the shelter relocated to somewhere permanent in the LGA. Please show your support in helping to stop the closure of the Liverpool Animal Shelter by signing this petition and sharing with your network. Our animals don't have a voice, we are their voice!
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, Bridget McKenzie
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 Premier NSW Gladys Bereklian, Mark Pearson, Mayor Clover Moore, David Shoebridge
A 3 Year Trial allowing Pets on public transport, into public government areas & pubs
The present laws are discriminatory against homeless people who are being forced to choose either having accommodation or staying with their pet. It goes against the benefits that it has been overwhelmingly shown pet ownership provides adding a financial burden to the community when services have to be provided to meet these needs and still the need is unmet. Not allowing pets on public transport leaves people who are already expecting financial hardship at risk of getting a fine if they need to take their pet further than the animals legs can walk. This can easily be rectified by having, as is now provided for people wanting to have a quiet journey, with an extra pets carriage on all trains and requiring that all animals be restrained on all public transport. It has been shown in Europe and America that it is possible to carry pets on public transport without there being any major incidents. Additionally, it impacts on the environment as people are forced to purchase cars if they wish to transport their pet somewhere as pets are presently banned from all private car rental companies and shared car service providers cars. Legally if you want to transport your pet anywhere the only way to do so is via private car. Presently, the only reasons that pets are not being allowed into more places is due to laws that were not implemented after a trial but inherited and continued and have not been updated to reflect the changes in modern life ie more families renting, living in apartments and not houses, increased social isolation, and loneliness at an epidemic level. Allowing landlords to blanket ban pets on their properties has resulted in homeless people not being able to be accommodated as they refuse to leave their pet to fate so choose to stay on the streets. Increased the number of animals being surrendered to shelters and putting the animals life at risk due to an untried change. This trial would at least ease up on the number of animals being surrendered and the heartbreak that causes for all involved. A trial that allows people to take their pets with them into restaurants/cafes but have them away from service areas, into public government buildings such as libraries, museums and art galleries encourages those who are dealing with social isolation due to mental health issues the opportunity to get out as they are not forced to go solo. It also means that families and others living in small spaces have more options on where to take their pet as parks and green space are being eaten up by development and shows that we are a modern country able to keep pace with our European and American counterparts. Presently, with pets not being allowed on trains, in taxis or only on some public transport at the discretion of the driver means that if a homeless person or anyone without a car needs to transport their pet anywhere they are at risk of fine for those who are homeless or in financial hardship this is detrimental to their recovery as it adds another burden to their situation and could cause them to not be able to access veterinary care for their pet leaving a pet in physical and emotional distress. Additionally, as pets are banned from being carried in all private rental company cars and in any shared services cars and on public transport and only in taxis at the drivers discretion it is leading to greater car ownership and impacts on the environment. I know I bought a car just so that I could take my dog with me to all the places I wanted to go and have kept my car simply as there is no other way I can do so. It has also been shown that people who love animals and bond with them are the least likely to be violent or to harm others so surely we actually do want people to have these relationships. The stats below taken from the Pet Industry Association demonstrate that the stats to run a trial are clearly in favour of a trial being run “More than 62% of Australian households own a pet. Of these, 38% are dog owners and 29% are cat owners. In addition to this, 59% of people who do not currently own a pet admit that they would like to own one in the near future.” At the moment the laws are favouring the minority with no real justification or evidence to support them. We know that loneliness is now at epidemic levels one way of beating that, that involves no cost to the government, is to run a 3 year trial. I am suggesting 3 years to give the non-pet people a chance to get used to the changes and to really gather good evidence as to what is actually required to make pet rules work for all.
Petition to Horowhenua District Council
Mandatory de sexing of dogs in NZ
NZ has a huge problem with the backyard breeding of unwanted puppies by irresponsible owners. Charity shelters are full of homeless dogs and struggling to cope with the endless cases of neglect and unwanted puppies and dogs. Horowhenua district council could lead the way by making it unlawful to own a dog, male or female, that is not de sexed at age 6 months, unless registered with NZ Kennel club. Hopefully then other councils through out NZ will follow suit. I myself have worked on staff for SPCA and felt that we were the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. The problem is nation wide and of epidemic proportions.... something needs to be done. Councils need to step up and take some positive action to halt indiscriminate backyard breeding. In my opinion owners who can't afford to de sex their dog really cant afford to raise pups properly or give vet care if required either. If a law was in place eventually the over population of homeless dogs would at less reduce to a manageable number for those providing shelter care.