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Petition to Responsible department: Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs


C.A.G.E.D North West 'Ban the Bolt' Campaign   [Petition Supported by Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon] Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are 'unaccounted' for -- puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old.Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most 'economical' way - by bolt gun. Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection.These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons. Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate.Defra have the power to end this cruel practice so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.For more information please click on the links below to read about Milton the greyhound and use of bolt gun in destruction.      

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Defra UK Government

#FernsLaw: Update the pet microchip system to reunite stolen and missing dogs & cats.

COMPULSORY TO MICROCHIP OUR DOGS BUT OPTIONAL TO SCAN AND CHECK MICROCHIP REGISTRATION.  Please sign this petition to close the loopholes preventing missing microchipped dogs and cats from getting home.  Stolen Fern was reunited after 6 years because she was picked up as a stray, on her own with no new owner present and her microchip was checked.  If Fern had been taken to the vet with an owner, she would still be missing.  We want ‘sold on’ and ‘kept by finding’ missing dogs and cats, who have a new keeper present, to have the same chance as a stray to get home.   Many missing pets are never reunited with their families because it’s left optional to scan and check microchip registration on the original database to make sure pet and keeper match. Best practice recommendations by the veterinary professionals, authorities and rescues to check microchip registration is devised to be misleading and is approved by Defra.  You only find out the truth when your pet has disappeared.  Updates needed to help missing microchipped pets get home:-  1. Scan and check dogs and cats microchip registration on original database at first veterinary practice appointment, before euthanasia and help make sure contact information is up to date.  This should be implemented across the industry as a Standard Operation Procedure.  2. One microchip number on one database, to prevent new identity being given to missing and stolen pets. 3. Databases must not change registration information without contacting the original keeper.  All databases should be working in unison to a Code Of Practice.   4. When a microchip is scanned the keeper must be contacted immediately by the database before the missing alert is removed. 5. Deceased and injured pets on roads and railways must be checked for a microchip. 6. Seized and hand-in pets must have their microchip registration checked by the authorities and rescues.  7. Immediate reunification if a pet is scanned and is registered as missing on original database. 8.  Defra must issue a warning about the bogus database operating as a UK Pet Registry Database which is taking money from innocent pet keepers, not realising that when their pets microchip is scanned the microchip will read as unregistered!  We have microchipped our pets with the expectation to be reunited if the worst happens and they are lost or stolen. If just one organisation is not committed to scan and check microchip registration the whole system fails and is not fit for purpose. We don’t believe that the Government should only take advice from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Rescues on this issue, as they are at the centre of this injustice and are protecting themselves first and not putting the welfare of the animals or their clients first. Every missing microchipped pets deserve the right to be reunited with their loving family. Please sign this petition for change. Thank you.  Pet theft rate climbs by 51 per cent in four years, sparking calls for new pet scanning laws: Dr. Daniel Allen ‘s Spatialities of Dog Theft: A Critical Perspective:- Please note that a microchip is not proof of ownership and we are referred to as ‘keepers’ in the Compulsory Dog Microchipping Regulations, which also gives the new keeper the rights to change original registration on a database:- If you have a missing pet please add them on, run by volunteers, all free, supported by police and animal wardens.  Missing pet groups supporting this petition:-  Stolen And Missing Pets Alliance, Doglost, Pet Theft Awareness, The Dog Union, Murph’s Army, Dog’s Today Magazine, Dog’s Monthly, Dog Tag, It’s All About The Animals, APDAWG, Missing Pets UK, Missing Dogs UK.  Please let us know if you would like your organisation added.  CONTACT YOUR MP: COPY AND PASTE AND SEND TO THEM 

Debbie Matthews
39,435 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Michael Creed, Leo Varadkar, Theresa May MP, Michael Gove MP


Greyhounds are suffering extensive abuse and inhumane death across the world due to the exports of Irish and UK greyhounds. Transporters/agents/breeders/trainers regularly export the dogs without any care for their wellbeing. Export of Greyhounds for Commercial USE* A) Many greyhounds exported from the UK and Ireland are sold or loaned out for breeding. Both female and male greyhounds can end up in breeding kennels living in severely 'inhumane conditions', often in excessively high temperatures until they can no longer produce, leading to years of misery and suffering. Each female may produce a litter of around 10 puppies and will be used to whelp as many litters as possible throughout her life. They may suffer infection or other serious complications during or after the birth, often with little or no vet treatment. One male can sire tens of thousands of dogs and will usually remain in a kennel for his entire life. B) While used for hunting these dogs sustain injuries such as being mauled by other animals, and receive no vet care often leading to a slow, painful death. C) Greyhounds are used for racing at both licensed and unlicensed racing tracks. When no longer fit to race (due to age, injury, etc.) the dogs become surplus to requirements, resulting in many being poisoned, bludgeoned, hung, or even slowly cooked to death as greyhounds are at present being found within the Chinese dog meat trade. D) Some individuals may proclaim to look after their imported dogs. However, with serious issues of poverty, lack of education, no access to vet treatment and unsuitable climate, these owners are unable to provide even the most basic of care such as proper diet or vaccines to prevent illness and disease. Only exports for the specific purpose of re homing via well established and reputable rescue can ensure that a dog's welfare needs will be met. Greyhounds, a unique breed A) Studies in the US have shown that greyhounds have type A Personalities, which makes them extra sensitive in stressful situations and can lead to excessively high blood pressure, causing a whole array of health problems including stroke and death. B) Greyhounds have universal blood, which makes them highly susceptable to being bled to death ('exsanguination') for profit, rather than being put to sleep using IV euthanasia when necessary. C) Greyhounds have very little fat on their bodies, making it very uncomfortable for them while crammed into crates or left to lie on hard surfaces. D) Greyhounds are temperature sensitive, meaning they do not have the ability to adapt to hot/cold climates, in the same way as some other breeds can. This can lead to overheating, seizure and horrific death. Why a blanket ban across the EU and only in conjunction with a UK ban (following Brexit)  on all greyhound exports for commercial USE* is required The exports are creating mass breeding of greyhounds, meaning that millions will be exploited in the future. If we do not stop the exports now the problem will spiral out of control because of the growth of greyhound breeding facillities, dangerous race tracks and hunt kennels around the world, together with a lack of animal welfare laws in some countries and non enforced animal welfare laws in others. Animal welfare laws in some countries may not protect Greyhounds that are used for hunting purposes, although these laws may cover other breeds, dogs used for hunting may be exempt from any protection at all. Crucial to a blanket ban is the fact that some greyhounds are transported via intermediate countries to third countries.Below are just a few examples of the routes that can be used when travelling to Asia: Irish transports; Ireland to Spain to China - Ireland to UK to China - Ireland to Scotland to England to Pakistan - Ireland to US to India UK transports; UK to France to China - UK to US to India - UK to Pakistan. UK dogs are also returned to Ireland before travelling via the above routes. Say NO to a whitelist Due to greyhounds being shipped to third countries, a whitelist would NOT prevent greyhounds being exported to countries where there is little or no protection for them. We believe that a whitelist would encourage people to export greyhounds as they could transport dogs freely to borders that will allow them to be shipped to Asia and other parts of the world. We would therefore like to contain all Irish and British greyhounds within Irish/UK borders, with the exception of exports to assist European greyhound rescue organisations with their vital work. We would call for neutered/spayed dogs to be shipped from well established and reputable rehoming centres to those matching the same criteria overseas, and which have long term history of re homing dogs to a family environment for non commercial use. Greyhounds supposedly exported as pets We are aware that some greyhound trainers are deceptively exporting greyhounds, who are no longer registered to race, as 'pets'. These dogs are usually used for breeding, hunting and racing rather than homed as pets. In order to assist genuine pet exports in cases of immigration, a solution would have to be found to filter out such illegitimate exports. * We define commercial USE as being exchanged/loaned for personal financial or other gain, and/or being bought/borrowed to be used for breeding, hunting, fighting, showing or racing.

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