Petition to Mayor of Yulin, Mr. Wei Tao
The Barbaric Yulin Dog Meat Festival Must Come to an End Once and For All
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is fast approaching. We must put pressure on Chinese officials to enact effective changes in procedure and law enforcement to stop this horrific event from taking place once and for all. The United States’ position on the dog and cat meat trade, and the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in particular, is clear and unequivocal: dogs and cats should not be killed for the consumption of their meat. In December 2018, the United States banned the dog and cat meat trade. Inroads into the banning of this cruel and senseless commerce have also been made in parts Asia. Taiwan recently took the monumental step of banning both the consumption of dog and cat meat and the overall trade in such meat. Significantly, Taiwan is also home to an international alliance that is championing the push to ensure all Asian countries outlaw these senseless and cruel practices in the region. Indeed, Hanoi, Vietnam is also taking action, progressively banning the trade of dog and cat meat in its central districts. Although these measures and efforts are important, we must continue to press China to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. We proudly stand with the millions of people across the globe and in China, who wish to see this festival come to an end. The Chinese government would be wise to join our efforts and institute a complete ban of the dog and cat meat trade. The Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China dates back to 2009-2010, when it was launched by dog meat traders as a commercial enterprise to boost flagging sales. We find it completely outrageous that even though the Yulin city government withdrew as a sponsor of the Dog Meat Festival, Yulin authorities and the Chinese government failed to take any meaningful action to bring an end to this festival. The event celebrates the wholesale torture of dogs and is an abhorrent display of animal cruelty. During this barbaric festival, dogs are burnt, skinned, or boiled alive, have their paws cleaved off while conscious, and are staked to the ground and beaten to death. No one can see these images and walk away unaffected. Based on the work of animal activist groups, the number of dogs slaughtered at the festival has be reduced, but still far too many are suffering barbaric torture and death. In fact, even with the decrease of dogs slaughtered at the Yulin festival, there are still about 10 million dogs killed annually in China for the dog meat trade. It is absolutely shameful that this festival and others like it still continue. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the countless activists who continue their tireless fight every single day in order to save and protect the voiceless and powerless animals across the globe. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation is on the ground 365 days a year with our two shelters and almost 500 dogs saved from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. We see first hand the progress and are hopeful that we will be able to end the celebration of consuming our best friends. We must continue to shed light on the horrific treatment of the many animals that fall prey to China’s dog meat trade. Our efforts transcend cultural differences, party lines, state borders, and political stances. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, this cause must be everyone’s cause. With the might of the American government behind us, we can continue to put pressure on Chinese officials to enact much needed changes. Many humane courses of action are already available throughout China. With regular monitoring and enforcement, we hope that one day soon will finally see the elimination of the cruel Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Petition to Gage County Nebraska Sheriff and County Board
Let Gage County NE K9 Buster stay with his human
In early June the Gage County Nebraska Board with support of the Sheriff voted to allow K9 Buster to retire early so he could stay with his handler who was switching agencies. They agreed to sell Buster to Deputy Coltin Babensee for $250. The Gage Sheriff's Department hand no other handler and no K9 budget to keep Buster. The K9 program was disbanded. Two weeks later the County Board rescinded their decision and demanded Buster be returned. There is no real plan for buster. He will likely be kenneled until sold like a surplus piece of equipment. Gage County should honor their initial vote to let Buster retire and go with his partner. Please sign this petition to help K9 Buster with his only handler and only family Coltin Babensee. County Board rescinds decision to sell K-9 to deputy handler
Petition to Philadelphia City Officials, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Council, Mayor Kenney, Kenyatta Johnson
Help ACCT Philly!!
You may already be aware of the rapidly spreading infectious outbreak currently plaguing our city’s only open intake shelter, ACCT Philly. The concern of the volunteers and rescue groups is growing as numerous animals have died as a result: Rusty, Chewy, Biggie, Priscilla and Sarah, to name a few. Right now, the list of innocent animals that are sick is growing by the hour and unfortunately, without having the medical resources necessary and a limited veterinary staff, the City runs the risk of the entire group of animals dying under their watch. Lane, Coco, Matilda, Hilda, Priscilla, Heinz, Sabrina, Lerner, Officer Kong, Bucky, Trini, Officer Simelton, Mikey, Forte, Skittles, Chance, Scruff McGruff, Lesner, Luis, Rover… these are all names of sick and suffering animals. A few have left with rescues, only to now be housed in oxygen tanks at Penn Vet, fighting for their lives. The most concerning fact is that this epidemic is starting out as the common kennel cough, which in most cases is a very treatable illness. However, this awful strain morphs into an Upper Respiratory Infection and then moves to pneumonia that in some cases is proving to be drug resistant, and dogs are losing their battle. Due to inefficient funding and a lack of space, ACCT’s facility is suffering in many major areas, which is allowing this disease to be spreading constantly, and preventing animals from recovering at all. ACCT is the only open intake shelter in Philadelphia, and has a severely devoted staff and team of volunteers who give their lives to caring for the city’s animals. However, the resources that we are working with are severely limited. ACCT’s warehouse holds 121 kennels, all housed under one roof, but there is no separate medical quarantine for the sick animals. The dishwasher, (which now, thanks to a generous donor is finally being replaced) has been broken so there was no capability of sterilizing the bowls that these animals drink and eat out of, or the ability to clean the slip leads in between in dog walks. The hot water was recently fixed, but there had been no hot water for weeks to even effectively wash anything out in the sink. Bad plumbing and drains leave raw sewage on the floors that the dogs and humans have to walk through all day, spreading disease both inside and outside. The warehouse is rampant with mice and the diseases they carry. This is now becoming a public health concern, not just for the animals but for us humans taking care of them as well, as volunteers and staff are constantly subject to these conditions. ACCT has been doing everything in its power to combat this dire situation, including coming up with various solutions like having individual slip leads for each dog to help reduce the transmission of diseases, hosting fee-waived adoption events to promote even more adoptions, and issuing press releases to the media about what’s going on, but there is only so much that our staff and volunteers can do with our current situation and resources, without outside help. This is why we are reaching out to you today. A recent article was published by KYW revealed that Philadelphia City Council members have been stockpiling their given capital budgets, some members even having multimillion dollar reserves. Given that ACCT is the city’s shelter, and funded by the city, it is only right that some of this unused capital gets put towards improving the shelter’s facilities so that lives are saved, not lost. Members of the public are confused and angry, and when so many innocent lives are at stake, we cannot sit back and be quiet. In 2018, ACCT took in 18,000 animals with an operating budget of 4.3 million dollars. In the same year, San Diego county had an intake of 19,000 animals, with a budget of 42 million dollars — 10 times that of ACCT. We need help! There is only so much that the staff and volunteers at ACCT can do ourselves. There isn’t a better team of people fighting this fight. Our Executive Director, Susan Russell, has been the best leader we could ask for, tirelessly advocating for our animals day in and day out, but this epidemic has truly taken things to another level. Rescues aren’t even able to pull as many animals right now due to the extraordinary medical bills that they would need to take on. We are fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, but we are running out of resources and time. Please take some sort of action so that we can continue our mission to save our city's homeless animals. They deserve the world, and we intend to give it to them.
Petition to Mr. Wei Tao, Yulin Mayor
Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
Did you know, every year, on the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up to be eaten in Yulin, China as part of a Dog Meat Festival? We believe that this cruel “festival” has no place in the 21st century. Help us end this cruel "festival" and trade:https://www.change.org/f/help-dogs-like-ellie-saved-from-yulin-slaughterhouse?source_location=petition_show There are so many reasons to end this horrific festival -- warning, the following information may be upsetting. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is also a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick, poisoned and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys, many days without food and water and may carry contagious disease. We appeal to you to act in the interest of public health, food safety, animal welfare, and the image of Guangxi and China. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is a business operation that undermines the national and public interest. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government is at a historical juncture. The Dog Meat Festival must end. By signing our petition, you’re joining a global movement with like-minded people who want to shut down this heinous festival and trade. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in both online and in-person events happening around the world. Thank you, Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (www.duoduoproject.org)
Petition to President Moon Jae-In, Mayor Park Won Soon
Boycott South Korea! Dogs are part of family. Not Food!
For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/ Please watch this video: http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY To the South Korean Government : I am extremely upset about the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea. Even though Korea has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and treated brutally by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of ignorant and gullible customers. These practices have no place in the modern world. Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Why does Korea persist in lagging behind these countries and other civilized societies? It’s the responsibility of the Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea. It is time to dismiss the childish myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. It is time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions. And it is time for Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and showing that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner. Until these things are done, Korea’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. And Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its modernization and attempts at globalized thinking. From now on, I will boycott Korean products, and I will not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended. Signed, Caring citizens of the world
Petition to Mayor Oh Keo-don 오거돈 부산시장, President Moon Jae-In, Ko Dae-Young, Kwak Dong-Hyuk, Goo Kyung-Min, Kim Kwang-Mo, Kim Dong-Il, Kim Dong-Ha, Kim Mun-Gi, Ki Min-Jung, Kim Bu-Min, Kim Sam-Soo, Kim Jae-Young, Kim Jeong-Ryang, Kim Jong-Han, Kim Jin-Hong, Kim Tae-Hoon, Kim Hye-Lin, Nam Eon-Wook, Noh Gi-Seob, Do Yong-Hoi, Moon Chang-Moo, Park Min-Sung, Park Sung-Yoon, Park Seung-Hwan, Park In-Young, Park Heung-Sik, Bae Yong-Joon, Sohn Yong-Gu, Sin Sang-Hae, Oh Won-Se, Oh Eun-Taek, Yoon Ji-Young, Lee Dong-Ho, Lee San-Ha, Lee Sung-Sook, Lee Soon-Young, Yi Yong-Chan, Lee Yong-Hyoung, Lee Jung-Hwa, Lee Joo-Hwan, Lee Hyun, Jeong Sang-Chae, Jung Jong-Min, Je Dae-Wook, Jo Nam-Gu, Cho Cheol-Ho, Choi Do-Suck, Choi Young-A
Busan, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
Busan, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets. Click here for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/busan/ http://koreandogs.org/petitions-korean-cities/ In Busan there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. There are plentiful evidences that the illegal dog meat industry exists in Busan. Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Shops” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”. The searches resulted in: 567 Health Food Shops; and 262 restaurants in and around Busan. https://map.naver.com/?query=%EB%B6%80%EC%82%B0%EC%8B%9C+%EA%B1%B4%EA%B0%95%EC%9B%90&type=SITE_1 https://map.naver.com/index.nhn?query=67aA7IKw7IucIOuztOyLoO2DlQ&enc=b64&tab=1 Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Busan in order to supply all of these outlets. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. Dear Mayor Oh Keo-don, We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, " Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade." (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401 International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. #BOYCOTT #Korea #Hyundai #Genesis #Samsung #SamsungGalaxy #LG #Kia #SK #Daewoo #POSCO #FILA #KoreanAirlines #AsianaAirlines #ImagineYourKorea #K-Pop
Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments
UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services. According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse. William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Wilkie
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.
UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments. It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.