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Petition to City of Palo Alto

Save the Palo Alto Animal Shelter!

We are about to lose our 121 year old animal shelter for yet another sacrifice to the almighty dollar which will benefit few and harm many. The Palo Alto Animal Shelter is an invaluable community asset. Many people throughout Palo Alto and the surrounding cities have availed themselves of the services there, including adoption of pets and the spay/neuter clinic. If one of our animals has gone astray, we know that we can count on Palo Alto Animal Shelter to care for our pet if found and returned, and that they will do everything possible to return the animal to its rightful owners. Many of us and our children have volunteered community service hours at the shelter. Indeed, there is usually a waiting list for volunteers! We have amazing animal services, and we should not lose the shelter to more expansion of business and retail. We have a beautiful shelter on the edge of the Bay lands. It is a shelter where healthy, friendly dogs and cats and a host of small animal companions enjoy no time limit to their residency while awaiting their forever home. It is a shelter which also provides affordable spay/neuter services to the Northern end of Santa Clara County. An extension of business/retail to that already congested area would cause more traffic problems, and sully the beauty of that portion of the Frontage Road. The time to fight back is now. Palo Alto City Manager James Keene is hell bent on destroying the shelter and replacing it with Anderson "Big Dog" Honda. He is counting on the people of Palo Alto not taking notice while he completes this ignoble action. Come out now Palo Alto if you value your Animal Shelter. James Keene is on the brink of taking it all away. The Palo Alto Animal Shelter is a community treasure, and in the second wealthiest city in the country, surely there is a way to keep it where it is and viable for a good many years to come.

Karen Ewart
9,428 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Save Your Dog - Ban Body Grip Traps on Public Lands

I run and train my dogs on both private and public land. Only on public land do I need to worry about my dogs getting caught in a body-gripping trap (Conibear trap) and dying in less than 90 seconds.   Every year, family pets and valuable hunting dogs are killed in these traps, which are nearly impossible for anyone to release in time to save their dog.  These are not simple foot-hold traps with a simple release mechanism most people can easily trigger; these traps violently compress the animal's throat and cause suffocation within 1-2 minutes, and are so strong that a special 2-ft long "pliers" must be used to set the trap in an open position.  This same tool must be used to release the animal. I've read many accounts online by adult men who've been unable to release their dogs and had to watch, helplessly, as their dog died. I researched the recommended techniques to release my dog and have been unable to perform the release in under 5-8 minutes (I bought a medium sized trap to practice on).  Not only am I not strong enough to compress the springs using any of the techniques I found, I can't imagine being able to do this while my 60 pound dog is flailing around, choking to death.  A local trapping supply store employee expressed his belief that these traps should not be allowed on land accessible to the general public. Run a search with the terms "dogs killed conibear" and you will be appalled at what you read.   Traps on public land make the area a booby-trapped disaster for people with dogs using the land in a legal and permitted way (hunting, hiking, etc.).  With reluctance, I can accept snares and foot-hold traps, and have taught myself how to release my dog from one (my dog was caught in a foot-hold trap last year and I was able to release him with no injury); the Conibear, however, should not be allowed except on private land with the consent of the landowner.  It's just too dangerous and too indiscriminate a killer.  Click here to read just one newspaper story.

Nancy Carpenter
1,027 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), The Honorable Harvey L. Hall Mayor, Mayor Man-Soo Kim, City of Bucheon, Bucheon City Council, Bucheon City Office, Geun-Hye Park, Ban Ki-Moon, Kyung-Pil Nam, Jae-Myung Lee, Byung-Se Yun, Dong-Phil Lee, Seung Chung, Hyung-Pyo Moon, Seong-Kyu Yun

Bakersfield: Tell Sister City Bucheon,Korea That We’re Opposed to Torture of Dogs and Cats

Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall: Tell Sister City Bucheon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Bakersfield has become Sister City with Bucheon, South Korea, regardless of the fact that Bucheon ignores horrendous dog and cat cruelty by allowing the illegal breeding, brutal slaughter and sale of these animals for its meat trade. 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. Bucheon is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea.  There are countless dog 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. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Please inform Bucheon Mayor Man-Soo Kim that the City of Bakersfield and its citizens insist that they  issue an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of 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 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 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 slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a 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 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. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article7 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. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of 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, 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 LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS SANITARY CONTROL ACT Article7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, 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. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning 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 carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which 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 carcass 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): We believe these demands are in line with the goal of Sister cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Bucheon, South Korea’s image and severely tarnished your county’s Sister city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested. Thank you for taking swift action! ------------------------------------------------------------- Please click for call for action:  

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