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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.

Christine and Peter Fry
80,360 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Air New Zealand

Encourage Air New Zealand to allow dogs to fly on board domestic flights

New Zealand is finally catching up with the rest of the world! Wellington recently started allowing pets on public transport.A Christchurch Mall now allows their customers to bring their dogs out for a day shopping.And the rest of the country is starting to relax around dining out with your pets (although still reluctantly outdoors for majority of places)We would LOVE if Air New Zealand could show how progressive they are and start allowing dogs on board domestic flights.Airlines all across the world allow dogs to travel in cabin on domestic flights. It is much less stress for both the dog and the owner to know they are safe and calm during a flight. Check out @vincenzopepito on Instagram and his amazing travel stories. We are lucky enough that NZ domestic flights are all relatively short. If a dog can handle a 6 hour journey from LAX to NYC, then even Kerikeri to Invercargill is a walk in the park. Air New Zealand has the ball in their court on this, if they were the first to introduce it, they could literally state any conditions for carriage they like, such as:Having to book a full fare seat for the pet, and making sure that their owner sat between them and another passenger. Having to contain the pet in a carry case/bag (popular conditions stipulated by the NYC Subway system) Have a national pet passport for each animal, that will allow the airlines to ban any animal that could not behave in flight. (if only we could do that with children!)Restricting peak flight bookings.Airlines already have conditions in place for service dogs, as it is required by law to do so, such as mats for them to be seated on and certain ways they handle bookings. There are easy ways to ensure all passengers are happy with their flight conditions. Luckily most domestic flights in NZ use small planes so would not have someone sitting by a dog that wasn't comfortable to do so. We would pay a full fare (and more) to be able to travel with our boy more easily. We love to travel NZ and with more dog friendly accommodation available and even more places allowing pets, it seems a shame to ignore the huge potential tourism opportunity for pet travel within the country.The stress and logistics of cargo carriage with a pet on flights around the country make it the kind of option you save for a necessary trip or a move. Not the kind of thing you do for a weekend away. The last flight we took from Hamilton to Wellington was on a freezing cold winter morning, after being delayed while waiting for the fog to lift, we then spent the the whole flight listening to the cries of a puppy in the cargo hold. Although I trust that Air NZ do everything they can to ensure a comfortable flight for a pet, if the owner is flying too, please, please let us bring them on board. We have been lucky enough to spend quite a few vacations around the North Island happily with our dog in tow, finding some great kiwi hospitality and showing our "Down the farm" attitude that dogs are a part of the family now. No longer resigned to spending their life in the back yard, or in the kennel. Dogs are complex emotional creatures who thrive on company and love nothing more than being included in a family outing.  New Zealand's general attitude towards dogs in public is incredibly behind the rest of the world. We have enjoyed Holidays all over the USA where we saw many happy dogs of all sizes dining out with their families and shopping, and riding the public transport. The main factor that we noticed is that the general public don't blink an eye towards a dog at a restaurant or in a shopping mall, and because these dogs have been allowed to do so their whole life, they are extraordinarily well behaved and know what is expected of them. New Zealand will never get to the stage of having a harmonious relationship with dogs in public unless we let them show us how well they can handle it. We are constantly met with pleasantly surprised reactions to our dog when we travel with him, he has been on wine tours around Waiheke Island, Matakana wine country, Taupo and the Hawkes bay. He has been coming to cafe's with us since he was fully vaccinated and into any places that will let him. Because he has been constantly exposed to different environments, he is placid and happy to just be wherever we are. This is the case for every modern dog owner we know of in NZ, we just need to let them teach the rest of society that this is possible! We would love to see some signatures of support to show Air New Zealand that there is backing behind this! 

Fin Coulston
43 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Guardian Animal Soap, Valery Borg

Guardian Animal Soap: PLEASE STOP selling shark skin and cartilage as dog treats

Dear Guardian Animal Soap, "As apex predators positioned at the top of the marine food chain, sharks are highly exposed to toxic compounds like lead, cadmium, and many persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including DDT and PCBs." -Madison Stewart Sharks have been found to contain the highest concentrations of methyl mercury than any other form of seafood. Selling shark meat and products, that are highly contaminated with dangerous toxins and heavy metals, to dogs is unacceptable. Toxins and chemicals such as Arsenic, Microplastics, Methylmercury, Urea and Lead bioaccumulate and biomagnify in apex predators making shark meat poisonous to consume. Shark is NOT a part of a dogs natural diet and there is no excuse to feed such a dangerous product to our pets. Cooking and drying does not eliminate or change the content of mercury in shark meat. Humans are decimating shark populations at an alarming rate due to the demand for fin soup, cartilage products, overfishing, organised hunts, by-catch, shark nets, culls and poor management of fisheries while also destroying their ocean habitat and disrupting the ecosystem therefore, "removing" any number of sharks from the ocean for cartilage and skin products is not sustainable.  "Flake" is a general term for any species of shark and often species that are endangered and vulnerable such as the scalloped hammerhead shark and the shortfin mako are regularly caught in Australian NSW and QLD fisheries. With no knowledge of the species of sharks your products come from, it is likely you are contributing to the depletion of endangered species. By-catch of non-target species such as dolphins, seals and seabirds is also an issue concerning shark fishing. Sharks play an important role in keeping our oceans balanced and they are widely misunderstood yet beautiful animals. Education is key to saving our oceans and the life within. We need to learn to respect and coexist with such an incredibly evolved creature such as the shark and If you consider your dog as a member of your family, you wouldn't feed them plastics, arsenic, mercury or lead.  "Marine organisms absorb and cannot excrete some toxins and heavy metals that enter the oceans from pollutants.  These toxins accumulate in a fish’s body as it eats other fish, this is known as "bioaccumulation," the toxins travel through the food web from prey to predator, continuing to increase in concentration in a process called 'biomagnification.'"- Madison Stewart Since sharks eat a lot of fish in their relatively long life span, they carry a very highly concentrated amount of mercury and methyl mercury in their bodies, which also does not dissolve during their lifetime. Some shark species can live for 50 years or more, consuming many toxin-laden fish and storing those toxins in their bodies. "Methylmercury is an organic form of mercury, a neurotoxin. Organizations throughout the world, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), recognize mercury to be a dangerous neurotoxin and warn against eating shark, especially pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant, or children.”-SHARK SAVERS It is time to take action and support the health of our oceans by ceasing the senseless slaughter of sharks.  We encourage consumers to boycott shark products and urge Guardian Animal Soap to discontinue selling shark products in concern for our pets health, the conservation of the oceans as well as the welfare and protection of sharks. Please join and share this campaign to raise awareness for the plight of sharks and make sure that pet owners and businesses are not misled into buying toxic shark products for their dogs. ... (Amazing leopard shark photo taken by Jordan Delves)

Brielle Revello
1,441 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Andrew Mcdonald, Sandy Stockman

Please allow Morgan and Flynn to train at the Agility Dog Club of Victoria

Karen Hollis was awarded life membership of the Agility Dog Club of Victoria. She was a founding member of this club. She was a Club Instructor and served on Committee for 15 years, including 8 years as Club Secretary.  There was never any issue with her performance as a Club Instructor or as a long-standing Committee member.In 2011, Karen raised her concerns about the manner in which she was being treated by one Committee member, on advice of Dogs Victoria. Unprofessional e-mails ensued. Karen has wanted to happily train her dogs at this club which happens to be convenient to her. Instead of discussing this matter with Karen, which is an obligation of the Club,  Karen's life membership has refused to be recognised. Karen has put a lot into this club over many years. She believes she should be able to participate in this sport. Karen has not only been excluded from the club, she has been repeatedly called a "stalker" for attempting to resolve this problem. She has repeatedly asked to speak to Club representatives, this has in fact never occurred. Karen should not be kept out of a Club that she devoted so much time to.Other Club members are entitled to train their dogs. We ask the club to please recognise her life membership and allow her to immediately train her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Morgan and Flynn.Karen has helped many people in many ways over the years. Please sign this petition and show your support.

Karen Hollis
99 supporters