6 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State House

Don't Kill Mute Swans in New York State - Kill the "Mute Swan Plan"

Urgent Action Required - HELP SAVE Mute Swans in New York As you may know, in December 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law sponsored by Assemblymember Cymbrowitz and Senator Avella to stop the DEC's plan to kill New York's mute swans. The new law established a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s mute swan management plans, and requires the DEC to hold at least two public hearings in areas with mute swan populations. Furthermore, any management plan that the DEC puts forward must: give priority to non-lethal management techniques; fully document the scientific basis for future population projections; demonstrate that the swans have caused actual damage to the environment or to other species; and fully document the scientific basis for current and projected environmental damage. Nevertheless, now the DEC already appears to be moving forward with a deadly new mute swan management plan. Last week the DEC announced the release of its third draft mute swan management plan for New York State. The third New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) Mute Swan Control Plan released on September 6 must not be adopted. Under the DEC's new plan, many will be brutally killed - as many as 100 every year, or more. While the DEC's plan speaks to an intention for increased reliance on non-lethal management, it is unacceptable that the plan continues to call for the killing of mute swans in New York State. DEC Website - Mute Swans: Mute Swan Management Plan: The plan has insufficient scientific basis for its claim that the mute swan, who has been present in the U.S. for no less than 150 years is an “invasive” species requiring extreme management. The swans are now integrated into their environment and the ecosystem in which they live. The DEC plan outrageously proposes "educating" New Yorkers about the overwhelmingly benign "threats" posed by the species. The plan fails to meet the specific requirements of the state law passed in 2016 requiring the DEC to fully document the scientific basis for future mute swan population projections and for current and projected environmental damage by the swans. The DEC has not presented any new science in support of its proposals, and has not demonstrated habitat damage and destruction, called for in the law, before lethal control is considered. The plan is devoid of new information - it is simply a repackaged version of its previous drafts.  The mute swan population in New York State is approximately 2,000, insignificant when considering the draconian approach to population control proposed by the DEC's plan. The upstate population of the mute swans, a region made up of 50 counties, where the DEC Plan proposes the most severe control measures, is 150 - an average only 3 swans per county. Our demand is that these swans be allowed to live.  Please sign this petition to tell the DEC that you reject their plan, and to let New York State Senators and Assembly Members know that you are appalled about the DEC's proposal to eliminate mute swans in New York, which is not in accordance with the legislation sponsored and fought for by Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz which passed overwhelming by the legislature three times and signed into law by Goverenor Cuomo. Upcoming DEC Mute Swan Hearings The DEC is accepting comments on the proposal and there will be three public hearings held in different parts of the state in the next month. This is not the management plan that we fought for and it is very important for advocates to comment on the proposal and attend these hearings. Hearing Information: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.Braddock Bay Pavilion199 E. Manitou RoadHilton, NY 14468 Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.Region 3 NYSDEC21 South Putt Corners RoadNew Paltz, NY 12561 Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.Suffolk County Water Authority260 Motor ParkwayHauppauge, New York 11788 In addition, the public is encouraged to provide written comments on the revised management plan by writing to: Bureau of Wildlife - Mute Swan Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754; or e-mailing  (subject line - "Mute Swan Plan"). The public comment period will close on December 6, 2017.

The Pegasus Foundation and The Pettus Crowe Foundation
5,458 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration

FDA/USDA Approved "Humanely Raised" Label on Meat Products

If you are like me, hardly vegan (but trying), not so wealthy, but are concerned about the way that animals are treated before their by-products end up on the shelves, then you are probably struggling to find the right meat brands to purchase at the store. You realize that 'Cage Free' is not all that it is said to be. Perhaps you are aware that there exists few Third-Party "Humane Certifiers" but do not have sufficient information about certifiers to make a decision. You are loyal to your local co-op. You have already decided to become vegan, perhaps, so to not contribute to the high demand of meat. Still, you would like to see more efforts by the United States government to protect ALL animals against unnecessary abuse, and hold accountable workers and leaderdhip who take advantage of animals in their line of work. Especially the ones who are forced into, or born inside the meat factories. The ones who end up in our dinner, gummy bears, and what have you. The ones whose bodily fluids are extracted at an alarming rate and frequency, all to satisfy our godly complexes. Would you like to be a bit more proactive about animal welfare in the meat industry, but are not in the position to do so physically, politically, or any other way? Are you sick of discovering that some of the most violent, most sickening things you can imagine happen to be a reality for over 65 billion animals each year because of humans? 39 billion of whom are killed right here in the U.S.. Thanks in part to our ruthelessly capitalistic government whose interests seem to be geared towards industrialism, rather than comity and governance, and the freedom that they bestow upon their corporate friends in order to maximies profit. If you feel strongly about our government's role in the welfare of factory animals, then please sign this petition to let the FDA know that there's a much higher demand for Humanely Raised meat than the make-believe 'Cage Free' labels on meat from suffereing and tortured animals. -Yasmine Coulibaly, Miss Oshkosh 2017. "The animal industry has created these quality assurance programs in response to pressurefrom food retailers, including grocery stores and chain restaurants, and to avoidgovernment regulation and third-party audits . In most cases, the guidelines weredeveloped with little or no public input, by scientists and industry officials with expertisein animal production, not animal welfare. These guidelines allow numerous inhumanepractices and fail to provide animals with freedom from hunger, discomfort, pain, fearand distress and the freedom to express normal behavior (referred to as the "FiveFreedoms"). In addition, the areas of transportation, use of genetic selection, and the careof breeding animals are not sufficiently addressed . A review of animal industryguidelines for dairy cattle, pigs, meat chickens and laying hens conducted for this reportnoted a total of more than 50 major violations of the Five Freedoms. - -

Miss Oshkosh, WI
991 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Rodney Pyles

We Support West Virginia's Anti-Declaw Bill HB 2418 (Pyles)

Thank you, West Virginia's Delegate Rodney Pyles for introducing legislation that would prohibit onychetomy (or declawing) and tendonectomy in West Virginia. We support your Anti-Declaw House Bill HB 2418, which would forbid declawing in the state of West Virginia for all non-therapeutic reasons. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions). Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).  Declawing is illegal or considered unethical by the veterinary profession in most of the world.  Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - have enacted declaw bans.  Statistics from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the many years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health. The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV. This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Declaw-type procedures to treat tumor, infection, disease, or injury would be allowed to benefit the health of the cat. Thank you, Delegate Pyles. We hope your bills will be successful and will be models for humane legislation in other states.

The Paw Project
2,516 supporters