Petition to Jim Buckmaster, Susan MacTavish Best
Justice for Puppy Doe: Tell Craigslist to Help Stop Violence Against Pets
This petition will be sent to Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist's CEO. On August 31st 2013, a young, small, female dog named ‘Puppy Doe’ was found brutally tortured in a Quincy, Massachusetts park, and we were all left wondering who could let this happen to any animal. The dog’s injuries were so violent and severe that the only humane thing to do was to euthanize her. She had been starved, burned, stabbed, and limbs pulled from her joints in what’s been described as a “medieval" style torture. It was later determined that the original owner of the dog chose to give her up for undermined reasons. According to media reports, the owner decided to put the dog, named Kiya, up for adoption on Craigslist. The Pets category is often a go-to source for animal abusers looking for victims because it is anonymous and there is no accountability or screening process. The before and after photos above of Kiya need no explanation. I'm asking Craigslist to change their policies on these re-homing ads so that it is never again a part of tragedies like this. Mr. Buckmaster, Craigslist already prohibits the sale of animals so we want you to enforce that policy and update it to only allow shelters and rescue groups to utilize pet ads for rehoming. I'm a passionate animal welfare supporter who grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts and remember playing at the playground where Puppy Doe was found. I've personally tested the Craigslist platform since this horrendous incident and short of a buried link to a PETA article, there are no warnings on the "Pets" section about the dangers of posting these re-homing ads. These are breathing, feeling, loving animals we’re talking about, not old pieces of furniture-- we are challenging Craigslist to do better by adopting a new policy that protects these vulnerable animals! It's beyond words that this sweet, innocent dog, that once knew love had to suffer this violent, evil fate. If actions were taken to improve the safety of animals posted on Craigslist, there would be some justice in Puppy Doe's name knowing that another pet will never suffer such violence as a result of being dumped off on Craigslist. Mr. Buckmaster, while remembering the notorious "Craigslist Killer" murders which led you to ban the Erotic Services category on your site, I am asking your company to take a long hard look at your current policies on Pet postings to help keep these helpless animals safe.
Petition to Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue Airways
NO MORE DEAD PETS -Airlines Need To Create An Expert Animal Health And Care Advisory Board
Trending Recent News- Dog Dies In Airline Bin Dog Mistakenly Flown To Japan The recent news of this dog dying due to poor advice from airline staff just solidifies that airlines need expert advice in how to handle and care for the pets that fly with them. Airlines need expert advice on how to handle pets, where they need to stay, how they need to be cared for and more. Our proposal is to create a travel coalition of the top leaders in the world on pet health and safety. We will then work directly with the airlines to create safe environments for pets that travel so that there are NO MORE DEATHS. iHeartDogs.com is volunteering to start and spearhead this coalition for the well being of all our pets. Sign the petition below to show the airlines that they MUST have better protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of our pets.
Petition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Ft. Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, Brazoria County Judge L.M. "Matt" Sebesta, JR, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal
30 Day Hold from Euthanasia for Harvey Animals in Texas
We are writing this petition, in hopes of having a mandatory 30 day hold for all displaced animals in all Texas shelters due to Hurricane Harvey and for any other area disasters in Texas in the future. With a disaster of this magnitude there are still many stranded, homeless and devastated people and families who were separated from their pets due to the flood waters, destroyed homes, and the rescue process. Numerous people are still without cars, transportation or the means to locate their pets. OVERVIEW: The animal situation in Houston and Texas is dire. Dozens of thousands of strays, at one point conservatively estimated at 1.2 million, were on the streets before Hurricane Harvey. There are few laws about breeding, selling or spaying/neutering animals with little or no enforcement of any laws that do exist. Backyard breeding and dog fighting, especially involving the bully breeds, is rampant. Dogs and puppies are sold openly out of cars in parking lots. The Houston SPCA (HSPCA) is overwhelmed with the many reports of cruelty as animals are dumped and wander the streets. Only a couple of places offer low cost spay/neuter and there are few if no free clinics. Shelters are already over-crowded and animals can be killed in 3 days under city law if strays/owner surrenders are not adopted out. Thousands and thousands DIE yearly. This is true for Harris County, Brazoria County, Ft. Bend, Montgomery, and Galveston County which can all be considered part of the greater Houston area as they are bedroom communities to Houston. THE NEED FOR A 30 DAY HOLD FOR HARVEY ANIMALS: There is no current legislation protecting displaced animals for longer than the typical 3 day hold time at government animal control shelters during a disaster - meaning an animal coming into a county or municipal or any animal shelter could be legally euthanized after only 72 hours. People report that FEMA: (https://www.fema.gov/pdf/conferences/iaconference/2010/wednesday_830am_household_pets_intro_1.pdf - Page 7) and the Federal PETS Act: (http://www.akc.org/content/news/articles/federal-pets-act-information/ ) require hold times for 30 days or more in a disaster area to reunite people with pets. However, we have found no written documentation or information that supports this and have learned there is no mandate to hold animals in a government animal control/shelter for longer than usual hold times of 3 days (72 hours) during a disaster. It is each animal shelter's discretion in the State of Texas as to whether they extend the hold time or not. Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and has numerous animal shelters located in different areas for families to locate their pet. But, to our knowledge, NONE of the government animal control animal shelters are no kill shelters. There are only 2 no kill animal shelters in and around the Houston area, both of which are private shelters - Friends for Life and Special Pals. Many animals that came in at the beginning of Harvey are already out of "time" and legally can be, have been, and are being euthanized at this very moment. Indeed, some unfortunate animals are rapidly approaching their 30 day hold limit for shelters that did agree to give the 30 days. There are unimaginable numbers of displaced animals and Austin Pets Alive nonprofit has already taken in more than 1000 displaced pets from Hurricane Harvey and expects to reach 2000 soon if not more. Many local nonprofit organizations and out of town rescue groups and nonprofits such as Best Friends Animal Society are doing all they can to rescue and care for thousands of Texas animals, with many more to be rescued - hopefully to be reunited with their families or placed into new homes if the families cannot take them. However, this time limit is tremendously challenging for people who have already lost so much. Record-keeping of the displaced animals appears to be chaotic and animals are being transferred out of town/area, making it even more difficult for people to simply LOCATE their pet. Government animal shelters requirement to only hold displaced Harvey animals for 3 days is, in our opinion, inhumane for both the animals and their families who have likely lost everything. Rescue groups cannot even plan to save these animals or transfer them to safety or to fosters if they are rushed to euthanasia in just 3 days. Found animals are now being directed to BARC or HSPCA - the kill shelters now! There are still thousands of injured and/or stray animals. The City of Houston does not want to address these problems. Ignoring the problem will not resolve the issues. Right now individuals and rescues are desperately forming groups and transport chains to try to pull dogs/cats and get them to safety - but the numbers are staggering....and overwhelming and they are running out of time in many cases. It's extremely challenging, if not impossible, to reunite animals with only a 3 day hold, or even the 30 day hold that is soon ending. Many are elderly people who cannot get to computers to search through the multiple difficult data bases to look for an animal they may be missing, and in many cases animals are not even showing up in the data bases. A better system must ultimately be put into place so this does not happen again. One database for all animals involved would help, better evacuation plans and shelters taking pets would help, suspending euthanizing at local shelters while animals are moved to rescues or foster groups would help, mainstreaming and keeping records to where animals are moved would help. In short, a greater discussion must be had very soon about the problem with the over pet population in the greater Houston area and surrounding counties, along with what to do in these emergencies. In the meantime, we are asking the State of Texas, and the animal shelters for The City of Houston, Harris County, Brazoria County, Ft. Bend County, Montgomery County, Galveston County and all the surrounding cities and areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to PLEASE have compassion for these animals and their families. Please give them a chance to reunite with their families if they can be, by instituting a state-wide minimum 30 day hold, for the sake of the Harvey victims and their beloved pets. Thank you. Signed, The Righteous Paws Group (formerly The Go Team Rescue Group) Wendy Thompson, Mia Bendixsen Shorey, Sheri Boyd Haynes, Godiva K. Guillory, Lisa Carroll, Tara Taheri, Francene Chlon Weber, Chrystal Spencer, Rebecca Kornblum, Sallie Humphries, Deanna L. Lopez, Jimisu Balko, Tina Eilders, Ashley Cyrena Johnson Photo Credit: Nancy Wilmont. Photo taken of actual Hurricane Harvey displaced dogs rescued by Angie Shawn Sanchez. Angie rescued the lucky mom and 10 puppies and currently is caring for all of them. The photo was taken when the pups were loaded into her car. Shelters in Corpus Christi where these dogs are located are able to euthanize in 3 days. Another mom and her pups was picked up by the county shelter the same day. They were euthanized.
Petition to William O'Brien, Charlene Lima, Joseph Solomon, Deborah Fellela, Patricia Serpa
STOP DECLAWING IN RHODE ISLAND - WE SUPPORT ANTI-DECLAW BILL H7341
Thank you, Rhode Island State Representative William O'Brien, for introducing legislation that would add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in Rhode Island. Those who perform declawing would be in violation of the provisions of the Rhode Island Anti-Declaw Bill H7341. 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). Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Statistics publicly available 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 eight to 14 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). Thank you, Rep. William O'Brien, and your co-sponsors, Rep. Charlene Lima, Rep. Joseph Solomon, Rep. Deborah Fellela, and Rep. Patricia Serpa, we hope your bills will be successful and will be a model for humane legislation in other states.
Petition to Lee Nesler
Return Caroline's Kids Seized Kitty Cats
We, the undersigned, want Lake Humane Society to return all of the cats seized from Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue in late November and early December of 2016. These animals came to Caroline's because they specialize in chronically ill, older, feral and special needs cats (including behavioral problems) that nobody else wanted. Many have lived at Caroline's for many years in a free-roam, segregated room environment that is not offered elsewhere. We do not believe these cats should be subject to retail adoption, euthanized nor remain warehoused in small cages as you have done for many weeks. Return all the cats and stop your legal action against Caroline's Kids owners and workers. For more information visit: http://gofundme.com/oaovf
Petition to Tammy Wood
Stop the Pigotry!
Allow Olivia to Stay in Her Happy Home
Two and a half years ago our family fell in love with a pig. Olivia easily rutted her way into our hearts and has us wrapped around her hoof. She expects daily belly rubs, hours of huggle time, and must be tucked in with her favorite blanket every night. She is an important part of our family and we are her everything. We lost our country home last fall, in a hurry to relocate we bought a fixer upper in LaValle Wisconsin without checking animal ordinances before we made our purchase. Unfortunately the Village of LaValle lists pigs as prohibited animals, right after hyenas, hippopotami, and rhinoceros. Olivia is our princess piggy and has only known our family since she was 2 months old. Forcing us to surrender her would not only devastate our family but would traumatize Olivia. We have petitioned the village board to reconsider their ordinance to allow her to stay, unfortunately they seem reluctant. They did grant me the favor of tabling my request until their next board meeting on April 9th. I have just under a month to gather enough material to convince them the error of their prohibitive ordinance. I can’t be sure an online petition will move them to change an ordinance they’ve had in place for the last two years, but I am willing to try anything. Please know your signature will be warmly received with unending gratitude.
Petition to PetSmart
Let Pit Bulls Back Into PetSmart Day Care
I shop from Petsmart with my family and have nothing against them. This is just a friendly request to let Pit bulls back into their Day Camp. The reason I think they should be allowed is any dog can attack another dog. So it isn't just pit bulls that attack other dogs. Also the workers who run the Day Care should watch the dogs more carefully for signs of aggression and stop a dog fight before it ever happens. Also before this ban was placed owners, who had to go to work just dropped them off at day care and they could run around. Now they can't and they have to stay home and are isolated and then that makes the dogs more vicious. The number of pit bulls in the U.S.A is between 3,600,000 and 6,912,000. That is a lot of pit bulls so with numbers that high you would think they would get more respect. So all I'm asking is that pit bulls be allowed back into the day camps and their workers watch the dogs better so they can stop fights before they happen. Please sign my newest petition to help save fish at Walmart: https://www.change.org/p/walmart-walmart-stop-selling-live-fish?recruiter=844040527&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
Petition to R. J. Larizza, Tom Leek, Paul Renner, David Santiago, Jason Brodeur, Dorothy Hukill, Senator Greg Steube
Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce's Law
4/9/2017 I have presented a proposed amendment to our State Legislature for consideration of amending the current animal cruelty laws specifically F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) which is a third degree felony to impose stricter, harsher punishment and penalties in the event of the abuse, torture,and killing of innocent animals. It will give the Judge more freedom to sentence these abusers to jail while also sentencing them to have no contact or owning animals, etc. at the court's discretion. http://clickorlando.com/news/ponce-inlet-man-arrested-after-beating-puppy-to-death-police-say