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 City Council, Zoning Comission, Animal Control
Legalize pigs! Ban bad pig parents, not all pigs.
The number of pigs looking for homes across the US is astronomical. Some of this is lack of research, but some can be blamed on city/zoning restrictions too. Many people are simply not aware that there may be rules that do not allow pigs to live in a particular city. Once people are made aware, they can be issued a citation with a hefty fine or asked to relocate their beloved pig. In some cases, the family has moved and sold their home to accommodate their pig in an area where their pig was welcome. There are many cities and towns across the USA who have ordinances restricting pigs from living in city limits. There are also many more that do not address pigs at all. This leaves any family with a pig vulnerable to a city creating an ordinance forbidding pigs/swine/livestock and forcing them to find somewhere else for their pig to live. That's not fair. Pigs are pets too and should not be restricted to "farming communities" only or "out in the country". Ideally this petition will continue to circulate and collect lots of signatures to show these cities how strong the pig community is. Since the pet pig industry has become quite popular, we took the time to create an educational website for pet pig parents. We have several social media platforms and even an app to help guide pig parents on their journey with their pig. We are affiliated with several other "pig organizations" like Pig Advocates League and Mo Money For Pigs, both nonprofit 501c3 organizations that help pigs in need. As with any pet, there is a family like community on social media where each pig parent has the opportunity to ask questions and/or get sound advice from people who are leaders/experts in the pig arena. Our proposal is one change.org petition that everyone can use for various ordinance amendments in different cities. Pig parents are scattered all over the world, there are hundreds of thousands of families with a pet pig across the US and many more worldwide. Many cities/towns/counties put ordinances in place far before potbellied pigs were ever introduced to the United States, so the term livestock doesn't apply to the pet pigs that we are trying to legalize. The term livestock literally means farm animals that are raised for profit. The pet pigs/companion pigs that we have living in our homes are not full sized farm pigs and are not sold for profit, therefore, livestock is an inappropriate term to describe them. Potbellied pigs do come in many different sizes that can range from 70 pounds up to 300 pounds. They're often referred to as "mini pigs" though this term can sometimes be deceiving. The term swine is also used in some of the ordinances that I have read and the simple definition of swine is a pig...we can't argue with the use of that term, however, in most cases, again, the ordinance was put into place before the miniature versions were brought to the USA, so they were put into effect to try and control the pig production market within city limits. For towns or cities with no ordinance in place, this means that you are neither allowed or prohibited from having a pet pig within city limits, but, this is actually a problem because the city council can create an ordinance that doesn't allow pigs in general to live within city limits or other specific criteria, at any time, that will affect your pig. The best way to handle these situations is to get something in writing from a city official before you add a pig to your family. However, we understand that a lot of people do not realize pigs aren't allowed or they have a nasty neighbor who doesn't want to live next door to a pig and complains....these are the people we would like to help. If you were able to find this petition, then you are aware of our educational website for pig parents. We have a packet for zoning specifically that you can download to assist you in your fight to legalize your pig. (you can find that packet here.) Please do your research, but if you are caught in the crosshairs, or simply unaware of the rules restricting your porcine pal from living in your city or town, try to proactively have the ordinance amended to allow your pig BFF, use the packet of information and suggestions to help you create a great packet to submit to your city council. If you need something specific, please let us know and we would be happy to help you. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pigs are pets too. They're not much different than any other domesticated pet you would find lounging around on the deck in someone's backyard or playing in the pile of leaves with the kids. Please don't forbid a pet that you aren't familiar with simply because you don't know enough to make an informed decision. Please allow these citizens to plead their case and consider amending or creating an ordinance that allows potbellied or "mini pigs" to live within the limits/boundaries or your city. •Pigs can be easily trained. •Pigs are extremely intelligent, it's been said they are as smart as a 3-4 year old toddler. They are ranked 4th smartest mammal. •Pigs should be spayed/neutered. Intact pigs do not make great pets. •Pig parents should be educated regarding proper care for their pig. •Every family with a pig should have a veterinarian that sees pigs. (we have a list of pig vets that you can view by clicking here) •Pigs need outdoor time and you should expect them to act like pigs. Pigs like to root, so creating a space for your pig to be a pig is ideal if you are trying to get a yard of the month award. •Pigs are social animals, therefore, pigs actually do better in pairs. •Pigs are prey animals, so a fenced in yard is ideal to protect your pig from getting out, but also to protect your pig from predator animals getting in. •Many cities have vaccinations that are required for other pets and with the exception of rabies, there are vaccinations similar to those for other pets available. The dog rabies vaccination is used for pigs off label. There have been no reported cases of rabies in a vaccinated pig. •Obesity is a problem for pigs. So is starvation. Please be mindful of the various shapes and sizes pigs are prior to making specific rules for any ordinance. 200 pounds may be obese for one pig, but that may be the ideal weight for another pig that is a little taller and longer. Restricting the size a pig can be often results in pig parents restricting the feed and causing malnourishment issues/nutritional deficiencies. (teacup or micro pigs do NOT exist) •People who weren't prepared for a pig wouldn't be prepared whether there was an ordinance with regards to their ability to keep them within city limits or not, our petition is geared more towards the responsible pig parent who wants to protect their pet. •Pigs do not smell, they also don't sweat. A clean water source should always be available. (in the summer, it is suggested that a mud hole or kiddie pool be available to keep pigs cool) •A sturdy shelter free from drafts is suggested for outside time. In areas with inclement weather, it's best to be too prepared than not prepared enough. •The USDA does NOT regulate potbellied pigs because they are not a food source. However, traveling outside of the state does require paperwork in the form of a health certificate or CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) because pigs can pass disease/illnesses to other pigs should your pig come into contact with another. Some states require blood testing before entering or crossing state lines. Most CVI's are good for 10-30 days. Each state is different. (the guidelines can be seen by clicking here.) •Not every family who "wants" a pig is ready for a pig. Pigs are similar to other domestic pets as far as house training and the need for exercise, but pigs require social interactions that other pets do not always need. They are herd animals, therefore, they need a "leader" (and YOU are the leader). •All pigs need training. An untrained pig or a bored pig can be a destructive pig. It is suggested that someone who is renting their home should wait until they are able to purchase their own home before adding a pig to their family. (there are many landlords who do not allow pets) •HOA (homeowners associations) are different altogether and is something to consider if you are moving to an area with a HOA in place. Please be sure to clarify any "rules" that restrict the type of pet you are allowed to have and any restriction on fencing or containment for your yard. (some only allow decorative fencing, pigs require heavy duty fencing to truly be effective) We thank you for taking the time to read our petition and more-so for considering amending an outdated ordinance or creating one to allow potbellied pigs to live within city/town/county limits.
Petition to Norman Allen, Lorenzo Wilder, James Ellington, Ralph Ellington, Frank Spraggins, John David Stallings, Doug Head, Lakeitha Reeves, Jeff Middlebrooks, Ryan Tucker, Donald Greathouse, Russell Thompson, Jim Wheeless, Adrian Releford, Dan Kilgore
Chain Free Thomaston, Upson County Ga
Everyday, dogs are left tethered by ropes and chains 24/7. Left alone, they are scared and lonely. This is dangerous and cruel to the animal. Our local rescues get the honor of seeing these mistreated dogs in the shelters when they are left behind or finally taken from the owners after,sometimes, years of unjust punishment. The dogs left on chains tend to become very territorial of the areas they are chained to. This presents a safety issue to the dog and to the public.Many cities have already put no chain or tether laws into place and they are quite successful. You can make a difference by signing his petition. You can be the voice for the voiceless. Hope for the helpless. Thank you for your time.
Petition to His Excellency Oh Joon, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ms. Daniela Bas
Ambassador Oh Joon: Ending the Dog and Cat Meat Trade should be added to the Global Goals of the UN Economic and Social Council!
Dear President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), His Excellency Oh Joon, ECOSOC is one of the six main organs of the United Nations and is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals. These goals include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production. His Excellency Oh Joon, As part of striving to achieve these goals, we are writing to you today to ask you to please add one more very important and urgent goal to your organization’s global goals: to end the horrific cruelty of the dog and cat meat trade. Please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q As a South Korea national, I am sure you are very well aware of the dog and cat meat trade in your country as well as in other third world Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. South Korea has the world’s 14th largest economy and is home to global brands such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, LG, SK, and Daewoo. Yet, in your country, an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered and eaten each year. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torture from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, filthy, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather. They get no water, exercise, companionship or medical care, and have never felt the ground beneath their feet. Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking. In broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten, have their throats slashed, or are boiled or burnt to death. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog enhances male virility and stamina. Consumption peaks during the hottest days of summer (Boknal). Your fellow Korean citizens claim that the more a dog suffers, the better tasting its meat. So many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make health tonics – “600 Stray Cats Boiled Alive,” Yonhap News, 5/21/15. The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dogs eaten there are now imported from China. South Korea is the only country known to have large, intensive farming systems to supply the demand for dog meat. Read more: http://koreandogs.org/ In addition to the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated by the dog meat trade, is also a serious threat to human health and the environment. The dog farms are a hotbed for infectious diseases. Since there is no disease control, these dogs suffer from highly infectious and transmittable bacteria, virus, ectoparasites, endoparasites, and fungi. Out of 165 dogs bred at a dog farm in the Seoul area, 83 dogs(50.3%) were found to be infected with endoparasites and 23 dogs(20.2%) were found to be infected with heartworms. Puppies suffer from malnutrition because they are fed rotting food waste (infested with pests such as rats, cockroaches, flies) after being weaned. In order to hide from the law and avoid civil complaints, most dog farms are located in remote areas where the sun is scarce, causing a vitamin D deficiency, which is necessary for bone growth. Locked in cages for months, dogs are bored and stressed from being packed with other dogs and having to breathe in the constant stench. Stress hormones weaken their immune system and they become susceptible to hormonal diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism. Antibiotics, antidiarrheal treatments and steroids are used to control measles, parvovirus, various respiratory and digestive diseases, but the abuse of drugs led to an increasing tolerance against antibiotics and to the relevant health problems. In some cases, ten times the normal doses were being administered by the farmers without the supervision of a veterinarian. Large doses of heavy metals that accumulated in the organs causing internal body malfunctions are detected in dog meat. Heavy metals are assumed to have been accumulated from eating leftover food waste and low-end feed (remains from slaughterhouses). Many serious and often life threatening diseases can be attributable to this unsanitary and inhumane dog meat industry. They include animal bites and scratches, Bubonic Plague, Camphylobacter, Cutaneous larval migrans, Giardiasis, Lyme Disease, Psittacosis, Rabies, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Visceral Larva Migrans, Anthrax, Bebesiosis, Brucellosis, Colibacilosis,… Read the extensive research report by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) http://koreandogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/KARA-Dog-Meat-Report_English-1.pdf Please watch these videos and see what is going on inside South Korea at this moment: South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 1 of 2 with English Captions: http://youtu.be/vHB3uwB9kyA South Korea’s Dangerous Health Food – Inconvenient Truth About Dog Meat 2 of 2 with English Captions: http://youtu.be/foHCBNllT8w There is no appropriate animal protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I request that your organization investigate and address this issue immediately. Please impose a sanction on the South Korean government until they strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge. I request that the United Nations ECOSOC strongly urge the South Korean Government to create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats. Please don’t let the South Korean government get away with this outrageous cruelty to the companion animals. Include the End of the Dog and Cat Meat Trade to the Global Goals of the UN Economic and Social Council! Thank you for your attention and kind consideration. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- p.s. You can also send messages to the UN ECOSOC through their Twitter and Facebook using the sample message below. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNECOSOC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNECOSOC @UNECOSOC Add #StopKoreanCruelty of Dog and Cat Meat Trade to UN ECOSOC #Globalgoals immediately! Shocking Cruelty! https://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q Mailing Address: Ambassador Joon OhIn care of ECOSOC SecretariatThe United Nations Headquarter405 East 42nd Street, Room No. S1275New York, New York 10017 Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia 7th Floor, G-Tower 175 Art Center-daero, Yeonsu-gu Incheon 406-840, Republic of Korea Telephone: +82-32-458-6600 +82-32-458-6600Fax: +82-32-458-6699E-mail: email@example.com
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 Mayor Cameron Smyth
Support for a Ferret Friendly Santa Clarita, CA
We need support for Ferret Legalization We, the ferret owners all around California, and all over the world humbly and respectfully ask the city of Santa Clarita to declare itself a Ferret Friendly City and publicly support the decriminalization of ferret ownership in California. We take this unusual step because no one in our state government (and this is a state issue) will give us assistance or explain the reason for banning domestic ferrets in the first place. A Misdemeanor to own a ferret and a 30 year battle. Ferrets have been illegal in California since 1933. It is currently a misdemeanor carrying $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in jail and confiscation of the pet, to own a ferret throughout the state. For almost 30 years ferret owners in California have been working hard to legalize the domestic ferret. This house pet is currently legal in 48 states and none of these states report ferrets having an impact on the local wildlife. We have taken our issue to politicians on all levels and the Fish and Game Commission. We had hope that the new commission would support this obvious and logical issue. This year we pushed two petitions for regulation change which the Commission heard and rejected. The first was to remove ferrets from the prohibited species list. When that was denied we requested that the Fish and Game Commission resume issuing permits for ferrets as they had done for neutered male ferrets prior to 1985. Fish & Game rejected both. For the past 13 years we have not been able to find a legislative sponsor. We have met many who are sympathetic to the cause but will not take on the issue. People are still suffering from this law. People can’t move to California if they have ferrets. This especially affects people in the military who get stationed at one of our many bases. Many don't feel safe getting legal medical care for their pets when they need it. There is a lot of stress owning this house pet in California. Ferret owners have to hide their pets from the Police, Fish & Game, and their neighbors. Certain security clearances, licenses & even foster parent status cannot be obtained if someone owns a ferrets. All politics are local. The city of Santa Clarita can stand with La Mesa and make a very symbolic statement and perhaps get this in front of a legislator by declaring Santa Clarita a Ferret Friendly City.
Petition to Elaine Hays Councilmember Place One, Ginger Nelson
Reform The City of Amarillo Texas Animal Shelter to a No Kill Facility Shelter
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. " Mahatma Gandhi City Commissioners City of Amarillo Texas Reform The City of Amarillo Texas Animal Shelter to a No Kill Facility Shelter Killing is the ultimate form of violence. While cruelty and suffering are abhorrent, while cruelty and suffering are painful, while cruelty and suffering should be condemned and rooted out, there is nothing worse than death, because death is final. An animal subjected to pain and suffering can be rescued. A traumatized animal subjected to savage cruelty can even be rehabilitated, this is scientifically proven. SEEKING JUSTICE FOR SHELTER ANIMAL MURDER AND ABUSE Make The City of Amarillo Texas Animal Shelter “Pound” A NO KILL SHELTER FOR ANIMALS Require it mandatory that all staff know State and Federal Law concerning animals, especially assistance animals and wild life. Named #1 for animal cruelty abuse in the past years this facility has been operating from the start of existence by The City of Amarillo while the general public watches in horror of exposed event after event. For many years I have personally witnessed these actions . . . This cruel and horrendous facility is operated in the name of revenue only for the City, consider the fact that there have been many previous complaints of animal neglect, abuse and torture. . Each animal who died or was abused at the hands of this operation deserved a better option. example : A Senior/Senior man in tears begging for mercy on his best friend “dog” asking them the please wait a day so he could pay them his Social Security check would be available, he didn’t mean to be bad when he crawled under the fence, is only one of thousands of incidents ; they killed his Best Friend anyway. There is plenty of room/land for expansion, if needed, many cages are empty now on a continued basis. Community volunteers constantly donate time and supplies. It would not be a tax payer burden nor has it ever been, only fund management has been a problem. The revenue will be increased actually and that is always been the goal . . I have watched The Amarillo Municipal Court and saw the terror and frustration to everyday working people with huge unnecessary high fines and tickets, that go beyond any reason and sometimes there was no actual real offence .. but it cost more to fight the situation than hand over their family grocery money for the month. Some must pay a ticket on their family friend that was already killed at the pound, trying to explain to their children why “Rover” can not play with them any more. Also violations of laws concerning wild animals, farm stock and even Assistance Animals..are ignored. ANIMAL TORTURE is defined as: “infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the animal.”Conviction is a Class 3 Felony. In addition to other penalties provided by law, the person or persons will be required to undergo psychological evaluation and treatment. Why should this law bypass an Animal Pound Facility, and those who chose to do this there ? Previous petitions for change have been a Victory to some extent but past experience tells us that this facility will only return to it’s old mode of operation once it assumes the public is not watching, as quickly as possible for them. https://www.change.org/p/city-of-amarillo-terminate-employment-of-animal-control-administrators-currently-on-paid-leave-and-install-new-leadership-to-bring-the-facility-into-compliance?recruiter=2706795&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-md-no_src-custom_msg&utm_content=rp_petition_fb_share_desc%3Adescription&fb_ref=Default ; For decades, law-enforcement officers and psychiatrists have noted a consistent pattern: Violent criminals "start out" by tormenting, maiming and killing companion animals, wild animals or farm animals. The FBI has recognized the link since the 1970s, when agents analyzed in detail the life histories of various imprisoned serial killers, searching for patterns. When animals are abused, people are at risk. These findings deserves a RED FLAG, all over the Nation. !! A few short months ago, the ASPCA and HSUS co-presented an adoption seminar where they finally admitted that there is a huge market for shelter animals that vastly exceeds the number of animals killed for lack of a home (17 million homes vs. 3 million killed); that we can adopt our way out of killing; that we should; and that we will when shelters change their practices." "Animals in shelters are not being killed because there are too many of them, because there are too few homes, or because the public is irresponsible. Animals in shelters are dying for primarily one reason--because people in shelters are killing them. " -Nathan Winograd, founder of the No Kill Advocacy Center https://www.facebook.com/nathanwinograd/posts/832630653427847 * Begin to address the true causes of shelter killing.* Force shelters to change the way they operate so that animals are kept alive long enough to get into those homes. .have the Shelter open hours that the normal everyday working public can visit, view and adopt. • Stop promoting and defending the practice of shelters killing animals when there are empty cages. .• Stop working to defeat laws that mandate all the programs and procedures that allow shelters to replace killing with alternatives . .• Stop telling shelters that they are free to keep killing, rather than implement those alternatives to killing . .* Return animals to owners after being on the watched row.* Have payment plans for adoption and return plan of lost animals that is reasonable. . below cost for low income hardships. Google search will turn up widespread complaints continuing to this very day, concerns about lack of quality care and/or killing that fall on defiant ears. Statistics show the city violent crime rate for Amarillo was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 68.05%, this is the way Amarillo is seen by the world, also seen is the crime and conduct toward helpless animals. Does Amarillo really want the stigma, and disgraceful conduct allowed by City Officials concerning animals ? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a dog or any animal. . . Please don't tell me there's no soul in there. A soul is energy. And basic physics states "energy cannot be created or destroyed. . . . Only transformed". There is a big difference between a plant, a pet or any animal. A Plant or object cannot love or feel pain or sorrow or loneliness or feel fear. If an entity can feel those things it has a soul. And since a soul is energy it cannot cease to exist. If you took science in high school or have common sense this is obvious. The Animals belong to The Creator of All, not man to do as he choses. Protected by universal laws, how will he see what you do to them ? To: All Viewers of this Petition Please sign We The Undersigned petition a NO KILL SHELTER for “ Amarillo Texas “ to abolish the death chamber/manner of horrors there now.... expand, improve, update the 40 year old facility, remove any sadistic people who intentionally seek those jobs for their own motives in the joy of pain or kill, they can get by with it with the animals, but not humans.. . require strict compliance to all laws concerning animals, state and federal. . . these are easily available.. courses though the college online also. Many are there working diligently help them make it a compassionate model shelter. Animals have feelings too ! Please consider a forward to all you know are concerned distribute broadly to others for signature: