Petition to Government, People who make the choice to stop supporting the trade
End the issuing of permits, selling and using of fireworks, especially for Diwali and NYE!
We all love animals, and the use of fireworks does not really show how much you love them. There has been many petitions regarding this, but maybe another one does the trick. The use of fireworks in residential areas are illegal in most parts of the world, yet there are 'special occasions' such as Diwali and New Years that still permit the use of fireworks during certain hours on these days, by doing that you don't actually solve the problem, you only limit the use to certain days but the problem still remains the same. Animal cruelty is prevelant during these times, and fireworks are largely to blame for this in a country like South Africa specifically. After these days where they are permitted for a few hours, your social media time lines are flooded with pictures of dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and so on being scared to the point that they jump over palasade fences, fighting and even running into walls and sustaining brain damage as a result, pets going missing and being hit by cars on highways after they can't find their way home again, yet people are allowed to shoot fireworks that does nothing except make a noice and pretty sparkling for a few seconds while the animals suffer for months with the injuries they sustained. Government should make the trade and the use of fireworks on all occasions 100% illegal on all days of the year, what is actually the difference between kicking an animal and scaring them to the point that they would rather be dead than to listen to the banging of another firework? What is the difference between receiving a jail sentence for kicking a dog but you get to be a free man after a dog kills itself on a fence after you shoot fireworks? People should make the conscious decision to stop supporting the trade of fireworks completely, they don't have anything to sell if you don't buy them.
Petition to Evan Hourihan (Executive Office), Dave Bennett, Austin Dixon
Censea Stop Selling "Frozen" Family Pet Rabbits from CHINA!
A recent video by the Facebook Page"Glass Walls" shows the horrific way China slaughters bunnies. WARNING WARNINGhttps://www.facebook.com/1656635714569806/videos/1812564822310227/ this is why Censea needs to stop selling rabbit!! The brand name Censea is owned by Central Seaway Inc. Central Seaway is a large distribution center of frozen rabbit in Northbook, Il with 250 - 500 employees that mainly sells "Frozen Seafood" from over seas but have decided to put "Frozen Rabbit" on their list to sell. There are NO humane laws in China, so the rabbits suffer horrifically during their short lives and brutal deaths. In the USA rabbits are NOT mandatory to be "stunned" before slaughter, you can guarantee in China they aren't either. Rabbit meat from China is also NOT USDA - inspected. It is sold "dirt cheap" to clients like Fairplay which sells it for $4.69 / lb. and many others in Illinois. Look what China does to our Angora babies! They are worse when it comes to meat rabbits. Censea states the rabbits is USDA Inspected but directly on the USDA website it states it's not. I've had pet rabbits for over 25+ years. My own bunny Kringle is a Californian and a meat rabbit. He's smart and knows words. Rabbits are companion animals. They are the 3rd most popular Companion Pet in people's homes. They give you kisses and follow you around, plus they are litter-box trained. There are Pet-Therapy rabbits in Seniors homes and Disabled Veterans Facilities. It is the Easter Bunny (white fur with pink eyes) that is in their frozen section. Please Be Their Voice and tell CENSEA to stopping selling our Family Pets! Sign the Petition and SHARE, SHARE! Please Contact them; Central Seaway Company, Inc. 650 Dundee Suite 180, Northbrook, Illinois 60062 Phone: 224-723-5800 Fax: 708-446-9410 Email Dave Bennett: email@example.com 224.723.5610 Austin Dixon: Austin@censea.com 224.723.5617 Thank you very much! Patti Cora
Petition to Dr. Richard M. Carpenter, DVM, Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, DVM, Senator Rob Bradley, Senator Kelli Stargel, Rebekah Weeks, Senator Joe Negron, Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Joseph Maleszewski, Representative Debbie Mayfield, Tonya J. Shays, Douglas Ray, Barb Billens, Denise Deisler, Philip J. Hinkle, Dr. Karen Martens Brandt, DVM, Dr. David E. Granstrom, DVM, PhD, DACVM, Dr. Mark D. Pinkwasser, Dr. Kelly J. Sloan-Wade, Dr. Jason J. Rosenberg, MD, FACS, State Representative Colleen Burton, State Representative Thomas 'Tom' J. Leek, State Representative Patricia Hawkins-Williams, Mel Ponder, Joseph Abruzzo, Jake W. Raburn, Carlos Guillermo Smith, Mike Miller, Scott Plakon, Kamia L. Brown, Daisy J. Baez, Paul M. Renner, MaryLynn 'M.L.' Magar, Daniel 'Danny' Wright Burgess Jr., Blaise Ingoglia
PROTECT OUR PETS!
Require University-Employed Veterinarians to hold a State license
Currently, veterinarians at the University of Florida commercial animal hospitals http://hospitals.vetmed.ufl.edu/ that provide care to pets are not required to hold a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Florida. Thus, veterinarians working at the University of Florida (UF) are not regulated by the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Board of Veterinary Medicine, unlike all other veterinarians in the State of Florida that are required to have a license to practice veterinary medicine. This exemption for veterinarians employed by UF is encouraged by the State of Florida, under Florida Statute 474.203. The danger to the public and our pets is that UF-veterinarians are not held accountable for their practice of medicine and not subject to independent, impartial oversight. Most troubling is the lack of transparency in notifying the public of this loophole exemption. I am making this appeal as our beloved pet Teddy suffered unnecessarily while at UF Small Animal Hospital and yet Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, UF President, refuses to respond, and several State legislative officials are unwilling or unconcerned enough to examine the issue, including Governor Rick Scott's office, Senator Joe Negron, Senator Kelli Stargel and Senator Rob Bradley as well as the State University System of Florida Board of Governors office. Sadly, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) are unwilling or unable to work towards the repeal of this exemption. Please sign this petition for the repeal of Florida Statute 474.203. Let's make all veterinarians throughout the State of Florida, equally and without exception, accountable to the Board of Veterinary Medicine to increase protection of the public and most importantly to provide oversight for the care and welfare of our beloved pets. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Jack Cera, John Barnes, Lou Gentile
Make it illegal to leave companion animals chained outside 24 hours a day.
Dogs deserve better than a life on a chain! A dog kept chained alone in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often aggressive. In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs' constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Some chained dogs have collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain. Chained dogs frequently become entangled in their chains, too, and unable to access food, water, and shelter. Numerous attacks on people by tethered dogs have been documented. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that 17% of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998 were restrained on their owners' property at the time of the attack, and the book 'Fatal Dog Attacks' states that 25% of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs of many different breeds. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Leaving a dog on a chain and ignoring him is how to raise an aggressive dog! Please help me put an end to this by signing!
Petition to Zoe Lofgren, Pete Visclosky, Lloyd Smucker
Get Pet Care-Givers Their Own Special Day Nationally
Pet care-takers deserve their own special day. They are not Mother's and Father's in the traditional sense yet they are someone special and do so much good with their love. There is a national pet day on April 11 but this should be about more than the pets, this is for their care-givers. Maybe it could be the same day but re-name it to honor the humans. The day could be celebrated with meet-ups and service. For instance, maybe that would be a day to take your puppy to an elderly care facility and share the love. Maybe it would be day to have pets off leashes where they are usually not allowed to be off a leash. Maybe, like all human honoring holidays, there would be sales on all kinds of animal related products and services to make it easier to continue care for their fur-babies. Maybe it could be a big donation push day for the shelters. These are all ideas how to celebrate it because I think the "why" is obvious. Beyond the love fur-babies and their care-givers give each other, their relationship helps others outside of themselves. The joy I get when I get to enjoy someone else's pup or kitty makes me happy even if I can't have any myself. It's a big deal. 44% of American homes have a dog, 35% of America homes have a cat. Again, I don't know what to call it yet but maybe someone who signs the petition will have a good idea for a name. It harms no one, it helps acknowledge the love between them and the joy it can bring to others. Someone should introduce this bill. It's not quite Mother's Day or Father's Day but it should be, but without the sharing of Mother's Day and Father's Day because the love may be the same but the challenges are not. Animal care-givers deserve a day. Fur-babies won't be going out and buying flowers and candy but we can acknowledge the humans they love.
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 had 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. I'm asking Craigslist to change their policies on these re-homing ads so that it is never again a part of tragedies like what happened to Puppy Doe. The before and after pictures of "Puppy Doe" speak for themselves. How many more times does this have to happen before Craigslist stops allowing people to give their pets away to strangers without any background checks or accountability? Craigslist already prohibits the sale of these animals according to your TOS, so I want you to update your policy to not allow the re-homing of pets by anyone not working for a registered shelter or rescue group that is able to conduct background checks to make sure animals are placed in loving homes. 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. To Puppy Doe: Rest in Peace sweet angel girl, and know that there are thousands of people who love you and are seeking justice.
Petition to Percy Bland, City Council, Kelvin McGruder
K9 Aron Memorial Dog Park
Mission Statement: To establish a fenced-in, off leash area where Meridian’s animal loving taxpayers can let their dogs play without endangering or aggravating other people, property or wildlife; to develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all Meridian-area citizens and canine lovers who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions; to promote responsible dog ownership in the community through socialization, recreational and educational opportunities; and to honor the memory of a faithful and beloved member of the canine community, LCSD Deputy K9 Aron. Dog parks are part of the fabric of several communities in America and Mississippi. However, there are no public dog parks anywhere within a 60-minute drive of Meridian! The large number and success of dog parks all over the country demonstrate that when a group of concerned and responsible dog owners work together for a leash-free dog park, not only can this concept work but it can thrive and enrich the community. Anecdotal research also shows that property values near dog parks increases, sometimes significantly!
Petition to New Jersey State House, Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor, Cory Booker, James Beach
Lunas Law- Ethical Treatment of Pets and Pet Parents in Emergency/Critical Care Situations
Alot of us have pets, they're like family to us. They share your home, some times your bed, and even your dinner. What happens when your pet has an emergency situation though and you rush them to the veterinarian clinic? You are stressed, your pet is stressed, emotions are high. All you care about is getting your family member the treatment they need. You might be miles from your normal veterinarian, it might be after "business hours", or you just might not be able to think straight because you are in frantic pet parent mode. Pet parent BEWARE! There are sharks out there. Veterinarians who prey on hard working American pet owners as their victims when they are at their most vulnerable moments. They know they can charge THOUSANDS, they know you will call whoever you have to, sell whatever you have to, do whatever you have to, and pay them CASH ONLY in order to get treatment for your pet. It doesn't stop there though. They make you beg literally with tears in your eyes. They watch your pet lay lifeless, with shallow breathing, or maybe slowly losing consciousness, and simply keep stating "Sorry thats not an option" to you, until you just run out of options, and either comply with whatever they want, or you choose to humanely put your pet down due to lack of finances. Sure, not all veterinarians are like this. You may have a wonderful relationship with your vet. Your vet may have ETHICAL standards and would NEVER let something like this happen in their office.Unfortunately, not all vets are created equal and the veterinarian industry is HIGHLY UNREGULATED. This is a perfect breeding ground for the sharks of the industry. No one should be prey to these sharks. Luckily for Luna, her grandmommy flew with God speed through traffic from work, to the hospital to get her the "card in person" that she "wasn't allowed to read over the phone", just in the knick of time, to get her in the back and started on fluids, and IV antibiotics. Luna isn't out of hot water yet though. They wanted $3000 just for her first 48 hours of care, she's going to need MUCH longer than that. We don't know about you, but we certainly don't have that kind of money just hanging out for a rainy day or emergency situation like this to just throw at these vets. We had a credit card though but that still "wasn't accepted", CASH or DEBIT card only, MONEY over the well being of Luna. How is this ETHICAL? Luna is an 11 month old puppy who was diagnosed with acute kidney failure and upon walking into the vets office was dying before their eyes and they refused to do any treatment to her without cash or debit payment ahead of time. Veterinarians are supposed to take an oath to help animals. When did this become such a money hungry business? Luna still needs round the clock care 24 hours a day with her kidneys monitored every 12 hours in hopes that she will survive. We're praying that she will fight and will pull through this. She has recently been pulled from that hospital and will be following up at a new one for treatment. We have called several veterinarian offices. Most do not take payment plans, charge at least $50-$250 to walk in the door, and want ranging from $200-$400 for her follow up care. She still hasn't received an ultrasound yet to tell us what is causing her kidney failure. We checked for prices on that as well. Prices ranging from $550-$1600. We have even made a gofundme account for her called, "Save Luna's Life". We also know about care credit, however, alot of people including Lunas mom only got approved for so much. Even with pet insurance they don't cover preexisting conditions, and they only cover so much. Now Luna wont be eligible for that. Veterinarians and their practices as far as pricing and profits, should be regulated by the state. There should be charity care for pets just like there is for people who don't have insurance, and or a cap of how much they can charge for services or treatments. They shouldn't be allowed to charge such outrageous and insane prices for medical treatment that can save animals lives. Veterinarians when they became vets, were supposed to take an oath to BENEFIT SOCIETY and PUT THE ANIMALS WELFARE FIRST. "I solely swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills to benefit society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and RELIEF of animal SUFFERING, I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ETHICS. I accept as a LIFELONG obligation and the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence." LIFELONG, that doesn't mean they get to pick and choose who they want to treat and only if they get paid. If they're so worried about getting paid then come up with a form or payment plan that pet parents can sign when they walk in that holds them responsible for "critical care and or stabilization treatment". Creditors and human doctors put liens on properties, peoples homes, cars, ect. all the time, veterinarians can do this too! Especially for the pet parents who have wronged them. The rest of us pet parents shouldn't be held back just because we "dont have the cash at the moment or a debit card" or it's "on its way in traffic" while the dog literally is getting worse on the floor. How is THAT ETHICAL PRACTICE? Pet parents most of the time are just emotional and cant think straight their babies are dying or are injured, and just need reasonable accommodation of time to come up with it, instead of now like most vets ask for. Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet, if you've ever seen the show, he exposes what needs regulation in this industry. He shows how he can do surgeries, xrays, ultrasounds, ect. for a fraction of the cost of what these other veterinarians are charging in comparison. They're making anywhere of close to a 25%-50% or more profit on the products and services they render their patients. How is this ETHICAL to the pet parents or HUMANE for the patients they treat? Pets are no longer live stock, they are people's family members and like children to them. They are in the emergency room for a reason, because they CARE! We also believe that we need to abolish the term and use of pet's as "property" for the use of legal translations as well. Property is a couch or a piece of land, not a living, breathing, eating, pooping animal, who just so happens to share our home. We've domesticated them, trained them, we have even used them as lifesaving "medical devices" also known as service animals. Its time the animals get some recognition. Please sign Lunas law. If you have a pet, just think about walking into a vets office at 3am with them in your arms, in an emergency situation, its scary to think that you could end up in one of the sharks offices, and pay THOUSANDS very quickly. This should never happen to another pet or owner ever again.