Petition to Animal Legal Defense Fund
Companion Animal Theft Laws: Gus's Law
On Oct 4, 2017, our beloved family dog Gus was stolen from the safety of our front yard in Indiana. The thief was arrested and sentenced according to Indiana monetary theft law based on the property value of Gus. The only reason the thief received a minuscule sentence was due to the fact that Gus was an English Bulldog who cost $3,000. The pain, suffering, grief, and despair this caused our family including 3 young daughters and Gus was far more than the punishment the convicted thief received. Family companion pets, regardless of cost or breed should not be viewed as property with a monetary theft punishment. States need stricter laws to deter animal theft which has the high potential to lead to abuse, neglect, and resale of animals based on the lack of laws supporting animal welfare. Additionally, research supports that harm inflicted to animals has the potential to lead to abuse to humans. Gus died at the hands of his thief who received a minuscule sentence based on his "monetary value", but all companion animals who are stolen regardless of breed or cost deserve stricter laws supporting them. Gus was so much more to our family than just a dog, he was a member of our family. Please sign the petition as we partner with organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund to advocate for changes in companion animal laws around the country.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, Bryan Steil, Department of Veterans Affairs
Require the VA to provide service dogs to veterans in need
Our military veterans are heroes. They face struggles that we couldn't imagine, and they do it selflessly to protect our great country. However, their transition home can often be just as difficult because of mental and physical ailments from their service. The waitlist for the VA is far too long to quickly handle the care of every returning veteran, but their medical needs are urgent. Some of these needs can only be treated through direct medical care, but other needs can be met through a service dog. Service dogs can be trained to care for people with PTSD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and many other conditions. Furthermore, these dogs can ensure that the veteran is never alone while dealing with these conditions. Currently, the VA offers service dogs to those with hearing/sight loss and mobility impairments. However, they do not offer dogs to veterans with psychological issues, such as PTSD. I am advocating that, as part of the VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluation process, the VA offer dogs to all veterans diagnosed with psychological or physical conditions. This small step would make a massive difference in the lives of these men and women. They've given everything for us. Let's give back to them.
Petition to Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue Airways
STOP BREED BANS-Airlines Must Create An Expert Animal Health And Care Advisory Board
**UPDATE*** https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/delta-bans-pit-bull-type-dogs-as-service-animals-on-flights_us_5b2bf966e4b00295f15a9a62 The Airlines NEED expert animal counsel BAD. More HORRIBLE decisions coming down. Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective on July 10th, 2018. This will be extremely damaging for Veterans, those with disabilities and all anyone who relies on their dog's for physical and emotional support. We need these airlines to get their ACT TOGETHER. All of these issues can be avoided if they would listen to advocates, animal professionals and owners alike. Sign our petition to get the airlines to recognize they need our help NOW. -------------------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 Judge Jay Quam and Prosecutor Peter Johnson
Justice for Marcus the Cat
On May 17, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Taylor Winum allegedly tortured and brutalized his (now) ex-girlfriend's cat, Marcus, resulting in such horrific injuries that Marcus had to be euthanized. This barbarous act of cruelty was caught on videotape at the apartment complex. The tape showed that Winum carried Marcus by the throat, threw him violently by the head to the ground, and repeatedly tried to break Marcus' neck by squeezing it with extreme force and twisting it. At one point Marcus was able to escape but Winum chased him down, caught him, and continued to beat Marcus mercilessly and slamming him to the ground. The vet report noted swelling and evidence of trauma to Marcus’ head, he was unable to close his broken jaw, and he had a traumatic skull fracture, among other injuries. Winum has been charged with felony animal cruelty. The pain, suffering and horror that Marcus endured at the hands of Winum are unspeakable. The link between domestic violence and violence towards animals is well-established. In one study, it found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. Cruelty to animals is an extremely serious crime and needs to be treated as such. This petition is demanding that Winum be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The court must remove all animals in possession of someone convicted of animal cruelty; may put them on probation wherein they can’t own, care for, or have custody of animals; require psychological, behavioral, or other counseling; and require periodic visits by animal control to ensure a convicted person doesn’t have animals. On August 9, 2017, a motion was granted allowing Winum, among other things, to have “incidental contact with animals” while the court case is going on. This is very concerning and shows that the justice system does not understand and/or address these cases correctly. Winum had “incidental contact” with Marcus and the result was a horrible act of violence. Please sign this petition for Justice for Marcus. City Pages article, August 3, 2017 - http://www.citypages.com/news/concert-promoter-taylor-winum-accused-of-torturing-killing-girlfriends-cat/438162553
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Corey Johnson, Costa Constantinides, Paul Vallone
Emergency Response for Pets
Emergency response teams are needed throughout the Boros for people with pets. In the event of an emergency people’s only option is to run to the vet. While there is a pet ambulance that is dispatched from the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, when the emergency arises it is next to impossible to get them on the phone. More of them are needed. Two months ago our beloved Rottweiler, Mishko, choked to death on a ball. We called the vet. They said they couldn’t come. The dog was frantically running around the house choking. My husband tackled him to the ground. He was a 130!lb dog. We tried the heimlich, CPR, we turned him upside down to no avail. I called 911 twice and they hung up. They said to call 311. 311 puts you on hiold forever. The dog was dying. We were all screaming and crying. This was all happening within minutes. My neighbor called the ambulance -they didn’t answer. We frantically drove to the vet blowing red lights. The dog was still alive. 3 vets worked on him. They did a traecheotimy. He died from the trauma. My 2 children witnessed the whole thing. What if this was an elderly person with a pet? Do they watch them die? A child alone with their pet? Do they watch them die? There has to be something City Council can implement. I respectfully ask that you take my plea into consideration. Please sign my petition so no one has to witness what we did. Thank you.
Petition to Nevada Department of Agriculture, National Conference of State Legislators
Legalize the Sale of Raw Milk for Pets in Nevada
*NEVADA RESIDENTS HELP US MAKE PET LIVES BETTER!* Hello Good Friend, Alexa The Pug Mom here. I have two and a half pugs and believe in the holistic and healing effects of Raw Goat Milk so firmly, I want to aid in the efforts to legalize the sale of Raw Goat Milk with no adulteration for pets in Nevada! Recently the Nevada Department of Agriculture and National Conference of State Legislators changed the law so that the only way milk can be sold is by denaturing it with horrible unsafe dyes such as charcoal, blue or red food dye - all of which will make this healthful product, now unhealthful for pets.I want the law to change to allow beta-carotene! Pets including my own will die without this life-saving product. Customers are traveling to other states just to get their hands on this product! We MUST allow beta-carotene! Thank you to the NGPFMA for your assistance with this petition
Petition to R. J. Larizza, Tom Leek, Paul Renner, David Santiago, Jason T. Brodeur, Dorothy L. 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
Petition to Shelters
Save Our Precious Animals Known As Cats
We appreciate these loving animals known as cats. Did you know that there is estimated around 860,000 cats slaughtered every year. These precious animals do not deserve this type of hatred. Join me and let’s raise awareness to stop this cruel treatment.