Petition to United Airlines, U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense
United Airlines, please help military families ship their big dogs!
United Airlines has been the industry leader in shipping animals globally. They recently restructured their service in response to safety issues, and have announced their new policies to improve safety. It was courageous for them to still be willing to offer any pet shipping service, that frankly speaking, can generate massive negative PR when it goes wrong, and provides only a tiny fraction of the company's total revenue. Thanks United for coming back, sincerely. However, within this change, they have implemented a new pet travel policy that bans large dogs, due to the maximum height for kennels being set at 30 inches. Labrador, Golden Retriever, Husky, Sheepdog, etc. will no longer be accepted . Also affected are Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, Malinois, and other dogs deemed to be "Strong jawed". This affects Military and State Department families deployed outside the USA, as they now have no way that fits their budgets to bring their pets home when they receive orders for Permanent Change of Station. Historically, United has been the only affordable option for big dogs, as other airlines cost up to 3-4 times as much. For example, sending a Golden Retriever from Seoul, Korea to San Francisco in a "700" crate used to be about $850 on United. Other Airlines cost is about $2,200 (After all additional fees are added). We are asking United to make an EXCEPTION for United States Military families, Department of Defense Civilian families, and State Department families that are being deployed abroad or back Stateside. This petition serves to show solidarity with the families affected, as we ask United to see how deeply appreciated their previous service shipping large pets was, and how desperately they are needed. Without this change, Military and State Department families face some very difficult choices, that could have painful consequences.For years United PetSafe has been a trusted way to move animals around the world, and I personally hope that they continue to serve the public with their excellent standards. US Service members and their families deserve better! United announcement: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/petsafe.html#petsafetable My in-depth analysis: https://www.facebook.com/Shindogsair/posts/1001768046647319
Petition to Honorable Judge Amy Ignatius
70 Great Danes lives are at risk if Humane Society of the United States is granted custody
The future is at stake for the 70 Great Danes whose future is still uncertain and who are under the current care of HSUS employees. In the hands of HSUS employees, four dogs have already died (9 puppies were taken out of 24/7 care with the owners personal vet before they were two weeks old and put in a shelter. and 2 of those puppies died. They were still being bottle fed as Mother dog was recovering from mastitis). There were two adult Great Danes that died of bloat and the other dogs are still at risk. You could change the future for these dogs by acknowledging this plea to ask that the rest of the dogs (except those that have medical conditions or are old and have been granted to be released to the former owner), to be placed in the 50 homes that are screened and available now. These homes have the experience, knowledge and the means to take care of Great Danes. Great Danes have special needs related to their size, health,daily care and temperaments. These families will offer that to the dogs. If rehoming these dogs is not an option, I would suggest Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or another trusted Great Dane organization that has what it takes to PROPERLY care for these dogs and have the means to do this to be granted custody. In June of 2017, 84 of these majestic animals were seized from their home. Ten of them have been deemed "unadoptable" due to age and/or medical issues. We ask that they are given to the former owner who will see them through the rest of their lives. The remaining 70 lie in the hands of Honorable Judge Ignatius's final ruling. These Great Danes have been living in a warehouse, in a parking lot, confined to 5x10 kennels since they were seized in June of 2017. There are no windows and no area for them to get any kind of exercise or fresh air. Though HSUS is monitoring them daily, (with no night care),these empolyees have little or no experience with this breed and can't give them the specialized care they need. Many Great Dane rescues will not allow this breed dog toeven be adopted to people/families that don't have giant breed experience as they know that without this experience many of these dogs will end up back in shelters or worse. I can't stress how important experience is when dealing with Great Danes. By sending them to homes, shelters, etc with no prior experience, you would be compromising their health and well being. This is VICTIMIZING these dogs! The dogs are not at fault and shouldn't be treated as victims. The plan to have HSUS ship the remaining dogs to various parts of the country will cause them further undue stress on already stressed dogs. HSUS would then find foster homes for the remaining 70 dogs, which is a MASSIVE undertaking to find the proper foster homes. This is a waste of valuable time and could cause more deaths and possibly health issues. Again, they are becoming VICTIMS! We ask why they should be put through anymore than they have already endured. This can break the spirit of any animal, especially that of a Great Dane, which are known for their sensitivity, devotion and dependence on a stable family unit. Danes aren't a dog that can be put in a backyard where there's no interaction with humans on a daily basis. I can't stress this enough! The screened families that have offered to do this are available NOW! We, how have signed this petition are pleading for you, Honorable Judge Ignatius, to place these dogs in homes where they will be taken care of and be able to live out their lives. They deserve HUMANE TREATMENT! To put them in future care of an organization or homes that are uneducated and equipped to handle this breed greatly compromises their fate for a future. Please consider this with utmost thoughts of the best interest of the dogs. We are most willing to help make this process and tremendous feat go as smoothly as possible. Picture taken by The Humane Society of the United States
Petition to Htin Kyaw, Bounnhang Vorachith, Hun Sen, Prayuth Chan-ocha
Help Protect The Loris
In the animal kingdom, being cute can be a curse. A prime example of this would be the Slow Loris. These cute animals are endangered due to being poached by the thousands for the pet industry. These cute little animals are nocturnal and when spotted with a flashlight, they freeze up like a deer in headlights. Unfortunately, this makes poaching trivial. Combine that with deforestation which destroys the hiding places and the Slow Loris doesn't have a chance. The older ones are ground down into a powder which locals believe can "cure" cancer. Others are boiled alive in order to extract the oil from there skin. The oil is believed to slow down aging. The fur of the Loris is used to heal wounds, the flesh to cure epilepsy, eyes are used in love potions, and the meat is reported to cure asthma and stomach problems. The cuter baby Loris is sold to the pet trade but not before their teeth are removed. Often the teeth are yanked out leading to infection. As pets, the nocturnal Loris is subjected to bright lights daily leading to stress. Their defensive behavior of putting the arms up in order to secrete a toxin is seen as "cute" leading to owners who purposely trigger the behavior. Been a primate the Loris requires specialized care, care that very few people are able to provide. This, in turn, has led to high mortality rates in the pet trade. Despite being internationally banned, the Loris is still been sold out in the open in countries such as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. A single Loris can be sold for as much as $100 USD while the fine for selling one can range anywhere from $2- $200 USD. Clearly, the enforcement of the ban is severely lacking. Please sign and share, together we can pressure the governments of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand to impose stricter bans and harsher enforcement of poaching.
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 William O'Brien, Charlene Lima, Deborah Fellela
STOP DECLAWING IN RHODE ISLAND
We request the Rhode Island legislature to introduce legislation that would add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in Rhode Island. 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). We hope such a bill would be successful and be a model for humane legislation in other states.
Petition to Humane Society of Southwest Washington/Stacey Graham, Lisa Feder, Tina Evarts
Get Booger Back Home
My cat was adopted from the humane society under the name "Goofus" while I was out of town for a little over a month. I had no idea he was even missing until after I'd returned back to Vancouver. By the time I was able to determine where he was, I was told I was too late to get him back. I've relentlessly been doing everything I can think of in hopes of finding him. My requests to have my information passed onto the family that adopted him have been rejected every time. In a response to my email I'd sent to the Board of Directors I was denied my request and told that it's important for the shelter to maintain a certain reputation or image to the community and that people who adopt an animal tend to form a bond quickly with their new pet. If that's honestly any concern to you, then why have I been repeatedly told that if he ever ends up back in your shelter, an alert will come up in your system to notify me? If that means you'd one day be willing to give him back to me, why not just do it now? If you're worried about damaging your reputation or level of trust within the community, I would be more concerned with the individuals who are hired on to represent your shelter. Recently, after making a routine post on a lost pet page thru Facebook, I was publicly harassed for approximately an hour by an employee of the Southwest Washington humane society for trying to find my cat. She told me it was my own fault my cat was gone and I had no right even asking to have him back. I was in tears trying to defend myself from every hurtful statement she kept making, but in complete shock that someone could even do something like this to another person. She had no right doing what she did or saying any of the things she'd said to me. It was completely unprofessional and uncalled for. It isnt wrong for me to want my cat back because I would've never let him go in the first place. In my opinion, in order to correct the situation I should be given my cat back immediately along with an apology from your employee for her unacceptable behavior.
Petition to Jared Miller - Amarillo City Manager - Texas
Justice for the Pregnant Pit Bull Killed While Giving Birth
On May 10, 2018, Richard Haven, Director of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare, and Stacy Smith, Assistant Director of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare, euthanized a pregnant pit bull while she was still in labor giving birth to her puppies. The puppies were also euthanized. This was reported by Dacia Anderson, who was a volunteer at the Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society at the time. She has been asked to discontinue her work at the center. Dacia reported that a pit bull known as G7 spent the last moments of her life as she was dying still trying to clean her newly birthed pups. G7 was an owner surrender and considered dangerous and a threat to the population, according to Haven. Yet upon admission to the shelter, she was placed in general population. Dacia said she never detected any viciousness with G7. Just the opposite. Haven said on a television news report, euthanizing her when we did was the humane thing to do. This heinous and inhumane act has gone viral. These monsters must not be in a position of determining life and death of our animals. Sign this petition to demand that the City Manager immediately fire Richard Haven and Stacy Smith. Can you chip in $3 to get this petition on the agenda?Within an hour, this petition could have thousands more supporters if everyone chipped in the price of a coffee. Yes, I'll chip in $3 or moreNo, I'll share instead
Petition to Kay Ivey, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Richard Shelby, Joseph Oglesby
I want pets to have the same protection as people!!!
Sophie, our beloved dog for 11 years was brutally murdered by four other known vicious animals in our area. She had so many puncture holes from teeth, both of her legs were snapped, and her eyes were open from fear. She was trying to run away and come home when these dogs killed her. Nobody will do anything about it!!!! The local animal shelter and the director of the animal shelter are heartbroken. They’ve done everything they can and it’s not a lot. In the state of Alabama dogs are property, and are seen as lesser! That’s not right!!!! To pet owners EVERYWHERE they are family!!! We need laws that protect our human family members and our fur babies!!!! Sophie’s law would make pet owners accountable for the deaths of a pet if the attack was deemed vicious by another animal. The owner would receive potential jail time and fines associated, just as they would with human harm or death. Our pets are not property, they’re family!!!!