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Petition to William O'Brien, Charlene Lima, Deborah Fellela


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. 

The Paw Project
3,498 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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.            

Tina Evarts
198 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

Earth Friends
1,459 supporters