Petition to Michael Gove MP, Chris Grayling MP
Help me to change the law for Cats involved in RTA's
In the U.K. It is against the law to not take a dog that's been involved in a RTA to the vets but it is not the law to take cats to the vets or to report it following a RTA! Why??! A cat is a much of a loved pet as a dog is so the same rules should apply. Over 230,000 cats are run over every year and the person who runs them over has no responsibility to that animal at all. In 2015 the Telegraph attempted to change the law with a petition but only 12,000 people signed it meaning it never went through, if even half of the 230,000 people who had a cat ran over last year signed them there's a chance the law would be changed so please sign and share and help stop the hurt that people go through when their pet doesn't come home and they've no idea why!
Petition to Theresa May MP, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron
Justice for Chunky - stop people who abuse animals from owning ever again
This petition is for Chunky the Chihuahua who was attacked for hours in what the RSPCA called one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse they had ever seen. Chunky was, over a period of hours, beaten and drugged, his neck was broken, he was set on fire and finally he was dumped and left for dead. Despite serious injury, and against all odds, Chunky lived. The people who committed this abuse were only banned from keeping animals for five years. As an animal lover, who once owned a dog just like Chunky, I found this story highly upsetting. What shocked me is that these abusers and others like them will be able to own an animal again one day. There’s nothing to prevent them doing this again. I'm asking that anyone who abuses animals, regardless of their age, be placed on an Animal Cruelty Register which would follow them for life. In some states in the US they already have animal abuse registries. If this had happened in New York these abusers would have to sign onto an animal abuse list that would prevent them from ownership of animals. The UK need to introduce a similar law. A five year ban is not sufficient-- it is hard to implement in practice and why do we assume abusers attitudes will have changed after a few years? Our legal system should have an animal abuse list so that we are aware of people who have mistreated animals. Please sign this petition for an animal abuse register. Let's get justice for dogs like Chunky.
Petition to Botswana Parliament, Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
Update Botswana's Cruelty to Animals Act
Botswana's Animal Cruelty Act predates Botswana's Independence and was first drafted in 1936. The Act has been amended since then only once, in 1966. Compared to its neighbours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Botswana's Animal Cruelty Act is the shortest and least specific. The current Act lags behind the neighbouring countries when it comes to: Definition and Scope of Cruelty: The current Act defines cruel action such as beating, kicking, ill-treating, over-driving, overloading or torturing any animals. However, one can only be prosecuted if the behaviour is proven to be malicious. The proposed updated statute expands the definition of cruelty from one of malicious intent to also include negligence following the international concept of “5 Freedoms for Animals”. As a result, actively harming an animal, or the omission of proper care or the failure to alleviate any known suffering constitutes cruelty and should be prosecuted. Offences that one can be prosecuted for should thus be vastly expanded to include among others chaining, tethering or securing animals unnecessarily, starving or underfeeding, denying water, poisoning, negligence with regard to health and prevention of diseases and the inhumane and brutal killing of animals. Breeding, keeping or raising animals for fighting will also be prohibited. Roles and Responsibilities: Unlike in neighbouring countries Botswana relies exclusively on the police for animal cruelty enforcement and has not established any Animal Welfare Inspectorate. The SPCA is not recognised as a decisive force in Animal Welfare matters. The proposal increases Botswana’s abilities to enforce Animal Cruelty Laws by permitting Animal Inspectors under the SPCA, in addition to police, to investigate, remove or seize animals, and have perpetrators arrested. This will increase enforcement capacity and ensure that experts trained to identify Animal Cruelty are enforcing the law. Legal Standard: Botswana’s Animal Cruelty Laws while being the briefest in comparison with neighbouring countries, also uses the broadest language (i.e “wantonly or unreasonably does or omits to do any act, or causes any unnecessary suffering, [or permits such suffering]”). While in theory this gives broader discretion for enforcement, it leaves room for interpretation as the law does not specify what creates suffering and what constitutes a violation. Without more guidance, it is unclear whether acts such as abandonment, hazardous living conditions or inhumane killing of any animal would constitute an offence. The new proposed Act should allow for a large enough fine and/or imprisonment so as to suffice as a deterrent. A subsequent violation of any provision of the Act would double the original sentencing. Additionally, the Act should empower registered Animal Welfare Organisations, such as SPCAs, to file Animal Cruelty related cases with the Judicial Courts as a matter of criminal law. Animal Welfare is globally becoming a defining concept as to how a government and society are perceived. A strong Animal Cruelty Act has several benefits for the Nation as a whole. Laws preventing animal cruelty, regulating livestock grazing and treatment and establishing food safety procedures are essential to Botswana’s public health and safety and to its competitiveness as a global meat supplier. For a country that has sustained democracy for 50 years and is known as the jewel of Africa for its commitment to wildlife and its strong stance against poaching in any form, it is indeed perplexing as to how the Animal Cruelty Act has not been updated since Independence. Please help us update the law by making your voice heard and your vote count.  http://www.aspcapro.org/sites/pro/files/aspca_asv_five_freedoms_final_0_0.pdf
Petition to RSPCA
Animal cruelty in UK lets get an official public record of offenders.
I am tired of courts giving offenders slap on the wrist or a suspended sentence even if its been a massive puppy farm operation where loads of poor animals are treated abominably for profit. I feel that if we could have a register of offenders available to the public as they do in America the public have a chance of avoiding these people so we don't fund their next business venture. Also we could report if they are operating again or if an individual who was previously banned from having a pet has attained one we can get them investigated quickly and stop cruelty happening again. If you were selling a pet you could also look up the register and make sure your pet is going to a good home and not entering a bad situation. Its not right to treat animals badly and we are supposed to be a nation of animal lovers. So wether its cruelty against domestic, farm animals or wildlife there name and details should be held on a register and updated. Please show you support a register of offenders and sign the petition, we need to change things as the courts sentencing isn't helping as seen by this latest .http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/puppy-farm-gang-avoids-jail-9740793#ICID=sharebar_twitter Photo shown by cascadenews.co.uk However, the SSPCA have said before that they would welcome a register of offenders in the UK. http://glasgow.stv.tv/articles/1331145-scotland-has-scope-to-introduce-animal-offenders-register-says-charity/
Petition to UK Parliament
A HUTCH IS NOT A HOME
Would you keep a cat or a dog in a hutch? Cottontails believes it is equally cruel to cage companion rabbits and that they deserve a better life. The average hutch on sale in pet shops measures just 90cm X 30cm X 30cm. This means the rabbit cannot stand up or take a few hops and has to lie in her urine and droppings. There is no room for toys, a litter tray or a companion. The hutches are cheaply made (though not cheap to buy) and offer little protection from predators and the elements. Rabbit Habitats Rabbits should have a living area of at least 2m X 3m, for example a spare room or part of a room (you can use a pet gate/room dividers to limit the space). In addition they should have access to a larger exercise area where they can RUN! e.g. another part of the house or a secure pen in the garden (in the daytime with supervision). Please Sign our Petition! We are seeking to end the sale and use of rabbit hutches and cages. Even the biggest ones barely allow a pair of rabbits to turn around once you've furnished them with food and water bowls, hay, straw, litter tray, bed, toys, etc. And as long and they’re available to buy, they will be used to confine rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals, often for their whole lives. Please help us give them a better quality of life by signing our petition and spreading the word - if you're on social media, please use #HappyBunnies. Thank you. Need More Info? Cottontails has been promoting keeping rabbits completely free-range ever since it was founded in 1993. Our first rabbit Carolina and later our foster bunnies taught us that a home is not a hutch or an indoor cage. Please visit our website at bunny.org.uk for lots of advice on rabbit care, from housing to bonding rabbits and finding a rabbit shelter near you.
Petition to Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis
End the sales of eggs from caged hens in Tesco
I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact. Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.
Petition to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Grant pets rights as living beings
We call upon the UK Government to give a new legal status and 'Grant pets rights as living beings'. A change in animals status from “personal property” to that of a “sentient being" will bring the civil law into line with the penal code, which sets tough penalties for cruelty to animals. This should make it easier to prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Britain could claim to be something of a world leader in animal welfare, but as a nation, however, we have failed in bringing progressive positive change to improve the welfare of animals. While countries all over the world have updated or enacted effective animal cruelty legislation, England remains behind. European animal welfare legislation is based on the recognition that all animals, from pets to farm animals, are sentient beings – i.e. they have powers of perception and feeling. A legally binding protocol attached to the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam recognised animals as "sentient beings" and this recognition was strengthened in the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 which included animal sentience as an Article in the main body of the Treaty. Some countries have already (even before the treaty) transformed animals from things to non-things, such as Austria (ABGB 1998, Constitution 2004), Germany (BGB 1990, Constitution 2002), Switzerland (BGB 2000, Constitution 2004), and most recently France (2014). Scientific research is constantly revealing new evidence of animals’ intelligence and emotions. There is also increasing evidence that many animals can learn new skills and some appear to show emotions similar to human empathy. Animals are capable of feeling pain and experiencing distress,they can also be reduced to a state resembling human depression by chronic stress or confinement in a cage. This new understanding of the sentience of animals has huge implications for the way we treat them and the policies and laws we need to adopt. Voice-Sensitive Regions in the Dog and Human Brain Are Revealed by Comparative fMRI. Highlights • This is the first comparative neuroimaging study of a nonprimate species and humans • Functional analogies were found between dog and human nonprimary auditory cortex • Voice areas preferring conspecific vocalizations were evidenced in the dog brain • Brain sensitivity to vocal cues of emotional valence was found in both species We demonstrate that voice areas exist in dogs and that they show a similar pattern to anterior temporal voice areas in humans. Our findings also reveal that sensitivity to vocal emotional valence cues engages similarly located nonprimary auditory regions in dogs and humans. Neuroscientist Gregory Berns What fMRI Can Tell Us About the Thoughts and Minds of Dogs One neuroscientist is peering into the canine brain, and says he's found evidence that dogs may feel love. As Berns’ team begins to scratch the surface of the canine brain, they’re finding something surprising—in several ways, its activity mirrors that of the human brain to a much greater extent than expected. We cannot ignore the striking similarity between dogs and humans in both the structure and function of a key brain region: the caudate nucleus. As part of their first paper published on the work in 2012, they trained dogs to recognize two different hand signals: one that meant the animal would be given a piece of hot dog imminently, and one that meant no hot dog. As they hypothesized, the first signal triggered elevated activity in an area called the caudate nucleus, which is rich in receptors for dopamine (a neurotransmitter involved in the sensation of pleasure). In humans—and in dogs, the research indicated—caudate activity is related to the desire to have something that causes pleasure, and the satisfaction involved in obtaining it. Subsequent work revealed more unexpected findings. As part of a second experiment, they had dogs sit in the scanner and exposed them to smells of humans (from either their owners or strangers) and other dogs (from either dogs they lived with or unfamiliar dogs). “We wanted to understand how dogs recognize other people and dogs in their households,” Berns says. Again, they saw increased activity in the caudate, but only as a result of one of the scents. “In this case, the reward system only seems to activate in response to the smell of a familiar human, which is pretty amazing,” he says. To further probe how the dogs’ brain activity correlates with the actions of humans they know well, they put the dogs in the fMRI and had their owners leave the room, then walk back in. This, too, triggered activation in the caudate. Berns interprets these results as indications that, in some ways, the mental processes of dogs may not be so different from those of humans. They’re close enough, he suggests, that we can safely describe them with words we don’t often apply to animals: the mental activity represents emotions, and perhaps even constitute love. “At some fundamental level, we believe the dogs are experiencing emotions something like we do,” Berns says. The research suggests that the human brain and canine brain aren’t as radically different as we might have imagined. Why Support Change As society changes and evolves, so too do the views and values of its people. A challenge of law-makers is to identify shifts in values and expectations, so that they can pass new laws and amend existing laws. Changing social values are the fundamental ideas we have about other people and society in general. They include ideas about race, gender, families, children, violence, personal responsibility and the law itself. Changing morality and ethics are concerned with what is right and wrong, though on a social level rather than what offends the individual. As previously mentioned, our laws on animal abuse have changed very little, but society has. True law reform occurs because society has changed and the law needs to change with it. No longer do we as a nation want to tolerate animal abuse. We want the laws changed and the penalties to be more severe and we want the Courts to take it more seriously. We need to make the changes. To lead it, and to mould it to fit with the changing views and values of our society. These are views shared by a very large proportion of the electorate and should be acknowledged.
Petition to Lucinda Yeadon, David Lancaster, Raymond McCadden
Close Dogs4Us - Puppy Farm Pet Shop!
Like and Follow Boycott Dogs4Us on Facebook and Twitter! Dogs4Us is a pet shop with branches in Leeds and Manchester. Dogs4Us sells puppies that they purchase from cruel, confined facilities known as "puppy farms" where dogs are kept in windowless sheds without light, heat or human contact. Dogs4Us have been exposed on Channel 5, Sky News, BBC and in the national/local press. We are calling on Salford and Leeds Councils who license Dogs4Us - to close Dogs4Us and end the sale of puppies in pet shops in their areas. Like and Follow Boycott Dogs4Us on Facebook and Twitter!