Petition to Bill Byrne (QLD Racing Minister), Australian Racing Board, Leon Bignell, Joy Burch, Bernard Saundry, Troy Grant, Jeremy Rockliff, Peter Styles, Shaun Kelly, Martin Pakula, Peter Stubbs, Peter V'landys, Andrew O'Toole, Ian Hall, James Watters, Dr Eliot Forbes, Richard Burt, Susan Ley, Colin Holt
Australian Racing Industry: racehorses aren't pet food -- create a levy to fund a horse welfare plan.
*Warning: the video above contains graphic footage The racing industry refers to these horses as "wastage". Each year, about 15,000 racehorses are shot and killed -- most of them bought by meat buyers and turned into pet food. This is what the footage we took during Melbourne Cup week exposed: beautiful racehorses were being hoarded into cages not much bigger than the size of their own bodies -- and shot in the head. Some lay twitching and struggling until a final shot by the handler killed them. Thousands of horses are slaughtered each year like this -- simply because they've lost their 'profitability.' Our spring carnival is internationally renowned. The nation stops on Melbourne Cup day to watch these majestic animals perform. But it's just unconscionable that this industry tries to portray itself as loving animals. And Racing Victoria knows it -- they've even suggested in the past they might introduce an owners levy to fund a new horse welfare plan. It's time the racing industry honours the responsibility they have to look after every animal for its entire life, not just while they're profiting off its talents. Please watch the video. Share it with your friends. And sign our petition urging the racing industry to immediately commit to a levy to fund a horse welfare plan. Tell Racing Victoria to commit to addressing this issue this racing season: https://www.facebook.com/racingvictoria?filter=2 https://twitter.com/racinginsider (03) 9258 4258
Petition to RSPCA Australia
Stop Betraying Animals
If dogs or cats were being cooked on the RSPCA's BBQ, would the hypocrisy be any more obvious? The RSPCA promote themselves as being for ALL creatures great and small, yet they don't hesitate to have animals killed to raise money for other animals. Every year the RSPCA hosts the Million Paws Walk and every year they serve up the slaughtered bodies and by-products of animals who lived miserable lives in filthy conditions. It gets worse – the RSPCA is in business with these slaughter industries. They receive royalties as part of their “RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme”. This means that the only animal protection organisation that has legal powers to prosecute animal cruelty is receiving money from the industries they are supposed to police – a clear conflict of interest.Animal Liberation Victoria conducted a 14-month investigation at an RSPCA approved facility and documented pigs living chest deep in their own excrement and suffering from various injuries and illnesses including pneumonia, broken legs, testicular hernias and necrotic wounds. Instead of prosecuting the facility, the RSPCA continued to accept payments from those abusing the pigs (visit freerangefraud.com for further information). The animals people eat are no different to those we call our friends. Whether they are cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, dogs, cats or rabbits, they all have the capacity to feel joy, sadness and pain. They all have an interest in living, and they all fear death. Please tell the RSPCA it’s time to end the hypocrisy. We petition all state RSPCA organisations and RSPCA Australia to stop selling animal products at their events and to get out of business with animal abusers. There is no excuse for this when delicious animal free sausages and burgers are readily available. It is time for the RSPCA to start protecting ALL creatures great and small.
Petition to Hobsons Bay City Council
Enough unnecessary fireworks from the Melbourne Aces at Altona Baseball Stadium
Like many local residents I am fed up with the frequency of fireworks displays held by the Melbourne Aces baseball club. My dog like so many others got scared by these fireworks last week and was missing for the weekend, while looking for her I met other people with the same concerns. Our local vet clinic advised that they had received the most lost dog notifications ever after the last show and the staff at the Lost Dogs Home echoed similar sentiments. While we were there looking for our dog two people from the Hobson's Bay Council called in looking for their own.It only takes a cursory look at the local lost pet pages to see that we aren't the only ones who dread Friday nights. I asked around and heard from families with young children and elderly people in the area also raised concerns about the fireworks and the impact they have on their lives, including a story of an elderly woman with dementia who does not understand what the commotion is and is terrified when the displays go off.Luckily our dog came home, many others are not so lucky. Surely this is a drain on the resources, time and emotion of rangers, shelter workers and owners alike for the sake of 15 minutes of fireworks?All our community ask is that these fireworks are saved for special occasions and big games and the frequency much reduced.
Petition to Trish Doyle
Ban “no pets” clauses in residential leases in NSW.
Each year, it's estimated 20,489 family pets are surrendered to the RSPCA because landlords don't accept pets, according to RSPCA. They say that 15 percent of cats and dogs surrendered to them are due to the landlord not allowing pets. We recently moved, and finding a property to keep our fur babies was something we found very difficult. Rejection after rejection, we (finally) found a property that allowed us to keep our beloved four-legged best friends. We believe that it's time for change. It's time to eliminate the "No Pets Allowed" rule. Allowing pets in rental properties will reduce the amount of surrendered animals and unnecessary euthanasia and will allow for a happy household and happy pets. Owning a pet is choice that should be made by an individual, not a lardlord. It is unfair and unethical to force a family to surrender their pet into a shelter.
Petition to RSPCA NSW
TELL THE RSPCA NSW THAT THIS IS CRUEL
Please help convince RSPCA NSW that keeping cats in an enclosure (at Camp Kitty, Cowra) with a dead cat in their midst is cruel. The RSPCA has known about this for over a year and the only response i can get from an inspector is that I am not qualified to judge if this is cruel. Below is what I wrote to RSPCA NSW- `I write about the cats at 230 Conimbla Road, Cowra. Attached is a photo of the dead cat whose photo I have previously sent you. It has lain in the top part of Richard's property for many days now and has been partly eaten by the other cats in the enclosure.I am unable to understand why the RSPCA has not taken action to prevent this animal cruelty taking place. It has been going on for almost four years now and numerous people have reported this to you.If humans were locked up in a prison semi starved and allowed to die without any medical help and the body allowed to remain in the prison yard without removal then there would be a world wide outcry. Why do we allow cats or any animals to be treated with such cruelty?' Please let the RSPCA NSW know that you think this is cruel as well.
Petition to House of representatives
filavac vaccine subsidised by NZ government
The New Zealand Veterinary Association recommend that Filovac is the only vaccine that protects against all 3 strains of RHDV in New Zealand. I believe it is New Zealand government's duty to provide subsidised vaccines that can help protect domesticated rabbits. If this disease was found in any other domesticated animal eg dogs or cats there would be an uproar but because rabbits are seen as lesser animals owners are faced with a huge price to protect their pets. New Zealand is seen as a country that protects its animals and has high animal welfare standards. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease is one of the most painful and horrific ways for an animal to die. There are several strains of rabbit calicivirus (also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)) in New Zealand: RHDV1 is widespread.RHDV1 K5 was introduced here in March 2018 (to control wild rabbits).RHDV2 was detected in wild rabbit samples collected in 2017.
Petition to Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM, Councillor Tania Brown, Councillor David Brown - Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Cath Blakey
Build a fully fenced dog park in Wollongong
Wollongong is a beautiful and thriving city, with thousands of households owning pets - particularly dogs. Residents owning dogs want to be able to have and access a large, fully fenced and off-lead dog park in Wollongong where dogs can exercise and socialise, and where the community can get together to enjoy the outdoors and their dogs. We are lucky to have some beautiful dog beaches, however some of them are not easily accessible by all members of the public or have restricted timed access, and none of them are enclosed. Having an enclosed space provides a safe and clean environment for well-behaved dogs to interact, play and exercise without annoying people or endangering wildlife. Many other councils have fully fenced dog parks, some of which have a smaller population than Wollongong. Given the size of Wollongong, its growth and the number of dogs, it is time to build such a park.
Petition to RSPCA NSW, Blacktown City Council, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Stop the selling of animals @ Parklea Markets
After growing up near the Parklea Markets for a number of years, I've watched the pets/animal section begin to slowly lack the resources and key elements that a number of their animals need for their over all safety, health and well being more and more. There have been posts made in the past confronting/calling out the running of the section after people were witnessing kittens lying in their own waste, birds not having clean drinking water available as it was full with their faeces, and the dogs having poor living conditions over all. Today, On the 10th of February, 2017 - I visited the markets at around 4pm. At this time, the area temperature (Glenwood) according to the weather app on my phone was 44 degrees, however my car was recoding it at 46. Most of the stalls were already closed, with the rest packing up and cleaning. I detoured past the animal section on the way back to my car. The first thing I noticed was the amount of tweeting coming from towards the birds, making it sound as if they were distressed. As I progressed further, I noticed that both sides of the isles were tarped off. I tried to persuade myself that there was no way that they'd not only leave the animals in this heat, but also cover their cages with these thick tarps. I walked past a small hole in the tarp which allowed me to see in to one of the cages, I was heart broken to see the same 3 puppies that were there last week, all panting and resting on cold water bottles (I assume they were frozen but had melted). In disbelief, I pulled the tarp back so I could see into the cage next to this one, where my heart broke even more to see 6 puppies squished into another cage, also in this same predicament. The complex is made of corrugated iron/colourbond and doesn't have sufficent ventilation or fans, which is bad enough. However, the fact that their cages were covered with the tarps just ensured that they were receiving minimal air flow. Puppies are similar to human babies; and do not have the ability to control their own body temperatures, in which they were clearly suffering heat stroke symptoms (glazed eyes, excessive drooling and 2 of the puppies didn't seem stable on their legs at all). The worst part of this all is that placed on the tarp was a sign stating "Too hot to sell animals." However it isn't too hot to leave them locked in these cages? After making a post about this situation, I've had another girl come forward with an extremely similar situation to this and yet nothing has been done to stop it from occurring. It pains me that car windows can be broken to save animals, however we don't know how long these people have been mistreating animals and providing poor 'accomodation' and living standards while nothing has been done about it. Please sign this petition to spread the word and put a stop to it..