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Stop promoting cruel bullfighting
Bullfighting involves horrendous cruelty to animals. Bulls are painfully tortured with lances and spiked spears before the bleeding and wounded creatures are killed with a sword into the heart. As a grisly trophy for the matador, the ears and tail are cut off (sometimes when the bull is still conscious). This barbarism should have no place in modern Spain. By trying to lure holidaymakers into the blood-soaked bullrings, the Spanish Government's tourism body is complicit in the continuation of this cruelty. As a majority of Spaniards no longer have any interest in bullfighting, it is in many cases the tourists who keep bullrings afloat. If tourism authorities and travel agents stopped pushing tickets on tourists, it would surely spell the end for many bullrings. On the Spain.info website, Spanish Tourism states: "Come to Spain and discover the world of bullfighting - you are sure to have fun." It is not only encouraging people to attend bullfights but to also participate in the barbarity, saying "there are many companies in Spain that prepare everything necessary for you to bullfight young cows and bulls". In a world where most people oppose cruelty to animals, it is unwise of Spain's national tourism body to present it as a holiday attraction. By doing so, they risk alienating many potential visitors who view bullfighting as the abhorrent and unacceptable obscenity that it is. ACTION ALERT Contact your local Spanish Tourism Office and make it clear that, as one of the majority opposed to animal cruelty, you find it very offensive that they are actively promoting bullfighting and bullrunning. If their promotion of animal cruelty would make you chose an alternative holiday destination, please point this out in your correspondence. Gonzalo Ceballos, DirectorSpanish Tourism Office in Ireland1-3 Westmoreland Street, Dublin Tel: 01-6350200 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet to @Spain @SpaininIreland Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spain.info.ie
Petition to Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, David Cameron MP, ABTA , Theresa Villiers, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Debbie Goffin, Joe Thompson, Dr Mahesh Sharma
Petition to End the Cruel Treatment of Elephants in India - by Save The Asian Elephants
Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the "training" process of pajan. The plight of elephants in Africa is widely recognised, but far less is known of the even more desperate threats facing Asian (or Asiatic) elephants, whose surviving population is barely 5% that of African elephants, with numbers of Asian elephants declining from estimates of a million or more in the late 19th Century to scarcely 40,000 today. Save The Asian Elephants (STAE) is a not for profit association which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian Elephants; working to end the terrible cruelty and brutal conditions suffered by this wondrous and ancient species. Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young. PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESSThe captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission. We respectfully urge:1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries. 2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Former Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently fulfil their Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”. 3. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to press its members including Virgin Holidays, to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted.Save The Asian Elephants now before it’s too late by signing our petition. Find out more about Save The Asian Elephants at www.stae.orgLike us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on InstagramSee STAE's work 07/10/18: Thai elephant tourism hides abuse 07/08/18: Save the Asian Elephants charity hands Theresa May 200,000-name petition demanding action against cruelty 04/02/18: A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants 10/08/17: How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction 04/08/18: Calls for ban on holiday adverts with elephant rides and circuses 16/04/17: CHAINED, TORTURED AND MENTALLY BROKEN FOR TOURISM We uncover the horrors of the Asian Elephants abuse industry, where beautiful animals are left dying in agony… and Brit tourists are to blame16/08/15: Tortured for tourists: Chained to the same spot for 20 years. Beaten into submission at secret jungle training camps. The terrible plight of Indian elephants by LIZ JONES23/08/15 Your roar of outrage for gentle giants: MoS readers' extraordinary reaction to abused elephants story Thank you for your support. http://stae.org
Petition to 香港特別行政區行政長官林鄭月娥 , 立法會《旅館業條例》修訂草案委員會 , 香港政府, 香港立法會議員, Bills Committee on Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation (Amendment) Bill 2018, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong legislators
守護香港「住家分享」的未來 | Protect Home Sharing in Hong Kong
*English translation located after Chinese text 香港人熱愛旅遊，追求以地道的旅遊方式，體驗更真實的世界。作為香港人，我們亦對自己的家引以自豪，希望世界各地的朋友能夠了解香港獨有的面貌。Airbnb等住家分享平台正因提供更貼近我們生活的體驗，越來越受香港及全球旅客歡迎。 我們明白發展任何全新的旅遊模式，必須透過規管，確保業界提供可持續、負責任和安全的旅遊體驗。Airbnb一直積極向政府及公眾分享詳盡的住家分享方案，建議新增「住家分享」類別，通過註冊、發牌制度以及安全保障準則規管住家分享。可是政府一直忽視任何建議。 儘管審計處、立法會等機構都以公開報告，建議香港政府應該針對「住家分享」或民宿提出專屬的規管方式，但香港政府不但漠視提議，拒絕研究「住家分享」的可能性，更走回頭路，根據不合時宜的公眾諮詢結果，在今年7月向立法會提交《旅館業條例》修訂草案，並已進入審議階段。 如果修訂草案獲得通過，將會進一步抹殺本港住家分享的未來發展，剝奪旅客在香港享受獨特和地道旅遊體驗的選擇，以及香港市民善用額外空間增加收入的機會，嚴重影響香港的國際形象及未來的旅遊業發展。 我們需要您的支持，促請政府重新考慮就「住家分享」類別進行公眾諮詢，以創新科技推動智慧旅遊方案，提升香港和本地旅遊業的競爭力，保障香港市民善用額外空間增加收入的機會，並讓世界各地的旅客，感受香港真正的魅力，共同珍惜和愛護香港，我們的家。 Hongkongers share a passion for travel, and we increasingly pursue unique and local experiences to see the world in an authentic way. We also take pride in our home, hoping our friends from all over the world can see the true colors of Hong Kong. That’s why home sharing platforms such as Airbnb have become so popular among tourists in Hong Kong and around the world. We’re committed to working with Hong Kong towards a regulatory framework that meets our city’s unique needs. That’s why we’ve actively shared a detailed range of policy options with the Hong Kong government and the public to ensure home sharing in Hong Kong grows responsibly and sustainably, while providing safe experiences to both travelers and our Hong Kong community. Sadly, the government has not yet considered any of these options. The Audit Commission and Legislative Council released public reports, urging the government to review and consider a regulatory framework tailored specifically for home sharing accommodations. Ignoring these recommendations, the Hong Kong government chose to take a step back. In July, the HAGAO amendment bill based on outdated public consultation data was submitted to the Legislative Council for its first reading. If the bill becomes legislation, it will hinder the future development of home sharing in Hong Kong, depriving travelers the right to enjoy a unique, authentic and local experience. Hong Kong residents also lose the opportunity to increase their income by making good use of their extra space. This would risk Hong Kong’s global reputation as a tourism and travel hub. We need your immediate support to urge the government to launch a new round of public consultation on home sharing. It is time for us to reconsider options that promote smart tourism, utilize innovative technology, and support Hongkongers with more opportunities to make supplemental income. And most important of all, we need to let visitors truly experience the beauty of Hong Kong, loving and cherishing our home town as we do.
Petition to The Government of Thailand, National Council for Peace and OrdeR
Give domesticated elephants stronger legislation by classing them under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act 1992
Asian elephants are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Currently it is estimated there are between 2500-3200 wild Asian elephants left in Thailand, however there are a shocking 3000-4000 elephants in captivity, working in a vast tourist-fueled industry . The aim of this petition is to give domesticated elephants stronger legislation in regards to their welfare and care. Domesticated elephants in Thailand are currently classed under the Draught Animal Act of 1939, entitling them with the same rights as livestock. This law, applied to ‘define the rights and obligations of ownership,’ has no welfare applications for the animals . In 2013, in Bangkok, the former prime minister of Thailand gave the opening speech at a CITES meeting stating that improvements to the laws covering domesticated elephants need to be made. Although there was no deadline for amending the legislation, her government did propose bringing domesticated elephants under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, giving them rights equal to that of wild elephants . However, time has passed and nothing has been enforced. This petition brings the issue back to the forefront. Better regulation of domestic elephants will mean fewer wild elephants brought into captivity, and improved animal welfare for those already captive. Hence, this petition will assist in the conservation of wild elephants. For elephants in the tourism industry in Thailand, the harsh training and less than adequate living condition are a welfare concern. In 2010 the World Society Protection of Animals, now known as World Animal Protection, compiled a survey on animals used for entertainment in Thailand. Elephant venues throughout Thailand were assessed based on animal husbandry conditions and given a rating as commendable, inadequate or severely inadequate. Out of the elephant venues surveyed, 80% were classed as severely inadequate and 15% were classed as inadequate. This left only 5% of the elephant venues in Thailand with a commendable rating. The main welfare issues were: the severe control of the animals’ freedom of movement by chaining or containment to small cages, limited opportunity for social interaction, participation in stressful and physically demanding show activities, insufficient or non-existent veterinary care and inadequate nutrition . Domesticated elephants in Thailand, classed under the Draught Animal Act of 1939 are only given the same legal rights as livestock. This has lead to many ethical concerns in tourist venues throughout the country. Please sign this petition and change the legal status of domesticated elephants in Thailand. Currently in Thailand there is no government, at this this moment in time we are gathering as much support as we can to produce this petition to them for when they return, so please do not hesitate to sign. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Nijman, Vincent (2014). An Assessment of the Live Elephant Trade in Thailand. TRAFFIC International 2. Schmidt-Burbach, Jan (2011). Wildlife on a tight rope: A survey of the use of animals in entertainment in Thailand. The World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Petition to Inspector Aebeb, Maria Shilongo, Hon. Paulina Nashilundo
A Peaceful Swakopmund for All.
We, the residents of the International Holiday Resort Town of Swakopmund ask that you assist us in safeguarding our communities to ensure a prosperous and crime free future for all Swakopmunders and visitors to our town. We ask that our high crime areas and tourist landmarks are patrolled by visible, uniformed police and security guards to ensure the safety of our tourists and residents. We ask that those employed to protect us work together to ensure our safety. This includes all National Police Services, Security Companies, Guarding Services, Neighbourhood Watches, Peace Officers, Reservists and Task Force Members. We ask that a centralised control centre be established in Swakopmund with ONE contact number to be used in case of an emergency or to report a crime or suspicious behaviour. When all those who are sanctioned to protect us work together, in co-operation and unity, we shall have a much safer town for our Elderly, for our Residents, for our Children, for our Tourists and Future Generations. Tourism is one of our main forms of income and we cannot afford to lose but one. Of each other, our fellow Swakopmunders, we ask that we stand together, in unity, as One Town, One Swakopmund, One People, neighbour next to neighbour, in solidarity, to end crime once and for all. We all have eyes and ears. We all see and hear things. It is time we stop casting a blind eye on injustice. Our walls get higher, our dogs get more vicious and soon we will no longer even speak to each other. We are all human beings, being human, together. Let us now, fellow Swakopmunders, show each other how much we care. Together we the people of Swakopmund can create a prosperous and safe town for everyone. It is OUR choice to do so. As much as we ask our Law Enforcement agencies to look after us, we also ask each other to take care of each other. Let us all Unite in Freedom, in Peace, in Love.
Petition to Alexandre de Juniac
Ban single-use plastics in worldwide air travel by 2020.
Dear Mr. de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Please take a moment to read our petition. We are GEN, the Global Ecotourism Network, the world’s most experienced and comprehensive organization for those who care for the global and local impacts of travel and tourism. Not only the consumption patterns in the destinations are important, but also the way how people get there. The signatures below are from customers of your member airlines. We appreciate IATA´s measures addressing the global challenge of climate change. And we are convinced that you can easily do more, by introducing this requirement into the IATA Environmental Policies: Ban single-use plastics by 2020. There are five trillion pieces of microplastic in the ocean, with one rubbish truck load added each minute. 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year and only 12 per cent is recycled. The world's first plastic-free flight was introduced end 2018 by Hi Fly, a IATA member company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta. We wish all 290 IATA member airlines to follow. For example, to get 14 pieces of plastic on a breakfast plate is simply shocking. Everything counts in large amounts: With more than 100,000 flights a day, when all meals and other service packs are counted, we are talking about hundreds of millions of single-use plastics on planes per day (e.g. cups, cutlery, packaging). These plastics can be reduced and replaced with eco-friendly alternatives. We would also advise the airlines to start an awareness campaign with all their customers to inform them about the harm single-use plastic is doing to the world and its inhabitants. In our experience, with an awareness campaign, customers tend to buy in and appreciate the airlines´ efforts to contribute to a more sustainable world. Carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic, the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines have the power to make this change happen and they have the clients who care.
Petition to Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mid Ireland Tourism, Brendan Griffin TD, Shane Ross TD, Tourism Ireland US
Tourism Ireland - Stop promoting greyhound racing
Less than two weeks after RTE's Prime Time exposed dog doping and animal cruelty in the Irish greyhound industry, Tourism Ireland welcomed the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to its stand at a major tourism event in the UK. Despite shocking revelations about the cruelty involved in greyhound racing and the damage undoubtedly being done to Ireland's international image, the greyhound board was allowed to be part of the Tourism Ireland stand at the Tourism and Travel Show 2017, held at the NEC Birmingham on March 22nd and 23rd. A photograph taken at the event shows the Irish Greyhound Board stand which prominently featured the Tourism Ireland logo. Messaging from the tourism show, the greyhound board said: "Ready to go for 2 days of selling a Night at the Dogs in Ireland to Tourism Trade at the British Tourism & Travel Show 2017". In a press release issued ahead of the show, Tourism Ireland confirmed that "Tourism Ireland is exhibiting alongside its stand partners including...Irish Greyhound Board..." The IGB's presence at the show was to encourage tour operators to direct tourists to Irish greyhound tracks. The travel show listing for the Irish Greyhound Board described a visit to a dog track as "the perfect mix of night-time entertainment, Irish culture and good food". There is, of course, no mention of the ugly reality of the greyhound industry - the suffering of dogs, the mutilations, abandonment, injuries or deaths. Speaking on the Prime Time programme, greyhound protection campaigner, Marion Fitzgibbon left no doubt about the appalling cruelty. She told viewers: "We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned" - https://youtu.be/PIUkAGa708s Clearly Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and other tourism bodies should have nothing to do with this disgusting industry. They should recognise that the greyhound industry is bad for Ireland's image and note the growing opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions - there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Fáilte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.
Petition to Prime Minister's Office Planning Unit (Barbados)
Keep The Sea Window At Accra/Rockley Open
Whereas, the residents of Blue Waters, Cot Road in Rockley and the wider Rockley district and adjoining Worthing and Hastings areas along the South Coast, have no issue with the concept of redevelopment and have no desire to stop this project as a whole, we however have some legitimate issues that concern its impact on our nearby homes, the surrounding infrastructure and the use of the existing beach access, car park, window-to-the-sea and the general environment. Therefore we want these concerns considered with regard to TCP Application Ref: 0267/02/2019 B; So please sign and share the below petition if you share these concerns and believe that ... 1. The traditional Window-To-The-Sea opposite Blue Horizon at Accra should be left open as a legacy. It is one of the last remaining vistas to the sea on that coast and the south coast of Barbados. 2. Locals and visitors alike have been using that parcel of land for parking and access unobstructed and continuously for decades, and now have a legal prescriptive right to do so. 3. The proposed 10 storey height of the hotel is out of character with the surrounding area, and will create shading and ventilation issues for the surrounding residential area. There is also the major concern on setting such a precedent for the South Coast, especially established residential areas nearby. 4. Given the above points and potential threat to existing road and sewerage infrastructure a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be done for the Blue Horizon/Blue Tourism Inc project, as presently proposed. Dated: July 15, 2019