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Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Ban Puppy Mills

      When I was a kid I wanted a puppy so badly. So naturally the easiest thing to do was to go to our local pet store and buy one. Only years later would I find out where our dog truly came from: a puppy mill.       When I looked up what a puppy mill was, I felt sick to my stomach. A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that cares very little about a dog's well being and more about the money. In less opinionated words, they care about increasing profit with very little overhead cost.       Everyday in puppy mills across America, and the world, puppies are abused, neglected, and often get very sick from the horrid conditions they're left to live in. The minimum amount of space for a dog that is 11 inches is 2.01 square feet and only 6 inches above the head of every size of dog That's pretty small. Outdoor/ sporty types of dogs are even worse off in these conditions. They need room to run around and play.       Most of the time the food can be contaminated, leaving disease ridden puppies as well as malnourished ones. For female dogs breeding could be deadly. They're bred at every opportunity they can get. They often get little to no recovery time at all between litters. When they physically cannot reproduce anymore they are often killed.       Puppy mills have limited or even no regulation at all for clean up control. This means puppies could be living in their own and other's urine and feces. Most puppy mills also don't have veterinary care, climate control, or protection of the animals from the weather.       I could go on and on about the horrible conditions these puppies are left in, but I'm going to cut this short. I beg of you please, adopt don't shop! Let's all work together to adopt animals from shelters and put puppy mills out of business!         

Madison Young
855 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alex Melvin CEO at Rural King, Rural King Corporate, Rural King Inc, Alachua County Animal Services, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Rural King Please Stop Selling Domestic Rabbits

We the Petitioners respectfully request that Rural King stand with Tractor Supply who made the compassionate decision to cease all rabbit sales in their stores in 2012. We also respectfully request a USDA statewide investigation into the cruelty of the animals at Rural King stores, having over 100 stores in a twelve state area. Rural King not only sells domestic rabbits at Easter but all year long while contributing to the unwanted and dumped rabbits in both shelters and in the wild, where they rarely survive either fate. Unwanted rabbits also end up on Craigslist where they are given away Free often resluting in live dog bait, live feeding to snakes, eaten by humans or killed by animals abusers.References can be found all over the internet of baby rabbits being purchased as pets from Rural King while they supply the public with animals appearing to be purchased from questionably inspected back yard breeders. Because of over population, over a million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Additionally, many pet rabbits are rendered homeless when they are gifted to individuals who later abandon them after their "novelty" has worn off. Restricting the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits will increase the demand to adopt animals from animal shelters and rescue organizations, which will in turn help more shelter animals find loving homes. It will also reduce the number of pets that are gifted to owners who may not want them and who may not be knowledgeable about the care and cost of keeping a companion animal. Finally, it would reduce the financial burden on taxpayers for the care and euthanasia of unwanted animals left at an animal control facility, or picked up by animal control agents because they are abandoned.There are also valid concerns over the welfare of the animals in the Rural King stores across the state. Several instances of alleged sick or dead animals reported online being seen in store cages, animals dying shortly after purchase and claims of a back room "hospital" where rabbits and chicks are left without Vet care, food or water to suffer and die as well as news reports of live chicks thrown in dumpsters.  Some Baby rabbits appear to be under 2 months old often seen in the store photos. March 2017 -Concerns over Animal Welfare at Local Farm Supply Store Back room "chick hospital" was a galvanized tub with quite a few dead chickens in it. "Hatfield said this is not a new problem. Last year, she received reports of bunnies dying daily at Rural King in addition to chicks". May 2017 - Mistreatment of animal allegations March 2015 - Sick live baby chicks seen thrown into garbage dumpster at Rural King. July 2014 - Alleged Consumer complaint: Carbondale Illinois store is selling sick and dying baby rabbits and the manager refuses to acknowledge complaints. July 2014- Alleged investigation by Illinois Department of Agriculture Animal Cruelty Department into the death of two dutch rabbits purchased at the Carbondale Illinois Rural King store.  One laying sick in store died within 2 hours of purchase, the mate 72 hours later.  Alleged report of Ileus -gastrointestinal shutdown, deadly bloat, bacterial infection, and parasitic infestation (contagious).  Described as malnourished and skeletal . (Referenced in petition photo). May 2017 - Complaints - of baby pigs 8.5 weeks and 9.5 weeks old still trying to nurse for sale at Rural King. Adopt Don't Shop References New York City Council outlawed the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the rabbits.  Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles also have laws banning the sale of rabbits by pet stores.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-newyork-rabbits-idUSKBN0JV2SD20141217 Retail pet store sales bans are a welcome trend, here is a list of the jurisdictions in the United States and Canada which have passed such legislation. https://bestfriends.org/resources/jurisdictions-retail-pet-sale-bans California bill would ban selling pets bought from breeders. https://calcoastnews.com/2017/04/california-bill-ban-selling-pets-bought-breeders/

Linda Sue
2,511 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Parents of Oconomowoc School district

Change the Fun on the Run school lunch option

  Oconomowoc school district residents please help us in altering the "Fun on the Run" Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option! The ‘Fun on the Run’ Oconomowoc Elementary school lunch option began Wednesday, March 1.  This new program is offered every day of the week as an alternative to hot lunch.  A few of these days include items such as a Pop Tart, animal crackers or a Rice Krispie Treat as their whole grain option. Other foods included are sugar ladened Trix yogurt and juice. One meal contains 50 grams of sugar when the maximum recommended daily dietary intake for a child is 37 grams.  Fruit is offered only a handful of days while a vegetable is not offered at all.   Parents have been advised that children can seek out additional fruit or a vegetable at the school’s salad bar. However, we all know most children will not do this if given these ‘Fun on the Run’ options. Also, there are schools that don’t have a salad bar so a child couldn’t have an additional fruit or vegetable if they wanted to.  Most children will tend to choose the unhealthy, sugary food rather than a healthier one. The ‘Fun on the Run’ menu does just that- it appeals to their sugary appetite. Sodexo, a for profit company, created this option for our children’s school.  Sodexo benefits from the children purchasing this new lunch option.   Their incentive is to create meals that entice and appeal to children, not necessarily meals that are good for them. Not only does this option benefit Sodexo but it benefits all of the major food companies who make these processed foods. What better way to get kids addicted to your food item than to include it in their lunch every week. Kids will get hooked on these items and forever struggle with an addiction to sugar, refined carbohydrates which opens the gateway to obesity. Children need foods which contain whole grains, fiber, protein and vitamins along with fruits and vegetables to feed their growing bodies.  Please join us in fighting Sodexo and ending this unhealthy lunch option. Help us to fight these large companies that target our children, encouraging them to eat these addictive foods which will make them customers for life. March is National Nutrition Month. Let's improve OASD school lunches! Proposed Meals:Protein: 1/4 cup edamame beans, ¼ black beans, turkey/ chicken slices,hard boiled egg, string cheese, yogurt (must contain less than 10 grams of sugar)Fruit: 1 whole piece of fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear, etc.). 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (i.e. cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, mixed fruit, etc.)Vegetables: 1 cup of vegetables (i.e. carrots, broccoli, salad (lettuce, kale, etc.) jicama sticks, celery sticks, peas, cornWhole Grain: serving of a non-processed whole grain (quinoa, barley, brown rice, etc.), a whole grain roll/bread, whole grain crackers, Kashi bar, Larabar, whole wheat bread for a sandwhich.  Lauren Flint, Jamie Hardt, Deana Mustas Binkelman 

Lauren Flint
176 supporters
Decision maker responded 7 months ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Tell the USDA to stop hiding animal cruelty from American taxpayers

I was absolutely shocked to hear that the United States Department of Agriculture removed public animal welfare inspection reports and annual reports related to the Animal Welfare Act from its website. These reports contain information about thousands of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and animal testing facilities. If you want the federal government to stop hiding animal cruelty, please sign this petition telling the USDA to make these taxpayer-funded documents public once again!I spent the last decade working on animal cruelty cases all over the country. One of my proudest accomplishments was creating Missouri’s Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit through the Attorney General’s office. With the help of state and federal animal welfare inspectors, I shut down more than forty puppy mills, so I know these reports are crucial when it comes to holding animal abusers accountable. Additionally, when the USDA database was public, commercial dog breeders had an incentive to treat their animals well; consumers could choose good actors over animal abusers through a simple search.As of Friday, that is no longer the case. Because of these very recent changes, the public will no longer be able to learn about: Puppy mill inspection reports to assess living conditions--and risk of disease or injury--for commercially bred puppies sold online and in pet stores, Animal Welfare Act violations at roadside zoos and traveling circuses before deciding whether or not to take your children to see the elephants, lions, chimpanzees, and tigers kept there, Reports from larger entertainment companies like SeaWorld about how orcas, polar bears, and other animals are treated, Illegal actions in laboratories doing experiments on monkeys, dogs, and cats, and Behind-the-scenes abuse by horse trainers. Until Friday, February 3rd, any member of the public, including concerned consumers, law enforcement professionals, students and researchers, and nonprofit animal protection organizations, was able to access Animal Welfare Act records on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website. That’s no longer the case for information previously found on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) database. The public’s only alternative is submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to APHIS, which often takes months--if not years--to work through the system.This is not a partisan political issue. We all know animals deserve to be treated well, and we all want to make sure American taxpayers have a transparent government. There is no logical explanation to make it harder for consumers to choose healthy animals or inform the public about persistent animal abuse. The only reason the government would take such an action is because of pressure from those who profit from cruelty to animals. In their minds, what the public doesn’t know can’t hurt them.Let’s show them public concern is more powerful than corporate animal abuse lobbying!Please tell the USDA, your members of Congress, and the White House to restore the USDA database in the interests of consumer protection, animal welfare, and government accountability!

Jessica Blome
172,699 supporters