19 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Dr. John Malloy, Lisa Thompson, Shelley Lucas, Ginette Petitpas Taylor

TDSB: Stop Serving Carcinogens to Children

The Toronto District School Board allow schools to serve *known* carcinogenic food to children. A report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 categorized processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: With this information available to them, it is grossly irresponsible for them to continue to allow schools to serve processed meat to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. We are asking the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board to act on this knowledge responsibly, and in the best interest of the children by not allowing processed meat to be served at school. --------------------------------------------------- On top of signing, please also consider sending a letter to:1. District Manager, Nutrition Services at the TDSB (Shelley Lucas): Shelley.Lucas@tdsb.on.ca2. Director of Education (Dr. Malloy): director'soffice@tdsb.on.ca3. Minister of Education (Lisa Thompson): lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org4. Minister of Health (Ginette Petitpas Taylor): Here's a template: I am writing out of concern for the policies in place that allow Toronto schools to serve food to children that is known to be carcinogenic. I’m sure you are aware of the report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 that categorizes processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: With this information available to us, I wonder why the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board continues to allow schools to serve processed meat at BBQs, picnics and pizza lunches? Wouldn’t you agree that, given the science, it is grossly irresponsible? Not only does it put students' health at risk, but given that animal agriculture is the leading cause of global warming, water pollution, ocean dead zones, and deforestation, it’s also putting the future of the planet (the one these children are set to inherit) at risk. I’ve been to several school events with my child this year and at each one, *known* carcinogenic foods were being served to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. The Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board do know though, and have a responsibility to act on that knowledge. I would like to know how you plan to act. Sincerely, A mother

Jenny Henry
1,194 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Trish Gerth

Stop Elephant Rides At African Lion Safari

The African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario is still offering elephant rides. This has to stop because riding elephants causes them mental, emotional and physical harm. It is simply exploitation for profit. African Lion Safari does not advertise or mention elephant rides on their social media or website, indicating that they are aware of the controversy.  Riding elephants (particularly in Asia where howdahs are used [ chairs or benches strapped to the elephant's back] ) is also very damaging to their spine  "Instead of smooth, round spinal disks, elephants have sharp bony protrusions that extend upwards from their spine," Carol Buckley, president of Elephant Aid International, said. "These bony protrusions and the tissue protecting them are vulnerable to weight and pressure coming from above." (Taken from The Dodo article     Elephanatics, a non-profit organisation in Vancouver, says that riding on an elephant's back can cause spinal damage in two ways: 1. A horse's spine is curved downwards so that a rider's weight is going in the same direction as the spine curvature. Conversely an elephant's spine is curved in the other direction - upwards. So the weight of the "howdah" (up to 200kg) and say 3 people (up to 280kg) is an almost half tonne of weight pushing an elephant's spine in the wrong direction. This can continue for up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. Severe spinal damage can result. 2. The top of each elephant vertebrae is not rounded like in humans, but pointy. Excessive weight and rubbing from the howdah and riders can cause skin lesions which often become infected because few elephants in Asia are given time off to heal. This exacerbates the wounds, causing further pain.   If this is something offered in Canada, where animal welfare is generally a major concern of most people, then unaware consumers will think this is acceptable, and perhaps do the same overseas in places like Asia where elephant rides are the product of extremely cruel practices to train elephants to be ridden. The term for training an elephant to be ridden is called 'crushing', and includes starvation, sleep deprivation, beatings, being tied down, and being screamed at for several weeks. This breaks the elephants spirit, or 'crushes' it, to force the elephant to give up and do as it is told by the trainers. To ride elephants in Canada is directly funding cruelty to one of the most intelligent mammals on Earth  Increasing tourism demand for elephants offering rides or performing tricks is hugely attributing to the decimation of wild populations of an already critically endangered species.  This cruelty is also not limited to Asia. Circuses have horrible training methods including bullhooks and ropes to tie down the elephants and beat them, particularly as babies when they are first being trained. They also have limited space when traveling with a circus. These articles contain more information, including images of circus elephant training.   PLEASE support this petition and SHARE on your social media to get the word out. My goal is 100,000 signatures on this petition. Thank you  

Eiren Doherty
32,201 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Ernie Hardeman

Ban Fur Farming in Ontario

Petition to: Ernie Hardeman (Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) Please stop the cruel and inhumane mistreatment of fur bearing animals and enact a province-wide ban on fur farming in Ontario. We demand a ban on fur farming be enacted for the following reasons: Two recent investigations into the Ontario fur farm industry have revealed shocking animal neglect and cruelty at several mink farms in the province.  This showcases an industry wide culture of mistreatment of animals. Footage on the links below shows dead and injured animals, cages covered in excrement, animals being fed old rotten food, stereotypical behavior, and other violations of the OSPCA Act. The National Observer showcased a nation wide investigation into Canada's fur farm industry and is proof the mistreatment of animals is common place throughout the country. In addition to the overt criminal mistreatment of animals in the care of fur farm owners, farming animals solely for their fur is inherently inhumane and cruel.   Numerous countries and regions recognize fur factory farms cannot meet the basic needs of animals and have already passed bans on fur farming and/or the import and selling of fur. Predatory animals like mink and foxes are not domesticated and are not suitable for farming. They are restricted from performing natural instinctive behaviors like swimming and burrowing. They are subject to long periods of inactivity and lack of stimulation leading to frustration, distress, and stereotypical (abnormal repetitive) behaviour such as pacing, cage biting, self-mutilation, physical deformities (bent feet), and high levels of infant mortality.  Forcing animals to be in a state of distress is a violation of the OSPCA Act.  A poll conducted by Environics (2015) showed that 92% of Canadians are in favour of better animal protection laws.  Another poll conducted by Humane Society International (2014) showed 68% of Canadians support a ban on fur farming.  Confining and killing animals such as fox, mink, chinchilla, and rabbit for an unnecessary luxury item like fur is unethical and cruel.  Many Canadian retailers have fur free policies in place and refuse to sell fur. Many prominent clothing designers also refuse to use fur in their clothing lines. Killing methods such as anal electrocution are still currently in use and are cruel and inhumane.

malcolm klimowicz
2,033 supporters