Animals Are People, Too – Indian Court Awards Animals Rights

Animals in India just earned some new rights and protections thanks to a milestone victory in court. The win comes in Uttarakhand, where the state’s highest court decided that animals “have distinct personas with the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”

Although the lawsuit in front of the court pertained to horses pulling carts, the judges Lokpal Singh and Rajiv Sharma extended these rights to the “entire animal kingdom,” giving all birds, fish and mammals protections within Uttarakhand.

Indian law already establishes two classes of personhood: the first is for adult humans, and the second is for children, people with intellectual impairments and companies (not unlike America’s corporate personhood rule.) Per the ruling, animals will fit into the second category and, as a result, benefit from similar personhood rights.
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While some hoped this ruling would prevent humans from using horses to pull carriages altogether, the judges didn’t go that far. They did, however, demand nicer care for the horses and extra safety equipment. There are also new weight limits on the amount of people/cargo horses can be made to pull. Furthermore, the horses are not permitted to work when the temperature gets too hot or cold.

As for wild and/or stray animals, they will be guaranteed free veterinary care and decent shelter as needed.

The court’s ruling also came with an imperative to the human population: humans are now stewards of the animals and are compelled to protect them from threats. Of course, there’s no guarantee that all people in the state will take that call seriously, but at the very least, animal welfare advocates will have legal backing when they try to intervene in situations on an animal’s behalf.

For now, the ruling applies only to Uttarakhand, though it’s an important first step toward earning similar protections throughout the country of India. Other parts of the world such as Quebec, New Zealand and France have extended similar personhood rights to animals.

As for the United States, granting personhood to pets and animals is a debate that’s unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. There’s no doubt from the rise in anti-animal cruelty legislation that Americans are caring more about protecting animals, but some humans just have trouble dealing with the idea of putting animals anywhere near their own level.
Take Action

Whether we call them “people” or not, animals throughout the world are vulnerable due to a lack of respect and rights. You can help to fight to make a change by signing some of Care2’s ongoing animal rights petitions.

https://www.care2.com/causes/animals-are-people-too-indian-court-awards-animals-rights.html

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How To Prevent Your Dog From Overheating On The Hiking Trail

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on July 16, 2015.

This summer has brought extreme temperatures to many U.S. states. Human hikers know that it’s important to carry enough water, wear loose-fitting clothes and don a wide-brimmed hat when venturing out in temperatures that can reach — or exceed – 100 degrees.

But what about their canine companions? Dogs don’t have the same options to shield themselves from the heat; all they can do is to follow wherever they are led — and sometimes this can have deadly consequences.

In past summers, Arkansas’ Pinnacle Mountain State Park has seen multiple dogs overheat and die while out hiking with their owners. Other dogs have passed out from heat exhaustion and needed to be carried down the trail. And these numbers are higher than the normal one or two canine deaths over a whole year, Joshua Jeffers, assistant park superintendent, told The Dodo.

The animals that died were of different breeds and ages, but most deaths happened during the hottest hours of the day, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Nobody has any business bringing their animals out that time of day,” Jeffers said.
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Jillian Rossi, state park interpreter, explained that sweat helps releases heat from the human body, but a dog can only pant – which is not a fast way to cool down.

“The humidity affects people, but it affects dogs up to three times more,” added Rossi, who says the heat affects dogs’ vital organs first.

Incidences of dogs overheating have also been reported in California and Arizona.

In one such case, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, near Los Angeles, California, was called to help a dangerously overheated boxer named Tyson who could not move or drink water.

Tyson was hiking with his human when, at about 1 p.m., he became lethargic and stopped walking. His owner called for help, and the rescue team was able to drive up the dirt hiking trail and reach the pair. The rescue crew placed the pooch into an air conditioned Altadena Rescue Team truck, and both Tyson and owner were driven off the hot trail to the parking lot at Eaton Canyon Nature.

However, most cases of dogs dying from heat exposure go unreported, so no statistics exist on how widespread the problem is. But estimates suggest that several hundred dogs suffer this slow, agonizing and entirely preventable fate every summer.
What Are the Symptoms of an Overheated Dog?

Symptoms include:

Skin that is hot to the touch
Heavy panting
Excessive thirst
Inability to move
Salivation

In the worst cases, this can progress to vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and unconsciousness.

Nobody wants to witness their dog experiencing these horrific symptoms. It just takes careful forethought and common sense to protect your canine.
How to Prevent Overheating on the Hiking Trail

Prevent these early signs of too much sun from even happening by:

Not pushing your dog to keep going if she doesn’t want to
Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating — you can never have too much
Avoiding the use of muzzles, which can inhibit the ability of the dog to pant
Never taking your dog out in the hottest part of the day
Going for early morning or late evening workouts, and only for short time periods

Jeffers also urges hikers to read their dogs’ signals: If they’re straying off of paved trails, “the pavement is probably too hot for their paws.”

Have a great summer with your dog, and stay safe!

Photo Credit: Kate Brady/Flickr

https://www.care2.com/causes/how-to-prevent-your-dog-from-overheating-on-the-hiking-trail.html

Petition: Don’t Bring Back Commercial Whaling in Japan!

by: Care2 Team
target: Japanese Government

154,533 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL
Officials in Japan have just confirmed that they will be attempting to lift a ban on commercial whaling in order to begin killing whales again for profit. The official request will be made at an International Whaling Commission meeting in September.

Please sign this petition urging Japan officials to reverse course and leave the ban in place!

Japan hasn’t specified details of its proposal, including what species it hopes to target, but any efforts to bring back commercial whaling should be squashed now. It’s a brutal and bloody process that can lead to a slow and agonizing death for hunted whales. We must stand up for these gentle giants and fight any attempts to bring back the cruel and inhumane slaughter.

Sign now to join in demanding that Japan end any efforts to bring back commercial whaling now!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/945/917/187/don%E2%80%99t-bring-back-commercial-whaling-in-japan/?TAP=1732

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Petition: American Airlines Wants to Ban Emotional Support Animals

by: Care2 Team
target: American Airlines

50,055 SUPPORTERS – 55,000 GOAL
If American Airlines gets its way, emotional support animals will no longer be allowed on flights.

American Airlines is part of Airlines for America, an industry group pushing the U.S. Transportation Department to limit the definition of “service animal” to only include trained service dogs. This new definition would allow service animals like guide dogs for the blind, but would eliminate comfort pets.

American Airlines has said it supports Airlines for America’s position “in full,” citing the growing number of emotional support animals, as well as disruptions by those animals, on flights as reasons.

The answer isn’t to ban emotional support animals. Airlines need to learn to accommodate them. Please sign this position urging American Airlines to stop fighting for an ESA ban!

In recent years, there have been several high-profile animal deaths on flights, causing a great deal of controversy around animals on flights. On top of that, with more people bringing comfort pets on flights, stories of animals defecating on flights or blocking aisles have grown as well.

But for some people, emotional service animals are absolutely necessary, especially on long flights. If American wants to accommodate all passengers, it will have to figure out a way to accommodate comfort pets, too. Otherwise, it’s about to lose a lot of customers.

Part of accommodating passengers is accommodating their emotional service animals. Please sign this petition urging American Airlines to stand up for ESAs now.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/570/909/148/american-airlines-wants-to-ban-emotional-support-animals/

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Petition: Prompt Delta to Repeal Their Breed Ban and Find a Better Service Dog Solution · Change.org

Sara Enos started this petition to Chief Executive Officer Edward Bastian and 3 others

Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective as of July 10th, 2018. We are asking Delta to repeal their ban and work with experts in the field to comprise a solution to adequately address their safety concerns for their crew and passengers.

Not only are these new policy changes illegal in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), they are also incredibly detrimental to the people that rely on their service dogs medically and physically. It is proven that discrimination targeting specific breeds is ineffective at preventing dog bites. Canines need to be evaluated on an individual basis and service dogs must meet the highest requirements of training and behavior. The solution is in service dog regulation, not breed specific regulation.

Please join us in signing this petition to appeal to Delta to revoke their new policy. Delta not doing so will result in great detriment to those that need their service dogs in-flight with them, as well as the court systems becoming cluttered with cases against the airline for illegally disallowing Pit Bull service dogs on board.

https://www.change.org/p/edward-bastian-delta-com-prompt-delta-to-repeal-their-breed-ban-and-find-a-better-service-dog-solution/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=366972&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcR2YzYRiVU313LK8hNbY2WWtpnJh4FthFByxdrGiFqc9&j=366972&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=64403202&mid=7233053&jb=896

Petition: Dunkin Donuts A Vegan Donut Would Be a Slam Dunk in Our Non-Dairy Coffee! · Change.org

Compassion Over Killing started this petition to Dunkin’ Donuts and 4 others

Like most Americans, I love a good donut—sprinkles, chocolate icing, cream-filled, you name it. But I was disappointed to see that Dunkin’ Donuts, the nation’s largest donut chain, doesn’t offer a single vegan donut for millions of potential customers like me who are choosing to eat plant-based for animals, the environment, and their own health.

Several years ago, thousands of Compassion Over Killing’s supporters asked the donut giant for vegan options, and Dunkin’ responded to this demand with a statement on its website: “You’ve Asked and We’ve Heard,” as it poured out almond milk (which it now offers nationwide!) for its coffee. And yet all of Dunkin’s donuts still contain egg and/or milk ingredients. Now it’s time to make our voices heard once more: Join me in telling Dunkin’ we want a vegan donut to dunk in our coffee!More and more Americans are choosing plant-based fare as the public grows increasingly aware of the vast animal suffering in the dairy and egg industries, in which exhausted mother cows are slaughtered when no longer able to produce milk, and male chicks, considered useless, are even ground up alive. Many consumers are ditching cholesterol-packed dairy and eggs for their own health or to cut their carbon footprints. With plant-based eating on the rise, sales of dairy alternatives are soaring, and big brands like Starbucks, Duncan Hines, sweetFrog, and Breyers are already dishing up vegan sweet treats.

But consumers are hungry for a vegan donut nationwide, and as the leading donut chain, Dunkin’ has a major opportunity to attract a massive segment of potential customers by offering one. In fact, industry magazine QSR recently cited offering vegan options as #7 in its list of “100 Ideas for Improving Your Restaurant Brand,” while international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman named plant-based eating the 2018 trend of the year.

Please join me today in asking Dunkin’ for a slam dunk in our coffee today: a vegan donut on its menu!Sincerely,

Antoine Knighton, the Vegan Ref

https://www.change.org/p/dunkin-donuts-dunkin-a-vegan-donut-would-be-a-slam-dunk-in-our-non-dairy-coffee