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Petition: Don’t Swipe Right On Dating Apps That Allow Elephant Cruelty!

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Don’t Swipe Right On Dating Apps That Allow Elephant Cruelty!
3 minutes

When animal lovers are looking for love on a dating app, it makes sense that they may pause at cute pictures of people with animals. But if you see a selfie with a baby elephant or a pic of someone riding an elephant — you should definitely NOT swipe right.

If you you see someone riding, hugging, and posing with a wild animal like an elephant on Tinder, Bumble, or OkCupid … watch out. While these photos may seem cute, the sad truth is that it’s very likely that animal has been abused.

The only way to train an elephant to perform tricks, “pose” for photos, or carry people on its back is to physically hurt them. The “crush” method, used to train elephants to give rides, involves isolating, chaining, and abusing the elephants until their spirits are broken. After that, they are controlled with fear and pain.

The elephant’s brutal abuse and suffering is not apparent in the smiling vacation pic or cute elephant selfie you post on a dating app — but it’s there. That’s why Care2 is calling on dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to take a stand and ban captive elephant or elephant tourism photos.

Sign and share to tell Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to BAN photos of cruel elephant tourism — any pics of riding, “hugging,” or forced posing of captive elephants.

When Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid allow these these photos on their sites, they are helping to glamorize the brutal elephant tourism industry.

There are around 3,000 captive elephants enslaved in tourism in Asia — and this number is growing. According to World Animal Protection, there has been a 30% increase in the number of captive elephants in Thailand in the last 5-years alone.

If enough animal lovers speak out, we know we can convince these companies to do the right thing. Over 150,000 Care2 members convinced Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, to stop promoting elephant “ride” and other captive experiences that cause major suffering and abuse.

And — in 2017, PETA called on Tinder to remove “tiger selfies” citing the physical abuse, forced drugging, and other cruel method used in these captive tiger experiences.

Please sign and share the petition calling on Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to stop idealizing the cruel elephant tourism industry and BAN any photos that depict riding, “hugging,” or forced posing of captive elephants.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/391/822/658/?z00m=30939166&redirectID=2753409256

Petition: Protect Octopuses from Ocean Plastics

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Protect Octopuses from Ocean Plastics
1-2 minutes

Marine wildlife like our beloved octopuses are counting on us to preserve our ocean and protect their homes. The octopus may be able to escape some of the trickiest situations, but the ocean plastics villain may prove more deadly than any of its natural predators ever could.

But we can stop this. We can keep ocean plastics out of these creatures’ homes.

Make a promise to help octopuses today: make the pledge that whenever you’re able, you’ll say “no thanks” to single-use plastics like those that marine wildlife are so vulnerable to. Promise our ocean’s cephalopods that you’ll commit to being mindful and making responsible choices for the sake of all marine wildlife.

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/31411/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=18LPJCBAXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=20181008OctopusAlert&utm_content=20181008-OctopusAdvocacy-Prospects-Email1-18LPJCBAXX

Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan

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Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan
2-3 minutes

Himeko the elephant was brought to the Himeji Zoo in 1994. She has been imprisoned there since, totally alone: for 24 long, lonely years. During “business hours” at this noisy zoo and amusement park, Himeko faces away from visitors and copes with her stress by bobbing and swaying non stop. She also bangs her tail repeatedly against the steel door of her pen.

The rest of the time she is trapped in a tiny, dark concrete indoor cell—with no food or water readily available—for 18 hours a day.

Each day, Himeko is forced to “perform” for the crowds. Trainers enter her outdoor enclosure and intimidate her with painful, sharp bullhooks. They force Himeko to do tricks, like walk around in a circle and kneel down to have her head brushed with a broom.

Veteran elephant biologist Dr. Keith Lindsay visited Himeko at the zoo in 2017. After seeing her living conditions firsthand, he labelled it “substandard and unacceptable.”

This is an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 60-70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But Himeko still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. The Elephants in Japan campaign is working with top elephant experts and organizations to help Himeko and other solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Himeko.

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/487/573/289/depressed-himeko-has-lived-24-years-alone-forced-by-bullhook-to-perform-daily-tricks/

Thank you for your help to save Himeko!