Breaking! High Court Rules That All Animals In India Are Individuals With Rights – World Animal News

Breaking! High Court Rules That All Animals In India Are Individuals With Rights
By WAN – July 5, 2018

Yesterday, the Uttarakhand High Court in India granted the status of “legal person or entity” to all animals that are sentient beings, including avian and aquatic.
As per The Hindu, the decision was made because the animals “have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”
The court also declared that Uttarakhand natives are the guardians of animals with the duty to ensure their welfare and protection.
The order was issued as a result of a public interest lawsuit seeking restrictions on the movement of horse-drawn carts between Indian and Nepal through Banbasa.

Sadly, the ruling does not call for the end of horse-drawn carriages, which would be best, but it does include specific directives to better protect the animals such as banning the use of spike or other sharp tackle or equipment on them and that they should not be harnessed to pull carts if the temperature exceeds 37°C or drops below 5°C.
The court also ruled that animal-drawn carriages have to be given Right of Way over other vehicles.

Other requirements include mandating shelter of suitable size for horses, bullocks, and stray cattle and an order that veterinary doctors of Uttarakhand must treat any stray animals that are brought to them.
With the new ruling, India joins France, New Zealand and the province of Quebec, Canada in legally recognizing animals as sentient beings.
Unfortunately, other countries such as the United States continue the battle to have animals recognized as individuals.
Perhaps India’s decision will influence others to ensure that animals worldwide receive the respect and justice that they are entitled to as sentient beings.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-high-court-rules-that-all-animals-in-india-are-individuals-with-rights/

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Petition: It’s Time For Pennsylvania To Ban Exotic Animals Acts!! Stop Circus Cruelty!!, Pennsylvania

by: Finley B
target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania

340 SUPPORTERS in Pennsylvania 4,806 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

In 2015 a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania state senate to ban wild and exotic animal performances in circuses. This bill was recently reintroduced in 2017, but since then it has stalled. We need to get this bill back on the senate agenda! Right now in the U.S. only two states, Illinois and New York, have bans on the use of elephants in the circus.

Animals forced to perform in a circus are deprived of physical and social needs, confined in small spaces, spending excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals often demonstrate heartbreaking abnormal behaviors such as rocking, swaying, and pacing – indicating they are in distress and not coping with their abusive environment. Evidence from numerous animal-rights groups shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

That is NOT OK! And we need to keep fighting for these animals and their freedom from the circus life! Please join me in signing this petition asking Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to stop circus cruelty!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/180/025/074/

 

Petition: End Circus Bear Acts in Russia. It’s Not Entertainment, It’s Cruelty.

by: Care2 Team
target: Pres. Vladimir Putin

48,878 SUPPORTERS – 50,000 GOAL

Earlier this month, a shocking video appeared online showing a Russian circus bear being beaten by its trainers in the city of Volgograd. The video begins with the bear – leashed and muzzled – sliding down a slide on a strange wheeled contraption as if it were surfing. When it comes to a stop, it focuses on one of its trainers and goes in for the attack.

The attack is accompanied by the sound of screaming children as parents look on in horror while the bear is being beaten with sticks by other circus workers.

Watching the bear go from docile prop to powerful wild beast to a cowering giant – all within a matter of seconds – is heartbreaking.

This bear has no idea why it is being forced to do these ridiculous tricks. And when he pushed back because he couldn’t handle it anymore he was beaten to submission.

Last year, in another Russian city, another trainer was attacked by a circus bear. In that instance, the trainer was lucky to get away with his life.

These types of incidents will continue to happen until using animals in circuses is banned worldwide, especially in Russia where these types of shows are pervasive.

Bears, like other animals, are not entertainment, they have their own will and desires and deserve to live a life free from cruelty – preferably in the wild where they belong. These types of shows reduce a living, breathing animal down to an object that can be forced to do as we want when we want. It’s not only cruel, it is wrong.

Let’s call on the Russian Government to ban these dancing bear shows nationwide. They are cruel and belong in the past. Tell Russia we are watching their treatment of animals, and we don’t approve.

Please sign and let’s put an end to this nonsense.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/554/770/197/end-circus-bear-acts-in-russia.-its-not-entertainment-its-cruelty./?TAP=1732&utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=33f1cf373b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-33f1cf373b-106049477

 

Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court | World news

theguardian.com
A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists have said could pave the way to outlawing the eating of canines.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined and the practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations amid increased pressure from activists.

A ruling from the city court in Bucheon on Thursday, in a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator, said meat consumption was not a legal reason to kill dogs.

The group accused the man, who was convicted and fined 3m won (£2,050), of killing animals without proper reasons and violating building and hygiene regulations.

“It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself,” said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care.

The precedent paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely, she added.

Dog meat consumption is a grey area in South Korean law. Despite no specific ban, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations or animal protection laws that ban cruel slaughter methods to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the Pyeongchang Olympics.

A lawmaker from the ruling Democratic party introduced a bill in parliament this week that would effectively ban killing dogs for meat. There are about 17,000 dog farms in South Korea, and operators have called for the government to bring in laws explicitly to legalise dog meat consumption and license dog slaughter houses.

A survey last year found that 70% of South Koreans do not eat dog meat, but only about 40% believe the practice should be banned.

Care said it would track down dog farms and slaughter houses across the country with a view to filing similar complaints against them to judicial authorities. “The dog meat industry will take greater heat because of the court ruling,” said its leader, Park So-youn.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/killing-dogs-for-meat-illegal-south-korea-court-rules

Petition: Demand South Korea Enacts Animal Welfare Laws to Ban the Cruel Dog Meat Industry

 

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Petition is Closed…We Won !!!

by: Georgia B
target: Moon Jae-In, President of South Korea

93,419 SUPPORTERS – 95,000 GOAL

In breaking news, the South Korean Government has established Animal Welfare Laws for the first time.

The new laws have been enacted to protect pets that are found in approximately six million homes across the county.

However, the new laws fail to protect the thousands of dogs that are farmed for the cruel dog meat trade, with more than 17,000 dog meat farms across the country.

It’s time for South Korea to extend its protection to the hundreds of thousands of dogs that suffer horrific deaths for the dog meat trade every year.

Please sign and share the petition to Demand South Korea Enacts Animal Welfare Laws to Ban the Cruel Dog Meat Industry!

Read about the new law that passed here.

Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court | World news

Petition: Big Cats Aren’t Pets — So Why Is Owning Them Still Legal?

by: Care2 Team
target: U.S. Congress

77,526 SUPPORTERS – 80,000 GOAL

This May, a tiger paced around his cage in terror at a high school prom. He couldn’t escape the fire dancers juggling torches, students yelling or the sparklers flaring up beside him.

Sign now to demand lawmakers stop other big cats from suffering like him.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal just re-introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR1818. If passed, the bill would close loopholes that allow people to breed and keep tigers, cougars and other big cats as pets, as well as restrict the public’s contact with the animals.

“Thousands of big cats are currently owned as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos and menageries, which pose a severe risk to the safety of people in surrounding communities, as well as the welfare of the cats themselves,” says Born Free USA CEO Prashant Khetan. “It’s about time that we had a federal law that can serve to stop this inhumane practice around the country.”

Congress are elected officials and they need to hear from their constituents. Use your voice to push lawmakers to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR1818 by signing the petition today.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/733/233/174/

 

Petition: A Hunter Lured Skye the Lion Out of His Refuge and Shot Him – Demand Justice Now

by: Care2 Team
target: Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA)

40,990 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL
Do you remember Cecil? He was the lion that American dentist Walter Palmer shot in cold blood near Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. When the world learned of Cecil’s death, they were rightfully enraged. The lion was one of the most famous in Zimbabwe, if not Africa, and he had grown up wild but used to being in the presence of humans.

Well, now a similar tragedy has come to Zimbabwe’s southern neighbor. This time the lion’s name is Skye. Skye was one of the most beloved lions in South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park (KNP). He was not only a pride leader but he was a father to very young cubs. But none of that mattered to a big game hunter who paid around $75,000 to take his life.

Skye has been missing for about a week. The day he disappeared a hunter on the adjacent Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (UPNR) shot and killed a male lion that authorities believe to be Skye. If the lion had stayed within KNP he would have been safe. Animals in the national park are fully protected and have grown used to relative up-close contact with humans.

Unfortunately, hunting is allowed within UPNR. Previously, the two properties were separated by a fence, but because the environment was under stress, officials agreed to take it down so that animals would be able to feed in a far less concentrated area.

But now that the fence is gone, feckless hunters and safari guides can take advantage. In fact, according to some accounts, the hunter in question did just that. Similar to what happened to Cecil, Skye was lured out of his refuge and killed.

Authorities know who this lion killer is and they should act now to investigate and prosecute Skye’s killer. Please sign the petition and demand justice for Skye.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/605/800/161/

 

Petition: Join the Movement to Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in 2018

by: Care2 Team
target: President of China – Xi Jinping

173,959 SUPPORTERS -“180,000 GOAL
Every summer, thousands of dogs — many just puppies — are killed during the ten days of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. And it’s going to happen all over again, unless people like you speak out to stop this year’s horrific festival.

One of the most terrifying things about the annual festival is that many household dogs, cats and other pets are abducted by kidnappers trying to make a quick buck as the dog festival begins. Local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before butchers can, but dog sellers often refuse to sell to activists.

The good news is that the Chinese government is feeling the pressure to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. During the first few years of the festival, which began in 2009, between 10,000 and 15,000 dogs were killed each year. However, due to worldwide outrage, that number has dropped to about 1,000 in recent years due to restrictions on how many dogs vendors can sell.

Tens of thousands of dogs have been saved, but we can’t stop until zero dogs are killed for the festival.

Sign the petition urging Chinese President Xi Jinping to save the puppies and stop the 2018 Yulin Dog Meat Festival now!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/228/934/251/?z00m=30601447&redirectID=2687638792

 

Petition · Humane Society of Southwest Washington : Allow adopted animals their right to be able to return home · Change.org

Note from me… As a volunteer at the shelter for many years…I know how the Humane Society can circle their wagons and their rules need to be changed for situations like this one.

Losing a pet can be devastating, they need to contact the new adopters and let them know the situation, and hopefully they will return the cat, and adopt another kitty and give that one a forever home.

Tina is only asking for 200 signatures, but I want more signatures!!!!

Please sign this petition and share her story, this needs to to get out to the public.

Tina Evarts started this petition to Humane Society of Southwest Washington and 2 others

My cat was adopted from the humane society under the name “Goofus” while I was out of town for a little over a month. I had no idea he was even missing until after I’d returned back to Vancouver. By the time I was able to determine where he was, I was told I was too late to get him back. I’ve relentlessly been doing everything I can think of in hopes of finding him. My requests to have my information passed onto the family that adopted him have been rejected every time. In a response to my email I’d sent to the Board of Directors I was denied my request and told that it’s important for the shelter to maintain a certain reputation or image to the community and that people who adopt an animal tend to form a bond quickly with their new pet. If that’s honestly any concern to you, then why have I been repeatedly told that if he ever ends up back in your shelter, an alert will come up in your system to notify me? If that means you’d one day be willing to give him back to me, why not just do it now? If you’re worried about damaging your reputation or level of trust within the community, I would be more concerned with the individuals who are hired on to represent your shelter. Recently, after making a routine post on a lost pet page thru Facebook, I was publicly harassed for approximately an hour by an employee of the Southwest Washington humane society for trying to find my cat. She told me it was my own fault my cat was gone and I had no right even asking to have him back. I was in tears trying to defend myself from every hurtful statement she kept making, but in complete shock that someone could even do something like this to another person. She had no right doing what she did or saying any of the things she’d said to me. It was completely unprofessional and uncalled for. It isnt wrong for me to want my cat back because I would’ve never let him go in the first place. In my opinion, in order to correct the situation I should be given my cat back immediately along with an apology from your employee for her unacceptable behavior.

https://www.change.org/p/humane-society-of-southwest-washington-allow-adopted-animals-their-right-to-be-able-to-return-home-64bdc277-afed-46ee-8015-b6fc5d35c316

Petition · Fort Worth City Council: Horse Drawn Carriage Regulations in Fort Worth to Protect Horses in Temperature Extremes · Change.org

Brandi Cole started this petition to Fort Worth City Council

I witnessed obvious animal cruelty in Fort Worth on June 2, 2018, at a popular tourist destination. It was 102 degrees with a heat index of 113 and there was a heat advisory. There were horses pulling carts full of tourists with no immediate access to water or adequate shade. The horses were not rested between tours, as far as I could tell. They were overheated, exhausted, and overworked. Fort Worth currently does not have any rules that protect the horses during temperature extremes.

Obviously, we have very hot summers in North Texas. I want to ensure that the working animals (specifically horses pulling carriages) are treated humanely at all times but especially during temperature extremes. Several cities have recently placed regulations on the horse carriages including San Antonio, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, New York City, and Chicago.

I’m not opposed to working animals and I’m not asking to have the carts banned indefinitely; I am respectfully requesting that the City of Fort Worth enact regulations to ensure working horses (and all animals) are treated humanely at all times.

Fort Worth (and other North Texas cities) need regulations regarding temperature extremes immediately. At the very least, animals need immediate access to water at all times, adequate shade, and mandatory rest between tours.

Let’s follow Savannah Georgia’s example and put policies in place to protect carriage horses in extreme weather.

https://www.change.org/p/fort-worth-city-council-horse-drawn-carriage-regulations-in-fort-worth-to-protect-horses-in-temperature-extremes?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13250402&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAP5TygAAAAAAWx7WJw1FH7Q5ZmZmYzU0Yg%3D%3D

Breaking! The South Korean Ministry Establishes First-Ever Pet-Related Animal Welfare Policy Division As Nearly 6 Million Homes Have Pets – World Animal News

Breaking! The South Korean Ministry Establishes First-Ever Pet-Related Animal Welfare Policy Division As Nearly 6 Million Homes Have Pets
By WAN –
June 7, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in South Korea announced yesterday that it is establishing an animal welfare policy division for pets, under its livestock policy bureau. Issues such as these were previously assigned to a team under the livestock environment and welfare division.
The new division, formed to accommodate the growing number of homes in Korea with pets, will serve as a much-needed separate department that is tasked with taking charge of pet-related affairs and policies.
“The animal welfare policy division will tackle major assignments such as: preventing animal-related accidents and protecting animals from being abandoned or mistreated, as well as enhancing the ethical guidelines for animal testing, an official from the Agriculture Ministry noted in a statement. “We think this new division will be one of the busiest departments in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.”
As per the Korea Joongang Daily, the ministry issued the news along with some staggering statistics.
According to the government, the number of households in the country that own a pet has increased by more than 20% in just two years from 4.57 million in 2015 to 5.93 million in 2017.
The number of laboratory animals sadly also increased 18% from 2.51 million, to 3.08 million, while the number of farm animals grew by approximately 1,000 during the same time period.
While the establishment of a department solely dedicated to pet-related issues and policies in Korea is a positive step, the complicated country still has a long way to go when it comes to protecting its dogs.
Horrifically, dogs are still being slaughtered for their meat. There are more than 17,000 dog meat farms across the country.
In South Korea, Soi Dog is working with senior government officials to enact stronger animal welfare laws with the ultimate aim of banning the dog meat industry.
As per its website, this has already led to a ban on the slaughter of dogs at Moran Market, the biggest dog meat market in the capital, Seoul.
Thailand-based Soi Dog, and numerous other animal welfare organizations from around the world, such as, Southern California-based Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, continue to challenge Asia’s understanding of the barbaric dog meat industry, while making people aware about the massive and unnecessary cruelty involved.

WAN prays that Korea, and many other countries worldwide continue to take monumental steps to protect our precious species!

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-the-korean-ministry-establishes-first-ever-pet-related-animal-welfare-policy-division-as-nearly-6-million-homes-have-pets/

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Petition: Save the Grizzly Bears – End Wyoming’s Misguided Grizzly Bear Hunt!

by: Care2 Team
target: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

81,402 SUPPORTERS – 85,000 GOAL
When news that the grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park had been removed from the Endangered Species List made headlines last year, animal lovers were right to worry.

The iconic predator of the American outdoors now had a target tied to its back. It would be only a matter of time before officials would allow hunters to harvest these bears that had been protected for more than 40 years.

Unfortunately, that day has come. Wyoming officials have approved the state’s first grizzly bear hunt since the animals were delisted. Starting in September, hunters will be able to take a total of 23 bears.

The decision to delist the bears was wrong, but offering their heads up as hunting trophies is even more disgusting. Show the state of Wyoming that you are against this senseless hunt. Sign the petition and demand that the September hunt is canceled.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/240/971/680/

 

Urgent! Calls Needed Now To Help Advance 3 Bills In California Senate: Plant-Based Meal Options, CA Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act & The Iconic African Species Protection Act – World Animal News

Urgent! Calls Needed Now To Help Advance 3 Bills In California Senate: Plant-Based Meal Options, CA Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act & The Iconic African Species Protection Act
By Judie Mancuso

People in California are urged to contact their Senators today to help advance three crucial bills to the next step in becoming law.
SB 1138 – Plant-Based Meal Options
SB 1138, Food Options: Plant-Based Meals, which was introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner, would require licensed California healthcare facilities and state prisons to make available plant-based meal options containing no animal products or by-products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs.
SB 1138 is sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.
SB 1249 – CA Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act
SB 1249, the CA Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, introduced by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1st, 2020.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation are also the sponsors of SB 1249.
SB 1487 – Iconic African Species Protection Act
SB 1487, the Iconic African Species Protection Act, introduced by Senator Henry Stern, would ban the possession of any dead body part of an African elephant, African lion, leopard, black or white rhinoceros, giraffe, Jentink’s duiker, plains zebra, mountain zebra, hippopotamus, and striped hyena throughout the state. The exempts articles that are already possessed in the state at the time of enactment or if possessed by a bona fide education or scientific institution.
Social Compassion in Legislation is the sole sponsor of SB 1487.
Please Contact Your California Senators http://worldanimalnews.com/urgent-calls-needed-now-to-help-advance-3-bills-in-california-senate-plant-based-meal-options-ca-cruelty-free-cosmetics-act-the-iconic-african-species-protection-act/!

“One Person CAN Make A Difference”

http://worldanimalnews.com/urgent-calls-needed-now-to-help-advance-3-bills-in-california-senate-plant-based-meal-options-ca-cruelty-free-cosmetics-act-the-iconic-african-species-protection-act/

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Petition: Thousands of Adorable Prairie Dogs Will Soon Be Poisoned

by: Care2 Team
target: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

12,753 SUPPORTERS – 13,000 GOAL
They’re tiny, they’re adorable — and pretty soon, thousands of them will be dead.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently announced a plan to poison 100 colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs in North Dakota, potentially killing thousands of these little critters — unless we act fast.

Though prairie dogs have called the area home for centuries, cattle ranchers have blamed them for eating up the grass their cattle rely on and have successfully fought to remove them. The truth is, however, that even though prairie dogs eat grass, they are natural grazers who actually help maintain healthy grasslands to feed more animals.

We must fight back and save these creatures from mass slaughter. Please sign this petition and demand that the USFS drop its plan to poison prairie dogs!

If the cull goes through, these prairie dogs will suffer a slow and painful death. The government plans to use rodenticide, which can take days to kill the little animals as they slowly bleed out. It is a cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary plan.

Don’t let the government’s cruel plan continue. Sign now to put an end to the mass slaughter of prairie dogs now.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/665/593/043/thousands-of-adorable-prairie-dogs-will-soon-be-poisoned/

 

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The Bark that Bites

Humane PA

By Representative Todd Stephens

Elected officials answer to their constituents, it’s the core of the job. FullSizeRender

All day long we, and our staff, field phone calls, letters, emails, social media posts, and even the occasional fax; filled with issues large and small which matter to our community. We respond as quickly as we can and I personally make it an office policy that no matter what the issue, whether its state, federal, local, or personal, I or my staff will not only do our best to find the answer, we advise the constituent on how to proceed.

It’s a tough job, but a fulfilling one. Every day (if we’re lucky) we get to make a difference in someone’s life, and every once in a while, we get to do something great.

That’s how I feel about Act 10 – (Libre’s Law). With a lot of hard work, we actually…

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Petition: End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good! – The Animal Rescue Site

End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good!
Force one crucial step from Congress in order to end this cruel and barbaric festival!

A new ban on selling dog meat at restaurants, street vendors and markets at China’s Yulin dog meat festival will go into effect on June 15, just one week before the festival is set to start. What remains unclear is if the ban is temporary or if officials will be able to enforce the ban. Sign now to show your support for a permanent end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
[End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival For Good!]
Goal: 45,000 • Progress: 27,Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

For more than twenty years, summer in Yulin, China has meant the slaughter of tens of thousands of dogs in the most disgusting and brutal ways imaginable. They are stolen from the streets — even from people’s homes — and then crammed into such small cages that many dogs die before even arriving in Yulin. Those that make it face being beaten to death, boiled alive, and tortured for days.

Thankfully, there are steps being taken by lawmakers in the United States to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

The bill being proposed, HR 30 of the 115th Congress, would officially condemn the festival as a “spectacle of extreme animal cruelty,” while also recognizing the public health risk the festival presents. Currently, HR 30 is being reviewed by Members of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Sign below to tell Congress to sign HR 30 into law, and help put an end to this cruel and barbaric festival!

Sign Here
https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/yulin-hr-752

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Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade – The Animal Rescue Site

three cats trap and is stuck in a steel wire netting,cage,hoping for freedom with sad feeling

Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade
It is illegal to consume cats in Vietnam, but even the officials supposed to enforce the law break it – and eat them “for luck.”
[Tell Vietnam: Put An End The Brutal And Illegal Cat Meat Trade]
Goal: 100,000 • Progress: 26,942
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tell the current Vietnamese Ministers of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Industry and Trade to put a real stop to the illegal cat meat trade. Eating a cat is cruel, will not bring you luck or make you more agile, and could seriously harm your health.

The dog meat trade has come under scrutiny in recent years, but cats who are similarly abused haven’t gotten as much attention. In this brutal yet thriving trade, cats are crammed into wire cages and transported into Vietnam, where cat meat is popular. Though many are strays, a large number are also beloved pets who have been stolen, still wearing their collars.

From there, the cruelty only gets worse. Groups of cats are transported in sacks, and because “tough” meat is desirable, cats are terrified and tortured prior to inhumane butchering. Some restaurants cram living cats into cages, so that consumers can pick which one to eat. Then they are boiled alive in hot water. One cat butcher boasted of killing 31 cats in one day for his restaurant. This is barbaric cruelty toward intelligent, sensitive, and innocent pets. [1]

The meat is sold as an expensive “delicacy” labeled “little tiger.” Locals eat cat meat at the beginning of the month and year for good luck, or believing that it will bring strength and agility. [1] But the unregulated meat can be deadly, exposing people who eat it to diseases including toxoplasmosis, E. coli, and rabies.

In 1998, a ban on consuming cats in Vietnam was established by the prime minister to protect cats to make sure the rats did not get out of control. But it was ignored. Today, cat meat is popular. Many of the avid consumers are the very officials who are supposed to be enforcing the ban. [2]

Sign now and demand this gruesome meat trade be ended for good. Like dogs, cats are meant to be our friends – not dinner.

Sign Here

https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/cat-meat-trade/?utm_source=ars-reminder&utm_medium=email&utm_term=05282018&utm_content=reminder-p&utm_campaign=cat-meat-trade&origin=ERA_052818_cat-meat-trade_p&oidp=0x4a568a63ec7cab2cc0a82937

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petition: Does Your State Still Allow Puppy Mills?

by: Care2 Team
target: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Ha

36,521 SUPPORTERS – 40,000 GOAL
Filthy cages, extreme temperatures, maggot-infested food, dirty water, emaciated dogs, and dogs covered in feces. Step into a puppy mill, and that’s the heartbreaking sight you’ll see, according to The Humane Society of the United States’ most recent Horrible Hundred report.

“Puppy mills” or “pet mills” refer to commercial breeders that force animals to continuously produce more and more young to feed the pet trade. Unfortunately, many of the animals end up in shelters and being euthanized.

Despite the horrific conditions in pet mills across the country, only two states – California and Maryland – have banned pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeders. That means 48 states still allow these horrible places to exist.

Puppies and kittens don’t deserve this inhumane treatment. We need to take a stand and end this despicable practice now.

Does your state still allow puppy mills? Sign now to demand that it bans puppy mills for good!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/423/052/971/

 

petition: The Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Kill Baby Bears and Wolves

by: Care2 Team
target: United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

61,039 SUPPORTERS – 65,000 GOAL
In Alaska, you might soon be able to teach your children the wonder of the great outdoors by killing helpless bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens or mowing down swimming caribou from the comfort of your own motorboat.

The Trump administration wants to open the door to extreme hunting techniques of some of Alaska’s most iconic animals. The proposal is an attempt to rollback a 2015 Obama administration regulation that banned the same practices.

Besides the horrific caribou slaughtering methods that would be permitted, the rollback would also allow hunters to “lure brown and black bears with bait, hunt black bears and their cubs using artificial lights, […], and use dogs to hunt black bears.”

The park service suggests that loosening hunting restrictions would boost opportunities for “sportsmen” wishing to take advantage of Alaska’s bounty. But, in reality, it is just a disgusting push to make the cruel sport of hunting even more inhumane and barbaric.

Now, the public has 60 days to comment before the final decision is made.

Please sign the petition and tell the Department of the Interior that you don’t want cruel extreme hunting techniques in our federal lands. Speak up now, while there is still time.

For more information about the National Park Service’s proposal or to submit public comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov and search for “RIN 1024-AE38.”

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/871/496/885/

 

Petition: New York: Make Wildlife Killing Contests Illegal

New York: Make Wildlife Killing Contests Illegal

27,358 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL
Animal advocates and lawmakers in New York are working to ensure wildlife killing contests never take place in the state again.

These contests, which are also known as drives, derbies, and tournaments, reward people of all ages with cash prizes and weapons, among other things, for killing the biggest and most animals.

While native predators, including coyotes, foxes, and bobcats, are popular targets, many other species continue to become victims of these massacres.

Past events in New York targeting crows and squirrels have sparked outrage, and brought much-needed attention to these senseless events, while a recent undercover investigation released by The Humane Society of the United States has offered a glimpse into the little-seen culture that surrounds these contests and the dangerous, and indifferent attitudes they promote towards wildlife – which is especially troubling when it comes to what they teach children about our relationship with the species we share this earth with.

While some defend these contests as a perfectly reasonable means to deal with ‘pests’ and control predators, they’re ethically and scientifically unjustifiable, and it’s abundantly clear that they’re not about wildlife management or even hunting, but about glorifying the senseless killing of wild animals for amusement and personal gain.

Now, animal advocates and lawmakers are supporting legislation (A.4116a/S.5148a) that will make it illegal to “organize, sponsor, conduct, promote or participate in any contest, competition, tournament, or derby with the objective of taking or hunting wildlife for prizes for other inducement, or for entertainment.”

Please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers in New York to pass legislation that will make these cruel and senseless events illegal.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/603/947/468/new-york-make-wildlife-killing-contests-illegal/?TAP=1724

 

Petition: Make It Illegal for Animal Abusers to Work With Animals

by: Judy M.
target: U.S. Congress

59,902 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL

The New York state Senate just approved a measure making it a class A misdemeanor for an individual convicted of animal cruelty to ever have employment working with animals. But the truth is, this should be a law across the nation.

Sign the petition to make sure no animal abuser can work at an animal shelter ever again!

This is not only protection for all animals; It is well known that there is a strong connection between animal cruelty, child abuse, domestic violence and many other crimes.

It is astonishing that it is currently perfectly legal for someone convicted of animal abuse to work in a shelter, humane society or a pound.

Please sign my petition calling on the U.S. Congress to pass a law making it illegal for a known animal abuser to ever work with animals.
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/974/579/936/make-it-illegal-for-animal-abusers-to-work-with-animals/?TAP=1724

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Petition:Ban sales from puppy mill in Texas · Change.org

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Ban sales from puppy mill in Texas · Change.org
Katherine Na started this petition to Texas State House

We have all seen cute fluffy puppies behind the glass window of a pet store. It is hard not to smile at their irresistibly innocent puppy eyes and their little paws. However, behind the glass display at pet stores and their title claiming to be “local breeders” and “USDA approved”, pet stores have been making profits selling puppies from puppy mills.

Puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility built solely to profit from sales of puppies. In order to make the female dogs more profitable, they are given little to no breaks in between pregnancies and are forced to be separated from their babies so that the puppies can be sold to pet stores. Females dogs that can no longer reproduce babies are often killed or abandoned. Dogs are caged and given very limited space and lack of veterinary care with their feces and urine piled up, causing a list of serious health problems.

California became the first state to ban sale of puppy mills. If puppy mills are banned in Texas, it would be a huge step toward animal rights and open doors for Americans who want to adopt healthy dogs fairly!

https://www.change.org/p/texas-state-house-ban-sales-from-puppy-mill-in-texas?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13162165&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAL8iwQAAAAAAWuz3cgW8mjY4N2FjNGU0NA%3D%3D

Petition · Judge Jennifer Saunders JOP # 4, Jen Crownover precint #4, Donna Eccleston precint # 1, any other (u: Help, change the tethering and confinement laws in Comal County, Texas · Change.org

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Petition · Judge Jennifer Saunders JOP # 4, Jen Crownover precint #4, Donna Eccleston precint # 1, any other (u: Help, change the tethering and confinement laws in Comal County, Texas · Change.org
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10,957 have signed. Let’s get to 15,000!

Loretta Padgett signed 5 hours ago

Michael Cooper signed 11 hours ago

Our community assumes since there is a tethering law in place that pet owners follow the law, and officials enforce it. WRONG! The reality is that the law is not being enforced and there are hundreds of dogs tethered, chained, confined, and ignored 24/7, many without shelter. Make no mistake; if it is cold outside, dogs left outside are suffering. Dog houses can help keep rain off, but unless they are heated, they do little to keep out the cold. Drive around and see for yourself! It is time for our community to take a stand and make real changes to alleviate the suffering. The longer we continue our apathy, the more dogs suffer. Here’s what we needs to happen: (1) Residents of Comal County need to report violations of the law by contacting Animal Control (2) Animal control needs to issue more citations and enforce the laws and (3) Since many pet owners here have more pets than they can provide food, shelter, and vaccinations/vet car for, Comal County urgently needs a robust, always available, and affordable spay/neuter program backed by a strong ordinance. We must work together to be a voice for innocent animals and prevent suffering by stopping the growing population of tethered pets. Consider if it was YOUR reality to live your life at the end of a chain: you are constantly exposed to the elements , you pant in the summer and shiver in the winter. Your owner believes he has provided you with everything you need: food, water, a dog house, but your life is a lonely, miserable existence. Canines are social creatures by nature, so depriving them of their need to interact with people causes them to become neurotic, anxious, and aggressive. We can do better!
Many states have tethering and confinement laws addressed, but most cities and counties limit the enforcement. Notice that we have signs hanging that say, ” $500.00 fine for dogs running loose”…
where is the sign that says $1000.00 fine to owners who chain/confine pets? PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to help put an end to this inhumane situation and help UNCHAIN CANYON LAKE!
Signed,
Sunni Patrice Stalbird
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sunni stalbird needs your help with “Judge Jennifer Saunders JOP # 4, Jen Crownover precint #4, Donna Eccleston precint # 1, any other (u: Help, change the tethering and confinement laws in Comal County, Texas”. Join sunni and 10,980 supporters today.
Today: sunni is counting on you

sunni stalbird needs your help with “Judge Jennifer Saunders JOP # 4, Jen Crownover precint #4, Donna Eccleston precint # 1, any other (u: Help, change the tethering and confinement laws in Comal County, Texas”. Join sunni and 10,980 supporters today.

https://www.change.org/p/judge-jennifer-saunders-jop-4-jen-crownover-precint-4-donna-eccleston-precint-1-any-other-u-help-change-the-tethering-and-confinement-laws-in-comal-county-texas?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=41986&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAMOGmQAAAAAAWusqv%2Bsu3CwyYjgxMTFkNg%3D%3D

Oppose Trump’s BLM Plan Using Mass Sterilization & Slaughter to Manage Horse Population · Change.org

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Oppose Trump’s BLM Plan Using Mass Sterilization & Slaughter to Manage Horse Population · Change.org
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Petition Opposing BLM’s Extinction of Wild Horses & Land Decimation

Join The Movement – American’s Against BLM Plan Threatening Wild Horses And Public Lands

Cana Foundation calls upon citizens, animal and environmental advocates to sign petition opposing any BLM Plans that threaten wild horses with extinction and give preferential treatment to public lands livestock grazing over the sustainability of our environment.

The BLM plan includes mass sterilization, sale without limitations and even slaughter to curb an exaggerated over population issue instead of using more creative and less costly programs such as REWILDING America’s Wild Horses onto available lands. This devastating plan places our Wild Horse Nation further at risk and continues to give preferential treatment to public lands livestock grazing over the wellbeing and stability of our wildlife & environment.

Our Horses & Habitats Need Your Help!

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-oppose-trump-s-blm-plan-using-mass-sterilization-slaughter-to-manage-horse-population?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13103797&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uACW9yAAAAAAAWusePIJLRpAxYTg4NDVjMw%3D%3D

It May Finally Become Illegal To Kill Dogs And Cats For Food In The US

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It May Finally Become Illegal To Kill Dogs And Cats For Food In The US
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You’ve probably heard about the horrible Yulin Dog Meat Festival held every year in China. And the dog meat trade in South Korea got a lot of publicity recently, thanks to Olympic athletes like Meagan Duhamel and Gus Kenworthy making headlines when they rescued dogs that would otherwise have been someone’s dinner.

What you may not be aware of is the disturbing fact that the killing of dogs (and cats) for food happens right here in the United States.

While killing dogs and cats in commercial slaughterhouses is against the law in the US, it’s otherwise legal to kill them for food in 44 states. Only California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York and Virginia have laws prohibiting it.

“With the work of our international arm, which tries to stop this practice that’s especially common in parts of Asia, we’ve had instances when these countries say, ‘Well, why are you talking to us when this is still legal in your own country?’” Marty Irby, senior adviser to the Humane Society Legislative Fund, told McClatchy’s Kate Irby.

A year ago, U.S. representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) introduced the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017, an amendment to the federal Animal Welfare Act. The act, which has 239 co-sponsors, would prohibit people from knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption.

It would also ban people from knowingly transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption, or dog or cat parts for human consumption. Violators could face a fine and/or up to a year in prison.

More recently, Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) introduced an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill that’s just been passed by the House Agriculture Committee. Like the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act, this amendment would prohibit people from “knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption” and from knowingly participating in the other activities related to the pet meat trade.

The punishment for violators is a $2,500 fine and up to a year in prison.

“Adopting this policy signals that the United States will not tolerate the disturbing practice in our country,” Denham said, according to Politico.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) voted against Denham’s amendment, Politico reports. He said he doesn’t condone eating dogs and cats, but it’s traditional in other countries and he found it “a little tough” to imprison those who do it in the U.S.

It should come as no surprise that Steve King (R-Iowa) also voted against the amendment, since he has a history of opposing animal welfare laws (and once said dogfighting should be legal).

Unfortunately, the Farm Bill also includes a terrible amendment King himself introduced that would eliminate states’ rights to protect animals, warned Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

The Farm Bill, which authorizes all federal agriculture programs including food stamps and farm subsidies, is expected to become law by Sept. 30, 2018, when some existing programs start expiring, Bloomberg reports.

Before then, the Farm Bill is bound to get some tweaking. While Denham’s amendment needs to stay, King’s troubling amendment definitely needs to go.
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Tell Congress that you support the ban of cat and dog meat. Sign the Care2 petition supporting the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act.

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Petition · World Animal Protection: Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival · Change.org

Gerald Padrique started this petition to World Animal Protection and 2 others

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an annual event where over 10,000 dogs are being eaten and slaughtered. The festival is held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice where the festival goers get a chance to eat dog flesh and lychees. And about 10,000 to 15,000 dogs are being butchered.

The citizens of China and event organizers said that dogs are being killed humanely. But animal rights campaigners, activists, and petitioners counterclaimed that they are slaughtered cold-bloodedly based on the photographs from the event. There was a witness who claimed that some of the dogs are stolen household pets, because of their collars.

Dogs are considered as part of our family. They are faithful pets that protect and love us, their owners. They can be a shepherd that will look for our home whenever we are not around. Some of them are trained to help cops and investigators to solve various crimes.

Dogs are more than an animal. They are a good companion, a trustworthy defender, and a friend. For this reason, dogs and all animals deserve to be loved and protected. Just like humans, dogs have feelings, and they feel pain. It is not right to kill and torture them in any possible ways. We should realize by now how ruthless it is to take the life of an animal for a festival.

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival should be banned and stopped to end the misery that thousands of dogs are facing right now. Cease this inhumane act and bring animal rights back to life.

https://www.change.org/p/world-animal-protection-stop-yulin-dog-meat-festival?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13136770&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJWIvgAAAAAAWt%2FIbxSleIBlOWQyMmYzNg%3D%3D

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Petition · Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Prevent ODNR From Allowing Trapping Of Bobcats · Change.org

Prevent ODNR From Allowing Trapping Of Bobcats
Jason Cooke started this petition to Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is considering instituting a trapping season in certain areas of the state after sightings of bobcats have continued to increase.

According to ODNR, the bobcat was removed from the list of Ohio endangered and threatened species in July 2014.

Verified sightings of bobcats have been on the rise in recent years- with more than 2,000 sightings from 1970 through 2017. Nearly 500 of those sightings happened in just the last year.

https://www.change.org/p/ohio-department-of-natural-resources-prevent-odnr-from-allowing-trapping-of-bobcats?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13138169&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uACQoxgAAAAAAWt%2BAekIbDws3Yjg0NGQwMQ%3D%3D

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Petition update · ANIMAL MISTREATMENT

Apr 18, 2018 — Please Click Here To Sign This Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/bill-cantrell-jeffrey-howard-eliminate-all-two-year-old-tennessee-walking-horse-classes-big-lick

The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in the World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse’s front hooves.

We have over 25,000 signatures supporting the end of this.

Let’s get to 50,000 signatures!!!

Please Sign and Share With Everyone You Know.

Here is the “Story of CCABLAC, “WE, The People”, (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty … Speaking FOR “The Horses”

https://www.change.org/p/11706598/u/22650940?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=308007&sfmc_tk=Y65ELrEVwnOSO7%2bDYTtOcUxpGzzSbcAzZNirwdT1Nkehy9YuE7ipAHQKwJhWwuZE&j=308007&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=55565557&mid=7259882&jb=22

Victory! Hundreds of Animals Saved as Japan Ends Poisoning Test on Dogs

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Victory! Hundreds of Animals Saved as Japan Ends Poisoning Test on Dogs
Jessica Sandler
Written by | April 18, 2018

After hearing from PETA scientists for the past three years, the Japanese government officially announced this week that it is saying “sayonara” to a gruesome pesticide test conducted on dogs.

Imagine being locked in a cage and forced to eat pesticide-laced food or breathe pesticide fumes for a year until you are killed and your body is dissected. That is exactly what dogs undergo in a common test. But now, after receiving documentation from PETA scientists of extensive analyses conducted by experts demonstrating that data from the one-year dog poisoning test are not used to protect humans, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has decided to stop requiring the use of this test.

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With the assistance of the Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, our scientists pointed out that numerous governments, including those of the European Union, the U.S., and Canada, have eliminated this test from their pesticide registration requirements after discussions with PETA, sparing thousands of dogs annually. Japan now joins the growing list of countries that have made the right decision for dogs and for science.

PETA scientists are also in contact with regulatory agencies in other parts of the world to encourage them to follow suit and are working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals. Your help will bring us closer to a world in which all animals are regarded as individuals, not laboratory tools, and in which we’ll look back on chemical tests on living, breathing beings as part of a painful, dark past.

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Stop Hunters From Slaughtering Wildlife With Assault Rifles

Hunters are slaughtering wolves near Denali National Park using assault rifles and other high powered weapons. Without intervention, these wolves will be driven to extinction. Sign this petition to demand stronger hunting restrictions.

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