Petition: Stop the Killing of New Jersey’s Mute Swans · Change.org

Sue Miller started this petition to Governor Phil Murphy and 2 others

NEW JERSEY VIOLATING THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT BY KILLING MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS UNDER A BOGUS LAW

Without Public Notice, New Jersey has set out to reduce the Mute Swan population through a systematic killing of these magnificent birds. As in Michigan, Maryland and other states, the state and federal wildlife authorities do not want any public awareness of the killing of the Mute Swans, based upon NO SCIENTIFIC research.

In February 2014, the International Swan Symposium was held in Maryland. At this meeting, swan specialists and researchers from around the world met. Many expressed concern and even presented papers showing that the Mute Swans were Sentinel birds, not an invasive species. Sentinel means that the Mute Swans alert wetland and waterfowl biologists and researchers that something is wrong with the environment, such as the presence of high levels of heavy metals, such as copper, lead and the presence of micro-organisms that can affect other species.

During the Symposium, Larry Hindman (Maryland DNR) and Barb Avers (Michigan DNR) presented papers and made the following statements when asked if the public was ever notified of the killing of the Mute Swans in their respective states. Mr. Hindman’s response: “We surveyed 625 people.” Did more of the general public ever know Hindman was asked? Hindman’s response: “NO, We did not do any widespread information, kept it out of the media and away from the general public, got the endorsement of Governor Ehrlich. We did it under the radar, most people did not know how or what we were doing until it was over, we went in, did what we had to do and got out. Never announced and never appeared on 6:00 news.” Mr. Hindman was also asked if there was ever any research prior to the killing or after the killing when “The Maryland DNR reduced 60% hatchings, removed swans using lethal methods, 2 nesting pairs left at this time. Since 2011-2013 1,683 nests destroyed, 9,403 eggs destroyed.” Mr. Hindman’s answer was “NO”. In addition, the nitrogen levels attributed to the Mute Swans and one of the reasons for killing the birds, is still HIGH. The Mute Swan can no longer be blamed in the Chesapeake Bay for these nitrogen levels. This lack of science and Maryland’s abhorrent Mute Swan control program became the basis for killing Mute Swans nationwide.

In Michigan, according to Barb Avers, Michigan DNR, the Mute Swan program “is not financially sustainable.”

This after many thousands of Mute Swans have been killed nationwide and at substantial cost to taxpayers, in fact in the billions of dollars and New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and other state and federal wildlife agencies plans to continue the killing of Mute Swans with no scientific justification.

After convincing the public, the media and politicians using misinformation regarding Mute Swans being invasive, non-native, and aggressive, and destroying the habitat with high nitrogen levels, the Mute Swan killings began in the late 80’s and continues today.

However, according to a non-partisan study conducted by Hudsonia in 2017, the study found that Mute Swans were no more detrimental to other wildlife or the habitat than any other waterfowl/wildlife species. According to Hudsonia, the government’s contention that Mute Swans are detrimental to the habitat, aggressive and increase exponentially is unfounded and no scientific research backs up any of these negative claims.

On April 4/17/2014, Sue Miller, a resident of New Jersey and taxpayer, contacted Mr. Ted Nichols (NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) to speak with him about the state of New Jersey’s development of a plan to slaughter Mute Swans. Ms. Miller requested that Mr. Nichols inform her of the specifics of his plan to slaughter Mute Swans and was told that “ he is not obligated to give her any information about the State of New Jersey’s proposal. ” Ms. Miller reminded him of The Freedom of Information Act, that she is a tax payer in New Jersey and believed that she was entitled to be informed.

The authorities at the Environmental Protection Commission and The Division of Fish and Wildlife in New Jersey are following the same patterns as Maryland and Michigan by quietly collaborating with the assistance of the USDA to reduce and eventually eliminate all the Mute Swans in New Jersey.

In lieu of New York States failed attempt by the DEC to carry out a similar program it is obvious why New Jersey does not want the public to be aware of its recent actions in killing Mute Swans throughout New Jersey. As in New York State the same arguments that New Jersey is advocating as just cause to kill the Mute Swans are at best baseless and false without being substantiated by sound scientific research.

New Jersey is now on the front-line of killing Mute Swans.

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a Mute Swan Management Plan public hearing. During this meeting, many prominent people spoke against the DEC’s plan to kill New York Mute Swans. One of those people was NY Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of Committee on Environmental Conservation and also a supporter of the DEC in the past. He expressed on record his deep dissatisfaction with the actions of the DEC and their Mute Swan Management Plan.

However, it was Regal Swan Foundation that provided the legal bombshell that the Reform Act of 2004 to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, was entered into Congress inappropriately, and was never ratified by President Bush. Therefore, it is null and void. Therefore, any and all acts perpetrated against Mute Swans (and other birds covered by this Reform Act) are in violation of international law.

Hundreds of thousands of Mute Swans have been slaughtered throughout the United States, including New Jersey because they were removed from the Migratory Bird Act in 2004. With this new information, we want congress and our state legislators to place an immediate moratorium on all Mute Swan killings and to investigate the illegal way the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004 was pushed through Congress and also hold the New Jersey DFW, US Fish and Wildlife, USDA, and anyone else who has killed Mute Swans in New Jersey accountable for violating the original Treaty.

THIS BOGUS TREATY REFORM ACT IMPACTS ALL MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS IN EVERY STATE! PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND ASK THEM TO STOP THIS OUTRAGEOUS HOAX THAT IS COSTING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS AND KILLING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BIRDS ILLEGALLY.

Please call, write and email the following New Jersey State Officials to express your concern over the killing of the Mute Swans. Tell them you want this to stop immediately.

PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES CAN HELP US BY SIGNING AND SHARING THIS PETITION AND LETTING THE WORLD KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES IS SLAUGHTERING MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS THROUGH A REFORMED TREATY THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN REFORMED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

N.J.Gov Phil Murphy

phil.murphy@gov.state.nj.us

Tel 609 292 6000

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We want justice for Benjamin, murdered by this madman!

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We want justice for Benjamin, murdered by this madman!
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We continue to see cases of animal abuse in Argentina and nothing changes because the penalties for animal abuse are a joke. Fines of a few hundred pesos for murdering an animal, or some hours of community work, but never jail, never send these murderers to jail, and as they know it is, they continue unpunished killing them because they know that it is never going to spend nothing.

In Salta a man killed a dog with a machete and for that reason we ask that he be arrested and that they begin a judicial process so that he will be imprisoned. SEND HIM TO PRISON, not to pay a fine or do a few hours of community service collecting trash in a neighborhood, NO, SEND HIM TO PRISON!

This guy not only murdered the dog but also threatened the witnesses who filmed the dying dog and the face of this murderer when he had him grabbed by the leather while he was cutting him with the machete.

Obviously this man is free, because in this country nobody who mistreats or kills an animal ends up imprisoned, and for that we have to change our way of thinking and our Laws.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Petition: All Animal Abusers To Be Registered And Banned From Ever Keeping Animals · Change.org

PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE started this petition to Michael Gove

Abuse against animals is increasing dramatically and includes domestic, wild and captive (such as circuses and zoos). Very rarely are offenders, when found guilty, barred from keeping or being involved with animals. I ask that it becomes law that an Animal Abuse Register is brought into place and that all offenders are placed on this register. I also ask that offenders are barred from keeping or working with animals for a minimum period of 10 years if not lifelong.

Many studies reveal that children who torture or kill animals are likely to show violence towards people when they grow up. Re-classifying animal abuse will aid law enforcement and the FBI in quantifying and reporting incidents of animal abuse.

Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA said “People are taking animal cruelty more and more seriously. It’s a violent crime, and if it goes unchecked, it leads to bigger things.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will now be prosecuted as a “crime against society”. And importantly, animal cruelty would be reported as a distinct category, meaning animal abusers fall into the same group as arsonists and murderers.

Tracking Animal Cruelty: FBI Collecting Data on Crimes Against Animals

This petition is asking that those found guilty of ANY abuse against animals are barred from ever keeping animals again and are placed on an Animal Abusers Register.

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PLEASE support USA Resolution to outlaw the worldwide dog and cat meat trade ! (June 2017) · Change.org

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THE TIME HAS COME ! – We -Those signing this petition (Worldwide Community & USA citizens) request that Paul Ryan (Speaker ) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy bring the Bipartisan Resolution 401 introduced by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings and Congressman Vern Buchanan on 22nd June 2017 ‘Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade’ to the floor, without delay. We also urge the full support of all USA House Representatives.

STOP THE TORTURE – STOP THIS EVIL & BARBARIC TRADE WORLDWIDE !

An estimated 30 MILLION dogs and cats are abused, tortured and barbarically slaughtered at the hands of The Vile Dog & Cat Meat Trade. Time to stop boiling alive, burning alive, skinning alive, chopping off limbs often through intentional, repeat torture sessions – Just to make the meat taste better!

Learn more about The Vile trade here: http://www.stopthedogandcatmeattradeworldwide.com/facts-about-the-trade.html

Methods of Animal Torture

In The Dog and Cat Meat Trade, dogs and cats are systematically tortured and abused for extended periods in the following ways, even by children as young as 6 or 7 years old. Animals are typically bound, with limbs tied together and mouths taped, wired or tied shut to make the torture easy for the torturer.
Blow-torched alive. Blow-torching does not necessarily cause the animal death. It can last for several hours or even days, occurring in intervals that leave the animal suffering accumulated burns until it finally dies.
Boiled alive. In a large metal pot or cauldron, it can take up to 30 minutes for the animal to die.
Burned alive. In fire pits and open ovens, live animals are speared, held by instruments, such as metal prongs and sticks, and jammed into open fire, where they may take 30 minutes or longer to die.
Stabbed. Animals are repeatedly stabbed and cut, which may take up to two days, if turned into a prolonged torture death.

Excuses for Animal Torture

People engaging in The Trade torture the animals for several, irrational reasons and excuses:
They think the meat tastes better.
They believe the myth that the meat will give them strength, improved health or sexual vigour, such as an enlarged penis. Science supports none of these myths.
They think the animal cannot feel pain or is worthless, aside from being meat. Therefore they think it is ok to torture and abuse the body of the animal, even though the animal screams and struggles to escape.

Facts about Dog and Cat Meat

Dog and Cat Meat sourced and prepared using the methods common in The Dog and Cat Meat Trade is commonly dangerous for human consumption, for the following reasons:
The meat, especially in China, is from stolen family pets.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are unregulated.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are often highly unsanitary and prone to infection, due to the lack of government regulation.
Consumption of the meat contributes to Rectal Cancer, more commonly known as cancer of the anus.
Consumption of the meat can cause a wide range of serious diseases in humans linked to conditions that the poor tortured dog or cat was carrying or being kept in prior to being consumed. Eg Rabies etc.

While most Westerners view dogs and cats strictly as companion or working animals and find the practice of raising and slaughtering dogs and cats for food strange and unsettling, a large number of people in South Korea as well as in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and many other countries regularly consume dog and cat meat. Extreme cruelty which occurs most of the time cannot be dismissed as merely a matter of cultural norms. The sad fact is that in many places where dog and cat meat is consumed, the dogs and cats raised for food commonly endure a lifetime of abuse and often are slaughtered in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality and many dogs and cats are indeed stolen pets!

Countries that eat dog meat

Fourteen countries around the globe still eat dog meat. They are : Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Artic and Antartic.

Cambodia: Eating dog meat is legal in Cambodia and its usually washed down with Anchor beer.

China: Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.

Indonesia: Eating dog meat is usually associated with people from the Batak Toba culture, who cook a traditional dish named saksang that is like a dog-meat stew. Meat for sales: Market traders with live ducks that will be for the pot.

Mexico: Dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs. These dogs were called itzcuintlis, and were often pictured on pre-Comumbian Mexican pottery.

Phillippines: In the capital city of Manila, the law specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food except in certain circumstances including research and animal population control.

Polynesia: Dogs were historically eaten in Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia at the time of first European contact in 1769.

Taiwan: Dog meat in Taiwan is particularly eaten in winter months, especially black dogs, which is believed to help retain body warmth.

Korea: Gaegogi literally means ‘dog meat’ in Korean. Gaegogi, however, is often mistaken as the term for Korean soup made from dog meat, bosintang. The distaste felt by dog lovers, particularly from the West, has made this dish very controversial.

Switzerland: According to a Swiss newspaper report in 1996, the Swiss rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.

Vietnam: Dog meat is eaten throughout Vietnam. To many Northerners, it is a popular, if relatively expensive, dinner time restaurant meal.

Artic and Antarctic: Dogs have historically been an emergency food source for various peoples in Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland. Sled dogs are usually used for pulling sleds, but occasionally are eaten when no other food is available.

Countries that eat cat meat

Cat meat is meat prepared from domestic cats for human consumption. Some countries eat cat meat regularly, whilst others have only consumed cat meat in desperation during wartime or poverty.
Africa
In some cultures of Cameroon here is a special ceremony featuring cat-eating that is thought to bring good luck.
Asia China In Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in south-eastern China some—especially older—people consider cat flesh a good warming food during winter months. However, in Northern China eating cat is considered unacceptable. It is estimated that around 4 million cats are eaten in China each year, and that the number is rising. However, overseas visitors are unlikely to come across downtown restaurants serving cat, which is only common out of town and in the city outskirts.
The cat’s stomach and intestines may be eaten, as well as meat from the thighs, which are turned into meatballs served with, soup with the head and the rest of the animal then thrown away. In Guangdong, cat meat is a main ingredient in the traditional dish “dragon, tiger, phoenix” (snake, cat, chicken), which is said to fortify the body.
Organized cat-collectors supply the southern restaurants with animals that often originate in Anhul and Jiangsu provinces. On 26 January 2010 China launched its first draft proposal to protect the country’s animals from maltreatment including a measure to jail people, for periods up to 15 days, for eating cat or dog meat.

With the increase of cats as pets in China, opposition towards the traditional use of cats for food has grown. In June 2006, approximately 40 activists stormed the Fangji Cat Meatball Restaurant in Shenzhen forcing it to shut down. Expanded to more than 40 member societies, the Chinese Animal Protection Network in January 2006 began organizing well-publicized protests against dog and cat consumption, starting in Guangzhou, following up in more than ten other cities “with very optimal response from public.”
Japan, In Japan, cat meat was consumed until the end of Tokugawa period in the 19th century. Okinawans once ate a cat soup called Mayaa no Ushiru

In Korea cat meat was historically brewed into a tonic as a folk remedy for neuralgia and arthritis. Modern consumption is more likely to be as cat soup.
Vietnam Cat meat is eaten in Vietnam.
Europe In Switzerland the private consumption and slaughter of dog and cat meat is permitted though its commercial trade is prohibited by law. A 1993 petition to ban consumption failed with the government declaring the matter a “personal ethical choice.” In June 2008, three students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism published pictures of a cat being slaughtered in Citat, a magazine for journalism students. Their goal was to create a debate about animal welfare. The cat was shot by its owner, a farmer and it would have been put down in any case. The farmer slaughtered the cat all within the limits of Danish law. This led to criticism from Danish animal welfare group Dyrenes Beskyttelse, and death threats received by the students.
In February 2010, on a television cooking show, the Italian food writer Beppe Bigazzi mentioned that during the famine in World War II cat stew was a “succulent” and well known dish in his home area of Valdarno, Tuscany. Later he claimed he had been joking, but added that cats used to be eaten in the area during famine periods, historically; he was widely criticised in the media for his comments and ultimately dropped from the television network.
Cats were sometimes eaten as a famine food during harsh winters, poor harvests, and wartime. Cat gained notoriety as “roof rabbit” in Central Europe’s hard times during and between World War I and World War II
In 18th-century Britain, there are a few records of cats eaten as a form of entertainment.
North America In the United States it is legal in forty-four states for an individual to kill cats for food.
Oceania Indigenous Australians in the area of Alice Springs roast feral cats on an open fire. They have also developed recipes for cat stew. Some other inhabitants of the area have also taken up this custom, justified on the grounds that felines are “a serious threat to Australia’s native “fauna”. Scientists warned that eating wild cats could expose humans to harmful bacteria and toxins.
South America Cat is not a regular menu item in Peru but is used in such dishes as fricassee and stews most abundant in two specific sites in the country: the southern town of Chincha Alta (Ice Region, Afro-Peruvian mostly) and the north-central Andean town of Huari (Ancash Region). Primarily used by Afro-Peruvians. Cat cooking techniques are demonstrated every September during the festival of Saint Efigenia in a town of La Quebrada.
In October 2013, a judge banned the annual La Festival Gastronomico del Gato (the Gastronomic Festival of the Cat), which was held every September in La Quebrada to commemorate the arrival of settlers who were forced to eat cats to survive, citing it as cruel to the 100+ cats specifically bred for the event, which involves being kept in cages for a year prior the Festival. The judge also cited concerns over the safety of the meat, which drew criticism from residents who contend that cat meat is far richer than rabbit or duck, and that it has been long consumed globally without any deleterious effects.
That same month, magistrate Maria Luyo banned the festival of Curruñao in the small town of San Luis. Locals say that the festival, which sees cats being drowned, skinned and tied to fireworks and blown up, dates back to the practice of eating cat on the part of African slaves who worked on sugar-cane plantations in colonial times, and is part of the religious celebrations of Santa Efigenia, an African-Peruvian folk saint. Luyo stated in her ruling that the festival “fomented violence based on cruel acts against animals which caused grave social damage and damaged public health”, and that minors could be “psychologically damaged” by watching the events.
In a 1996, report some citizens in a shanty town in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, stated that, during an economic crisis, they had to feed the neighbourhood children with cat’s meat, and commenting, “It’s not denigrating to eat cat, it keeps a child’s stomach full”. The validity of this report has been questioned, however.

Proposed Solution :-

We firmly support the implementation of Bipartisan Resolution 401 (detailed below) and strongly urge Paul Ryan (Speaker) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy to bring it to the floor, without delay with the full support of all the USA House Representatives !

BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION 401 :- ( Introduced 22nd June 2017)

https://alceehastings.house.gov/uploadedfiles/global_resolution_-_final.pdf

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Stop the Giraffe Body Parts Trade in U.S.

 

The world’s giraffe population has dropped an alarming 40 percent in the last 20 years, partly due to a booming trade of giraffe parts in the United States. These beautiful, gentle creatures will disappear forever if this is allowed to continue. Sign this petition to save the remaining giraffes from extinction.

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Petition: Boycott and stop the killing of bulls in Spanish arenas, Spain

by: Patricia L.
recipient: Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain, Spain

2,650 SUPPORTERS in Spain
59,432 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL
For many years, there has been the killing of bulls in the arena. Many thousands of people are enthralled day after day by the untold suffering, pain and fear that these animals endure shortly before their death by an arrogant, inhumane animal killer.

Unfortunately, I can not understand these people who pay for something like that just to see an animal suffer and die. It will go on forever because of them. They are to blame for a cruel ritual that needs to be abolished.

Spain holds on to an outdated system and should finally arrive in the 20th century. Get rid of this senseless animal cruelty. Many Spaniards want to be so modern and should therefore also protest against these animal killings in their country.

Show that you have a heart and also a brain that you can use. Torturing animals until death is just cruel and should be prohibited everywhere. Please help me to finally achieve this.

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Breaking! Colorado State University Withdraws From Plan With BLM To Conduct Surgical Sterilization Experiments On Wild Horses – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 9, 2018

Following substantial public outcry, Colorado State University (CSU) announced yesterday that it was withdrawing from a joint plan with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct surgical sterilization experiments on wild horses.
More than 10,000 citizens, including numerous equine veterinarians, joined the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and other humane and horse advocacy organizations in opposing the proposed mare sterilization research.
The withdrawal of CSU from the experiments strikes a major blow to the BLM’s plan to round up by helicopter all wild horses in the Warm Springs Herd Management Area, and then force 100 of the captured mares to undergo ovariectomies via colpotomy—a particularly dangerous surgical procedure in which a mare’s ovaries are severed and pulled out while the animal remains conscious.
Since the wild horses cannot be handled, they would not be provided with the required post-operative care, including restricted movement, adequate pain relief, and antibiotic treatment for infections. Shockingly, part of the stated experimental goal is to quantify how many pregnant mares would abort foals as a result of the procedure.
“CSU made the right decision to listen to veterinarians and the public and dissociate itself from these inhumane and barbaric wild horse sterilization experiments,” Brieanah Schwartz, AWHC government relations and policy council said in a statement. “There is a way to manage wild horses and removing the ovaries of wild mares is not it. It’s time for the BLM to stop wasting tax dollars and start following the advice of the National Academy of Sciences to manage horses humanely on the range using the proven PZP birth control vaccine.”
In 2016, the BLM proposed similar mare sterilization experiments in conjunction with Oregon State University, but canceled them after massive public opposition and a lawsuit filed by AWHC and The Cloud Foundation. This summer, the agency revived the proposal, partnering with CSU.
Last week, AWHC and AWI submitted extensive comments outlining the numerous ethical, constitutional, legal, and scientific problems with the new proposal. The groups notified the agency that they would pursue legal action if necessary to halt the experiments and protect these animals from abuse.
“We commend Colorado State University for reconsidering the decision to work with the BLM on this bizarre and barbaric plan that would subject wild horses to risky, inhumane and unnecessary sterilization surgeries,” said Dr. Joanna Grossman, AWI’s equine program manager. “Advocates across the country made it abundantly clear that using federally protected wild horses as test subjects is ethically and legally unjustifiable. Our hope is that the BLM will recognize that any effort to ovariectomize wild mares is toxic and must not move forward.”
AWI and AWHC are urging the BLM to permanently drop plans to conduct the ovariectomy via colpotomy procedure on wild mares.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-colorado-state-university-withdraws-from-plan-with-blm-to-conduct-surgical-sterilization-experiments-on-wild-horses/

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Breaking! UK Government To Increase Jail Sentences For Abhorrent Animal Abusers From 6 Months To 5 Years – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 8, 2018

Animal abusers in the UK who commit the most heinous crimes will face up to five years in jail after draft legislation gained strong support from welfare groups and the public yesterday.
Currently the maximum sentence is six months but following a consultation the Government confirmed it will legislate to increase that tenfold for serious offences, sending a clear sign there is no place for animal cruelty in England.
“We will now legislate so courts have the power to punish offenders properly,” Animal Welfare Minister, Lord Gardiner said in a statement. “We will also continue to work with welfare organizations to ensure that animal sentience is properly recognized in our legislation once we have left the EU.”
The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill was put out to consultation in December 2017.
But in line with the recommendation from the EFRA Committee, earlier this year, legislation on sentencing will be brought forward separately so courts have the powers available to them.
The Government also supported the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, introduced to Parliament by Sir Oliver Heald MP. The Bill, which passed its second reading in July, will ensure service animals such as police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection. The proposed legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defense, often used by those who harm a service animal in the process of committing a crime.
The plans to increase maximum sentences follow a number of shocking cases where courts have said they would have handed down longer sentences had they been available.
These include a case last year when a man trained dogs to ruthlessly torture other animals, including trapping a fox and a terrier dog in a cage to brutally attack each other.
These plans are part of wider program of reform to cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare. This includes making CCTV mandatory in all English slaughterhouses and taking steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter as it leaves the EU.

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(LONDON) Eating Dog Meat becoming widespread across U.K. due to mass immigration from the Europe and the Far East with such festivals as the ‘ Yulin Dog Eating Festival ‘ as ‘ International Ca nine Welfare Group ‘ calls for widespread ban from Theresa Mays government as its still considered l egal and needs banning NOW #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: An international canine welfare group expressed growing concerns of dog eating spreading across Europe, due to mass immigration from the Far East, where the habit is widely practised: Despite widespread revolt against the cruel behaviour across the UK, killing dogs or consuming their meat is still considered legal in Britain #AceNewsDesk reports

On 21 June, China celebrates its annual dog meat festival in Yulin, where over 10,000 dogs area eaten – many of them stolen and strays.

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UK’s Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan has urged Mrs May to ban dog eating in the UK (Image: TWITTER)

Next month, the US Congress aims to enact a total ban on the import, trade and consumption of dog meat, following fears that the practise is also rising in America: Last night, several senior MPs voiced their concerns over the rise in dog eating across the UK, urging Mrs May to…

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Breaking! Animal Welfare Coalition Revels In Milestone Moment As Indonesian Government Agrees To Ban Barbaric Dog & Cat Meat Trade – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
August 7, 2018

Photos from Dog Meat Free Indonesia
With an estimated 1,200 dogs being slaughtered and consumed every day by people in Surakarta, Central Java, it is especially positive news that the Indonesian government has finally agreed to ban the dog and cat meat trade. The landmark decision was made during the “National Coordination of Animal Welfare” which took place in Jakarta at the beginning of the month.
Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI), which had a coalition in attendance, explained that the major breakthrough came when at the close of the meeting, all national participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat in Indonesia and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.
The DMFI coalition, comprised of Animal Friends Jogja, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Four Paws, has long exposed the suffering of the dog and cat meat trade through shocking nationwide investigations in which animals were filmed being bludgeoned to death and blowtorched alive. The group has also revealed the routine theft of pet dogs and the rabies risk the trade poses to locals and tourists alike.

This agreement comes just days after campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition issued a public warning that millions of global tourists could be at risk of exposure to the deadly rabies virus spread by the county’s illegal dog and cat meat trade, and just two weeks before the country hosts the 18th Asian Games, when some three million tourists are expected to visit the capital city of Jakarta.
In January, the DMFI also coordinated a letter to President Joko Widodo calling for urgent action that was signed by over 90 national and international celebrities including: Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Dame Jane Goodall, Sophia Latjuba, Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. DMFI’s global petition has also been signed by over 930,000 people from around the world.
“The extreme cruelty of Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trades is intolerable under both Indonesia and international animal welfare standards, and the government is right to be concerned about the impacts of these trades on its international reputation. With our growing awareness of animal sentience comes a greater responsibility to protect animals from cruelty,” Lola Webber, Director of Change For Animals Foundation said in a statement. “Customs evolve, and the nationwide movement from within Indonesia calling for an end to these trades is proof that Indonesia is ready to banish the dog meat trade to the history books of shame and illegality.”
“The dog and cat meat trade is utterly brutal, a risk to human health and largely fuelled by crime, so we applaud the Indonesian government for pledging to end the trade following our DMFI investigations,” noted Kitty Block, President of Humane Society International. “We hope that this bold step will send a strong message to other countries across Asia, such as China, South Korea, India and Vietnam, where 30 million dogs and 10 million cats suffer unimaginable cruelty for the meat trade, many of them stolen pets. We stand ready to work with the Indonesian authorities to implement a robust ban, end the slaughter, and bring us one step closer to shutting down these dreadful trades for good.”
The results of this national meeting will be used as a recommendation for the Ministry of Agriculture to formulate a PERMENTAN (Minister of Agriculture regulations) regarding the ban on trade in dog and cat meat, and that of exotic animals in Indonesia.

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Petition: Bull-Fighting Is Neither Art Nor Culture ~ Ban It NOW!!

by: Protect All Wildlife

938 SUPPORTERS – 1,000 GOAL

It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was. It is difficult to understand how crowds of people will pay money and take pleasure in watching one lone creature – who has never done them any harm — getting hacked to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?

Prime Minister ~ NOW is the time to end bull-fighting. It is NEITHER art nor culture – IT IS BARBARIC!!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/113/645/498/bull-fighting-is-neither-art-nor-culture-~-ban-it-now/

 

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Petition · Brian Sandoval: Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children · Change.org

Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children
Save Our Animals in Nevada started this petition to Governor Brian Sandoval and 8 others

In Nevada it is illegal to leave a child or animal in a hot vehicle, however, according to State Law you can ONLY break in the vehicle to save the child. You can be held civilly AND criminally liable to saving the animal. It’s time that changed!

Even on a perfectly lovely 70°F day, it only takes 20 minutes for the internal temperature of a car to rise above 100°F! And on a sweltering summer day where tempts can reach 110°F, it’s pretty much immediately too hot for an animal to be left in the car as temps can reach 150°F within minutes!

In Nevada, the “Good Samaritan Law” protects Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Animal Control and other “First Responders” from any civil liability should they break a vehicle window to rescue a pet in distress that has been left in an extremely hot or cold car unattended. (NRS 202.575).

What we need is a law the protects a private citizen, like you or I, should we come face to face with this situation. As it is now, a private citizen is required to call 311 (or their local non-emergency phone number) to report the situation. A call to 911 is ONLY allowed when the pet is in serious danger of dying. You are NOT PERMITTED to touch the vehicle!

So, how do you know if there’s enough danger to the animal to require action?
1. How hot is too hot?
* In areas like Las Vegas, even 70°F is to hot, because in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, temperatures can fly well past 100°F in a matter of minutes!

  1. What can and should you do to help an animal in a hot or cold car?

* According to Nevada State Law, you can’t do ANYTHING, except call the police, and if and when they show up, hope the animal hasn’t died by then.

  1. Not to mention, what can you legally do to rescue that animal, and is it legal to break the car window?

* It is ILLEGAL in Nevada to attempt or break into a vehicle to save an animal.

How State Rules Differ About Rescuing Animals From Hot Cars
In many states, (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IN, MA, OH, TN & WI) ordinary citizens are granted legal immunity if they damage someone’s vehicle to rescue “an animal.” There is pending legislation in AL & OR. Other states, like Nevada, DO NOT have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect ordinary citizens who rescue animals that are trapped in hot cars.

Does this mean that you could or should run around, willy-nilly, smashing car windows with rocks if you live in a state that grants you legal immunity? Of course not. What it does mean is that Nevada needs to get in line with several other states and protect our animals. Citizens can break a car window to save a child, but not an animal. This does not make sense!

Sign the petition to send a message to our Elected Officials that it’s time to protect our animals like we do our children. Because to some, our animals ARE our children!

Updates

Closing in on 50,000 Supporters!!
Thank you all for signing, sharing and making our voice heard! We are nearing an amazing 50,000 signatures…
Save Our Animals in Nevada
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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

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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/!

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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

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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

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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/