Petition · Ban breeding dogs for experiments, and mandate an independent review into animal research · Change.org

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In 1999, the Home Secretary Jack Straw pledged to close down cruel vivisection puppy farms in the UK. Over twenty years later, we are still waiting for Government action.

In June 2021, undercover footage exposed hundreds of whimpering beagle puppies being loaded onto trucks at MBR Acres in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, UK. These frightened dogs, and thousands of others were destined to be poisoned to death, dissected whilst still alive, or otherwise painfully experimented on in laboratories across the world.

We are calling for an immediate end to the breeding of dogs for research.

We are also calling on the Government to mandate a rigorous public scientific hearing on the efficacy of animal research, judged by independent experts from the relevant science fields, as per Early Day Motion 175.

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Petition-MSA Security: Please Return K9 Mattie to her Military Family


I have tried to sit down to write this message several times but have failed as my family and I have been overcome with tremendous sorrow. 

My husband, combat veteran SSG Séamus Fennessy was a K9 handler with MSA Security (Owned by Perella Weinberg Partners “PWP”) for five years. During this time Seamus and his K9 partner Mattie worked exclusively with each other – Mattie never had another handler nor had Seamus had another dog. At the end of 2018 my husband informed MSA that he was going to serve his country on active military duty but would be local and still able to keep up with Mattie’s training. Since MSA had previously allowed handlers to keep their dogs in similar circumstances we had no reason to believe this would be different. Except it was. At the 11th hour only 2 days before my husband went on orders we were abruptly informed that Mattie would need to be returned and someone “would pick her up in the morning”.  

Mattie was just shy of 7 years of age and nearing retirement when she was taken in January of 2019. As of her birthday, April 21st, 2021, she is 9 years old and still working, far away from home. The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is 12 years.

MSA & PWP have callously torn our family member, our beloved “Mattie Cakes,” from her family who loves and adores her. While our daughters and myself could hardly contain our tears, my husband remained strong despite a barrage of phone calls and texts from MSA which included threats of destroying his military career. 

My husband is a veteran and decorated war hero – and in the words of MSA themselves a “great employee”. Mattie is a goofy, lovable pooch who adores playing with the kids in our backyard and napping on the sofa. Neither deserve this treatment. 

MSA & PWP have taken Mattie from her loving home and ripped our family apart. This is devastating to everyone involved. Including our sweet Mattie, our lovable goofball who doesn’t understand any of this but is wondering what she did wrong to end up in a kennel torn from her family and everything she knows. It’s this image that haunts me. Mattie is innocent and in true MSA / PWP fashion they are using her as leverage as they routinely do with their dogs. 

Please sign our petition to urge MSA Security / Parella Weinberg Partners to return Mattie to the family who loves her.

And please let MSA & PWP know how you feel about this! Direct contact has a positive impact. CONTACT INFO:

K9 Director Mike Wynn (the scumbag who deliberately moved Mattie across the country to keep her from her family), mwynn@msasecurity.net or msak9@msasecurity.net 

MSA Security main number, 212-509-1336

You can also follow our story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveK9Mattie/

And if you wish to contact us about anything, we do our best to answer each one of you individually and as promptly as possible through our email address: k9mattie@yahoo.com

Thank you all for your support, and God bless xoxo

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Petition · Impeach Pelosi and Schumer · Change.org

 

 
 


 
 
 
Michelle Hughes started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

We the people ask that impeachment proceedings begin against Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for Treason against the American People.  Article I, section 5 of the U.S. Constitution provides that “Each House” (that is, the Senate and the House of Representative) “may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.” 

906,793 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000,000!
 
 
At 1,000,000 signatures, this petition becomes one of the top signed on Change.org!
 

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Petition · End the Use of Wild Animal Acts at The Big E!

CompassionWorks International started this petition to President and CEO Eugene Cassidy (President and CEO)

The Big E, a 17-day event held in West Springfield, MA, is the largest fair in the northeast and the 6th largest fair in the nation.

It began as a simple agricultural fair back in 1917 and is now regarded by organizers as a “New England extravaganza”. Yet the current incarnation of the fair has exploded far beyond agriculture and New England heritage.   In fact, The Big E uses wild animals acts for entertainment and such exhibits are not just inhumane, but some are even dangerous to humans.

Elephants, camels, zebras, kangaroos, and lemurs are featured in the R.W. Commerford & Sons Petting Zoo. This constantly traveling zoo contains a wide diversity of wild animals in very unnatural, cramped, and often unhealthy, conditions. Elephants, under the threat of punishment and prodded with a sharp metal instrument called a bullhook, are forced to stand around for hours for photos with Big E visitors.

The Big E contracts R.W. Commerford & Sons despite the fact that Commerford has been involved in three dangerous incidents involving the elephant Minnie, who has attacked and critically injured her handlers, including while children were riding on her. This same company has been cited by the USDA more than 50 times for violations of the minimal animal care standards required by the Animal Welfare Act.

In addition to the petting zoo, The Big E will feature a bear trailer, which contains four full-grown bears shut in cages. In the wild, bears usually roam 20-50 miles each day, yet when confined at The Big E, these animals have but feet to roam back and forth. This is inhumane and far from educational. Camels will also be exploited in Camel Kingdom, which is run by the notorious ex-Ringling animal handler Ryan Henning. While Henning claims this is an “educational” exhibit, the camels are forced to perform and give rides under threat of a whip. There is nothing “normal” or “natural” about this experience.

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Suspend trade agreement with Faroe Islands until all whale & dolphin hunts end – Petitions

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In 2019 UK Government finalised a free trade agreement (FTA) with Faroe Islands which allows for £100 million of exports of wild caught and farmed fish to Britain per annum (20% of the Faroe Islands global trade). This FTA should be suspended until all whale & dolphin hunts on Faroe Islands end More details

The Free Trade Agreement with the Faroe Islands gives the UK Government significant leverage when it comes to ending the mass slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins on the Faroe Islands which causes huge anger and revulsion around the world. If the UK is to be considered a world leader in the protection of marine mammals it must use this leverage nowSign this petition

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Sign Petition: This company sold mold-infested food to dog families, leading hundreds of pets to die

 


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  • recipient: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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When feeding our beloved companion animals, as pet parents, we all want the same thing: to feed our fur babies delicious, nutritious meals that keep them healthy and happy. But for many pet owners who served foods manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., mealtime instead turned into a deadly disaster.

Recently, upwards of 220 pet dogs became seriously sick, and more than 130 died as a result of eating the manufacturing company’s food products. And it’s all because they broke the law and cut corners to value their profits over the lives of animals.

Sign the petition to demand justice!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quickly began looking into the business’s multiple processing plants and inspectors were deeply alarmed at what they found. After investigating the rash of dog deaths, the FDA announced in August 2021 that inspectors had discovered samples of some Midwestern Pet Foods’ products to be highly contaminated with a dangerous mold — meaning this company was selling food that poisoned animals to death.

On top of that, Midwestern had violated multiple other federal U.S. laws, including around hazard analysis, setting preventative controls to reduce food risks, and more.

So far, the FDA has only issued a written warning to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., demanding a response about what the company will do to fix its many errors. But hundreds of dogs have already died or become gravely ill, and it’s all because this company didn’t care to follow the law.

Midwestern broke the law. It sold poisoned food. And, by extension, it killed families’ dogs. We can’t let it think it’s going to get away with this — otherwise, more dogs will be in danger in the future. An FDA letter just isn’t good enough.

Sign the petition to demand Midwestern Pet Foods be fined and ordered to change their leadership now!

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SIGN: Justice for Dogs Left Behind in Kabul

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PETITION TARGET: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Dogs in Kabul, Afghanistan, with reported paid tickets to safety in the United States, were instead released into the chaotic aftermath and an uncertain future following the Taliban’s takeover and the U.S. evacuation of the country.

On-the-ground rescues had worked desperately to secure safe passage for the dogs but in the final hours were forced by the U.S. Department of Defense to release all animals denied access to evacuation flights at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

The heart-wrenching decision meant that rescue dogs and cats — long cared for by American, British, and Afghani veterinarians and animal advocates and others — are now on the war-torn streets of Kabul.

It’s not known how many animals are affected by the DOD’s “blanket decision,” but all animals left behind now are at the hands of the Taliban — a group that views animals as “unclean” and that banned pet ownership during its previous rule.

Pen Farthing, a British former marine who safely evacuated with more than 150 rescue dogs and cats prior to a U.S.-imposed, Aug. 31 evacuation deadline, told international media that he believes one of his animals was stabbed — and died — while passing through a Taliban-controlled checkpoint.

Other rescues that have remained behind, including the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, have been trying to track down the released dogs, including those who appear to be stuck on the airport grounds.

Sign this petition urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to grant permission to all animal rescues in Kabul to evacuate their animals to countries that welcome them, and do everything in their power to ensure no animals — or their caretakers — are left behind.

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PETITION: Aidez-moi à faire avancer ce combat ! : Stop au massacre de la population nomade dans le nord-est de l’Éthiopie.

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At the heart of the conflict, three cities transferred from Somalia to Afar, following the drawing of the border between these two states, in 2014, by the federal government, then led by a multi-ethnic coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF ). Since then, the Somalis have tried to win them back.

At least 200 people were killed and several wounded yesterday July 24, 2021 in an attack by the Afar armed forces on the town of “Garba cisse” located between the states of Afar and Somalia. The slaughtered civilians are women, children and the elderly, we are saddened by the senseless slaughter of the poor innocent civilians. Nothing in the world justifies the collective murder of civilians.

The first responsible are the federal governments of Ethiopia and the regional government of Afar state. We appeal to the international community, the international solidarity association, but also human rights NGOs.

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Tell Delaware to revoke training license of horse abuser Amber Cobb

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When the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission reduced a two-year suspension to just 60 days for trainer Amber Cobb, who was found by Delaware Park’s board of stewards to have “demonstrated cruelty to a horse in her care,” the Paulick Report was besieged with messages of outrage and disgust from a wide array of people in Thoroughbred racing.

“I feel so sick,” one trainer commented after watching the video that accompanied Paulick Report editor-in-chief Natalie Voss’ story on the appeals hearing that led to the reduction of Cobb’s suspension. “That girl should never, ever be allowed near another horse. … I can’t remember watching a video I was more shocked at seeing ever in my life.”

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Contact the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and demand they immediately revoke the training license of Amber Cobb for beating and terrorizing a racehorse. Simply suspending Cobb will not do — the time period…

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Petition · Ban Greyhound Racing in Botswana

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From Cradle to the Grave Greyhound Racing is inherently Cruel Worldwide and especially more so in Botswana Africa. Currently it is legal to breed and race Greyhounds and there are no animal welfare or rehoming or veterinary care or protection in place for Greyhounds.


Dogs are being callously overbred and used as a currency and sold off. These defenceless Greyhounds are being raced to DEATH.


They are also being used and abused for hunting.
Once these Greyhounds are surplus to requirements they are brutally Killed. There are no rehoming or adoption process in place. There are limited animal welfare laws where APCA ( ) have barely enough facilities resources to look after rescued dogs. Greyhounds in Botswana need urgent help and protection.
We are calling for outright BAN on Greyhound Racing and Breeding in Botswana.
For Animal Protection laws to be implemented and Enforced.

Greyhounds are Pets Not Bets

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PETITION: Remove Animal Cruelty From YouTube

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PETITION TARGET: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

Animal cruelty videos are being allowed to spread like wildfire to all corners of the internet as social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and TikTok continue to let it happen. We are calling on these social media giants to take action against this horrifying trend of animal abuse videos being permitted online, shared by the public and even monetised.

Examples of these videos range from the recent trend of ‘fake rescues’ where animals are put into dangerous situations or made to suffer before being ‘saved’ on camera, to kittens being set alight for a ‘laugh’ and dressing animals and forcing them to perform for the camera despite their (not always obvious) distress.

We are asking YouTube to:

Immediately put into place a more robust monitoring system to identify animal cruelty videos;

Create an easy and effective flagging system for the public to raise concerns over animal cruelty videos;

Adopt set and standardised definitions, across all social media platforms, on what constitutes animal cruelty videos;

Stop paying channel or video owners for film content that depicts animal cruelty *unless used for legitimate campaign purposes;

Ensure that these policies allow for animal welfare organisations and environmental organisations to show animal cruelty videos to highlight the problems;

Remove all videos containing animal abuse.

After signing, learn more about animal cruelty on social media and how you can help by visiting the Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC) website. This new initiative from the Asia for Animals coalition is dedicated to stamping out animal abuse on social platforms worldwide.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-remove-animal-cruelty-from-youtube/

SIGN THE PETITION: Impeach Joe Biden

Impeach Joe Biden

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Freshman Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) announced on Wednesday night she will introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden on January 21, 2021 over his abuse of power.

Biden’s son Hunter Biden is currently under investigation over the criminal contents contained on his laptop computer that was turned over to federal investigators last year.

Marjorie Taylor Greene made the announcement tonight on Greg Kelly Reports.

Rep. Greene told Greg Kelly, “We cannot have a President of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign government, Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies. So on January 21st I will be filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden.”

And for millions of Americans it will be the first time they’ve ever heard about Joe and Hunter Biden and their deals with China or Ukraine!

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene added, “We don’t let criminals serve in our office… We don’t need a man serving in the presidency of the United States who is guilty of committing the crime of abuse of power and is under investigation.”

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Impeach Joe Biden

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SIGN THE PETITION: Remove Joe Biden from Office

Remove Joe Biden from Office

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Joe Biden gave Afghanistan to the Taliban… abandoning tens of thousands of our citizens and allies to brutal terrorists.

Then, he went on vacation.

Joe Biden is unfit to serve as Commander-in-Chief, and I’m calling on you—as a patriot—to sign the petition demanding his Cabinet REMOVE him from office under the 25th Amendment.

Don’t let the media fool you: this has nothing to do with whether the U.S. should have left Afghanistan.

It’s about how Joe Biden so badly bungled this mission and failed to protect our allies, our people, and our military secrets.

Or as Barack Obama once put it, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”

Joe Biden has disgraced our nation, betrayed our allies, and destroyed all international trust in America… and then, he refused to take responsibility.

American patriots must hold him accountable.

Sign the petition to DEMAND the Cabinet REMOVE Joe Biden from office under the 25th Amendment.

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Remove Joe Biden from Office

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PETITION: END Mink Farming NOW!

This spring, millions of baby mink were born on so-called “mink farms” across America.

In just months, they’ll be killed and skinned to make coats — if they aren’t slaughtered first because they got COVID!

This is America at our worst. But we can show our best by raising our voices. There is now a **bipartisan** bill in Congress to amend an existing law and BAN mink “farming” forever.

Imagine no more suffering … no more slaughters … no more breeding grounds for COVID … and no more cruel, needless, and horrifying MINK COATS!

It’s long past time to end this horror. But you can be sure that Congress won’t pass this unless they hear from enough caring, compassionate Americans like YOU.

Sign our petition: END MINK FARMING FOREVER!

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URGENT PETITION: Stop Fauci’s NIH from torturing and killing more dogs!

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Fauci just spent $424,000 to commission a study in which healthy beagles are given an experimental drug and then intentionally infested with flies that carry a disease-causing parasite that affects humans. At the end of the ongoing experiment, the dogs will all be killed. To shut this lab down and adopt out the survivors, add your name to our urgent new taxpayer petition!


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Please Sign This Petition to Impeach Biden and Harris – Petitions.net

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Petition: Support the end of the captive big cat industry

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We need your help to protect ALL big cats in South Africa!

Minister Barbara Creecy has recently released a draft Policy Position on the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. We are encouraged by the Department’s decisions, but there is no doubt that more needs to be done in South Africa to end the farming and commercial trade in all big cat species.

This change in legislation is more important than ever. The exploitation of big cats in South Africa continues to grow and includes not only indigenous species like lions, but also exotic species such as tigers and jaguars. All big cats deserve protection.

How can you make a difference?

We’re asking you to voice your support of the Government’s decision to close the captive lion industry and furthermore ban ALL breeding and commercial trade of big cats. This is your chance to speak up for the welfare of all captive big cats. You can help with only a few clicks, which will submit a letter to government supporting our recommendations – which you can review in the message to government window..

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Act Now to Protect Birds and Habitats from Plastic Waste

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Tell Congress to Save Birds from Plastic Waste

Every year, 17 billion pounds of plastic enter the marine environment. Despite efforts to promote recycling, less than nine percent of plastics in the U.S. are actually recycled.

Birds are particularly vulnerable to plastic pollution. Many seabirds, like Laysan Albatross, are seriously injured or killed when they ingest or become entangled with plastic trash.

To address the plastic pollution crisis, Congress has introduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 (S.984/H.R.2238). This bill would put the onus on manufacturers to take care of the plastic waste that they produce, ultimately reducing the amount of plastic that gets into our oceans and the toll it takes on birds.

Take action today: Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators and ask them to pass the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. Read More

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Petition: Save Songbirds From Deadly Epidemic

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Target: Vanessa Kauffman,  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Specialist for National Wildlife Refuge System, Migratory Birds, Endangered Species Act, Public Lands, and Wolves

Goal: Investigate cause of unknown affliction sickening and killing songbirds.

The bird world is dealing with its own deadly outbreak. The U.S. Geological Survey has warned of an alarming rise of wild bird deaths attributed to a mystery illness. Afflicted birds exhibit symptoms such as swollen, crusty eyes, disorientation, an inability to fly, and eventual death. Presently, scientists can only try to mitigate the disease’s spread. In a nod to social distancing, they are encouraging people in mid-Atlantic states (where the clusters of deaths are centered) to take down bird feeders, bird baths, or any other devices that attract large groups of birds.

Several potential causes have been suggested, including infectious disease, pesticide poisoning, the lingering effects of an avian salmonella outbreak, and even the emergence of cicadas that may carry a dangerous fungus. No definitive answers have been discovered, however. In the meantime, blue jays, European starlings, and other wild songbirds continue to fall victim across Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and possibly more states.

Various state wildlife services have begun investigations. Sign the petition below to urge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to launch a similar comprehensive initiative that seeks a cause and, more importantly, a solution to this ongoing threat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kauffman,

The avian population recently dealt with a serious salmonella outbreak, and this dangerous illness eventually killed seven humans as well. This incident, as well as the public health turmoil currently engulfing the globe, demonstrates in full that we cannot ignore grave threats to the living beings with whom we share this planet. We are all interconnected.

Therefore, the even more alarming epidemic taking place within mid-Atlantic songbirds should be of urgent concern not just to conservation groups in the affected states but to the country as a whole. Scientists studying the often-fatal condition that renders birds immobile and potentially blind are at a loss. They could use the expertise and abundant resources of this federal agency in solving a perplexing mystery. The stakes are high for these birds and potentially far beyond.

Please focus the agency’s efforts on this developing crisis as soon as possible.

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https://animalpetitions.org/1006858/save-songbirds-from-deadly-epidemic/

SIGN: Permanently End All Slaughter of America’s Horses

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PETITION TARGET: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

American horses bound for slaughter often endure a grueling journey to international kill floors before they’re hustled into chutes, butchered, and sold as meat.

As part of this cruel and deadly pipeline, the United States ships horses to Canada and Mexico, where it is legal to butcher them for human consumption. 

Every week, hundreds of horses are sent to Mexican slaughterhouses, according to official USDA export reports. Over 6,800 have been sent to slaughter in the last six months alone. This number doesn’t include the horses sent to Canada who suffer the same horrible fate. 

Many of the horses are considered to be in good health before they’re killed for their meat.

Americans have increasingly spoken out about the grisly demise of these iconic animals, but the United States is still sending innocent horses to slaughter, despite a temporary ban on killing these precious animals for meat. But there’s new hope for these wild horses.

The Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act would ban the live export of horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses for sales overseas.  This bipartisan bill — sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) — would also permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States.

We must end this senseless killing.

Sign the petition urging Congress to support and pass the SAFE Act to permanently ban transporting, killing, and eating horse meat in the United States.

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SIGN: Don’t Execute Mother Bear and Cubs Just for Living Close to Road

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PETITION TARGET: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A grizzly bear nicknamed Felicia and her two cubs could be killed just for living near a highway in Jackson Hole, Wyo., according to USA Today.

Wildlife Advocate Savannah Rose Burgess said the bear family has no record of acting aggressively, charging, or taking food from humans who have been spotted approaching them. Felicia also caught the attention of award-winning photographer Thomas Mangelsen, who has documented her for more than six years and said she has always been calm and collected.

But wildlife officials are saying that “human-conditioned behavior” — through no fault of Felicia’s or her family’s– could lead to human-wildlife conflict. They propose relocating or killing the bear family as the only possible solutions.

If park rangers fail to scare the bears off with “targeted hazing operations” — which could include loud noise or rubber bullets — these innocent wild animals could pay with their lives, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) statement.

Killing an entire family of bears who have no history of acting aggressively must not be allowed. Felicia and her cubs must be protected.

Sign this petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find an alternative solution for Felicia and her cubs that does not involve killing them.

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SIGN: Justice for K9 With Leg Broken from Beating During ‘Training’

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PETITION TARGET: Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony D. Quinn

A police service K-9 named Odin suffered a gruesome leg fracture when his handler struck him for “not properly focusing” during a training session with other K-9 teams in Dubois County, Ind., according to local authorities. 

Odin, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois who had been with the Indiana Police Department for four years, had to go through surgery for his injury, and he might never return to work.

State Trooper Dustan Rubenacker was charged with striking a law enforcement animal after police determined he had allegedly used “unreasonable discipline” that injured Odin,  the Indiana State Police said in a press release.  Rubenacker is on paid administrative leave while he awaits a July 6 court date. Meanwhile, an internal investigation is ongoing.

This case follows a series of recent shocking animal abuses committed against police dogs, including an incident in Vacaville, Calif.,  where Gus the K-9 was punched repeatedly in the face and a scene in Salisbury, N.C., where police dog Zuul was slammed into an SUV.

Violence against animals is inexcusable and should never be used as a training method.

Sign this petition urging Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony D. Quinn to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, setting the example that animal cruelty will not be tolerated — including among law enforcement.

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Take action: Sonoran desert tortoise move slow, but are racing toward extinction

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The Sonoran desert tortoise is found south and east of the Colorado River, in the central and western parts of Arizona, and into northwestern Mexico. The habitat of this rare reptile is threatened by invasive species, livestock grazing, increased fire risk, housing developments, off-road vehicles, and increased predation facilitated by human activities.

In 2015, WildEarth Guardians and allies challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ (USFWS) decision not to protect the Sonoran desert tortoise under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a result of that lawsuit, in August 2020 USFWS agreed to reconsider the tortoise for ESA protection.

USFWS must now go back and take a new look at the imperiled animal’s status in Arizona and has 18 months to make a new determination about the status of the species. Sonoran desert tortoise are known for moving slowly, but without full federal ESA protections, they will continue racing toward extinction. Please raise your voice today!

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Let them be free: stop live elephant exports to China, ban trade in ivory permanently

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We, the nature-loving people of Namibia and like-minded international friends:

  • Record our utter dismay at the intention of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia to re-instate international trade in ivory over the clear objections from the other 14 elephant range countries in Africa;
  • Are shocked and disappointed at their threat to break away from CITES , should their demand the right to auction off their official ivory stockpiles;
  • Are dismayed at their strong-arming tactics that are tantamount to political blackmail of CITES , especially after their trade proposal was overwhelmingly rejected at the last COP meeting;
  • Remind the responsible officials that the past two ivory auctions were a complete failure because the Asian buyers colluded to keep the prices ridiculously low;
  • Remind them that this led to increased trade and speculation that saw a massive surge in elephant poaching since then;
  • Object to Namibia’s plans to remove and sell off 170 elephants from their natural habitats in Namibia to Chinese and other buyers for US$5,500 apiece , while an elephant is worth US$1.6 million in eco-tourism opportunities it generates in its life-time;
  • Object to the continued falsification and gross inflation of Namibia’s resident elephant population data by the Min of Environment, Forestry and Tourism to keep justifying unsustainable levels of trophy hunting ;
  • Express our deep concern over the true state of our wildlife heritage and key protected species such as elephants, black rhinos, giraffes and other endangered wildlife, the loss of which will destroy our country’s tourism economy which contributes one-third of the national GDP and thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities;
  • Caution that these reckless actions by Minister Pohamba Shifeta and MEFT management officials amount to wilful acts of environmental and economic despoliation , and are in violation of the legal imperatives imposed by Art. 95 of the Constitution to maintain and protect bio-diversity;
  • Caution the responsible officials that we reserve the right to hold them liable in their personal capacity for financial losses caused by their reckless mismanagement of a priceless resource.

Background:
Namibia’s wildlife is its single-biggest tourism asset, attracting thousands of with visitors flocking from all over the world to see especially iconic big-game species such as elephants, black rhinos, lion, giraffe and other game.

One of the most unique attractions is the opportunity to see elephants in their natural environment outside of the national parks in the surrounding communal areas, managed by the MEFT under the communal conservancy model.

Under this model first implemented in 1996, rural conservancies are granted the right to issue tourism and/or hunting concessions. Because trophy hunting generates large annual fees to the government and the communal conservancies, this led to a proliferation of the hunting conservancy model in rural areas, an approach widely lauded by the WWF as an example of an African conservation success story.

These concessional rights includes elephant trophy hunting rights within the boundaries of the KAZA trans-frontier park, located along the elephants’ seasonal migratory route between the Okavango Delta and the Quito floodplains in Angola.

From 1996 to 1999, the new 500 km-long Trans-Caprivi Highway was constructed across the length of the West Caprivi, further interceding the trans-frontier elephant herd’s seasonal migratory routes.

In late 1999, the Angolan Army used the new highway to launch an attack on their former rebel foes UNITA, using local recruits to conduct a scorched earth campaign along the common border. This influx of weapons triggered a surge in poaching in especially the West Caprivi, with armed gangs running rampant in the area and on one occasion, gunning down an entire herd with automatic weapons in full sight of shocked tourists at a lodge on the opposite Namibian side of the Kavango river border.

From the early 2000s, the over-concentration of elephants in Botswana was becoming evident in Chobe Park as the increase in heavy road traffic and human settlement along the Trans-Caprivi Highway scared away especially breeding herds with small calves.

In order to prevent the spread of bovine lung-disease, Botswana erected a 700km-long game-proof fence along their north-eastern and northern border with Namibia to replace the collapsed old Namibian fence in 2009.

Two 15-km-wide openings were left in the fence on the western and eastern end to allow for the elephants’ seasonal migration, both located opposite elephant hunting concession areas in Namibia.

The combined impact of the Trans-Caprivi Highway and the fence thus stopped any seasonal migration between Botswana, Namibia and Angola, with tracking data showing only the odd bull occasionally crossing the border at those gaps in the fence. This led to the MEFT allowing trophy hunting operators to hunt elephant cows in 2017 to recover their trophy fees paid in advance to the communal conservancies.

By late 2020, elephants have all but disappeared from the West Caprivi and adjacent communal areas. Elsewhere in north-western Namibia, a severe drought and increased poaching has also taken a severe toll, with only an estimated 250 elephants left in the arid Kunene and Erongo regions.

In 1999 and 2008, the MEFT held two CITES-sanctioned auctions of the best ivory in the official stockpile in misguided attempt to flood and depress the black market demand for ivory and generate income for conservation efforts.

This proved to be an abject failure. The Chinese and Japanese buyers colluded to keep prices low, paying only USD$100 and US$157 per kilogram respectively, and instead of releasing the stocks into the carving markets, drip-fed their new stock at USD$1,500 per kilogram over the following years.

This triggered a 66% surge in elephant poaching and 71% increase in ivory smuggling over the following decade that saw elephant herds decimated in East and central Africa. As result, the African savannah and forest elephant species were declared as endangered and critically-endangered earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the communal conservancy model had started to fail. Due to their tendency to inflate annual game counts and so justify high, cash-generating hunting quotas and a disastrous shoot-and-sell permit system that allowed them to sell off entire herds for cash to local butchers, the once-abundant wildlife in communal areas have all but disappeared.

The elephants’ Appendix I status also thus became an obstacle to the demand from conservancies for ever more cash from elephant hunting due to the limitations it imposed on the number of trophies that may be legally exported.

Because CITES has thus far allowed and facilitated the export of live elephants to Chinese buyers, the MEFT therefore is now resorting to auctioning off entire herds of elephants in order to generate cash to the conservancies, as well as re-open the ivory trade that has historically wiped out over 95% of Africa’s elephant herds over the past 100 years.

This reckless and short-sighted humans-first approach by the Namibian authorities and their colleagues in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe poses a dire threat to the last surviving elephant herds in the KAZA Park.

The MEFT continues to falsely claim that there are 22,000 – 24,000 elephants in Namibia, based on a 1995 base count of 7,000 animals that they claim grew at a biologically improbably and mathematically impossible exponential rate of 3.3% since then.

This fraudulent claims of a huge increase in numbers is immediately obvious from the fact that none of the factors outlined above are in any way reflected in their purported official elephant counts. Claims by Minister Pohamba Shifeta of a rampant rise human-elephant conflict is flatly contradicted by the fact that just one case of human-elephant conflict was reported in 2020.

  The official elephant population estimates, inflated by over-counting and systematic inflation of population density factors, are clearly only intended to keep the trophy hunting in business and the ruling party’s rural support base appeased with regular cash hand-outs.

The fact is that Namibia is losing the battle against organised crime and syndicated poaching, with 80% of all rhino poaching since 2005 occurring over the past five years. This largely due to the MEFT’s humans-first conservation policies and poor management of resources, not to mention their obvious ignorance of their own Ministry’s track record in respect of past ivory auctions.

We remind these authorities that they are merely custodians, not the private owners of our common wildlife heritage and that the elephants are not theirs to dispose of as they see fit.

Their plan to resume ivory trading, combined with their poor management, poses a dire threat to the last elephants left in the sub-region and the tourism industry that is an economic mainstay in all four countries involved in this deplorable and reckless attempt to cash in on the elephants for what will likely be one last and final time.

We, the nature-loving people of Namibia and like-minded international friends therefore demand that:

  1. CITES immediately commission an independent audit of all official ivory stockpiles held by Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  2. CITES demand an independent and verified elephant census in all four countries before granting any further export permits for live elephants;
  3. CITES and the IUCN conduct a full Environmental Impact Assessment on the impact of the Trans-Caprivi highway and the Botswana border fence on the elephants’ seasonal migratory routes and patterns;
  4. CITES and the IUCN require that Namibia and Botswana implement measures to re-establish migratory routes and wildlife corridors across the West Caprivi;
  5. CITES and the IUCN suspend all elephant hunting in the KAZA area until such time that the elephants can freely and without impedance regain access to all their historical range areas within the KAZA Park.

References:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-18/southern-africa-nations-mull-cites-split-to-allow-ivory-trade
https://therevelator.org/southern-africas-ivory-delusion/
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/it-pays-but-does-it-stay-hunting-in-namibias-community-conservation-system/

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Support trap-free public lands across the United States

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Trapping is a cruel and dangerous activity threatening native wildlife, biodiversity, humans, and companion animals.

Traps are also indiscriminate, which means nearly any animal whose feet touch the ground can trigger them—whether it’s an endangered species like the Mexican gray wolf, a bald eagle, or even a family dog.

WildEarth Guardians is campaigning against the vicious practice of trapping on public lands—both on our own and in coalition with partners. By ending trapping on public lands, we will make public lands safe and enjoyable for recreationists and wildlife, so please raise your voice today and sign our petition.

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UPDATE ON DEFUND THE AIP ACTION · Change.org

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PLEASE KEEP CONTACTING YOUR SENATORS AND ASKING THAT THEY PROHIBIT ANY FEDERAL FUNDING OF THE ADOPTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM until a thorough investigation is completed.  In addition we want you to know that Skydog is exploring legal options.   These include the potential illegality of policy and protocol changes during the tenure of William Perry Pendley as the acting Director of the BLM.   The lawsuit by Governor Bullock of Montana was successful and Pendley’s term deemed illegal.  This raises the potential to overturn many policy changes.  The AIP may be one of the programs that could face legal challenge.

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Petition · Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers: STOP PAYING THE PUBLIC TO KILL WILD HORSES · Change.org

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Skydog Sanctuary started this petition to Animal lovers and wildlife rescuers

Skydog is a Wild Horse Sanctuary with ranches in California and Oregon for the rescue, rehabilitation and re-wilding of mustangs who have been rounded up from public lands across the American West.    One year ago the Government Agency charged with managing and protecting these wild horses introduced an incentive plan offering people one thousand dollars for each horse or donkey they adopted.

One year later as the Bureau of Land Management heralds this program a success in press releases, we are seeing the same wild horses they paid people to take away, being dumped in Kill Pens in record numbers.   These mostly young horses are being shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada one year after being rounded up from America’s public lands.   This wild horse and burro program is broken and is complicit in sending wild horses to their deaths.   The BLM is not doing any real tracking or follow-up to ensure the safety of our wild horses.  This is one failure of their mandate under the law.

Please sign our petition urging the Bureau of Land Management to disband this terrible ADOPTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM – which is paying people to dump wild, untrained, young horses in Kill Pens.  These horses and burros are federally protected and they need to be PROPERLY AND SCIENTIFICALLY managed on public lands by the BLM and the Department of the Interior.   Current wild horse roundups should be halted until there is a successful program in place to adopt out the 50,000 horses already sitting in holding pens.   Having lost their freedom and families they should not now also lose their lives.   

STOP THE BLM ADOPTION INCENTIVE PROGRAM BEFORE ONE MORE HORSE SHIPS TO SLAUGHTER.   

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Petition · Ask Memphis Zoo to end Pandas YaYa & LeLe’s suffering and send them back home now! · Change.org

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End Pandas YaYa & LeLe’s suffering and send them back home now!

In 2003, Giant pandas YaYa and LeLe travelled to Memphis Zoo in Tennessee US, as lovely, impressionable little furballs. After 18 years serving the zoo, today, they look extremely malnourished and sickly. YaYa, the female panda’s fur has been shedding profusely. Yet Memphis Zoo claims they are perfectly healthy.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to return YaYa and LeLe back to their hometown where food is abundant and medical care is accessible.

  • From 2007, the zoo performed 4 artificial inseminations on Yaya in 5 years, none of which were successful, possibly causing irreversible health damage to her. As early as 2008, YaYa was already shedding patches of fur. 13 years later, YaYa’s shedding has spread throughout her entire body.
  • Beijing Zoo has confirmed that as early as 2014, YaYa has parasite infections that are causing her skin disease. Yet Memphis Zoo continues to claim that YaYa has a seasonal hormone fluctuation that causes hair thinning and that she looks thin due to her small frame. They also told fans YaYa is just “not photogenic”.  Both the Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums who credited the zoo stated that “she is perfectly healthy!”
  • Panda’s diet is 99% bamboo and only eat certain species. The Zoo only provide 4 species from its 10 acres bamboo farm for BOTH pandas. Research has shown that at least 17 acres (100 mu) bamboo is sustainable for ONE panda.
  • From 2013 – 2016, Memphis Zoo’s bamboo were sold to Toronto Zoo. This no doubt caused shortage, since Memphis Zoo asked for bamboo donations from public.
  • The bamboo quality is also questionable, Yaya LeLe often rejected the bamboo provided. Even the panda in Toronto Zoo rejected the bamboo purchased from Memphis zoo.
  • YaYa and LeLe not only suffer physically from disease and hunger, which is already incredibly heartbreaking, they also suffer psychologically from being caged in a small “den” every day for up to 18-HOURS! In the past 4 weeks, YaYa was allowed to go outdoors only 4 times!  Consequently, both YaYa and LeLe show severe signs of stereotypical behaviours, an irreversible mental impair caused by abnormal environment.  

These unspeakable sufferings of YaYa and LeLe was not just a recent discovery but have lasted for more than a DECADE! Years of apparent neglect on pandas as well as other animals, and the lack of transparency seems to indicate that the zoo has little interest, if any, on animal welfare.

We ask you to encourage Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to send YaYa and LeLe back to their homeland China immediately! They have already sacrificed their entire lives to entertain humans. Now they are senior pandas reaching to the end of their life span, YaYa and LeLe deserve a retirement life without sufferings!

Please sign and share this petition to help bring YaYa and LeLe one step closer to a healthier and happier life.  On behalf of Yaya and LeLe, we sincerely thank you for your support!

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Petition · Make All Shelters in USA to be “NO KILL SHELTERS” · Change.org

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Carmita Paredes started this petition to Counties and States Congresmen

Every day around the country many dogs are killed in shelters, just because they need space. In fact approximately 3 million dogs and cats die each year. Precious dogs that can still have many years to live and have a lot of love to offer. Euthanasia should be reserved only for animals who are suffering or are too aggressive to safely reside in our communities. But animals that die are so loving, and their trusting faces are just asking for love and companionship. This is barbaric. Let’s do something about this cruel practice. Let’s put a stop to this unnecessary murdering. We can educate the public about spaying and neutering, about adopting instead of buying, about population control. People need to be aware of how many loving dogs are killed in USA, just because the shelters lack space and funding. But stopping the shelters from euthanizing animals is not enough to save them. Others will find a way to get rid of what they perceive to be an unwanted pet. And unscrupulous breeders are off the hook. We must do more…

We need more shelters, so there would be enough spaces for every dog, and we need NO KILL SHELTERS. Shelters should be a temporary transition place for animals. The term shelter means to protect, not to kill. and the animals should be taken care of until they are adopted.  This can be achievable. We can help getting the communities involved too, to donate and help, to serve as volunteers, to “sponsor a pet” in the shelter. Even if you can’t adopt a pet, we might be able to help there, we can advocate to get him/her adopted, we can volunteer at the shelter, we can provide funding. The shelters can be encouraged to provide a once a month “sale” to the dogs that have being there longer, for people to get them cheaper or free. We can help with better advertising of animals put up for adoption. Sometimes people don’t have the money to adopt in a particular moment, but they can still offer a loving home to a dog. Instead of killing them, give them for free to someone suitable that will love them and offer a home. The rescue groups do the impossible to bring back to life animals they find abused, neglected, and to the brink of dying, many times thanks to private funding to help with vet expenses. They also advertise and advocate daily for pets in shelters that are at risk of getting euthanized. But in the end many don’t get to go to loving homes. In those high killing shelters, if someone doesn’t rush in a short period of time to adopt these poor dogs or cats that have suffered so much, that have overcome so much, at the end, after all that effort, they will get killed. They are the unwanted, the forgotten, yet beautiful pets that all they need is more time to find a loving home. This is senseless, unfair, and tragic. There is no excuse that they are murdering healthy, previously owned, neglected, abused dogs and cats or highly adoptable.  While we are disgusted by events like the Yulin festival in China, we let millions of our own animals die every day, every year. Let’s do something. Let’s be better. Let’s save them.

 Let us advocate for only NO KILL SHELTERS unless the animal is suffering or violent. And more importantly, let’s treat the root of the problem: lobby for laws that are effective in reducing unplanned births and shelter intakes by developing low-cost or free sterilization programs for dogs and cats, laws that limit the number of animals bred for profit, laws that promote responsible pet ownership like contracts, laws for pet stores to carry only shelter pets and providing better education for pet owners. And finally, please get out there and help out. Together we can make a change.   Their lives matter.  Every animal deserves a chance to get their forever home.  Some may take longer than others, but there should not be a time limit on life.

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Petition · Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge: Wildlife should not be terrorized by hunting hounds on Vermont’s National Wildlife Refuge! · Change.org

Protect Our Wildlife, Vermont started this petition to Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

The Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on its recreational hunting and fishing plan found here. This plan impacts the Nulhegan Basin Division in Bloomfield, Brunswick, Ferdinand and Lewis, and the Putney Mountain Unit in Putney. Please sign this petition and let the Refuge know that you oppose hounding on the Refuge—this activity is not compatible due to its indiscriminate and disruptive nature. We are also asking that the Refuge ban all lead ammunition due to the secondary effects it has on wildlife, including bald eagles that scavenge on animal remnants left in the field by the hunters.

Hounders unleash packs of powerful, radio-collared hounds on a lone bobcat, bear, coyote and other wildlife. This occurs not only during the legal hunting seasons, but throughout the year during hound “training” season. The hounds often chase the animals for miles until the exhausted wild animal either collapses, climbs a tree (where they’re often shot), or decides to stand its ground and fight back. This places both wildlife and the hounds in danger since the hunters are often miles away with only their handheld GPS tracking device. We consider this activity akin to animal fighting, which is illegal in Vermont. 

Hounding is not a compatible use on wildlife refuges, since the activity places non-targeted animals and visitors at risk. A retired couple and their leashed puppy were attacked by bear hounds in Ripton, VT in Oct 2019 on public land. You can read about it here. Between hound training season and hunting season, the activity may take place all year, placing nursing mothers like bobcats and their kits in danger. The Refuge Plan lists Canada lynx as a threatened species, but lynx may be mistaken for bobcat, which would be an illegal method of “take.” A Refuge manager shared her concern about lynx being disturbed by hunting hounds in a Feb 2014 email to VT Fish & Wildlife, but they disregarded her concern. You can read our letter to Fish & Wildlife on that here. Other non-target animals include ground nesting birds, deer fawn, moose calves, and other wildlife.

The unsupervised hounds also place Refuge visitors at risk. The general public should be able to birdwatch, hike, and partake in other activities without the fear of running into a pack of frenzied hounds.

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