Petition · United Nations: End the next COVID-19: Ban global wet markets and illegal slaughterhouses now · Change.org

End the next COVID-19: Ban global wet markets and illegal slaughterhouses now The Vanderpump Dog Foundation started this petition to United Nations and 1 other As the world faces the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in unprecedented ways, we are learning quickly that infectious diseases pose a significant threat to our global population. Whether it’s COVID-19, SARS, or other recent public health disasters, outbreaks are having a profound effect on global health and the worldwide economy, and the day-to-day lives of billions of people. What we’ve learned about COVID-19 and what we already knew about SARS is that these outbreaks can be linked to wet markets and illegal slaughterhouses. These markets, a popular source of produce, meat and live animals, are not only prevalent in Chinese cities, but cities across the region and indeed the world. And they’re so unregulated, many worry that they are going to be regular breeding grounds for viruses and diseases that kill millions around the world. That’s why we need solutions now. What we’re all experiencing today with COVID-19 could have been stopped if these wet markets and illegal slaughterhouses had been shut down, or at least significantly regulated. We need global leadership and intervention which is why we’re asking you to stand with us and call on the United Nations and World Health Organization to address the dangerous effects of these animal markets and slaughterhouses. Scientists tell us that keeping different animals in close, prolonged proximity with one another and with people creates an unhealthy environment, and that this is the probable source of the mutation that enabled COVID-19 to infect humans. Viruses long present in some animals show an ability to mutate from nonhuman to nonhuman host, and ultimately gain an ability to bind to human cell receptors. When that happens, we see tragedy on the scale of what we saw with SARS, and what we’re seeing right now as millions of people get infected, and hundreds of thousands or more die from COVID-19. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation has been warning about this for years, as we’ve seen first-hand the brutality and horrific practices that happen in many of these wet markets and slaughterhouses. In our documentary, “The Road to Yulin … and Beyond,” we uncovered graphic torture of dogs in slaughterhouses, as well as the dangers that come from digesting or coming into contact with meat of unknown origins. These risks include rabies exposure to slaughterhouse workers, antibiotic resistance, parasites, and bacterial infections when people eat dog meat. An estimated 60% of all known human infectious diseases and 75% of emerging pathogens originate in animals, according to the World Health Organization. We cannot wait any longer to address this. Pressure is already mounting on world authorities to address this. Chinese President Xi Jinping recently announced a study on the prevention and control of the coronavirus including the need to strengthen market supervision, resolutely ban and severely crack down on illegal wildlife markets and trade. Other cities like Shenzen in China, home to 30 million people, passed a law banning the consumption of dog and cat meat that goes into effect in May 2020. These are helping, but we need more. To avoid future pandemics, we need a global effort to shut down and/or significantly regulate these wet markets not only in China, but across the world. Any lack of action with regards to addressing the source of the COVID-19 pandemic will present a danger for our future, and the threat that similar diseases will not only re-occur but expand. Today, please stand with us and urge the UN and WHO to take action, so that wet markets and illegal slaughterhouses no longer pose a global health threat to our planet.

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Ban The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Worldwide – Coronavirus is Only the Beginning

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We are demanding the closure of live meat markets. Since China has contained the spread of, and has not reported any new COVID-19 cases – live meat markets have reopened. It is believed COVID-19 started with a bat or pangolin in a live meat market, where it first infected humans through blood transfer.


These markets have no refrigeration or sanitation protocols. Live animals fester in pools of water or in cages, multiplying bacteria and viruses. Due to poor sanitation and no oversight, diseases manifest in food processing areas or on makeshift kill floors.


COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on different countries throughout the world. We have a chance to educate, and to learn from our past mistakes and experiences. This petition is asking the Trump Administration to put pressure on the Chinese Government, demanding these live markets be shut down to ensure safety of all animals, domesticated and wild.


Markets where dogs and cats are tortured and killed. Where frogs, snakes and turtles are kept live in pools of water. Where bats, mink, chickens, civets and pangolins are slaughtered. Though the Chinese government has made the decision to ban wildlife trade, it isn’t enough. All animals including dogs and cats must be included in this ban.

Demanding the Closure of Live Animal Markets in China

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Animal Hope in Legislation started this petition to president Trump and 1 other 2 minutes


We are demanding the closure of live meat markets. Since China has contained the spread of, and has not reported any new COVID-19 cases – live meat markets have reopened. It is believed COVID-19 started with a bat or pangolin in a live meat market, where it first infected humans through blood transfer.


These markets have no refrigeration or sanitation protocols. Live animals fester in pools of water or in cages, multiplying bacteria and viruses. Due to poor sanitation and no oversight, diseases manifest in food processing areas or on makeshift kill floors.


COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on different countries throughout the world. We have a chance to educate, and to learn from our past mistakes and experiences. This petition is asking the Trump Administration to put pressure on the Chinese Government, demanding these live markets be shut down to ensure safety of all animals, domesticated and wild.


Markets where dogs and cats are tortured and killed. Where frogs, snakes and turtles are kept live in pools of water. Where bats, mink, chickens, civets and pangolins are slaughtered. Though the Chinese government has made the decision to ban wildlife trade, it isn’t enough. All animals including dogs and cats must be included in this ban.

 

Sign Petition: Join the HSUS to help put a stop to Petland’s lies!k

 

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by: Humane Society of the United States
recipient: Kentucky and Ohio state officials

The Humane Society of the United States’ new undercover investigation of a Petland store in Florence, KY found puppies with parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter — which can spread to humans.

In 2019 alone, at least six human cases of campylobacter have been directly tied to the Florence store. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked more than 118 cases of human campylobacter bacterial infections to contact with Petland puppies.

Yet Petland was downplaying risks and sometimes failing to have sick puppies tested for the disease. A manager specifically told our undercover buyer when she purchased a puppy, “it’s not campylobacter,” when the puppy did, in fact, test positive for campylobacter and also giardia that same day. The manager also claimed that the puppy had been given a stool test, but provided no record of such a test.

Our investigation found Petland was covering up disease outbreaks, including distemper and parvovirus, and hiding them from the public.

Add your signature and mobile number today to join the HSUS to demand Kentucky and Ohio state officials put a stop to Petland’s unacceptable treatment of sick, helpless puppies.

Subject: Tell Petland to stop selling sick puppies!

Dear State Official,

The Humane Society of the United States’ new undercover investigation of a Petland corporate store in Florence, KY found puppies with parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter, which can spread to humans.

In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked more than 118 cases of human campylobacter bacterial infections to contact with Petland puppies, which resulted in a number of people being hospitalized. There have been countless incidents all over the country that can be linked to Petland and it seems that they aren’t taking all necessary steps to ensure the animals’ welfare or public safety.

The investigation found Petland was covering up disease outbreaks and hiding them from the public. Petland has been misleading customers and selling sick puppies in order to make a profit. Petland continues to ignore animal welfare and public safety issues for the sake of making sales.

Thank you,

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Sign Petition: Stop the Wildlife Trade

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by: Chrissy Henker
recipient: presse.botschaftchina@gmail.com,chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn,china-embassy@bluewin.ch,info@cdu.de,pm@pm.gc.ca,europabuero.schulz@spd.de,

Every year billions of animals are inhumanely captured and killed to provide for your entertainment, and to make products for you to buy here and around the world. It’s called the international wildlife trade, and you can help stop it by avoiding products and experiences that come from these abused animals.

African elephants are brutally slaughtered for their tusks, used to make expensive ivory trinkets.

Rhinos face the same fate – their horns are used in traditional medicine, even though it has no proven value. Polar bears and lions are shot in their tracks, only to become wall trophies and rugs.

Whales and dolphins are taken from the wild to perform tricks for humans, spending the rest of their lives in concrete pools or netted pens.

It’s tragic- You can help: don’t buy products that come from wild animals, or patronize establishments that exploit them.
Dont buy a ticket to Zoo, Animalcircus, Marinepark, Rodeo, Bullfighting , Horseracing!

Please sign and share the petition!

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Petition: Not Born to Fight…Demand Tougher Laws on Dog Fighting Now

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League Against Cruel Sports started this petition to UK Parliament and 1 other

Dogs are being bred and shipped across the world – including to the UK – to take part in dog fighting.

It’s one of the most horrific forms of organised animal cruelty, not only for the violence the dogs endure during fights but because of the trauma they suffer throughout their lives. Training methods brutalise and fights inflict untold physical and mental suffering on ‘man’s best friend’.

League Against Cruel Sports investigations suggest there are hundreds of dogs being used for dog fighting in the UK. Many will die in the ring or shortly after from their injuries. We hope our work will lead to more people involved in dog fighting being caught, locked up and banned from ever owning another animal.

Dogs are not born to fight. Dog Fighting is a heinous crime, showing humanity at its very worst and needs to be stopped.

But that can’t happen without stronger laws and more decisive action.

Please sign this petition calling for:

A stronger legislative environment to tackle dog fighting, which treats it as a distinct crime, attracts more robust penalties, prevents its promotion and ensures animal abusers cannot keep animals in future.
Police and law enforcement agencies to do all they can to tackle dog fighting, treating it more seriously and recognising it as a ‘gateway’ crime
The replacement of Breed Specific Legislation with a system focusing on ‘deed not breed’, as all dogs can be forced to fight – it is the owner’s behaviour that’s the determining factor.
Strengthened border controls and pet transport rules to prevent the cross-border movement of dogs for fighting.

https://www.change.org/p/defra-not-born-to-fight

How to Protect Your Pet From Pet Theft

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In just a few seconds, your dog or cat could be taken–snatched from your yard or dragged off of your front porch–only to be sold to research laboratories, used as fighters or bait in dog fighting rings, or “flipped” for profit. In fact, in the time it takes you to read this sentence, someone could have stolen your pet.

Since many pet thefts go unreported, it’s impossible to know exactly how many animals are taken but, historically, an estimated two million pets are stolen in the United States each year.

Pet Theft Awareness Day

Observed annually on February 14–also known as Valentine’s Day, which sees a considerable uptick in pet thefts–LCA first created National Pet Theft Awareness Day in 1988 to raise awareness for the issues of pet theft and to educate the public about how to keep their companion animals safe from unscrupulous thieves.

Common Reasons for Pet Theft

Reward: One of the most common reasons for pet theft, “dog flipping” occurs when dogs are stolen for the purpose of being sold for profit. Stolen dogs are typically resold to unsuspecting new owners, to puppy mills, or to backyard breeders where they are continually bred so their offspring can then be sold for profit. Dogs raised in by backyard breeders or in puppy mills do not receive adequate veterinary care and are often forced to live in deplorable living conditions.

Medical Research: USDA licensed Class B animal dealers obtain dogs and cats from random sources like animal pounds/shelters (this is known as pound seizure), other B dealers, “bunchers,” backyard breeders, or by stealing them from unsuspecting owners, only to turn around and sell them to medical research laboratories. In 2016, 820,812 animals were used in research labs in the U.S., roughly 60,797 of which were dogs. LCA’s groundbreaking undercover investigations into Class B dealers helped expose and shut down numerous dog dealers, such as C.C. Baird, as well as Barbara Ruggiero, Frederick Spero, and Ralph Jacobsen, leading LCA to become the first animal rights group to procure state and federal prison sentences for Class B dealers in 1991. (Click here to learn more about Class B dealers.)

Dog Fighting Rings: Although the vast majority of dogs are taken for the purpose of being resold or bred, many are also stolen to be used as fighters or as bait in illegal dog fighting rings. As of 2008, dog fighting is a felony offense in all 50 states (as well as in D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands). In most states, possessing a dog for the purpose of fighting is also considered a felony. (Click here to learn more about dog fighting rings.)

How to Protect Your Pets

Keep your pets indoors, especially when you are not at home. Do not leave your pets unsupervised in your yard; it only takes a minute for thieves to steal your beloved companion animals. Keep your pet on a leash and do not let your pet roam free in your neighborhood. Never leave your pet alone in a car.

Properly identify your pets with a collar, tag, and microchip.

Ensure your pets are spayed and neutered; fixed animals are less likely to wander away from home.

Keep recent photos and written descriptions of your companion animals on hand at all times, and maintain up-to-date records and licenses on all of your pets.

Be aware of strangers in your area and report anything unusual, such as suspicious neighborhood activities or a surge in missing pets, to local police and animal control.

What to Do If Your Pet Is Stolen or Goes Missing

Call the police; if your pet is stolen, ask to file a report so there is a record of the theft.

Contact your local animal control department, animal shelters, and pounds in your area. You can also file a lost pet report with each shelter.

Canvass your neighborhood and put up “missing” flyers/posters with an up-to-date photo of your dog along with accurate contact information.

Search online “lost dog” websites (such as Craigslist or Center for Lost Pets) to see if someone has found your pet.

Be aware of scams! People may claim to have your pet and insist on a reward before turning the animal over to you. If a stranger calls saying they’ve found your pet, make sure they give you a very detailed description of your pet.

https://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/class-b-dealers-and-pet-theft/dealing-dogs-class-b-dealer-cc-baird-investigation/101-pet-theft

Petition · Council : Shut Crayford Greyhound Stadium down · Change.org

Greyhound racing is animal abuse the dogs are drugged and die racing kept in disgusting conditions. Born to be abused it’s barbaric and not wanted in 2020

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Petition · ITV: Remove Ollie Williams from Winter Love Island for Trophy Hunting! · Change.org

Remove Ollie Williams from Winter Love Island for Trophy Hunting!
Amey C started this petition to ITV / Love Island

Ollie Williams who is due to enter Winter Love Island has been exposed as a bloodthirsty big trophy hunter.

He has proudly posed with an array of dead endangered animals including warthog and water buffalos among other animals he killed in Africa in order to promote his hunting business, Cornish Sporting Agency.

The disgusting photos were posted on an Instagram account that was deleted before it was announced that Ollie would be one of the contestants joining the winter series of Love Island in South Africa.

ITV allowing him to be on the show is implying that they are okay with his sick and sadistic hobby.

Ollie Williams should not be allowed to take part or compete in the Love Island series and he should not be allowed on a such a public platform.

https://www.change.org/p/itv-remove-ollie-williams-from-winter-love-island-for-trophy-hunting

Petition: stop the use of gas Chambers to euthanize animals!

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Amy Estudillo started this petition to American Veterinary Medical Association and 2 others

Hello Everyone, I’m doing a project at school about how gas chambers shouldn’t be used to euthanize any animal. Here’s why I think this should be stopped… Using gas chambers as a way to euthanize animals is inhumane and stressful. In Illinois there is a new law that only Licensed Veterinarians are able to use gas chambers. I don’t agree with this and believe that no one should be allowed to gas an animal to death, even if they are licensed.

Putting an animal to sleep should be peaceful and painless but when they are in the gas chamber they are scared, in pain and stressed. It can take up to 30 minutes for an animal to die in a gas chamber. Most of the time animals are still conscious when their vital organs start to fail. EBI (Euthanasia by injection) should be the only way that veterinarians and shelters should put an animal down. It is stress free and painless. Animals don’t deserve to suffer their last few moments of life. They should go in a peaceful and quiet room.

What I hope to accomplish from this project is to make people aware of what is happening and that gas chambers aren’t a quick and easy death like most people think. Ask your veterinarian if they use gas chambers or your local shelter, if they do then raise your concerns to them. Signing this petition will help a lot because I will be able to show that there are people that agree with me and also want gas chambers to be banned. Thank you!

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection
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J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida is using realistic, “SynFrogs” to replace dead animals. It is the first in the world to use synthetic frogs for ethical dissection.

Tampa-based company SynDaver specializes in cruelty-free, lifelike models. Its SynFrogs are reusable and mimic the properties of a live, female frog.

People can use the extremely realistic synthetic products for education, surgical simulation, and to test medical devices.

Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, said the Pasco County School District wants to become a “leader in innovation and opportunity for students.”

“Mitchell High School is the first in the world to use SynFrogs in science labs,” added Browning in a statement. “Giving our students a learning experience no other students have ever had.”

“We’re excited to announce our revolutionary SynFrog,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “[The SynFrog is] a far superior learning tool as it is designed to mimic living tissue.” He continued, “this makes it more like a live frog than the preserved specimens currently sold to schools for dissection labs.”

Sakezles added, “SynFrog not only looks and feels like a real frog, it’s physically safer to dissect than a real preserved frog because it doesn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals like formalin.”

SynFrogs cost $150 each. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) helped get the product on the market by offering a $150,000 grant. PETA says dissection costs millions of frogs their lives each year.
Ditching Dissection

Animal dissection is a controversial topic and many politicians are working to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives. One example of this is the popular and educational virtual dissection app called Froggipedia which was named Apple’s iPad App of 2018.

Earlier this year, California moved to ban all school dissection in the state. Assemblymember Ash Kalra introduced AB-1586, the Replacing Animals in Science Education (RAISE) Act. The bill would replace animal dissections with modern, humane alternatives such as SynFrog or Froggipedia.

“Learning about anatomy in schools is important scientific pedagogy,” said Kalra. “But dissection presents a significant impact on the environment and our fragile ecosystems. Advancements in educational technology have expanded access to this important scientific instructional methodology without having to rely on animals.”

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Petition · DISH Network: Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show · Change.org

Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show
Melissa Moris started this petition to DISH Network and 1 other

Tell DirectTV and Dish Network that animal torture is not entertainment! Steel-jaw traps are indiscriminate, catching any animal that is unfortunate enough to encounter one. These traps are set on public lands where they pose a threat to wildlife, domestic animals and even young children. Many states have banned these torture devices and many more will follow.
I have seen the damage these traps cause to their victims. Too often, the regulations are ignored and these poor animals are left to suffer for days, dying from thirst and exhaustion, dislocating and even attempting to chew their leg off to escape.
Tell Dish Network and DirectTV that this shameful, cowardly practice is no longer acceptable in this modern world. Tell them to cancel this show and be on the right side of history!

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ACT HERE 👉 Demand sanctuary for survivors of live export disaster

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These animals were destined for the Middle East, where they would be slaughtered while fully conscious, but their nightmare started minutes into their journey. Only moments after departing Romania, the ship began to sink, drowning many who were trapped under water, and crushing thousands more as the vessel lay stricken on its side in the water.

Capsized live export ship – causing unimaginable pain and suffering.

While the crew all escaped unharmed, the sheep were left stranded on board. The fear and panic these animals would have experienced is unimaginable.

After international outcry, welfare groups were finally allowed to return. A dedicated and painstaking rescue effort saw 254 survivors rescued from the wreckage.

Rescued but grievously injured sheep in a lifeboat.

But as the rescue mission wraps up, the future of these sheep remains uncertain.
Help save the survivors from being sent back to a live export ship.

The live export trade is cruel, unnecessary and inherently risk-laden – as this appalling disaster has once again revealed.

For an industry who sees animals as nothing more than ‘cargo’, it is a tragic but familiar scene. Left to sink with the ship, these gentle animals didn’t stand a chance from the moment they were sold into the live export trade.

With your help, we will call for justice for these animals, and hold those responsible to account.

Rescued and terribly injured sheep resting on the dock.

This tragedy occurred only a few months after the Romanian government approved a shipment of thousands of sheep to the Middle East – despite searing summer temperatures that put these animals at risk of cooking alive.

Over 14,000 sheep were trapped and drowned.Cooking alive: The heat these gentle sheep are forced to endure onboard live export ships is unimaginable and excruciating.Deaths onboard ships and trucks are commonplace for the animal victims of the live export trade.

Cooking alive: The heat these gentle sheep are forced to endure onboard live export ships is unimaginable and excruciating.

Every one of the animals who has suffered and died on board this ship, deserves a voice. Because unless this industry is stopped, these ‘ships of death’ will continue to sail, and animals will continue to suffer in the very worst ways imaginable.

For now, we must ensure the surviving sheep are given a life of safety – they’ve endured too much suffering already. Beyond this disaster, our work remains to prevent more animals suffering this cruel fate, or worse, in the live export trade.

SAVE THE SHEEP: Please, take action now on their behalf, and urge the Romanian Prime Minister and Romanian Veterinary Authority to end live animal exports.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/romania-capsized-ship/int?r=5de1f41cbc9891575089180&ua_s=e-mail

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PETITION: Help stop the sadistic ‘Fire Bull’ festival in Soria

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In Medinaceli, a picturesque town in the province of Soria, a “tradition” called Toro Júbilo brings shame on Spain.

Image: “Toro Jubilo 2011 – Medinaceli – PACMA” by PACMA Fotos / CC by 2.0

On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky black substance made from tar or turpentine) will once again be stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire. The burning bull is called Toro de Fuego (literally “bull on fire”).

The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain. The bull often smashes into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony the bull must suffer is unimaginable. These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull’s horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.

This distressing video from PACMA shows the full horror:

Please take a moment to use the form below to contact those who have the power to put an end to this vile practice.

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Stop oil and gas development from harming Alaska’s wildlife – Defenders of Wildlife

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Stop oil and gas development from harming Alaska’s wildlife
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Alaska’s wildlife is in jeopardy. A newly proposed development by oil giant ConocoPhilips would build a huge oil field with hundreds of oil wells that would impact critical polar bear habitat and protected lands in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the development, but they’re rushing through the process to open up leasing as quickly as possible, with little regard for the harm this development could bring to local wildlife.

Tell the BLM: Don’t turn a blind eye to wildlife!

Dear BLM State Director Chad Padgett,

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    I am writing to you with significant concerns about BLM’s Willow Master Development Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the proposed Willow oil and gas development located in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A). In particular, I am concerned about the Willow development’s proposed size and proximity to some of the most valuable wildlife habitat in America’s Arctic found adjacent in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area and Arctic Ocean, and its impacts to polar bear critical habitat. I am also concerned that the analyses and decision-making around this very significant development is happening virtually in tandem with BLM revising its overall management plan for the NPR-A, the Integrated Activity Plan, where the size and protections of established Special Areas may be changed.

ConocoPhillips has proposed developing a major industrialized zone, including up to five drill sites of up to 50 wells each, a central processing facility, an operations center pad, miles of gravel and ice roads, pipelines (including under the Colville River), a gravel mine just west of the community of Nuiqsut, and a gravel island in Harrison Bay. This human-made, modular island just off-shore and north-east of the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area would impact polar bear critical habitat and likely would also impact to threatened ice seals and whales. These species are already experiencing significant effects from climate change and other oil and gas activities in the Alaskan Arctic. The DEIS understates impacts to polar bears and seals, and completely omits impacts to cetaceans including listed bowhead and beluga whales.

I urge BLM to slow this analysis process down to make sure that the agency is getting sufficient public input; properly analyzing issues raised by a cross-section of stakeholders; and especially sufficiently analyzing impacts to imperiled polar bears, ice seals, whales and other wildlife.

Sincerely,
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Sign Petition: Two of this Zoo’s Three Elephants Have Died in Less Than One Year.

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recipient: Commerford Zoo

If you type in RW Commerford & Sons in Google Maps, it will take you to a small zoo in Connecticut. The park has a horrific rating of 1.5 stars and once you do a little digging it isn’t hard to see why. The zoo has been cited by the USDA for several animal welfare violations over the years and has earned the ire of animal rights advocates for its treatment of three elephants in their custody – Karen, Beulah, and Minnie.

At least they did have three elephants. Several outlets reported that two of their three pachyderms have died in less than a year. Now the infamous traveling circus just has one. Karen, died earlier this year and Beulah, the famous 54-year-old female which had been held captive by the Commerford family for more than 40 years passed away in September.

Beulah, without even knowing it, had been at the forefront of the fight for rights for elephants in the state of Connecticut where lawyers were working to earn her and other elephants’ legal personhood.

The elderly elephant died as she lived, a prisoner and a tool for the Commerford Zoo to line their pockets of money made by making her suffer. She collapsed at the Big E Fair in neighboring Massachusetts. Now Minnie is the last elephant at the Commerford Zoo and it is only a matter of time until she too passes away without ever knowing freedom.

The owners of the Commerford Zoo should be ashamed of themselves. Elephants are intelligent, sentient beings that have no business in zoos. Nor do other animals for that matter because captivity is cruel.

It’s time to stand up and say enough is enough. Sign the petition and demand that R.W. Commerford & Sons give Minnie a fighting chance at a happy life. Tell them to give her to a reputable animal sanctuary where she can be free.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/553/363/364/?TAP=1732

Sign Petition: 80,000 Seal Pups Are Going to be Murdered!

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Namibian Government

There is a mass murder of seal pups going on right now in Namibia! The purpose? To steal their penises to use in sex potions for the Chinese market.

Please sign on to stop this tragic massacre!

The seals are killed by first getting separated from their mothers, then either being struck with a club or shot point blank. The babies must be so scared in those last moments of their lives, away from their mothers, obviously facing danger. But sometimes the first blow doesn’t even kill them, meaning they are slowly bludgeoned to death by merciless humans.

They are literally killing baby seals to cut off their genitals and sell them. These poor baby seals and their grieving families don’t deserve the terror and tragedy they are experiencing and we have the power to save them from it.

Sign on today to tell Namibia to stop these people from clubbing baby seals to death!

Namibian authorities say it’s a necessary cull, but that’s debateable. What’s not debateable is that the cruel way these babies are murdered is inhumane. This is the largest murder of marine animals on the planet and we must stop it.

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/981/112/134/

 

Petition: Feds to Round Up America’s Most Iconic Wild Horse Herd… Say no!

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The Onaqui wild horses near Salt Lake City, Utah, are among the most famous and widely-photographed wild horses in the world. These horses have been protected for 48 years, but now the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a brutal roundup and removal of 80% of these horses. Our nation would lose a priceless natural wonder, and these horses would lose their freedom and family bands forever.

Sign and share today to stop the BLM from cruelly rounding up the Onaqui wild horses.

The Onaqui horses are beloved neighbors in the Utah community, and their loss would be devastating: both to the economy — they are a popular ecotourism resource — and to the people of Utah. In fact, several of these horses have become so well-known, they’ve been given names – like the beloved “Old Man”, a 28-year-old stallion uncommonly enjoying his elder years with the herd.

The roundups are also devastatingly cruel — using helicopters to run horses and sometimes even foals (babies) for miles until they’re exhausted. Many break limbs, crash into fences and die of exhaustion. Moreover, animal loving taxpayers are unknowingly paying millions for this abuse. While proven, humane, and cost-effective management solutions already exist. In fact, the American Wild Horse Campaign has offered to work with the BLM to create and fund a proven fertility control program.

Tell the BLM to stop the roundup and removal of the Onaqui horses. We want them protected and preserved on our public lands now and for generations to come.

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Sign the Petition save the Antioch lambs

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David Nibert started this petition to Tom Manley – President of Antioch College

Antioch College, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA, recently has changed its curriculum and now operates a farm with numerous animals, including nine young lambs. Currently the college is using the lambs as “living lawnmowers” in a field of solar panels, but later this summer the college will kill the lambs and feed them to students. The use and impending death of the lambs is hailed by the college as a lesson in the production of “real” food.

But the lambs are not carrots and turnips. Allowed to live their full lives these lambs can live 15 years, but Antioch College plans to kill them while they are very young. Rather than teaching students to respect life and to produce sustainable plant-based food, students are being taught that living beings are disposable and replaceable. Next year, they plan to do this all again with another group of innocent lambs.

By signing this petition, you are calling on Antioch College to release these lambs to area sanctuaries, where they can be spared the horrors of the slaughterhouse and where they can live out their natural lives in peace. You also are calling on Antioch College to focus on educating students in the production of plant-based food and to stop the use and oppression of any animals on the Antioch farm.

https://www.change.org/p/tom-manley-president-of-antioch-college-save-the-antioch-lambs

PETITION: Pass Braveheart’s Law to Give Abused Animals A Voice in Court

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PETITION TARGET: Rep. Allen Skillicorn

Braveheart was discovered with her right ear cut in half, a swollen muzzle and bite wounds covering her face and body. She was one of 11 dogs living among filth and excrement at the home of a convicted animal abuser.

After their rescue, Braveheart and her canine companions had nobody to fight for them. So they languished in a shelter for months, unable to even be fostered into loving homes. Her abuser made a plea deal and only received 18 months of probation.

Braveheart’s Law, a potential new bill in Illinois, could help protect dogs like her by allowing state courts to assign pro bono lawyers or law students to advocate for cats and dogs in animal cruelty cases, finally giving the animals a voice in the legal system.

State Representative Allen Skillicorn reportedly may propose Braveheart’s Law in January 2020. Please speak out to show your support and help this crucial legislation pass!

Other states have introduced similar laws. Desmond’s Law was enacted in Connecticut in 2016, and animal advocates say they have seen stiffer penalties for abusers since then.

Franky’s Law was proposed in Maine this year.

Every animal victim of abuse deserves a voice in court.

Sign this petition to let Rep. Skillicorn know that you fully support Braveheart’s Law, and eagerly await the introduction — and passage — of this important bill.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-pass-bravehearts-law-to-give-animals-a-voice-in-illinois-courts/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

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Don’t Endanger and Abuse Animals for Entertainment – ForceChange

Several dogs were allegedly exposed to painful cayenne pepper for a TV show. Hold the production company responsible for these animals’ welfare accountable for their dangerous lack of oversight.

Source: Don’t Endanger and Abuse Animals for Entertainment – ForceChange

Sign the Petition Stop Sending U.S. Military Dogs to Jordan for them to Starve and Abuse

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Oli P started this petition to Department of Justice

The United States keeps sending our military bomb sniffing Dogs to the country of Jordan, where a Federal investigation revealed are so greatly starved and neglected, that many died, and those who don’t barely survive.

The federal investigation recommendation to the United States Department of Justice was to stop sending dogs until there was a sustainability plan put in place, but the Department of Justice has not taken action on this recommendation.

See additional information about the investigation Here.

Despite spending “millions of dollars” training and dispatching the dogs, State Department officials failed to ensure their health and welfare, said the report, which was launched after a hotline complaint about the dogs’ treatment.

According to the report, the State Department’s loose regulation and lack of concrete policies were a big factor in the dogs’ mistreatment.

The State Department couldn’t provide investigators detailed information for the dogs in other partner countries besides Jordan, and there often aren’t any written agreements with the countries outlining how to care for the dogs.

We are asking the United States Department Of Justice to:

Stop sending additional dogs to Jordan until policies, a plan and assurances are put into place to properly monitor and ensure the well-being of those military dogs.
Investigate and provide investigators detailed information about the dogs and their well-being in the other partner countries besides Jordan.

Let’s ensure the protection and care of the U.S. military dogs that work hard and risk their lives every day, serving our and our partner countries.

Sign Petition

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-justice-stop-sending-u-s-military-dogs-that-jordan-starve-and-abuse

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Sign Petition: These Dogs Are American Heroes, So Why Is Our Government Letting Them Die Painful Deaths

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After a whistleblower told the U.S. government that the Explosive Detection Canines (EDCs) were being neglected, the inspector general’s (IG) office for the State Department began to investigate. What they discovered was horrifying.

At least ten bomb-sniffing dogs given to Jordan over the past 8 years have perished. Some of the dogs were young and healthy pups when they left but died shortly after they arrived in the Middle Eastern nation.

Zoe, for example, a 2-year-old female Belgian Malinois, died of heatstroke just 9 months after she arrived. Another dog, Mencey, a 3-year-old of the same bread, got so sick in Jordan from a tick-borne disease that she had to be returned to the United States for treatment. He died shortly afterward. Other dogs were found to be parasite ridden, emaciated, and lacking in proper medical attention. In light of their investigation, IG’s office determined that no more dogs should be sent to Amman. Yet, despite the initial complaint and the devastating findings of the IG’s report, dogs are still being sent.

These dogs are American heroes. They keep us and our allies safe by doing the jobs that are too dangerous for humans. The least we could do is make sure that they are well taken care of and have happy, healthy lives.

If Jordan or any other country that receives American EDCs cannot treat them humanely then they shouldn’t be allowed to have them. It’s just that simple.

Please sign the petition and demand that the U.S. State Department stop giving dogs to countries that can’t take care of them.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/695/197/429/

Petition To Nigeria: keep cocoa growers out of gorilla habitat!

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Gorilla habitat is shrinking day by day, and one of the main drivers is the chocolate industry. In Nigeria, cocoa farms are penetrating the last refuges of the endangered primates, driven by demand from chocolate lovers the world over. We can’t let the last remaining tiny patches of gorillas’ forests be trashed for candy.

Call to action

To: Governor Ben Ayade, via the Cross River State Forestry Commission (Mr Ogbang Akwaji)

Cocoa plantations are endangering the last rainforests in Cross River State. Strengthen nature conservation and fight illegal deforestation by cocoa producers.

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Nigeria gives rise to despair and small glimmers of hope: 96 percent of the country’s forests are gone. One remaining bright spot is Cross River State in the southeast – its forests, which are among the world’s most biodiverse, are still home to gorillas.

Yet Cross River’s forests are also dying by a thousand cuts: More than 16,000 hectares were destroyed in 2017 – four times the previous year’s toll. The main causes of deforestation are illegal logging, palm oil plantations and the production of charcoal. Increasingly, cocoa plantations are encroaching on protected forests.

The ultimate driver of destruction, however, is the sweet tooth of consumers in the global North. Nigeria is the third-largest cocoa exporter in the world. The country is responsible for ten percent of the EU’s imports. Exports have grown by 65 percent over the past three years to 248,000 tons in 2018, with the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium being the largest importers.

In Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – the world leaders in cocoa production – the destruction of forests has reached extreme proportions. Nearly all of Côte d’Ivoire’s protected areas have been plundered, and Ghana holds a sad world record for its rate of deforestation in 2018. The close link between cocoa cultivation and deforestation makes us fear the worst for Nigeria.

Chocolate companies buy whatever cocoa they can get, no questions asked. While environmentalists in Brussels are in fact pushing for the EU to regulate the market, the gorillas can’t wait that long.

The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has it in his hands to protect the gorillas and their habitat. Please sign our petition to the governor – we can’t let the last remaining tiny patches of gorilla habitat be trashed for candy.
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Cross River State is already taking first steps toward preventing further deforestation for cocoa. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is currently expanding an ongoing project to villages in Afi, Mbe and Okwangwo. Its aim is to produce cocoa in an environmentally sound way. The EU is supporting the project financially.

The state government is planning a cocoa processing plant in the city of Ikom. The impact that this will have on the expansion of the plantations is currently unclear.
Cocoa in Omo Forest Reserve

Cocoa plantations are also a problem in Omo Forest Reserve. Thousands of smallholders have planted fields in the protected area in the state of Ogun. The reserve is home to at least 80 forest elephants and a crucial source of drinking water for the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos. Some settlers have already been there for decades, and the government would rather not evict them, as it would destroy their livelihoods and compensating them would be very costly. Rangers patrol the forest to stop others from encroaching, but the ranger units are too understaffed to protect the forest effectively.
Letter

To: Governor Ben Ayade, via the Cross River State Forestry Commission (Mr Ogbang Akwaji)

Your Excellency,

Rainforest Rescue is a nonprofit organization based in Hamburg, Germany. We are dedicated to preserving rainforests, protecting their inhabitants and furthering social reform.

Cross River State brings Nigeria – a country which has already lost 96 percent of its forest cover – to prominence in global discussions on the environment because it is home to some of the most biodiverse forests of Nigeria, and habitat of endangered species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants.

It is therefore very worrisome that in Afi River Forest Reserve – a biodiversity hotspot – forest is being cut illegally for the production of cocoa. The reasons for this are manifold, amongst them the search for alternative livelihoods to replace logging for timber by local communities and a lack of knowledge about sustainable cocoa farming systems. We also observe that law enforcement within the protected areas seems ineffective.

To prevent further destruction, we call on you to implement the following measures:

  1. Strengthen the protection and management of forests in Cross River State in collaboration with local communities.
  2. Educate small-scale cocoa farmers in sustainable cocoa farming systems.

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1188/nigeria-keep-cocoa-growers-out-of-gorilla-habitat?mtu=434678884&t=5562

Yours faithfully,
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To Japan to close all domestic trade in Ivory and end all Ivory Exports! This open letter to help end this slaughter is going viral please sign petition and share on all social media

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To Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Governor Yuriko Koike, and all members of the Japanese government:

We call on you to close Japan’s domestic trade in ivory, end all ivory exports, and support efforts to ban the global ivory trade. As you prepare to welcome the world for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan must do all it can to create a lasting legacy and prevent elephants being driven to extinction.

The best type of ivory comes from the middle of the elephant’s tusk, where it’s firm and flawless. Poachers try to slaughter the largest elephant to get the most bang for their buck — often the matriarch, leaving her baby elephants left to fend for themselves.

How many of these majestic creatures must be slaughtered until our governments finally wise up and ban this sick trade?!

Avaaz has campaigned hard to shut down the ivory market in Hong Kong, and we won. China followed suit which was a HUGE victory for elephants. But there’s one major problem: Japan still allows a booming domestic ivory trade! Not only does this fuel illegal smuggling into neighbouring countries, it could also result in more poaching … and more orphan elephants.
Japan is hosting the Olympics in 2020, and they’re worried about negative press ahead of the Games! This is our chance to win them over — add your name now, and once enough join, Avaaz will launch a global media campaign to expose Japan’s bloody secret and shut down their market for good.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/japan_ivory_cites_110/

PETITION: Justice for Elephants Beaten Raw and Bloody For Thailand’s Tourism Industry

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PETITION TARGET: Thai Ambassador to the U.S. Pisan Manawapat

Horrifying pictures have emerged of elephants brutally struck over and over again with sharp metal hooks on the island of Phuket in Thailand, blood dripping down their heads and their bodies covered in dozens of scars from old wounds. Mahouts, or elephant trainers, hit the poor elephants with razor-sharp tools to make them behave for human entertainment — the most popular form being riding elephants.

Add your voice to stop this senseless torture of elephants in Thailand.

There are currently 3,500 wild elephants and 4,500 domesticated elephants living in Thailand. World Animal Protection reports that of the 3,000 working elephants in Asia, 77% are treated inhumanely. This abuse ranges from being fed poor diets, kept near distressing loud places, and, when not working, being held in captive isolation with chains less than 10 feet long.

As reported by UNILAD, Dr. Patrapol Maneeorn, a wildlife veterinarian of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, claims that Thailand is working to improve, and eventually eradicate, elephant cruelty.

“What we are doing is collaborating with different organizations and sectors in Thailand to reduce and hopefully eliminate animal cruelty as much as possible.”

But we have a long way to go and no time left to wait. We must speak out to end elephant tourism now. Elephants are intelligent, social creatures who do not deserve to spend their lives being mercilessly beaten for entertainment.

Sign this petition to urge Ambassador Manawapat to end elephant tourism once and for all and spare these majestic creatures from a life of unrelenting pain.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-elephants-beaten-raw-and-bloody-for-thailands-tourism-industry/