Petition · Department of Homeless Services: Permanent housing for Jim and Happy · Change.org

James Wayne and his four-year-old service dog Happy need our help to get them into permanent housing. Jim has been homeless for 11 years, most recently in Manhattan. To escape the frigid temperatures they live in the subways. Happy is a certified service dog, neutered and vetted. James has done everything that’s asked of him by the department of homeless services and he still keeps getting the run around mainly because he has a dog.

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-homeless-services-permanent-housing-for-jim-and-happy

Recognize Animal Rights Worldwide

The world has come together to protect human beings. Now, it must do the same for the animals that share our planet. Our nations can present a unified front in ensuring the health and livelihood of all animals. Add your voice to this dedicated declaration.

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Boycott the film “Trophy”

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Resharing our message below regarding the film Trophy, which we urge you not to watch.

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Tomorrow, CNN broadcasts the film “Trophy”, a pro-trophy hunting film.

The film was initially presented to CWI as a balanced look at trophy hunting. For that reason, we gave an interview for the film. Executive Director Carrie LeBlanc appears in Trophy, as one of only two primary dissenting voices against trophy hunting.

When we saw the completed film last fall, we were horrified. As it turns out, the films director manipulated and used an anti-trophy hunting protest we held in Las Vegas to their own ends and put a trophy hunter amongst our protesters to provoke response.

Trophy attempts, poorly, to make trophy hunters seem like sympathetic figures, instead of the killers they are.

While we are unhappy to be featured in a pro-trophy hunting film, we…

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution | OPA | Department of Justice


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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to federal dog fighting and conspiracy charges yesterday, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Brexton Redell Lloyd, 54, of Eagle Springs, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy and two felony counts of possession and training a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture, contrary to the animal fighting provisions of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to documents filed with the court, Lloyd participated with Justin “Jay” Love and others in a multi-state dog fighting conspiracy. These documents describe Lloyd and Love’s attempt to set up a dog fight between Lloyd and an unknown opponent in October 2015 and Lloyd’s breeding and training activities. Court documents further note that earlier this year, agents seized thirteen pit bull-type dogs from Lloyd’s residence. Ten of the dogs were secured outdoors by excessive chains, wearing thick collars, and positioned so that each dog was out of reach of any other dog. The other dogs were housed individually in pens. The water in the dogs’ bowls was frozen. Two of the four adult dogs seized exhibited scars consistent with dog fighting, and a third adult dog had four fractured teeth. In addition to the dogs, agents seized items related to training dogs for dog fighting purposes, including: a spring pole, a dog harness, and a hanging scale. Agents also seized veterinary supplies, including: intravenous fluids, intravenous administration sets stated for “Veterinary Use Only,” injectable and other antibiotics, a 100-count package of syringes, blood clotting medications such as Blood Stop Powder, and a skin stapler.

“Organized crime has no place in North Carolina or the United States – and dog fighting of this sort is nothing short of organized crime. Our law enforcement partners at the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Highway Patrol demonstrated exceptional coordination in bringing this defendant to justice,” said United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.

“Yesterday’s guilty plea and our continuing efforts to investigate and prosecute these cases send a strong message that our justice system will not tolerate the torment and death of animals in the fighting ring, all for the sake of illegal gambling,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General. “Federal law is clear on this point and will continue to be enforced.”

“The provisions of the Animal Welfare Act were designed to protect animals from being used in illegal fighting ventures, which often entail other forms of criminal activity involving drugs, firearms and gambling,” said Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. “Together with the Department of Justice, animal fighting is an investigative priority for USDA OIG, and we will work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and assist in the criminal prosecution of those who participate in animal fighting ventures.”

This case is part of Operation Grand Champion, a coordinated effort across numerous federal judicial districts to combat organized dog fighting. The phrase “Grand Champion” is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog fighting “victories.” To date, over one hundred dogs have been rescued as part of Operation Grand Champion, and either surrendered or forfeited to the government. The Humane Society of the United States assisted with the care of the dogs seized by federal law enforcement.

This case was investigated by USDA-OIG and FBI, with assistance from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney JoAnna G. McFadden and Trial Attorney Erica H. Pencak of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section Environmental Crimes Section.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/north-carolina-man-pleads-guilty-multi-state-dog-fighting-prosecution
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Don’t Eliminate Animal Rights Organization’s Authority

The New Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals could soon be stripped of its authority to hold animal abusers accountable. This is merely a selfish attempt to silence those in favor of animal rights. Sign this petition to demand this bill be shut down immediately.

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 Senate Passage of First Ever Federal Anti-Animal Cruelty Statute

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Blumenthal Announces Senate Passage of First Ever Federal Anti-Animal Cruelty Statute
Friday, December 15, 2017
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced today the United States Senate has unanimously passed his bipartisan Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. If signed into law, the measure would be the first-ever general federal anti-animal cruelty statute.

Blumenthal introduced the bill with Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). It would outlaw a heinous form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where deranged individuals maim and torture animals.

Despite taking steps in 2010 to ban the sale of videos depicting animal crushing, Congress failed to make the underlying act of crushing a federal crime. This means that–even when there is overwhelming evidence that torture is taking place–federal law enforcement is unable to protect animals from abuse or even arrest known abusers. The PACT Act would ensure that individuals found guilty of torturing animals face felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.

“This bipartisan measure finally prohibits a heinous, inhumane practice–stating emphatically once and for all that there is no place in a civilized society for the maiming and torturing of animals,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “Thanks to the long overdue action of the Senate, the barbaric individuals who commit these crimes will no longer walk free. I call on the House to pass this important legislation immediately.”

“Animal crushing is absolutely disgusting and there is no place for this behavior in our society,” said Sen. Toomey. “It is long past time this abhorrent practice came to an end and I am glad the Senate once again took the next step towards advancing that goal. I am hopeful that this bipartisan bill will pass the House and finally get enacted into law.”

“Our nation should have a zero tolerance policy for malicious cruelty to animals or sexual exploitation of defenseless creatures,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. ”We are immensely grateful to Senators Toomey and Blumenthal for leading this fight and securing this enormous win for animal welfare.”

The PACT Act is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

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With Lamb of God’s life in the balance, supporters rally for dog | CW33 NewsFix Video


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Petition update · Counting down to a court date for Lamby! · Change.org

Dec 7, 2017 — Dear Friends of Lamby the Dog,

As we cross the 100,000 signature threshold, we want to say THANK YOU for taking time to sign the petition asking the courts to reconsider the order to have her destroyed. Destroyed. That’s the legal term for putting a dog to death and it makes your blood run cold.

At any moment, the Municipal Court judge in Dallas is going to announce a new date/time for a hearing on Lamby which will decide whether she dies or can have a second chance at life with a rescue group or in a sanctuary. The attorneys – who are working pro bono — have said they expect a bond to be required by the court in the amount of $2,000 to $5,000 in addition to court filing fees.

Please help with this next stage of this challenge by contributing to Lamby’s 2nd Chance Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/lamb-of-gods-2nd-chance-fund.

If only 8% of your donated a single $1, we could ensure the funds are available to help Lamby at this critical time!

Once this case is over, any monies not applied to expenses and Lamby’s welfare will be contributed to worthwhile rescue groups and charities that are helping dogs recover from abuse.

BACKGROUND: Lamb of God (Lamby) is a mixed-breed female dog that has been used as a prop by an aggressive panhandler in the Dallas entertainment districts. Lamby was forced to wear comical hats and glasses that cut deep into her fur by rubber bands while she was restrained within a little milk crate that was strapped to a bicycle’s handlebars and forced to pose for photos in exchange for money that went into the pockets of the panhandler. Witnesses have seen the panhandler feed Lamby candy instead of a proper diet and he had an astounding 16 warrants for his arrest. For months, citizens in these entertainment districts have called law enforcement and Dallas Animal Rescue to help get the dog out of her abusive situation.

WFAA News Coverage: http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/animal-activists-hope-to-save-infamous-deep-ellum-dog/495023332

CW33 News Coverage: http://cw33.com/2017/11/27/activists-try-to-save-lamb-of-god-from-doggie-death-row/

CW33 News Coverage: http://cw33.com/2017/12/01/dallas-homeless-mans-dog-gets-stay-of-execution-after-judge-orders-euthanasia/

Thank you!
106,884 have signed. Let’s get to 150,000.
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Petition update · 12/6/17 HB 473-Ponce’s Law PASSED in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee · Change.org

Petition update
12/6/17 HB 473-Ponce’s Law PASSED in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Debbie Taylor Darino
Daytona Beach, FL

Dec 6, 2017 — Ponce’s Law HB 473 passed unanimously in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee this morning. We still have 2 more committees to get passed in the “House” and the “Senate” still needs to get it set on the committee agendas in the senate. Here is a show for today’s meeting:

Bill Number: 0473
Action: Favorable
Committee: Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Date: 12/6/2017 8:00:00 AM
Sponsor: Leek (CO-SPONSORS) Brodeur; Clemons; Killebrew; Ma…
Subject: Cruelty to Animals
Record Vote:
– Alexander Y Gonzalez Y Latvala Y Richardson Y Sullivan
– Altman – Hager – Moskowitz Y Slosberg Y Yarborough
Y Eagle (Y) Harrell Y Pritchett Y Spano

Total Yeas: 9 Total Nays: 0 Total Missed: 5 Total Votes

77,538 have signed. Let’s get to 150,000.

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Are These Zoo Elephants Entitled to Legal ‘Personhood’?

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David Zabel, Connecticut area counsel for the NhRP, offers some important facts about elephant intelligence:

[W]e know they have a sense of self, remember the past and plan for the future, engage in complex communication, show empathy, and mourn their dead. But their legal status as ‘things’ with no rights has remained exactly the same. What’s at stake here is the freedom of beings who are no less self-aware and autonomous than we humans are.

This isn’t the first time NhRP has attempted to win personhood rights for animals. In 2013, the group sued on behalf of a chimpanzee named Tommy, another named Kiko, and two former laboratory chimps named Hercules and Leo. But none of these New York cases succeeded in getting recognition of the chimps’ legal personhood.

via Are These Zoo Elephants Entitled To Legal ‘Personhood’? | Care2 Causes

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Petition · Implement FEMA’s PETS Act & lift the airline pet-travel restrictions in Puerto Rico · Change.org


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Please Sign This Petition To: Shut Down Ranch That Slaughters Endangered Species

A ranch in Texas is profiting tremendously from the killing of endangered and exotic species. The ranch is a giant financial success, with a private runway, luxury cabins, and more land than the island of Manhattan. It is valued at over $200 million. Sign this petition to demand that the “ranch” be shut down before more endangered animals are slaughtered.

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Justice for Family Dog Allegedly Shot to Death By Neighbor

A golden retriever named Walle was allegedly shot by a neighbor for attacking his chickens. The man reportedly fired five times, killing the young dog on the scene. Sign this petition to demand that the police conduct a full investigation and punish Walle’s attacker if he is found guilty of using excessive force.

Source: Justice for Family Dog Allegedly Shot to Death By Neighbor

Moore County Man Charged in Fourteen-Count Dogfighting Indictment | OPA | Department of Justice

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Moore County Man Charged in Fourteen-Count Dogfighting Indictment

Today a federal magistrate judge unsealed a superseding indictment charging Brexton Redell Lloyd, 54, of Eagle Springs, with one count of conspiracy and thirteen counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston for the Middle District of North Carolina, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

The charges returned today pertain to pit bull-type dogs allegedly kept by Lloyd at his residence in Eagle Springs. The Defendant allegedly possessed and trained the dogs for fighting ventures and conspiring to commit these acts throughout the United States. The dogs were seized by federal authorities in a search warrant executed in March 2017.

This case is part of Operation Grand Champion, a coordinated effort across numerous federal judicial districts to combat organized dog fighting. The phrase “Grand Champion” is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog-fighting “victories.” To date, approximately one hundred dogs have been rescued as part of Operation Grand Champion, and either surrendered or forfeited to the government.

The federal Animal Welfare Act makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to knowingly sell, buy, possess, train, transport, deliver, or receive any animal, including dogs, for purposes of having the animal participate in an animal fighting venture. Under federal law, an animal fighting venture means “any event, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, that involves a fight conducted or to be conducted between at least two animals for purposes of sport, wagering, or entertainment.”

This part of Operation Grand Champion was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination with the Department of Justice, with assistance from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney JoAnna G. McFadden of the Middle District of North Carolina and Trial Attorney Erica Pencak of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. The Humane Society of the United States assisted with the care of the dogs seized by federal law enforcement.

An indictment is an allegation based upon a finding of probable cause by a grand jury. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted.

If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count. The investigation is ongoing.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/moore-county-man-charged-fourteen-count-dogfighting-indictment-0

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Petition: Charge Killer of Tiburon Doe and Fawn with Animal Cruelty


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Petition · Justice for Family Dogs Found Stabbed, Strangled and Hanged · Change.org


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Petition · Ocoee Police: Justice for Duke · Change.org

Duke was shot in his own front yard by a police officer who entered through the gate of the fence in property.

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Petition: Support the Pet and Women’s Safety Act


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/178/624/419/

Petition: Dolphins Don’t Belong in the Desert: Ban Dolphin Captivity in Las Vegas


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/629/139/040/

Petition: Justice for Betty the Dog, Shot by Security Officers!


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/736/152/031/

Petition:Killer of Cecil the Lion’s Brother Jericho Deserves Maximum Punishment (Updated) – ForceChange


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Fire Utility Worker Who Allegedly Shot Dog

A utility worker allegedly opened fire on a dog in her own yard after he cut through the fence to get inside, even though there is no evidence the dog behaved aggressively. Sign this petition to demand that this worker be removed from his position immediately.

Source: Fire Utility Worker Who Allegedly Shot Dog

Petition: Justice for Xanda, Cecil’s Son: Ban Trophy Hunting Now!


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Family Awarded Historic $1.26 Million Settlement For Dog Killed By Police | Care2 Causes


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Pads and Chains Outlawed

Thank you to everyone who signed the petitions…

January 13, 2017

Washington – The USDA announced today that new rules prohibiting the use of padded shoes, chains, action devices, and other methods of soring horses have become law. The rule states, in part “Amend the regulations to prohibit use of pads, substances, and action devices on horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions…” Horse owners have 30 days to comply after publication of the final rule to cease using all action devices, except certain boots, at shows, sales or auctions. Pads and wedges are outlawed starting Jan 1, 2018.

The Office of Management and Budget finalized their review of the proposed changes to the 1970 Horse Protection Act on January the 10th.
As previously reported, those who show and participate in Walking Horse shows stated “The USDA proposed rules will severely negatively impact every aspect of the horse community,” a worker at the Bedford Tack booth told News of the Horse. When asked if padded shoes and chains are necessary for the Walking Horse show, he replied “No comment.” Celebration Show Staff refused to comment on the proposed USDA rules, other than to say they had never heard of them.

While Animal welfare activists are celebrating the rule changes, no doubt those in the Walking Horse industry are preparing lawsuits to file against the rule changes.
                              
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Petition: Demand Stricter Animal Cruelty Laws and Punishments in Mississippi


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/367/339/481/demand-stricter-animal-cruelty-laws-and-punishments/

Senator inspired by Libre to create bill for stricter animal cruelty laws | WPMT FOX43


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Poll: Do you think there should be stricter animal cruelty laws? | WPMT FOX43


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petition: I have 5 dogs, but my town imposed a 2-dog limit and wants to take them away!, Minnesota

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