Petition: Save Tikiiri From Barbaric Abuse

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Joanna Davidson started this petition to Ranil Wickremesinghe

This is Tikiiri, a 70 year old ailing female. She is one of the 60 elephants who must work in the service of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka this year. Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke. She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume. No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks.

For a ceremony, all have the right to belief as long as that belief does not disturb or harm another. How can we call this a blessing, or something holy, if we make other lives to suffer?

Today is World Elephant Day. We cannot bring a peaceful world to the elephant if we still think that this image is acceptable.

To love, to do no harm, to follow a path of kindness and compassion, this is the Way of Buddha. It is time to follow.

This needs to stop.

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We ask you the prime minister of Sri Lanka to end this barbaric torture and abuse.

ทิกกิรี ช้างแก่คราวทวด เป็นหนึ่งในช้างหกสิบเชือกที่เข้าร่วมเดินพิธีแห่ในงานเทศกาลเพราเฮลาในปีนี้ นี่คือสภาพช้างที่เหมือนซากศพเดินได้ ที่มนุษย์บังคับให้เธอเดินในพิธีแห่งบุญ เธอต้องเดินตั้งแต่หัวค่ำจนถึงใกล้รุ่งทุกวัน ท่ามกลางเสียงมโหรี ที่บรรเลงตลอดทางและสองข้างทางหนาแน่นไปด้วยผู้คนที่ส่งเสียงอื้ออึง เธอเดินย่ำไปบนท้องถนนที่ร้อนท่ามกลางควันไปที่หนาทึบจากการจุดประทัดและเผามะพร้าว
ทุกคนที่ยืนอยู่ตรงนั้นตกตะลึงในเครื่องแต่งกายของช้างและริ้วขบวนที่อลังการ แต่ทุกคนลืมมองไปที่ดวงตาของพวกเขา ไม่มีใครเห็นเท้าทั้งสี่ผูกโซ่อย่างแน่นหนาเดินไปบนท้องถนนที่เสียงโซ่กระทบดังไปตลอดทาง ไม่มีใครมองเห็นร่างกายที่ผอมเกร็ง อ่อนล้า ที่ซ่อนภายใต้ผืนอาภรณ์ที่ประดับทิกกิรี
ศาสนาพุทธสอนให้เรามีความเมตตาและไม่เบียดเบียนผู้อื่น แต่การบังคับช้างที่อยู่ในสภาพอย่างนี้มาเดินขบวนมันขัดต่อหลักศาสนา ที่เราเชื่ออยู่ ความเมตตาที่แท้จริงคือการมองทุกชีวิตมีความหมายและมีค่าเท่ากัน

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Petition: Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada # Ivory free Canada

We could be the generation that lets elephants become extinct.

A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.

Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe.

Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of our elephants have disappeared.

In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory, because it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade.

China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada?

On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species.

We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to:

  1. ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and
  2. make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal.

Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest land mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #IvoryFreeCanada.

Sincerely,
The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition:
Elephanatics, Global March for Elephants and Rhinos-Toronto, World Elephant Day, Humane Society International-Canada and Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

For more information, please visit https://janegoodall.ca/ivory-free-canada/

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Petition: Ban Elephant Ivory and Tusks from Being Imported into the U.S.

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Kathleen Martin started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 3 others

The Trump administration wants to start issuing permits for elephant trophy hunting.

I have been to Africa and have seen first hand the impact of hunting elephants for ivory. Dead elephant carcasses left to rot with only the tusks taken is a sight no one should have to endure. A gross waste of life and resources for the environment and community. I cannot stand silent as this change is made.

Elephants are a majestic animal and are a protected species. To condone killing this animal for sport and importing the ivory and tusks into the US is a legacy I would prefer we not leave.

Please help me in sending a message that we will not sit idly by as these decisions are made. We will be proactive and use our voices to make it known we do not condone this and do not want a reversal of a ban that was put in place to protect this species.

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Petition: End Happy The Elephant’s 10 Years of Solitary Confinement

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Joann Burrows started this petition to Director of the Bronx Zoo James J. Breheny and 1 other

The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace.

New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior.

Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had.

For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world.

Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.

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Petition · Johannesburg City Council: Free Lammie the Elephant at Jo’burg Zoo · Change.org

Free Lammie the Elephant at Jo’burg Zoo
Blue Summer started this petition to Johannesburg City Council and 1 other

Lammie the elephant has been in captivity at the Johannesburg Zoo for the past 32 years. A male elephant named Kinkel who was Lammie’s companion died recently due to “unconfirmed causes”.

This is not the first tragedy that captive-born Lammie (or the other animals at the Johannesburg Zoo) have endured. Both her parents, Jumbo and Dolly, who were captured from the wild in the 1970’s, died at the Zoo within a year of each other. Lammie’s brother, who was also born at the zoo, died shortly after being sold to a French zoo.

While Lammie languishes alone since the death of Kinkel, elephant experts are calling for her release from Johannesburg Zoo to a sanctuary, saying the captive elephant’s overall well-being is being compromised. Worse, the Johannesburg Zoo has confirmed that they plan to acquire another cow to keep Lammie company, but animal welfare and elephant experts have objected, saying that the lone elephant should be released into a wild reserve where she can roam free and bond with a herd.

As sentient beings reliant on family bonds, elephants in captivity display behavioral abnormalities, suffer from diseases, disabilities and have notably shorter life spans. Due to high infant mortality rates, no or minimal conservation value has been ascribed to captive elephant breeding programs.

In addition, South Africa’s Elephant Norms and Standards prohibit the capture of elephants in the wild for permanent captivity. According to Dr. Gay Bradshaw, a trans-species psychologist who researches the effects of violence on elephants and other animals, the death of an individual has a large impact on the family and within the community. Furthermore, repeated losses in the absence of the traditional healing structures of the elephant family and culture cause sustained psychological trauma.

For 32 years, Lammie has been confined in a restrictive and very limited space. For 32 long years, the Johannesburg Zoo has profited from Lammie and her family and it is about time for the Zoo to set him free to enjoy the freedom that all other elephants or wild animals enjoy!

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Sign Petition: In This Country, Saving a Dog Locked in a Hot Car Could Land You in Big Trouble.

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Summer is upon us, and this summer is going to be a doozy. In fact, with June 2019 having been declared the world’s hottest month ever and July already on track to beat it. We are in for heat that, if you aren’t careful, could be deadly. And not just to humans. Our pets too are in danger of overheating when they are just left outside. But what could kill them even faster is being left in a locked car by a careless owner on a hot summer day.

Even in cooler temperatures leaving a dog in a car could be deadly. When it’s just (70°F/ 21°C) degrees outside the thermostat can rocket to (90°F / 32°C) inside the cabin. A temperature that could quickly turn fatal for our beloved pets.

But if a good Samaritan tries to save a dog locked in a hot car, they could get in hot water. You could be subjected to an investigation for criminal damage and be prosecuted. Punishment if found guilty could be harsh.

That makes no sense, no one should be punished for trying to do what is right.

The safety of our pets, like the safety of our children, shouldn’t be negotiable. And no one should have to risk going to jail to save a life. The U.K. needs a law that guarantees that all citizens have the right to save an animal when it is locked in an “auto oven”. Please sign this petition and show your support for a national hot dog law in the U.K. this year.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/688/467/067/in-this-country-saving-a-dog-locked-in-a-hot-car-could-land-you-in-big-trouble./?TAP=1724

Petition: Ban Brooke Houts from YouTube

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Nina France started this petition to YouTube and 1 other

Brooke Houts, a YouTuber with 320,000+ subscribers, has recently come under fire after accidentally uploading raw footage of a video she was making with her Doberman, Sphinx.

The video, posted to YouTube.com on August 6, shows her hitting the dog, smacking the dog, pinning him to the ground and shouting “NO!,” and spitting on the dog.

The video was quickly taken down and replaced with the edited version, but many had already seen it by the time she took it down, and the footage can still be found online.

Houts has since uploaded her attempt at an apology, in which she claims “On the day in particular that the video was filmed, and actually this past week, things in my outside life have been less than exceptional.”

Does having a bad day excuse hitting your dog? How about pinning your dog to the ground and spitting on him? Does anything excuse this?

This wasn’t a mistake. No one hits and spits on a living creature by mistake. If this is what Houts is comfortable doing on camera, what could she be doing to her dog off camera?

Multiple videos on Houts’s YouTube channel focus on Sphinx, and she even has created an Instagram account for the dog. This would be fine if she properly cared for him, but when you witness her mistreatment of her dog, it seems that Sphinx was only ever an accessory for Houts to show off and a tool to use to gain YouTube fame.

Of course, the best outcome for this would be that Sphinx would be rehomed and Houts would be charged with animal abuse. Unfortunately, this is a lot to ask for, so instead I ask for the bare minimum to be done: ban Brooke Houts from YouTube. Delete her channel, her videos, any reupload of her abuse, and never allow her to have a channel or any sort of influence ever again.

YouTube – To allow Brooke Houts to continue on your platform after blatantly violating YouTube guidelines and proving herself to be a violent, dangerous individual towards animals is the same as condoning her behavior. A person like her should never be allowed to have influence or an audience, and keeping up her channel and videos reflects very poorly back onto YouTube itself.

By allowing Houts’s videos and channel to remain online, YouTube is essentially normalizing the mistreatment of animals, particularly for the young and impressionable viewers that are a majority on YouTube’s website. To see Houts escape from this drama with her channel intact with no punishment from the platform in which she used to broadcast her abuse also creates a risk for copycat behavior by those desperate for YouTube fame and attention.

 

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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/

SIGN: Justice For Coyote Pups Killed And Strung Up On Display

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PETITION TARGET: Vermont Governor Phil Scott

Two young coyote pups were dangled by their feet from a utility pole in front of a home in Vermont’s rural Essex County. The grisly sight took place on a main road and horrified people who passed by. These innocent victims were hunted, killed, and hanged in a smug showcase of vanity.

Brenna Galdenzi of the group Protect our Wildlife was shocked when she saw these poor creatures strung up for a gruesome display. Outraged, she told New England Cable News, “I don’t really think there’s any other way to look at those photos than to be completely appalled.”

Because these pups were hanged on private property, no current laws were violated. Coyotes can be hunted all year in Vermont. In fact, it’s open season on coyotes year-round in most of the US. Even more sickening, most states hold annual coyote-killing contests that are nothing short of “gruesome celebrations of slaughter,” as reported by The Washington Post.

Vermont has recently become the 2nd state to ban these horrific contests, but we need more. Animal advocates are calling for change. However, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board recently denied a petition to restrict coyote hunting. We must speak out to save coyotes and other animals from such brutal treatment.

Sign this petition to urge Governor Scott to call for legislation that would protect coyotes and end barbaric practices such as stringing them up like criminals on display.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-the-barbaric-hanging-of-coyotes-by-savage-hunters/

Wilma needs your help: He Abused His Puppy and Showed It Off Online. Korea Must Strengthen its Animal Protection Laws, Now!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

First he caught his pet dog, a sweet-looking husky, in a headlock from which it could not escape. Then he punched the animal in the face repeatedly, leaving it scared and battered. And then, he picked up the dog and bit it right on its head.

The poor little dog only ever wanted to do right by its owner. But that didn’t stop his human — a popular YouTuber from Korea, known as Sseungnyangie — from vilely abusing the animal for public entertainment and streaming it to viewers all over the world.

Even worse, this isn’t the first time he’s viciously attacked his pet dog. Outraged netizens have reported him to the police for animal abuse numerous times over the past two years. But still, he’s been able to get away with cruelty.

In fact, during one recent livestream, he even successfully shooed police away. A concerned viewer had called the authorities, who came over to his apartment while he was recording a video. Police told him he wasn’t allowed to hurt his dog. He argues with the police until they leave.

Sseungnyangie then told his audience: “I can do whatever I want. I warned you. They can’t do anything to me if I hit my dog.”

Luckily, Sseungnyangie was ultimately wrong. Later, authorities did arrive and rescued the dog from him home, and an organization called Catchdog posted a photo showing the animal safe and well in its headquarters.

But there are two problems here — first, Sseungnyangie was allowed to keep this dog for far too long. Second, even though this dog was saved, that doesn’t mean other animals are safe from the YouTuber. That’s because the only Korean animal welfare law ever passed, back in 1991, offers minimal protection for pets suffering from abuse. For example, the law doesn’t allow officials to ban abusive people from owning more animals in the future; and neither does it more harshly penalize repeat-offenders.

This needs to change. Lawmakers in Korea must make their animal protection laws tougher! Sseungnyangie and people like him must never again be allowed to abuse animals for their own entertainment.

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Petition Update · CHUCK SPENCER APPROVED THE BREEDING OF DOGS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH · Change.org

Marie Smith
waukesha, WI, United States

Jul 24, 2019 —

Today, July 23rd 2019 is a sad day. Chuck Spencer APPROVED the conditional use permit for this operation to run. Here is Chuck’s contact information. PLEASE reach out and VOICE your concerns. This is NOT right.

Supervisor:Spencer, Chuck
Phone:608-963-0332
Email:charles.spencer@saukcountywi.gov
Address:S5075 Lover’s Ln.
City:Baraboo
State:WI
Zip:53913

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URGENT PETITION: Bring the killers of Joël Imbangola Lunea to justice!

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Campaigners against the palm oil industry are literally putting their lives on the line: Activist Joël Imbangola Lunea was beaten to death by a security guard of a palm oil company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Call on the DRC government to bring his killers to justice NOW – enough is enough!

Call to action

To: the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

We demand an investigation of the murder of Joël Imbangola Lunea and an end to the harassment of the environmental and human rights organization RIAO-RDC.

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A member of the Congolese environmental and human rights organization RIAO-RDC, Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea, was brutally beaten and killed by a security guard of the palm oil company Feronia-PHC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on July 15, 2019.

The killing follows months of intimidation directed at members of RIAO-RDC. The organization as been supporting the struggle of communities against the illegal occupation of their land by Feronia. RIAO-RDC has witnessed and increasing escalation of conflicts between security personnel in the plantations and community members.

Together with RIAO-RDC, we are calling on the President of the DRC, Mr. Félix Tshisekedi, to initiate a full investigation of the assassination of Joël Imbangola Lunea immediately, and to ensure that those responsible for his killing be held to account.

We further urge President of the DRC and the governours of the three provinces where Feronia’s plantations are located to guarantee the security of members of RIAO-RDC and the communities affected by the FERONIA plantations.

This petition will be delivered to President Tshisekedi and the governor of Équateur Province – the scene of the crime – on July 29.

Please sign and share our petition – it’s time to stop the harassment, killing and land grabs NOW!
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Communiqué de RIAO-RDC | Kinshasa, 22 juillet 2019 – Un défenseur des terres violemment tué en RDC

Un membre de l’organisation congolaise de défense de l’environnement et des droits de l’homme RIAO-RDC a été brutalement tué par un agent de sécurité de la société canadienne Feronia Inc. ce dimanche 21 juillet 2019, près des plantations Boteka de la société à Bempumba, dans la Province Equateur, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

L’assassinat fait suite à des mois d’intimidation dirigée par la compagnie contre des membres du RIAO-RDC qui aident les communautés locales à déposer une plainte contre la société pour l’occupation de leurs terres.

JOEL Imbangola Lunea était chauffeur d’une pirogue à moteur utilisée pour le transport des personnes et des marchandises entre les villages autour des plantations de Boteka de Feronia et la ville de Mbandaka. Il a également été un défenseur de sa communauté en tant que membre du RIAO-RDC, et a joué un rôle particulièrement important dans la communication entre les communautés locales et le RIAO-RDC.

Vers 15h, le dimanche 21 juillet 2019, M. Joël se préparait à transporter plusieurs passagers et leurs bagages sur sa pirogue, lorsqu’il a été approché par M. Boketsu Ebuka (alias “Ebola”), un agent de sécurité (garde industriel – GI) travaillant dans les plantations PHC Boteka de Feronia. M. Ebuka a accusé M. Joël d’avoir transporté des conteneurs d’huile de palme volés des plantations de Feronia. Les passagers et d’autres témoins sur les lieux disent que lorsque M. Joël a nié l’accusation, M. Ebuka l’a battu et l’a finalement étranglé à mort. M. Ebuka a ensuite jeté le corps de M. Joël dans la rivière Moboyo. Il semblerait que M. Ebuka se cache depuis l’incident.

L’assassinat a lieu dans un contexte de tensions croissantes entre Feronia et les communautés locales sur les trois différents sites de plantation de l’entreprise en RDC. Le RIAO-RDC s’efforce d’apporter une solution pacifique au conflit. L’association a notamment mené un premier processus de médiation en 2017 qui a été saboté par Feronia lorsque l’entreprise s’est retirée du processus après seulement quelques semaines. En novembre 2018, RIAO-RDC a commencé à soutenir neuf communautés affectées dans un autre processus de médiation, cette fois par le biais du Mécanisme international de plaintes (ICM) des banques de développement allemande, néerlandaise et française qui financent Feronia [en plus des investissements faits par ces 3 banques de développement, d’autres banques de développement européennes financent Feronia et notamment BIO/Belgique, CDC/Grande Bretagne et AECID/Espagne].

Depuis le lancement de ce deuxième processus de médiation, RIAO-RDC a dû faire face à des efforts accrus de la part de l’entreprise pour miner son travail avec les communautés. Les dirigeants de l’entreprise ont publiquement blâmé RIAO-RDC pour le non-paiement des salaires et ont cherché à discréditer RIAO-RDC en accusant l’organisation d’être un agent des intérêts étrangers. Les membres locaux du RIAO-RDC signalent également qu’ils font face à une intimidation accrue de la part des gardes industrielles de Feronia.

Joël a accompagné le Directeur du RIAO-RDC, M. Jean-François Mombia Atuku, lors de la récente visite du panel de l’ICM dans les plantations de Boteka en mai/juin 2019. Il a signalé à M. Mombia Atuku qu’il était de plus en plus harcelé par les gardes industrielles de Feronia et qu’il était préoccupé pour sa sécurité.

Les communautés vivant à l’intérieur et à côté des plantations de Feronia sont régulièrement harcelées par les gardes industrielles de l’entreprise qui les accusent de voler les fruits du palmier à huile de la plantation, même si ces communautés récoltent des fruits du palmier dans leurs forêts communautaires et produisent de l’huile de palme depuis des générations et bien avant l’arrivée du Feronia.

RIAO-RDC a déjà informé Feronia et ses bailleurs de fonds internationaux de ce harcèlement régulier des membres de la communauté dans les plantations de Feronia et leur a demandé instamment de prendre des mesures pour y remédier. RIAO-RDC a également tenté en vain d’obtenir une enquête par les autorités locales sur un précédent incident au cours duquel un couple pygmée a été tué, après avoir été accusé par les gardes industrielles de Feronia d’avoir volé des fruits de palmiers dans les plantations de Boteka.

Le RIAO-RDC appelle maintenant les autorités compétentes de la RDC et en particulier le Gouverneur de la Province de l’Equateur à ouvrir immédiatement une enquête sur le meurtre de M. Joël. Le RIAO-RDC demande également aux organismes internationaux de défense des droits de l’homme d’enquêter sur cet incident.

RIAO-RDC tient Feronia Inc. responsable du meurtre de M. Joël. Il a été tué par un employé de Feronia, qui effectuait des tâches de routine pour l’entreprise. Au fil des ans, Feronia n’a pas pris de mesures suffisantes pour empêcher ses gardes industrielles de harceler la population locale en raison d’allégations non fondées de vol de fruits ou d’huile de palme. Feronia est également responsable du harcèlement et de l’intimidation croissants des membres du RIAO-RDC par les employés de l’entreprise, et ses cadres supérieurs sont responsables de l’incitation à des actions violentes contre le RIAO-RDC en diffusant des informations erronées sur l’organisation.

Joël laisse derrière lui sa femme et ses cinq enfants. Il était le seul soutien économique de la famille.

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• Article de Jeune Afrique RDC : le lobbying européen de Jean-François Mombia Atuku, le défenseur des droits des Pygmées
Letter

To: the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

His Excellency, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

CC:
His Excellency, the Governor of Equateur Province
His Excellency, the Governor of Tshopo Province
His Excellency, the Governor of Mongala Province
His Excellency, the Minister of the Interior
His Excellency, the Minister of Justice

Further copies to:
CDC Group Inc – UK
AECID – Spain
PROPARCO – France
OPIC – USA
DEGinvest – Germany
FMO – The Netherlands
BIOinvest – Belgium

Your Excellency,

We understand that around 3pm, on Sunday, July 21, 2019, Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea was preparing to transport several passengers and their luggage on his small boat when he was approached by a security guard working at the Boteka plantations of the palm oil company Feronia-PHC. The security guard, whose identity is known, accused Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea of transporting containers of stolen palm oil from the Feronia-PHC plantations. The passengers and other witnesses to the scene say that when Mr. Joel denied the charge, the security guard proceeded to beat him, eventually strangled him to death and threw his body into the Moboyo River. We understand that the security guard is now in hiding.

Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea was member of the Congolese environmental and human rights organisation RIAO-RDC. The killing follows months of intimidation directed at members of RIAO-RDC and community members affected by the Feronia-PHC plantations who have been working with RIAO. RIAO-RDC is supporting communities who in November 2018 submitted a grievance with the Independent Complaints Mechanism (ICM) of the German, Dutch and French development banks against the company’s occupation of their land. These development banks as well as the development banks of Spain, Belgium, the UK and the USA have provided financing to Feronia-PHC.

While the central issue of the grievance is the illegal occupation of community land by Feronia-PHC, the complainants note frequent escalation of conflicts between security personnel working in the plantations and community members. Complainants state that arbitrary accusations of theft of palm nuts and transport of palm oil are a frequent cause for conflict and harassment by security personnel.

The killing of the RIAO-RDC activist was committed in the context of such an arbitrary accusation of transporting stolen palm oil. Joël Imbangola Lunea was the driver of a motorised boat used to transport people and goods between the villages around Feronia-PHC’s Boteka plantations and the city of Mbandaka. He was also an activist working for his community and a member of RIAO-RDC.

Your Excellency, we urge you to ensure that the perpetrator of this brutal killing of Joël Imbangola Lunea be held to account. We ask that you:

– Immediately set up an urgent investigation into the assassination of Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea;
– Ensure those responsible for the assassination of Mr. Joël Imbangola Lunea will be held to account;
– Impress on the governours of the three provinces where Feronia-PHC operates its disputed oil palm plantations and on the company that members of RIAO-RDC must be able to carry out their work safely. Their safety must be guaranteed and harassment and intimidation against members of RIAO-RDC and community members supported by RIAO must stop immediately. It is this atmosphere of intimidation and harassment that creates the breeding ground for the violent brutality through which Joël Imbangola Lunea was robbed of his life.

Yours faithfully,

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1190/urgent-bring-the-killers-of-joel-imbangola-lunea-to-justice?mtu=424912187&t=5553

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PETITION: JUSTICE FOR DOLPHIN IMPALED AND LEFT FOR DEAD

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PETITION TARGET: Director of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement Jim Landon

Florida wildlife officials discovered a fatally wounded bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“There was a wound penetrating from above and in front of the right eye, extending almost 6 inches toward the top and back of the head. The wound ended inside the head at the top of the skull and had evidence of hemorrhaging, indicating wounds consistent with being impaled prior to death,” the NOAA stated.

The necropsy revealed the dolphin was likely “begging” for food when gruesomely stabbed by a “spear-like object.”

“People can help prevent future harm to wild dolphins by not feeding or attempting to feed them. Not only is it illegal, dolphins fed by people learn to associate people, boats, and fishing gear with food, which puts dolphins and people in harmful situations,” the NOAA informed.

“Harassing, harming and killing wild dolphins is also illegal,” the Miami Herald warned.

Sign this petition to urge NOAA Director Jim Landon to use all available resources to investigate this horrific crime against protected wildlife, so the perpetrator can be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline as soon as possible at 1-800-853-1964. There is a $38,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
THANK YOU FOR SIGNING!
https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dolphin-brutally-impaled-and-left-for-dead/

PETITION: Justice for Swordfish Stoned to Death by Tourists

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PETITION TARGET: Greek Minister of Justice Kostas Tsiaras

A crowd of tourists on a beach in Chalkida, Greece tormented and attacked a disoriented swordfish who had accidentally comes too close to shore, stoning the innocent creature to death.

A video on Facebook shows onlookers laughing heartlessly while the attackers strike the swordfish with rocks and other objects, trying to grab the fish as the animal swam around in a confused state, desperately trying to escape to safety.

The frightened swordfish finally managed to get away, but a small group of men then further hounded her, intent on continuing the attack. Officials later discovered the animal dead in the harbour.

Not only did onlookers stand by and allow this terrible attack to happen, but harbour officials reportedly failed to take measures to prevent the escalation of the brutality.

This shocking incident must be investigated thoroughly and the attackers punished. Greek authorities need to make it clear that the abuse of animals is completely unacceptable.

Sign this petition to urge the Greek Minister of Justice, Kostas Tsiaras, to ensure that this case is fully investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-swordfish-stoned-to-death-by-tourists/

PETITION: Justice for Raccoon Trapped in Cage and Set on Fire

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PETITION TARGET: Plainfield Police Department Director Lisa Burgess

A defenseless raccoon trapped in a cage in Plainsfield, New Jersey was soaked in accelerant and burned alive, dying in terror and agony on the 4th of July.

Police discovered the body of the juvenile raccoon in the early morning after responding to calls reporting the incident. They found the burned corpse in a small cage on the curbside.

Two other raccoons were discovered in cages outside the home, but they were unharmed. An investigation revealed that a pest control company set up the cages.

Plainfield Police are still investigating this horrific act of cruelty and ask anyone with information to contact Police Lt. Edward Hafekin at 908-753-3131 or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Vito Colacitti at 908-527-4670.

Anyone capable of torturing and murdering an innocent animal in this way is a danger to animals and humans, and needs to be caught.

Sign this petition urging Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess to ensure police conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-raccoon-trapped-in-cage-and-set-on-fire/

PETITION: Justice for 29 Dogs Burned to Death in Kennel Fire

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PETITION TARGET: DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

Crammed into tiny, filthy cages stacked atop one another, 29 dogs burned to death in a kennel fire in Carol Stream, Illinois. With nobody there to watch the dogs and zero fire safety measures in place, the dogs had no hope of escape as the building quickly became engulfed in flames.

A six-month investigation by local authorities revealed abhorrent practices at the kennel long before the fire. Officials discovered dogs with puncture wounds, lacerations, abrasions, weight loss, and dehydration.

Investigators say the house reeked and water bowls lay empty. One of the dogs that perished in the fire was tied to a bathtub so tightly that the canine wouldn’t have even been able to lie down to rest.

While firefighters and police managed to rescue 22 of the 58 dogs housed on the property, they were unable to reach those trapped on the second floor of the building.

Police have charged owner Garrett Mercado with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of violating his duties as an animal owner. Now, we must urge prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on the defendant from ever having another animal in his care.

Sign this petition urging DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin to ensure that justice is served in this tragic case, and protect future animals from neglect.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-29-dogs-burned-to-death-in-kennel-fire/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

No More Killing Innocent Birds: Stop Pigeon Shoots: Petition

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Sponsor: The Rainforest Site

Pennsylvania is the only state left that allows this horrible practice.

Pigeon shoots have been banned in every part of the country except for the state of Pennsylvania, so call on the President of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Floor Leaders, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania State Governor to end the barbaric ‘tradition’ of pigeon shoots! It is inherent cruelty of shooting live, captured birds for sport, and this practice needs to end!

Today, Pennsylvania is the only remaining state that allows the practice to continue. In 2014, a bill to end pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania was allowed to expire after the NRA stepped in at the 11th hour with some heavy-handed lobbying [3] which put animal cruelty above that of animal rights.

Not only are 75% [4] of people in the state are in favor of a law that…

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Petition: Neglectful Cop Kills Ivy The Police Dog In Hot Car

by: Care2 Team
recipient: West Mercia Police Department

I can’t imagine what this cop thought he was doing when he chose to leave his canine companion in a scorching hot car for hours. I can only assume he wasn’t thinking, but that neglect led to Ivy the police dog’s death and for that, he should be held responsible.

Sign on to ask the West Mercia Police Department to fire the police officer who left the dog in a hot car.

Police dogs are critical members of law enforcement, with their superior smelling abilities they are able to do jobs that we deem too dangerous for humans. Jobs like bomb sniffing and drug sniffing are especially good for dogs. But this means that dogs are putting their lives on the line to save human life. The least we could do is keep them safe from completely preventable deaths.

Ivy was a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois and she was left in the car in 26C (over 80 degree fahrenheit) for two hours while her handler did weapons training inside. The poor angel dog got heatstroke and was unresponsive when the irresponsible cop came back to her. She was rushed to the hospital but ultimately put down because her condition was so bad. On the bright side, Ivy’s death did lead to internal changes to the way police dogs are handled. But that doesn’t account for her needless death.

Please sign on if you want the police officer who is responsible for her death to be held accountable!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/293/894/173/neglectful-cop-kills-police-dog-in-hot-car/

 

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Sign the Petition: Ban Chuck Wagon Races in Calvary

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On July 14, 2019, three horses were euthanized after sustaining serious injuries during the final night of chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede’s Rangeland Derby. In total, six horses were killed—making this year’s 10-day event the deadliest in almost a decade.

Rodeos and rodeo-type activities, including bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and chuckwagon racing, are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of competition. The animals used in these events suffer egregious psychological and physical traumas like broken limbs, cardiac arrest, crushed tracheas, and more.

The people involved in rodeos and rodeo-type activities suffer serious injuries as well. A study out of the University of Calgary found rodeo contestants are 20 times more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries than football players.

The Calgary Stampede has the opportunity to evolve and be a cruelty-free, family celebration sans animal exploitation. Last Chance for Animals vehemently condemns all rodeos and, with the latest conclusion to the Calgary Stampede resulting in the deaths of six horses, is calling for an end to this barbaric “sport”. LCA urges the City of Calgary to prohibit the use of animals in rodeos and rodeo-type activities like Rangeland Derby’s archaic chuckwagon races in the city of Calgary.

https://www.change.org/p/calgary-city-council-ban-cruel-chuckwagon-races-in-calgary

petition: Save Baby Tusker Isira from becoming a victim of wildlife crime!

by: Ashira P.
recipient: Honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister intends on visiting “Kataragama” shrine venerating a local Hindu deity in south-east Sri Lanka. Kataragama shrine is a major pilgrimage area frequented by those of multiple faiths in Sri Lanka (predominantly the Hindu and Buddhist communities) and hosts an annual two-week long perahera (pageant) with parading elephants who are victims of the abusive captive elephant trade, where a vow has evidently been made to donate a baby elephant/tusker to the shrine.

This is purely a political move with baby elephant smugglers and politicians being part of an established “wildlife criminal network” in operation that has now been exposed and has served purely commercial purposes.

We, thus, request our Honourable Prime Minister to prevent donating any elephants for captivity to Kataragama or elsewhere, and to rise above the traps laid by the “wildlife criminal network” of elephant smugglers and their proponents. Instead, let us cherish, protect and nurture the wealth of flora and fauna which the island of Sri Lanka has been blessed with – for the benefit of future generations of all sentient beings!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/841/787/339/save-baby-tusker-isira-from-becoming-a-victim-of-wildlife-crime/

 

Emergency: Take Action to Save Our Wolves

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Emergency: Take Action to Save Our Wolves

This is it. Trump has declared a nationwide war on wolves. His administration has rolled out plans to strip Endangered Species Act protection from nearly every wolf in the lower 48.

We know what will happen next: It will be a return to the days when wolves were shot on sight, killed in traps and relentlessly persecuted to the brink of extinction. Worse yet, it will end 40 years’ of wolf recovery in the United States.

The big lie pushed by the Trump administration is that wolves have recovered. But the truth is that wolves occupy less than 10 percent of their historic habitat and face persecution from coast to coast.

Trump’s plan takes us in exactly the wrong direction.

Wolves and other wildlife are crucial to America’s natural heritage. Over the past 40 years, wolves have been returning and recovering in places like the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes states and the West Coast. It’s an important conservation success — but this work is not complete.

Sign the petition right now and tell Trump to call off his war on wolves.
SIGN THE PETITION
President Trump,

I’m urging you to drop your plans to end wolf protection across the country.

Wolves and other wildlife are important to me and crucial to America’s natural heritage. Over the past 40 years, wolves have been returning and recovering in places like the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes states and the West Coast. It’s an important conservation success — but this work is not complete.

The plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end protection for nearly every wolf in the lower 48 states will be a devastating blow to wolf recovery. It will be a return to the days when wolves were shot on sight, killed in traps and relentlessly persecuted to the brink of extinction.

Wolves deserve better, and I urge you to halt these plans right away.

https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/AFF0Ilq-JkujO_B6HLwJJA2?sourceid=1005784

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Sign Petition: This Guy Ram into Windo the Seal with His Boat

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Devon P

Windo the “friendly seal” of Dartmouth, United Kingdom has become famous around the area. The portly pinniped is known for lounging on his favorite buoy near the coast. He’s even known to wave at tourists as they pass by.

That’s why, locals and tourists alike, were so enraged when they heard that Windo had been attacked by a jackass on a boat.

Local Andy Kyle said he witnessed the idiot, take aim at the dinghy where Windo usually rests and then speed towards it to knock him off. Windo went flying into the water, only to come back to his perch again.

The man continues to harass Windo and then goes on his way.

Whoever this jerk is, he should be found and charged with animal cruelty. Sailing his boat so recklessly and ramming it into Windo like that is not ok. He could have seriously injured Windo or worse! Windo is a living thing and deserves to be treated with respect. There’s no reason to harass and abuse an animal like that. Especially one that’s beloved by all.

Tell the Devon Police you want them to find Windo’s attacker and charge him with animal cruelty.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/279/561/903/?z00m=31781094&redirectID=2906324159

 

Sign the Petition: All Convicted Animal Abusers To Be Placed On A National Animal Abuse Register

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PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE started this petition to Michael Gove

Abuse against animals is increasing dramatically and very rarely are offenders, when found guilty, barred from keeping or being involved with animals. I ask that it becomes law that an Animal Abuse Register is brought into place and that all offenders are placed on this register.

Many studies reveal that children who torture or kill animals are likely to show violence towards people when they grow up. Re-classifying animal abuse will aid law enforcement and the FBI in quantifying and reporting incidents of animal abuse. https://www.change.org/p/michael-gove-all-convicted-animal-abusers-to-be-placed-on-a-national-animal-abuse-register?recruiter=353339232&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition

Please show your support for a National Animal Abuse Register by signing this petition. If you are a UK citizen you can also ask your MP to support this initiative by contacting them at https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

Understanding The Links: Child abuse, animal abuse and domestic violence ~ https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports/understanding-links-child-abuse-animal-abuse-domestic-violence.pdf

Protect the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Endangered Species Act

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The deadline to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to roll back protections for the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is next Wednesday, June 26. More than 16,000 Audubon supporters have already sent comments—will you join them?  It’s quick and easy to send your own comments through our Action Center.

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Sign the Petition: Shut Down the Abuse of Animal Cruelty to Cows at Fair Oaks Farm

 

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Kai Marten started this petition to Coca-Cola and 1 other

On June 4, 2019, a video was released exposing Fair Oaks Farm, in Indiana, for their animal abuse and cruelty. The video showed calfs being separated from their mothers, being thrown into trucks, being stepped on, being hit, and other forms of cruelty. The lack of respect show to these animals is unacceptable.

Everyone sees Fair Oaks as a family friendly place to be. It is an animal killing place for profit by big corporations. I urge Coca Cola to stop funding this place.

Fair Oaks kills cows everyday. They show the proper way to milk a cow everyday in the showrooms. However, they fail to show the extreme abuse from the handlers to the cows. The lack of dignity from these employees is unacceptable. This is not just one or two bad workers, it’s all of the cow handlers.

Coca Cola has the power to shut down this operation. I urge you to sign this petition to stop this abuse and give these innocent animals liberation.��✨

https://www.change.org/p/shut-down-the-abuse-and-animal-cruelty-to-cows-by-fair-oaks-farm

Sign Petition: Togo’s Evala Festival Forces Teenage Boys to Gorge on Dog Meat

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by: Pet Dog Meat Group
recipient: President of Togo Faure Gnassingbé

Each year thousands of teenage boys in Togo, Africa, go into isolation for a full week, to gorge on dog meat for a full seven days. The teenagers then reappear and spend the following week, the first week of July, gorging on even more dog meat, as they compete in ‘traditional initiation’ wrestling competitions known as Evala, in Togo, Africa.

The two week annual ritual is performed by each teenage young man for three years. As the Evala wrestling practice spreads across more locations, so does the mass number of brutal slaughtering of dogs for dog meat, seen as the wrestler’s secret weapon for success.

Each competitor desires the attributes which dogs posses: loyalty, courage, intelligence, endurance, cunning, faithfulness and so on. It is falsely believed eating dog meat will transfer the dog’s attributes to the consumer, giving the consumer supernatural powers over their opponent. Dogs are eaten because they are considered to be cunning, enduring, courageous, smart and faithful. These are qualities required for wrestlers to defeat their opponents during the fights.

The number of dogs slaughtered for the Evala festival each year is unknown. We do know thousands of young men from numerous different tribes compete against each other, so the number of dogs killed would be staggering.

The young Kabye man does not become a fully fledged member of his community unless he completes the three year initiation ritual. To refuse participation in initiation ceremonies means being driven out by your family, elders and the entire community at large.

Rabies is a serious problem across Africa and while we do not know how many people have died of rabies in connection to Evala, we do know the dogs are not health checked prior to slaughter or consumption. Togolese people falsely believe rabies can be cured by grinding up a dog’s head and placing it in the wound.

Fight Dog Meat is calling for the Evala festival to ban the slaughter of dogs and consumption of dog meat, and embrace the window of opportunity to become a professional event, guaranteeing the survival of the wrestling performance of athleticism.

Rabies is a serious problem in Togo and the Evala festival is placing local people and tourists in jeopardy by continuing to slaughter and consume dogs and cats which receive no health checks. The slaughtering and eating of dogs and cats in Togo must be done away with and banned.

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The Evala initiation ceremony is gaining larger numbers of international tourists each July, as spectators marvel at the wrestlers performance. The mass killing of dogs and gorging on dog meat by teenage competitors a week prior to the festival, followed by a second week of eating dog meat, has been relatively unknown up until now.

As news of thousands of young men gorging on dog meat for two weeks, prior and during the festival, public outrage will overcome many people who may otherwise have visited your event, as tourists. Similarly, seeing teenage wrestlers smeared in the fat of freshly slaughtered dogs, to make their skin slippery in an effort to avoid competitors from holding them, will also cause outrage on the public stage.

Togo is playing Russian roulette with people’s lives by continuing to slaughter and consume dogs which receives no health checks prior to slaughter or consumption. It is a false belief to say that grinding up the head of a dog and placing it in the wound will cure rabies. It will not cure rabies!

Fight Dog Meat is calling for the Evala festival to ban the slaughter of dogs and consumption of dog meat, and embrace the window of opportunity to become a professional event, guaranteeing the survival of the wrestling performance of athleticism.

The slaughtering and eating of dogs and cats in Togo must be done away with and banned.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/942/070/302/africa-evala-dog-eating-festival-stop-dog-meat-abuse/

 

Petition: No to the puppy mills in China

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The animals live confined in small cages, surrounded by their own faeces and urine. These places are true dog factories where they give birth until they die, while living a horrible life. The animals suffer a horrible life and end up with mental illnesses that cause them to be constantly turning in their small cages, hitting each other.

Dogs are poorly fed, almost never leave their cages and when they do it is only to be used to impregnate or leave pregnant females, and when they do not serve them anymore, they are killed or abandoned because they are no longer profitable.

Do not condemn dogs to a life of agony, suffering and pain. It is our duty to do something to be respected and their lives saved.

And remember that these places exist because there are people who buy pets, so ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/no-to-the-puppy-mills-in-china.html?fl

Stop Selling Wildlife for Relief Funds

Over 1,000 wild animals will be auctioned off in exchange for emergency relief funds. Not only is selling wildlife like property inhumane, but the measure is also counterproductive as it risks the lives of many animals to save others. Help stop these cruel auctions as soon as possible.

Source: Stop Selling Wildlife for Relief Funds

Save Endangered Parrot Species From Extinction

The beloved kākāpō parrot faces possible extinction as several die from a fungal disease, leaving only 142 adults left. Help prevent future deaths by ensuring the protection of these parrots from the disease.

Source: Save Endangered Parrot Species From Extinction

Sign Petition: This Guy Ripped the Feathers Out of a Live, Wounded Emu

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Sign Petition: This Guy Ripped the Feathers Out of a Live, Wounded Emu

Animal abuse isn’t funny, but some people think it’s a hoot.

Take the story of a group of people in Australia who filmed themselves howling with laughter as one of their friends brutally tortured an emu. Emu birds are enormous and imposing, but it seems its stature wasn’t enough to dissuade a group of hooligans from setting upon it.

In a video that was posted to social media, a man grabs the emu and drags it along the ground and underneath a wire fence. At the same time, he begins to mock ride the bird, which reportedly had a broken leg. It only gets worse from there.

The man grabs large chunks of the flightless bird’s feathers and plucks them out of its body as it writhes in pain. Imagine someone grabbing your fingernails and ripping them out just for fun. That must be how it felt to the poor bird.

According to reports, the police have been made aware of the incident but has refused to take action because they can’t discern where it took place. Yet, the same report, also says that the video was recorded by a 19-year old in Walgett, New South Wales and a young woman interviewed for the story says she knows the person who uploaded the video. That’s how she came to see it in the first place and report it!

So, with all those clues, why exactly aren’t the police taking any action?

Sign the petition and demand that New South West Police do their job, follow the clues and find the thugs who did this.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/734/152/004/this-guy-ripped-the-feathers-out-of-a-live-wounded-emu-all-while-his-friends-watched./