SIGN: Help Stop Factory Farms from Cooking Animals Alive

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SIGN: Help Stop Factory Farms from Cooking Animals Alive

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Tania Roa

PETITION TARGET: United States Senate

Millions of animals were massacred amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as slaughterhouses shut down and disease broke out across the United States. With a return of the highly-contagious avian flu, farmers have killed millions more – and have often chosen to do so in the most inhumane way possible.

Ventilation shutdown, or “death by heatstroke,” involves the lengthy, horrific killing of birds through heat-induced asphyxiation. Millions of birds get crammed into sealed barns and are left to suffer and suffocate to deathsome for longer than two days – as workers crank internal temperatures up to 170 degrees.

To usher in more humane practices, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced S.1538, also known as the Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act.

If passed, the bill would require factory farms to have a disaster plan in place that would ensure that if animals are massively killed, the methods used should be as humane as possible. The bill also would usher in more humane practices throughout food production processes and transportation.

The legislation would increase investments for inspections, starting with a pilot program to train and hire inspectors specializing in smaller meat processing plants. It would no longer allow the incessant slaughter of injured animals, and it would lead to tighter regulations for farmed animals being transported over long periods.

This legislation could transform the way sensitive and intelligent chickens, cows, and pigs are treated. It would prioritize the well-being of animals over “convenience” killings and their exploitation, and it would hold those involved in industrial agriculture operations accountable.

Sign our petition supporting this compassionate and commonsense legislation. Then, contact your U.S. senator today to urge them to cosponsor this bill.

Sign This Petition

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-pass-federal-bill-holding-factory-farms-accountable-for-their-animal-abuse/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Shut Down Shelter Accused of Letting Animals Languish in Sickness and Abuse – Animal Petitions

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Tiffany White

Target: Michelle Cooley, Founder and President of Kaaawa K9 Rescue

Goal: Ensure health and safety of rescue animals at seemingly neglectful facility.

Five dogs allegedly had to be saved from a “rescue” facility in Hawaii. The Hawaii Humane Society took custody of the dogs from Kaaawa K9 Rescue after abuse allegations were made online and to local authorities about the organization. The accusations stated that animals were in poor health and possibly being neglected.

The owner of Kaaawa K9 Rescue claims the issues are due to a landlord dispute and a recent alleged arson on the property. While the local humane society found no outright evidence of abuse, the fact that they felt compelled to remove nearly half a dozen animals from a property charged with the care of these animals is disturbing. Even the owner herself reportedly admits difficulty in keeping up with care of these animals.

Sign the petition below to urge closure of an aid facility that has seemingly become a danger itself.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Cooley,

No matter the source of your recent troubles with Kaaawa K9 Rescue, you have reportedly admitted that these issues are impeding your ability to care for at-risk animals. The mission of a rescue organization should always put the vulnerable living beings under its care first. Please honor this mission.

Close Kaawa until this organization can live up to its billing.

Sign the Petition:

https://animalpetitions.org/1177897/protect-rescue-animals-from-alleged-neglect-at-shelter/

Sick Chihuahua Callously Abandoned to Die Deserves Justice – Animal Petitions

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Target: Candice Hooper, District Attorney of San Benito County, CA

Goal: Prosecute animal abandonment case that led to death of small dog to fullest extent.

Tiffany White

Last year, dozens of chihuahuas were mysteriously abandoned around Hollister, Missouri. The case raised questions about how and why the animals were left and prompted renewed discussion about the responsibility pet caretakers have to their animals. A similar situation recently unfolded when a chihuahua was dropped off overnight at a pet shelter in Hollister, California. While this Hollister is in another state, the same basic questions and debates remain.

The latest case, tragically, did not have a positive ending. The abandoned chihuahua was reportedly in such bad condition that the animal had to be euthanized. This type of incident is not new for the shelter. Just a few months prior, a suspect allegedly confessed to abandoning nearly two dozen dogs at the Hollister Animal Shelter’s overnight kennel. The person in that case faced a criminal citation, and the incident involving the chihuahua should be no different.

Sign the petition below to demand appropriate charges be filed when the party responsible for this deadly and neglectful act is identified.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear DA Hooper,

When the Hollister Animal Shelter discovered 23 dogs at its overnight kennel in recent months, the operation had to remind the public that abandoning animals is unlawful. Unfortunately, not everyone got the message. The shelter recently found another small dog in its kennel, and this animal tragically died because of poor health. The only way to begin preventing future acts of passive and lethal cruelty is to send a decisive legal message.

When a suspect is identified in this latest case, please pursue the maximum possible charges. Help stop another vulnerable animal from dying in vain.

Sign the Petition:

https://animalpetitions.org/1192672/punish-person-responsible-for-leaving-chihuahua-to-die/

Stop Gassing Chinchillas to Death for High Fashion – Animal Petitions

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Victoria Paige

Target: Nicolae Ciuca, Romanian Prime Minister

Goal: Ban reportedly unethical and unnecessary animal fur farms throughout Romania.

A recent undercover investigation of 11 chinchilla fur farms in Romania has revealed—once again—the disturbing nature of animal breeding and use by the fashion industry. The animal welfare group that conducted this series of investigations reports severe breaches of Romanian law by the facilities in question. Hundreds of chinchillas were allegedly kept in a dark basement in filthy, barbed wire cages stacked one on top of the other. Females were reportedly constantly bred—remaining in what was described as permanent pregnancy cycles—and forced into a stiff neck brace that would prevent them from escaping during mating. Newborns allegedly struggled to walk against the harsh barbed wire, while older chinchillas frantically chewed at the cages as if to try and escape.

Chinchillas were allegedly illegally killed, as operators were reported to viciously break the sensitive animals’ necks. One farmer even apparently showed investigators a gas chamber—which he constructed out of a pressure cooker—that spews poisonous gas, killing the animals slowly and painfully. These abuses are seemingly common to most every fur farm across every nation, and we must do better to protect those targeted by the apparently cruel methods employed on these farms.

Sign this petition to demand Romania ban fur farms once and for all. Animal fur is not ours to wear.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Circa,

An undercover investigation of 11 fur farms across Romania has revealed the seemingly horrific circumstances in which chinchillas are forced to live and die. Chinchillas were reportedly kept in a dark, dingy basement, shoved into tiny barbed wire cages that were rarely, if ever, cleaned. Newborns apparently struggled to walk, while females were allegedly restrained with neck braces to prevent them from escaping during repeated mating affairs. Investigators report multiple breaches of Romanian law, including illegally killing chinchillas by breaking their necks.

We are asking you, Mr. Circa, to ban fur farms throughout Romania and stop torturing innocent animals in the name of fashion.

Sign the Petition:

https://animalpetitions.org/1170829/stop-reportedly-gassing-chinchillas-to-death-for-high-fashion/

Call on Biden Admin to Enact an Emergency Listing of Wolves in the Northern Rockies

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Urgent – Gray wolves Need Your Help!

At the start of 2022, most gray wolves across the lower 48 states were void of federal protection, save for a small Mexican gray wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico. 

But that changed in February when a federal judge struck down a Trump-era delisting rule to restore Endangered Species Act protections to thousands of wolves. While this was a massive victory in protecting wolves, the decision reinstated federal protections in only 44 of the 48 contiguous states. 

The ruling didn’t apply to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, where the war on wolves is ongoing and being waged most intensely. Especially since 2021, when emboldened politicians in Montana and Idaho passed a slew of controversial laws and regulations. All of which were actively aimed at decreasing the wolf population with longer hunting seasons, higher limits, and year-round trapping seasons.

They legalized snaring, hunting wolves at night on private land, killing newborn pups and nursing mothers, reimbursement payments for killing wolves, and even using snowmobiles and ATVs to chase down wolves to kill them. In Montana alone, hunters responded during the 2021-2022 season by killing 273 wolves, including Yellowstone wolves, considered the “most-viewed” wolves worldwide.

Montana and Idaho’s newly enacted policies were not going unnoticed by wildlife advocates nationwide, and after two petitions were filed to list these wolves, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded. In September 2021, the federal agency acknowledged these wolves’ grave challenges and initiated a 12-month status review of wolves in the western United States, stating that “a listing action may be warranted.”

Although it’s been over a year, USFWS has maintained radio silence. Wildlife advocates have continued to fight tirelessly, with some measures of success, but the fight is still ongoing, and there’s a clear path for you to help that fight.

Join us in calling for the Biden administration to enact an emergency listing of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

In a world where we increasingly understand the importance of predators and our ability to coexist, the Biden administration mustn’t continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening in states bent on delegitimizing science and killing wolves.

Wolf recovery requires us to develop a healthy relationship with wolves and each other. We must recognize the ecological importance of wolves, advance non-lethal measures to help foster coexistence with them, and refrain from unjustified persecution.

Urge the Biden administration to immediately issue emergency relisting protections for wolves in the western United States.

Recipients

  • President Joseph ‘Joe’ R. Biden
  • Secretary Deb Haaland
  • Director Martha Williams

Message

Please immediately enact an emergency listing of wolves in the western U.S.

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a lifelong supporter of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and someone who cares deeply for our nation’s wolves and wildlife, I am writing to urge the Department of the Interior to enact an emergency listing of wolves in the western United States.

Wolves are a critical keystone species, and the extirpation of wolves and large carnivores from large portions of the landscape is a global phenomenon with broad ecological consequences. A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that top predators play critical roles in maintaining a diversity of other wildlife species and, as such, the composition, function, and resilience of ecosystems.

Yet wolves in the Northern Rockies have faced brutal attacks from increasingly extreme and controversial hunting legislation in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Wyoming allows a virtually unrestricted hunt. Montana has authorized hunters to slaughter up to 85% of its wolves and even permits baiting, trapping, and hunting on the border of Yellowstone National Park. And in Idaho, where the state is offering a bounty of up to $2,500 for each wolf killed, hunters may slaughter up to 90% of the state’s wolf population using unethical hunting practices such as snaring and even using snowmobiles and ATVs to chase down wolves to kill them.

These extreme hunts have been highly controversial and particularly detrimental to wolves residing in Yellowstone National Park. The 2021 decision to eliminate quotas in areas surrounding Yellowstone brought a sizeable increase in the death toll of Yellowstone’s wolves. Hunters killed at least 25 park wolves during the 2021-2022 season, including several members of the “most-viewed” wolf pack in the world.

The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Obama has called on the Biden administration for an emergency listing. He stated in an Op-Ed that “what is happening in Idaho and Montana is not hunting. It is pure, unbridled cruelty,” and called out their extreme wolf management policies as “ecocide.”

Relist wolves

It’s past time to bring our wildlife policies into the 21st century.

Wolf recovery requires us to develop a healthy relationship with wolves and each other. We must recognize the ecological importance of wolves, advance non-lethal measures to help foster coexistence with them, and refrain from unjustified persecution.

The Department of the Interior has the authority to enact an emergency relisting. I urge you to immediately issue an emergency regulation to restore federal protections through the Endangered Species Act to the Northern Rocky Mountain DPS of the gray wolf.

In a world where we increasingly understand the importance of predators and our ability to coexist, you mustn’t continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening in states bent on delegitimizing science and killing wolves.
I’m counting on you to enact an emergency relisting immediately.

Please Sign Petition

https://engage.nywolf.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=175

SIGN: Justice for Chained and Abused Dogs Allegedly Forced to Fight

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Emily Raap

PETITION TARGET: Mobile County District Attorney, City Commissioner and Sheriff’s Department

Dogs were reportedly kept on short heavy chains, caged, bred for cruel dog fights and denied food, water and shelter at a home in Mobile, Alabama, according to news reports.

Concerned and disturbed neighbors alleged that they witnessed abuse for nearly two years before the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office conducted a major raid of the home, rescuing 11 dogs that showed signs of long-term neglect, according to a veterinarian.

Two dogs appeared to be very sick, and two others had healing scars, according to investigators. Seven dogs were transported to the county animal shelter, and four others were rushed to the vet.

Authorities also removed contraband typically used to train dogs to fight, including a treadmill, which welfare experts said are often used to cruelly force dogs to run while terrified animals dangle in front of them as “bait.”

Authorities have charged Paul Kyles, 47, with first degree animal abuse, NBC 15 News reported. Kyles also was charged with a separate dog cruelty offense back in August, according to jail records and news reports.

Sensitive and intelligent dogs should never have to endure such horrific abuse. It’s crucial that this case be taken seriously before any more dogs are harmed or killed.

Sign our petition urging prosecutors to treat this case of animal cruelty with the severity it deserves, including a lifelong ban on owning or possessing animals and ensuring the animal cruelty charge remains on the record for the individual(s) responsible. We’re also urging authorities in Mobile County to ban chaining and for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department to swiftly take action in future cases involving cruelty to animals.

Sign This Petition

https://ladyfreethinker.org/justice-for-chained-and-abused-dogs-allegedly-forced-to-fight/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Save New Zealand’s Dolphins from Extinction | Take Action @ The Animal Rescue Site

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Sponsor: The Animal Rescue Site

Hector’s and Māui dolphin populations are dwindling. Help us tell New Zealand to ban mining operations in the critical habitat these mammals need to survive.

Hector’s dolphins are the smallest dolphin species in the world1 and only around 10,000 them remain alive in the wild, off the shores of the South Island of New Zealand2.

These dolphins stick to a territorial range of just over 32 miles, rarely venturing away from home3.

Within the population of Hector’s dolphins, Māui dolphins are an even more rare subspecies with larger skulls and a longer, wider rostrum. There are only about 55 Māui dolphins left today4.

While Hector’s dolphins are endangered and the the Māui dolphins critically endangered, not enough is being done to save these animals from extinction.

Gillnets used in fishing pose the biggest threat to the Hector’s and Māui dolphins. These nets float vertically through the water to catch large quantities of fish, but also trap seabirds and other marine life as “bycatch5.”

Close to 100,000 cetaceans – mainly dolphins – were caught in commercial gill nets as by-catch in 2018, a number that has since only decreased due to the depleted fish population.

New Zealand, as one of just two countries to reject the IUCN World Conservation Congress‘ motion to stop the extinction of rare dolphins and porpoises6, may have sealed the fate for these dolphins by opening up the Māui dolphin sanctuary to mining exploration, a decision that the Department of Conservation slammed for its potentially devastating effects on marine life in the area7.

Sign the petition and help us tell New Zealand’s Prime Minister to protect Hector’s and Māui dolphins before it’s too late!

More on this issue:

  1. New Zealand Department of Conservation, “Facts about Hector’s and Māui dolphin.”
  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (8 September 2022), “Hector’s Dolphin.”
  3. Akaroa Dolphins (2022), “Hector’s Dolphin Facts.”
  4. New Zealand Department of Conservation, “Facts about Hector’s and Māui dolphin.”
  5. The Guardian (2 March 2020), “More than 80% of Indian Ocean dolphins may have been killed by commercial fishing, study finds.”
  6. Bhanu Sridharan, (11 May 2020), “Study suggests tuna gillnet fisheries deadly for dolphins, but evidence unconvincing.”
  7. World Wide Fund For Nature (21 September 2012), “NZ govt fails Maui’s dolphins on global stage.”
  8. Estelle Rayburn, One Green Planet (2018), “There Are Only 55 Maui’s Dolphins Left but the New Zealand Government Just Opened Their Marine Sanctuary to Oil Mining.”

To the Government and Department of Conservation of New Zealand,

There are only around 10,000 Hector’s dolphins yet alive around the coasts of New Zealand’s south island, and the population is dwindling fast. Further, there are only a few dozen Māui dolphins, a rare subspecies of the Hector’s dolphin.

These species are threatened primarily by gillnets left behind by the fishing industry. However, mining operations, which New Zealand previously opened up in the Māui dolphin sanctuary, are pushing the dolphins even closer toward extinction.

It is a sad fact that New Zealand was one of just two countries to reject the IUCN World Conservation Congress‘ motion to stop the extinction of rare dolphins and porpoises.

If action is not taken soon, the Hector’s and Māui dolphins may be lost forever.

I implore you to take a stand for these species and ban mining operations around the coasts of New Zealand’s south island where the Hector’s and Māui dolphins make their homes. Only with your leadership and greater protections will these species have a chance to survive and thrive.

The Petition:

https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/ars/petition/hectors-dolphins?utm_campaign=hectors-dolphins&utm_medium=email&utm_term=20221203&utm_source=ars-ta-animals

Stop Abusing Circus Animals With Electric Prods and Metal Hooks for Entertainment – ForceChange

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Victoria Paige

Target: Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the United States Senate

Goal: Stop the torturing animals for our entertainment and demand a ban on the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses.

Don’t be fooled by the go-lucky attitude of circus entertainment. While it might look to be all fun and games—with animals jumping through hoops and standing on their heads—wild animals do not do these tricks of their own volition. They do them because they are afraid of what will happen if they don’t.

Elephants, bears, tigers, and other circus animals are subjected to extreme mental and physical duress throughout the training process. Animals are coerced into performing by being repeatedly beaten with whips, electric prods, and bullhooks—a stout pole with a sharp hook at one end. These wild animals are forced to travel, sometimes year round, with minimal access to veterinary care or other basic necessities. Elephants are shackled in chains, and big cats are shoved in cramped, filthy cages.

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act has recently been reintroduced to Congress. If passed, this act will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and save thousands of elephants, tigers, lions, and tigers from abuse. Demand an end to this routine cruelty and encourage legislators to support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

Elephants, bears, tigers, and other animals used in circuses suffer severe physical and psychological abuse. These animals are beaten with electric prods and sharp hooks in order to force them to perform unnatural tricks for human entertainment. When not performing, these wild animals are shackled in chains and shoved in small, filthy cages where they eat, sleep, and defecate.

There is, however, hope for circus animals. Although there is currently little int the way of legal protections for these animals—the government currently doesn’t even monitor training sessions for abuse—the recent reintroduction of the traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act brings with it the promise of an end to the suffering. If passed, this act will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses, carnivals, or parades.

We are asking you, Senator Schumer, to support this legislation and help bring an end to this cruel and unusual practice.

Sign the Petition

https://forcechange.com/609387/stop-beating-circus-animals-with-sharp-metal-hooks-for-entertainment/

SIGN PETITION: Ban Cruel Mink Fur Farming in the US For Good Ban Cruel Mink Fur Farming in the US For Good

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By Heidi Yanulis | July 9, 2021

PETITION TARGET: The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)

In overcrowded and disease-ridden fur farms, helpless newborn mink are jammed into tiny, metal cages and held there until they’re slaughtered at about six months old. Their lives are filled with fear, stress, parasites, and illness.

But now, a bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives would ban the cruel and inhumane treatment of minks in the United States, effectively abolishing mink farming and eliminating a potential source of new COVID-19 variants in these horrifying facilities.

The bipartisan Minks In Narrowly Kept Spaces are Superspreaders Act  — introduced by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) — would ban the import, export, transport, sale, or purchase of mink in the United States, delivering a death blow to the domestic mink fur industry if fully enforced.

If passed, the United States would join a growing list of nations that have already banned mink farming.

The market for mink and other furs has shrunk in recent years as major fashion companies — including luxury giant Neiman Marcus — are moving away from selling animal furs. Opposition to fur farming also has increased in recent years over growing concerns that COVID-19 spreading among mink and other farmed animals could lead to deadly mutations of the virus.

It’s time to end mink fur farming in the United States.

Sign this petition urging the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) to support this critical legislation that could save countless mink and human lives.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-ban-the-sale-of-mink-fur-from-torturous-disease-ridden-farms/

SIGN PETITION: Stop Brutal Massacre of Donkeys for “Skin Glue”

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Lex Talamo

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PETITION TARGETS: Rep. Donald Beyer, Health Subcommittee Chairperson Anna G. Eshoo, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. 

Intelligent donkeys are being crammed en masse into transport trucks, bludgeoned to death with hammers and axes, and then skinned so their stolen hides can be boiled to create a “hide glue” that can sell for as much as $400 a pound on the black market.

An estimated 4.8 million donkeys are dying each year to cater to increasing demand for Ejiao (pronounced eh-gee-ow) — the gelatin released from the donkeys’ boiled skins that is unnecessarily used for beauty products, snacks, and candy.

Donkeys are extremely intelligent, sentient beings who form lifelong bonds. But their journeys — and their deaths — for the cruel Ejiao trade are brutal. 

Often sold for “quick cash” in impoverished countries, the donkeys are forced to march hundreds of miles without food, water, or rest, or are herded into transport trucks, where handlers often tie their legs together and pile them on top of each other or even strap the living animals to the tops of the trucks, according to Science.

Donkeys often arrive at slaughterhouses with broken or severed limbs and serious injuries, only to be killed with hammers, axes, or knives before their skins are exported and their bloody corpses are cast aside as unusable, according to nonprofit The Donkey Sanctuary.

While the brutality toward these innocent donkeys takes part overseas, the United States has a significant role in their suffering as the third largest importer of products containing Ejiao.

Now, a bill could help end this vicious cycle of cruelty  — but it’s running out of time in this year’s legislative session.

HR 5203, also known as The Ejiao Act, would prohibit the knowing sale or transport of Ejiao or products containing Ejiao in interstate or foreign commerce. But the bill has been stuck in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health since September 2021. 

It’s critical that legislators act quickly on this lifesaving legislation — or re-introduce the legislation for timely passage in the next one.

Sign our petition urging legislators to revive and quickly pass the Ejiao Act, which would help save the lives of countless donkeys by curbing demand for this product created from donkeys’ serious pain and suffering.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-brutal-massacre-of-donkeys-for-skin-glue/

SIGN PETITION: Stop Animal Abusers and Stop Child Abusers – ForceChange

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Target: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Victoria Paige

Goal: Demand stricter prosecution of animal abusers to protect animals and people from violence.

Each year, over 10 million animals are abused to death throughout the U.S., with countless others suffering from severe, human-inflicted physical and psychological trauma. While animal cruelty is typically regarded as an isolated issue, the link between animal cruelty and violence against humans and other illegal activities has been relatively well established. One study found over 71% of perpetrators of domestic violence abused their pets as well, while an estimated 88% of child abusers were also reported animal abusers.

The Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act of 2021 was introduced to the House in hopes of dedicating more substantial legal resources towards prosecuting animal abusers. This act recognizes that the lack of a dedicated animal crimes enforcement unit in the U.S. has resulted in an insufficient and delayed responses to animal cruelty crimes. If passed, Congress would establish an Animal Cruelty Crimes Section within the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. This section would be able to enforce federal laws prohibiting animal cruelty to allow for more direct, and effective responses towards investigating and prosecuting cases of animal abuse.

Sign this petition to demand the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act of 2021 be passed, and that animals receive greater legal protections under federal law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Cruelty towards animals has been connected to violence towards humans and other illegal activities, including domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, homicide, and drug trafficking. However, current federal approaches to cases of animal abuse are slow and ineffective, and tens of millions of animals are left to suffer severe physical and psychological trauma at the hands of their abusers. The introduction of the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act of 2021 to Congress provides a new hope for animals and people affected by human-inflicted violence. Through establishing an Animal Cruelty Crimes Section within the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, this act would allow for more adequate investigation and prosecution of animal abuse.

We are asking you, Speaker Pelosi, to support this act and encourage more federal protections for animals throughout the country.

Sincerely,

Sign the Petition!

https://forcechange.com/609249/dont-let-animal-abusers-become-child-abusers/

SIGN PETITION: Justice For Dog Found Skinned & Mutilated Near Idaho Murders

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PETITION TARGET: Moscow Police Chief James Fry 

Lex Talamo

A sweet senior dog was killed and skinned outside of a family home, and his bloody and mostly hairless corpse left for his distraught guardian, just three miles away from where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death, according to news reports.

Buddy, a 12-year-old mini Australian Shepherd, was let out into the yard surrounding his 10-acre home in a peaceful community in Moscow, Idaho, in October. His guardians, Pam and Jim Colbert, said the intelligent dog never left their property – but that night he never returned.

A neighbor later found the dog, raised a community alarm, and alerted the Colberts that someone had skinned Buddy – leaving fur only on his face and his legs.

“They cut him around the neck and just skinned him,” Pam Colbert told the Daily Mail. “The other side of him was as though they had filleted him like they were about to eat him.”

The bereaved couple found Buddy’s collar, but not his stolen skin. Jim Colbert also discovered the corpse of a rabbit nearby whose head had been cut open and brain exposed.

Moscow Police have determined that Buddy’s killer was human. While the department hasn’t definitively linked the dog’s death to the students’ stabbings 23 days later, the community is living in fear, according to news reports.

This heinous act of fatal animal cruelty must be taken seriously. Numerous studies have linked cruelty against animals to future cruelty against humans. 

This sweet dog did not deserve such a torturous death, and a thorough investigation into the killing may lead to information that could relate to the University of Idaho murders; or, it could allow police to apprehend a separate individual who may cause additional harm to other innocent animals or people.

Sign our petition urging the Moscow Police to use all available resources to identify Buddy’s killer and hold the individual(s) accountable for this act of serious and intentional violence. 

Sign This Petition

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Petition: Stop Torturing, Asphyxiating and Decapitating Animals for Cosmetic Products – ForceChange

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Target: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Victoria Paige

Goal: Prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetic products and help save hundreds of thousands of animals from unethical, unnecessary laboratory procedures.

Despite majority public opposition, the use of animals in cosmetic testing is still widely legal in parts of the U.S. Cosmetic tests typically involve exposing animals—mostly mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs—to irritation tests, where animals have potentially toxic chemicals rubbed on their shaven skin and dripped into their eyes. Other common procedures include force-feeding ingredients to animals to determine the long-term effects, or injecting them with chemicals to observe the bodily response. These sentient creatures suffer tremendously throughout the testing process, and once they are no longer of use are brutally killed by means of asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.

Not only is cosmetic testing cruel, but it is entirely unnecessary. We already know of thousands upon thousands of safe ingredients that can be mixed and morphed into millions of new and improved formulas. Plus, due to advancements in technology, tons of other viable alternatives to direct animal testing now exist. The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2021 was introduced to the House as a way of limiting cosmetic animal testing in the U.S. While many other countries, including Israel, India, and the European Union have all banned the sale of any cosmetics that have been tested on animals, these products and ingredients are still entirely available at mainstream stores and sites throughout America.

The U.S. is lagging behind so many other nations in our treatment of animals. Demand an end to the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Pelosi,

The continued use of animals in cosmetic testing throughout the U.S. is rather appalling. Animals—including mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs—are force-fed substances, injected with toxins, and have potentially lethal chemicals dripped into their sensitive eyes. In the face of equally successful alternative methods of testing, cosmetic animal-testing is antiquated and unnecessary. Not to mention there are already hundreds of thousands of ingredients we know to be safe for human use.

The Humane Cosmetics Act of 2021 was recently introduced to the House in hopes that the U.S. would follow the lead of many other countries—such as Israel, India, and the European Union—in banning the sale and distribution of animal-tested cosmetic products. We are asking you, Speaker Pelosi, to support this act and help reduce the number of animals used in cosmetic testing. No being should suffer for our physical preferences.

Sincerely,

Sign the Petition

https://forcechange.com/609262/stop-injecting-rabbits-with-toxins-to-test-cosmetics/

PLEASE SIGN: Justice for Dog Shot So Severely His Leg Was Amputated

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PETITION TARGET: New Haven State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin

Joe Taglieri

UPDATE (11/3/2022): A judge has granted Derby permanent custody of Thunda, which will allow Shelton/Derby Animal Control to start making long-term arrangements for this innocent animals. Meanwhile, Singletary is scheduled for a plea hearing on Dec. 16 and Perrin is scheduled for a next proceeding on Jan. 12, according to court records.

Perrin is facing misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit ill discharge of a firearm and conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment and felony counts of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals and two counts of risk of injury to child; Singletary is facing misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit ill discharge of a firearm, conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment and felony counts for criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of risk of injury to a child. We’ll keep watching this case. — Lady Freethinker Staff

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A young German shepherd had to have his leg and shoulder amputated after being ruthlessly shot twice, allegedly by his owners, in Connecticut.

One bullet shattered the dog’s front leg and another round embedded in his shoulder, according to News 12 Connecticut. Due to his gruesome injuries, the dog — now named Thunda — had to undergo an amputation and receive around-the-clock care at a veterinary center, whose staff added his road to recovery will be long. 

Police had received a call, allegedly from the dog’s owners, saying the injured animal appeared to have been hit by a car. An investigation involving surveillance footage and guns found in the people’s possession near the scene of the bloody incident led authorities to believe the callers, who deny they own Thunda, actually shot the dog, according to news reports.

Stranja Perrin, 28, and Anthony Singletary, 27, now face animal cruelty, firearm and child endangerment charges, according to media reports.

Intentional acts of brutality against animals must not be tolerated. Sign our petition demanding authorities treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on having animals.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Derby Police Department at 203-735-7811.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dog-shot-leg-had-to-be-amputated/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Captive Elephant Apparently Tortured With Bullhooks and Ridden by Humans at Roadside Zoo Must be Freed – ForceChange

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Target: Karl Mogensen, owner of Natural Bridge Zoo
Goal: Release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) the elephant to an accredited sanctuary.

Barney Mitchell

Asha the elephant has been imprisoned under torturous conditions her whole life. She is apparently forced to give rides to zoo visitors and is abused by painful bullhooks, all for the zoo’s profit. It is time to rescue this poor elderly elephant.

Recently, Asha was renamed “Beautiful” by the Natural Bridge Zoo, which is imprisoning her in Virginia. It is suspected that the name change was intended to hide the fact that Asha is still being inhumanely imprisoned after all these years of efforts to free her.

Reportedly, the Natural Bridge Zoo has faced numerous investigations regarding the neglect of Asha. She apparently lives in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

Furthermore, Natural Bridge Zoo was apparently fined for six violations of the Animal Welfare Act and was also cited for failing to have Asha under control while providing forced rides to humans.

All in all, Asha’s existence sounds tragic and must be remedied. It is long past time for Asha to be sent to an accredited sanctuary to live out her remaining years in peace.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Karl Mogensen,

Your roadside zoo has kept Asha the elephant long enough. She has made you a lot of money and generated tremendous publicity for your business. It is time to let her go. Please release her to an accredited sanctuary as soon as possible.

Asha has lived a long and hard life. She has apparently been forced to give rides to humans, to live in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

If these allegations are true, Asha’s continued imprisonment in your zoo is terribly inhumane and must be remedied. Please release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) to an accredited sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her life in peace.

https://forcechange.com/604245/captive-elephant-apparently-tortured-with-bullhooks-and-ridden-by-humans-at-roadside-zoo-must-be-freed/

SIGN: Justice for Dog Allegedly Beaten and Choked by Veterinarian

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PETITION TARGET: Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Peter J. Lucido

A terrorized dog was reportedly beaten, choked, slammed on a hardwood floor and possibly bitten by a veterinarian in Detroit who allegedly committed the atrocious acts in front of his two children.

The video, reportedly recorded by the veterinarian’s son, went viral online, prompting authorities to remove three dogs from the household and file animal cruelty-related charges. Authorities also have voiced concern about the aggressive behavior, the Detroit News reported.

Violence against animals is also a precursor to violence against people,” an animal control officer said at the veterinarian’s arraignment.

While the dog showed no lasting injuries on examination, and the veterinarian’s defense counsel has argued the recorded actions were appropriate discipline measures, a judge said during court proceedings that the veterinarian should have acted more compassionately.

“You had an obligation, sir, to de-escalate,” the judge said at the arraignment hearing. “You have an obligation, not only pursuant to your training and expertise, but as a human being to de-escalate a situation and not make it worse. You did not do that.”

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior also has discredited the technique that the veterinarian’s counsel described as an “alpha roll” — saying the cruel technique makes animals fearful, anxious and more aggressive rather than obedient.

Authorities have charged Wayne Gilchrist, 52, with one count of animal cruelty that could result in up to 93 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and 200 hours of community service, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Aggression against animals is not “training” and is not “discipline.” The individual responsible for these callous actions must be held fully accountable — and his treatment of the other animals routinely in his care must also be investigated.

Sign our petition urging prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, including obtaining sentencing that requires additional professional training in non-aversive disciplinary techniques and intervention services, such as anger management therapy and psychological counseling, to prevent additional acts of unnecessary violence.

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Sign This Petition

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Don’t Steal Safe and Healthy Animals for Display in Zoos – Animal Petitions

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Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator, U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Carey Jameson

Goal: Demand zoos use only rescued animals for human display.

Zoos can be a wonderful place to visit. They give us exposure to animals we may never see otherwise in real life. Through these experiences, people can learn more about all the creatures found on the planet and their habits and connections to one another. Zoos also offer opportunities for animals who are endangered or injured and will not survive in the wild. Not only does this give us a chance to fulfill curiosity about other creatures, it gives those animals a second chance at life.

Unfortunately, zoos do not operate so altruistically. Out of the estimated 800,000 animals in zoos, those that are bred in captivity also end up behind bars with generations after them never getting to run free. While it is understandable zoos have an invested interest in staying stocked with animals, they should not lose sight of their goal to operate in the best interest of wildlife under their supervision. Using all or mostly animals rescued from unsafe circumstances is the best way to improve zoo operations.

Rescued animals can include those that are injured or healthy animals close to extinction. Injured animals who may die in the wild can live safely in captivity given they have care sympathetic to the adjustment from their natural habitat. Those facing extinction can be protected, too, chiefly in the event any safely bred in zoos are correctly reintroduced to the wild. According to PETA, animals facing extinction only make up 18% of those in zoos, evidence there is much work to be done to make these establishments a place to sustain species the world may lose otherwise.

Sign the petition below to urge Administrator Shea towards an understanding for how important it is for zoos to be about animal conservation, not just human recreation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Shea,

Every year, animal welfare is more important to people than in previous generations. U.S. zoos have always operated on a platform revolving around conservation, though not much has been done to improve animal welfare efforts at a reasonable pace. Their cages are stocked with wildlife that may not need human help whether from injury or endangerment. Those who do face extinction are bred more for entertainment rather than their survival. This is where APHIS needs to step in.

Because zoos will always be popular for children and interested adults alike, they still can survive with a shift in business model. Plenty of animals with permanent injury can be sourced from the wild and nurtured in captivity given fair and understanding care. In addition, with more animals facing endangerment and extinction every day, zoos have a fabulous chance to not only facilitate the survival of these poor creatures, but maintain a population for people to enjoy and learn about. Remember, zoos are first and foremost for the animals.

We urge you to reevaluate the guidelines governing zoos and to enforce a more animal-centric approach to their operation.

Sincerely,

Sign the Petition

https://animalpetitions.org/1177627/dont-steal-healthy-and-safe-animals-for-display-in-zoos/

Stop Imprisoning Wild Animals in Small, Filthy Cages at Roadside Zoos – Animal Petitions

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Victoria Paige

Target: Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina

Goal: Stop rewarding abusive roadside zoos for confining wild animals.

Roadside zoos are disgusting institutions that capitalize on the suffering of sentient wild animals. Animals ranging from tigers and bears to lemurs and monkeys are kept in small, filthy cages that encompass a mere percentage of what their natural habitats in the wild would be. Often, these animals are kept alone, entirely isolated from the rest of their kin and denied access to mental stimulation and social inclinations. They are fed inadequate food, given dirty water, and receive little to no veterinary care, even when they are sick or injured.

Still, roadside zoos are somehow legal—and even encouraged—in much of the United States. Early in July of 2022, for example, North Carolina passed a bill that would exempt certain roadside zoo owners from having to pay sales tax on items for the zoo. This bill covers items used in the housing, raising, and feeding of animals for public display, in essence subsidizing the cruel confinement of these wild creatures.

Sign this petition to demand North Carolina stop rewarding the cruel capture, breeding, and display of wild animals at roadside zoos.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Cooper,

Animals in roadside zoos endure extreme physical and psychological suffering. Tigers, monkeys, bears, and others are often stolen from their natural habitats and thrown in barren cages that are much too small. They are often kept alone, isolated from their friends and kin, and are fed inadequate food and water. Even so, North Carolina just signed a bill that would exempt certain roadside zoo owners from having to pay a sales tax on all required housing, raising, and feeding items, essentially subsidizing the cruel confinement of wildlife.

We are asking you, Mr. Cooper, to stop incentivizing abusive roadside zoos and, instead, focus legislative efforts on animal conservation.

Sincerely,

Sign the Petition

https://animalpetitions.org/1172182/stop-paying-roadside-zoos-to-abuse-wildlife/

Sign Petition: Spay and Neuter Surgeries Aren’t Affordable. States Should Help Cover the Cost.

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  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: U.S. State Governments

Every year, millions of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States. Animal shelters and rescues are overcrowded and there simply aren’t enough adoption opportunities. While there are plenty of amazing nonprofits and programs dedicated to tackling this problem, it’s affecting families with pets, too. The cost of spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs varies, but it can run between $50–$500 – a cost that cuts many families and their pets off from this vital care! Some states have implemented successful programs that help cut the cost of spay and neuter surgeries, but not every state provides this kind of access.

Sign the petition to urge all U.S. states to create affordable spay and neuter programs!

There are a few ways to make spay and neuter programs more affordable. Some states – like Vermont – have incentive programs funded through a small pet registration fee. Other states – like New Mexico – have passed a law that charges large pet food manufacturer’s a fee upon product registration, then reallocates that funding to spay and neuter programs. 

The states that have implemented the law have all seen life-saving success – with euthanasia rates dropping drastically. It’s clear from the success and affordability of these programs that implementing an affordable spay and neuter program works. If spay and neuter surgeries become more affordable, it will allow more pets to stay with their families, and could save countless pets from spending their lives in shelters!

Sign the petition to urge all U.S. states to pass affordable spay and neuter programs to save millions of cats and dogs!

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SIGN: Shut Down Dog Gas Chamber in Wyoming Animal Shelter

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SIGN: Shut Down Dog Gas Chamber in Wyoming Animal Shelter

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PETITION TARGET: Green River Mayor Pete Rust

UPDATE (9/27/2022): Shelter animals are still being gassed to death despite a local city’s announcement, in January, that they’d replace an inhumane gas chamber with a more humane injection option, according to Sweetwater Now news.

Members of Wyoming Against Gas Chambers demanded answers about the transition’s progress during a Green River City Council meeting and were informed by Police Chief Tom Jarvie that the city had consulted veterinary experts, received recommendations for alternatives, ordered equipment and an “injector,” and were upgrading a room in the shelter for injected euthanasia.

Meanwhile, the shelter is continuing to kill animals via gassing, according to the news reports. We will keep watching this case to make sure the changes are implemented.–Lady Freethinker Staff

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The horrors for an unsuspecting dog forced into a gas chamber start with the loud and frightening noise of deadly gas.  Then come muscle spasms, as coordination fails. Convulsions are common during the excruciating and painfully prolonged process that follows — with studies recording heartbeats for up to 20 minutes after animals are exposed to carbon monoxide.

Death by gas chamber has been deemed so inhumane that the cruel practice is only legally allowed in animal shelters in four states — and most of those states have no existing chambers, although the laws are still in the books.

But Green River Animal Control, in Wyoming, is still operating a brutal carbon monoxide gas chamberand it is high time they replace this cruel killing machine.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause significant distress to animals, cannot be relied on to deliver a rapid or even certain death, poses significant physical health risks for shelter staff, and is a more expensive method than euthanasia by injection (EBI).

Sign our petition urging Green River Mayor Pete Rust and the City Council to outlaw the use of any cruel gas chambers within his jurisdiction and to transition to humane methods for euthanizing animals.

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https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-shut-down-gas-chamber-in-wyoming-animal-shelter/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Protect Rescue Animals From Alleged Neglect at Shelter – ForceChange

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Tiffany White

Target: Michelle Cooley, Founder and President of Kaaawa K9 Rescue

Goal: Ensure health and safety of rescue animals at seemingly neglectful facility.

Five dogs allegedly had to be rescued from a rescue facility in Hawaii. The Hawaii Humane Society took custody of the dogs from Kaaawa K9 Rescue after abuse allegations were made online and to local authorities about the organization. The accusations stated that animals were in poor health and possibly being neglected.

The owner of the organization claims the issues are due to a landlord dispute and a recent alleged arson on the property. While the local humane society found no outright evidence of abuse, the fact that they felt compelled to remove nearly half a dozen animals from a property charged with the care of these animals is disturbing. Even the owner herself reportedly admits difficulty in keeping up with care of these animals.

Sign the petition below to urge closure of an aid facility that has seemingly become a danger itself.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Cooley,

No matter the source of your recent troubles with Kaaawa K9 Rescue, you have reportedly admitted that these issues are impeding your ability to care for at-risk animals. The mission of a rescue organization should always put the vulnerable living beings under its care first. Please honor this mission.

Close Kaawa until this organization can live up to its billing.

Sincerely,

Photo Credit: Helena Lopes

https://forcechange.com/610815/protect-rescue-animals-from-alleged-neglect-at-shelter/

Don’t Steal Healthy and Safe Animals for Display in Zoos – ForceChange

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Carey Jameson

Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator, U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Goal: Demand zoos use only rescued animals for human display.

Zoos can be a wonderful place to visit. They give us exposure to animals we may never see otherwise in real life. Through these experiences, people can learn more about all the creatures found on the planet and their habits and connections to one another. Zoos also offer opportunities for animals who are endangered or injured and will not survive in the wild. Not only does this give us a chance to fulfill curiosity about other creatures, it gives those animals a second chance at life.

Unfortunately, zoos do not operate so altruistically. Out of the estimated 800,000 animals in zoos, those that are bred in captivity also end up behind bars with generations after them never getting to run free. While it is understandable zoos have an invested interest in staying stocked with animals, they should not lose sight of their goal to operate in the best interest of wildlife under their supervision. Using all or mostly animals rescued from unsafe circumstances is the best way to improve zoo operations.

Rescued animals can include those that are injured or healthy animals close to extinction. Injured animals who may die in the wild can live safely in captivity given they have care sympathetic to the adjustment from their natural habitat. Those facing extinction can be protected, too, chiefly in the event any safely bred in zoos are correctly reintroduced to the wild. According to PETA, animals facing extinction only make up 18% of those in zoos, evidence there is much work to be done to make these establishments a place to sustain species the world may lose otherwise.

Sign the petition below to urge Administrator Shea towards an understanding for how important it is for zoos to be about animal conservation, not just human recreation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Shea,

Every year, animal welfare is more important to people than in previous generations. U.S. zoos have always operated on a platform revolving around conservation, though not much has been done to improve animal welfare efforts at a reasonable pace. Their cages are stocked with wildlife that may not need human help whether from injury or endangerment. Those who do face extinction are bred more for entertainment rather than their survival. This is where APHIS needs to step in.

Because zoos will always be popular for children and interested adults alike, they still can survive with a shift in business model. Plenty of animals with permanent injury can be sourced from the wild and nurtured in captivity given fair and understanding care. In addition, with more animals facing endangerment and extinction every day, zoos have a fabulous chance to not only facilitate the survival of these poor creatures, but maintain a population for people to enjoy and learn about. Remember, zoos are first and foremost for the animals.

We urge you to reevaluate the guidelines governing zoos and to enforce a more animal-centric approach to their operation.

Sincerely,

Photo credit: Andrew King

https://forcechange.com/610670/dont-steal-healthy-and-safe-animals-for-display-in-zoos/

Stop Whipping and Abusing Horses for Carriage Rides – ForceChange

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Sydney Shaffer

Target: Mamata BanerjeeChief Minister of West Bengal

Goal: Put an end to horse-drawn carriages.

Horses being used for horse-drawn carriages in India are suffering. They are forced to pull heavy carriages full of people, even when physically wounded, sick, and hungry. Some horses are whipped as well. These animals pull the carriages in extremely hot weather and have also been seen standing in their own waste. The carriage rides are usually long, which causes exhaustion for the horses and means they go a long time without food and water. PETA India is demanding the end to these cruel conditions.

An investigation found cruel conditions for the horses. Many of them had injuries which could be from being struck by cars, likely while navigating through heavy traffic. It was discovered that they are left to find their own food, and some are abandoned after they can no longer work. They receive no veterinary treatment, leading to painful deaths. They went far too long without food, leaving them extremely thin.

Sign below and demand that horse drawn carriages be banned in India and the horses given proper treatment and care.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mamata Banerjee,

You must put a stop to the tourist attraction of horse-drawn carriages. The horses being used for this are put through harmful conditions like lack of food and water. This leads to exhaustion and can even lead to their deaths. They are not receiving proper medical treatment and are being forced to work.

Horses do not deserve to work in these harmful conditions. We demand alongside PETA India that the cruel conditions these horses are suffering from the carriage rides are stopped.

Sincerely,

Photo Credit: Jim & Robin Kunze

https://forcechange.com/599715/end-abuse-and-neglect-of-horses-used-in-carriage-rides/

Sign Petition: A Tragic Fire Burned Down This Dog Meat Trade Rescue Facility!

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  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: South Korean Government

64,270 SUPPORTERS

65,000 GOAL

An important dog rescue organization in South Korea has suffered a devastating loss. This August, a terrible fire broke out at Jindo Love Rescue, which saves dogs from the country’s dog meat trade. The fire tragically killed thirteen dogs, with many others wounded and missing. Now the organization has 60 dogs in their care who need shelter, food, medical attention and love. On top of that, the entire rescue center needs to be rebuilt. We must support Jindo Love Rescue and help the amazing organization get back on its feet!

Sign now to demand the South Korean government provide funding to help rebuild this foster center and help dogs affected by the fire!

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the impacts have been devastating. There are dozens of dogs who need immediate veterinary care and attention, and the entire building has been destroyed.

The South Korean government — including President Yoon Suk-yeol — have been promising to move forward with ending dog meat consumption in the country for years. There is even a 2018 law on the books that technically makes the slaughter of dogs and cats illegal, t but every year, many dogs are still slaughtered. And one of the crucial ways South Korea must step up and protect the innocent dogs who are horrifically killed in the practice is by supporting organizations like Jindo Love Rescue, who care for dogs rescued from the illegal dog meat trade.

In the past 5 years alone, Jindo Love Rescue has teamed up with In Defense of Animals to save over 700 dogs from the meat trade and place them in forever homes. Clearly this amazing organization needs all the support it can get after such a tragic event. If you want to donate and support the rebuilding and immediate veterinary efforts, you can do so by clicking here. Make sure to also sign the petition now to tell the South Korean government: step up and support Jindo Love Rescue now! We must protect dogs and protect the vital organizations that shelter and care for them!

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/445/683/?z00m=33074528&redirectID=3259848932

Stop Stealing Dolphins From Ocean for People to Swim With Them – ForceChange

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Victoria Paige

Target: Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States

Goal: Demand an end to programs that allow guests to swim with captive dolphins.

Dolphins are extremely social animals. In the wild, dolphins live in pods that might contain hundreds of members, with complex social hierarchies and bonds between individuals. These animals can travel upwards of 100 miles a day, feeding on fish and other invertebrates they find along the way. However, in captivity, dolphins are forced to live in insufficiently sized tanks—sometimes 200,000 times smaller than their natural range—with only a few additional individuals. They are denied their natural instincts to hunt, and are instead fed dead frozen fish that lack the nutritional value of those they typically eat in the wild. The constant noise and activity around them is highly disruptive, since they rely mainly on echolocation and sound to communicate.

As if simply being held in captivity is not worse enough, these animals are also subjected to stressful situations in which they are forced to interact with humans on command. In the United States alone, there are between 14 and 18 swimming with the dolphin attractions, where people can actually get in the water with these captive animals. Enthusiastic individuals often partake in this seemingly harmless wildlife encounter without understanding the physical and psychological abuse that dolphins endure as a result. Dolphins in captivity often display behaviors unusual to dolphins in the wild, and have been known to repeatedly gnaw on or smash their heads against the sides of their tanks in an apparent display of frustration. Others have even been observed to voluntarily stop breathing altogether, drowning themselves in the process. Many of these captive dolphins are actually placed on ulcer medications or antidepressants to help alleviate some of the side-effects of the depressive episodes they seem to experience.

Even dolphins that are bred into captivity and not cruelly captured from the wild aren’t fully domesticated, and direct interactions with people can often cause them to lash out aggressively, harming humans or themselves in the process. In fact, swimming with the dolphin programs have reported a series of human injuries, including lacerations, broken bones, tooth rakes, and other internal injuries.

Swimming with dolphins and related activities push dangerous boundaries in allowing humans to directly interact with wild animals. Sign this petition to demand an end to these programs in the United States.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Biden,

Dolphins kept in captivity for human entertainment suffer immensely. These intelligent and curious animals are confined to tanks that may be up to 200,000 times smaller than their natural range, and are deprived of natural social inclinations. In turn, these animals become extremely depressed and exhibit extremely unusual, self-harm behaviors. Many dolphins in captivity are actually given ulcer and antidepressant medications in an attempt to curb the display of such behaviors, such as smashing their heads against the sides of their tanks and apparent suicide by way of voluntarily stopping their breathing altogether.

In the United States alone, there are still upwards of 14-18 locations that allow guests to partake in swimming with the dolphins programs. These programs are dangerous–not only to the emotional and physical health of the dolphins involved–but also the humans who participate. Dolphins, whether held in captivity or not, are wild animals and will always have the potential to harm humans. When forced into direct interactions with people, many dolphins tend to act aggressively and lash out. Among the injuries reported from such programs include lacerations, broken bones, tooth rakes, and internal injuries.

We are asking you, Mr. Biden, to please end these cruel swimming with the dolphins programs. You will be protecting both humans and dolphins in the process.

Sincerely,

https://forcechange.com/606300/stop-dangerous-programs-that-allow-people-to-swim-with-captive-dolphins/

Alleged Dolphin Abuse at Miami Seaquarium | Dolphin Project

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The diets of nine dolphins at Miami Seaquarium’s Dolphin Harbor were severely cut for the purposes of ensuring the animals performed better for guest interactions. What they got instead were multiple aggressive incidents against trainers, and even members of the public. These are the findings documented in an inspection report on the Miami Seaquarium by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dated July 6, 2022. According to the report:

  • diets for nine out of 12 dolphins at Dolphin Harbor were cut by a staggering 60%,
  • Star, a 23 year-old female dolphin went from being fed approximately 12 pounds of food daily to four pounds daily. Aries, a 20 year-old male dolphin went from being fed 13 pounds of food daily to three pounds daily,
  • the dolphins became emaciated, with prominent muscle wasting and palpable scapula and ribs,
  • gastrointestinal abnormalities amongst the dolphins began taking place, including multiple instances of excessive regurgitation.

Despite these concerning medical events, the Miami Seaquarium allegedly failed to provide direct and frequent communications regarding their animal health and well-being to the attending veterinarian.

The problems didn’t end there.

The USDA report identified multiple aggressive incidents involving the dolphins at Dolphin Harbor, when a dolphin “mouthed” a member of the public during an in-water interaction. Records show that the animals exhibited warning behaviors prior to mouthing such as sinking after performing behaviors, swimming over the ledge of the pools without specific direction to do so, fast swimming, terminating control (refusing to participate) during sessions, ignoring signals for behaviors and splitting from the session. Facility staff elected to continue guest interactions with animals that were exhibiting aggressive warning behaviors.

Some of these include:

  • Calypso, an 8 year-old female dolphin, mouthed a guest on six different occasions during the months of April 2022 – July 2022, yet, during the first incident, trainer records note that trainers “worked through” the inappropriate behaviors during that incident instead of stopping the session,
  • Cobalt, a 12 year-old male dolphin, mouthed a guest on six different occasions during the months of April 2022 – July 2022. On June 6, his fluke hit a guest during an encounter. On June 30, Cobalt mouthed a guest twice on the hand during the third encounter of the day and yet, was used in another encounter later that day. Before all mouthing incidents, Cobalt exhibited warning behaviors such as splitting from control and swimming towards guests in deep water. Since early April, his level of aggression during encounters has steadily increased, to the point where almost every day he terminates control from sessions.

The facility allegedly failed to handle their animals in a manner that minimized the risk of harm to the public and continued guest interactions even when dolphins were demonstrating aggressive behaviors earlier in training sessions. Mouthing any portion of an individual’s body (hand or foot) can be considered a precursor to more aggressive behaviors that ultimately may lead to serious injuries to the public.

In another inspection report dated June 2021, the USDA cited additional serious problems at the facility. Some of these include:

  • potentially placing incompatible animals together resulting in the injuries and/or deaths of cetaceans and pinnipeds,
  • poor water flow leading to an increase in bacteria and algae in several tanks and pools,
  • poor-quality fish fed to marine mammals which could result in illness and/or death,
  • reduction in food quantity, leading to possible malnutrition and dehydration,
  • insufficient shelter to protect the mammals from direct sunlight,
  • inappropriate and potentially dangerous routines demanded of Lolita, the solitary orca held at the facility since 1970.

Dr. Jenna Wallace, DVM, was a veterinarian at the Miami Seaquarium, briefly employed until July 2021. She was present at the time of a June 2021 inspection of the facility and has since been cooperating with the USDA in its subsequent months-long investigation. Since July 2021, Dr. Shelby Loos, DVM has been the facility’s attending veterinarian.

“Aggression, weight loss, regurgitation, and sinking can be abnormal in many scenarios. Each of these abnormalities warrant a prompt evaluation by a veterinarian. With this being said, In my professional opinion, I find it VERY difficult to believe that the “Attending Veterinarian” was not informed that some of the dolphins were only eating 3 or 4 pounds of fish per day. Significant weight loss, such as Cobalt who lost 104 lbs and Aries who lost 63 lbs, should be readily apparent on a visual exam and continually assessed by the “Attending Veterinarian.” If an animal regurgitated 137 times over 88 days, one would hope the veterinarian would have noticed at some point over a 3 month span! As veterinarians, we should be conducting regular visual and physical exams of the animals under our care on a routine basis.” ~ Dr. Jenna Wallace, DVM

Decades of dolphin exploitation

Despite there being a federal investigation of the Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava allowed the lease transfer to proceed. From a tweet dated March 3, 2022:

…to a statement issued on October 21, clearly, the mayor had a change of heart:

Miami-Dade Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava released a statement on October 21: “I am deeply disturbed by the findings of the USDA report. Under the terms of the lease, the Dolphin Company is obligated to comply with federal regulations including the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Animal Welfare Act, and we will be swiftly reviewing the report to determine whether the Dolphin Company is in violation of the lease.”

Lolita, Miami Seaquarium. Credit: DolphinProject.com

Miami Seaquarium, located in Miami, Florida, opened in 1955. Over the decades of operation, the dolphinarium has been cited for numerous animal welfare issues relating to their captive dolphins. At least 117 dolphins and whales have died under the facility’s care.

Lolita (also known as Tokitae) is the last surviving orca of the infamous Penn Cove captures of 1970. After capture, she was shipped to the Miami Seaquarium where she still remains to this day. Lolita has remained captive at the facility in the smallest orca tank in North America for over 52 years, and has not seen another orca in 42 years after her companion Hugo died in 1980. Miami Seaquarium has been promising to build Lolita a new tank since 1978. Despite Lolita being 20 feet long, her tank is only 80 feet across. Her exposure to the sun and weather violates Section 3.103(3)(b) of the Animal Welfare Act. Her tank is also 13 feet shorter than what is required by the Animal Welfare Act (Section 3.104).

Dolphin Project, for decades, has vigorously campaigned against the facility. While aquariums and marine parks will have you believe there is much to be learned from captive dolphin shows, the real education doesn’t begin until after the show’s over. Forced to perform and interact with other mammals day after day, held in small, sterile enclosures and lacking the ability to escape from the public eye creates an escalating cycle of stress and exploitation for captive dolphins. Depriving them of the vast open spaces and social bonds that they would normally have in the wild, and confining them to small concrete tanks to perform tricks for dead fish is highly unethical and inherently cruel for these complex marine mammals.

Cancel Miami Seaquarium’s Lease

Target: Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Miami-Dade County Commissioners

Dolphin Project is asking the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners to cancel Miami Seaquarium’s lease.

Please join us by signing and sharing this petition.

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To: Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Miami-Dade County Commissioners
From: [Your Name]

On March 4, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) formally approved the licensing requirements and facility improvements at the Miami Seaquarium necessary to facilitate the transfer of the Seaquarium’s lease from Palace Entertainment Holdings to The Dolphin Company.

The understanding was that this transition to The Dolphin Company, which brands itself as the largest park operator in Latin America and the number one dolphin company in the world would represent a critical and long-overdue opportunity for greater accountability, oversight, and scrutiny of the Seaquarium, including an emphasis on the health and welfare of all the Seaquarium’s marine inhabitants, along with a commitment to physical and operational improvements.

However, two inspection reports on the Miami Seaquarium by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — one from June 2021 and the other, from July 2022 cited serious problems at the facility. These allegedly include:

– severely cutting the diets of nine dolphins at Miami Seaquarium’s Dolphin Harbor for the purposes of ensuring the animals performed better for guest interactions,
– visibly emaciated dolphins, with prominent muscle wasting and palpable scapula and ribs,
– gastrointestinal abnormalities amongst the dolphins, including multiple instances of excessive regurgitation,
– multiple aggressive incidents against trainers, and even members of the public,
– potentially placing incompatible animals together resulting in the injuries and/or deaths of cetaceans and pinnipeds,
– poor water flow leading to an increase in bacteria and algae in several tanks and pools,
– poor-quality fish fed to marine mammals which could result in illness and/or death,
– insufficient shelter to protect the mammals from direct sunlight

Despite these concerning events, the Miami Seaquarium allegedly failed to provide direct and frequent communications regarding their animal health and well-being to the attending veterinarian. The facility also apparently failed to handle their animals in a manner that minimized the risk of harm to the public and continued guest interactions even when dolphins were demonstrating aggressive behaviors earlier in training sessions. Mouthing any portion of an individual’s body (hand or foot) can be considered a precursor to more aggressive behaviors that ultimately may lead to serious injuries to the public.

As The Dolphin Company would appear to be in violation of the lease terms, we ask the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners​ to cancel Miami Seaquarium’s lease. In this day and age, Miami doesn’t need captive dolphins. Resources would be better spent protecting the wild dolphins that reside a mere 50 feet away, along with their habitats.

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SIGN: Justice for Dogs Found Stolen, Injured, and Decomposing in Alleged ‘Pet Transport’ Scam

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PETITION TARGET: Texas State Prosecuting Attorney

Scooby, a gorgeous white dog with warm blue eyes, entered the care of a pet transport carrier healthy, but later reportedly arrived at his destination dead and already decomposing in his crate. 

He’s tragically just one of the canine victims now tied to the carrier, whom officers recently pulled over in a U-haul at a traffic stop in Montgomery, Texas, where they discovered a cargo hold full of stolen and injured dogs left without food or water and wallowing in their own urine and feces, according to news reports.

Four dogs languished in the cargo hold, including one who appeared malnourished and another who had exposed flesh on his back consistent with a chemical burn, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy who arrived on scene.

Authorities arrested Tiara Alsaid, 26, on charges of animal cruelty, theft, and drug warrants from various counties, and Richard Anthony, 57, on unrelated marijuana charges after they also found drugs in the U-haul. Victims reportedly scammed by Alsaid’s “transport” company have since been identified in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and California, Sgt. Jason Smith told news.

One of those reported victims is Dyaisha Jordan, who told the Houston Press she’s still waiting to find out what happened to her shepherd Blackie.

“It is just a question that we have no closure for,” she said. “We still don’t have a clue as to whether he is even dead or alive.”

Defenseless animals don’t deserve to suffer and die at the hands of a scammer — especially one reportedly followed by a trail of official complaints with numerous law enforcement and federal agencies.

The individual(s) responsible for the death and suffering of these stolen dogs must be held fully accountable, with protections immediately and permanently enacted so they can never harm animals again.

Sign our petition urging Texas state prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, including ensuring the animal cruelty charges remain on the record, ordering significant restitution paid to an animal welfare related cause as well as the mourning guardians, and issuing a maximum ban on owning or possessing animals for the individual(s) involved.

Authorities have identified the guardians for three of the four dogs. Anyone who thinks the fourth dog could be their missing companion animal is encouraged to call Sgt. Smith at 936-538-3545.

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SIGN: Save Tigers and Lions from Miserable Captivity As ‘Pets’

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PETITION TARGET: U.S. Congress

UPDATE (8/9/2022): Great News! On July 29th, International Tiger Day, the House of Representatives passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Now, the bill is headed to the Senate. Add your signature now to urge them to pass this lifesaving legislation! — Lady Freethinker Staff

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Thousands of big cats are wasting away as “pets” in the United States. These majestic animals are torn from their mothers while only babies and may spend their lives pacing miserably in tiny, cramped cages with no hope of a natural life.

Not only do these animals suffer mentally and physically, but they are also a threat to people, with hundreds of dangerous incidents involving big cats and humans occurring over the last 30 years.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act (BCPSA) — introduced in the House as HR 263 and in the Senate as S1210 — seeks to ban private individuals from owning any big cat species and restrict direct contact between these animals and the general public.

Only licensed facilities would be allowed to house big cats, effectively removing these animals from roadside zoos.

The BCPSA needs your support!

Sign this petition urging Congress to pass this important bill for big cat protections and to save  thousands of big cats from suffering.

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SIGN: Stop Cruel Helicopter Roundups That Are Killing Wild Horses

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PETITION TARGETS: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

UPDATE (9/22/2022): Nevada Congress member Dina Titus has sponsored HR 6635, which seeks to amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to prohibit the use of aircraft to manage wild horses. The bill was introduced to the House in February and currently is in the Committee on Natural Resources. We’ll keep watching this situation. —Lady Freethinker Staff

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Wild horses who snapped their necks running into corral panels, were killed following lacerations and broken bones, and who died of “unexpected heart failure” were among the victims of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s most recent helicopter-assisted roundups – or “gathers.”

At least 245 wild horses died as the result of 20 roundups in 2021-2022 where low-flying helicopters pushed the panicked animals toward corrals, according to a review of the BLM’s daily gather reports.

While the BLM’s reports cite “pre-existing conditions” – including blindness, fractures, club feet, poor body condition, and bad or no teeth – as the cause for most of the killings, at least 33 wild horses died specifically from acute or gather-related injuries, according to the gather reports. 

Three of those deaths made headlines during the recent Pancake Complex roundup in Nevada – with victims of a foal separated from his family who limped reportedly for at least 29 minutes before being euthanized, a 20-year-old stallion who suffered a “break” and a 3-year-old mare killed after reportedly being too weak to stand up.

Some of the other victims, according to the BLM daily gather reports:

  • a 6-year-old mare who died of a broken neck after running into a panel in a temporary corral and a 20-year-old stallion who sustained a fracture during the Barren Valley Complex roundup in Oregon
  • a stallion who broke his neck during loading at the Surprise Complex roundup in California
  • At least 10 horses who died from injuries including broken legs and necks, a mare who ruptured her uterus, and a horse with a broken back during the Rock Springs roundup in Wyoming
  • An 11-year-old mare who died of “unexpected heart failure” during the Owyhee Wild Horse gather in Nevada; a 7-year-old mare who was killed following a laceration and a 4-year-old mare killed following a fracture in the Eagle Complex roundup, also in Nevada

While the BLM says that helicopters are a humane way to manage wild horse removals, the horrific death toll from a single year alone shows they are cruel, violent, and unacceptable. 

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The gruesome trend also isn’t new, with a report as far back as 2008 citing most deaths during helicopter roundups from “broken limbs or injuries sustained accidentally during gathers,” according to documentation from the Government Accountability Office.

Wild horse experts from several advocacy groups say a more effective – and less deadly –  approach would involve fertility control via humane darting that would allow wild horses to remain on the range, while also contributing to the thriving ecological balance the BLM is required to maintain. 

That alternative also would save U.S. taxpayers the millions of dollars spent each year to hold upwards of 50,000 wild horses in long-term holding corrals or to pay ranchers to keep the horses on private property. 

Captured wild horses also sometimes meet grisly ends, with the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program exposed by the New York Times as knowingly handing over the protected animals to individuals with a history of selling horses to slaughterhouses. 

Sign our petition urging the Biden Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management to end deadly helicopter gathers in favor of safer, more cost-effective approaches involving humane fertility control that would allow wild horses to remain free on the range, and so help end unnecessary, grisly deaths from injuries to intentional slaughter.

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SIGN: Urge White House Leaders To Prioritize Kind Alternatives To Cruel Animal Tests

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PETITION TARGETS: U.S. President Joe Biden and NIAID Leadership

A compassionate, cutting-edge medical advisor who recognizes the gruesome reality for animals brutally abused in laboratory testing could be in the United States’ future – if government leaders heed the well established and growing scientific evidence that animal testing is inhumane, unreliable, and unsafe.

Anthony Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the last 38 years and also served as U.S. President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, recently announced he’ll be retiring at the end of the year.

That leaves an opening for NIAID and the President to usher in a new era of what’s truly in the best interest of humans – as well as that of the millions of defenseless animals exploited and killed in laboratories every year.

During his leadership, Fauci approved and oversaw a number of cruel and costly experiments on innocent animals that have not resulted in any treatments for suffering humans to date.

One of those experiments involved a $1.68 million study that force-fed poisons to 44 beagle puppies, aged 6-8 months old, until they died or were killed and dissected, according to an exposé by White Coat Waste.

In another study, scientists cruelly severed dogs’ vocal cords — with no apparent purpose beyond keeping the animals quiet in labs while they endured painful procedures, at a cost of thousands of dollars to taxpayers. 

News also reported on experiments involving infesting dogs with ticks or caging dogs with infectious sandflies that ate them alive, while a new $1.8 million study approved earlier this year noted 6-month-old puppies likely would suffer similar invasive, painful, and likely deadly procedures.

Leading scientists are increasingly condemning animal testing, pointing to undeniable differences in genetics between humans and other species that make translating results unreliable and unsafe, products that passed safety tests on animals but led to human harm and death, and products that may have helped humans but failed tests on animals.

Ethical, human biology-based alternatives are the way of the future — and NIAID and the U.S. Government now have a chance to install a replacement who will listen to scientific evidence and clear a path for compassionate alternatives to animal testing.

Sign our petition urging President Biden and NIAID to choose a new director and medical advisor who will do what’s truly in the best interest of both people and defenseless, sentient animals by prioritizing human biology-based alternatives to cruel tests on animals.

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