Petition update · Horse down on the Charleston pavement today ·

UPDATE On Petition: South Africa: Protect Rhinos from Poaching – Don’t Legalize the Trade of Rhino Horn!

Update – The petition is now closed! 

On April 5th South Africa constitutional court allowed the ban on the sale of rhino horns to be lifted!

Petition update · Lonely elephant Anna Louise still needs your help please contact us if you know her location!

Petition update · Important statement about Bob Harvey and his little dog. Please read! ·


He walked….no charges!!

Woohoo! Authorities Deny License Renewal for Horrific Zoo Where Over 500 Animals Died | One Green Planet

Natasha Brooks
March 7, 2017

Little makes us happier than seeing dedicated animal lovers create change in the world, and today we are over the moon with joy because a dreadful UK zoo has been denied its renewal license thanks to public pressure!

The South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Cumbria has long been under fire for its astonishing neglect, abuse, and murder of innocent animals. Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has been a voice for the animals, diligently investigating this zoo. Reports detailing the events that occurred within its confines are some of the most gruesome and devastating we have ever heard.

Perhaps the most well-known of these tragedies is the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay, who was mauled to death by a tiger. Despite her family’s requests to not kill the tiger, the animal was euthanized with no documented reason why.

Other shocking crimes of neglect have included the electrocution of a tortoise, a squirrel monkey rotting behind a radiator, and two snow leopards who were found partially eaten! Likely suffering from zoochosis, a jaguar chewed off its own paw! Additionally, seven lion cubs and five baboons were murdered with no reason given other than there was not enough space at the zoo. A rhinoceros was crushed to death and a giraffe was killed after collapsing.

These heartbreaking reports are just the tip of the iceberg. In just four years from 2013-2016, 486 innocent animals died at South Lakes Safari Zoo. CAPS’ representatives say the crimes at the zoo are some of the absolute worst cases of animal cruelty they have seen in sixty years.

Thankfully, after CAPS’s investigations and persistent outcries from concerned animal lovers, this terrible facility has had its renewal license denied. The council describes the zoo’s owner, David Gill, as “not a fit and suitable person” to manage the facilities and properly care for the animals.

Although this is a major victory for animal rights, the fight has not ended. Gill still has the option to appeal this license denial. Although our fingers are crossed the governing council will continue to rule in favor of humane practices, we still need to keep our voices heard.

Please share this story with your friends and family and encourage them to stand up for zoo animals!

Petition update · Baron was just adopted! ·

Justice for a dog whose nose and ears were cut off. 

by DoggoPupper · 272,975 supporters

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Mar 3, 2017 — We’re very excited to share that Baron has found his forever home after being adopted by a loving couple who heard about this story!
“The Michigan Humane Society is happy to share the exciting news that Baron, the injured rottweiler, has found his forever home! We would like to thank everyone involved in his recovery for their time and dedication. To everyone that called, emailed, donated or shared his story, you have our gratitude. It’s because of your support that rescues like Baron’s are possible.”

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Stop Animal Testing of Johnson & Johnson Products

“Johnsons & Johnsons”  claims they don’t do animal testing…. I posted this petition back in 2015  and the petition is still open! Do you believe they’re telling the truth!

Johnson & Johnson still tests its products on animals when it is not mandated by the government. Demand that the company, one of the largest in the United States, bans unnecessary animal testing.

Source: Stop Animal Testing of Johnson & Johnson Products

The Facts about Windex and Animal Testing A Statement from SC Johnson | Press Room 

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The Facts about Windex and Animal Testing: A Statement from SC Johnson

RACINE, Wis., January 6, 2017

Statement from Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability:

“A misleading online petition, with a photo falsely tied to Windex, has prompted consumer questions about whether we test Windex on dogs. SC Johnson has never tested Windex on dogs. Three Windex products have been tested on animals, as required by the government, in the last 20 years.

We choose non-animal testing methods whenever possible, and to that end we are a major contributor to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is dedicated to improving and increasing use of alternative test methods.

Until alternative methods are accepted globally, we must comply with the government agencies in some countries, including the U.S. EPA, that require safety testing for certain products.

Some companies skirt this issue because their materials or products are tested by suppliers or suppliers to those suppliers. So they claim that they personally do not test. But that’s deceptive. We care about transparency in our claims, so we are honest about whether the required animal testing is conducted.”

Read our full point of view on animal testing here.

About SC Johnson

SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.

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Breaking: Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Just Went Into Effect

Petition update · Charles Manson killer Leslie Van Houten’s parole denial appeal is going to the Supreme Court ·



Keep Charles Manson Cult Murderer Leslie Van Houten from Early Prison Release

by Debra Tate · 144,340 supporters
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Charles Manson killer Leslie Van Houten’s parole denial appeal is going to the Supreme Court
Debra Tate

Nov 15, 2016 — Charles Manson killer Leslie Van Houten’s parole denial appeal is going to the Supreme Court for review- a decision is expected by December 30, 2016! An article can be found at- Please help spread the word & share – Debra Tate (Sister of Sharon Tate)


Charles Manson Killer Leslie Van Houten’s parole appeal going to the Supreme Court
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Petition update · Dear supporters, ·

Mr. Ambadassor YU Qingtai, President of China Xi Jinping: Stop Cruelty on Cats and Dogs in China!
by Helena Anttila · 19,441 supporters
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Helena Anttila
Turku, Finland

Oct 30, 2016 — Dear supporters, My petition has been added to the following website: In that website my petition gets more visibility than before. Therefore I have not shut down my petition, and I will send it again to China. Please keep sharing. We well keep on fighting and pressuring China until the cruelty ends. Thank you for you all. You are good people!

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Petition update · Latest round of pet horrors involving Craigslist ads ·

Justice for Puppy Doe: Tell Craigslist to Help Stop Violence Against Pets
by Joyel Everett @FEND · 411,078 supporters
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Latest round of pet horrors involving Craigslist ads
Joyel Everett @FEND
Boston, MA

Oct 27, 2016 — Its been a while since our last update, but unfortunately there is no shortage of new negative stories involving pets and Craigslist ads. Classified sites like Craigslist provide an easy avenue for criminals to acquire, abuse and/or sell pets since there is zero regulation or accountability. The company banned its “Erotic Services” category in 2009 after being sued by several state attorneys general alleging that the category “facilitated” prostitution, yet by continuing to allow the pets category to be unregulated, they are potentially facilitating crimes against helpless animals, including being an avenue for backyard breeders to sell dogs and cats which contributes to the overpopulation crisis.

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In Miami, a pet pig was adopted from Craigslist then shot for food

In NY state, a kennel worker allegedly stole a client’s dog and sold him on Craigslist:

In North Carolina, an owner claims their dogsitter sold her dogs on Craigslist:

Pet pig adopted from Craigslist, shot for food
Pet pig adopted from Craigslist, shot for food
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Petition update · Critical Marley Update ·



wp-1477610892676.jpeg Bay County Please Remove Dangerous Dog Designation for Rescue Dog Marley

by Please Help Marley · 211,424 supporters
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Critical Marley Update
Please Help Marley

Oct 27, 2016 — We recently became aware of an incident involving Marley the dog in Panama, where the dog was snuck up on during sleep and then bit an individual. It is worth noting that Marley was in a shelter for what we believe was about a year. He shuttered at the sight of the animal control officer. Additionally, he came from overseas and was in the war zone, as he stayed with a camp of soldiers.
Based on what we know about him and have been told, we firmly believe this scenario was caused by startle reflex. This is a common condition, and is deemed a non-aggressive one. Even humans have it, think about it, how would you react if someone woke you from a deep sleep? You would be startled right? Although it can happen in any breed, it is most common in Greyhounds and Basenji’s.
Rather than stop there, we wanted to take a further look into what may be behind this, based on Marley’s history. So we looked into dogs who have been in similar situations. We think that Marley might have hypothyroidism, as it can show in many ways, OCD behaviors, fear, startle reflex, shyness and other symptoms. Luckily there is a drug called Soloxine, that can help dogs with this condition.
Regardless of if Marley has hypothyroidism or not, it is clear he has startle reflex, and either needs his own area to sleep or it needs to be addressed head on. It is very possible that this situation was brought on by the amount of time he was in the shelter and the quality of his care in conjunction with his past. To put it simply, dogs who have been in the war zone, should not be handled like this.

It is our understanding that he is no longer in the custody of the family and that the county eagerly wants to put him down.

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Petition Update · Greyhounds are dying at Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida ·

Repeal the law requiring Florida gambling facilities to offer greyhound racing.
by Marilyn Varnberg for Greyhound Adoption of Florida and GREY2K USA · 217,198 supporters
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Greyhounds are dying at Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida
Marilyn Varnberg for Greyhound Adoption of Florida and GREY2K USA

Oct 18, 2016 — Twenty-five greyhounds have died at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida since 2013. The fate of many more dogs is unknown. In the summer of 2016 we documented dozens of violent collisions at this track. We are closer than ever to ending dog racing in Florida but we still need your help. Please share this video widely and encourage your friends to sign this petition. You can also donate to help end dog racing in Florida here:

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AZ just banned dog racing, FL can too!
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UPDATE~Petition: End the Use of Live Tiger Mascots at Louisiana State University

                 🐯    I’m sad to announce that Mike died yesterday!   🐯

Please Sign Petition ~STOP  Louisiana State University  from purchasing another tiger to use as  mascot!!

Petition update · VICTORY! UN Bans International Trade in Wild African Grey Parrots ·


Tell CITES to end trade in wild African Grey Parrots!
by WORLD PARROT TRUST · 73,989 supporters
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VICTORY! UN Bans International Trade in Wild African Grey Parrots

Oct 5, 2016 — JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2 October 2016 – African Grey parrots were granted much-needed protection from the wildlife trade by the delegates at the Conference of the Parties to CITES 17 (CoP17), which voted to end all commercial trade in wild African Grey Parrots. The proposal was submitted by Gabon, and co-sponsored by Angola, Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Senegal, Chad, the United States and the European Union. During the debate many other African states spoke up in support of the proposal.

“This is a very important decision and a critical step towards securing the future for these fantastic birds,” said Dr. Rowan Martin, Director of the World Parrot Trust’s Africa Programme. “In parts of Africa, wild populations have suffered dramatic declines and this action was urgently needed to stop Africa’s forests falling silent.”

African Grey parrots are one of the most sought after and highly traded species in the world. Since 1975 more than 1.3 million of these parrots have been reported in international trade. Once widespread over most of Africa, recent field data from multiple range states confirm widespread population collapses in wild Grey Parrots. Local extinctions have also occurred. There have been substantial irregularities in trade and exports have frequently exceeded recommended quotas. Given the overwhelming evidence of the dangers to these parrots, many African countries and regional and international NGOs have sought to encourage global bodies such as CITES to provide the maximum protection required for African Grey parrots to survive in the wild.

Tony Juniper, leading environmentalist and World Parrot Trust ambassador, stated, “This decision is very good news for one of the world’s most charismatic and beautiful parrots. A barbaric and unnecessary trade has been behind the precipitous decline that has been documented during recent years, and I’m certain this ban will lead to a more positive outlook.”

A milestone decision has been reached for the conservation of these birds, but much more has yet to be accomplished to ensure the species’ preservation, including boosting enforcement and compliance in range states and importing countries and the development of in-situ conservation projects 

Download a copy of the full media release here:

Learn more about the work being done by the World Parrot Trust at our website:

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Petition update · Official Petition For Kato & Kleo ·

Sign the petition only… not send any money!!
Governor Dannel P. Malloy: Free Kato and Kleo!
by Laurie Mann · 4,186 supporters
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Official Petition For Kato & Kleo
Laurie Mann
Olean, NY

Last week, someone started another petition for Kato & Kleo without our consent or authorization. Not only that, we specifically asked him NOT TO. We believe he did this in order to acquire email addresses for marketing purposes, based on messages we received from other animal rights groups. Please be sure to share THIS petition only, as we do not know for sure what else he is up to. We have had reports of him requesting donations and this we absolutely did NOT authorize. We requested that he remove his petition so that there would be no confusion. He closed it, but occasionally opens it back up, so please be careful. Thank you for your support and for your continued efforts to help #FreeKatoAndKleo


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Petition update · Montreal Petition Update ·

Montreal Mayor: Montreal Please Reverse Your Decision to Ban Pitbulls!
by Citizens for a Better Montreal · 72,812 supporters
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Sep 28, 2016 — Our petition has nearly 30,000 signatures in less than 12 hours! That is a huge accomplishment, but we need to do better! We need each of you to share this petition link to EVERYONE you know, on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook (on your personal page, on celebrity pages, on other pages and groups).

Also, if you wish, click on “Promote Petition”. This money will go to and will effectively pay for more people to see the petition. Sound crazy? Well it works!

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Rest assured, we are in this for the long haul. We will prevail!
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Petition update · Victory! Mohan is Home. ·

Mr. Amrit Tripathi, IAS: Expedite Mohan’s freedom
by Wildlife SOS · 214,167 supporters
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Victory! Mohan is Home.
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Sep 22, 2016 — We updated you yesterday on Mohan’s newfound freedom as he was on the road to his new life at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura. Now he’s arrived — and your support helped us get him there immensely.

At this point we are officially closing the petition. If you would like to continue your support for Mohan — and he really needs it, suffering from a host of health issues based on decades of neglect and abuse — please see our donate page, here:

And if you want mobile updates on Mohan and all of our elephant rescues, please text WILD to 51555 on your phone.

Thank you again, Mohan supporters! Together we did it.

Your Signature Helped Free Mohan!

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Petition update · One Week Left! ·

CITES: Save African Elephants
by Animal Welfare Institute · 13,036 supporters
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One Week Left!
Animal Welfare Institute

Sep 16, 2016 — Thank you so much to all of you who have shown your support for African elephants. We will be gathering all of the signatures to provide to the member countries of CITES on September 23, so we have one week left to get as many additional signatures as possible.

Please join us and share this petition with your family and friends asking them to sign and share it as well.

Almost 100 #elephants a day slaughtered for #ivory, sign & share to #SaveAfricanElephants


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Success! Libre’s Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty | Care2 Causes

Even though a mange-covered, emaciated puppy was dying when he was rescued on July 4 from a breeding farm in Pennsylvania, no animal cruelty charges were filed against the owner of the facility.
The 7-week-old Boston terrier puppy was rescued by a delivery man who saw him lying alone in a pen, lifeless, and rushed him to the Dillsburg Veterinary Center.

Jennifer Nields, a former Lancaster County humane officer, was shocked the puppy survived. “We were told (by a veterinarian) that he was hours from death,” she said. The puppy, who she named Libre (Spanish for “liberty”) since he was rescued on Independence Day, was in critical condition. He had severe mange that was rotting his maggot-infested skin, and he was starving and dehydrated.

So why wasn’t Benjamin S. Stoltzfus, the owner of the breeding farm in Quarryville, charged with animal cruelty? Because Susan Martin, director of the Lancaster SPCA, decided — based only on a single photo of the puppy — not to press charges.

At a July 12 press conference, Martin said she had been taking a sick day when she received a text message about Libre’s condition. She forwarded one photo of Libre to a staff veterinarian, who took a look at it and determined the puppy was “not in imminent danger,” Martin said.

“Unless the dog were in imminent danger, no officer could seize the dog without a warrant,” Martin said. She didn’t believe the photo sufficiently proved a warrant was necessary.
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The backlash to Martin’s decision was immediate. Nearly 400 people marched in protest outside the Lancaster SPCA July 17. Over 9,000 Care2 members signed a petition asking for the breeding facility owner to be charged with cruelty.

Their voices have finally been heard.

Justice for Libre

On August 11, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman held a press conference announcing that his office has filed a petition calling for the suspension of Martin’s appointment as a humane society police officer for the Lancaster County SPCA. According to the petition, Martin has conducted her authority to enforce animal cruelty laws in a “substandard” fashion.

Stedman also announced that the Pennsylvania State Police have charged Stoltzfus with a summary count of cruelty to animals for failure to provide Libre with adequate veterinary care. Stoltzfus was fined about $905.

Stoltzfus admitted to police he had abandoned the puppy in the pen, intentionally leaving him to die there. Unfortunately, because of Pennsylvania’s weak animal cruelty laws – it’s one of only three U.S. states that doesn’t have a felony level for these heinous crimes – Stoltzfus will likely only have to pay the fine, despite the fact that he callously left that scared, sick little puppy all alone with no food or water, knowing full well he would suffer a slow, agonizing death.

‘Libre’s Law’ for Tougher Animal Cruelty Penalties

Inspired by Libre’s case, Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Alloway plans to introduce “Libre’s Law,” which would increase the penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals in the state.

“You just don’t treat these pets like this,” he said. “It’s not a sport, a sporting game that you would hunt, it’s not a food source. These are our pets.”

At his press conference, District Attorney Stedman also promised to make “sweeping changes in the way animal cruelty will be policed and prosecuted in the county,” beginning immediately.

Libre’s Miracle Recovery

The best news is the truly amazing recovery made by Libre, thanks to round-the-clock care. The healthy puppy is barely recognizable from a shocking photo taken just a few weeks ago (in which he definitely appears to be in “imminent danger,” despite whatever Miller saw).
Libre is now enjoying plenty of love and attention in his new forever home. He’s been adopted by Janine Guido of Speranza Animal Rescue. You can keep up with this lucky puppy’s new adventures on the rescue’s Facebook page.

As for Stoltzfus, here’s hoping there’s no happily ever after for him. Instead of paying a fine, he should be abandoned all alone — in a prison cell.


Mississippi Governor: Please Stop The Tippah County MS Fair Rabbit Scramble
by Linda Sue · 51,015 supporters
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Linda Sue
Florida, FL

Aug 10, 2016 — Contact: Doll Stanley, Director Justice for Animals Campaign, (662) 809-4483

Ripley, MS (August 10, 2016) – Over 60,000 people have joined In Defense of Animals’ Mississippi-based Justice for Animals Campaign, Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi, Mississippi Animal Rescue League and the House Rabbit Society to call on the Tippah County Fair organizers, community and state leaders to halt the fair’s “Rabbit Scramble” due to take place tomorrow. During the annual event, organizers release rabbits and other terrified animals into an arena and encourage small children to chase them down and catch them.

Pictures and video of the event reveal the horror of the fair’s frenzy, during which animals are caught by any means necessary with no concern for their welfare. Disturbing images show rabbits being dangled by their ears, choked around the neck and even dropped to the floor while children race around the arena.

The “Rabbit Scramble” violates Mississippi’s state statute MSSS 97-41-5, that criminalizes the cruel handling of animals.

“The cruel rabbit scramble violates Mississippi law, fails animals’ welfare and desensitizes children to animal suffering,” said Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign Director.

While the Animal Board of Health in Jackson has advised fair organizers to instruct children on how to hold the rabbits, most participants are too young to carry out the instructions. The rabbits are pursued chased by young children aged four and under – an age where most children have little to no understanding or ability to handle such delicate and vulnerable animals.

“Teaching children compassion towards animals is a responsibility we all share”, said Debra Boswell, Director of Mississippi Animal Rescue League. “Compassion for animals will surely go a long way toward compassion for humans and help broaden our society’s acceptance for all.”
Over 60,000 people have joined In Defense of Animals, Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi, the House Rabbit Society and other likeminded organizations to call on fair officials to replace the animal chase events.

Fair organizers, sponsors, the Tippah County Sheriff, the Lieutenant. Governor, and other officials are being called on to replace the intrinsically cruel “Rabbit Scramble” with humane family bonding events like tug-of-war, sack races, apple bobbing, relay races, and more.

“People from Mississippi and all over the country are sickened and outraged by scenes from Tippah County fair’s inhumane “rabbit scramble”. It is unacceptable to chase rabbits down for fun, and barbaric to allow such sensitive animals to be choked, dropped to the floor and dangled by their ears. We call on fairgoers to boycott the fair’s outdated animal chase events and call on organizers to replace them with fun alternatives that the whole family can enjoy together,” said In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign Director, Doll Stanley.

“Mississippi’s Animal Cruelty laws are some of the weakest in the nation, but even these laws are being ignored when faced with an antiquated tradition like the Farmed Animal Scramble,” said Shelby Parsons of Mississippi Spay and Neuter. “Tens of thousands of concerned citizens around the country are pleading with Mississippi law enforcement and government officials to enforce their own laws, which is extremely detrimental to our state’s reputation, to Mississippians, and to Mississippi’s animals.”

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§ 97-41-5. Carrying in a cruel manner
If any person shall carry, or cause to be carried by hand or in or upon any vehicle or other conveyance, any creature other than a dog or cat in a cruel or inhuman manner, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Amended by Laws 2011, Ch. 536, § 4, eff. from and after passage (approved April 26, 2011).

The 2011 amendment inserted “other than a dog or cat”.


In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign is actively working with officials in communities, building a groundswell of support for establishing and amending city and county ordinances as part of its campaign to show state lawmakers that Mississippians will not tolerate animal cruelty.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with over 250,000 supporters and a 30-year history of protecting animals’ rights, welfare and habitats through education, campaigns and hands on rescue facilities in India, Africa, and rural Mississippi.

Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi is a volunteer-run organization founded in 2016. AAIM works to promote animal-related initiatives that protect and/or promote the physical and psychological well-being of animals.
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Little Girl With Autism Is So Happy Her Dog Is Finally Home


For a little girl, even a single night without your best friend in the whole world is too long.
For 7-year-old Maddison Armer, 19 nights without her dog, Darla, was an eternity.

Ever since Darla was a puppy, the two were inseparable.

And Darla has been instrumental in helping Maddison deal with her autism.

But on July 16, their connection was suddenly shattered when officers from Lancashire Constabulary seized Darla on suspicion of being a pit bull.

In the days that followed, Maddison was inconsolable.

She locked herself in the family’s bathroom. She climbed a tree, hoping she might be able to see where police took her dog — and fell out, spending two days in the hospital with a broken wrist.
But on Thursday, Maddison Armer was finally reunited with her best friend. And a family was made whole again.

“I am so happy,” Maddison’s mother, Jenny Armer, posted on Facebook. “We are all in tears. I’m so happy I could just screeeaaaammm.”
A video of Darla’s homecoming posted to Facebook makes it all too clear that Darla felt the same way about being separated from her family. In the clip, Darla can barely contain herself, bouncing from one family member to the next, her tail whirring like a helicopter.

While the Lancashire Constabulary did not return requests for comment, Jenny Armer noted in her Facebook post that an independent expert’s assessment played a key role in winning Darla’s freedom.
It’s not uncommon for dogs seized under England’s Dangerous Dogs Act to be returned to their owners following a period of behavioural assessment and observation. In fact, in Belfast, where the ban is also enforced, 10 out of 11 seized dogs have been returned to their families, according to a press release sent to The Dodo by Belfast City Council.

Authorities in Lancashire appear to have made a similar exception for Darla, whom the family describes as a very friendly mix between a shar-pei and a Staffordshire bull terrier.

When police took Darla, her family was told they could either sign a disclaimer to have Darla euthanized or fight the decision in court.

For a while, it seemed like Darla would meet the fate of some 5,000 dogs across England and Wales who have been put down in the last three years. It isn’t much better in parts of the U.S. and Canada, where breed-specific legislation (BSL) is still tearing families apart.

But Darla was given a reprieve — much like a dog named Hank, who was seized just two days before Darla from his family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Both dogs are now home with their families where they belong.

And let no law come between them.

Petition update · In 9 Days the Tippah Co Fair Will Again Teach a Mob of Small Children to Terrorize & Abuse Rabbits ·

Mississippi Governor: Please Stop The Tippah County MS Fair Rabbit Scramble
by Linda Sue · 45,131 supporters
Petition update
In 9 Days the Tippah Co Fair Will Again Teach a Mob of Small Children to Terrorize & Abuse Rabbits
Linda Sue
Florida, FL

Aug 2, 2016 — Despite 4 videos and several photos validating unlawful animal cruelty against domestic rabbits at the Tippah Co. Fair (evidence referenced from a Tippah News Facebook page); when asking Sheriff Karl Gaillard’s office if the rabbit scramble was being stopped do to the fact it is unlawful, the following statement was given by his dispatcher on 8/1/2016:
“IF” animal cruelty is going on, people will be arrested.

The Governor’s office states their Attorneys are looking into the complaints and that the Co Supervisors should be notified of the complaints.

County Supervisors do not respond to phone calls or formal complaints. When asking County Administrator Melinda Crumb if the County Supervisors were working to stop the animal cruelty event at the fair while referencing the MS Animal Cruelty laws forbidding the inhumane carrying of animals, she replied by stating they received the complaints and the Sheriff is elected and he runs the County.
Sheriff Karl Gaillard 662-837-9336
Tippah Co Board of Supervisors 662-837-3655

Mississippi State Statute 97-41-5 forbids the inhumane carrying of animals, this cruel event is unlawful.
Please call the following officials and respectfully ask them to review the complaints and to Help Stop the Inhumane Rabbit Scramble before more rabbits are injured and may die from the mishandling of young children let loose upon them in a hysterical mob. According to a complaint by expert Sharon L. Crowell-Davis DVM, PhD, DACVB Professor of Behavioral Medicine – this event encourages children to commit animal abuse and learn that cruelty to animals is not only acceptable, it is “fun” and desirable.
The unlawful event is scheduled to take place again on Aug 11, 2016.

HSUS Mississippi State Director, Lydia Sattler 228-216-6627
HSUS Facebook page:

State Representative Jody Steverson 662-837-9332 Ripley
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves 601-359-3200
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann 601-359-1350
Attorney General Jim Hood 601-359-3680
District Attorney Ben Creekmore 662-234-3304
Senator Thad Cochran 202-224-6253

UPDATE: You can read the open letter to the Tippah County Fair from In Defense of Animals and Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi, INC. at the following link.
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