Justice For Kiera!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009 0 comments
"Justice For Kiera!"

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/164/JUSTICE-FOR-KIERA


When Marianne Zelonis came home from work one Thursday evening in April, she found her beloved three year old German Shepherd Kiera lying motionless just yards away from home on a neighbor's lawn. "I jumped out of the car and ran over to her and she had a bullet hole to her temple...she was dead." Zelonis' next door neighbor admitted it was her son, Arthur Menechini, a resident of Pittston Township, PA , who shot Kiera, and said the shooting was in self defense. However, upon investigation police were unsure how Kiera could have escaped her yard and found no evidence supporting Menechini's claim that Kiera had threatened or attacked him and his mother's dog Coco on what many have cited as the first time the man had ever walked his mother's dog on a leash. In fact, Coco was allowed to run loose at all times of day and night, antagonizing Kiera and other neighbors. Kiera, on the other hand, was known to have a great personality, be even-tempered and good with both children and other animals. Moreover, there was a history of animosity between the families and Mr. Menechini had often made it clear he considered Kiera to be a "nuisance". Claiming his actions were justifiable, he turned down a plea deal this summer. This month in a plea hearing, Menechini's attorney's request for dismissal of all counts of animal cruelty and disorderly conduct was refused.

 A bench trial has been scheduled for early January, with the presiding judge solely responsible for the verdict and if applicable, the sentence.



Mr. Menichini thinks he did nothing wrong - but there should be no tolerance for someone taking an innocent life in such a violent way. He needs to pay for his actions!



It is our intention to show our support for Arthur Menechini's conviction for the charges of animal cruelty and disorderly conduct. We also believe it is of utmost importance that Mr. Menechini receive the maximum sentence allowable; both to appropriately punish him for these crimes and to send an emphatic message that this type of violent behavior against animals and against a family's animal companion, will not ever be tolerated. It won't bring this family's precious pet back to them... but a strong sentence will in part bring them closure, and by discouraging similar acts of this kind in the future, assure that Kiera did not entirely die in vain.
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Protect The Raccoons of Central Park NYC - The Petition Site

Sunday, 27 December 2009 0 comments
Protect The Raccoons of Central Park NYC - The Petition Site


We the undersigned respectfully request the oral rabies vaccination (pellets) of Central Park's raccoons as opposed to the relocation or eradication of these animals. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this petition.




To The Honorable Mayor Of NYC Michael R. Bloomberg:

Please sir consider the option of oral rabies vaccination as opposed to relocation or eradication. The raccoons of Central Park are "urbanized" raccoons as opposed to rural raccoons and therefore likely not equipped to survive relocation to a rural area. The two rabid raccoons recently found in Central park were dead. Dr. Sally Slavinski of the NYC Dept. of Health stated to the press that those dead rabid raccoons may have been "dropped off" which is what many suspect. Over the past several months, there have been many people who have stated that they are organizing and writing letters to have the raccoons eradicated so that they may walk their dogs unleashed without any worries about raccoon attacks. Raccoons do not attack dogs, they run up into trees when chased by dogs or humans. Dogs are vaccinated against rabies because that is the law in New York, so they cannot contract rabies from raccoons. Although many of us understand the convenience of the unleashed dog walking issue, we do not believe that this is worth removing or eradicating raccoons which are free rodent control and an important part of the ecosystem of the parks in NYC. In addition to the aforementioned, please sir also consider the fact that the raccoons are a huge tourist attraction. All of the tourists are well aware of the rabies issue so they keep their distance as there are many "Do Not Feed The Wild Animals" signs which are clearly visible throughout the park. Like us, the tourists are only interested in catching a glimpse of and sometimes photographing these shy, beautiful, intelligent and fascinating animals. Thank you sir for reading this letter and petition.
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Just One Dog

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Save Baby Elephant Val from Tim Frisco - The Petition Site

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Hello I would like to tell you of the horrible treatment of the elephants in the circus. Bullhooks, electric prod's and various other implements of torture and abuse occur during their training. I want to make it known that these beautiful majestic animal's are performing in these circus's not of their own free will but fear. Fear of punishment, fear of the trainer. I have recently found that trainer Tim Frisco is one of those people. I have read so much on his abusive tactic's and now on a baby elephant by the name of Val. I am here to do something about this. I need your help. With your signatures as help we can close this travisty down once and for all. It is time, don't you think to put a stop to the terrible, horrible way there creatures are treated during training. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Anita Murray Cook


Help us help baby Val

please let the USDA know that this kind of abuse of young, vulnerable baby elephants violates the Animal Welfare Act's requirement for safe and humane handling of animals

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STOP KILLING OF STRAYS IN BULGARIA - The Petition Site

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Dear Attorney General Velchev,




Dear Deputy Prime Minister Plugtschieva, Dear Mayor Atanossov,



article 6 and article 7 of the Bulgarian animal protection act prohibit "the infliction of pain and every act or omission of an act, that causes permanent or repeated suffering for the animal".



The massacre of dogs in Plovdiv, during which 14 dogs were slain with iron bars by two animal keepers known to us by name before the eyes of two witnesses, not only grossly contradicts the applicable law and the elementary ethical standards, but also harms the esteem of your country.



WE DEMAND FROM YOU:



* The closing down of all camps for stray animals in Bulgaria and their conversion into animal shelters



* Severe punishment for those who torment, kill or maroon animals



* Immediate implementation of the castration programmes provided by the animal protection act



* Free access to the camps for stray animals for all citizens



Enforce the applicable law and make sure, that the isolators finally disappear from the moral map of Bulgaria. This is your duty, comply with it!



I will only visit Bulgaria again when your country considers its responsibility towards animals.



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Rescate abierto de una familia | Open rescue of a family

Saturday, 26 December 2009 0 comments

Rescate abierto de una familia | Open rescue of a family from Igualdad Animal on Vimeo.
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Justice for Shadow...Please Sign - The Petition Site

Saturday, 19 December 2009 0 comments
Justice for Shadow...Please Sign - The Petition Site



When the Scheeles went to visit relatives in Vermont, they did not expect their trip to end in horror. Shadow, their much beloved pet, wandered outside into a neighbor's yard where Lewis Dustin shot and killed Shadow for merely trespassing. Dustin was ordered to pay the Scheeles the cost of adopting Shadow, his veterinary bills and his cremation along with 100 hours of community service. This is not justice and the Scheeles are seeking further damages for the emotional heartache that they have suffered. As you may know already, the Scheeles are not doing this for monetary purposes. They want the courts to acknowledge Shadow as a member of the family and not as property. This is an extremely important case that will be heard in the spring and it could have tremendous impact. If this man is forced to pay a larger sum of money for the devastation he caused, it will send out a message to any idiot with a gun who decides to use it against an innocent animal. This is very important so I am asking you to please sign and if you can forward this to as many friends as you can.Once I close this petition, I will forward all of the names to the Scheeles and their attorney so that they can use this in court.

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Freedom for Franklin a Thai Ridgeback Dog Petition

Tuesday, 15 December 2009 1 comments


Franklin is a 3 yr old purebred Thai Ridgeback dog who is being judged unfairly by people ignorant to his needs and this primitive rare breed. His breeder tried to get him back, the Thai Ridgeback Rescue Network with support from their national breed club wants him, the shelter staff and volunteers love him but the Board of Directors for this shelter want to destroy him because they "think" he "may" be dangerous "someday".

Reports confirm Franklin has lived in Washington state since he was a puppy. In those 3 years and has never caused harm to a human, animal, etc.

We demand fair treatment of this dog and wholeheartedly believe that banishing him, out of nothing but fear, stops now.


http://www.free-franklin.com/
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Urgent! Please help. Cats & Dogs getting killed by Poison on a very cruel way! - The Petition Site

Sunday, 13 December 2009 0 comments
Urgent! Please help. Cats & Dogs getting killed by Poison on a very cruel way! - The Petition Site


In Hurghada, Egypt are a lot of stray dogs and cats. The government, private people and hotel managers try to get rid of them by dropping toxic baits on the streets and the hotel area. This is very cruel for the animals and very dangerous for humans as well.




Hurghadas boarder is on three sides desert and on one side we have got the sea. The problem is easily to get under control by sterilisation and castration of this animals. Poisoning them makes the problem worse. This procedure doesnt cause the minimizing of stray dogs and cats. It is pushing this problem to the top as it is proved in worldwide examinations. This decrease of animals is causing more stray puppies or kittens for the next born generation because of increasing the food for the animals that survive.



The problem will be double within one year and sterilization and castration is the only possibility to get red of this problem futurewise. The financial costs therefore havent to be carried by the government. There are enough volunteer organizations that are offering this service for free. It just needs the approbation of the government. Dear Signers, I wanna reach with your help and support that the governor of Hurghada will agree to stop the poisoning of stray dogs and cats by using toxic baits. This baits are very cruel for the animals, and a very high risk for the citizens as well. Strychnin or even a stronger poison is used for this toxic baits on the streets!



Methomyl pure is declared as an insect poison but it is a contact poison as well and often used in pure form or a mix for this baits. We feel this is a invasion of privacy for us, our children and our private pets.



The people dont feel safe to leave their houses and to know there can be toxic baits containing Strychnin or even more toxic ingredients everywhere on the street. Poison is easy to get with underhand deals. This is like an invitation for terroristic activities as well.
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Asia's Dog Meat Trade: A Look Inside A Seedy World

Saturday, 12 December 2009 1 comments


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/01/asias-dog-meat-trade-a-lo_n_375249.html
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Save Kenya's Lions from a Deadly Toxin - The Petition Site

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Save Kenya's Lions from a Deadly Toxin - The Petition Site
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Say No to Lion poisoning in Kenya

Friday, 11 December 2009 0 comments
Say No to Lion poisoning in Kenya
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Tell S.C. Johnson: Stop Animal Testing! - The Petition Site

Wednesday, 9 December 2009 0 comments
Tell S.C. Johnson: Stop Animal Testing! - The Petition Site
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URGENT: Urge University to Release Robert into a Loving Home | PETA.org

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URGENT: Urge University to Release Robert into a Loving Home | PETA.org
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Stop Animal Experiments at Bradford University

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Stop Animal Experiments at Bradford University
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Urge U.S. Russian Ambassador to Help End Cruel Circus | PETA.org

Tuesday, 8 December 2009 1 comments
Urge U.S. Russian Ambassador to Help End Cruel Circus | PETA.org
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Spread the rescue message!

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Justice for LBD - courtdate Dec 11, Knoxville, TN - The Petition Site

Monday, 7 December 2009 0 comments
Justice for LBD - courtdate Dec 11, Knoxville, TN - The Petition Site
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100 Americans Can Stop the “Pet” Primate Trade

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Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute:
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Against the Eradication of The Stray Dogs in Romania Petition

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Against the Eradication of The Stray Dogs in Romania Petition
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Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity

Sunday, 6 December 2009 0 comments
Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity
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Pass the Shark Conservation Act - The Petition Site

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Pass the Shark Conservation Act - The Petition Site


Every year, millions of sharks are caught for their fins to feed the growing worldwide demand for shark fin soup. And this demand has led to drastic declines in shark populations around the world. Some populations have declined by as much as 99 percent in the past 35 years.

The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 would require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached, thus solving enforcement issues and facilitating better data collection. It also closes a loophole related to the transfer of fins at sea, which allows bad actors to circumvent the current law. Additionally, the bill allows the U.S. to take actions against countries that have weaker protections for sharks.

This act has already passed the House of Representatives and is now awaiting final action in the Senate. This is the perfect time to flood the Senate with letters supporting the act! Tell your Senators that you won't stand for anything less than full protection for sharks!
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Sled Dog Rescue

Friday, 27 November 2009 0 comments




Read:

http://www.hsicanada.ca/companion_animals/husky_rescue_111709.html
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Tell Gaston Co NC Animal Control No to Gas, etc - The Petition Site

Tuesday, 24 November 2009 0 comments
Tell Gaston Co NC Animal Control No to Gas, etc - The Petition Site


My husband and myself have been horrified by the failure of care given to the animals kept at Gaston County Animal Control. They also gas animals twice a day, they are over crowded. So basically if a dog is picked up it will be dead in a few days. Its a sad situation. They are crowded into dog runs, left wet and cold in winter (I've seen puppies like this there). They are racist against large breed dogs and chose to kill them instead of giving them a chance at a home. We pay taxes to keep this place going. They have failed inspection for the past several years, they have been warned but keep being allowed to fail inspection and continue their cruelty. They have gassed a dog twice that lived and a local rescue group took her after all she had been through. If that doesn't tell you that gassing animals is painful and wrong then you must be a sick person. And try telling your 6 year old nephew why animal control was dumping dead dog bodies in our public landfill during the day. How would they feel if they were dumped as trash when they passed away. Have the respect to take a sec when its time for a dog or cat to die to take that animal and lay them down and give them an injection and a pat on the head because that may be the only affection and love that animal has ever had from a human. They need to stop throwing them in mass numbers into the gas chamber where they fight for their lives out of fear and die without respect or dignity. Tell Gaston County Animal Control to clean up their act, pass inspections, treat the animals with respect and stop using gas chambers. It should be against the law.


Its a good thing our Nation isn't judged by our treatment of our animals because we have failed them bad. Please add you signature to help us correct this wrong that is being done to these precious animals. The least they can do is take out the gas chambers and use injection only. Please tell Gaston County NC Animal Control to change their policies and stop gassing animals.
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End the UK Primate Pet Trade - The Petition Site

Friday, 20 November 2009 0 comments
End the UK Primate Pet Trade - The Petition Site



Wild Futures, formerly The Monkey Sanctuary Trust, based in Cornwall, is a registered charity, which draws on over 40 years of experience caring for unwanted ex-pet monkeys. The Trust is working hard to raise awareness of and put an end to the cruel primate pet trade in the UK.




The primate pet trade in the UK is little documented and many people are shocked that it is still legal to buy and sell monkeys as pets in the UK. However, there may be 5000 privately owned primates in the UK, sometimes living in garden sheds or bird cages without the appropriate 24-hour care that they need and deserve. All primates suffer greatly from this cruel trade, which takes babies from their mothers to be raised by hand for the pet trade. This early separation is extremely traumatic for both mother and baby as, like us, primates are dependent on their mothers for at least 2-3 years. Primates suffer mentally and physically from being kept in captivity as we can never provide for all their needs and as pets they often face isolation and neglect. As wild animals, they can never be domesticated and are also dangerous and a threat to public health due to the diseases that they can carry.



Join Wild Futures in calling for an end to the Trade in Primates as Pets in the UK. On December 10th we will be presenting the petition at The House of Commons and then at the Prime Minister's residence, Number 10 Downing Street. By adding your support to our petition, you will help us to show the Government that there is huge support for this trade to be stopped. Please go to the following page to sign up.

http://www.petitionthem.co.uk/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=1623

Thank you for caring.Wild Futures, formerly The Monkey Sanctuary Trust, based in Cornwall, is a registered charity, which draws on over 40 years of experience caring for unwanted ex-pet monkeys. The Trust is working hard to raise awareness of and put an end to the cruel primate pet trade in the UK.



The primate pet trade in the UK is little documented and many people are shocked that it is still legal to buy and sell monkeys as pets in the UK. However, there may be 5000 privately owned primates in the UK, sometimes living in garden sheds or bird cages without the appropriate 24-hour care that they need and deserve. All primates suffer greatly from this cruel trade, which takes babies from their mothers to be raised by hand for the pet trade. This early separation is extremely traumatic for both mother and baby as, like us, primates are dependent on their mothers for at least 2-3 years. Primates suffer mentally and physically from being kept in captivity as we can never provide for all their needs and as pets they often face isolation and neglect. As wild animals, they can never be domesticated and are also dangerous and a threat to public health due to the diseases that they can carry.



Join Wild Futures in calling for an end to the Trade in Primates as Pets in the UK. On December 10th we will be presenting the petition at The House of Commons and then at the Prime Minister's residence, Number 10 Downing Street. By adding your support to our petition, you will help us to show the Government that there is huge support for this trade to be stopped. Please go to the following page to sign up.

http://www.petitionthem.co.uk/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=1623


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Justice for Dusty! Petition

Monday, 16 November 2009 0 comments
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/149/justice-for-dusty


"On or about November 4, 2009 in Owingsville, KY, a beautiful two year old Golden Retriever named 'Dusty' was found hanging from a backhoe in a macabre display of brutality, visible to any who were unfortunate witnesses passing on a nearby road. The owner of the dog, Wesley Barrett, claims that his unnamed neighbor shot and killed the dog, upon finding the dog dead he hung the dog as a message to his neighbor. A shocked witness of the hanging dog took photos and called animal control. Police were notified and sent to the Barrett residence, however, Mr. Barrett failed to name the neighbor that allegedly shot the dog, he failed to press charges and the police did not investigate this gruesome murder.

According to many reports, an investigation into this murder has been requested, however, to date, the concern for Dusty's murder seems to have disappeared as quickly as his body. We call for an investigation into this senseless murder. We ask what pet owner would hang his dead dog and refuse to press charges against whoever allegedly murdered his dog?

We ask the officials of Kentucky to take a stand, do not let Dusty's murder go unpunished, this was blatant animal abuse and nothing less. Dusty was only 2 years old, I cannot imagine the pain this dog suffered prior to his death.


We remind the officials in Kentucky that as the new year comes so do the elections and we remind the citizens of Kentucky to remember Dusty, remember if your elected officials cannot protect and enforce safety of the animals of Kentucky, how can they protect and enforce the safety of it's people?

People have responded with disgust at the hanging of this dog from not just around the United States but from around the World. Kentucky, your failure to follow up on this atrocity has embarrassed you"
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Please stop the closure of our Cyprus animal shelter! - The Petition Site

Saturday, 14 November 2009 0 comments
Please stop the closure of our Cyprus animal shelter! - The Petition Site



Argos animal shelter in Cyprus provides refuge to abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

Every week animals arrive that have been starved, shot, abused or just left in the street to fend for themselves. At Argos they receive food, veterinary care, shelter and love from the dedicated volunteers who work at Argos.



It is with great sadness that we are forced to announce that unless we receive financial aid the sanctuary which presently shelters over 200 animals will be forced to close down.

As a charitable organisation Argos depends on the donations of the general public and the small income from its charity shops in order to build shelters for the animals and support their food and veterinary costs.



The Cyprus government has turned its back on its legal obligations towards the stray animals and ignores the fact that this has become an immense social problem. Animal welfare societies have been burdened with this social problem because as responsible citizens they have a duty of care to protect the animals from abuse and suffering they endure from ignorant and irresponsible citizens and local government services.



The Cyprus government taxes Argos Animal Shelter as a business, does not allow us to claim back VAT and has not given any financial assistance.

The meagre annual government grant of 17,000 euros divided amongst the island's 15 or so animal welfare societies has not been given for 2008 and 2009 and there is no indication as to when this will be forthcoming.



The Cyprus government simply does not care about animal welfare but if you care and want to help us continue our mission in helping these poor animals please donate anything you can at www.argossanctuary.com

You can also help by POLITELY telling the Cyprus government to start taking responsibility for this huge island wide problem.



Thank you for caring about the animals.
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The dreaded FireBull Fiesta in Soria

Friday, 13 November 2009 0 comments
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/FireBull


FireBull group on Care 2 has lots  of information on this subject.

It is very well organised - making it easy for anyone to contribute an ACTION.




FireBull - stop the burning of live Bulls

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/firebull---stop-the-burning-of-live-bulls
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Label Palm Oil. Save the Orangutan. Save the Rainforest. Petition

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Label Palm Oil. Save the Orangutan. Save the Rainforest. Petition




The orangutan and its habitat are seriously at risk due to palm oil production - an ingredient in 10% of our supermarket products. As consumers, we cannot make informed and ethical choices on purchases as palm oil is not properly labeled.

Please sign this petition to ask the EU parliament to lead by example and to start to take some action. It is time to to action NOW - before it is too late. Please share this petition with your friends, family and colleagues and on your social networking sites.
Thank you.

Red Alert Orangutan Preservation Campaign
www.primateprotection.org.uk
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Immediate Search and Appointment of a Progressive General Manager for Los Angeles Animal Services - The Petition Site

Sunday, 8 November 2009 0 comments
Immediate Search and Appointment of a Progressive General Manager for Los Angeles Animal Services - The Petition Site

As concerned Los Angeles citizens and taxpayers


As caring advocates for animals and a better Los Angleles

As members of rescue groups and animal advocacy organizations

As visitors to your city

We are appalled by the unconscionable number of animals killed, the horrific conditions in the shelters and the lack of accountability to the public by the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS). We therefore demand a new No-Kill, progressive General Manager candidate be found by a search committee and appointed by the Mayor immediately who will implement No Kill Policies, Programs, Protocols and creative advertising techniques to STOP THE KILLING in our six LA City shelters. As concerned Los Angeles citizens and taxpayers

As caring advocates for animals and a better Los Angleles

As members of rescue groups and animal advocacy organizations

As visitors to your city

We are appalled by the unconscionable number of animals killed, the horrific conditions in the shelters and the lack of accountability to the public by the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS). We therefore demand a new No-Kill, progressive General Manager candidate be found by a search committee and appointed by the Mayor immediately who will implement No Kill Policies, Programs, Protocols and creative advertising techniques to STOP THE KILLING in our six LA City shelters. We the undersigned do not want Kathleen Davis to be General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. Davis and her assistant Linda Barth are both inexperienced, incompetent leaders who know nothing about implementing progressive programs, policies, protocols and advertising techniqes in order to save the lives of our city's homeless and lose companion animals.



Here is the first bit of information on Kathy Davis that you need to know in order to understand why a search for a progressive, No-Kill GM is needed ASAP.



Point #1)

Kathy Davis herself initially told the Mayor's office that she was NOT qualified for the General Manager's position. But now it seems she is back-peddling, figuring that the high salary she is being paid, and the fact that she doesn't need to do anything but tell people who call and complain that "I will talk to my staff and get back to you", may not be such a difficult job after all. Of course, she never gets back to anyone who has called to complain about things like the lack of transparency in the stats currently, or other abuses, neglect and increased killing taking place inside LAAS.



Point #2)

The Mayor's office likes Davis because she doesn't make waves. That might make life easy for the Mayor's office, but it doesn't make anything better for the animals; and Davis' job and the Mayor's job should be to make things better for the animals by implementing No-Kill programs, protocols and policies. But as Davis' resume shows, she has NO experience or interest in No-Kill programs, protocols or policies. In fact, in her resume to become interim General Manager, Davis put as a bullet point her achievement of having SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED the volume of animals impounded by more than about 30%. She thinks impounding and killing more animals is a positive! She doesn't mention ANYTHING about increasing adoptions in Indiana or Dallas (the adoption rate for Dallas when she left was a horrifying 6%), nothing about reducing euthanasia, nothing about creative programs she enacted that saved the lives of animals. She is a bureaucrat like those of the Jerry Greenwalt era, whose catch-and-kill mentality and lack of knowledge of the No-Kill model, is a death sentence for the animals inside LAAS.



In this alert, we'd like to give you a bit of background on Kathy Davis:

In Dallas from 2007-2008 she was assistant director of Development Services, basically she was one of those in charge of building codes for the city! She served as interim Building Official and facilitated the search for a new Building Official! Yep, this appears to be right up the alley for implementing the No-Kill equation for the animals imprisoned inside the six city Death Camps! From 2002 to 2007, Davis was the city of Dallas Director of Code Compliance. In Dallas, "Code Compliance" includes animal services and other departments such as parking meters, graffiti removal and even jails!



Some interested ADL-LA members called the shelters in Dallas and spoke to some of the employees there and they said that each shelter has its own managers (who apparently reported to Davis) and that the shelter workers never even saw Davis. She had little to do with animal services and much more involvement with other things under "Code Compliance." In fact, from Davis' own resume, she focuses on things like how she helped in overhauling a multi-tenant program linking crime fighting initiatives to drive down crime in complexes in Dallas. Oh yes, and she also helped developed a graffiti program based on the Phoenix model! Lost and homeless animals are involved in lots of graffiti, so this ought to help her in her job as LAAS General Manager! She also helped developed a partnership with the state jail facility of Dallas to utilize prisoners for litter pick up. Now THAT'S something that will save the lives of our homeless animals.



The mayor's office has just turned the clock back to the seventies with a return to a "catch-and-kill mentality" that the humane community has worked so hard to overcome.



Kathy Davis and her assistant Linda Barth have now begun to impound MORE animals and kill them. Davis knows NOTHING about implementing progressive programs that SAVE the lives of animals, she knows NOTHING about creative advertising to help get more individuals to adopt a shelter animal rather than go to a pet store or breeder, Davis knows NOTHING about implementing multiple off-site pet adoptions, and neither does her side kick, another city bureaucrat, Linda Barth.



We must face the fact head on that the animals are, if anything, now in a worse situation under Kathy Davis and Linda Barth than under Ed Boks reign. So don't put away your picketing shoes or signs just yet.



PLEASE e-mail, call or write the contacts below and demand the mayor's office do the right thing and do it fast; search for a progressive No-Kill General Manager to take Boks' place as head of the LAAS.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/immediate-search-and-appointment-of-a-no-kill-general-managerprogressive-general-manager-for-laas
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Stiffer penalties for animal cruelty Petition

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Stiffer penalties for animal cruelty Petition


We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Government to ensure worse penalties for people who enforce cruelty upon animals.

Animals feel pain and emotions just as much as humans do so why not have just as bad penalties for abuse to animals as to humans? If the penalties for animal cruelty are light, who is to say they won't strike again and again?

If the penalties were worse there's a good chance they won't dare to repeat their evil acts.
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Appeal for Vietnam's bears - ANIMALS ASIA

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ANIMALS ASIA



Appeal for Vietnam's bears




Take action



Strength in numbers



We need your help to convince the Vietnam government to enforce the law and release these bears into our care. Join our campaign now and send us your letter for presentation to the government.


You can use our sample letter below, and either:


We need original emails and letters to prove that there is widespread international support for our campaign.

http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=NKJHX3JMLWJ
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Help Save Downed Veal Calves from Cruelty | Animal Law Coalition

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Help Save Downed Veal Calves from Cruelty Animal Law Coalition


Posted Nov 5, 2009 by lauraallen Farm AnimalsA U.S. Dept. of Agriculture regulation, 9 CFR 309.13(b), has meant brutally cruel treatment for veal calves. The regulation states that "[v]eal calves that are unable to rise from a recumbent position and walk because they are tired or cold may also be set apart and held.... The U.S. Condemned identification tag will be removed by a Program employee following treatment under such supervision if the animal is found to be free from any such disease."




In other words, unlike other non-ambulatory or "downed" cows, calves used for veal can still be slaughtered instead of humanely euthanized. Indeed, the Humane Society of the United States recently released undercover video that captured terrible treatment of these animals at the Bushway Packing Inc plant in Grand Isle, Vermont. A USDA inspector is said to have stood by and allowed the owner of the plant and its employees mercilessly drag, shove, beat, kick, and use electric prods, sometimes with water to make it worse, on calves that could not stand on their own. The animals were slaughtered while alive. For more, see the video below. It is egregious, vicious animal cruelty.



The USDA and Vermont Agency of Agriculture have shut down this plant pending an investigation.



In response to the video, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release: "The deplorable scenes recorded in the video released by the Humane Society of the United States are unequivocally unacceptable. The callous behavior and attitudes displayed in the video clearly appear to be violations of USDA's humane handling regulations.



"USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is investigating these alleged violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA). FSIS took immediate action with respect to its employee and the establishment upon preliminary verification of the incident. The Department fully supports the investigation of all those involved in these alleged violations of the HMSA. To this end, I have also called on our Inspector General to conduct a criminal investigation of the events in the video."



Veal calves are brutally treated their whole lives, long before they reach a slaughter house like Bushway.



Veal calves are those male calves that are unwanted and removed from their mothers immediately after birth; they are confined often by tethers for life in tiny 2' wide stalls where they cannot move. The close confinement is calculated not only to encourage weight gain, but also to keep their muscles weak to ensure their meat will be tender.



The calves are fed a liquid milk diet. The diet is deficient in iron and fiber and is actually designed to cause anemia to give their meat that light color. The calves are not given any bedding or straw for fear they will eat it and cause their meat to be dark. Instead, they lie on slats that allow their urine and feces to fall through to a pit below. The inadequate diet causes abnormal gut development and stomach ulcerations; the calves are prone to illness and disease.



The calves suffer great frustration, boredom, and stress as a result of isolation from their mothers and herd. They are prevented from grazing, grooming, stretching, all important behaviors for them. They enjoy no natural behaviors or interactions.



The European Union bans treatment of veal calves in this way.



Regardless, non-ambulatory veal calves should not be subjected to such brutality or slaughtered at all.



You can help stop at least this cruelty. These animals should be humanely euthanized. Call on the Secretary of the USDA, Tom Vilsack (1) to amend the regulations to ban slaughter of downed veal calves, (2) enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act which requires no animal should be slaughtered while conscious. The Humane Society of the United States is also calling for an overhaul of the USDA inspection program. No inspector should stand by and allow such cruelty. HSUS is calling as well for a ban on transport of veal calves that are less than 10 days old.



Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

Phone: 202-720-3631
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Pour une interdiction européenne de la présence des animaux dans les cirques | One Voice

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J'approuve : Les associations de défense animale d'Europe ont raison de revendiquer à l'Union Européenne l'abolition de l'esclavage des animaux dans les cirques.


Arrachés à leur patrie, dressés, reclus, ces animaux dénaturés deviennent les ombres d'eux-mêmes.


Ils sont soumis par la peur et la violence à exécuter des numéros contre-nature traumatisants, douloureux et dangereux. Détenus en captivité dans des cages exiguës, condamnés à parcourir des milliers de kilomètres enfermés dans le noir, les animaux subissent des conditions de vie incompatibles avec leurs impératifs biologiques.


Ils développent alors des troubles du comportement, manifestant ainsi toute leur détresse et leur souffrance.


Pour preuve visible, incontestable, leurs mouvements répétitifs (stéréotypie).


Enfin, par cette vision colonialiste et anthropocentrique des êtres vivants, les cirques donnent aux enfants une image erronée de l'animal.

C'est une approche plus respectueuse du Vivant qui éduquera les enfants à un futur possible pour notre terre. A savoir, les animaux sauvages sont nés pour vivre libres sur leur territoire et réaliser leur fonction dans le processus de l'évolution de la planète.


Les véritables Circassiens l'ont bien compris.

Ils excellent sur les pistes des cirques sans animaux. Dégagés de la tyrannie du plus fort, ils magnifient la noblesse et la créativité humaines.


L'Europe doit jouer un rôle de pionnier en interdisant la présence des animaux dans les cirques.
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Abandoned, left to die alone, scared and starving in the streets of Portugal!! - The Petition Site

Saturday, 7 November 2009 0 comments
Abandoned, left to die alone, scared and starving in the streets of Portugal!! - The Petition Site


Abandoned, left to die alone, scared and starving in the streets of Portugal!!" petition

This is a petition to get some much needed help for abandoned animals in the streets of Portugal! there is a great need for awareness and education about spaying and neutering and just plain compassion about these suffering animals! way too many times people will just leave them tied to a roadside fence so that they won't follow them home, and then these poor animals are unable to get to any kind of food or water and they wait endlessly for their "owners" to come back which of course they never do! It's very sad to see these poor animals rome aimlessly, dazed, scared and starving, many times they get hit by cars and no one bothers to stop or hlep them and there are no shelters at all, or any kind of animal welfare laws!....NOTHING to protect them at all!


This petition is an effort to put an end to so much suffering and try to get a shelter built! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!!



"PORTUGAL IS HELL FOR ANIMALS, WE CAN THANK IT TO ALL OUR POLITICIANS! DO NOT VISIT PORTUGAL ON HOLLIDAYS, LETS PUNISH A COUNTRY THAT HAS NO LAW FOR THE ONES THAT CAN NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES . PLEASE SUPPORT PORTUGUESE ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS, THEY HAVE EXTREME NEEDS, THANK YOU."



Portugal is a BEAUTIFUL country with great people but when it comes to animals it's SHAMEFUL SHAMEFUL SHAMEFUL! First off, the laws don't offer any kind of protection to animals. It's not just about abandoned animals. There are many animals being beaten up and neglected by their owners and NO ONE CAN DO ANYTHING. Animals are seen as private property so as long and they're your property you can do anything you want with them. I CAN KILL ALL MY DOGS AND CATS and get away with it even if everyone sees it, and they can't do anything either because it's my property and I do whatever I want with my property. The other problem is people education. I remember in school being taught about respecting other people, other races, disabled people, poor people, the environment, not dumping trash on the ground, a lot of stuff but about ANIMALS? Nothing. They don't make it clear that animals deserve respect. People don't believe that in here. They see animals as toys, conveniences, companions, fun not LIVING BEINGS who deserve the same respect as humans.
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Save the Animals in Jasper Petition

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Save the Animals in Jasper Petition


We want Justice for Aries. He was euthanized by the Walker County Humane Society staff 2 hours after arrival.

Animals at the Walker County Humane Society in Jasper, Alabama are being euthanized without ever being given a chance at locating their rightful owners or being adopted.

Stray animals turned into their custody by well-meaning citizens are being euthanized within hours or even minutes of arriving violating the seven day hold mandated by Alabama State Code 1975 3-7A-7.

These actions are being justified due to lack of funding and facilities provided by the city of Jasper for the impoundment of animals. Empty pens are not being used because HS staff state they are broken.

Related stories:

http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0509/625153.html

http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0509/625866.html



Petition:
The undersigned are outraged at the treatment of stray animals under the care of Director Lane Reno and staff of the Walker County Humane Society and call for immediate changes in Walker County Humane Society policy to comply with Alabama state law and for the City of Jasper to provide suitable funding and resources as required by law for the impoundment of animals.

We want Justice for their most recent victim Aries so no one else's best friend and companion gets euthanized. Aries was euthanized 2 hours after he arrived at the Walker County Humane Society.

Aries was a loving companion and service dog to his owner and this should never have had to happen.
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Justice for Aries - The Petition Site

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Justice for Aries - The Petition Site

We want Justice for Aries. He was euthanized by the Walker County Humane Society staff 2 hours after arrival.




Animals at the Walker County Humane Society in Jasper, Alabama are being euthanized without ever being given a chance at locating their rightful owners or being adopted.



Stray animals turned into their custody by well-meaning citizens are being euthanized within hours or even minutes of arriving violating the seven day hold mandated by Alabama State Code 1975 3-7A-7.


These actions are being justified due to lack of funding and facilities provided by the city of Jasper for the impoundment of animals. Empty pens are not being used because HS staff state they are broken. Lack of space is cited as an ongoing issue.


This petition is to urge Walker County Humane Society to make immediate changes in policy to comply with Alabama state law and for the City of Jasper to provide suitable funding and resources as required by law for the impoundment of animals.

The law requires dog or cat owners be notified when their animal is impounded, if ownership can be determined, or the animal may be put up for adoption after at least seven days. The Code of Alabama also requires all counties to have a suitable pound and impound officer.


Alabama Code 1975 3-7A-7 reads as follows: Maintenance of pound; notice of impoundment; adoption of animals.

It shall be the duty of each and every county in the state to provide a suitable county pound and impounding officer for the impoundment of dogs and cats found running at large in violation of the provisions of this chapter. Every municipality with a population over 5,000 in which the county pound is not located shall maintain a suitable pound or contribute their pro rata share to the staffing and upkeep of the county pound. When dogs and cats are impounded and if the owner thereof is known, such owner shall be given direct notice of the impoundment of said animals or animals belonging to him; or the impounding officer may make said animal or animals available for adoption after a period of not less than seven days. (Acts 1990, No. 90-530, p.816)

The goal of this petition is for reformation of the Walker County Humane Society. We would like to see the law followed by the Walker County Humane Society as well as by its employees.


See Related News stories:
http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0509/625153.html


http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0509/625866.html
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Animal Rights Bill Petition

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Animal Rights Bill Petition



United Nations
3 United Nations Plz
New York NY 100017
USA

To the United Nations,


We call on the United Nations to establish an Animal Rights Bill in respect of our fellow creatures to a right to peace on earth in keeping with the establishment of Human Rights in the last century.

We can no longer accept the suffering, torment, abuse, torture and murder of those who cannot speak, nor can we allow the human race to continue to dictate over Animal Rights of freedom to further their own needs and gain. Just like humans, animals seek to protect their life and live peacefully on earth. Who are we to deny them this?

The establishment of Human Rights marked a new era in rights and justice, though human conscience does not permit us to forget or exclude those who in reality have the capacity of experiencing emotions, this compels us to believe that moral limits must apply to non human as to human.

An Animal Rights bill will not only end animal suffering and save countless animals, it may have a far greater effect than we can imagine. It may benefit civilization in its struggle towards peace on earth. We have come to understand the way humans treat animals reflects on how they treat one another. Those who choose to inflict violence on animals are usually violent towards humans. The establishment of Animal Rights is a logical and natural progression in human thinking that may bring civilization closer towards a more peaceful world not only for humans but all living beings.

A UN Animal Rights bill is crucial in ending the inhumane actions of the countries listed.

The demonic dog and cat, meat and fur trade in China, Korea and Vietnam endure cats and dogs to a life of despair, misery and suffering before slaughtering them with acts of torture for their own selfish needs; food and the profit from fur. This monstrous brutality is being committed in the name of so-called tradition.

The USA's sickening culture of dogfighting is the result of a violent society that has led criminals to force dogs to fight to the death for the amusement of humans and profit.

Afghanistan is another violent culture that uses the suffering and death of dogs for a cultures' entertainment.

The bear trade in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam force bears in captivity for years - holding them in tiny cramped cages, enduring them to a life of suffering and despair for the extraction and profit of bile used for Chinese medicine, when a bear can no longer produce bile they are killed for their meat, fur, paws, and gall bladder.

The monkey trade in Cambodia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Nepal cruelly capture and export monkeys for profit to research labs in the United States, China, United Kingdom, Russia and Iran. Moral-less humans sacrifice the lives of monkeys for science experiments, medical research, food, fur and profit.

Japan's senseless dolphin and whale slaughter is commited in the name of science and the needs of a greedy culture.

The ivory trade in Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Sudan, Republic of Congo and Botswana has lead poachers heartlessly to kill elephants for profit. Elephants endure suffering and indignity as they are killed in order for humans to obtain ivory from elephants tusks used for jewelery, piano keys and souvenirs.

Bear and deer hunting in parts of the USA and Canada is committed by ignorant humans for food, sport, leisure and a sense of achievement.

The American tradition of rodeos is where animals are abused, berated and humiliated by humans for entertainment and profit.

The dancing bears in India, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine spend a life time at the end of a rope, they endure suffering, torment and abuse for human entertainment and profit.

In the middle east and throughout the world horses, donkeys and mules are used to carry heavy loads. In harsh environments these unfortunate animals are forced to carry and pull humans, rocks, furniture, fruit etc. loads that are far to heavy for tiny donkeys. They are beaten and abused; those that are injured and no longer useful are abandoned by the side of the road.

The Spanish culture of bullfighting is a sport where bulls are tormented by cowards before stabbing them to death with spears in an act of so-called heroism for the amusement of humans.

Canada's yearly seal slaughter, where thousands of innocent baby seals are clubbed to death and often skinned while still alive is barbarianism at its zenith. All this just for a few more dollars for the government ... one that prides itself on a no-kill judicial system for its humans and one that will not even permit a non-Canadian criminal extradition if capital punishment is a possibility in his returning country.

The US Defense Department test weaponry on animals. Animals are subject to irradiation, burning, bombings, wounds and decompression sickness. Every year, at least 320,000 primates, dogs, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, cats, and other animals are hurt and killed by the DoD.

Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Puerto Rico and Romania's inability to provide and protect the welfare of their animals has led to neglect, suffering, abuse and killing of their animals due to the effects of immoral and uneducated cultures.

There are many more injustices facing the souls of the Animal Kingdom, these are only a few examples. In reality the human race's violent and greedy nature will not only lead to the extinction of animals but its own demise.

It is time the United Nations honour what it claims to stand for: freedom, peace and a just world for all.
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RAISE YOUR VOICES AGAINST DOG SLAUGHTER IN THAILAND. - The Petition Site

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RAISE YOUR VOICES AGAINST DOG SLAUGHTER IN THAILAND. - The Petition Site


In Thailand, massive numbers of dogs are killed in the lucrative trade for dog flesh, hide, and other body parts. Investigators documented the slaughter of dogs in the vicinity of Sakhon Nakhon in northeast Thailand.




Many different breeds of dogs, collected from all over the country, are brought to Sakhon Nakhon to be killed. One estimate is that 30,000 dogs are killed in the area of Sakhon Nakhon monthly. Many of them are puppies.



Typically, dogs are brought into Sakhon Nakhon from other villages, crammed as densely as possible into a cage on the back of the collector's truck. The journey can take up to three days, and the dogs are denied food and water during the trip. By the time they reach the slaughterhouse, many are sick, some are dead. But their weakened state makes the dogs easier to kill.

It wasn't easy for the investigators to get inside the slaughterhouse because police investigations and unfavorable press reports have made workers suspicious of strangers. But the investigators eventually succeeded. There, they watched as workers sorted dog skins in the dim light.


The next night investigators watched a truck arrive at the slaughter-house carrying 70 dogs which consisted of mixed breeds, German shepherds, and others. These defenseless animals were shy and frightened. Others animals possibly stolen pets looked well-groomed and trusting. All met the same fate.

We are raising our VOICES against this horrific and most disturbing cruelty on our precious animals. How can any nation considered themselves civilised and humane with this brutal practice on defenseless animals?

Enough is enough!!!! We will boycott all trade with Thailand. We discourage potential visitors to bypass this region because of their abuse of animals. We will never stop until this vile trade is banned. Our animals are crying out with pain and suffering and we must put ourselves in the 'front line' and save them. We got the means and ways to put an end to this atrocity - We must gather ourselves collectedly to make these 'savages' stop this unspeakable cruelty otherwise we are all to blame for this prolonged EXPLOITATION.
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Justice for dogs starved at a Memphis animal shelter - The Petition Site

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Justice for dogs starved at a Memphis animal shelter - The Petition Site




**Update**


This petition is receiving hundreds of signatures per hour. I understand a lot of you are very upset and have strong feelings about this (we all do). Please, refrain from making derogatory comments and using offensive language as I will be forced to delete those signatures. We need as many signatures as possible.

Thanks for your support!

Teresa Kerr
3 dogs starved to death at a Memphis animal shelter. More can be read on the story here:



http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/110309_shocking_photos_led_to_animal_shelter_raid


Letter:
Mayor Wharton,
We were horrified to learn of the cruelty dogs suffered in the Memphis Animal Shelter. It was reported a female mixed breed puppy that was brought to the shelter in August died within three weeks of what was described as "non-accidental starvation." A veterinarian said the dog had lost one-quarter of her body weight.

We the undersigned demand these employees be charged under

TENN. CODE ANN. 39-14-201 which states in part:
A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person:

Intentionally or knowingly tortures, maims, grossly overworks, fails to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal, abandons, transports in a cruel manner, inflicts burns, cuts, lacerations, or other injuries or pain to any animal by any method including blistering compounds to the legs or hooves of horses.


A person commits the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals if the person:

Intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal.
Cruelty to animals/Aggravated cruelty.

Class A Misdemeanor.

Fine up to $2,500.
11 months, 29 days to 30 years imprisonment.


Furthermore, we demand the individuals responsible be immediately terminated from the shelter.


Sincerely,


The petition signers
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My name was Sam. I wanted to live.

Sunday, 1 November 2009 0 comments
My name is Sam. I was killed by mistake while in the "care" of the Metropolitan Police. I died on 26th August 2009 leaving my family devastated. Please watch my tragic story and help us to ensure no more dogs die because of human error. My name was Sam. I wanted to live.





Endangered Dogs Defence & Rescue

http://www.endangereddogs.com/


Better Safeguards for Seized Dogs - please support the petition to help bring about changes for seized dogs and their owners.

To view and sign the petition please go to:


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/safeguards-for-seized-dogs
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URGENT BLS Proposed for Auburn CA - The Petition Site

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URGENT BLS Proposed for Auburn CA - The Petition Site



"Should the city ban pitbulls or put restrictions on their owners?

It%u2019s a question Auburn City councilman Kevin Hanley has put forward to city staff.

In a recent memo, Hanley asks city manager Bob Richardson and Police Chief Valerie Harris to consider a pitbull ordinance to be placed on a future city agenda."


I urge everyone, right now, to contact Kevin Hanley and the City Manager and let them know you oppose any ordinance targeting a specific breed of dog (and remind them that, pursuant to Section 31683 of the California Food and Agricultural Code, no city or county can ban or restrict ownership of Pit Bulls, except for basic spay/neuter laws).


Kevin Hanley, Council Member

hanleykh@jps.net
Dr. Bill Kirby, Council Member

flyingsurgeon210@yahoo.com
Also please consider contacting the other city officials:
Mike Holmes, Mayor

njrhs@inreach.com

Bridget Powers, Mayor Pro Tempore

bridgetpowers@sbcglobal.net

Keith Nesbitt, Council Member

mr.auburn@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Bill Kirby, Council Member

flyingsurgeon210@yahoo.com

It is important that we deal with this promptly and in a firm, decisive manner. It would not be beyond past precedent for Hanley to seek yet another change to state law to permit even greater BSL here in California. Furthermore, if Auburn goes the BSL route, in light of recent events portrayed in the media, expect many other CA cities to follow very soon
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Stop The Use of Gas Chambers in the United States - The Petition Site

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Stop The Use of Gas Chambers in the United States - The Petition Site



Please read the information below to understand why the gassing of animals must stop. Feel free to visit our website for more details. www.pawsoftomorrow.com



Consider the following (WARNING - Graphic Material):
Can you imagine being thrown into a huge metal box with a half a dozen other folks, just thrown in on top of one another and having the lid closed. In total darkness, you're scared and you can hear the whimpering and crying of the others in the box. What is going on, why are we here? Then you all start to cough and choke, there is no air to breathe, your lungs feel like they will burst any second. Your eyes and nose are running and you lose control of all bodily functions. The stench is unbearable and the screams and cries are ear shattering. Then it starts to get quiet, one by one the others stop their whimpering and though disoriented and unable to move you try to make since of what is going on. And then there is light, the lid comes up and hope rises that whatever happened is all over and its time to get out of here. Before you can get oriented and figure out what took place, another group of squirming and whimpering live bodies are tossed into the box on top of you, the lid closes again and the horror continues. Your barely conscious and lose track of how many times this procedure was performed before you find yourself out in the light being stuffed in a huge plastic bag and disposed of at the dump. You're trying to make a noise, pleading that someone will realize that you are still alive, but you can't. You're too weak and suffer neurological damage from the gas. Eventually you die, suffering terribly amidst a pile of dead bodies..and your last thought is, What did we do to deserve this?
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NASA to Start Radiation Experiments on Monkeys!! - The Petition Site

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NASA is stepping up its space radiation studies with a round of experiments that for the first time in decades will use monkeys as subjects.
The point of the experiments is to understand how the harsh radioactive environment of space affects human bodies and behavior and what countermeasures can be developed to make long-duration spaceflight safe for travelers beyond Earth's protective magnetic shield.

For the new study, 18 to 28 squirrel monkeys will be exposed to a low dose of the type of radiation that astronauts traveling to Mars can expect to encounter.


For Bergman's study, squirrel monkeys trained on a variety of behavioral tasks will be tested to see how exposure to radiation impacts performance. The radiation exposures will take place at NASA's Space Radiation Laboratory at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

Please let them know there are alternative methods and experimenting on animals is barbaric and unacceptable!!
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Petition for Immediate Change at Animal Care & Control of New York City - The Petition Site

Friday, 30 October 2009 0 comments
Petition for Immediate Change at Animal Care & Control of New York City - The Petition Site


•As concerned New Yorkers and taxpayers


•As caring advocates for animals and a better New York

•As members of rescue groups and animal advocacy organizations

•As visitors to your city

We are appalled by the unconscionable number of animals killed, the horrific conditions in the shelters and the lack of accountability to the public by Animal Care and Control of New York City (AC&C). We therefore demand a new paradigm, with immediate changes in the shelter system and a new Executive Director who will implement these changes.


BACKGROUND
Despite the dedicated and persistent efforts of the Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals, despite a major influx of funding from Maddies Fund, whose purpose is to bring about a NO KILL city, despite the heroic efforts of dedicated rescue groups and despite published euthanasia rates suggesting a reduction in the overall number of animals killed, nevertheless, the numbers of animals currently destroyed in the New York City shelters remain unacceptably high. Tens of thousands of healthy and adoptable animals continue to be killed for space and the public has been deceived about this. Recent press releases from AC&C have falsely stated that no animals were being killed for space, while at the very same time, alerts coming from AC&C personnel were begging rescue groups to save animals slated to be killed for space.


Animal Care and Control of New York City has resisted attempts by public officials and others to obtain information about specific conditions in the shelters. Moreover, AC&C has failed to follow its own mandated safety procedures, resulting in even more needless deaths:


•Animals have been killed who had rescues or adoptions lined up

•Animals have been destroyed who were incorrectly labeled sick or vicious

•Animals have been killed before their hold time has expired, in some cases even while family members were on their way to the shelter

In addition, the financial/housing crisis and recent New York City Housing Authority breed-specific bans with size/weight restrictions have only added to the tragic numbers of innocent, friendly, family dogs who are killed at AC&C.


PETITION

In light of the above and in light of the urgent need to appoint a competent, humane Executive Director for Animal Care and Control of New York City, who can set about instituting meaningful change and repairing the damage done, we urge the Mayor, the new Commissioner and the Board of Directors to focus their national search on someone
•who is fully knowledgeable about NO KILL and fully committed to working toward making New York a NO KILL city, without delay

•who has a proven track record advocating for animals, who has successful shelter experience and who has demonstrated a capacity for creative and innovative solutions

•who is committed to dialogue with the animal advocacy and rescue communities and who will implement an effective plan to immediately reduce kill numbers, increase adoptions and provide humane care for animals in the shelter system

We further demand full transparency and accountability to the taxpaying public by AC&C and the incoming Executive Director. Until now, information to the public has been withheld or difficult to obtain. FOIL/FOIA requests by public officials and the general public have been met with resistance and non-compliance. In addition, statistics published by AC&C have been questioned by experts and issues of statistical manipulation have been raised: e.g., animals have been labeled "sick" in order to show a reduction in the number of healthy animals euthanized. Specifically, we demand full availability to the public of published, monthly statistics on the AC&C website indicating the following:
•the number of animals killed for space

•the number killed for behavioral issues

•the number destroyed because they were identified as pitbulls or deemed feral

•the number killed because of illness or injuries


We also demand that monthly statistics be published on the AC&C website showing how many animals went to rescues, were adopted out, returned to owners; the number unclaimed; how many off-site adoption events were held each month; how many volunteers and how many staff vets on duty at each shelter.


Finally, information about animals who are slated to be killed should be made available to the public, well in advance of their kill dates. Currently, such information is distributed even to rescue groups at the very last minute, often making it difficult or impossible to save these precious lives.
The existing institutionalized impound and kill system in New York City is a disgrace and embarrassment to all New Yorkers and to animal advocates everywhere. This archaic system which allows for the killing of healthy, adoptable animals has continued as an acceptable solution and as the status quo for far too long.

I THEREFORE JOIN WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS EVERYWHERE TO DEMAND CHANGE AND AN END TO THE UNJUSTIFIABLE AND UNCONSCIONABLE KILLING OF ANIMALS AT ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OF NEW YORK CITY!
Animal Rights Action Network/ARAN (Ireland);
Brooklyn Animal Foster Network;
The Coalition for New York City Animals;

Cornwall's Voice for Animals (UK);

For the Animals Sanctuary;

Four Paws SakeFriends of Animals;

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Colorado;

HAYTAP (Turkey);

Long Island Animal Advocates;

My Loveable Rescues;

Noah's Arks Rescue;

One Life Rescue;

People for the End of Animal Cruelty and Exploitation/PEACE;

Pets Alive;

Pet Protectors;

Pryor's Planet;

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness/SHARK;

Sunnyskies Bird and Animal Sanctuary;

United Poultry Concerns;

Wagging On and On Forever/WOOF;

The Westport Coalition Against Puppy Mills;
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THE WITNESS A Tribe of Heart Documentary

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Texas Animal Shelter Sells Cats for Use in Deadly Lab | PETA.org

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Stop Fur Industry in Denmark - The Petition Site

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Negligence is a widespread tendency in Danish mink and fox farms!

Denmark's major newspaper Ekstra Bladet, activists from the Animal Organization ANIMA and Danish TV2 has revealed unimaginable cruelty of mink and fox farms in Denmark.

Here are some examples:

A fox with three legs that are lagging around the grill. A fox with a mouth full of abscesses. More mink with lamb hind leg, which can not move. A whole raft of mink with open flesh wounds.

The animals are neglected in the Danish fur industry, which is one billion business and one of Denmark's major export successes.

We want immediate ban on Denmark's fur industry!
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Evaluate animal testing for medicines Petition

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Evaluate animal testing for medicines Petition


Animals are used to test the safety of medicines, but this practice is doubted by many scientists. There are many examples of medications that damage or kill human patients after passing animal tests. Meanwhile technology has made many incredibly accurate non-animal tests available.

Astonishingly, animal experiments have never been formally evaluated from a medical perspective. Now a cross party group of MPs have launched The Safety of Medicines (Evaluation) Bill 2009. This Bill would request a statistical evaluation of animal tests by a panel of independent experts. We desperately need this evaluation. It is estimated that a million people are hospitalised every year in the UK by unexpected drug reactions. This costs the taxpayer £2 billion per year.

Early Day Motion 569 has also been launched. This is like a petition that can only be signed by MPs. PLEASE ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN THIS by sending a pre-written postcard available from: http://www.safermedicines.org/safetyofmedicines/index.shtml. If you prefer to email your MP, please follow the advice here: http://www.safermedicines.org/safetyofmedicines/email.shtml. Alternatively, you can email your MP via http://www.writetothem.com. Enter your postcode and write a short polite note asking for them to sign EDM569 - this will be sent online. Sorry, you can only do any of these if you live in the UK.

You can see more about the Bill and the EDM at: http://www.safermedicines.org/safetyofmedicines/index.shtml


If this Bill goes ahead it could end some of the most controversial, cruel tests on animals. It could also stop human patients suffering side effects including blindness, organ failure, birth defects and death.

Please support the Bill and EDM.
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Bunnies Burned to keep Sweden warm this Winter. - The Petition Site

Monday, 26 October 2009 0 comments
Bunnies Burned to keep Sweden warm this Winter. - The Petition Site


http://www.bing.com/search?q=Rabbits burned to heat Sweden&form=BB




The bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholms Kungsholmen neighbourhood are being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden.


The decision to use Stockholms rabbit cadavers as bioenergy to warm Swedes living in Vormland doesn't sit well with Stockholm-based animal rights activists.
Those who support the culling of rabbits surely think its good to use the bodies for a good cause. But it feels like they're trying to turn the animals into an industry rather than look at the main problem.

Anna Johannesson of Vilda kaniners v%uFFFDrn Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits told the local V%uFFFDrt Kungsholmen newspaper; "Every year, the city of Stockholm kills off thousands of rabbits in an effort to protect trees and shrubbery in the citys extensive network of parks and green space"

According to Tommy Tuvunger with the Stockholm Traffic Office, the agency responsible for controlling the citys rodent and wild animal population, part of the problem rests with delinquent pet owners who decide to release their rabbits into the city's parks.
Many of the released rabbits are tame, he told the newspaper.
Animal control authorities employ a special rifle to shoot the excess rabbits, with most of the culling taking place at dawn when the animals peek out from their holes.


The city usually steps up its rabbit hunting efforts in the autumn as leaves begin to fall from bushes and trees, making it easier to see the rabbits.
Tuvunger explained that it doesn't take many newly released rabbits to do what rabbits are known for doing, much to the detriment of Stockholms' efforts to control the size of its rabbit population.
People who think that the bunnies are cute and cuddly suddenly don't think they're as fun anymore and put the animals outside. They think: there they can play with the other rabbits, he said.
Last year marked a new record for Stockholm's rabbit cull, with nearly 6,000 rabbits, mostly from Kungsholmen, being 'removed' from Stockholm's parks.
But rather than simply disposing of the dead rabbits, the city instead froze them for eventual transport to a special heating plant in Karlskoga in central Sweden, where the bunny bodies are then burned as a form of bioenergy.
According to Johannesson, Sweden's animal control authorities aren't interested in pursuing other options besides killing the rabbits.
We want to see them start looking at other solutions for the rabbits, she said, citing the Finnish capital of Helsinki, which employs sprays to make park plants unappetizing as well as a network of shelters for various domesticated animals.
In Helsinki, where they have the same problem, they've come much farther, Johannesson told V%uFFFDrt Kungsholmen.


David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se/ 46 8 656 6518)
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