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Jan 2, 2013
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

PETITION: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/237/391/433/dont-test-legal-recreational-drugs-on-animals/

In a new bill, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne outlined procedures for testing "legal highs" on animals so that the products can be sold in New Zealand stores again. Legal highs, also called party pills, are psychoactive drugs intended for recreation, not for curing or preventing illness.

The bill recommends performing toxicity tests on dogs and rats over a six to 12-month period. Toxicity testing generally involves administering drugs or chemicals to animals by force feeding, inhalation, injection, or on the skin to determine immediate reactions and lethal doses. This causes great pain to the test animals, who are usually killed at the end of the testing period. New Zealand currently tests 300,000 animals per year, and the legal drug tests would add to this number for a completely unnecessary cause.

There is no reason for legal highs to be sold on the New Zealand market, as their use is purely for cheap recreation. Administering painful tests and killing animals to sell party pills is unjustifiably cruel. Please sign the petition to put an end to these unnecessary tests.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2013 2:24pm
Sep 1, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

An estimated 32,000 baby cows have been stranded aboard ships for six weeks at an Egyptian port after arriving from Australia. The Ministry of Agriculture is keeping them quarantined after fears that they were given cancerous treatments before boarding a vessel from Australia to Egypt, where they are planned to be slaughtered.

The cows remain on board their vessels in horrible conditions, waiting for the ministry to decide their fate. According to an al-Shorouk news report, they will likely remain on these ships for weeks as further tests take place.

This is not the first time when cows suffered on ships destined for Egypt. Earlier this year, 3,000 cows died on a ship after the Egyptian government refused to let them dock.

Thousands of animals are suffering and have died because of poor live export practices and lack of communication. Please urge the Ministry of Agricuture to offload the 32,000 stranded cows and take action to prevent similar situations from happening in the future!

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Posted: Sep 1, 2012 3:23pm
Aug 28, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Chinese scientists are conducting experiments to create genetically modified (GM) cattle designed to produce tastier beef. They have given extra genes to two calf clones in hopes that the genes will increase muscle fat and improve meat flavor. After the calves reach maturity, they will be slaughtered to test the quality of their meat.

Though beef is not a necessary part of the human diet, the best tasting and healthiest beef is traditionally produced by treating cattle well, allowing them to graze and roam free, and feeding them a natural diet. Producing GM cattle might improve beef flavor for less money, but animals must suffer greatly in these experiments. Like all GM foods, GM beef would have unpredictable effects on the health of humans who consume it.

If successful, GM beef will likely end up in European and American markets. Please sign the petition to put a stop to GM cattle!

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Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:59am
Jul 28, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

A newsletter originally posted on the USDA website read, "One way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the Meatless Monday initiative." After backlash from politicians and agricultural interest groups, the USDA retracted their recommendation, tweeting that the "Statement found on USDA website was posted w/o proper clearance."

The USDA's own food pyramid lists beans, peas, processed soy products, nuts and seeds as protein sources along with meats. The average U.S. diet is unimaginative and heavy on meats, to the detriment of human and environmental health. No one is forcing citizens to give up meat. The Meatless Mondays initiative or similar promotion of non-meat proteins would simply encourage people to be more imaginative in their eating choices and more conscious of how their diets affect their health and the world around them.

Please click here to sign the petition to encourage the USDA to promote meat alternatives and put the health of citizens and the environment above political and financial interests.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:13am
Jul 28, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Artist Laura Ginn recently hosted an extravagant dinner in Manhattan to complement her art show, "Tomorrow We Will Feast Again On What We Catch." The dinner was made with rat meat, and the artist wore a fur coat made from the pelts of 300 rats.

Catching and eating animals for survival is one thing, but Ginn purchased and used medical rats from California. She used thousands of dollars solicited from the public to fund the exhibition and dinner. Despite the exhibition's primitive survivalist motif, the use of medical rats in this fashion was indulgent and glamorized animal exploitation for the sake of art. Eating wild rats is dangerous because of the diseases they carry, so the dinner/performance art had little if any educational value from a survivalist perspective.

This is not the first time animals have been killed, tortured or exploited for the sake of an art show. New York City is a leader in the art world, and should not allow these types of shows to become trendy. Please click here to sign the petition to urge NYC art galleries to ban future exhibitions involving animal exploitation and cruelty.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:09am
Jul 26, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Reality TV producers constantly come up with new ways to shock viewers. Unfortunately, their efforts to up the ante sometimes include animal abuse and exploitation. Several reality game shows, Fear Factor being the most famous, test contestants' bravery by forcing them to eat live insects, carelessly handle rodents and reptiles or perform other feats involving mistreatment of animals.

Misusing animals for the sole purpose of human entertainment is cruel, wasteful and robs them of their dignity. Displaying this abuse in a playful light desensitizes viewers and invites them to perform similar acts at home. Finally, the portrayal of certain animals on TV makes them seem fearful, dangerous and deserving of abuse. These portrayals are often inconsistent with these animals' natural behaviors.

The Indian Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) recently asked TV channels to stop broadcasting TV shows that depict animal abuse and exploitation. Please SIGN THIS PETITION to urge the FCC to stop animal abuse on reality TV in the United States.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:03pm
Jul 22, 2012
Focus: Death Penalty
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In 1988, Georgia became the first state to ban the execution of mentally retarded defendants who are proven to have learning disabilities beyond reasonable doubt. Despite this ban, developmentally disabled Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill is slated for execution this Monday.

Mental retardation is generally defined as scoring 70 or below on IQ tests. Court records show that Hill scored 69 on one IQ test and 70 on two others. This evidence proves that he is developmentally disabled beyond reasonable doubt. Allowing the execution to continue undermines guidelines that have been put in place to protect developmentally disabled persons.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE EXECUTION OF WARREN HILL!

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Posted: Jul 22, 2012 8:52am
Jul 20, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

California's foie gras ban went into effect on July 1st, but chefs and restauranteurs are exploiting  loopholes to get around the law. Some restaurants have created a secret code word for customers to use when requesting foie gras, serve it for "free" with an overly expensive menu item or offer to prepare foie gras that a customer brings in.

Choosing to serve and eat foie gras is not a victimless crime -- undercover investigations of foie gras farms have found sick, dead and dying birds with holes in their necks from having force-feeding tubes rammed down them. California gave state producers years to come up with more humane ways to produce foie gras, but they failed to do so.

The loopholes currently used to serve foie gras in California are a slap in the face to everyone who created and voted for the ban. Chefs and restauranteurs should not get away with cooking foie gras that a customer brings in or serving foie gras under a different name, for free, or as a complement to another dish. Please urge California legislators to seriously enforce the foie gras ban and close loopholes in the law.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 8:46am

 

 
 
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