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Jun 9, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Santa Ana, CA officials are trapping and killing stray cats in a misguided effort to eradicate typhus. These efforts will do nothing to protect the public, because typhus is spread by fleas, not cats. According to epidermiologist Deborah L. Ackerman, M.S., Ph.D., fleas will simply find other hosts, such as raccoons, mice or any other mammal.

Feral cats are not responsible for the spread of typhus. Officials should focus their efforts on educating the public and treating the fleas themselves. Please sign the petition to tell Santa Ana officials to stop trapping and killing cats.

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 8:03am
Feb 22, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

New York animal shelter Angel's Gate, founded in 1993 by Susan Marino, has a history of extreme animal neglect resulting in diseases and death. An undercover investigation of the facility exposed animal abuse on video, including animals being denied food and water, offered rancid meat, dead animal bodies left among live animals for days, animals with treatable infections and wounds being denied medication and veterinary care and animals confined to filthy, excrement-caked cribs.

Recently, a young paraplegic St. Bernard named Casey died at Angel's Gate after suffering a lengthy urinary tract infection. An undercover investigation found Casey covered in her own waste and left in a filthy crib without access to water.

These animal abuses have gone on far too long and should not be allowed to continue. Please sign the petition to remove Angel's Gate's status as a nonprofit corporation and remove and help the hundreds of animals that remain at the shelter.

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:45am
Feb 20, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Russian Tattooist Timur Rimut recently inked his hairless sphynx cat with a large tattoo reading "Carpe Diem." Rimut sedated his pet during the session so she would keep still while he inked the design permanently on her chest. This is not the first case of a pet receiving a vanity tattoo in Russia: in 2010, owner Oskana Popova had her cat Mickey sedated for three hours to receive a colored chest tattoo of King Tut.

Cats have often received tiny ear tattoos for identification purposes, but these procedures are always performed by a trained veterinary specialist. Unnecessary vanity tattoos leave skin open to infection, especially if the owner neglects proper aftercare. When cats wake up after the inking session, they experience the same pain and soreness that humans feel while their tattooed skin heals. Obviously, cats are unable to give their consent to receive a tattoo.

Please sign the petition to outlaw vanity tattoos for Russian pets.

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Posted: Feb 20, 2012 9:02am
Jan 12, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Despite public outcry over a Utah shelter cat who survived two attempts to euthanize by gassing, most states still allow animals to be put down in archaic, cruel gas chambers. When euthanasia by gassing works, it can take up to 25 minutes to end an animal's life, and is especially cruel to large and medium sized dogs and young, old, pregnant or sick animals -- the majority of most shelter populations. Death by gassing is especially sad, as it prevents animals from being held and comforted in their last moments.

Gas chambers physically and psychologically harm shelter workers as well as animals; there is no excuse for this method of euthanasia to continue in any state. Running gas chambers is more expensive than comparatively quick and painless euthanasia by injection, leaving less money in the shelter's budget for taking care of animals and maintaining the facility.

Nine states -- Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming -- currently ban euthanasia by gassing. Please sign the petition to ban this cruel practice in ALL states. 

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 5:30am

 

 
 
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