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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
Sep 1, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Starting in July each year, Namibian license holders start slaughtering Cape Fur seals and don't stop until they reach their quota of 85,000 baby seal pups and 6,000 bulls. This is the largest slaughter of marine life on the planet, surpassing even the Canadian seal hunt.

The cull is driven by one fur trader, Hatem Yavuz, who buys all the pelts and processes them for fashion. Only 107,910 Cape Fur seal pups were born in 2006. Despite this, 85,000 terrified pups are separated from their mothers every year and clubbed to death with clubs that have nails in them. 

Slaughtering seals for fur coats and other fashions is needless and cruel. The Namibian Government could make more of a profit, increase tourism and create more jobs from live seals. Please sign the petition to urge officials to end this annual slaughter.

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Posted: Sep 1, 2012 7:01am
Aug 30, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The first Wisconsin wolf hunt is scheduled for October 15th and is planned to continue through February. Wisconsin is the only state that will allow hunters to use dogs to pursue wolves, and current hunting regulations lack any regulations such as leash and lead requirements. 

Hunters argue that they can use radio collars to tell dogs to stop, but dogs don't always listen to them. Because wolves are known to attack hunting dogs, current hunting regulations create the potential for brutal conflicts between dogs and wolves. Endangering dogs in this way would violate Wisconsin's animal cruelty laws.

DNR agency officials say they don't have time to add dog restrictions before the first October hunt, but such restrictions would save dogs from brutal injury and death. Judge Peter C. Anderson is currently considering humane society groups' requests to add these restrictions. Please sign the petition to stop the use of dogs in Wisconsin wolf hunts!

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 9:07am
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 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
Jul 20, 2012
Focus: Corporate Responsibility
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

A House Farm Bill amendment introduced by Congressman Steve King threatens to prevent states from developing independant animal cruelty, food safety and labor standards for agriculture products produced in other states.

The amendment is in response to a California Bill, effective in 2015, that would require eggs sold in the state to be kept in cages large enough to stand and spread their wings. If passed, the amendment would threaten this bill as well as the California foie gras ban that took place earlier in July.

King's amendment would prevent states from enforcing food standards that would protect animals, the environment, workers and public health. Voters should have the right to pass laws regarding food sales in their own states. Please sign the petition to urge the United States Senate to reject King's Farm Bill amendment.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 8:37am
Jul 19, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Rhino poaching deaths in South Africa have risen from an average of about 15 in 2008 to 448 in 2011. South African National Parks wildlife veterinary services head Markus Hofmeyr estimates that at current rates, rhinos could go into decline by 2016 and go extinct in the wild by 2050.

Rhino horns are sold to China and Vietnam for use in medicine thought to relieve cancer symptoms. The horns have fetched up to $60,000 on the black market.

The current poaching and illegal trade practices cannot continue at the current rates. Please sign the petition to urge Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to come to an agreement with China and Vietnam over steps they can take to end rhino slaughter in South Africa.

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Posted: Jul 19, 2012 12:07pm

 

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