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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
Jul 19, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In 1991, Britain passed the "Dangerous Dog" act in response to aggressive incidents involving uncontrolled dogs. The Act, which affects England, Wales and Scotland, bans ownership of certain breeds considered to be dangerous, most notably the Pit Bull Terrier, without specific exemption from a court. 

Because of the act, dogs are being put to death for their appearance rather than any actual displays of aggression. Recently, a bulldog/Labrador mix named Lennox was killed after a dog warden said he was a Pit Bull. Hundreds of thousands of Dog lovers worldwide showed support for Lennox, and TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell offered to fly Lennox to the U.S. at her expense, but the courts decided to put him down anyway. Neither bulldogs nor Labradors are on the dangerous breeds list.

The Dangerous Dog Act is grounded in prejudice, and innocent dogs are being killed for no reason. Please sign the petition to convince the Parliament of the United Kingdom to repeal this Act and focus on targeting irresponsible dog owners instead.

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Posted: Jul 19, 2012 10:14am
Apr 11, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Kota Kinabalu authorities are required to take stray dogs to an animal shelter, where they will receive care for at least 48 hours. Unfortunately, this regulation is not being respected. In response to recent complaints about strays, authorities approached a citizen and requested that he kill stray dogs with a blowpipe and poison darts. The shooter claims to have killed 5,000 dogs with his blowpipe since 2010.

Compared to euthanasia, blowpipes and poison darts are an extremely painful and terrifying way to kill an animal. The poison can take eight minutes to put a dog down, and dogs begin to vomit four minutes after being poisoned. This means that the animal is in excruciating pain before it dies. Stray dogs often belong to someone, and killing them on-sight prevents owners from claiming their lost pet at a shelter.


Dogs deserve the opportunity to be reunited with their owners. If they must be put down, it should be by gentle euthanasia, and only after 48 hours in a shelter. Please sign the petition to enforce a ban on killing stray dogs in Kota Kinabalu by any other method, except in self-defense cases.

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 7:49am
Feb 24, 2012
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In late 2011, Idaho removed endangered species protections for wolves, allowing hunters to legally hunt and kill them with a permit. Senate Bill #1305, a piece of legislation proposed this year, would allow them to kill wolves without a permit if those wolves hurt or molested their livestock in the past 36 hours.

The bill suggests a variety of methods for killing wolves, including aerial shooting and using live goats, sheep or dogs as bait to lure them. "Molesting" is defined in the bill as "actions of a wolf that are annoying, disturbing or persecuting...or chasing, driving, flushing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, or stalking or lying in wait for, livestock or domestic animals."

This legislation allows a great deal of leeway for killing wolves without a permit, and could cause great emotional and physical harm to animals used as live bait. Please sign the petition to urge legislators to reject Bill #1305.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:30pm
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 9, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In the summer of 2011, a young couple
discovered an illegal dump site in Crosby, Texas containing the bodies
of several tortured puppies and other neglected, suffering dogs. New
dogs have been dumped near the area regularly, some of them thrown from
trucks or shot with BB guns. Suspicious individuals have been spotted
prowling the dumping grounds, presumably to obtain abandoned dogs for
fighting.

Activists have received limited support from local law
enforcement, though the illegal animal cruelty has been going on for at
least six months. Please sign the petition to urge Crosby, TX police to
raise awareness of the situation, apprehend the guilty parties and
enforce laws against animal abuse and dumping.

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Posted: Feb 9, 2012 5:01am
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
Jan 9, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In November 2011, the Sketchers shoe company filmed a commercial at a greyhound racetrack and has plans to air it during the 2012 Super Bowl in February. The ad features greyhound dogs racing against a small dog wearing Sketchers brand sneakers.

Although no animals were harmed in the making of the commercial, the ad romanticizes the cruel practice of greyhound racing. Millions of Super Bowl viewers will find the cute, active dogs in the ad appealing and may visit a racetrack and support greyhound racing as a result.

Since 2001, over half of greyhound racetracks have closed as a result of public outcry. Racing dogs are typically treated cruelly, spreading their lives in small cages and discarded when they can no longer race. This reality will not be presented in Sketcher's proposed commercial. Please sign the petition to convince Sketchers to pull their Greyhound Racing ad from the Super Bowl commercial lineup.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2012 2:22pm
Nov 19, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

As the holiday season approaches, many New York shoppers plan to purchase a new puppy for their children and loved ones. Unfortunately, many dishonest pet stores continue to vend puppies from puppy mills, claiming that they come from small private breeders. As a result, shoppers unwittingly perpetuate the cruel puppy mill cycle and bring home pets that often fall ill.

According to a recent undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, over 100 New York pet stores supply puppies obtained by inhumane commercial breeders. Over a four-month period in 2011, shoppers purchased more than 4,500 puppies from these stores.

Dogs bred and raised in puppy mills receive little or no medical care or exercise and are often confined in cramped wire cages. This often results in heartbreak when new pets fall ill or die shortly after the holiday season.

Please sign the petition to enforce the standards of puppy sales in New York Pet stores.

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Posted: Nov 19, 2011 5:50pm

 

 
 
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