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ACTION ALERT: Stiffer Laws for Animal Abuse and Harsher Sentencing for Animal Abusers. !!!!


Animals  (tags: animal abusers, punishment, crime, animal victims, animal protection, laws, legalisation )

Simone
- 1703 days ago - animals.change.org
Pets should not be considered property in a court of law. They are of much more value than a chair or a book. They are living creatures with a thinking process that allows them to feel emotions. They experience pain, grief, joy, hunger, and a lot of



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Magdalena M. (0)
Friday April 23, 2010, 9:32 pm
Thank you Simone. If we want to call ourselves human, we have to give animals rights. They are not items. They are living creatures.
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Friday April 23, 2010, 9:45 pm
Also signed the petition.
 

Robyn L. (80)
Friday April 23, 2010, 10:58 pm
Thank you Simone. You are so appreciated!
 

Judy C. (101)
Friday April 23, 2010, 11:17 pm
Done. Thanks, Simone.
 

gail dair (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:04 am
signed thanks
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:19 am
Done.
 

Agnes H. (144)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:23 am
Already signed 2 hrs ago, I have my ways! and noted.
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:19 am
They wouldn't let me sign because I don't live in the states. :-(
 

Cheree M. (46)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:30 am
Noted & Signed, TY Simone
Cheree M.- Signed letter
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:36 am
The sentences for animal abusers has to be made tougher, too often the punishment does'nt fit the crime. Signed and Noted TY Simone.
 

Sherry E. (168)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:39 am
Signed and Noted. Thanks Simone.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:15 am
signed already *.*
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:27 am
Hi Simone - it's ANNOYING that this petition is only available to US.

Nevertheless....
Buddhism considers all of life to be evolving toward higher consciousness. To the Buddhist, any practice by which man sustains himself at the expense of other sentient beings is considered wrong. Buddhism considers non-human life to be Divine just as is human life. Animals are seen to be an evolving kingdom of living creatures destined in time to attain perfect enlightenment. All of life is seen to be one. According to this conviction, to harm any living thing is to do injury to the One Eternal and Divine Life. Since animals are considered to be traveling towards enlightenment just as man is, neither are they to be harmed, discouraged or hampered in their progress.

To accept the Buddhist point of view is to have a new spirit of compassion for any form of life that is weak, helpless or hurt. The Buddhist is fully aware that life itself cannot be destroyed, but to him this does not justify destroying or harming the forms through which life is presently expressing. It is believed that we have no right to injure for any reason.

Buddhists were the first to build hospitals for the care of sick and injured animals. Their purpose is to ease pain and suffering be it man's or beast's, for the same life is seen to dwell in each. Even today, many animals can be seen living in and around old temples. Tourists sometimes object to the presence of the animals, thinking they are unbecoming the spiritual surroundings. The old priests however, welcome and enjoy the company of these little creatures who are drawn to the temples for reasons not unlike their own.
 

Jo Pretorius (87)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:36 am
Signed and noted.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:41 am
On this day as I note this I'm reminded of my beloved dad who so loved animals and instilled the same in us children. This was the cause he spoke of so often, so many years back. Wherever he is now, he'll be happy to to know that this cause is close to my heart too.
Noted with thanks Simone!
 

BernadetteP P. (72)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 5:10 am
singed simone
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 5:14 am
noted and signed thanks
 

susan w. (13)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 5:18 am
noted and signed thanks simone
 

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 5:22 am
animals do not belong to humans or anyone. it is a notion that humans made up as an excuse to use them for their own selfish gain. they should not belong as possession. as soon the notion is taken out of the law, the better.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:01 am
CURRENT ANIMAL RIGHTS ISSUES FROM A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE
Although the following guidelines for working on animal rights issues follow clearly from fundamental Buddhist teachings, they are by no means exclusively Buddhist. My hope for this conference is that many of the participants, regardless of their religious views, will wholeheartedly embrace them in their future work for animal rights.

We should reduce the fear, hate, and thoughts of revenge generated by the torturing and killing of animals.
We should not be prey to negative emotions or violence. They compound the problem. Real solutions come from changing people's minds rather than from creating confrontation and friction.
We should not limit our compassion to the animals and to those of like mind, but extend it to all living beings, even if we feel that some are clearly in the wrong. Compassion should be the basis of all our interactions with others, regardless of their views and actions in the area of animal rights.
 

Beth FS (149)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:17 am
Gladly signed, thanks Simone.
 

JASMIN HORST S. (14)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:28 am
can't sign Simone, you have to live in the U. S. With much interest though, I read of the Buddhist traditions, wish I could have signed though.
 

. (1)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:47 am
Noted and signed.Thank you Simone.
 

Shirley S. (176)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:49 am
Noted & signed
 

Deb R. (3)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:39 am
gladly signed
thanks simone
animal abusers should be hang
 

Pauline P. (46)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:58 am
Signed and sent message already, Thanks
 

Dr Kathi A. (215)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 9:22 am
TY Simone, signed & noted.
 

Lynn M. (192)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 9:32 am
Noted and signed.
 

Ingrid Offline A. (209)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:23 am
Thanks for sharing Simone. Noted but was not allowed to sign (This petition sends letters to an individual's specific elected officials based on their address. You must live in the U.S. to sign this petition.)
 

Patricia N. (41)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:46 am
Signed and noted.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:48 am
Noted/signed/with a big Thank you Simone!
 

Katie R. (7)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:25 pm
Signed.
 

Patricia C. (96)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:32 pm
# 125, thank you Simone.
 

Mervi R. (74)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:47 pm
Noted, signed.
 

wendy w. (47)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:13 pm
Done! Thanx Simone
 

Rhonda Maness (583)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:28 pm
You signed this petition on 04/23/10.
Thanks Simone
 

JennyLynn W. (246)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:45 pm
Signed. This should go without saying!
 

Mike M. (56)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:57 pm
signed and noted
 

Carol L. (220)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:06 pm
Signed and noted.
thanks Simone
 

Maryanne C. (111)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:22 pm
Signed and noted,thank you.
 

Annie Cowling (118)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:49 pm
action taken, thanks Simone
 

Lisa Tremblay (2)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:09 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Sherri O. (257)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:22 pm
Petition signed
 

Katz R. (54)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:50 pm
we need to aggressively pursue this on state and federal levels to get somewhere
 

Nancy P. (67)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 8:54 pm
Singed and forward, thanks
 

Robyn L. (80)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:59 pm
I'm not sure why people from some countries can sign and others can't. There are signatures from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Venezuela, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Mexico and many others.
I apologize to those of you who have tried to sign and couldn't.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 1:39 am
Had already signed petition! Animals are a gift from God to us! They all have a right to life! We are to care & protect them! Not for use & abuse! Animals are living beings & they also have a soul! They feel all & everything a human animal does! They are not our possession, but a living being! What ever you do to the least of my creation, you do unto me! God's commandment, Thou shall not kill, what part of this does humans don't understand! Cruelty & abuse laws needs to be the same for all animals as is for humans. There is no difference! They have a right to be here on earth & be protected! Abusers needs to be punished for any harm that is inflicted to an animal! Laws need to be enforce as much for animal as for humans! We are all living beings to be protected & defended! Thanks for this post Simone, Robyn Lamoureux for the petition.
 

No fwd van E (38)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 5:52 am
I agree 100%, but i couldn't sign because i don't live in the US
 

Antonio Amador (60)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 10:33 am
Noted. Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 11:14 am
Hey Simone, I noted this Story but it doesn't show that I noted it down below so I hope that you get your points for the story as this is a VERY IMPORTANT Story. It is time that these masachistic, sadistic, cruel, murderous, barbaric , socialpathic people are treated like the FELONY CRIMINALS that they are and be sentenced to HEAVY PUNISHMENTS and long term sentences. It is absolutely absurb that these Court Judges keep letting these Animal Abusers off with simple a slap on the wrist when these are quite obviously signs that these people are not only sick, sick, SICK but also are people that you do not need to trust around your children as if they will do these ty/pe of inhumane treatment on an innocent animal (which by the way cannot tell you that someone is mistreating them, just like a child often can't) then they will most likely mistreet your children and or sexually abuse your children. It is time that these JUDGES step up to the plate and do their job and prosecute these heartless criminals to the maximum penality possible and itis also time to review the Laws that are presently set down regarding animal abusers to allow stiffer penalities for animial abusersneglecters. It is time that we look out for the innocent.....both animal and human kind (that means our children). LIsten Up Judges!
 

Carol V. (28)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 1:19 pm
Could not sign from Canada however stiffer laws are a MUST in this day and age where their value to some are not even noted. Precedence needs to be set and the sooner the better.
 

. (0)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 3:02 pm
Noted and signed. Thankyou.
 

Maria Eugenia Escobedo (33)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 6:14 pm
Punishing those who harm animals I`ts merely an act of Justice. Anybody who intentionally commits acts of cruelty, toward a person or an animal deserves to be pushished. Education is fundamental of course but a part of education is the understanding that all actions have a consecuence, and while abusers learn this lesson, which some never learn, society and animals will be much safer, putting them behind bars for a very long term. Thank for the post, but could`t sign for beeing in Mèxico.
 

Cynthia not well (340)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 7:34 pm
signed
 

sonsydee E. (36)
Monday April 26, 2010, 1:59 am
Noted and signed Thanks Simone.The human horror story of animal abuse is a disgrace and stronger action needs to be taken against those that treat animals in such a heartless way.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 26, 2010, 4:16 am
Compassion should be the basis of all our interactions with others, regardless of their views and actions in the area of animal rights.



Few religions or spiritual movements in history have had much to say about the spiritual destiny of the non-human creatures of the world. It has always seemed strange to me that these systems of theology have no place in them for those kingdoms of life that so vastly outnumber man. I suppose there are countless arguments as to why animals are not included in these philosophies, but they would have little meaning for a Buddhist.

Buddhism considers all of life to be evolving toward higher consciousness. To the Buddhist, any practice by which man sustains himself at the expense of other sentient beings is considered wrong. Buddhism considers non-human life to be Divine just as is human life. Animals are seen to be an evolving kingdom of living creatures destined in time to attain perfect enlightenment. All of life is seen to be one. According to this conviction, to harm any living thing is to do injury to the One Eternal and Divine Life. Since animals are considered to be traveling towards enlightenment just as man is, neither are they to be harmed, discouraged or hampered in their progress.

To accept the Buddhist point of view is to have a new spirit of compassion for any form of life that is weak, helpless or hurt. The Buddhist is fully aware that life itself cannot be destroyed, but to him this does not justify destroying or harming the forms through which life is presently expressing. It is believed that we have no right to injure for any reason.

Buddhists were the first to build hospitals for the care of sick and injured animals. Their purpose is to ease pain and suffering be it man's or beast's, for the same life is seen to dwell in each. Even today, many animals can be seen living in and around old temples. Tourists sometimes object to the presence of the animals, thinking they are unbecoming the spiritual surroundings. The old priests however, welcome and enjoy the company of these little creatures who are drawn to the temples for reasons not unlike their own.
 

Charlene S. (126)
Monday April 26, 2010, 7:17 am
Noted and signed. Here in the US almost all states have felony cruelty laws to protect animals but until the court recognize the seriousness and the connections with animal abuse the laws are only worth the paper they are written on. It is imperative that prosecutors follow the laws and judges too. They are letting the animals down by making plea agreements and not punishing animal abusers as allowed by law.
 

. (0)
Monday April 26, 2010, 5:00 pm
s/n;
"Gandhi: " The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

he said it best....
 

Tierney G. (383)
Monday April 26, 2010, 5:30 pm
Signed thanks Simone
 

mary f. (181)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:04 am
signed
 

Michaela Kayser (35)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:56 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Simone.
 

Gudrun D. (426)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:15 pm
Signed - 352 signatures - sent invitations - thanks Simone
 
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