Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact.

Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including banning factory farms in the U.S., making Juneteenth a federal holiday, and ending the cruel pigeon-rolling competition at a fair in Ontario.

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1. Make Sure This Cruel Dog Breeder Who Mutilated the Vocal Cords of Dogs Can Never Harm Another Animal

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Source: They Shoved Pipes Down Dogs’ Throats to Painfully “Debark” Them. Sign to Demand Justice!

Debarking is a cruel practice that some dog owners subject their companions to, which involves mangling or severing a canine’s vocal cords and cutting out their barks forever. Some U.S. states — like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey — have banned devocalization under most circumstances, but authorities have recently been made aware of an unlicensed breeder in Pennsylvania that devocalizes its pups without anesthesia. The breeder used a DIY approach to debarking, which included repeatedly shoving a cylindrical device down the dogs’ throats to destroy their vocal cords. Sign this petition to demand that the dog breeder is prosecuted and never allowed to have animals again!

2. Help Ban Factory Farms in the United States

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Source: Factory Farming Is Killing the Planet, Our Health, and Our Commitment to Humane Animal Treatment. Ban Factory Farms Now!

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Factory farms are cruel and inhumane environments for the animals that are kept within them. These animals are tortured and treated with a complete disregard for their lives. There are approximately 25,000 factory farms currently operating in the U.S and more than 1.6 billion animals living out the only days of their existence in torment until they’re slaughtered for profit. Of all animals farmed in the U.S., 99% live on factory farms. Workers in these farms are often exploited and suffer PTSD as a result of the work they have to do. Factory farms also are one of the biggest contributors to climate change Luckily, Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren are teaming up to push legislation that would finally ban large-scale factory farming in the United States over the next 20 years. Sign this petition to urge the U.S. Congress to pass this crucial legislation to ban factory farming in the U.S.!

3.  Don’t Let Pata Zoo Renew Their Lease

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Source: Inhumane Treatment of Bua Noi in Pata Zoo

Bua Noi is a gorilla that has lived in Pata Zoo for thirty-three years. The zoo is located at the top of a department store in Thailand, where a small fire broke out in April of 2020. In 2015, Thai authorities charged the zoo for breaking several laws and demanded that they remove all large animals, including Bua Noi, but nothing has come of these charges. Multiple animal welfare organizations have offered to arrange for Bua Noi to be put in a sanctuary for the remainder of her life, but the zoo owner refuses. Pata Zoo’s lease is up for renewal this month, June 2020. Sign this petition to make sure that their lease is not renewed and the animals are surrendered to sanctuaries.

4. Demand that Police Investigate the Lynchings of these Black Men as Homicides 

Police Dismissed Lynchings of Black Men as "Suicides." Demand Justice and Real Answers, Now!

Source: Police Dismissed Lynchings of Black Men as “Suicides.” Demand Justice and Real Answers, Now!

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In the past two weeks, Malcolm Harsch, Rober Fuller, and Dominique Alexander have been found hanging from ropes strung up in trees in public areas. While police labeled these deaths as suicides, the use of a noose to kill black people during a time filled with protests against police brutality and racial discrimination is likely not a coincidence. Lynchings have been used by white people to intimidate and send a message to black people for hundreds of years. Sign the petition to demand that police investigate these men’s deaths as homicides, and that the Justice Department review them as hate crimes!

5. Make Sure These Polar Bears Are Evacuated from a Russian Town Humanely

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Source: 50 Starved Polar Bears Came Into Town and Now They May Be Killed

Around 50 Polar Bears enter Novaya Zemlya, a small Russian town, looking for food. Experts believe the polar bears have invaded the town because their habitat and food (seals) are disappearing due to climate change. Although Polar Bears are a protected species, people may harm the bears out of confusion and fear. Officials are considering simply moving the trash cans or sedating and relocating them, but that would likely be expensive, difficult, and very stressful to the bears who just wanted something to eat. Sign this petition to demand that authorities do not use fatal force to evacuate the polar bears! Make sure that Russian officials do everything that they can to humanely and safely move the bears.

6. Tell Thailand to Ban Tiger Parks and Send Tigers to Sanctuaries

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Source: When Will Thailand Ban the Cruel Captive Tiger Industry? More Than 2,000 Tigers Suffer There Daily.

In 2016, the Thai government raided the notorious Tiger Temple, which had deceived the public into believing it was a safe space for tigers and humans to coexist. The disturbing reality is that the Tiger Temple was part of the black market trade of tiger products such as pelts, skins, teeth, and cubs. Contrary to what many animal activists hoped,  things have only gotten worse for the tigers of Thailand since the raid. Tiger parks have been on the rise and now number nearly 70 with a total number of 2,000 animals in their “care.” At these parks, tourists pay money to feed and pet cubs, who will be slaughtered once they grow older. Sign this petition to demand that Thailand ban tiger captivity and ensure that those currently in captivity find refuge in a reputable sanctuary.

7.  Urge the U.S. Government to make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

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Source: Declare June 19th a Federal Holiday!

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Juneteenth is a celebration of the last enslaved people being freed on June 19, 1865. While the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued over two years earlier, people in Texas continued to keep slaves since it was one of the most remote states. June 19th, also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth, and Freedom Day is celebrated in some communities and at the local and state level. But it is not a federally recognized holiday. Establishing Juneteenth as a nationally-recognized holiday would be an important symbolic step towards acknowledging the atrocities of the United States’ past, while also reorienting ourselves towards a truly equitable future. Sign this petition to ask that the U.S. government declare June 19th a recognized federal holiday.

8. Stop Australia from Poisoning and Killing Stray Cats

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Source: Don’t Let Australia Poison And Kill Millions Of Stray Cats!

Australia currently has an estimated six million stray cats. The Australian government is hoping to kill two million of these stray cats by airdropping poisoned sausages for them to eat and die from fifteen minutes later. They are also encouraging civilians to trap and shoot the cats, even offering compensation to those who do so. The Australian government says that the cats are a threat to native plants and farming. There are many alternatives to their cruel plan like funding trap, neuter, and release programs as well as putting older cats in sanctuaries and letting the young ones get adopted. Sign this petition to demand that Australia find a different, non-lethal way to control the cats’ population size!

9. Put And End to This Cruel Pigeon-Rolling Competition

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Source: Please take a stand against the abusive practice of bowling Roller Pigeons at the Harrow Fair in Essex Ontario, Now!

At Harrow Fair in Essex, Ontario, people participate in a cruel event called Roller Pigeons or Parlour Tumblers in which the poor birds are rolled into balls and hurled along the ground. The objective of the sport is the distance and number of tumbles the bird takes when their handlers roll them across the grass. In pursuit of the cash prizes, handlers wind up their arms and use tremendous force. Unfortunately, the cruelty goes beyond the game itself. These birds are selectively inbred to create a genetic seizure-like disorder that causes them to tumble and roll on the ground. Sign this petition to help put an end to this outdated and cruel practice today!

10. Tell ICE to Stop Using Disinfectants that are Poisoning Detainees

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Source: ICE Detainees Are Getting Sick From Being Subjected to Noxious Gasses 24/7

In the ICE detention center in Adelanto, California, detainees are getting sick from a powerful disinfectant called HDQ Neutral. They are coughing up blood, suffering from body aches, and breaking out into skin reactions. They also have burning eyes and bloody noses. Besides a burn cream, detainees have not been receiving medical attention. The safety warnings on HDQ Neutral include “harmful if inhaled,” “causes severe burns and serious eye damage,” and the instructions say to only use it outdoors or in extremely well-ventilated areas while wearing heavy protective gear like gloves and goggles. Instead, employees are spraying it where detainees sleep, eat, and bathe — as many as 50 times a day. Sign this petition to demand that the ICE Adelanto Detention Center to immediately stop the use of HDQ Neutral and find a safe alternative.

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