It’s horrible to hear about animal abuse cases or read the ways humans are endangering many species. Fortunately, there are things we can do to speak for them. One of the ways we can help and lend our voices to good causes is by signing petitions. Such petitions are sent to people in powerful positions that can make a change, especially when they see just how many people stand behind the cause. We can demand change, justice, and stop tragedies by speaking up and doing our part.
There are horrifying things happening around the world every week like extinction, hunting, exploitation, and cruelty. If you are looking for a way to help animals, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week!
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1. Save Captive Seals From Tiny Pool in Oregon’s Seaside Aquarium
Seaside Aquarium in Oregon has eleven captive seals in a tiny pool. They are kept there just as an attraction for visitors who can pay a small fee to feed them from a tray of fish. The seals clap and howl for the fish because according to one of the workers, that is their only food during the summer. Seals should be free in the ocean, not held prisoner in a tiny pool with cramped space. Sign this petition urging the aquarium to send the seals to a sanctuary.
2. Save Happy, the Suffering Elephant From Bronx Zoo
Happy the elephant has been alone in captivity for over 12 years. Her companion Grumpy died in 2002 and her second companion, Sammie died in 2006. She was captured as a baby in Thailand and been sentenced to a life of captivity and isolation ever since. Happy has been bullied by other elephants and spends her days all alone at the Bronx Zoo with no companion of her species. Sign this petition urging the Bronx Zoo to send her to an elephant sanctuary where she can live the rest of her life in peace with a herd.
3. Save 100,000 Marine Animals Each Year From Fishing Gear
Graphic photos of a seal who suffered a painful and prolonged death due to fishing gear shows how deadly fishing gear is for the oceans and marine animals. “Ghost gear” is fishing gear that is abandoned by fishing boats and floats in the oceans. About 650,000 tons of ghost gear end up in the oceans each year, and each piece can kill up to 30 and 40 marine animals. Around 100,000 whales, sea lions, and other marine animals are killed each year by this fishing gear. Sign this petition asking which asks the United Kingdom to crack down on fishing gear abandonment and punish the fishing boats that dump gear.
4. Ban Facebook Group Where Fisherman Post Videos Desecrating Dead Bodies of Fish
In a disgusting and disrespectful video, a young man filmed himself using the dead body of a baby shark as a bong. As horrible as that incident was, it isn’t isolated. He posted that video to a Facebook group called “Fried Fishing” where there are many similar photos and videos of people disrespecting the bodies of the fish they kill. Billy had another video letting a fish he caught bite his nipple and another fisherman also posted videos using a shark as a bong. The animal abuse is horrifying and shouldn’t be allowed. Sign this petition asking Facebook to ban the group!
5. Shut Down Fair Oaks Farm
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Recently, footage was revealed after an undercover investigation uncovered the horrific abuse that takes place at Fair Oaks Farm, previously known as the “Disneyland” of agriculture. The workers were “seen slapping, kicking, punching, throwing, slamming calves, and stabbing and beating them with steel rebars.” Sign this petition to shut down this farm which makes Fairlife products and works with Coca-Cola.
6. Justice for Dog Cruelly Attacked With Acid
In Newry, Ireland, a woman found a dog who had been attacked with acid. She took the dog to the vet who said, “In thirty years of practice, I have never seen anything like this. This is the worst case of animal cruelty I have ever come across.” The poor dog was doused in acid and tried to lick the acid off, which meant his skin and tongue were melting off. The pain and suffering was so bad, the dog had to be euthanized. Sign this petition to demand that the police take this case of animal abuse very seriously and find whoever did this!
7. End Hunting Tradition That Kills Over 100,000 Dogs Each Year
The hunting season in Spain involves hunters buying from 10 to 70 galgos, the Spanish “greyhound.” The galgos are then forced to hunt hares and at the end of the hunting season, the dogs who didn’t perform well are abandoned or killed. About 100,000 galgos are killed each year by their owners. A spectacle is made of the “bad dogs,” who are strung on a tree branch, and it’s called “piano playing” as they try to reach for the ground. Sign this petition to end hare coursing, the “sport of using galgos to hunt down live rabbits” in Spain!
8. Stop Slaughtering of Australian Racehorses in South Korea
One-third of racehorses sent to South Korea from Australia have died over the past six years. Recently, secret footage revealed the cruelty imposed on the horses in South Korea. The horses are “trucked into a facility, hit hard with a poly pipe and then forced to enter a fenced-off channel where they are herded along with the pipes and enter the kill box to be stunned by a captive bolt device.” Sign this petition asking Australia to stop exporting horses to South Korea since they are only being subjected to this fate.
9. Put an End to Schools Teaching Children in Spain to Kill Bulls
Bullfighting is sickening and cruel as it is. Yet children in Spain are taught to follow in these steps and maintain this horrific tradition in bullfighting schools. Photos of a bullfighting training session circulated online showing children with their prizes for doing a good job: hacked off ears and tails from bulls. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says children should not attend bullfighting events or schools because of the violence, but this still goes on in Spain. Sign this petition asking Spain to ban children from participating in bullfighting in any way!
10. End Veterans Affairs’ Experimental Testing on Dogs
Veterans Affairs has been testing on dogs for over 20 years. The Richmond Virginia Medical Center allowed investigators to perform “painful heart failure experiments on dogs, many dying along the way due to subpar surgeries.” They bred and experimented on narcoleptic dobermans. The National Institute of Health has said that animals are not good models for mimicking disease or predicting how drugs will work in humans. Sign this petition telling Congress to pass the PUPPERS Act, which would bar the VA from using public funds to experiment on dogs.
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