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, including banning the use of dogs as weapons, banning plastic water bottles in national parks, and protecting lands from exploitation that harm the environment and wildlife.
We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.
1. Ban the Use of Dogs as Weapons!
In Utah, Delaware, Connecticut, South Dakota and Iowa, it’s legal to train dogs to be used as weapons against prisoners. They can train them to aggressively attack, bite, and drag prisoners from their cells. The dogs are being exploited and used as weapons and it’s not humane to treat people this way either. Dogs are taken into a cell, unmuzzled, and allowed to bark and terrify the inmate. Then the dogs is commanded to attack with a “deep and full mouth bite” to drag the prisoner from their cell. Mentally ill inmates can also react to the dogs in a way that makes them more aggressive. Sign this petition to ask these five states to ban this cruel practice.
2. Ask National Parks Service to Ban Plastic Water Bottles to Protect Wildlife!
Plastic water bottles are a big cause of plastic pollution. The current administration announced a decision to reverse a 2011 policy that restricted the sale of plastic water bottles on 23 national parks. This helped prevent pollution and harm to wildlife. But now that policy is being reversed and plastic water bottles have no place in national parks. Plastic kills wildlife and pollution is severely hurting the environment. Sign this petition to ask the National Parks Service to ban plastic water bottles!
3. Ban Lahore Zoo From Keeping Elephants After Death of Suzi
Suzi, an African bush elephant was brought to Lahore Zoo in 1992. She was never able to live among other elephants. She was kept standing for 98 hours in May 2017 and when she was finally able to sit down, she died. She was only 32 years old, and the average lifespan of an elephant is 60-70 years. Elephants do not belong in captivity and the Lahore Zoo is not capable of properly taking care of one. They should not be allowed to “own” any other elephants. Sign this petition if you agree!
4. Tell Senate Not to Appoint Fish and Wildlife Service Director Who Works to Destroy Wildlife Protections
Aurelia Skipwith has worked to loosen the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Yet Trump has nominated her to lead the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife (FWS). She was also an executive for Monsanto, the agrochemical giant that produces chemicals linked to cancer and the disappearance of bees. Nearly 30 former FWS employees have denounced her nomination. Sign this petition to tell the Senate to vote no on her nomination!
5. Two Elephants Have Died at Commerford Zoo in the Last Year, Save The Remaining Elephant
Recently we shared the story of the two elephants who died in the last year at Commerford Zoo. Beulah and Karen were not well cared for, and elephants do not belong in captivity anyway. There is still one elephant remaining at the Zoo, Minnie. She should not suffer the same tragic fate. Sign this petition to ask the zoo to give her a chance to live out the rest of her life at a reputable sanctuary.
6. Protect Cumberland Island
The Cumberland Island National Seashore is a national treasure that is enjoyed by over 60,000 visitors per year. The Board of Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia is attempting to obtain a license from the FAA for a commercial spaceport that will require rockets to be launched directly over the National Seashore. This puts the Cumberland Island National Seashore in peril from exploding rockets, environmental contamination and other significant risks. The Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to a number of federally protected migratory birds, shorebirds and endangered marine species, including Bald eagles, Piping plovers, Wood storks, Loggerhead sea turtles, Green sea turtles, Leatherback sea turtles, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, North Atlantic Right whales, Humpback whales and West Indian manatees. Cumberland Island is also home to five historic districts. Sign this petition if agree it should be protected!
7. Prosecute Organizations Whose Netting Traps Birds!
Thousands upon thousands of pigeons, along with other birds such as doves, gulls, crows, jackdaws and starlings, are getting trapped in and behind netting installed under bridges and on buildings where so many die slowly of starvation, dehydration or strangulation. The 2006 Animal Welfare Act states that it’s an offense to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal. Sign this petition to ask the police and local authorities to prosecute offenders to prevent countless more birds dying in such a cruel and unnecessary way.
8. Support The International Convention to Prohibit the Eating of Dog and Cat Meat
Genlin, the founder of the World Dog Alliance (WDA) set up an international convention to prohibit the eating of dog and cat meat. He calls for legislation as the only means to eradicate the immoral practice of eating dog and cat, particularly in Asian countries. On 28thJuly 2019, WDA announced its convention campaign and launched a petition to garner public support, forming a global trend against such atrocity. Congressmen in the US and Members of Parliament in the UK have already pledged to back WDA’s convention. Sign this petition if you support the campaign.
9. Tell Trump to Stop His Environmentally Disastrous Alaska Giveaway
Tongass, which spans 16.7 million acres across southern Alaska, is the largest national park in the United States and is home to many endangered flora and fauna. Tongass and other lands potentially at risk serve as the habitat for thousands of animal and plant species. Yet nearly 30 million acres of pristine Alaska federal land are at risk of being sold. Sign this petition to tell Trump and his administration that you are against the destruction of 30 million acres of Alaska federal lands.
10. Stop Nestle Corporation From Pumping Water From Ginnie Springs
Nestle Waters Corporation wants to pump 1.1 million gallons of water per day from Ginnie Springs, and the Sante Fe river system. Nestle would be taking water from the public and bottling it to sell it back to the people. The river system is a diverse ecosystem, as well as one of the most beautiful recreation areas in Florida. This is not only ethical issue but an ecological disaster waiting to happen. Sign this petition to show Nestle you’re opposed to this idea!
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