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 repealing breed-specific legislation, saving the animals abandoned during the coronavirus outbreak, and ban the snaring of foxes.
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1. Repeal Discriminatory Breed-Specific Legislation in the UK
In the United Kingdom, breed-specific legislation (BSL) is still in effect. Owners of banned dogs can be fined or imprisoned and worst of all, the dogs are often euthanized. These four breeds are banned: pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, dogo Argentino, and fila Brasileiro, and any dog that resembles them. Sign this petition demanding that parliament repeal these discriminatory laws.
2. Tell Influential Environmentalists to Speak Up About Animal Agriculture and the Environment
Livestock factory farming emits more gases into the environment than cars and factories put together, and is the leading cause of species extinction, rainforest eradication and ocean dead zones. This petition will go to selected climate change influencers with outstanding green credentials asking them to speak up against animal agriculture as much as other environmental issues they discuss. That includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bill Nye, Prince William, and more. Sign this petition!
3. Save the Animals Abandoned in China During the Coronavirus Outbreak
When Chinese officials shut down the city and forced evacuations in Wuhan, people scrambled and fled and had to leave behind their beloved pets. Many evacuees didn’t imagine that they would be away for too long. With that in mind, loving owners left just enough food and water to hold their pets over for a few days. But now, nearly a month has gone by and those abandoned pets are now in danger of starving, or worse. Sign this petition to ask the Chinese government to form a task force to work on saving and reuniting the pets of coronavirus evacuees.
4. Ban the Snaring of Foxes
Source: Stop Murdering Foxes For Profit!
Even though fur farms are banned in Britain, heartless trappers are snaring and killing defenseless foxes for profit. One man named David Sneade clubs foxes to death in a national park to sell their fur to Sweden. The Independent reports: “He dismembers the bodies and stretches the skins on racks — and posts about it all on Facebook.” Sign this petition asking for legislation to ban the snaring of foxes forever.
5. Tell IUCN to Remove All Members With Ties to Trophy Hunting
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is charged with protecting the world’s animal species. But they’ve been exposed for having ties to trophy hunting. How can an organization that protects animals be connected with such a cruel industry? Sign this petition to tell the International Union for Conservation of Nature to do the job it was created to do: conserve nature and purge all members that profit from trophy hunting.
6. Tell This Zoo to End their Program That Forces Animals to Interact With Kids
At the Potawatomi Zoo, for a hefty fee, you and your party can “invite” a wild animal to your event at the zoo. That’s how Copper, a wild African serval cat, ended up in the unnatural situation of being used as a prop for a “meet-and-greet” at a child’s birthday party. Surrounded by screaming children, under bright indoor lights is never a situation a serval would find itself in the wild. When one of the mothers knelt down with her child to get a close up with the cat, Copper decided he had had enough and struck out, swiping the boy with his paw and biting him on the head. The Potawatomi Zoo must stop endangering their pets and their public with this misguided program. Sign this petition demanding that they stop using wild animals in their ambassador animals program.
7. Ban Bull Fighting Around the World
Spains culture of bullfighting kills approximately 250,000 every year, bulls are staved to death in the ring while the crowd is cheering! Help ban bullfighting in Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador! Sign this petition if you want this cruel blood “sport” to be banned around the world!
8. Ban Bear Farms and Restaurants that Serve Bear Dishes
In parts of Asia and China especially, bear claw soup is considered a delicacy. Bears are considered a symbol of power and virility, and eating the bear’s paw is believed to transfer those traits on to the consumer. Most of the bears are raised on illegal bear farms. They live their entire lives in captivity until they are chosen for harvesting. What happens next is truly horrific. The bears, are dragged out of their enclosure and then — while still alive and conscious — each paw is chopped off one by one. while still alive, the bears are then beaten with steel bars to tenderize the meat. They are then hoisted above a vat of boiling water and lowered in to be boiled alive. Sign this petition asking China to crack down on illegal bear farms and restaurants that serve bear dishes.
9. End the Cruel Practice of Crushing Endangered Elephants
“Crushing” an elephant means totally breaking its spirit, and preparing it for a life of slavish servitude to humans. It’s a cruel, abusive practice and it’s what is done to any captive elephants exploited for profit. There are only 38,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants globally, and 12,000 of them are captive. Sign this petition asking the Asian Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Environment to spearhead a movement across the continent to enact powerful measures to put an end to the exploitation of elephants.
10. Stop the Murdering of Mountain Lions in South Dakota
Source: Stop Murdering Mountain Lions!
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks issues permits to allow trophy hunters to kill mountain lions. There were only about 300 in 2019 and they gave hunters permission to kill 30% of them. Sign this petition asking Kelly Hepler, Department Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Agency to stop issuing permits to the hunters that murder these precious mountain lions.
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