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. Protect South African Lions From Deplorable Conditions of Bone Trade!

Mangy lion found in Pieneka Farm

Source: Lions in Deplorable Conditions Near Death

In about 260 facilities across South Africa, between 6,000 and 8,000 lions are bred in captivity a year. Recently, over 108 mangy lions were found at a breeding facility living in terrible conditions at Pieneka Farms. The gruesome photos show the lions nearly bald and covered in mange. The farm has enclosures that were meant for two lions and there were more than 30 at a time in overcrowded enclosures. The lions were disease and parasite ridden, nearly dead, and there were lion cubs suffering from a neurological condition called meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain). South Africa’s Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 says that no animal should suffer from “undue hunger, thirst, discomfort, disease, or pain.” Sign this petition to make the terms clear so lions don’t suffer like this anymore!

2. Stop Nigeria’s Inhumane and Dangerous Dog Meat Industry

Man in Nigeria abusing dogs

Source: Stop Nigeria’s Inhumane and Dangerous Dog Meat Industry

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In Nigeria, there have been many human deaths due to consumption of infected dog meat. Not only are people dying, but people who have dogs and cats as companions fear for the safety of their pets. Thieves often steal pets and they import dogs from surrounding countries for the dog meat trade. Sign this petition asking the President of Nigeria to implement existing animal cruelty laws, provide funding for trap, neuter, and release programs, require rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats, and shut down the dog and cat meat industry!

3. End Wild Animal Ownership in Texas

Live kangaroos in purses hanging on a wall

Source: In Texas, You Can Own a Kangaroo, a Tiger Even a Gorilla. What Are They Thinking?

Wild animals are not pets! They belong in the wild with their own species, not in your home or backyard. However, in Texas, it’s legal to breed and own wild animals with certain kind of licenses. A woman in Texas breeds kangaroos and sells them for thousands of dollars to people who contact her on Facebook. It’s also legal to own animals like lions, tigers, baboons, chimpanzees, gorillas, and more. It’s cruel and dangerous for the animal and humans to try to make these wild animals into pets. Sign this petition to demand that Texas end wild animal ownership and make it illegal!

4. Save Mufasa the White Lion

Mufasa, the white lion

Source: Save Mufasa the White Lion

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There are only 300 white lions in the world, only 13 of which live in the wild. Mufasa is cared for at a wildlife rehab center, where they acquired a second cub named Suraya specifically for him to have company. They are very attached and a sanctuary offered to care for both lions for the rest of their lives for free at a sanctuary where they can be safe and happy. However, nature conservation officials refused and told the center that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department. To stop this and ask for Mufasa and Suraya to both be sent to a sanctuary, sign this petition!

5. Man Poisoned More Than 400 Protected Eagles

Man holding an eagle's head

Source: This Man Poisoned More Than 400 Protected Eagles But the Court Only Gave Him 14 Days in Jail

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In Victoria, Australia, a man killed over 406 wedge-tailed eagles and other protected birds over the course of two years. He was poisoning sheep by injecting poison into their necks and leaving them on the property where he worked for eagles to eat and die. The wedge-tailed eagle population will take a really long time to recover from this destruction. The maximum penalty for what he did is $350,000 or six months in jail, but he only got 14 days in jail and less than one percent of the maximum fine. Sign this petition demanding that Victoria have tougher penalties for those who harm wildlife.

6. Support the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act

Portrait of beagle

Source: Don’t Let Animals Die When US Government Tests End

Ideally, federal agencies would not test on animals at all, especially not with taxpayer money. However, the Animal Freedom From Testing, Experimentation, and Research (AFTER) Act is a step in the right direction. When experiments are over, the federal agencies euthanize the animals even when they’re still healthy. The AFTER Act, however, would require that animals at least be adopted into homes or retired to sanctuaries at the end of experiments. Sign this petition urging Congress to pass the AFTER act!

7. Outlaw Bestiality in All 50 States!

Sad dog laying down

Source: U.S. Congress: Outlaw Bestiality in All 50 States!

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There is no federal law in the United States that bans bestiality. Sadly and horrifyingly, sexual abuse crimes against animals are actually not uncommon. In some states, it is a misdemeanor and in others, it’s a felony. It should be federally outlawed. Sign this petition demanding that Congress pass a federal law against bestiality to not only discourage such disgusting crimes but to punish the abusers accordingly and consistently.

8. Justice for Dog, Casey and Her Puppies Who Were Left at a Dumpster

Dog, Casey feeding her puppies

Source: Casey and Her 2-Week-Old Puppies Were Abandoned at a Dumpster and Left to Die

At Puntzi Lake Landfill in British Columbia, Canada, someone heard rustling coming from a tightly sealed box. They opened the box to find a female dog with nine puppies who were around two weeks old. Sadly, Casey (as she is now named) and her puppies were just dumped and left to die but someone who decided they were too much trouble. There were other humane ways to handle this; they could have at least been taken to a shelter rather than just thrown with the trash. Sign this petition demanding that B.C. authorities investigate Casey’s case so they can punish the culprit.

9. Support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act

Man standing next to very small puppy

Source: People Are Making Videos of Themselves Stomping on Animals for Sexual Pleasure

Just when you thought animal cruelty couldn’t possibly get worse, there are now “crush videos” on the internet. These videos show people crushing, boiling, and ripping apart animals for the sexual pleasure of their viewers. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would help put an end to, or at least punish those who abuse and sexually exploit animals. It would punish “those who participate in the crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling animals” with up to seven years in federal prison. Sign this petition to show your support for the PACT act and contact your congressperson urging them to support it as well.

10. Stop Boknal, the South Korean Dog Meat Festival

Dog tied up with paws behind his back

Source: Stop Boknal, the South Korean Dog Meat Festival

The Boknal Festival in South Korea is held during the summertime and over a million dogs and cats might be killed. It runs from July to August, during which time there is mass butchering cats and dogs. People who attend the festival believe pet meat has medicinal powers, which has never been proven by science. Sign this petition to demand the end of the Boknal Dog Meat Festival!

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