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 the captivity of wild animals that should be free, pets being mistreated, and animals being bred like machines. If you are looking for a way to help animals, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week!
We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.
1. Close Surabaya “Zoo of Death” Now!
An estimate of 25 animals die every month at Surabaya Zoo, the largest zoo in Indonesia. It’s clear the animals aren’t taken care of as they should be. A giraffe that died at the zoo was found to have a 40-pound ball of plastic in his stomach. There is a Bengal White Tiger with a missing ear and spinal problems, an elephant with swollen joints in her leg, and an African lion was found hanged to death in his own cage. Sign this petition to shut down this zoo of death to stop them from mistreating and neglecting more animals.
2. Stop This Horse Camp From Letting Kids Paint on This Rescue Pony!
An equestrian camp in Brazil allowed children to color and paint on a white horse. The camp claims the pigments were non toxic and the point was to encourage interaction between the children and the horse. However, the horse must have been anxious and terrified as the children were doing this. It also teaches children not to respect animals. There are so many other ways to teach children about horses. Sign this petition to make sure the camp doesn’t do an activity like this ever again.
3. Demand Justice for Baby Lambs Brutally Killed
A school in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom bought three lambs as school pets, which could be risky and dangerous for the animals’ health and wellbeing overall. However, they thought they were saving the lambs. Unfortunately, the baby lambs named Ethel, Chunk, and Ugs suffered a terrible fate anyway. They were stolen and brutally killed. Their skins were found on the road near the school. To demand justice for these precious baby lambs, sign this petition!
4. Justice for Strawberry, Dog Whose Owner Poured Boiling Water
An intern doctor in China posted a video of himself punishing his dog, a Shiba Inu named Strawberry for defecating in his bedroom. In the video, he is seen pouring boiling water over the dog who is locked in his crate and screaming in pain. He apparently also recorded himself beating the dog with an iron stick. Thankfully, Strawberry was given to other people to be looked after and the university where the student was studying suspended him. Sign this petition to demand justice for Strawberry because this was a disturbing case of animal cruelty!
5. Ask Governments to Stop Issuing Export Permits for Racing Dogs
China closed it’s last greyhound race track last year, but there are still many illegal race tracks. A recent expose revealed that at least 40 dogs from Ireland and the UK have been sold and exported to China in recent years. There, they are used in breeding programs to produce more illegal racing dogs. Like breeding mills, they’re forced to breed over and over. Sign this petition asking the UK and Irish governments to no longer send dogs to China to be treated cruelly, bred, and used for illegal racing.
6. Stop the National Marine Fisheries Service From Approving Permit to Import Dolphins for Marine Parks
By now, most people understand that marine animals do not belong in captivity. However, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is considering a permit application filed by the Chicago Zoological Society, in which they request to import three bottlenose dolphins. They dolphins would be send to the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois or Coral World Ocean Park in the Virgin Islands. According to the permit, the goal is to use them to breed with other dolphins to make sure they have more dolphins for years to come which basically means more animals in captivity for more years to come. The NMFS is asking for comments by May 19th. Sign this petition to let them know you stand against marine animals being kept in captivity!
7. People Watched In Horror As A Man On A Scooter Dragged His Husky Behind Him
In Pu’er city, Yunnan, China a man was filmed by people who watched in horror as he dragged a husky on his scooter behind him. The skin of the puppy’s paws and belly was pretty much torn off, and the puppy was seen struggling and whimpering. When the video went viral online, the puppy’s owner issued an apology saying she left the puppy with the elderly members of her family while she went to work and they didn’t know how to properly care for a dog. Unfortunately, the puppy is back with her and the man who did this won’t suffer because of the lack of animal cruelty laws. Sign this petition to bring this to the attention of the Chinese government while asking them to pass real anti-animal cruelty legislation.
8. Ban Foie Gras Nationwide!
Foie Gras, a cruel delicacy, is officially banned in California but still legal in all other states. This horrible ‘dish’ is made by shoving 30 pounds of grain and fat down the gullets of ducks and geese every week. This makes their livers grow up to 10 ten times its normal size and it’s so painful, the birds can’t even stand. California did the right thing by banning the heinous dish, but now let’s urge the rest of the country to follow. Sign this petition asking for a ban nationwide and contact your state representatives about doing this in your state!
9. Require That Veterinarians Report Animal Abusers
The “mandatory reporter” provision requires pediatricians to report to officials whenever they suspect a patient is a victim of abuse. This helps save victims and stop abuse. A similar law could really help animals, but only in 18 states are vets are required to report when they believe a patient is a victim of abuse. Animal abuse is known as a precursor to violence against other people, so this would help save people as well as pets. Sign this petition asking that the remaining states pass a mandatory reporter law for pets!
10. Ask Canada to Pass The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act
If The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S-214) is passed, Canada will be the 40th country in the world to ban animal testing for cosmetics. It would “amend the Food and Drugs Act to make it illegal to test cosmetics products or their ingredients on animals in Canada, and it will ban the sale of beauty products that have been newly tested on animals elsewhere in the world.” Sign this petition asking Canada’s Members of Parliament to pass this legislation!
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