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, which include banning the domestic ivory trade in Australia, protecting the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve in Niger, and protecting biodiverse islands from exploitation.

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1. Make it Legal to Rescue Dogs From Hot Cars in Australia

Dog in hot car

Source: It’s illegal to rescue a dog from a hot car in Australia!

In Australia, you could be prosecuted for “intentional or reckless damage” and face up to 5-6 years of imprisonment for rescuing a dog from a hot car. There are also no laws in place that specifically forbid leaving your dog in a hot cat. However, when a dog is left alone in a hot car, he can suffer brain damage, pain and suffering, heatstroke, suffocation, or even death. And that is after just a few minutes of being in the car. Every year, thousands of dogs and cats die due to these type of tragic incidents. Sign this petition if you think people should be able to help dogs left alone in hot cars.

2. Make It Illegal for Animal Abusers to Work With Animals

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Source: Make It Illegal for Animal Abusers to Work With Animals

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In New York State, it’s a misdemeanor for someone convicted of animal cruelty to have employing working with animals. However, across the country, it’s still legal for someone convicted of animal cruelty to work in a shelter, humane society, or a pound. Sign this petition calling on Congress to pass a law making it illegal for known animal abusers to ever work with animals.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

3. Protect Koalas From Becoming Roadkill!

koala laying on road

Source: Protect Koalas From Becoming Roadkill!

Koala numbers have decreased in New South Wales by 25 percent. This is in large part due to neglected maintenance issues, fences installed inappropriately and late interventions. Wildlife-proofed special tunnels, bridges and fencing are not protecting koalas as they should. Sign this petition asking New South Wales to improve its intervention, maintenance and protection policies to protect koalas and other wildlife.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

4. Classify Dogs as Companion Animals in China to End Dog Meat Festivals

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Source: With One New Law, China Could Be on the Verge of Ending Dog Meat Festivals

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The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), plan to introduce new legislation that will provide special protections to canines by classifying them as companion animals. If passed, this law would exclude dogs from being used for human consumption and includes additional protections from other forms of animal abuse and cruelty. Sign this petition in support of the new measure to classify dogs as companion animals in China.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

5. Ban Australia’s Domestic Ivory Trade

Elephant killed for its ivory

Source: Buying and Selling Ivory Should Never Be Legal

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In Australia, there is a loophole in the laws that allow the ivory and rhino horn trade to thrive. Products produced before 1975 can be bought and sold legally. Australia is also a transit route to Asia, where rhino horns and elephant ivory usually end up. These legal loopholes are contributing to the global poaching crisis. Rhinos are already very close to disappearing and elephants are at risk of going extinct by 2025. Sign this petition asking Australia’s environment minister to close the loophole.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

6. Ask City of Samarkand to Stop Poisoning Stray Dogs For Tourism

dog on street

Source: This City Poisons Stray Dogs to Make It More “Pleasant” for Visitors

The city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan initiated a campaign to poison street dogs in order to make the city more pleasant for visitors to their music festival. A man was caught on video leaving poison around endangering children and family pets too. Sign this petition to tell the city of Samarkand to implement a humane system of animal control instead of poisoning animals.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

7. Protect the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve 

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

Source: This Belgium-Sized Nature Reserve May be Destroyed to Make Room for Oil Exploration

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In 2012, the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve was created in Niger to protect the region’s endangered wildlife. The addax and dama gazelle are two critically endangered species that are practically extinct in the wild and rely on this reserve to survive. But half of the 38,600 square mile reserve may be handed over to the Chinese Oil giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). They would exploit the land for oil exploration. Sign this petition to ask CNCP and the government of Niger to protect the wildlife of the reserve!

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

8. Make Pebble Island a Natural Reserve and Sanctuary to Protect the Island and Penguins

Penguin on Pebble Island

Source: What Will Happen to Thousands of Penguins When Their Island Home Goes Up For Sale?

Pebble Island has a total of 42 species of birds that breed natively on island making it an International Bird and Biodiversity Area. On top of being home to several penguin species including Macaroni, Gentoo, and Magellanic, it’s also home to sea lions, sheep, and cattle. However, the family that owns the island wants to sell it because it’s difficult to maintain from afar. With this much biodiversity though, it should be protected. If an individual or corporation purchases the island, they could choose to develop and hurt the species on the island. Sign this petition asking the government to buy Pebble Island and make it a natural reserve and sanctuary.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

9. Tell Minister Guillaume to Ban Bullfighting in France

bullfighting

Source: This Man is in Charge of Animal Welfare, So Why Was He Caught at a Bullfighting Competition?

French agriculture minister Didier Guillaume oversees animal welfare, but was seen attending a bullfighting competition. This ‘bloodsport’ is notorious for being abusive and downright cruel. Why would someone who is supposed to protect animals participate in their abuse? Although Spain is most famous for this terrible ‘tradition,’ it also happens in France. After enraging animal activists around the world and showing he doesn’t really care about animals, the last he could do is ban the terrible ‘bloodsport’ in France where he’s supposed to protect animals. Sign this petition if you agree!

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

10. Protect Woodlark (Muyua) From Logging and Mining

Island near Papua New Guinea

Source: Logging and Mining Companies Are About to Rampage This Unique Island

Woodlark, also known as Muyua is about to be destroyed by logging and mining. It’s a gorgeous and biologically diverse island home to native flora and fauna, as well as many animals and plants. Kulawood Limited’s proposal aims to destroy 74,100 (40 percent) of the island’s forests. There are also locals who live on the island who were never consulted and would be seriously affected by this. Sign this petition asking the Papua New Guinea Forestry Authority not to approve the permit allowing such exploitation on the island.

Addax at the Termit and Tin Touma National Nature Reserve

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