Day: March 4, 2019

Sign our letter calling on Indonesian authorities to take action to close cruel live animal markets throughout Indonesia.

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Take action now by signing our letter calling on Indonesian authorities to take action to close cruel live animal markets throughout Indonesia.

Live animal markets – locally known as “traditional markets” – in North Sulawesi and throughout Indonesia are places of extreme cruelty. Every week, tens of thousands of animals are traded and slaughtered, including many thousands of dogs and cats.

Thousands of live dogs and cats are put through hell every week – terrified and trembling, they wait their turn. Children watch as dogs are repeatedly bludgeoned over the head and blow-torched alive.

Not only is this trade cruel, it also poses a threat to public health and safety, and is largely illegal – encouraging dog theft, illegal wildlife trade, and enabling the transmission of deadly diseases such as rabies by accepting dogs of unknown disease-status from outside the province.

These markets must be condemned and they must stop.

Please join us in calling on the authorities to take urgent action to close down these markets of extreme cruelty!

 

Link – https://www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action/close-live-animal-markets

 

I am deeply concerned about the hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats caught up in Indonesia’s cruel “traditional markets” such as “Tomohon Extreme Market” each yaer, as well as the risk this poses to Indonesia’s pledge to eliminate rabies to safeguard both human and animal health and welfare.

The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition’s investigations in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in North Sulawesi’s markets have revealed the immense suffering caused to tens of thousands of dogs and cats each month, as well as countless other animals, including illegally-captured and slaughtered species of wildlife.

There are also growing concerns about the risk the dog meat trade poses to human health, including the transmission of rabies. Furthermore, I am deeply disturbed to see that children are routinely exposed to scenes of extreme animal cruelty such as witnessing the bludgeoning and live blow-torching of animals in these public markets. There is mounting evidence of the detrimental psychological impacts witnessing this kind of brutality can have on children’s mental health.

The Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition has presented to Central and Provincial government representatives as well as the national and international media, evidence spanning decades documenting the link between the dog meat trade and rabies transmission from throughout Asia, including Indonesia; and in 2018 conducted tests on just 10 samples and found a rabies-positive dog carcass being sold for human consumption in Tomohon market.

The brutal and unhygienic slaughter and butchery of dogs, and consumption of meat from rabies-positive animals, puts human health at risk. There have been reports of human deaths from rabies that have been directly linked to involvement in the slaughtering, butchery, handling and even consumption of meat from infected dogs.

There is mounting and vocal global opposition to the dog and cat meat trade, and such practices gravely impact Indonesia’s international reputation. Far from representing #WonderfulIndonesia, these scenes of cruelty are shocking to millions of people around the world, including potential tourists who may decide not to visit Indonesia until action is taken. As Indonesia is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, I urge you to promote its natural beauty, and safeguard its reputation from such scenes of horror.

Across Asia there is an ever-growing number of countries and territories prohibiting the trade in and consumption of dog and cat meat, on the grounds of human health risks, animal protection, and the special role that dogs and cats have as companion animals; and in August 2018, the Indonesian government promised action!

Animal cruelty can never be defended as “culture” or “tradition”, and I urge you, on behalf of all dogs and cats – and on behalf of the 93% of the Indonesian population that never consume dog or cat meat – to please take action to safeguard Indonesia’s animals from cruelty, it’s world-renowned  biodiversity,  and the nation’s health from disease risk, by taking strong and urgent action to close the cruel live animal markets.

 

Close Indonesia’s Cruel Live Animal Markets

Sign the letters to the Provincial and Central Governments of Indonesia calling on them to take urgent action to end the trade in dogs and cats and other animals to be slaughtered at “traditional markets” throughout North Sulawesi

 

Link – https://www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action/close-live-animal-markets

USA: Petition – Stop Leaving Dogs to Die in Lethal Extreme Weather.

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Stop Leaving Dogs to Die in Lethal Extreme Weather

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Petition link – https://animalpetitions.org/714921/protect-dogs-from-dangerous-weather-conditions/

 

Target: J. Stuart Adams, President of the Utah State Senate

Goal: Make it a crime to deny a dog adequate shelter in hazardous weather conditions.

Dogs suffer and die every year because they don’t have access to adequate shelter during extreme weather. The state of Utah is trying to change that. Demand punishment for those who deny their dogs a safe place to take shelter.

The Utah Senate Rules Committee is currently reviewing a bill that would make it illegal to deny an unattended dog access to shelter during extreme weather. Dubbed SB 142, or the Animal Welfare Amendments, the bill seeks to modify “cruelty to animals provisions to address a dog at a residence in extreme weather condition.” It clarifies that the shelter must sufficiently protect against all weather and prevent penetration by moisture, while also providing freedom of movement and a roof and door large enough to accommodate the animal. The shelter should also include straw, bedding, or another artificial heat source that allows the dog to maintain healthy temperature.

If passed, then this bill would make this an act of animal cruelty punishable in a court of law. Sign below to demand that Senators move in favor of protecting these innocent dogs.

 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Adams,

The lives of many dogs throughout your state are now in your hands, thanks to SB 142. This bill moves to protect dogs in the event of hazardous weather by making it punishable to deny them life-saving shelter. I demand that you move in favor of this important legislation.

An amendment to animal welfare laws moves to protect dogs and punish owners who deny them vital access to shelter during a weather emergency. This means that dogs could be legally entitled to accessible shelter that prevents penetration of moisture and accommodates their size. The bill also emphasizes that the shelter must contain an artificial heat source, such as straw or bedding, to help the animal maintain a healthy body temperature.

Under the threat of criminal punishment, owners will be less likely to neglect their dogs during hazardous weather. This could actually save animal lives. I demand that you pass this legislation for the good of all domesticated animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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USA: With ‘Tommie’s Law,’ Animal Cruelty Is Now A Felony in Virginia.

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With ‘Tommie’s Law,’ Animal Cruelty Is Now A Felony in Virginia

 

With ‘Tommie’s Law,’ Animal Cruelty Is Now A Felony in Virginia

Image Credit: Richmond Animal Care and Control

An important  Virginia animal welfare bill passed unchallenged through the Senate and House of Delegates. If signed by Governor Northam, SB 1604 will upgrade animal abuse in the state from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Supporters of SB 1604 say that a horrific case of animal cruelty involving a dog named Tommie helped raise awareness of the bill, pushing it through the House. They have dubbed it “Tommie’s Law”  in his honor.

An unknown person chained a dog named Tommie to a pole and set him on fire. Tommie battled to survive for five days under the care of Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) and the Virginia Veterinary Center.

With severe burns over 40 percent of his body, tragically, the trauma proved to be too much for this brave dog — his body gave up.

Shockingly, current legislation dictates that even the most brutal torture and abuse of an animal can only be prosecuted as a felony if it results in the death of that animal. No matter how serious the cruelty, if an animal survives, the assailant can only be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, resulting in only a maximum of 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The passing of SB 1604 rectifies this; regardless of whether animal abuse results in the death of an animal or not, the perpetrator will be charged with a Class 6 felony and face up to five years in prison.

Senator Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) introduced the bill after hearing about a shocking case of abuse in 2016, when a man attacked a dog with a machete. The dog survived, and the perpetrator was only charged with a misdemeanor.

“I think this is so wrong that it’s only a misdemeanor,” said DeSteph. “People who torture a dog, or any animal like this, their next step is to go after a human. They’re truly a threat to public safety and to society and should be dealt with severely.”

A Lady Freethinker petition urging Richmond Police to hunt down Tommie’s attacker has garnered more than 25,000 signatures, with outpourings of rage, grief, and support for Tommie and his rescuers.

 

https://ladyfreethinker.org/with-tommies-law-animal-cruelty-is-now-a-felony-in-virginia/

USA: Petition – Justice for Dog Found Suffocating from Tape Around His Mouth.

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SIGN: Justice for Dog Found Suffocating from Tape Around His Mouth

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SIGN: Justice for Dog Found Suffocating from Tape Around His Mouth

Image Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

 

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Petition link –   https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dog-found-suffocating-from-tape-around-his-mouth/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

PETITION TARGET: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Someone in LeHigh Acres, Florida cruelly wrapped an innocent dog’s mouth tightly shut with duct tape, slowly suffocating the helpless animal nearly to death. The dog, a Florida cur, was found wandering through people’s backyards, panting, drooling and bleeding from the legs and chest.

A concerned resident contacted police, and Lee County Domestic Animal Services rushed to give the dog veterinary attention. They discovered he was dehydrated and malnourished, in addition to his painful wounds.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno — a self-professed animal lover — stated the county has zero tolerance for any form of animal abuse, and that he is determined to find and prosecute the person responsible. It is imperative that he now follow through with that promise.

Anyone capable of inflicting this kind of torment on an animal needs to be put behind bars and banned from being around animals for the rest of their lives, before they harm anyone else.

We thank Sheriff Marceno for his quick and heartfelt response to this heartbreaking case, and urge him and his team to use all available resources to find the perpetrator.

You can contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or submit information anonymously to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 780-TIPS.

 

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dog-found-suffocating-from-tape-around-his-mouth/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email