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121. Stiffer penalties for animal cruelty

This is for anyone who believes that penalties in Australia for animal cruelty are not harsh enough for what the poor little darlings go through.

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122. Stop Live Animal Markets!

San Francisco's live markets abuse not only domestic fowl like chickens and ducks -- but also frogs, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, game birds, fish and lobster. Turtles suffer some of the worst conditions...

To date, no merchant has been prosecuted under California Penal Code 597(a),597(b), 597a, and 597t, which outlaw cruelty to ALL animals. California's
food/agriculture code is also ignored each time customers move live birds on public transit and inside car trunks. Animals are ferried into restaurants,
buses, trains, and shared dwellings -- often kept alive to be "fresh killed" prior to meals -- in violation of San Francisco's Health Code 050.

SF authorities have not enforced animal welfare and human safety laws, citing an exemption for "poultry" and domestic fowl. But California law 599b identifies "animal" as "all dumb animals" and 597(b) specifies that "every person who causes any be tortured, tormented, deprived of sustenance, drink, or guilty of a crime."

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123. Say YES! to free-range meat

Say YES! to free-range meat

Are you aware that chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cows could receive humane treatment? Are you aware that they could be slaughtered in less violent ways? Are you aware that livestock could roam freely instead of being contained in their lifetime?

From our perspectives, “free-range” is not a flashing label for commercial use, it needs actual “free-range” farming practices and responsible efforts to improve the happiness and living environment of their animals, to produce high-quality products.

We are not vegetarian advocates; we are not animal welfare activists. We also realize that the increasing populations require larger and larger consumption of daily animal products. However, we still believe that real “free-range” chickens, cows, sheep, and pigs are allowed to live outdoors, to have access to natural vegetation, tree cover and clean water, be free from hormone and steroid, and enjoy their lifecycles…

We, human, do not want people to treat us like that. Likewise, animals do not want to be treated with cruelty.

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124. Save the Animals in Jasper

We want Justice for Aries. He was euthanized by the Walker County Humane Society staff 2 hours after arrival.

Animals at the Walker County Humane Society in Jasper, Alabama are being euthanized without ever being given a chance at locating their rightful owners or being adopted.

Stray animals turned into their custody by well-meaning citizens are being euthanized within hours or even minutes of arriving violating the seven day hold mandated by Alabama State Code 1975 3-7A-7.

These actions are being justified due to lack of funding and facilities provided by the city of Jasper for the impoundment of animals. Empty pens are not being used because HS staff state they are broken.

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125. Enact Leash Laws for dogs

Oak Grove, KY is a rapidly growing area and needs to adopt a leash law for the safety of the citizens and the animals. Animals roaming free are more likely to come into contact with known rabies carriers such as skunks and raccoons. They are also more likely to spread parasites and other diseases to animals and humans.

Each year, free roaming animals cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, property loss and damage, medical bills, and loss of productivity. Animal bite injuries, property damage, and car accidents are major problems caused by animals allowed to run at large. Free-roaming dogs are a danger to local wildlife, they are traffic hazards, they spread disease and breed (causing an overpopulation problem) and in addition, some people just do NOT want these pests in their yard.

Dog owners, we therefore ask that you please have some consideration and either keep your dog indoors or put your dog on a leash when you let it out. We the undersigned feel that while it is everyone's individual right to own a pet, not everyone wants to come into contact with everyone else's pet.

Therefore, we would like to see a LEASH LAW enacted for dogs. We would like to see some official legislation on this topic.

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126. Stop Beastiality Being Allowed Online And Offline

I'm writing this petition against human beings that sexually abuse animals.

How can there be people doing this to our animals? We as human beings have the ability to express ourselves, but our animals dont have a voice.

Everyday more and more websites are created catering for beastiality. Beastiality is wrong and should not be practiced, the animals dont have a choice, they can't tell you they are being abused. They can't express themselves to you in a way that you could possibly understand how they're being used and abused everyday to beasteality.

The people who run those kind of websites should not profit from torturing the animals, and the users viewing the sites should seek help if this is the kind that gets them off. We have the right to say no to any kind of sexual advance, but animals do not, they are at our mercy.

Beastiality is not normal, is not natural, its just wrong, sick and disturbing.

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127. Punish The Deed, Not The Breed

Our Government has put bans or restrictions on the ownership of at least 75 breeds of dogs all over the country. For all the human errors that have happened over the years, you, our Government, has decided to take actions against the animals.

As a pet owner, I know that our pets respond to how we, as owners, treat them. Most, if not all of our pets have to be taught how to behave, play, and interact with other animals and/or humans. It is of human fault that these animals either fight other animals or attack a person.

Make the person responsible for the neglect and abuse they put the animal(s) through, don't punish these 75 breeds of loyal and loving companions by labeling them as "vicious" and banning them.

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128. Help Stop Animal Testing on Pantene

Millions of animals are killed from animal testing per year. 94% of testing is for cosmetics and household products leaving only 6% for medical research. Products like PANTENE, neutrogena, dove, and secret deodorant have killed a majority of these animals. Please realize that most of these products don't even require animal testing.

How would you feel if you were being tortured, a slow gruesome death without having any chance to fight back. if there is nothing wrong with animal testing then why don't these products show the people the animals slowly suffering, blood red watering eyes swollen within weeks to the point that they can barely see, why don't they show you how many rabbits broke there necks trying to escape

Everything no matter how big or small has a right. Animals CAN feel EVERYTHING that is happening to them. Most of these sellers are to selfish and ignorant to realize that.

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129. Stop the torture of all animals

Mon but est de sauver tous les animaux du monde, qu'il y est le plus de personnes qui soit avec moi et qui m'aide.

My goal is to save all the animals of the world, there is the more people that is with me and helps me.

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130. Ban Palm Oil Products!

Palm Oil is made from Oil Trees. Oil Trees can be found in Maylasia, South Africa, Indoneesia, Columbia, countries where wild animals live, such as Primates. To get Palm Oil you must cut down Oil Trees, which means you ahve to demolish wild animals habitat.

Do the people who cut down Oil Trees think of the animals? No, they think of themselves and money. While you think about it, just be in mind that there are many substitutes for Palm Oil..... What do YOU think? I think its unfair!

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131. Support the ASPCA

Everyday there is an animal being adopted. But is it enough money to supply for the other hundreds of animals. Its not. Some shelters have to put down animals because of the little room in the shelter.

Some shelters can't even afford to stay open because of little money.

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132. Save Western Ghats

4 Dams
16 Weirs
21 Kms Mammoth Tunnel
Over 200 Acres of Concrete Structure….are set to cut the throat of Western Ghats.
Over 18 villages will be submerged; over 800 hectares of forest will be destroyed

Destruction of the Western Ghats will not only cause decimation of biodiversity but also accelerate the impact of global warming.

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133. BAN HUNTING in Serbia/ZABRANA LOVA u Srbiji

(Scroll down for Serbian, please)

It is not necessary to be a biologist or a ranger in order to spot that
there are no wild animals in most parts of Serbia. It is sufficient to be a
humane person and have a walk in a forest or a plane and notice that there
is no life, except plants'. There are even no unprotected birds, let alone
the protected ones. You may spot a hare here and there what concerns
bigger animals, but in thirty visits to nature you'll see only one
ran-over fox with its dead offspring.
In spite of these facts, the officials do not undertake a measure, which
is adopted in many countries – ban hunt. May be hunting is not an
exclusive cause of the deserted nature, but it is certainly the main one.

Not only because of the numerous guns in merciless hands, but also for the
disturbance, which hunt causes in an area for a long time, and also
because of the hurting of people, which often occurs. Instead of the
«traditional» chases, followed by folk's festivities, the last could be
organised with shooting artificial targets and lectures of celebrities,
who promote animal rights.

It is also known that artificial raising of «game» causes misbalance in
nature, because the so raised individuals do not comply with the rules,
characteristic to their species. For instance, the ducks from incubators
do not hatch their eggs, in that way reducing the total number of «fowl».
Here we do not ponder over guesses whether there is criminal in hunting
in general, «mafia», abuses etc. We are concerned with the well-being of the
natural world in our country. Therefore we demand

1. Ban on all kinds of hunting, including chases, for at least three
years, in all seasons.
2. Permanent ban on hunting migrating birds in all seasons.
3. Strict control of every kind of fishing.
4. Escalating all penalties for breach of the aforementioned and all
existing limitations, permanent disarming inclusive.
5. Permanent ban on breeding “fowl”.

At the end of the second year it will be possible to allow hunting boars
(exclusively), if they become very numerous in some areas. Such a permit
will be issued by the Ministry of agriculture, water management, and

The aforementioned measures will be carried out on the whole of the
Serbian territory. Adequate non-governmental organisations should be
included in the control of their implementation. They should also help
hunters to take care of their dogs, if they don’t want to keep them. The
NGOs should aid the organisations, that live of hunting, to organise
tourist or ecological activities, the so called “safari-tourism”,
excursions with cameras etc. There are many more persons with cameras than
those with guns.


Nije potrebno biti prirodnjak ili šumar da bi se uočilo kako u većem delu
Srbije nema divljih životinja. Dovoljno je biti humana osoba i prošetati
šumom ili livadom, pa primetiti da nedostaje život, sem biljnog. Nema ni
ptica, koje nisu zaštićene – zeba, slavuja, ševa, senica, detlića,
prepelica, mišara – a kamoli zaštićenih. Od krupnijih životinja ćete možda
primetiti ponekog zeca, ali u trideset poseta prirodi videćete samo jednu
zgaženu lisicu na putu sa nastradalim mladunčetom.

I pored toga, nadležni ne pribegavaju meri kakva je doneta u mnogim
zemljama – zabrani lova. Možda nije lov isključivi krivac za pustu
prirodu, ali je sigurno glavni. Ne samo zbog brojnih ubojitih pušaka u
nemilosrdnim rukama, već i usled uznemiravanja, koje lov prouzrokuje na
duže vreme u određenom predelu, a brojna su i ranjavanja ljudi. Umesto
"tradicionalnih" hajki s narodnim veseljem, mogu se organizovati narodna
veselja sa gađanjem glinenih golubova i posetama istaknutih ličnosti, koje
zastupaju zaštitu životinja.

Poznato je i da uzgoj "divljači" dovodi do neravnoteže u prirodi, jer se
uzgojene jedinke ne ponašaju u skladu sa zakonitostima, svojstvenim
njihovoj vrsti. Patke iz inkubatora, na primer, ne izlegu nasađena jaja,
pa se tako smanjuje i broj divljih jedinki.
Ovde se nećemo upuštati u nagađanja da li i u ovoj oblasti postoji
kriminal, "mafija", zloupotrebe itd. Nas zanima dobrobit živog sveta u
našoj zemlji, stoga zahtevamo

1. Zabranu svake vrste lova, uključujući hajke, na najmanje tri godine, u
svim sezonama.
2. Trajnu zabranu lova na ptice-selice u svim sezonama.
3. Trajnu zabranu uzgajanja pernate "divljači".
4. Strogu kontrolu svake vrste ribolova.
5. Znatno pooštravanje kazni za kršenje ovih (i dosadašnjih) ograničenja,
uključujući i trajno oduzimanje oružja.

Na kraju druge godine moratorijuma moći će da se dozvoli lov na divlje
svinje (isključivo), ukoliko se pokaže da su se one prenamnožile u nekim

Ove mere će se sprovoditi na području cele Republike Srbije. U nadzor nad
njihovim ostvarivanjem treba uključiti odgovarajuća nevladina tela, koja će
takodje pomagati lovcima da zbrinu svoje pse, ukoliko ih ne žele zadržati, kao i organizacijama što žive od lova da se bave turističkim i
ekološkim delatnostima, tzv. safari-turizmom, izletima s kamerom i
fotoaparatom i sl. Daleko više osoba poseduje fotoaparat, nego pušku.

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134. Use Blankets at Austin Petland!

I recently went into the Petland located in Austin to see how the animals are being treated. I saw numerous dogs and puppies in cages with NO BLANKETS, shivering and curled up on the wire flooring. I also saw the same thing months earlier! Their is no reason why these dogs should not have blankets!

Please sign my petition in hopes of changing their policies! Most animal shelters give their animals blankets, Petland should be no exception! If we can't get it out of Austin, maybe we can at least let the animals keep warm!

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135. Ban the provision of pound dogs for research and teaching

The Petition of the following individuals points out their concern about the provision of animals from municipal pounds to research institutions.

The use of pound dogs creates a dependence on pet overpopulation and is therefore taking advantage of the human irresponsibility and cruelty necessitating pounds rather than addressing the problem.

Abandoned animals in pounds and shelters have already suffered the fear and distress of losing their carers and familiar territory. Their use in research and teaching is the ultimate betrayal and one that cannot be condoned in a caring society.

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For so long people have been taking fur and skin off of animals and sending fashion trends but if this petition goes big then no more. It IS animal cruelty. And don't even get me started on the japanese/chinese as they skin animals like foxes ALIVE! Did animals ever use our skin... NO so they deserve the same in return. I would rather die before I wore any type of animal clothing. If you think about there's fur coats, crocodile shoes/bags, leather made from cows...


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137. Fur is Pure Evil

Right now millions of helpless animal are being drowned, stabbed, stomped on, crushed, hit, and basically skinned alive, and for what? So some rich woman can wear them as a coat. We need to stop this now!

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138. Local Residents Against Circuses Involving Animals Performing in Barrie, Ontario

Wild animals are still used in circuses and traveling shows across North America. Most are shunted from town to town with no opportunity to live according to their natural biology and behavior. They endure severe confinement, deprivation, hardship and brutality.

Many performing wild animals are also large, potentially dangerous and perform in front of audiences with few protective measures in place. They pose a risk to themselves, their handlers, audience members and bystanders.

Many municipalities have passed by-laws that prohibit circuses with animals from performing in their communities. It is time Barrie bans inhumane entertainment as well.

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139. Stop the Horse Slaughter

H.R. 503 is the bill that's currently sitting on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Its predecessor, H.R. 6598, was not passed by the last Congress.

H.R. 503 will finally make it ilegal to transport all equines (horses, burros, donkeys) across US borders for the purpose of slaughter.

Every day that this bill is not signed, each day it is not law--horses are dying a painful, cruel, vicious, violent death. Greed is the root of this cruelty--soul-wrenching pain is the end result.

The ONLY ones who benefit from the slaughter of horses are the killer-buyers; New Holland and Texas auction houses--and the Ag lobbyists, who make obscene amounts of money working to convince Congresspeople that ending horse slaughter will eventually topple American agriculture.

That's a crock--a lie--a slippery slope of lies. Every check written to an Ag lobbyist is written in the blood of a dead horse.

Please contact your Congressperson, and tell them that you want them to sign this bill, and make it law.

Go to the 'site for Congress, and find your Rep. It will take you TWO minutes to call and tell them that you want H.R. 503 passed.

If you're outside the United States, we need your support, too! Please contact the United States Congress--most notably the office of Rep. John Conyers (Democrat/Michigan)--he's the good man who originated this bill. Please contact his office, via email or phone, to thank him; tell him that you're not an American--but that you're watching what the US is doing. America must be aware that the world is watching--Mr. Conyers cares about the horses, and he should know that you do, too.

(Rep. John Conyers:
Phone: (313) 961-5670

Gandhi is quoted as saying,
"A society is judged by its treatment of its weakest members," and "A society is judged by its treatment of its animals."

Whichever is the correct quote--the great man was right.

And, that being the case--America, and those horsepeople who are willing to murder their horses for a few bucks--will be judged very harshly, indeed.

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140. I vote »Yes« for stray animals!

Dear animal lover,

animal welfare society Ärzte für Tiere e.V. creates a forum for stray animals rights in Europe by launching online platform STARS.

In Europe stray dogs and cats suffer tremendous torments each day - they are hunted and maltreated, beaten up and poisoned; they are caught and kept in so-called »animal shelters« that provide no escape: in these camps thousands of stray animals are penned up to meet a cruel death.

Despite the existence of animal protection laws stray animals have become a questionable source of income in many European countries: their capture, custody and killing offer good business opportunities by involving public money originally designated to improve the stray animals situation.

EU parliamentarians Alain Hutchinson, David Hammerstein and Neil Parish have written a declaration on the welfare of pets and stray animals (PDF). The declaration claims hard punishment for abandoning and maltreating pets and stray animals.

EU Member States are requested to commit themselves to regulate the overpopulation of stray animals and to lay sterilization and vaccination down in law and to implement them accordingly.

A vote on this declaration will be held in EU parliament shortly - the time limit to sign this declaration is May 5th, 2009. It is crucial that a majority of the EU parliamentarians’ votes are obtained for this declaration.

Please support us by asking EU parliamentarians to sign this petition! Please forward this petition to friends and colleagues!

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141. Contra la caça a les escoles


Amb aquest manifest, les entitats sotasignants volem comunicar-los el nostre més profund descontent, malestar, perplexitat i indignació en conèixer les iniciatives que l'Agrupació de Societats de Caçadors del Pirineu i la Catalunya Central (AGRUPCAT) amb el suport del Departament de Medi Ambient de la Generalitat de Catalunya està portant a terme en algunes escoles catalanes sota el lema de “La caça a les escoles”.

Galgo ahorcado


Els arguments per a ser contraris a aquesta iniciativa són variats i múltiples; les i els docents, en la seva la gran majoria, fem un esforç diari per transmetre al nostre alumnat els valors del respecte, l’educació en la pau i la cultura del diàleg i la no violència. Dediquem moltes hores i esforços a transmetre que la violència no ens ajuda a solucionar res, i que la paraula serà l’eina més poderosa per aprendre a resoldre els conflictes d’una manera pacífica. Intentem també educar l’alumnat en el respecte al medi ambient, i els ensenyem pràctiques sostenibles aplicades a la nostra vida diària. Així mateix, mirem d’educar l’alumnat en el respecte per a la diversitat, és a dir, vers tots els éssers vius que comparteixen el món amb nosaltres, intentant que entenguin que de món només n’hi ha un i que no ens pertany, i que hem de tenir cura perquè tots els que l’habiten tinguin un lloc digne, net de contaminació i sense perills.


La presentació dels caçadors a les escoles, els quals defineixen la seva activitat com a lúdica, amb la qual s’aprofiten de recursos naturals per a satisfer unes aficions particulars (divertir-se matant), es presentada d’una manera absolutament manipuladora de la innocència dels infants als quals es dirigeixen aquestes xerrades. L’alumnat reconeix com a vàlides les pautes que els adults, i més si és dins l’entorn educatiu, els donen. El nostre alumnat, els nostres fills, imiten les conductes observades en els adults, assumeixen els rols viscuts a les seves cases, a les escoles i al carrer i els reprodueixen fidelment. De la mateixa manera interioritzen la valoració que aquests rols adquireixen a la societat. Les armes, amb les quals els caçadors maten les seves preses, estan sent posicionades dins el pensament dels més petits com quelcom tàcitament acceptat i per tant bo. La violència que porta implícita l’acte de matar, està sent justificada i acceptada pels nens i les nenes, i això possibilita que, en el futur, la violència i la llei del més fort es constitueixin com la base de les seves possibles relacions. Volem crear consciència sobre el problema de la violència, el menyspreu per la vida, l’ús de les armes, donat que en el futur les conductes de violència de gènere, les injustícies dels conflictes armats, la poca consideració social sobre la vida dels animals... deriven del posicionament moral que tenim de les armes i de la violència en si. El més fort (qui té l’arma) triomfa, i a més “és el bo”. Matar i morir es presenta com quelcom normal i bo, i aquest fet comporta el menyspreu per la vida. A les escoles no permetem que l’alumnat porti al centre joguines bèl·liques (espases, pistoles, escopetes...) perquè entenem que aquestes joguines fomenten i porten implícit que la violència i la guerra són un instrument vàlid per a solucionar els conflictes. Amb la iniciativa de “La caça a les escoles” tot el que fem perd el seu sentit. Com justificarem la contradicció d’estar educant per la Pau, a favor del diàleg, per la desmilitarització, quan els caçadors van armats per la muntanya i se’ls porta a l’escola com si fossin uns herois de la protecció dels animals i del medi ambient? Amb quina cara ens mirarà l’alumnat quan els diem que hem de protegir i defensar els animals, si acte seguit ve algú a explicar-los que anar pel bosc matant-los està bé? L’argument dels caçadors, que ajuden a conservar la diversitat, i que la caça és un aprofitament legítim dels recursos naturals és absolutament falsa i perversa. La caça és una manera de divertir-se nociva, agressiva, violenta, contaminant i perillosa, malgrat estigui regulada per llei, una llei que, tot s’ha de dir, no es modifica des de l’any 1970.

3.-PROBLEMÀTICA PER AL DESENVOLUPAMENT INFANTIL Igualment considerem que les institucions que promouen aquesta iniciativa no tenen formació en psicologia infantil, ja que passen per alt que els infants i joves tenen una especial connexió empàtica amb els animals (biofilia), i aportar-los aquesta informació “matar-los està bé” els desorienta, amb el consegüent neguit i problemes emocionals. Segons John Burroughs, primer cal cultivar l’amor, i sobre aquesta emoció, el coneixement intel·lectual: Entre els tres i set anys els infants descobreixen el que es defineix com a “ego ecopsicològic” o percepció harmoniosa del “jo” en relació el món natural. Degut a que l’home ha evolucionat formant part de la naturalesa, tots naixem capacitats per desenvolupar un vincle afectiu i psicològic amb ella, o tendència innata a la biofilia. La manera de potenciar l’empatia vers el món natural és cultivant relacions amb els animals. El contacte amb els animals és una escola d’educació emocional pels infants. És normal que els i les nenes els tractin amb afecte i respecte, senten una proximitat especial amb les cries dels animals, despertant-los sentiments de tendresa i protecció. Promoure la caça a les escoles és una activitat profundament irrespectuosa amb el desenvolupament natural dels infants normalitzant-los les actituds violentes i negant-los la necessitat innata de construir un món harmoniós i pacífic. Els humans poden matar altres éssers vius quan bloquegen tota relació empàtica amb la víctima. Només podem agredir quan ens distanciem emocionalment de la víctima, i aquesta és l’arrel de tota violència. L’equilibri emocional d’un infant requereix, com un dels seus pilars bàsics, la capacitat empàtica vers els altres. Si una criatura pot posar-se en el lloc de l’altre, (empatia) com podrà disparar-li? I si ho fa, o participa del fet, patirà un conflicte intern que pot arribar a destruir el seu equilibri psicològic. A l’escola treballem com a objectius prioritaris aquesta capacitat empàtica, com a mitjà per a obtenir un món harmoniós i solidari, on el respecte per l’altre no vingui donat per la pertinença a una ètnia, gènere o col·lectiu cultural, o espècie. El respecte es donarà per la consideració moral de cada ésser individual capaç de sentir i de patir. El Principi 10 de la declaració Universal dels Drets dels Infants diu que: “L’infant ha de ser protegit contra les pràctiques que puguin fomentar la discriminació racial, religiosa o de qualsevol altra mena. Ha de ser educat en esperit de comprensió, tolerància, amistat entre els pobles, pau i fraternitat universal, i amb plena consciència que ha de consagrar les seves aptituds i energies al servei dels seus semblants.” Quin sentit té iniciar els infants en l’ensenyament de valors violents? Segons Wilson y Kellert “Un infant que creix envoltat d’agressió contra qualsevol ésser viu, té més probabilitats d’abusar, maltractar o matar quan sigui adult” Aquesta lamentable iniciativa s’oposa a la LOE, que s’inspira en “l’educació per a la prevenció de conflictes i per a la resolució pacífica d’aquests, així com la no-violència en tots els àmbits de la vida personal, familiar i social”, i s’orienta a la consecució de la formació per a la pau, el respecte dels drets humans, la vida en comú, la cohesió social, la cooperació i solidat entre els pobles” Trobem adequat afegir els resultats dels estudis i investigacions del Dr. en Psiquiatria Luis Rojas Marcos, el qual es pregunta si la violència és una força intrínsecament biològica – programada en els nostres gens– o sorgeix com a reacció a l’impacte dels avatars de la vida. “La violència no és instintiva, sinó que s’aprèn”, sosté l’autor. “Ningú neix amb un temperament hostil ni es torna cruel si no es pren el temps necessari per aprendre’n. La infantesa, en aquest sentit, és l’etapa vital en què més sovint es generen les futures conductes violentes”, sosté el psiquiatra. “Les llavors de la violència es planten en els primers anys de la vida, es desenvolupen durant la infantesa i comencen a manifestar-se i a donar fruits durant l’adolescència”, explica. La violència és una xacra social que s’aprèn. Tota la bibliografia especialitzada ens indica que la violència s’aprèn i es transmet i un dels principals factors de predicció que una persona serà violenta es que hagi viscut violència al seu entorn més pròxim tant a nivell micro com macrosocial: família, escola, grup d’iguals, lloc al que viu, festes del poble…. El fet de normalitzar i naturalitzar la violència, tal com s’està fent amb el programa “La caça a les escoles” estem abonant el terreny per a futurs maltractadors.

4.-DADES ESTADÍSTIQUES Com que pensem que els caçadors no aporten totes les dades que fan referència a la seva activitat, n’afegim unes quantes a continuació, són dades prou significatives i importants per a incorporar a les xerrades: ACCIDENTS, FERITS i MORTS PER TRETS Segons les dades de la Mútua dels caçadors (Mutuasport), l’any 2007 van haver 21 persones mortes i 863 ferits per trets de caça, dels quals 13 van patir amputacions o danys oculars a conseqüència del impacte. L’any 2005 en nombre de ferits va elevar-se a quasi 2.000. L’any 2002 van morir 23 persones i el 2004 en van morir 18. Segons la mateixa Mútua, la mitjana anual és de 2.585 accidents de caça, amb més de 24 morts per trets i 2.448 ferits. Malauradament, no tots els morts i ferits pels trets de caçadors tenen per víctimes els mateixos caçadors. Sovint, des de excursionistes fins a pagesos, passant per animals de masies són perjudicats per aquesta activitat. Per tant, en temporada de caça, és altament perillós practicar senderisme, BTT, cicloturisme o simplement habitar a prop d’on es caça. La pràctica de la caça suposa un risc seriós per a la vida dels mateixos caçadors i altres persones. Així mateix, l’any 2008 van morir 10 dones i 1 home per tret d’escopeta, víctimes de la violència de gènere. El perill que suposen els caçadors es veu incrementat si tenim en compte que molts d’ells consumeixen alcohol abans o durant la sortida a la muntanya, amb la disminució de reflexes i capacitat de reacció que això comporta. CONTAMINACIÓ PER PLOM Es calcula que els caçadors disparen 200 milions de cartutxos cada any a l’estat Espanyol. Cada cartutx conté 30 gr. de plom en forma d’uns 250 perdigons (que poden anar entre 68 a 1170, segons el seu diàmetre). Així que d’una manera molt ràpida podem calcular que a Espanya es dispersen cada any unes 6000 tones de plom en forma de 50.000 perdigons. Com a conseqüència d’aquesta contaminació massiva, més de 50.000 aus aquàtiques moren cada any víctimes del “plombisme” en confondre els perdigons amb les petites pedres que necessiten per a fer la digestió. A l’estat Espanyol aquesta és la primera causa de mort d’animals per intoxicació. Aquesta situació és molt més greu a les zones humides o pantanoses, ja que cada any 50 tones de plom van a para allà. Espanya té el lamentable rècord estadístic de ser un dels països amb les concentracions més altes de plom en zones humides. El plom metàl·lic és resistent i s’estima que pot trigar entre 15 i 300 anys en desaparèixer totalment, però les aus continuen ingerint-lo encara molts anys després d’haver estat disparat. Un altre dels problemes greus derivat del plom és la contaminació del sòl i de les aigües. El plom es transforma en compostos químics solubles i biodisponibles per les altres formes de vida, inclosa la humana. Només 1 perdigó de 120 gr de pes dissolt completament pot contaminar 12.000 litres d’aigua, que arribarien al nivell crític de 10 micrograms per litre, valor fixat per la UE i la OMS a partir del qual no es considera apte pel consum.

FURTIVISME L’índex de delictes a Espanya relacionats amb el furtivisme és dels més elevats dels països de la UE, segons la guàrdia civil. Segons ells, la poca consciència ecològica dels espanyols en seria la causa. L’any 2007 van ser detingudes pel Seprona 65 persones per delictes relacionats amb la caça major, 44 per caça menor i 33 per atemptar contra la fauna, comptanthi espècies protegides. Avui en dia hi ha moltes caceres il·legals, darrere les quals s’oculten autèntiques màfies organitzades, les quals mouen grans quantitats de diner negre i que operen sense escrúpols per tal d’obtenir la peça desitjada. Algunes espècies, com el gall fer estan en perill d’extinció per culpa de la pressió furtiva. El furtivisme està contemplat con un delicte al codi penal però encara hi ha molta condescendència amb el delinqüents per part de la judicatura. Igualment, cada any hi ha incomptables víctimes de trets intencionats, per practicar punteria, entre aus i altres animals que no son “peces de caça”. MALTRACTAMENT ANIMAL Els 90% dels gossos dels caçadors pateixen una vida indigna i miserable, vivint dins de gàbies minúscules cada dia, amb la mobilitat limitada per la manca d’espai, a mercè de les inclemències del temps, i sense cap possibilitat de socialització. Molts d’ells són malferits pels senglars o reben trets per error, i molts caçadors ni es dignen a curar-los i els deixen agonitzant al bosc o bé (en el millor dels casos) els rematen d’un tret. Les gosses de caça són obligades a reproduir-se sense parar, i els cadells que no són bons són eliminats de forma o abandonats sense més (només cal anar a les protectores i comptar els gossos de caça que hi ha), incrementant d’una manera significativa les dades d’abandonament de gossos.

Un 70% dels gossos abandonats i recollits a les protectores són gossos de caça. En virtut dels arguments exposats, reclamem que aquest programa sigui aturat immediatament i que els alumnes que han rebut aquesta informació tinguin la oportunitat de rebre algun tipus de xerrada compensatòria per aquest fet lamentable, antieducatiu, desequilibrador de la salut mental dels infants i potenciador de la violència i l’ús de les armes. Atentament: Junta directiva A Barcelona el 20 de març de 2009 (S’adjunta recull de premsa i fotografies) Per veure el reportatge sobre “La caça a les escoles” : Vídeo gossos caçadors:

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142. Stop L.A. County Wild Animal Killing

I am blessed to live in a beautiful neighbourhood, a peninsula with a hill surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, lots of trees, many wild living animals, peacocks, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks of course and many more.

Two days ago I came home and noticed an Animal Control truck stopping behind my car in front of a neighbour’s home. The Animal Control officer took a cage and went into the home’s back yard. Shortly after he came back out with a little squirrel in the cage. Out of curiosity and because my inner voice told me to, I asked the officer, why he had the squirrel in the cage. This is what he told me:

The woman living on this property trapped the animal, because she was bothered by it. She then called Animal Control to send a truck for the pick up of this little critter. At this point I had to ask, what would happen to the squirrel now and was then told, that it would be brought to the Animal Control station to be put down.

I took a deep breath and asked if there was anything wrong with the squirrel, maybe it was sick or so. The officer then said, that there was nothing wrong with it, the woman just did not want the squirrel in her back yard and so, according to Los Angeles County policies, it had to be put down. I looked at the woman still waiting to see the animal go and she quickly closed her gate.

At this point I did what I had to do and started negotiating for the poor squirrel’s life. If this officer wouldn’t have released the squirrel in a park in the neighbourhood, I may have ended up in a straight jacket that evening. This lucky squirrel is still alive today but many other wild living animals, trapped by mean and selfish residents, who obviously still don’t understand the importance of a healthy ecosystem, are not anymore.

Thanks to the City of Palos Verdes, California, which allows residents to trap wild living animals. L.A. County offers support by renting traps to people for a fee, which also includes education and training on how to trap wild living animals properly. People then call Animal Control, they come, pick up, take along and kill.

A decision of the Board of Supervisors of L.A. County and the permission to trap make it possible.

We desperately try to save this planet and an ecosystem, which can collapse at any minute and this country fights the worst economy since the last depression.

And here Los Angeles County pays to kill wild animals that have done nothing wrong, not hurt anyone and are no danger to anybody - just because these animals are unfortunate to call their home some mean resident’s back yard, who has nothing better to do than to destroy our environment. Squirrels too are part of a sensitive ecosystem and so are raccoons, opossums, skunks, rattlesnakes, insects and many others.

California is bankrupt and our tax money is spent on Animal Control officers, having to go, get and kill. Did the L.A. Board of Supervisors get too much of the Californian sun before they came up with this?

I intend to fight this insanity, if you agree with me, please help and sign.

You can also help by investigating your own City/County’s policies to find out, if there are more such rules in other places. Together we can make a difference. It may take an effort and it may be inconvenient, but it is worth it. Not acting and accepting a madness like this is not an option for me. Hopefully it is not an option for you either.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

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143. Save The Cats and Dogs!

I've always known about the problems in China, and how they use cats and dogs in there meat. I know that not all Chinese are for this and that many are against it but it isn't enough. Only SOME of the vival things that are happening are: -Cats and dogs are locked up in tight cages, squeezed together. -Live cats and dogs are being cut up (without neutralizes, not that if there were neutralizers it would be okay, its still very wrong) -Cats and dogs are being inhumanly abused and even pets are taken of the street and abused to make Chinese food.

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144. UOW Students Against Animal Cruelty - Free Range Petition

The vast majority of Australia’s egg laying hens today spend their short lives warehoused with hundreds of thousands of others. They are confined in cages, smaller than the size of an A4 piece of paper, in which they are unable to exercise the bulk of their natural behaviours such as preening, nesting, stretching their wings and even turning around.

There are more compassionate alternatives such as free range!

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145. Animal Shelter Needed In Kent County

The citizens of Richibucto and surroundings are finally banding together to help the lost, abandoned, abused, and injured animals in our community and surrounding areas of Kent County.

With urging from the Kent County Veterinary Hospital, and like-minded friends, I am now pulling together a group of caring citizens for the purpose of:

1. Helping each other help the animals;

2. Building our own shelter right here in Richibucto to serve all Kent County. Even the most caring individuals can only foster so many animals at one time – so the need for a shelter is great.

As you probably know, the nearest SPCA shelter is over an hour away – and is always full. We're not aiming for elaborate – merely functional. This could be a long process. But until we begin, we cannot finish.

Will you help? Your sponsorship or donation will be a building-block on the way to assuring that like Rex, Charlie and many more ( see pictures ) can be rescued, given veterinary care, and placed in loving homes.

If anyone wants to donate visit the Credit union or you can also mail in a donation small or big everything helps 39, Chemin Pointe du Mirage Aldouane, N.B. E4W 5C7. Please make the check out to Kent County Animal Rescue.

I am sad to report that we don't have the funds yet to build a shelter. But we are doing different things to raise funds but this is just helping us in providing care for the animals, which is great but it is very difficult to place these animals in different homes...

We have proven that we can save animals lives and place them in loving homes but we need our shelter built and we are going to show this petition to the political leader of our area...

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146. Save A Tree

The issue is that we are losing trees at a very fast pace. Without trees we can expect more runoffs of topsoil, the temperature of the earth to change, extinction of animals that rely on tree’s to live, and irregularities in the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen.

Some might think that this won't affect us, but it can/will create a reaction on the earth that will affect other resources in the area. By saving the trees we are creating a better future for ourselves and our future children.

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147. Stop Canadian Seal Hunt

Canada’s seal hunt is a cruel and inhumane way to kill and hurt an innocent animal, and like many people, I want to put an end to it. Each year, baby seals are killed for their fur. Since, for every bullet hole, 2 dollars are taken off, most people prefer not to shoot them. Instead, they use clubs with metal hooks on the end to hit the seals with.

In fact, in 2001, an independent team of veterinarians studied the hunt and saw that the normal regulations and basic animal welfare rights weren’t being followed. Some of the seals had even been skinned while they were still alive.

Even when the hunting goes above the limit, the government doesn’t do anything to stop it. And if you’re wondering, stopping the seal hunt wouldn’t hurt Canada’s economy since it’s an off-season activity. Yet the government still provides thousands of dollars for the development of seal products. A lot of taxpayer money can go into this, too.

Hundreds of thousands of seals are killed each year. In the 2006 hunt, the government allowed a lot more than 350 000 seals to be clubbed and shot. The last time seals were killed like this, the harp seal population went down by almost two thirds. The actual number of seals killed is probably higher than this since many seals are wounded and left to fall into the water, where they die and are never recovered.

Nearly one million seals have been killed in the past the three years alone, and there’s more to come.

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148. Pitbulls: Enemies or Loving Friends?

Now, I'm sure you've seen stories on the news about how somebody died from a pit bull attack. But what the media never said was how it was the owners fault. There is something wrong with the way this breed gets bad reputations just because of a few bad "seeds" in the bunch. Yes, I understand that it was the dog who killed/hurt/maimed the person it attacked, but pit bulls are vicious if trained to be!

There is a new bill that democrats want to get passed called SB 861. It's mainly in San Fransisco, California, but where will it strike next? Texas? Colorado? New York? It's unthinkable how ignorant people want to ban a certain breed of dog because of their "viciousness". In a way, this is like genocide.

Think about this; imagine you are a Jewish person, being killed because you are a Jew. Now, place yourself into the pit bulls paws and imagine that you're in a loving home, getting fed regularly, having some kids play with you and then BAM! You hear the words "I'm sorry girl/boy. You have to go." and then you're put to sleep. And it's because you look "dangerous."

Is that fair? No. It's not. Think of all the families that are being torn up because their best friend is a pit bull or pit bull mix.

Pits, pit mixes and other dogs that look like like pits are feared because of bad media. People will actually raise pit bulls to be fighting dos and they'll train them to fight other pit bulls to the death. Bets are placed on the two dogs, the owners take them off their chains and let them go. The dogs go at each other, biting, clawing, ripping into each other until one f the dogs drops dead from the wounds or having their throats ripped out.

Hence forth, a reason pits get bad reputations. Another reason they get bad coverage is because people are too ignorant to see the truth that it is not the dog's fault, but whoever raised them's fault instead.

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149. Domestic Animal Abuse

Countless amounts of domestic animals die each year in the United States from animal cruelty and abuse. Animals will always be a subject to abuse and cruelty, but we can lessen the numbers. Animal torture is caused by humans who are ignorant or mentally unstable, and should go through a minimum of ten years of prison.

This sentencing is not in the least bit harsh for the crime committed. In reality, domestic animal cruelty is only a step lower than human cruelty. This does not mean, however, that it is less important or not as sick minded. To carry out such a crime, these individuals clearly are in a lack of vital human characteristics such as compassion and the fact that these people are out on the streets with no more than a fine and/or a maximum of five years in prison as a punishment is not only exceedingly disturbing but it is also worrisome. It is evident that these unlawful citizens need medical help, but we cannot rely on their insanity as an excuse for the painful murder they commit. For this reason, the penalty should be doubled in hope of ending the suffering.

However, this will have no effect if the public remains uneducated on the actual laws. The difficulty with today’s society is many of us are ignorant and uninformed, and consequently insensible to the subject. There are currently regulations in every state stating that the unnecessary killing, harming, torturing, beating, neglecting, and abandoning animals, or depriving them of suitable food, water or shelter is illegal and the owner can be charged in court for these crimes. Citizens are oblivious to these federal laws and do not see that it is a crime. The penalty of murder, for instance, is known all over the world as death or a life sentencing and, hence, the crime is not so often carried out in the world. If more people knew about domestic animal cruelty and that it is considered as a federal offense, less people would commit the deathly felony. The preliminary step towards ending the aggression is to let people know it is a federal crime and there is a punishment.

Humans are defined to be superior to all other beings on earth. Many people argue that since animals are not at such a high intellectuality they are, therefore, inferior. This makes animal cruelty acceptable for many. What needs to be understood, however, is that though animals may not be as intelligent as humans (so we believe), they can feel pain just as well as humans and they are living, feeling beings. It is therefore by no means tolerable to purposely inflict pain on these living beings.

Nevertheless, numerous pets are being tortured daily. The sentencing, however, is inefficient and quite mild most times. For instance, on October 21, 2007 a 22-year-old North Dallas man set his dog on fire because he was angry by the fact that she would not mate. The sentencing was a meek four years of prison. The dog suffered before dying ten days later.

Domestic animal abuse is a problem not many people think about. In truth, it is morally wrong, disturbing, illegal, and it occurs daily. If we raise the court ruling to a minimum of ten years, we can get that much closer to the end of animal cruelty. Animals cannot speak for themselves or be understood, but we know they are in pain from the mistreatment. It is part of our duty as citizens of the world to help their silent voices be heard and make the earth a better place for tomorrow’s children to come, human or not.

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150. ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗ ΓΟΥΝΑ Stop The Use Of Animals For Fur In Greece

Greek version – English version follows:

Κάθε χρόνο, δεκάδες εκατομμύρια κουνέλια και 40-50 εκατομμύρια άλλα ζώα σκοτώνονται για τη γούνα τους. Τα περισσότερα από αυτά εκτρέφονται κάτω από φρικτές συνθήκες. Εγκλωβισμένα σε συρμάτινα κλουβιά και εκτεθειμένα σε ακραίες καιρικές συνθήκες, τα ζώα υποφέρουν από έντονη κατάθλιψη και στρες, παρουσιάζοντας εκτός των άλλων νευρωτική, επαναλαμβανόμενη συμπεριφορά, όπως επιτόπιους βηματισμούς, ατελείωτους κύκλους γύρω από τον εαυτό τους, αυτo-ακρωτηριασμό, ακόμη και κανιβαλισμό. Στο τέλος, τα περιμένει ένας φρικτός θάνατος που περιλαμβάνει μεθόδους όπως ηλεκτροπληξία στον πρωκτό, κρέμασμα, κτυπήματα στο κεφάλι και εισπνοή τοξικού αερίου για να μη καταστραφεί η γούνα. Σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις, οι μέθοδοι αυτοί δεν είναι άμεσα θανατηφόροι και μερικά ζώα έχουν τις αισθήσεις τους όταν τα γδέρνουν. Εκτός από τα ζώα εκτροφείου, άλλα ζώα παγιδεύονται στο φυσικό τους περιβάλλον, όπου τα περιμένει ένας αργός και βασανιστικός θάνατος.

Για την παραγωγή μιας και μόνο γούνας χρειάζονται δεκάδες ή και εκατοντάδες ζώα. Επιπλέον, εκτός από τον αδικαιολόγητο βασανισμό και θανάτωση των ζώων, απαιτείται 15 φορές περισσότερη ενέργεια για την παραγωγή γούνας από γουνοφόρα ζώα από ότι για την παραγωγή μιας συνθετικής γούνας. Στην Ελλάδα λειτουργούν 35 εκτροφεία γουνοφόρων ζώων και πολλές βιοτεχνίες που ειδικεύονται στην επεξεργασία και παραγωγή γούνινων ενδυμάτων και αξεσουάρ, τα περισσότερα από τα οποία προορίζονται για πολίτες των χωρών της Ανατολικής Ευρώπης.

Καλούμε όσους/όσες επιθυμούν να φορέσουν γούνινο ρουχισμό, να επιλέξουν συνθετική γούνα και να κοιτούν τις ετικέτες πριν αγοράσουν γούνινα ενδύματα ή αξεσουάρ για να βεβαιωθούν ότι δεν πρόκειται για γούνες από ζώα.

Παρακαλούμε πληροφορείστε όσους μπορείτε για τη φρίκη της γούνας, υπογράψτε τη διαμαρτυρία και στείλτε faxes και e-mails στις ακόλουθες διευθύνσεις:

Υπουργείο Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων
Γραφείο Υπουργού
Fax: +30 210 5237904

Γραφείο Υφυπουργού
Fax: +30 210 5245482

Υπουργείο Ανάπτυξης

Γραφείο Υπουργού
Fax: +30 210 6969604

Γραφείο Γενικού Γραμματέα Εμπορίου
Fax: +30 210 3803422

Θεματική Ομάδα για τα Δικαιώματα των Ζώων

Every year, tens of millions of rabbits and 40-50 million other animals are killed for their fur worldwide. Most of them are raised in fur farms under terrible conditions. These animals, cramped in wire cages and exposed to extreme weather conditions, suffer from intense depression and anxiety and display neurotic behavior, such as pacing, turning in endless circles, self-mutilation and, even, cannibalism. Finally, a terrible death awaits them, which includes methods such as anal electrocution, hanging, beatings on the head, and inhalation of toxic gas. In some cases, these methods are not 100% effective and some animals “wake up” while being skinned. In addition to farmed animals, other animals are trapped in their natural environment and await a slow, torturous death.

It takes tens, or even, hundreds of animals to produce a single fur coat. Moreover, besides the suffering of countless animals, a fur coat from farm raised animals, takes 15 times more energy to be produced than it does to produce a fake fur coat.

In Greece, there are 35 fur farms and many companies that specialize in fur production. Most of the fur products are intended to be used by citizens of Eastern European countries.

We invite all those who wish to wear fur clothing to choose faux fur and to read the labels of fur clothing and accessories carefully in order to verify that it is fake fur.

Please, inform as many people as you can about the horror of fur production, sign this petition and send faxes and e-mails to the following addresses:

Ministry of Rural Development and Food
Minister’s Office
Fax: +30 210 5237904

Deputy Minister’s Office
Fax: +30 210 5245482

Ministry of Development

Minister’s Office
Fax: +30 210 6969604

General Secretary of Commerce
Fax: +30 210 3803422

Thematic Group on Animal Rights of

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