Petition Tag - animals

121. Jail for Animal Abusers

What sort of people abuse animals - the same sort of people that are capable of abusing humans.

Life is life .. one is not less than the other.
Jail time - or harsher penalties.
Animal abusers should be shamed.

122. Change the American Kennel Club

I was shocked to discover that the AKC discriminate against mixed breeds by not allowing them into their classes or competitions. Mixed breeds are hardier because they are less prone to genetic conditions.


As well as this, I disagree with the way that the AKC promotes puppy mills by registering puppie that have been bred on these filthy, cramped places where female dogs are bred to exhaustion and then either killed or dumped at animal shelters.

Despite the cruelties behind this support, the AKC are planning on allowing hounds to hunt raccoons. Yes, the hounds do need to fulfil their urge to hunt, but this can be fulfilled by laying artificial scents.

As well as this, the AKC is allowing the over-breeding of dogs, which can result in pugs with such short snouts that they cannot breathe properly.

123. Stop Rhino Poaching


Rhino poaching in South Africa is a very serious issue, as of the 3rd of November 2011 341 rhinos have been killed so far this year outstripping last year’s total of 333 and it’s not even the end of the year.

Rhino poachers in SA are even targeting dehorned rhinos for two reasons, firstly there is still a substantial piece of horn below the surface of the skin and secondly by killing the rhino it increases the price of rhino horn as it becomes a more valuable commodity. It is for this second reason that many poachers are also killing baby rhinos which have little or no horn at all. Fewer rhinos equals more money per kilogram of rhino horn.

Rhino horn is widely used in Chinese culture as it is believed it can cure a wide variety of ailments varying from boils to cancer and even devil possession. It has no medicinal value it is compressed hair or kerratin the same as you would find in your finger nails.

In middle east culture rhino horn is a status symbol if you have one as a sheath for your dagger. Needless to say many other materials could be used.

Your signature is massively appreciated.

HELP TO SAVE SOUTH AFRICA'S RHINOS!

124. War Dog National Memorial

Dogs along with many other species of animals have been serving faithfully and honorably in the united states military. These animals have been used for many different purposes throughout our nations military history.

During the vietnam war, war dogs were considered "expendable equipment" by the US military, and after the war many dogs were euthanized or given to allied forces. As a result of this policy of dogs being "expendable equipment," all war dogs that served in the Vietnam War never came home.

It is time we design, construct and dedicate a national memorial on the national mall in Washington dc to these brave and faithful companions that have served their country honorably.

125. A Different Side of Animal Cruelty

Most Americans are aware that animals are abused and neglected daily. It is a saddening fact. There are many groups and organizations who aim to stop this cruelty to animals, such as the ASPCA. However, domestic animal abuse is not the only problem. There is another terribly depressing issue, which completely violates animal rights. Worse yet, our American government is doing very close to nothing to stop it. This is exactly why we, as citizens of the United States of America, must speak up and act out, in order to call on our government to fix these problems.

Overpopulation is a huge problem. Dogs and cats are overpopulated as is, yet greedy breeders and puppy mill owners get more and more each and every day, for the sole purpose of money. Although some puppy mills and breeders might actually care, many are careless when it comes to the wellbeing of the animals; they only want their money. As a result of this greed, numbers of euthanized animals are skyrocketing each year.

There are statistics now that in recent years, seven to eight million dogs and cats wound up in animal shelters. Of that ridiculously high number, three to four million were euthanized by the shelter due to overpopulation or disease. This is an absolutely outrageous HALF of the dogs and cats who go to a "shelter" annually and end up dead. All because said breeders and puppy mill owners continue to make more.

126. STOP AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS BEING LIVE EXPORTED FOR THE FESTIVAL OF SACRIFICE

The Festival of Sacrifice in the Middle East marks one of the darkest times on the animal welfare calendar.

Tragically, hundreds of thousands of exported Australian animals are amongst the millions who are sacrificed during these religious celebrations.

127. Let us become a NO-KILL nation!

There are animals in shelters who are awaiting death and it isn't right! Only the Lord himself has the right to end a life. We need to stop murdering these defenseless creatures and start giving them the love they long desire for.

It sickens me to see how little people care for animals now a days. If over population is our concern-simply continue with the wonderful programs that we have going which fixes animals for a low price, sometimes even for free! Instead of euthinizing these adorable cats and dogs and all other animals, we should rather fix them and in about ten to fifteen years, they will begin to die off and will no longer be over-populating us. There is NEVER any excuse to mark these animals down for a day to die, that's so immorale and soo wrong! Just because they cannot speak doesn't mean they don't deserve their chance at life. I come across hundred of animals, even kittens and puppies who haven't even gotten to experience over a year of life! :(, yet are marked for a death date. This is simply unacceptable. We NEED to stop murdering them and start loving them NOW!!!

128. Abolish breed-specific legislation and prevent innocent dogs from being destroyed

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PETITION IS NOT CONDONING DOG ATTACKS, NOR IS IT REQUESTING THAT CERTAIN BREEDS BE REMOVED FROM THE "RESTRICTED" REGISTER.

THIS PETITION IS CALLING FOR A MORE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF PIT BULL TERRIERS AND ALSO FOR AN EDUCATION AND TRAINING BASED APPROACH TO PREVENTING DOG ATTACKS.

129. Add 'Animal Protection' to the White House's Contact List of Concerns

Animal Rights, Protection and Welfare is not even a subject on the White House's contact list of national concerns.

This is a glaring omission to voters who care about animals; their treatment is very high on our list of national priorities.

130. Stop pet shops selling animals

Stop pet shops from selling animals in the uk and discourage breeders from breeding animals. There are so many animals that need good homes and T.L.C already in the world, these animals should be our main priority yet people are still selling and buying animals from shops and breeders.

It is disgraceful how all animals are kept in pet shops and it should/needs to be recognised as cruelty.

Please do something to help.

131. Stop Testing cosmetics on Animals

There are still many cosmetics companies and pharmaceutical companies testing products on helpless, defenceless animals this is totally inhumane especially when there are many others ways this can be done.

Please back our campaign to BAN this for good.

132. Save the animals and the people!

Picture a beautiful, relaxing wildife habitat which provides a home for millions of animals and birds. Imagine that the same place hosts hundreds of oxygen-producing trees. Imagine that the place also provides a home and livelihood for at least a few farmers and other workers.

Now imagine bulldozers hurtling in and ripping up the trees, running over innocent animals and maybe even injuring one or two children. This is what almost certainly will happen and the Council want to call the new town "Cranbrook". They say that this for "economical reasons". But the fact is that it will do far more bad than good as the farmers will lose their livelihoods.

If any lower individual wanted to do this, they would be prosecuted by law, but the council are not in trouble for this. Why? Because they talk in posh language, they are high in power and may claim that they are "using resourceful land to build a new community for economical purposes" rather than saying that they are tearing down trees and destroying beautiful fields to build busy highways, shops, houses and leisure centres for their own evil money.

They say that it will provide employment, but this can sometimes be achieved by fixing and reusing old buildings. They also say that it will create more homes and prevent homelessness. The right way to prevent homelessness would be to fix and reuse old homes, lower household costs and fund homeless charities such as Shelter and the Salvation Army.

How would YOU like to lose your home and/or livelihood?

133. Innocent animals have died and so have people...

Chevron may well be cheap and efficient, and they may well be your favourite company, but they have been responsible for one of the biggest causes of death, loss and health problems in the Amazon Rainforest; their own mess!

They have caused so much mess that animals and people, including children, have been forced to drink filthy, toxic water that was once safe. They have poisoned innocent animals that then die slowly and painfully. This also pollutes the people's food sources making them even more at risk.

Children have probably been orphaned and have certainly siblings and family members due to Chevron's mess, which was probably accidental.

!!!NOW CHEVRON HAVE VOWED NEVER TO CLEAN UP THEIR MESS!!!

The mess will exist for longer and even more innocent lives will be lost.

134. Build Animal Sanctuaries in Every Town and City in the US

The current shelter system is in dire need of reform and animal cruelty has increased in this country and across the globe.

Animal sanctuaries would provide animals with a kind environment, give caring people employment and educate children about treating all animals with respect.

135. Protect Peaceful Animal Rights Advocates And Animal Lovers

One animal rights campaigner did not approve of how animals were being treated at a certain place, so she joined a peaceful protest and within seconds the police arrived. Despite the best efforts of the other campaigners, this woman landed with broken legs and arms and just lies in bed and cries herself to sleep most nights.

All they were doing is peacefully and legally saying no. Isn't it about time that we started targetting the ones that actually ARE extremists and not peaceful campaigners?

136. Reduce damage to wildlife in Devon

Picture a beautiful scene of nature and fields providing a home to millions of animals and birds. Imagine that this is also a home and livelihood for farmers and provides jobs for many other people too. There is such a place near where I live and now the Council wish to build a town here called Cranbrook.

Unless I get enough signatures here, they will be building to their original plans, and destroying the homes, jobs and livelihoods of both wildlife and people with bulldozers. While it is far too late to stop the building altogether, it is not too late for the Council to reduce their plans to build here. This would also be dangerous since they plan to build homes and other buildings there on the flood plains.

They say that this is necessary to reduce homelessness and to create jobs, but this is untrue because homelessness can be reduced by turning suitable old buildings into houses and work buildings, as well as reducing the housing costs. How would you like to be a wild animal and have your home destroyed for "economic reasons"?

137. Free The Sea!

You've all heard of Seaworld, at least I hope. If you haven't then here's a brief description of what it is: An amusement park for Americans' and tourists' enjoyment that includes using animals as props, entertainment, and personal enjoyment.

You may ask why this is wrong or why it's any worse than a zoo. Both are wrong in my opinion but in this case I strongly believe Seaworld needs to be shut down for it's unfairness and cruelty to animals!

138. Ban Live Export to Indonesia

Right now in northern Australia, ships are being readied to load thousands of cattle to be transported to Indonesia where they will be fattened in feedlots and sent to abattoirs for slaughter. Australia sends about 500,000 cattle there each year in a trade worth more than $300 million. Six million cattle have been sent to Indonesia since the trade began two decades ago, supplying a growing demand for beef.

Despite industry assurances that the welfare of cattle sent to Indonesia is "generally good", Four Corners reveals that many thousands of these animals die slow and hideous deaths. Four Corners goes into the abattoirs that the Australian meat industry does not want the public to see. The results will shock viewers and confront industry and government with the question: how much suffering must these animals endure for the sake of profit?

Following a report published January this year by industry and government, painting a positive picture of conditions in Indonesia, animal welfare campaigners took their own cameras into abattoirs to record the conditions for themselves. That footage reveals that Australian training of the slaughtermen in Indonesia has been grossly inadequate. Animals smash their heads repeatedly on concrete as they struggle against ropes, take minutes to die in agony after repeated often clumsy cuts to the throat. In some cases there is abject and horrifying cruelty - kicking, hitting, eye-gouging and tail-breaking - as workers try to force the cattle to go into the slaughter boxes installed by the Australian industry, with Australian Government support.

The program shows video footage taken by its own team and separately by animal welfare activists across a range of slaughterhouses. The Australian cattle industry insists its training programs in Indonesia are effective, what this footage shows is cattle being subjected to a range of horrifying acts of brutality, many the result of the workmen's inability to handle the cattle inside the processing plants. As one eye witness put it 'We'd assumed that because there were greater level of industry involvement in Indonesia, the treatment of livestock would've been better. But we couldn't have been more wrong.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2011/s3228880.htm

139. Make It Mandatory To Have All Pets Spayed Or Neutered In Every State

Shelters all across America are euthanizing thousands of pets daily, from overcrowding of shelters,some in very inhumane ways, gassing chambers that leave most still alive, but unable to move that are stuffed into barrels, or plastic bags waiting to go to the landfill, and heart sticks.

We need to stop this by making it mandatory to have pets fixed, unless they have a breeders license. This will put an end to back yard breeders, Hoarders, and unwanted pets. We can stop these deaths by passing this law, please do the right thing, and stop the killing now.

140. Ban the forcing of Halal meat on to the People of Great Britain!

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The killing of animals is a shame but as the slaughter of animals is necessary to feed the many millions of meat eaters living in Great Britain it is vital that these animals are slaughtered in the most humane (Painless) way possible.

In a FSA approved slaughter house all animals are stunned prior to slaughter so the animal feels no pain or suffering at all.

But in a FSA exempt slaughter houses I.e Halal slaughter houses animal are not stunned prior to slaughter. Slaughter is carried out with a single cut to the throat, rather than the more widespread method of stunning with a bolt into the head before slaughter. Under Islamic law, an animal must be slaughtered by having its throat cut while it is conscious. The person carrying out the killing has to recite an Arabic verse at the time. Campaign group the Christian Institute, said: ‘The idea of having Islamic ritual said over meat would be objectionable to some Christians. I would find it objectionable, so it should be labelled as Halal.’

The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), which advises the government on how to avoid cruelty to livestock, says the way Halal meat is produced causes severe suffering to animals. They say “cattle can take up to two minutes to bleed to death - amounting to severe pain and distress to the animals”.
The RSPCA believes that religious beliefs and practise should be respected but also believe that animals should only be slaughtered under the most humane conditions.

Halal food is everywhere. According to recent news reports, it is being "secretly" snuck into your sandwich or fed to your child in their school dinner. It's also found in hospital canteens, pubs, sporting venues and most fast food out lets.

Britain's biggest supermarket chains are selling Halal lamb and chicken without telling unsuspecting shoppers. Those stocking meat slaughtered according to Islamic law include Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Somerfield and the Co-op. But the UK’s second-biggest supermarket, Asda, has refused to confirm or deny whether it sells Halal meat.

Most lamb imported from New Zealand by British supermarkets has been slaughtered according to Islamic law, but this is not mentioned on packaging. Some lamb from British abattoirs is also Halal.

The country’s biggest hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread– which owns the Beefeater and Brewers Fayre chains – was also selling Halal food, as were well-known sporting venues such as Ascot, Twicken¬ham and Wembley.

The Jewish faith have a similar slaughter method call Shechita but there are no Shechita slaughter houses in the UK. Members of the Jewish faith respect our laws and import their own Shechita meat to be sold only in registered Jewish supermarkets.

Why is it that a blind eye is being turned to the Halal labelling of food? Because it is politically correct not to say anything about it incase it offends the Islamic community within Britain?

Sorry but that is wrong. Halal products and outlets must be labelled so that the general public can have a choice. Why force it upon people. Why can it not be treated the same as Shechita meat! Well labelled and sold only in Jewish shops! If followers of Islam want Halal meat why can they not do the same as Members of the Jewish faith?

PLEASE SIGN IF YOU WANT YOUR MEAT LABELLED!

141. EUROPE HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MILLIONS OF STREET ANIMALS!

Right in the middle of Europe, millions of street animals are dying year in year out: in killing camps who call themselves animal shelters, or in “freedom” – of hunger, cold, diseases, poison.

Granted, you’ll find local laws forbidding the above – but often enough neither local authorities nor elements of the executive authorities do comply with the laws. Even the most barbarian cruelties to animals go without prosecution because it is not avenged, as a rule.

On December 1st, 2009 the treaty of Lisbon (so-called EU reformation treaty) became effective. The major agreement states that the Union and its member states have to take account of the well-being of the animals as feeling beings.

But the ratification of this treaty does not automatically imply the end of the brute widespread deaths.

This is why we need to suit the action to the word.

142. Stop the destruction of Dugong habitats at Gladstone

In January 2011, massive floods in Queensland spewed a plume of silt over the seagrass beds off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia, where the rare and endangered marine mammals, dugongs, feed and raise their young.

Now the Gladstone Ports Corporation, with the approval of the Queensland Government, is dredging and dumping 55 million tonnes of spoil on seagrass beds as part of a port expansion project. The Queensland's own Environment Minister has admitted the floods will badly affect habitat and could lead to "malnutrition and death" for dugongs and marine turtles. The World Wildlife Fund says the dumping on top of the floods is "a death of a thousand cuts" for dugongs.

Dugongs are classified as "vulnerable to extinction" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and Australian tropical waters are one of their last strongholds.

The Government claims there are conditions on the project. But those conditions don't take into account the effect of the floods. The Treasurer as Shareholder MInister for the Corporation should make sure the dumping is postponed until a proper study into the effects of the floods has been carried out and alternatives to dumping offshore have been properly investigated.

143. End Horse Slaughter Canada

Horse Slaughter

With more than 93,000 horses slaughtered in 2009 alone, Canada’s horse slaughter industry is among the largest in the world, and a shameful betrayal against our loyal companions.

Horses are slaughtered in Canada primarily to provide horse meat to European and Asian countries where it is eaten as a delicacy. Horses are brought to slaughter in every possible condition—old, young, sick, healthy, injured, and even pregnant. They are not all unwanted—often, their guardians can no longer afford to keep them, and bring the horses to auction hoping to find them a good home. But horribly, more than 50 percent of horses sold at rural auctions go to slaughter after being bought by “kill buyers”.

A Terrible Journey

Many times, horses are crammed in trailers designed for shorter animals and travel in uncomfortable positions over very long distances. Loading and unloading is extremely stressful and dangerous for horses as they are moved along the relatively steep ramps. Canadian animal transport standards are among the worst in the industrialized world. Current regulations allow horses to be transported for up to 36 hours without food, water or rest.

Inhumane Slaughter—NOT Humane Euthanasia

There have been many reported cases of animal welfare violations in Canadian horse slaughterhouses including failure to provide food and water, illegal unloading of animals, animals left for extended periods in kill pens and sick or injured animals denied veterinary care. Not surprisingly, veterinary experts around the world and leading animal protection groups have denounced horse slaughter as inhumane.

Once the horses are corralled into the slaughterhouse, the end is predictable—violent and bloody. Sometimes injured and emaciated, horses are beaten and electro-shocked in overcrowded pens and must endure the smell of blood and the sights and sounds of other horses in pain and being killed before they, too, are led into a kill chute.

Horse slaughterhouses use the same type of stalls and techniques as cattle slaughterhouses. These stalls are too wide for horses and the captive-bolt stun gun method used with cattle is ill-suited for horses. Horses are an extreme example of a flight animal. The panic and instinctive desire to escape they experience in the slaughterhouse causes them to thrash their heads frantically in the kill chute, making it difficult to effectively stun them prior to slaughter. Witnesses (and video footage) document horses subjected to a sharp blow to the head from the captive-bolt gun three or four times before they are rendered unconscious for exsanguination. In a recent investigation of carcasses discarded by a Canadian slaughterhouse, skulls of many horses processed for meat were found without any holes from a stun gun or rifle whatsoever!

Times Are Changing—Time to ACT

The Canadian horsemeat industry had been in decline in recent years. However, with the closing of the remaining equine slaughter plants in the United States, the number of horses imported to Canada for slaughter has increased by a whopping 49 percent. As a result, several new equine slaughter plants have recently opened in Canada. We need to act now to stop this growing climate of cruelty to horses in Canada!

THIS HAS TO END!!!

My heart is full of pain
My eyes are full of tears
I cried myself to sleep last night
I knew their time was near
I kept on closing my eyes all night
All i saw was their Beautiful faces
Race infront of me
I saw the fear inside their eyes
They knew what was coming for them too
There was no way to escape
Metal gates much taller than their bodies
All the doors and gateways were always shut
They wondered why their beloved humans
Turned so cruel on them now
They wondered why they couldnt run free anymore
They wondered why they were taken away from their Families
Why they couldnt see the blue sky anymore
Why they couldnt taste the sweet grass again
Why there was no more fresh water to drink
Why they couldnt feel the suns warm ray on their bodies

As each stood in the killing shoot today
Their eyes saw the light for the last time
Their Heart took its last beat

They took their last Breath
Still wondering why.......

144. Close Down HLS

HLS are world-renowned animal killers. 500 animals die there every day. One HLS (Huntingdon Life Sciences) worker took a beagle out of his cage to get a blood sample. The dog wouldn't stay still so he shook him and jabbed the needle in and made him cry. The dog moved again and he shook him harder and gave him another jab.

Another watched all this and all he did was laugh. HLS are obviously people who find humour in pain and suffering. Another beagle had a chemical used in food packaging shoved down her throat. A woman was trying to inject some rats with a chemical. If a rat cried, she would shake it and yell "shut up rat!" Animal testing is necessary for human medicine, I hear you say. It isn't. In fact, it is dangerously misleading. For example, chimpanzees are immune to HIV and Malaria, penicillin is toxic to guinea pigs, and if you give morphine to cats, they stay awake, if you give to humans, it has the opposite effect. The usual cry from the vivisectors is TINA (there is no alternative).

This is not true. In fact, there are plenty of alternatives to animal testing, like fake skin and organs, human volunteers and computer models. Animal rights activists are, I hear you say, all dangerous maniacs. It is true that some of us, but not all of us. For instance, animal aid only use peaceful methods, as do numerous other groups, and many animal rights activists have also campaigned for people as well, as I have.

145. Determine Neglect through Blood Testing

In Nebraska many animals are left to suffer terribly because opinion is used to determine neglect. It hurts to be hungry because the body's natural response is pain. It dangerous for animals to be mal-nourished because their bodies will begin to deteriorate without proper nourishment.

Blood test can be used along with other factors to determine neglect and to help the animal in question. This is petition is intended to help rescue neglected animals.

Please take action by signing this petition and encourage others to do the same.

146. For the unrestricted movement of animals between EU countries

It is not fear to let people travel all over the Europe without any restriction and not let to do so to their animals. It is crazy to think that we could keep at home sick animal and do not treat it.

We must take pets together because only we know how to treat them best and only we love them most. How can we be happy traveling without our family friends.

Let's get EU attention and make this crazy system stop working. Our pets are like our kids to us, how can they restrict their movements, as we are free in EU.

147. Mutilation And Theft Of Deceased Domestic Animal Body Parts To Consistently Constitute A Criminal Offence In UK Law

Vicious Mutilation of Family Cat



Our family pet cat was recently found dead and mutilated with many of his body parts missing.

The post-mortem that followed could not determine a cause of death since vital body and organ identifiers had been removed. However, the examination did prove that the mutilation was deliberate and that further, several parts were removed post mortem.

On notifying the authorities of this atrocity; we have been informed that the police cannot pursue any sort of investigation as a criminal offence has apparently not taken place under the jurisdiction Greater Manchester Police force. The explanation given for the lack of police intervention is that interference with our cat’s body occurred after his death.

The purpose of this petition therefore, is to close the gap in the law that relates to the act of purposeful mutilation and theft of body parts from the carcass of family pets regardless as to the original cause of death.

We understand that in certain areas such an act is found to be criminal and is thus covered by the Criminal Damage Act, 1971. Justification of this stance is given to the fact that; within the law a domestic animal is and should be viewed, as the absolute property of its owner.

Why can there not be a consistent course of action for animal cruelty offences, before and after death, pursued throughout every police force in England?

To be considered further is the proven link between the mutilation of animals by individuals and their tendency to progress onto further, more violent crimes. We believe that there has to be a deterrent within the law against this type of behaviour and to protect our communities.

Clearly, at this time, the law is not in our favour and as such, we would petition for action to be taken to enforce criminal damage suits against proven offenders and that moreover, the police are permitted to investigate such barbarous acts of crime against family pets and indeed all animals with a serious intent to prosecute offenders.

148. Stop The Use Of Cruel Leg-Hold Traps On Wildlife

Gin traps – these are horrible, mechanical devices, designed to grasp an animal by the leg using spring-operated metal jaws. In their desperation to escape the pain and terror of being trapped, the captured animal will sometimes bite off the limb that has been caught. The use of gin traps has been illegal in the UK since 1958 and is banned in 90 other countries around the world.

The Government of South Africa is now proposing new legislation which will permit the use of the mis-named “Soft Traps” to capture animals suspected of attacking livestock. In action and effect, Soft Traps are the same as gin traps. It is a totally misleading name for such a nasty, cruel device.

149. Save America's Bats: Implement USFWS's WNS National Plan

White-nose Syndrome (WNS) is a disease affecting bats that has killed more than one million bats in the past four years. Many biologists are describing it as the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in the past century.

The loss of bats from WNS may impact the economy, the environment and human health. As primary predators of night flying insects, bats eat agricultural pests that damage crops and decrease the use of pesticides. They also eat insects that pose risks to human health.

The disease is spreading quickly. Since 2006, the disease has spread from New York to 14 states and two Canadian provinces. The fungus’ reach extended almost 500 miles over the last two winters. And a recent study published in the journal Science predicts the Northeast population of little brown myotis (one of the most common US bats) will become regionally extinct within two decades due to White-nose Syndrome.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has developed the National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in managing White-nose Syndrome in Bats, currently open for public comments. We applaud USFWS for taking this important first step to protect bats. However, they must act swiftly to fund and implement the plan in order to slow the spread of this deadly disease.

Please urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to expedite the implementation of the plan and to ensure all agencies provide adequate funding and staffing to execute the plan before it is too late.

150. Save Lives: Increase Los Angeles City Limits on Pet Ownership from 3 Dogs and 3 Cats to 5 Dogs and 5 Cats

We request that the Los Angeles City Council increase the current pet limits per household from 3 cats and 3 dogs to 5 cats and 5 dogs. We believe this will help decrease the number of animals that are euthanized in Los Angeles, which in 2009 included 19,547 cats and dogs.

Raising pet limits will help us save more lives by connecting homeless shelter animals to households who want them. Increasing pet limits will also generate badly needed revenue for Los Angeles Animal Services through registration fees.

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl introduced a motion to the City Council June 5 to increase pet limits, and Councilmember Paul Koretz seconded the motion. Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette also strongly supports increasing pet limits from 3 dogs and cats to 5 dogs and cats. As of early December 2010, the motion remains in committee.

Many areas around the country do not have such strict restrictions on household pet ownership. For example, our neighbors in the city of Santa Monica have no limits on either cats or dogs. Riverside County allows nine cats before a kennel permit is required. San Diego County and Santa Barbara County have no cat limits.

For the last 10 years, the City of San Diego has not had a cat limit. The limit on dogs is 6. The Live Save rate for San Diego County Animal Services that covers both the City and the County is 82% for dogs and 54% for cats (Fiscal Year 2008-09 with intake of 48,878). During this same Fiscal Year 2008-09, the Live Save rate for Los Angeles is 73% for dogs and just under 39% for cats.

Councilmen Rosendahl wrote that “The current downturn in the economy has resulted in a higher rate of animal abandonment and has contributed to a 20% increase in the rate of impounds. To exacerbate the problem, over the past several years budget reductions in the Department of Animal Services have reduced the level of service provided to animals in the City’s shelters.”

PLEASE help get the word out! Do it for the animals who are counting on us. We must show the Council members that saying “Yes” to the increased pet limits is the right thing to do and is what the community wants.