Article by One Green Planet
It’s horrible to hear about animal abuse cases or read the ways humans are endangering many species. Fortunately, there are things we can do to speak for them. One of the ways we can help and lend our voices to good causes is by signing petitions. Such petitions are sent to people in powerful positions that can make a change, especially when they see just how many people stand behind the cause. We can demand change, justice, and stop tragedies by speaking up and doing our part.
There are horrifying things happening around the world every week like extinction, hunting, exploitation, and cruelty. If you are looking for a way to help animals, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including ending a festival that forces to ride through fire, restoring the trophy hunting ban on elephants, and saving baby monkeys from being sold.
We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless.
1. End Festival in Spain that Forces Horses to Ride Through Fire
Las Luminarias festival takes place in the Spanish town of San Bartolome de Pinares. The festival is celebrated to honor Saint Antony the abbot, the patron saint of animals. Celebrations consist of lighting a fire in the town square. People then force their horses to ride through the fire to signify a “rebirth” of the horses and for the riders to prove their “bravery.” After lighting a fire in times square, men wait with their horses, who nervously stamp their feet and strain to get away from the growing flames. When the fire has reached its crescendo, the men take turns mounting their helpless animals. Then they force them to gallop up to the inferno and leap through the flames. Sign this petition asking Carlos García González, Governor of the province of Avila, Spain, where this event is held, end the cruelty.
2. Ban Cat Declawing Across the Country
Declawing a cat might sound like it’s as simple as cutting a cat’s nail, but it’s much more complicated than that. The process is officially known as onychectomy, and it involves 10 separate amputations of the last bone and nail in each toe. The equivalent on a human being, according to the Humane Society of the United States, would be to cut off each finger at the last knuckle. It’s painful, cruel, and can have long lasting devastating affects on a cat’s health. Many countries, 21 in fact, have banned cat declawing, and although some cities in the United States have done so as well, it’s still legal in most of the country. If you agree that declawing should be banned, sign this petition asking state legislators to ban cat declawing!
3. Prosecute Theme Park that Forced a Pig to Bungee Jump
A Chinese theme park tied a live pig to a bungee cord and flung 70 meters to mark the opening of a bungee jumping facility. Chinese media reports said that an 165 pound pig was tied up in the bungee harness and then pushed off a platform that was 70 meters (230 feet) high. Before it was even tossed off the edifice, the pig was terrified; it was squealing non-stop, but the high-pitched squeals only worsened when employees finally pushed the poor creature off the platform, and it began tumbling towards the lake below. Fortunately, the bungee cord held, and the pig survived – but only to endure a final humiliation. After the disgusting stunt, employees sent the traumatized pig to a slaughterhouse. Sign this petition to ask officials in Chongqing, China prosecute the organizers of this vile stunt.
4. Protect the Bison of Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park has been a sort of refuge to bison for a long time, but government authorities annually cull bison and allow their slaughter. Making matters worse, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) refuses to protect bison as endangered species. Part of the reason Yellowstone bison should be protected — other than the simple fact that they should not be culled like this — is that most modern bison are inbred, but Yellowstone bison are purebred. Therefore, the Yellowstone bison are important for actually preserving bison as a species. A big concern is that farmers are worried bison can spread brucellosis to cows. This disease causes animals to miscarry. Sign this petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give Yellowstone’s bison the protected status they deserve!
5. Punish Man Who Kicked Dog 100 Times
Source: Real Punishment for Dog Abuse!
A man named Matthew Benjamin kicked a dog 100 times. The beating was so bad, the dog died. The dog he killed was just a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier named Diesel. The dog only lived with him for five weeks before the brutal attack. Benjamin’s roommate says “I could hear every impact against the dog’s body. I was sick in the bedroom because of the trauma. The attack felt like it lasted forever.” The abuser only spent 17 weeks in jail. That is not enough for the horrific crime he committed. Sign this petition to ask ask Robert Buckland, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the United Kingdom, introduce legislation that would make people like Matthew Benjamin.
6. Restore Trophy Hunting Ban On Endangered Elephants
The ban on importing wild animals as trophies was lifted by the Trump administration. American hunters are able to go travel to Zimbabwe and Zambia, kill endangered elephants, and bring their body parts back as trophies. According to the Great Elephant Census, almost 90% of Zambia’s elephants have disappeared, since 1972. Sign this petition demanding that Congress do whatever it takes to keep protections for endangered animals, like African elephants, so no more of these precious creatures are lost!
7. Tell Amazon to Stop Selling Ejiao, Gelatin Made From Donkey Skin
Source: Amazon: Stop Selling Ejiao!
To produce ejiao, an ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine is made of donkey skin. In order to produce it, donkeys are stolen from communities and transported without food or water. Some are even cruelly dragged by their tails or ears. According to The Donkey Sanctuary, the conditions are so terrible that 20 percent of the donkeys are dead before they even arrive at the slaughterhouse. The donkeys are beheaded for this medicine.
8. Ban Animal Killing Contests on Federal Lands
State land commissioner for New Mexico, Stephanie Garcia Richard, wrote an executive order putting an end to New Mexico animal-killing contests. This has saved hundreds or thousands of coyotes from wanton slaughter each year during disgusting contests of piling up dead animals for cash or prizes. Eliminating these kinds of gratuitous killing contests is absolutely a win for conservation and the humane treatment of wild animals, but does not interfere with ordinary, small-scale hunting. Sign this petition to demand that these kind of contests be banned on federal land.
9. Save Baby Monkeys Being Sold for $4 at Popular Tourist Sites
In the market area of Denpasar and Bandung, long tailed macaques were found chained to cages and being sold for just £3.80 each. That’s about $4 (USD). They are sold to work in entertainment where they are tortured with methods like being forced to hang on the tips of their toes so they learn to stand on two feet. They’re also beaten and starved until they learn to ride bicycles or stilts when told to. The trained monkeys are taken around parade lights and busy tourist spots for money. Sign this petition demanding that Indonesia end the misery of the monkey trade today!
10. Save Donkeys From Slaughter for Medicine
For their skin to be used in Chinese traditional medicine, donkeys are sent to slaughter. But the transport itself is deadly. They’re stuck in terrible conditions with no food, water, or room to move their legs. Many suffer the whole way with severed hooves and legs. All this suffering to use their skin in medicine. China’s donkey population has dwindled from 11 million in 1992 to just 2.6 million today. Save the donkeys. Sign this petition asking the Chinese government to cut off imports from the donkey skin trade.
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