Animal Rights Petitions

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stop EU subsidies to livestock industry

In the last fifty years, in Europe and elsewhere in the developed countries, there has been an exponential growth in the consumption of animal products (meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products). These foods are consumed at each meal in every household; quite unlike 50 years ago, when these were rare food items. Today these items cost extremely little, with respect to production costs, often even less than vegetable products, which inevitably require far less raw materials, energy and labor.

This is because farmers and fishermen receive direct and indirect funding both from the state and the European Union; in effect, what we do not pay for at the cash register we pay for in taxes. It is also paid for by those who choose not to buy animal products.

This is all the more serious as the consequences of the high consumption of meat, food and other animal products are greater on the environment, on human health and on the development of poorer countries. It would be justifiable and positive if individual states and the European Community supported and promoted only the consumption of foods that are healthy and have little environmental impact. Instead they do so with foods whose production has a devastating impact... and this is neither acceptable nor justifiable. It is up to us citizens to put an end to this situation and press for a more farsighted, sensible and sustainable policy in this matter, which will protect the environment and human health rather than harm them as it does now.

What we propose is to reverse this self-destructive trend, resulting in the following steps.

1. Put an end to every kind of subsidy for breeding, fishing, crop cultivations intended for farmed animals feed;

2. Charge for the purchase of farmed animals feed;

3. Ensure that the animal products the final consumer buys show their real price, not distorted by subsidies and other facilities granted to the producers and that also includes the environmental cost for the enormous negative impact of breeding (internalization of costs).

4. Put an end to campaigns for the promotion of animal products consumption financed by public money;

5. To support, with subsidies and information campaigns, the consumption of healthy plant-based food, to be less expensive for the final consumer, an easily obtainable result after the withdrawal of the enourmous costs of subsidies to farming and fishing.

We propose in the meantime a petition in support of Point 1 of this series of proposals.

The petition has the purpose to both bring forward this issue with the European Parliament and to raise the matter in various areas, because not enough attention is ever put to how damaging the practice of farming is and how therefore unacceptable it is to finance it with public funding.

Animal Rights Petitions 

People for Animals

Food Vs Feed...Why feed animals for food?

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

FAO - Director General Dr. Jacques Diouf
WHO - Director General Dr. Margaret Chan

Launched by:


Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

In 1996, the “Rome Declaration of World Food Security” reaffirmed “the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food“. The signatories also pledged their political will “to eradicate hunger in all countries.”

In 2008, malnutrition and starvation in many parts of the world are not only increasing but are set to reach new peaks of suffering. Dwindling and wasted crops, soaring prices, unsustainable farming practices are just some of the factors which combine to put vulnerable people at life-threatening risks.

It is not acceptable that even in a grim situation with hunger and malnutrition killing nearly six million children each year, huge percentages of available crops are still being fed to farm animals.

In the name of humanity, a responsible global community can no longer afford to invest 7-16 kg of grain or soya beans, up to 15,500 liters of water, and 323 m2 of grazing land in the production of just one kilo of beef for those with the means to pay for it. More accessible and sustainable avenues to secure food for all are desperately needed.

Unfortunately, even though the experts of the FAO consider 'Livestock a major threat to environment', they merely recommend different farming techniques, some of which entail the risk of damaging an already vulnerable environment even more, perhaps beyond repair.

All hungry people, many million of vegetarians and those looking for wholesome alternatives to destructive traditions have the right to expect from decision makers, governments and international bodies a scientific investigation of all available options, including vegetarianism. This resource- and life-saving lifestyle is worthy of unbiased research and promotional effort, not last because of its potential to decide the raging battle of 'food vs feed' in favour of humanity.

For this reason, we appeal to the United Nations and its agencies to stop ignoring vegetarianism and instead study its multi-faceted benefits, with the aim of incorporating them into future strategies for a world without hunger.




  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food …”
  2. Rome Declaration of World Food Security: “We consider it intolerable that more than 800 million people throughout the world, and particularly in developing countries, do not have enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. This situation is unacceptable.
  3. FAO: Livestock a major threat to environment


  1. Jens Holm: The livestock industry and climate - Over a third of all grain harvested becomes fodder. Is that rational?
  2. Swiss Union for Vegetarianism: The Ecological Consequences of Meat Consumption

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People for Animals

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Maximum penalty for the men who hacked up a puppy.

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Target: Mackay Magistrate's Court

Hardened police officers have been shocked by the horrifying torture, mutilation and brutal slaying of a seven month old fox terrier puppy near Mackay at the weekend.

If found guilty, they could face up to two years in prison. Police have obtained video footage from a mobile phone which shows graphic images of the puppy yelping and howling in terrible pain as it hacked to pieces with garden shears and a pocked knife.

They said the owners were too distressed to talk to anyone about it.

The pups nose was cut off, its front right leg and rear left leg were cut off and it was decapitated. A three-part video series on a mobile phone shows the dog being tortured.

The maximum penalty under the Animal Care and Protection Act for such an offence is $75,000 or two years in jail; however the maximum penalty ever handed out has been a four month jail term.


Animal Rights Petitions 

People for Animals

Dog Butchered Alive by a University Student

Please sign this petition and forward to others, as this needs urgent attention.

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Target: JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) & other educational institutions in India.
Sponsored by: Jasmine Grewal

On the 8th of July 2008 at 2 am in the morning an 8 year old female dog was butchered by 1 student from JNU , Yoronso (Ph.d student from JNU's School of Social Science, (Centre for Political Studies)) and his two friends in Room #248 in the Kaveri hostel of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in New Delhi, India. She was beaten with a cricket bat and a curtain rod for an hour and then they started to cut her open while she was still alive. Due to the noise and blood gushing out from under the door the people in the hostel got alarmed, and the students and wardens intervened. The dog's name was Kali.

In the year 2006 Kali's aging mother Leela had also died under similar circumstances, when the news of the atrocity leaked out she was labeled as an aggressive dog. unfortunately in this world there is no one to speak for these voiceless animals.These are not isolated incidents but periodical events which recurrently take place on JNU Campus when street dogs are mercilessly slaughtered. What is most unfortunate and infuriating is that the authorities are aware of these practices and have yet not taken any action against the miscreants.We want to use this petition to get all institutions across the country to
  • Incorporate laws pertaining to Animal Welfare in their rules and regulations and code of conduct on campuses.

  • Animal abuse should be made a punishable offence by the institution itself.

  • Students should be sensitized about animal welfare during their orientations.

  • The institutions and student bodies should initiate and supervise the ABC program (Animal Birth Control) in and around their campus.

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People for Animals

No Military Testing on Animals. Please..

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Target: Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
Sponsored by: Care2
The U.S. has one of the most advanced militaries in the world, yet despite the availability of better alternatives, it continues archaic teaching and combat training methods involving brutal treatment of animals.

For example, the Army utilizes live, anesthetized pigs shot with high-powered rifles to simulate battlefield injuries in training their combat medics. And the military's only medical school also uses animals in its curriculum, despite the fact that the majority of all U.S. medical schools no longer require live animal labs.

Such animal suffering is unnecessary. Simulation systems can be used, making the use of animals in medical instruction obsolete. Prestigious medical schools such as Harvard, NYU and Case Western Reserve stopped requiring live animal labs in the training of future physicians, why hasn't the U.S. military?

Urge the Secretary of Defense and our military to adopt humane education and training policies that do not involve the suffering and death of animals. Proven alternatives are widely available!

Animal Rights Petitions 

People for Animals

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ban Cruel Horse Carts

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Sponsored by: PETA

If the summer heat has left you hot, tired and sweaty, just imagine what it's like for horses who are forced to pull carts on the crowded streets of Mumbai in the sweltering heat. These horses live a miserable life. They must dodge cars, taxis and bicycles, and it is not unusual for horses to suffer from untreated injuries. Most horses never see a veterinarian in their lifetime.

In a letter to Mumbai's Office of the Collector, actor John Abraham points out that horses who are used to haul heavy loads are worked far past the point of exhaustion. When they are too worn out to continue, horses often collapse and are repeatedly whipped in an effort to get them back on their feet. Horses are overloaded far beyond the legal limit, and they are frequently denied adequate rest, food and water.

When food and water are provided at all, PETA investigators have often found that the feed is unwholesome and that the drinking water is dirty. Stables are often damp, filthy, and filled with flies and other biting insects. Many horses are left to stand without shade amid their own faeces and urine.

You Can Help
This cruel industry must be banned. Please join John by asking the Office of the Collector to ban the use of horses for pulling victorias, tongas and carts in Mumbai.

Animal Rights Petitions 

People for Animals

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Stop the Shut Down of "Mother's Heart" NGO

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Mother's Heart is an NGO based in Kolkata, India which has been campaigning the cause of supporting, rescuing and healing stray animals.
The Municipality has called for a shut-down notice of the NGO: because the barking dogs cause "noise pollution" despite the court issuing a stay order granting Mother's Heart some time to vacate the premises and relocate the dogs to another property they are trying to buy.
This is a little effort from our side to save the lives of many stray dogs on the streets, as well as over 50 dogs which have been adopted by the NGO,and are at the Mother's Heart dog care which is up for closure.
You must appreciate that Mother's Heart is taking the stray animals off the streets and localities, where the diseases, infection and population of the animals would increase at a much higher rate, and would thereby cause more trouble. There are over hundred dogs (pets and stray) who are brought in for treatment, cared for and nurtured for at Mother's Heart every month.
It is cruel to shut down this organization, giving whimsical reasons such as "noise pollution" and "dirtying the drains".
the local councillor has told the NGO that they have to shut down in FIVE days time and the dogs can be released on the roads or they should be put down.

raise your voice. write to in protest.
Or at least sign this petition

We request the municipality to expand their thought horizon and not make these many animals homeless. The least the municipality can do is extend the imposed deadline for closure.