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Five quick petitions, please participate

November 23, 2011

Please click on and sign the following:

1. Tell Kohl’s to Ditch Fur!

2. Animals at Thailand Shelter Urgently Need Your Help!

3. Tell Ohio school district to protect LGBT students

4. In Memory of Basie, the Sr Dog Euthanized Within Hours of Being Lost: Change VA Law

5. Don’t Let Chevron Get Away with Environmental Crimes in Brazil!

1. Background | From PETA

Despite knowing about the suffering that goes into every fur-trimmed coat, hat, and bag, Kohl’s has made the cruel decision to continue selling the skins of dead animals in its stores.

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, and fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available. Foxes, minks, coyotes, and rabbits—and even dogs and cats—are bludgeoned, genitally electrocuted, and often skinned alive for their fur.

One of the best ways that you can help animals who are beaten and tortured for their fur is to tell Kohl’s executives that you’ll boycott the clothing retailer until it stops selling fur. Many of Kohl’s competitors and other top retailers—including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap Inc., Perry Ellis, Express, Cole Haan, bebe, Wet Seal, Forever 21, and Limited Brands—have stopped selling fur.

Speak out against the killing of animals for their skins. Write to Kohl’s executives now and urge them to dump fur for good.

2. Background | From PETA

Tony’s Shelter in Pattaya, Thailand, confines hundreds of dogs to severely crowded pens. The dogs are not separated by age, gender, or health, leading to problems such as food competition and injuries from fighting. During routine visits to the shelter, PETA Asia inspectors documented that sick and injured animals were not given veterinary care.

Investigations revealed that many dogs at the facility suffered from severe mange and that others were extremely emaciated. Several dogs had large open wounds, and one dog suffered from what appeared to be a prolapsed uterus. Investigators also witnessed dogs being castrated with elastic bands. Even though Tony’s Shelter claims to be in desperate need of supplies, medicine that PETA took to the shelter to help alleviate the suffering of animals who were infected with mange was never used.

Confining animals to an environment that can’t meet their physical and psychological needs and providing them with limited exercise and care can lead to kennel stress, a condition in which the physical and mental frustrations of confinement lead to abnormal, neurotic, and even self-destructive behavior. Kennel stress is common among animals in shelters, and the condition is an even bigger issue at Tony’s Shelter because of the sheer number of animals who are kept there.

Wealthy businessperson Surapol “Tony” Sanguancharti-Sorakrai—who owns Tony’s Shelter as well as Tony’s Disco, Tony’s Gym, Tony’s Entertainment Complex, and other businesses—has been unresponsive to PETA Asia’s requests for changes and offers of help. Please use the form below to ask the shelter to immediately improve conditions for the animals who live at the facility. Tony’s Buddhist beliefs are no excuse for allowing animals to continue to suffer and for not providing adequate care to animals.

3. Background | From Change

Zach Huston, a 15-year-old student who was attacked for being gay, said he experienced taunts for more than a year while the school did nothing to help him. Now the ACLU has joined 80,000 people to ask the school district to pass a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.

4. Background | From Change

Occoquan, VA: Anyone who owns a dog knows there may be a time when the dog sees a squirrel or just has a case of wanderlust and may escape the yard. But no one expects their dog to be euthanized within a few short hours of setting out on her own. Especially when missing pet flyers are posted and people are diligently searching for the lost dog.

But that is what happened to Basie, a 17-year old Corgi/Border Collie mix that got out of her yard. The beloved pet would be dead at the hands of the Crosspointe Animal Hospital within 3 hours of leaving her owner’s home.

On November 1st at 12:06, Basies owners took a picture of her while she was outside. Fifteen minutes later, since they often checked on her, the owners discovered she was missing.

Their search turned up nothing until the next day, when all that was left of Basie was her cremated remains. She had been euthanized by the veterinarian at the Crosspointe Animal Hospital in Fairfax Station. An unknown person had found Basie, and apparently thinking she was a stray, took her to the Crosspointe Animal Hospital. She was dropped off at 12:20 p.m., shortly after her owners discovered she was missing. According to newspaper reports, the veterinarian at Crosspointe Animal Hospital did not attempt to locate her owners, or wait for them to claim her, but euthanized her shortly after she was brought in.

Basie was not wearing a collar. Her owners removed it, saying it irritated her neck.

According to Virginia Code § 3.2-6507, a licensed veterinarian may euthanize a dog without the owner’s permission if the dog is injured or sick. WUSA-9 reports: “Crosspoint’s examination report of Basie found several health problems, including respiratory disease and neurologic abnormalities. But it also says she was “alert” and “responsive.” Her owners admit that Basie had some age-related health issues which they were monitoring, however, she was well taken care of and she was not ready to die. She was clean, her nails were clipped, and she recently had a tooth extracted, which should have alerted the veterinarian that she was someone’s pet.

This petition respectfully requests that an investigation be conducted into the procedures used in this case, as well as prior instances by the Crosspointe Animal Hospital veterinarian, and that Virginia code § 3.2-6507 be reviewed and modified so that immediate euthanization of animals by veterinarians without owners consent can only occur if the animal has life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Not because the animal shows signs of old age.

For more information on this story:

A page has also been set up on Facebook, called In Memory of Basie

5. Background | From Amazon Watch

We’re going to show [Chevron] that they can’t come here and create whatever environmental mess they want.

Those were the words of Carlos Minc, Rio de Janeiro state’s environment secretary, in response to Chevron’s oil spill off the coast of Brazil. Anyone familiar with the ongoing battle to bring Chevron to justice in Ecuador knows that the company will do everything it can to protect its profits even at the expense of the planet and human health. Write to Brazilian officials now and urge them to hold Chevron accountable for every drop of oil it spilled into the Atlantic Ocean.

Anyone familiar with the ongoing battle to bring Chevron to justice in Ecuador knows that the company will do everything it can to protect its profits even at the expense of the planet and human health. Brazilian officials are determined to make Chevron pay for the impacts of its reckless business operations. Send key environmental officials in Brazil a message now to let them know you’ve got their back.

It isn’t just Chevron’s response to the spill that has been criticized. Before and after the spill occurred, Chevron showed shockingly little concern about the risks involved. The company reportedly drilled deeper than it was licensed to, and had to borrow sonar equipment to even locate where the leak was occurring. Chevron was completely unprepared for an oil spill – or perhaps I should say, completely unconcerned. Production and profits are all that really matter to Chevron.

No wonder Carlos Minc has also been quoted saying: “We believe the accident could’ve been avoided. There was an environmental crime. [Chevron] hid information and their emergency team took almost 10 days to start acting.”

Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency says more than 110,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the Atlantic Ocean. Write to Carlos Minc and other key Brazilian environmental officials now and urge them to hold Chevron accountable for every last drop.

For a cleaner future.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 24, 2011 4:12 am

    never say no to a
    petition or two
    you never know
    what good you
    can do♥


  2. lovegan permalink
    November 26, 2011 4:54 pm

    Done and shared, thanks x


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