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Urgent: Urge Officials to Stop Jallikattu, Ask for a Countrywide Ban on Cruel Manja, Plus Four Other Petitions

February 5, 2013

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1. Please click HERE to sign and send petition to stop Jallikattu
2. Please click HERE to sign and send petition to ban Manja
3. Please click HERE to help get a meaningful sentence for dog shooting
4. Please click HERE to tell Smithsonian to stop harming cats with junk science

5. Please click HERE to get answers about the wild horse and burro program
6. Please click HERE to help people who saved fawn

1. Background | Source PETAIndia

Per the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ notification in The Gazette of India, bulls can no longer be used as performing animals. This should mean an end to the cruel “sport” of jallikattu, in which terrified bulls are kicked, punched, jumped on, dragged to the ground and otherwise tormented. Despite this notification, however, the Tamil Nadu government has shockingly permitted jallikattu events to continue to be held in the state.

Recent PETA investigations at five jallikattu events documented that bulls were tied so tightly it caused them severe discomfort and pain, were hit with fists, had their tails twisted and pulled, were jumped on and were wrestled to the ground. Not only is jallikattu cruel to animals, it also poses a threat to public safety. In one four-day period in January 2011, 215 people sustained injuries during jallikattu events. Of these, 154 were spectators. Two people died.

We would like to thank the Ministry for issuing a ban on the use of bulls as performing animals. Now, it is time for the Ministry to make sure that the ban is enforced immediately.

Please help by writing to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Thank Ministry officials for banning the use of bulls as performing animals and ask them to enforce the ban.

2. Background | Source PETAIndia

The manja used in kite-flying competitions is often gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed glass. Glass-, plastic- and metal-coated manja is deadly for thousands of pigeons, crows, owls, kites and other birds who are slashed, wounded and killed when they become entangled in the strings.

Sharp manja is hazardous not only for birds but also for humans – including passersby travelling on open vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles or scooters – and is responsible for numerous human injuries and deaths every year. In Mumbai, a stray manja cut a young person’s throat, slicing the larynx and surrounding muscles, which are 3 to 4 cm thick. According to a news report , five people , including two children, were killed and nearly 250 people injured in the state of Gujarat alone – in just one month  during  Makar Sankranti.

Caring people like you must urge the Ministry of Environment and Forests to ban the use and sale of glass-, plastic- and metal-coated manja across India.

Please ask the Ministry of Environment and Forests to ban the use and sale of glass-, plastic- and metal-coated manja across India immediately.

3. Background | Source Animal Legal Defense Fund

While on a hunting trip, John Lake reportedly made a comment to his 13-year-old son about shooting dogs they had seen chasing deer. He incorrectly thought it was legal. On November 10, 2012, the Lakes were on a subsequent hunting trip when the boy saw the dogs chasing deer again, and he allegedly shot and killed three dogs with his rifle. On November 29, a neighbor familiar with the dogs discovered their bodies covered with leaves and brush in a gully. A Suffield police officer said that Lake allegedly disposed of the corpses because he panicked after realizing what his son had done.

The State’s Attorney has charged John Lake with the following:

  • 1 felony count of risk of injury to child
  • 1 misdemeanor count of accessory to cruelty to animals
  • 1 misdemeanor count of accessory to illegal discharge of firearm
  • 1 violation of illegal gun/bow hunting by minor

4. Background | Source Alley Cat Allies

Articles scapegoating cats have been all over the news. These stories are based on biased research that could lead to more outdoor cats being rounded up and killed.

The new so-called “study,” funded by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds, recklessly perpetuates a bogus debate.

It is a direct attack on our progress with Trap-Neuter-Return. In communities across the country, TNR stabilizes and reduces the population of feral cats and saves millions of cats from being killed in shelters.

Please join us by standing up for cats today. Sign our petition telling the Smithsonian to stop spreading junk science.

5. Background | Source American Wild Horse Preservation

Congressmen Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, and Ed Whitfield, R-KY, are circulating a letter to fellow members of the US House of Representatives asking for answers from outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about his department’s wild horse and burro program, specifically why over 1,700 captured mustangs have been sold to kill buyer Tom Davis.

The letter asks Secretary Salazar to respond to the demands of the 25,130 American citizens who signed a petition, which we delivered in person to the Department of the Interior in November 2011. To date, we have had no response from the Department, despite the petition’s request that the Secretary respond within ten days.

Your help is urgently needed. It is important that we gain the support of as many members of Congress as possible to make sure that our voice on behalf of wild horses and burros is finally heard within the Obama Administration. We need as many sign ons as possible as soon as possible, since Secretary Salazar is set to retire from the Interior Department at the end of March.

Will you please ask your Representative in the House to sign on the Grijalva/Whitfield Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar?

6. Background | Source: Change

Jeff and Jennifer Counceller thought were doing the right thing when they saved the life of an injured baby deer they found near their home in Indiana. But because they didn’t have a permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is prosecuting them and they could face up to 60 days in prison. The DNR should drop these charges now.

When they found the fawn on a neighbor’s porch in 2010, she was badly injured with puncture wounds that were infected and had maggots in them. Jennifer, a registered nurse and wound caretaker for the couple’s dogs and horses took the deer home and named it Dani and began nursing the deer back to health.

When they called the DNR they were told to return the deer to the wild and let nature take it’s course. That would have been a death sentence for the deer. Instead, they tried to find Dani a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. The Counceller’s decided to keep caring for the deer until it was strong enough to make it on it’s own in the wild.

This past summer the DNR started an investigation into the situation and a DNR official recommended they get a permit to rehabilitate Dani. The DNR then denied the permit application and then said the deer would have to killed.

Just before DNR officials arrived at the Counceller’s house to kill Dani she escaped through a gate that was left open. Now, the DNR has assigned a special prosecutor to the case and they’re charging both Jeff and Jennifer with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer.

Jeff is a police officer and Jennifer is a nurse – these are good people who were just trying to the right thing by saving an injured animal. They don’t deserve to go to jail and the DNR should drop all charges against them.

We’re asking that you sign the petition and also join the fight on our facebook page at

we live our daily lives,
most times trapped in
the mundane,
but here we sit,
safe from many sorrows
and pains.
so in that spirit we know
that we are blessed.
and with that gratitude,
we will try to do
our best.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2013 8:08 pm

    signed all the petitions and shared them in several places also learned a few new things like the Manja (dangerous) and the Jallikattu (horrific) i never knew of them before its so disturbing! Im also flabbergasted that the couple who saved the deer are being prosecuted, i can think of far better ways to spend tax payers money than to bully two very compassionate caring people just shameful! Thanks Stacey


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    February 6, 2013 4:28 am

    we live our daily lives,
    most times trapped in
    the mundane,
    but here we sit,
    safe from many sorrows
    and pains.
    so in that spirit we know
    that we are blessed.
    and with that gratitude,
    we will try to do
    our best.


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