Fund conservation areas in Central Africa, support animal welfare groups in Kenya and ban inhumane killings of street dogs and cats: 10 petitions to sign this week to help people, animals and the planet


Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many people. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on humans and animals. While it can get daunting and difficult to hear, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. By signing one, you are helping to help those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact.

Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are invaluable tools for bringing about positive change in the world. If you’re looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including: Fund conservation areas in Central Africa, support animal welfare groups in Kenya, and ban inhumane killings of street dogs and cats.

1. Finance conservation areas in Central Africa

A new study in Conservation biology, which examined seven conservation areas in Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, found that the parks do not protect wildlife. Each Central African country has set aside 25% of its land for conservation efforts. But because the parks are insufficiently funded, there are not enough rangers and resources to actually enforce the protections. In short, the larger conservation regions are toothless without proper funding. Sign this petition support conservation funding in Central Africa and protect animals such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and antelopes from poaching.

2. Support animal welfare groups in Kenya

Battery cages are one of the cruelest aspects of “poultry farming” most commonly used by the egg industry. They confine the chickens in cramped cages, where the animals are unable to move or even open their wings for most of their lives. However, Kenyan lawmakers are working on a new bill on poultry farming. And if animal welfare advocates garner enough support, Kenya could become one of the first countries to ban battery cages, join Bhutan, the EU, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, India, Germany and nine US states. While the egg industry is inherently cruel and the best way to promote animal welfare is to end it, banning battery cages could at least reduce the cruelty that chickens face. Sign this petition to support animal welfare groups in Kenya.

3. Support animal protection legislation

New York recently strengthened protections for dogs. In the first of two new invoices, the New York legislature prevents insurance companies from canceling, not renewing, or charging higher home insurance premiums based on owners’ dog breeds. Thanks to this law, families will not have to choose between abandoning their pets and finding affordable home insurance. The second requires veterinarians to report signs of dog abuse to the proper authorities. Sign this petition ask New York to give more legal protections to dogs and other animals.

4. Tell the EPA to pass tougher methane regulations

Methane is one of the most powerful greenhouse gases and one of the biggest contributors to climate change. According to The United Nations, methane has “a global warming potential over 100 years, 28 to 34 times that of CO2”. And over a 20-year period, “this ratio increases to 84-86 times”. The fossil fuel industry is the largest contributor to methane emissions (33%), followed closely by the livestock sector (27%). Sign this petition telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step up its methane regulations.

5. Stop funding cruel animal experiments

Every day, research labs subject animals to needlessly cruel experiments, and the government is underprotecting these animals. It surprises most people, for example, that the Animal protection act does not protect birds, rats or mice used in research. In addition, the government not only tolerates animal research, it provides funds. According to PETA, for example, the National Institute of Health spent $ 19.6 billion on animal testing in a single year. Of course, government funding comes from taxpayer dollars. So sign this petition stating that you don’t want your taxes going to cruel animal experiments.

6. Promote vaccination

About 60% of Americans are now vaccinated against Covid-19. One of them is Big Bird, which tweeted in November that he was vaccinated. With new variants spreading across the world, governments must stop viewing Covid-19 as a political problem. It’s important for people, including children, to know that our best research indicates that vaccines are safe, including the Covid vaccine. Sign this petition encourage more networks to promote vaccination against Covid-19.

7. Prohibit the inhumane killings of street dogs and cats

Authorities in many states and countries are seeking solutions to bring populations of feral dogs and cats under control. These animals do their best to survive in dire situations – often owners abandon them and they are forced to live off garbage in dangerous climates. And to keep their populations under control, the authorities simply kill them, whether by poison, shootings or other methods. There are better answers, however. Sign this petition and encourage authorities to partner with local animal welfare organizations and implement entrapment, sterilization, vaccination and release programs.

8. Tell AVMA to oppose inhuman “depopulation”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), stopping ventilation (VSD) and VSD Plus have “been the subject of more scrutiny over the past year.” These are methods of killing pigs and chickens in large quantities – methods that have seen their use increase since Covid-19, as meat processing factories have experienced worker shortages and reduced capacity. transformation. The VSD consists of “closing the installation, closing the inlets and switching off the fans associated with the ventilation system”. VSD Plus “incorporates components such as heat, humidity and carbon dioxide, in addition to shutting down the ventilation system.” Essentially, this method slowly suffocates the animals and cooks them alive. The AVMA still lists the VSD Plus as “authorized under limited circumstances”. Sign this petition urging the AVMA to change its position and immediately issue a “not recommended” standard for VSD.

9. Pass the Big Cat Public Safety Law

Estimates suggest that in the United States alone, more than 10,000 big cats, including lions, tigers and leopards, live in captivity as pets or in roadside zoos. These cats need space to live naturally, and they suffer when confined to backyards, sheds, and small cages, where they are unable to exercise or display natural behaviors. They also create a risk for people; in May 2021, for example, an illegally detained Bengal tiger escaped to a rural Texas community, endangering unsuspecting people. In September 2021, the Legislature again introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Sign this petition telling Congress it’s time to pass this law.

10. Protect Medicare

Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States that supports people over 65 and people with disabilities. In total, it protects more than 27 million people. Medicare Advantage, in particular, puts a cap on out-of-pocket expenses. This allows the elderly to obtain coverage for prescription drugs and wellness care without additional plans. Tell Congress that you value Medicare as a way to protect your parents, grandparents, and loved ones with disabilities; and sign this petition telling Congress not to cut Medicare funding.

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