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Petition: Ask your MP to make Britain fur-free

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Humane Society International (HSI) are asking supporters to join them in their fight against fur. The charity has been invited to share their vision for a Fur Free Britain at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament on 7th February 2017.

HSI says, “The UK currently imports tens of millions of pounds of cruel animal fur each year, condemning animals to short, miserable lives in small wire cages on vast, intensive farms — all in the name of fashion. Imports appear to have risen in recent years, so we need to show MPs that there is public support for an outright ban on the animal fur trade into the UK.

We’ll be presenting our vision for a Fur-Free Britain at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament on 7th February and we need as many MPs to attend as possible, to help urge the government to take decisive action. Please ask your MP to attend this important meeting to support our call for a #FurFreeBritain!”

To sign the petition and make your voice heard today, visit https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea

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Petition: Refuse application for pet rabbit breeding shop in Crowland

Statement taken from Care2:

Sadly, rabbits are one of the most neglected of pets. Animal rescue centres in the UK are overflowing with unwanted pet rabbits that are desperate for a loving home. Despite this, Glen Bruce, who already runs a pet breeding business, has applied for planning permission for a new pet rabbit breeding facility in Lincolnshire.

Sign the petition now to stop this proposed rabbit breeding facility.

Selling rabbits and other small animals in pet shops encourages impulse buying, which is dangerous because many people are ignorant to a rabbit’s needs. For example, many don’t realise that a rabbit needs the company of another rabbit in order to be happy. While a good rescue centre would do a home visit to see if the person’s home is suitable to adopt an animal, breeding facilities rarely take this precautionary step.

“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases.” PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon Sean Wensley.

Pet owners give 67,000 rabbits to rescue centres every year in the UK, and many more abandon these animals into the wild, leading to almost certain death. Petition author Christine says, “I was a Rehoming Co-ordinator for a local animal rescue centre so I know that rescues are inundated with unwanted rabbits – the county does not need a pet breeding facility to make matters worse.”

Please sign Christine’s petition against the plans to build a unit for breeding pet rabbits in Lincolnshire.

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Take Action: Urge Home Secretary to act on dog fighting

A new report commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports shows that, despite being illegal for over 150 years there is still a dog fight going on somewhere in the UK every day.

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Dog fighting is incredibly cruel. Organised dog fights can last up to five hours with horrific injuries sustained by the animals involved. Those that don’t die during the fight are often patched up using crude methods including supergluing torn ears or stapling wounds closed.

Cruel training methods involve putting a smaller ‘bait’ animal – often a cat or a rodent – just out of reach for hours whilst the dog strains against a tether. Eventually, the tether is removed and the dog set on the bait.

Dog fighting is one of the most barbaric forms of animal abuse that still takes place in the UK. It should have been confined to history alongside bear baiting and cockfighting, yet it still takes place every day.

You can make a difference by contacting the Home Secretary Theresa May asking her to take action on dog fighting. Simply fill in your details on the League’s online form and you will be taken through to a template letter.

Thank you.

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Take Action: Join the Race to Help Greyhounds

Racing greyhounds face isolation, cruelty, injury and often an early death – but now is a crucial time as you have the chance to help them.

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The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently conducting a five year review of the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations which were introduced in 2010. The League Against Cruel Sports believes these regulations fail to safeguard greyhound welfare and as a result racing dogs continue to suffer needlessly.

The League are calling on the government to strengthen the regulations. Dogs are kept in horrific conditions, treated appallingly, and when their ‘career’ is over they’re either killed, or sent to Ireland to take part in barbaric hare coursing.

Please take a moment to download and read the results of their investigations into the greyhound racing industry, then take part in the government consultation by following this link.

It won’t take more than ten minutes of your time, but you must respond before 31st December 2015.

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/consultation-on-the-racing-greyhounds-review

Thank you for your support.

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Take action: Four months left to save the National Wildlife Crime Unit

World Animal Protection are asking people to urgently step up and take action for wildlife in the UK.

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As highlighted on What the Cat Dragged In (via IFAW) last month, the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is at risk. Despite it being one of the world’s leading wildlife crime units, its funding is due to run out in March.

World Animal Protection is now asking people to email their MP and urge them to save the NWCU. We need them to demand that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Home Office continue to fund this vital unit.

Wildlife crime is abundant across the UK with animals being harmed and persecuted. Animals are hunted, smuggled, butchered for their body parts or kept alive in order to be sold on. The NWCU is absolutely critical in the fight against wildlife criminals. Without them, wild animals will be at a much greater risk of suffering cruelty.

The NWCU is a world-leading police unit dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations and fundamental to providing and analysing national wildlife crime intelligence across the UK. Without them, a huge number of wildlife crime cases would not be successfully investigated or prosecuted. Right now, the NWCU’s future is in doubt as their funding comes to an end in March 2016. In 2014 they were granted 2 years funding; but previous to that they had to fight to stay open every single year. This endless cycle of uncertainty has been a huge drain on their resources.

Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the NWCU, has recently commented that “if we don’t secure funding, the unit will fold”. Defra and the Home Office are currently considering the future of the NWCU and will decide soon if they will be given long term funding. We have to make sure this happens. World Animal Protection is calling on the UK Government to fully-fund this vital unit for at least 5 years. This is the same amount of time that Governments have in their terms, and would give the NWCU the stability and vote of confidence that they so urgently need.

Please call on your MP today and help protect the NWCU and UK wildlife now!

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Take Action: Penguins to be exploited in Christmas high street celebrations

Captive Animals’ Protection Society are asking people across the UK to take action for penguins this Christmas.

As we move towards the festive season we see decorations, bright lights and hear Christmas songs when out and about in our busy shopping centres and high streets. Sadly, what we are also seeing is the exploitation of live animals.

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On the 12th of December on Sidcup High Street, live penguins will be used in a ‘meet the penguins’ event as part of the ‘Sidcup Sparkles’ Christmas event.

Wild animals like penguins need very specific care, habitats and space to be able to live life to the fullest. Penguins used in events like this are exposed to large crowds and noise which are both major stressors for animals.

As well as welfare concerns, using wild animals as a form of ‘entertainment’ sends out the wrong educational messages to the public, in particular children. Animals like penguins do not belong on a high street in the UK and this event does nothing to teach about conservation or respect for species and habitats.

Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) are asking people to contact the organisers today and ask them to cancel this part of their Christmas event!
• Email the organisers party@lollipopevents.co.uk (feel free to use/amend the template provided)
• Tweet them
• Post on their facebook page
• Share Captive Animals’ Protection Society’s campaign page (http://www.captiveanimals.org/rudolph) on facebook and twitter
• Make a donation to CAPS so they can tackle more events using penguins, reindeer and other animals this Christmas

This year, CAPS have received more complaints from concerned members of the public on the use of wild animals in Christmas events than ever before. You can view their interactive ‘Rudolph map’ here to see the events that are happening near you, which is being added to daily.

 

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Take Action: Tell the UK Government to ban the keeping and trade of primates as pets

Thousands of primates are being confined in UK homes. Marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys are among some of primates being kept as pets, destined for unnecessary suffering in an unnatural environment. Many of these animals have been found to be socially isolated and kept in cramped and barren conditions.

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Primates are intelligent, social and long-lived animals. There are no circumstances where a primate would benefit from being kept as a pet. The welfare needs of primates can never be met in a house, shed or garden cage and that these complex animals are unsuitable companion animals. 15 European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species.

Please take action today, and call on the governments in the UK to follow and introduce a complete ban on the keeping and trade of primates as pets.

Sign the petition here: http://www.four-paws.org.uk/projects/apes/the-plight-of-primates-being-kept-as-pets/petition-tell-the-uk-government-to-ban-the-keeping-and-trade-of-primates-as-pets/