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42k+ Sign Care2 Petition Calling for PetSmart Grooming to Close
After Numerous Dogs Die in Its Care
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Four dogs have died in the company’s care in just five months
NEW JERSEY -- A corgi who died in a New Jersey PetSmart’s grooming care last week has become the
fourth pet to die in the company’s care nationwide this year. A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart shut
down its grooming care until an investigation into root causes is completed and changes have been made
has gathered over 42,000 signatures.
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.care2.com/go/z/PetSmart2
An 8-year-old corgi named Abby became the latest PetSmart grooming casualty. Owner Chuck Crawford
said he dropped off his two dogs at a PetSmart grooming center in Tom’s River, New Jersey, only to
receive a 20-second “crude” phone call telling him to pick up Abby’s body.
In late December in Flemington, Danielle DiNapoli’s bulldog Scruffles died while in the company’s
grooming care, too. PetSmart said an internal investigation found the groomers involved followed "all
policies and procedures,” but the dog’s family was unable to speak to the groomer involved, and
PetSmart refused to write a written report summarizing the investigation.
A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart investigate and release a public report concerning the death
gathered over 91,000 signatures.
PetSmart told TODAY that the animal deaths were separate and unrelated, and it has formed a task force
to evaluate its grooming procedures.
“After Scruffles the bulldog died, the outrage caused PetSmart to launch a comprehensive review to
change the way they do grooming,” said Care2 petition author Kelsey Bourgeois. “But obviously pets are
still getting hurt and dying in the meantime. This is why we need to insist PetSmart halts it grooming
programs in all stores until root causes are identified and changes have been implemented.”
A third Care2 petition is calling for a national “Scruffles’ Law” to be implemented, which would allow pet
owners to due for damages. All together, the three Care2 petitions have gathered over 150,000
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Care2 ( www.Care2.com ) is the world’s largest social network for good, with over 45 million standing
together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. People, nonprofits and mission-based
brands are making world-changing impact with Care2, helping individuals, animals and the environment.
A pioneer of online advocacy since 1998, Care2 is a social enterprise, using the power of business as a
force for good.

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There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

Petitioning United States Congress, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell

Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.

Petition by Lady Freethinker

Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too.

A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten.

But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption. 

"This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings.

This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill.

Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.

Mercy For Animals

Breaking Investigation
Turkey Torture!
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Dear Jon,

You may never look at a turkey sandwich the same way after seeing how these gentle birds are killed. New hidden-camera video footage obtained by Mercy For Animals reveals frightened birds painfully shocked with electricity, cut open while still alive and conscious, and scalded to death in vats of hot water. As one slaughterhouse worker describes it, “Their eyes pop out of their head, and they all swell up and shit. It looks like a fuckin’ horror movie.” The sickening undercover video was taken at a Lilydale turkey slaughterhouse in British Columbia. Lilydale is one of the largest poultry producers in Canada. What’s even more disturbing is that all of these horrors are considered business as usual for poultry slaughterhouses nationwide. We can’t allow this torture to continue.
Tell the Turkey Industry to Stop Scalding Animals Alive
Sign the Petition
MFA is calling on Lilydale’s parent company, Sofina Foods, to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chain, including swiftly replacing live-shackle slaughter with less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, cutting open, and scalding conscious animals. After we exposed disgusting animal abuse at Perdue Farms—one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S.—the company agreed to a series of important animal welfare improvements, including switching to less cruel slaughter systems. The new policy will reduce the suffering of nearly 680 million animals each year. There is no reason Sofina Foods can’t adopt a similar policy of its own. Please take a moment to sign our petition telling Sofina Foods to stop torturing turkeys to death. Then please share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too.And remember, the best way to ensure you are not supporting the needless suffering of turkeys and other animals is to choose delicious meat-free alternatives.
Nathan Runkle
Nathan Runkle
P.S. Please consider making a special tax-deductible donation to support “Kurt,” the brave undercover investigator who risked so much to expose this cruelty.
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SMITHTOWN, NY – (March 1, 2016) – In 2011, a young puppy was rescued from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. The young dog, Marley, lived in the horrors of war before being rescued by United States Army Veteran Jonathan Jones. Now, Jones is fighting the Bay County Courts to save his dog’s life against a cruel injustice. He has been sentenced to death for a natural reaction, and one that Jones feels does not warrant such a harsh reaction.

“Back in 2011, our colleagues Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan went to great lengths to get Marley safely to the United States,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Marley has lived with the Jones family and played with the children for almost five years. Now, after everything Marley has been through, to have the dog awaiting a death sentence for a natural response is unfair and we are determined to help justice prevail.”

The incident occurred when Marley bit Jones’ 15 year old son who was wearing a mask while playing cops and robbers with his 5 year old brother. Marley was only protecting the younger boy from what he thought was a threat. Unfortunately, neighbors called animal control before learning the facts.

The Bay County Magistrate ruled in Marley’s favor, but the County Attorney is appealing the case for a death sentence. Marley has been in a glass chamber on death row in Bay County, Florida for almost five months now. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2016.

“Marley’s family just wants justice in this case and to bring their dog back home where he belongs,” affirms Misseri. “He is more than a dog…he’s family. Guardians of Rescue will do all that they can to help free Marley and we ask that everyone join us and do the same.”

To support Marley and his family via Facebook or learn more about the case, visit the site: https://www.facebook.com/HelpSaveMarley/…

To raise funds for Marley’s defense, visit the GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/FREEMARLEY.

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are struggling, making it difficult for them to care for their pet financially. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

Started by: Jennifer, Jacksonville, Florida

The Georgia Aquarium has applied for a permit to import 18 beluga whales into the U.S. where they will be in captivity at various aquariums and zoological parks throughout the country.
These whales taken from the Sea of Okhotsk in eastern Russia, have been removed from their pod and their natural habitat. Beluga whales are highly social animals who live in large pods and form strong bonds especially between mothers and calves.
The Georgia Aquarium claims this is a "conservation" effort, however, these whales will likely never be released back into the ocean. Many may die at an early age due to the stress of captivity, and Georgia Aquarium's infant beluga whale died just days after being born in May.

Please help stop plans to send more beluga whales far from their ocean home to barren, concrete tanks in aquariums and zoological parks. These belugas should be released back into their ocean home, please give them back their freedom!

Click here to sign Jennifer's petition, "NOAA: Stop Georgia Aquarium from importing wild beluga whales for captivity".

You can also check out other popular petitions on Change.org by clicking here.

For two months "John" (not his real name) worked undercover inside a pig factory farm that supplies Walmart and other big box companies with pork products.

By the time John left the factory farm, he had video footage of pregnant pigs living in cramped metal cages called gestation crates. He says the animals "constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration." And he knows it's not just this farm -- gestation crates produce the same conditions wherever they're used.

John says he has to stay anonymous to protect himself from backlash by the industry he just exposed. So he's teamed up with a group called Mercy for Animals to start a petition pressuring Walmart to stop using gestation crates.

John just released his video yesterday, and other stores that use gestation crates, like Kmart and Costco, pledged to stop using this cruel method of raising pigs before it even got out to the public. They joined McDonald's, Burger King, Oscar Meyer, and Kroger who have all agreed to phase gestation crates out of their supply chains.

But Walmart still refuses to drop the crates. Mercy For Animals thinks that massive public outcry against gestation crates will convince Walmart to adopt a stance against gestation crates.

While John says his experience will haunt him for the rest of his life, he's committed to exposing the horrific conditions on farms where they intensively confine animals.

Click here to sign the petition demanding that Walmart -- the top food retailer in the US -- stop supporting gestation crates.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Pulin and the Change.org team

It's hot, dark and foul inside a Matson Navigation shipping container, where 115 pigs are crammed in tight. Without even room to lie down, the pigs stand in their own waste, which pours out the bottom of the container whenever the ship hits rough water on the way from Oakland to Honolulu.

Up to 1 out of these 5 pigs transported from places like Montana, Iowa and South Dakota won't even survive their week-long journey to the slaughterhouse in Hawaii.

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit farm animal sanctuary in Maui that wants this cruelty to stop. The folks there started a petition on Change.org calling on Matson Navigation to join other shipping companies -- including its main competitor, Horizon Lines -- in committing to end its inhumane practice of live pig transport to Hawaii. Please sign Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition to stop the live transport of pigs from the mainland to Hawaii now.

Thousands of pigs are transported in terrible conditions like this to Hawaii every year. Video obtained by the Handle With Care Coalition shows pigs being held in metal containers in the hot sun before they even get on a Matson ship in California -- already a violation of U.S. animal transport laws. Perhaps the worst part, though, is that none of this suffering and cruelty is necessary -- not when there are locally raised pigs and other more humane alternatives.

One Hawaii resident explained that he signed the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition because "it is not pono to inflict cruelty on these animals by subjecting them to shipping across the ocean." (Pono means "righteous" in Hawaiian and is a fundamental ideal in Hawaiian culture -- it's even in the state motto.) Neither local Hawaiians nor tourists want to be associated with this kind of severe animal cruelty.

Sign the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition calling on Matson Navigation to end the live transport of pigs to Hawaii now:


Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team


Taylor, Mich. resident asks police to take action after friendly dog was shot and killed in front of children; more than 2,000 join campaign on Change.org

TAYLOR, MI – More than 2,000 people have joined a campaign on Change.org calling on Michigan police to file charges against a man who shot and killed a dog in a residential area earlier this month.

When Julie Sims, petition creator and lifelong resident of Taylor, Mich., heard that police declined to press charges against Mr. Joseph Rye, the man who shot and killed a dog on a residential street, she was outraged.

“My brother once called the Taylor PD, asking them about the coyotes behind his home. He asked if they tried to attack his dog, if he could shoot them. The police said no, because you cannot open fire in residential areas,” explained Sims. “So what happened here? A man opened fire in a residential neighborhood, where neighbors admit he could have very easily hit a child, and no one questioned this?”

Taylor police determined that Mr. Rye acted in self-defense. But Mr. Rye told local reporters that the dog was “very friendly” and admitted that when he felt threatened by the dog, he went inside his house to retrieve his gun instead of calling animal control.

“Why is he allowed to take the law into his own hands by shooting this dog?” said Sims. “If there is a loose dog, call animal control. There is an example being set here that you can take the law into your own hands.”

Sims, the owner of a rescued pit bull, was also worried that the dog’s breed played a role, especially since even the shooter described the dog as friendly.

“If the dog was a different breed, I am sure the Taylor PD would have maybe questioned this man a little more,” said Sims. “It is obvious that they as well have a bias against the breed, and that is illegal.”

Sims urged officials to “reconsider this case, and pursue this dangerous man who is on our streets with a loaded gun.”

The petition on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change, calls on city officials to ensure that the police department enforces the laws for animal cruelty and for reckless endangerment of human life.

“It’s amazing to see local citizens use Change.org to stand up for the safety of their community and their pets,” said Change.org Interim Director of Organizing, Stephanie Feldstein. “The incredible response to this petition shows that the unnecessary shooting of a dog resonates with pet lovers around the world, and people want to know that all members of their family are protected by the law.”

Live signature totals from Julie Sim’s campaign:

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