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KATHY GUILLERMO, SVP of PETA’s horse racing department

BACKGROUND: The 146th Kentucky Derby will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on September 5, 2020, the first time it will not be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945. To protect against COVID-19 a series of guest safety protocols have been put in place, but much more needs to be done to protect horses at the track.

The dangers of horse racing have been in the spotlight since last year, when 37 horses died at Santa Anita Park, leading to a PETA-requested investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and groundbreaking new regulations to protect horses. But every week, at least 24 horses experience fatal injuries at racetracks across the country. While PETA doesn’t support horse racing, the group is advocating life-saving changes.

PETA is calling on Churchill Downs and all racetracks to enact these changes to make progress for thoroughbreds. These changes include:

  • All medications should be banned for two weeks before a race;
  • Injured or sore horses should be allowed sufficient time to recuperate;
  • Cutting-edge CT scan equipment should be installed;
  • All dirt tracks should be replaced with high-quality synthetic Tapeta;
  • Trainers who have multiple medication infractions should be banned;
  • Tracks should be more transparent, should not sell horses to foreign racing entities, and they should take care of horses when their racing days are over.


For more information, please visitwww.PETA.org


More about Kathy Guillermo: Kathy Guillermo is senior vice president of PETA's Horse Racing department. The responsibilities of this 31-year PETA veteran include leading the organization's work to expose and end the exploitation of horses by the racing industry. She has overseen the release of multiple horse racing investigations that have exposed the deaths of young horses at Thoroughbred auctions; the slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea; and the misuse of medication by horse trainers, which led to the introduction of federal legislation. Her work also resulted in the formation of horse racing's first-ever industry-supported retirement program for horses. Guillermo is the author of the 1993 book Monkey Business: The Disturbing Case That Launched the Animal Rights Movement.

Marc Jacobs: You were caught selling dog fur! Stop using ALL fur in your designs.

Started by: Tiffany, Chicago, Illinois

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs was recently caught selling clothing with real dog fur! The items were not labeled as real fur, and I'm sure Marc Jacobs doesn't want to intentionally sell dog fur, as no one in their right mind would go into a sto re and pay for anything made from skinned dogs! Marc Jacobs even has dogs so it makes me wonder why he would be ok with slaughtering any animal for some fur trim!

Now that Marc Jacobs has been caught selling real dog fur, it's time for him to make the compassionate decision to stop using any real fur at all. Please sign my petition asking Marc Jacobs to join fur-free designers like Stella McCartney, Marc Bouwer, Calvin Klein, and Todd Oldham in taking a stand against this animal cruelty.

Whether dogs, cats, mink, rabbit, fox, or any other animals, this is cruelty for the sake of vanity. Animals are often skinned alive. They're stomped on, electrocuted, drowned, or beaten to death.

Marc Jacobs has a choice. Does he want to be a designer known for kindness or for cruelty?

Please sign to tell Marc Jacobs that he needs to stop using all fur.

Click here to sign Tiffany's petition, "Marc Jacobs: You were caught selling dog fur! Stop using ALL fur in your designs.".

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

Started by: Gina, Wisconsin

As a life-long Wisconsin resident and animal lover, I was not happy to hear that one of our state's companies, Johnsonville Sausages, works with factory farms that trap pigs in tiny, cruel gestation crates. Gestation crates are 2' by 7' cages that are used to confine a pregnant sow during her months of gestation, meaning that virtually all of her life will be spent in a box barely larger than her body, unable to even turn around or stretch her legs. Animal science expert Temple Grandin said that this practice is the same as "asking a sow to live in an airline seat."

Pigs are extremely intelligent animals that are just as smart, unique, and curious as the dogs and cats that live with us at home. These social animals are so intelligent that they have even learned to play simple video games! The pigs that Johnsonville keeps in tiny cages, though, suffer from boredom and frustration every day of their lives, and they develop coping mechanisms like biting on their bars and chewing obsessively. These animals will spend nearly their entire lives inside of a cage that is barely larger than their bodies.

Consumers are not happy about gestation crates, and government and industry are starting to respond. Keeping these large, highly intelligent animals in tiny crates is so inhumane that it is already considered criminal animal cruelty in all of the European Union. It is even illegal to use this practice in 9 states in the USA! Voters have had the choice on several occasions, and every time they have voted to ban gestation crates. Additionally, some of the largest companies have already pledged to drop crates: McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Denny's, and dozens more. Even Johnsonville's direct competition and neighbor, Oscar Mayer, has made a pledge to phase out gestation crates.

It's time for Johnsonville to stop lagging behind their competitors and their customers. Help out the pigs by signing this petition, and let Johnsonville know that gestation crates have got to go!

Click here to sign Gina's petition, "Johnsonville Sausage: Stop Being Cruel to Pigs!".

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

Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife

Started by: John, Greenwood, Indiana

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 https://www.facebook.com/connersvillecharges

Click here to sign John's petition, "Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife".

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

20th Century Fox, Walden Media and Gran Via Productions present a 121 minute, PG, drama directed by Daniel Barnz and written by Barnz and Brin Hill with a theater release of September 28, 2012.

My dog Heidi died after eating treats that are still on Walgreen's shelves. Help me ask the company to stop selling them.
Sign my Petition


Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin' Train chicken jerky dog treats I bought at my local Walgreens, my German Shepherd Heidi died.

That day, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for "What killed my dog?" That's when I learned -- too late -- about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats.

It could be months or years before the FDA recalls the treats, which are made in China -- and in the meantime, Heidi and other dogs are dying because Walgreens and other retailers are still selling these dangerous treats. I started a petition on Change.org asking Walgreens to stop stocking these deadly dog treats. Please click here to sign my petition and protect other dogs from suffering Heidi's fate.

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky dog treats when I bought them for Heidi: there was no warning on the package or on the shelf at Walgreens.

I can't believe these dangerous treats are still being sold in stores across the country. People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products. I trusted my corner drug store. Heidi trusted me. And Heidi paid for it with her life.

Earlier this year, Terry Safranek started a petition on Change.org after her dog Sampson died, asking Nestle Purina to recall the treats. Nestle is dragging its feet -- but if Walgreens takes these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats, and other stores will have to start paying attention too.

Please help me by telling Walgreens that we need them to restore our trust in them by taking the treats off their shelves. Click here to sign my petition. When you sign, a letter will be sent to Walgreens and other top retailers that sell the treats.

Thank you for your help.

- Rita Desollar

When the 5-year-old orca was first found ill off the coast of Holland, the plan was to rescue, rehabilitate and return her to the wild as soon as possible. Marine biologists found her pod in the wild by matching her calls to theirs, and she was nursed back to health.

But then two marine parks including Loro Parque (in the SeaWorld conglomerate) got involved, and saw an opportunity to make money off of Morgan's captivity. According to advocates, "a female orca that can both breed and introduce new genes into the pool of captive killer whales is an underwater ATM potentially worth millions of dollars."

Jackie Kelly worked at an animal hospital for 15 years. She knows how an animal's environment impacts its mental and physical health and thinks no wild animal belongs in captivity. So Jackie started a petition on Change.org calling for the marine park that now holds Morgan, SeaWorld Loro Parque in Tenerife Spain, to release her immediately. Click here to sign Jackie's petition calling for Morgan the orca to be released back to the wild, not held captive in an amusement park.

The impact of captivity on marine mammals can be severe -- many don't survive their first year out of the wild and others experience severe stress and illness. So every day Morgan remains in captivity, the slimmer her chances of survival back in the wild become.

Already, almost 5,000 people have signed Jackie's petition to release Morgan. But SeaWorld Loro Parque needs to hear a global groundswell to realize it won't get away with exploiting Morgan for its own profit.

Click here to sign Jackie's petition demanding that Morgan the orca be returned to her home in the wild immediately.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

-- Stephanie and the Change.org team

NBC plans to air a Super Bowl commercial that uses greyhound racing to show how fast Skechers' new sneakers are. But an undercover investigation has revealed that the Arizona track that serves as a backdrop for the commercial is notorious for extreme animal cruelty.

And with over 100 million viewers expected for Super Bowl XLVI, animal advocates fear the ad will effectively whitewash an industry so dependent on animal cruelty that it's outlawed in 38 states.

GREY2K USA recently published findings of an undercover investigation that exposed the Tuscon Greyhound Park’s shocking cruelty. Now, the group has started a petition on Change.org asking NBC not to air Skechers' commercial during the biggest American sporting event of the year. Will you sign GREY2K USA's petition telling NBC to take a stand against animal cruelty by refusing to air Skechers' new commercial, shot at the Tuscon Greyhound Park, during the Super Bowl?

When it learned Skechers was filming an ad at the Tuscon Greyhound Park, GREY2K USA wanted to draw attention to that specific track's terrible record of mistreating greyhounds. Through its undercover investigation, the group had already found that the track was:

  • muzzling greyhounds while they're warehoused in dark, cramped kennels;
  • providing inadequate exercise out of doors;
  • feeding dogs raw meat from diseased animals and animals dead before slaughter;
  • running dogs in dangerous conditions; and
  • ignoring a disturbing frequency (every 3-4 days) of serious injuries like fractured skulls, broken bones, dislocations and muscle tears.

Then, when GREY2K USA found out the ad was planned to air during the Super Bowl and had some of the biggest names in sports behind it, it became clear this issue was much bigger than just one track in Tuscon. Thousands of dogs each year suffer broken legs, cardiac arrest, spinal cord paralysis and broken necks in the dog racing industry. When the dogs are no longer profitable, they're killed.

Super Bowl ads are the most sought after slots on the air all year, NBC wouldn’t have any trouble replacing Skechers' ad with another. All that's needed is enough of a public outcry to get the broadcaster to drop Skechers’ ad promoting dog cruelty.

Please sign GREY2K USA's petition telling NBC not to air the Skechers Super Bowl ad promoting dog abuse next month.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team


P.S. Thousands of people are starting petitions on Change.org every week. Here are some that need your support now:

A shocking undercover video released on Friday reveals gruesome and scary conditions in the production of McDonald's Egg McMuffins.

The video is hard to watch. Chicks' beaks are seared off. Male chicks are tossed in plastic bags to suffocate. Hens live out their entire lives in wire battery cages, packed wing to wing. And dead chickens are left to rot in the cages that serve as living quarters for remaining chickens. Outside of these standard operations, staff members are shown swinging a bird around by its feet and crushing a chick alive.

Mercy For Animals is the group that carried out the undercover investigation. Now, it has started a petition on Change.org to get McDonald's to abandon these kinds of cruel and inhumane practices altogether by going cage-free. Will you sign Mercy For Animals' petition to get McDonald's to commit to purchasing 100% cage-free eggs in the US?

Right after the video aired on Friday, McDonald's cut ties with Sparboe Farms, whose facilities and staff in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado are documented in the investigation. But cutting ties with Sparboe Farms won't end the torture of chickens for Egg McMuffins. The kind of abhorrent conditions at Sparboe are actually standard among battery cage egg suppliers. The only way McDonald's can guarantee its eggs aren't produced in the same conditions is to go 100% cage-free.

And McDonald's has already done this for their locations in Europe, where McDonald's eggs are already guaranteed to be 100% cage-free.

With the mega fast-food chain dropping Sparboe Farms, it's clear that the public outcry generated by Mercy For Animals' investigation is having a big impact. Now is the time to push McDonald's to take real, meaningful action to distance itself from all battery cage eggs and not just move to another battery cage egg supplier. Tell McDonald's to publicly commit to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs now:


Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie 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

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