You can make a difference to animals’ lives by signing these petitions to end cruelty.
Petition Calling on the Catholic Church to do More for Animals
The Roman Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, has been showing a more caring attitude towards the natural world. But the Catholic Church could do much more to show concern for the way animals are treated, to raise the status of animals and to promote justice and compassion towards animals. The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales meets twice a year. It has a Committee on the Environment. This petition asks for the Conference to set up a Committee on Animals. This new Committee on Animals would enable the church to focus attention on the moral aspect of how we treat animals and would create a platform for expressing views on these matters.
Please join in calling for the Bishops of England and Wales to set up a Committee on Animals.
Help End the Brutal Bloodsport of Organised Horse Fighting in the Southern Philippines
Network For Animals need your help to end the brutal bloodsport of Organized Horse Fighting in the southern Philippines. Over a weekend fiesta of horse fighting, tens, even hundreds of horses are violently wounded, while the mares are subjected to repeated mounting by the ‘victor’ of each bout. Network for Animals are battling a cruelty that is illegal, yet ingrained in southern Filipino society, and taking a stand means moving against organised crime in an area where gun carrying is the norm. Use your voice today, to help us urge the Philippine president to end Organized Horse Fighting.
Sign the online petition.
Tigers Reduced to Skin and Bones
Behind rusted bars, a skeletal tiger lies panting on the filthy concrete floor of his cage, covered in painful sores and weeping wounds. His once-powerful body is now so emaciated it is little more than a pitiful pile of fur and bones. In row after row of foul, cramped cages, 1,500 other tigers also lie alone, crippled and dying of starvation. Throughout China, it is estimated that at least 6,000 tigers – twice the amount existing in the wild – are suffering and dying in horrific “tiger farms”.
This evil industry has its roots in a single, outdated law. Under China’s 1989 Law on the Protection of Wildlife, wildlife is merely a resource for human use. The law encourages the breeding of tigers, bears, and other wildlife for commercial purposes, set up the frequently-abused permit system for selling wildlife parts, and affords captive animals no legal protection from abuse and neglect. Fortunately, attitudes in China are quickly changing – and the law is about to follow.
The good news is that China values its international reputation above all else, meaning that a massive global outcry will encourage lawmakers to do the right thing and put an end to the tiger trade once and for all. If they do, conservationists say that it would be “the single biggest contribution to securing a future for wild tigers.”