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Please protect animal welfare

I have started a petition at petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the President and Congress to make animal welfare a priority. When I heard that the USDA removed animal cruelty reports from their website, I felt sick to my stomach.  Accountability by the public is a powerful motivator for change and removing that incentive will allow breeders, researchers, Big Agribusiness and other companies that use animals to mistreat and abuse animals without protest.

Sign the petition

Animals add immeasurably to our quality of life whether they be for food, work or companionship. They do feel pain, they do experience emotions (at the very least we can agree that they feel fear), they are capable of suffering physically and mentally. They are incapable of speaking for themselves, demanding change, creating their own destiny, choosing one path or another. We are their guardians and keepers and there is no reason in this universe why it is acceptable to treat the lives we depend on as cruelly as we are capable. Please sign the petition and ask this administration to bring accountability back through the USDA Animal Care Search Tool, and to pass and enforce bills that protect animals from harm and abuse.

According to the email I got from whitehouse.gov, I have “30 days to get 99,999 signatures in order for your petition to be reviewed by the White House. Until your petition has 150 signatures, it will only be available from the following URL and will not be publicly viewable on the Open Petitions section of We the People”

The URL is https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-people-ask-federal-government-make-animal-welfare-priority

Please share this with friends and family. This is not about criticizing any administration, this is not about political leanings, this is all about compassion. How can we be a proud nation when we allow abuse to be covered up and hidden away?


The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The road to animal cruelty is much the same.

It’s really difficult some days to hold one’s tongue. A woman brought a pigeon in to the wildlife rehab place I work for with a severely broken leg. Her dog had gotten hold of it a week and a half prior. She knew about us, but thought she could raise it on her own, try to set the leg and splint it herself. Continue reading The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The road to animal cruelty is much the same.

Preventing Animal Cruelty

For a while it seemed like every week someone would bring an animal in to Wildwoods that had been rescued from abuse at the hands of children. My intial reaction always included rage, anger, obscenities and the phrase, “serial killers in training.” Not the most productive of reactions, and luckily I was never the one to encounter these kids, as I probably would not have the strength and foresight to push past my gut reaction toward a more positive and helpful one.

To help us all remember that kind, compassionate education is the key to ending this kind of behavior, Tara Smith, one of the staff members at Wildwoods, wrote a great article in a local newspaper, which you can and should read here, recounting the story of another wildlife rehabber who was able to get past the anger and find a teachable moment that changed everything.

A Heartfelt Plea from a Wildlife Rehabber, by Tara Smith  |  The Budgeteer

Featured photo from Audrey (flickr)