International: Various Petitions – Please Support

Greece  – Ask to revise immediately the Law 3170/2003 in order to transform the abuse to a felony in order to have an inhibitory effect and prevent future incidents of abuse of animals associated with potential violence towards humans.


Save 600 Spanish cats:  


No kill animal shelters for Sydney:


Stop sending animal abusers to work in shelters:


Three eighth-grade students in Australia have been suspended from school after a teacher witnessed them beating a kangaroo to death with a metal pole.

The boys were part of a group from Torquay College that was attending a school sponsored three-day camping trip to the Great Otway National Park.  One of the teachers came across the eighth-graders “bashing the kangaroo” with a metal rod. 

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1)  Suspend all BLM wild horse/burro capture and confinement operations.
2)  Move the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/ S. 727) out of
     committee for Congress to vote on it.


Bobcats in NH have not been trapped since 1989. However, trapping of bobcats may soon be legal again in NH, if our opposition to trapping them is not expressed and heard.



Australian store Husk is selling items made from rabbit fur. On fur farms all around the world, rabbits – who are sensitive and intelligent animals – spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages and suffer physical and psychological distress before they are killed by neck-breaking or skull-bashing.

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Dedicated local activists have been fighting for more than a decade to secure long overdue legislation to prevent cruelty and promote animal welfare in Thailand. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Animal Welfare Bill has finally made its long way to the final stage of the legislative process before submission to the parliament for consideration, but an agency of the government is showing no intention of returning the bill for submission to the parliament. The current term of parliament will end soon, and if the bill is not passed prior to that, the whole lengthy approval process will have to start again. 

Read more and petition:


New York HorsesProtect these iconic animals — tell New York City Council members to oppose Intro. 653.


Europe (EU): European Parliament Votes to Save Countless Animals in New EU Biocidal Products Regulation.







Brussels, 22 September 2010

European Parliament votes to save countless animals in new EU Biocidal
Products Regulation

Eurogroup for Animals applauds today’s vote by the Members of the European
Parliament on the first reading of the revision to the biocidal products
directive, which when adopted will become a regulation. A number of
significant improvements to testing rules involving the use of animals were
introduced, while ensuring a high level of protection for human health and
the environment is maintained.

The proposal for a regulation on biocidal products currently contains one of
the longest lists of animal testing requirements seen in any EU legislation,
which have to be undertaken before a product can be placed on the market.
These are outdated and inconsistent with improvements that are already a
fundamental part of other European legislation.

Eurogroup, together with a number of stakeholders, urged Parliamentarians to
use their vote to amend the legislative proposal to ensure that outdated
animal tests are replaced with state-of-the-art testing strategies that can
reduce animal use, if not eliminate it altogether for the assessment of
certain types of toxic effects. The text adopted today brings testing
requirements more in line with the 21st century and reflects the range of
replacement, reduction and refinement test methods and testing strategies
that are available today.

This is a major step forward as a typical set of tests for a single biocide
ingredient – known as an ‘active substance’ – would involve over twenty
different tests, which in total can involve up to 12,000 rodents, rabbits,
dogs and other animals. However, the Parliament did not go as far as we had
hoped and they rejected the call to eliminate redundant testing where no
guidelines exist.

“We are satisfied with the results of today’s vote. The European Parliament
has sent a strong message about testing requirements for biocidal products’
said Kirsty Reid, Eurogroup’s Policy Officer for Research Animals who went
on to add: “following the position adopted today, we call on the European
Commission and the Council of the EU to work to improve even further upon
the Parliament’s position as they continue their discussions in finalising
their position to ensure fewer animals suffer as a result of this


For more information, contact:

Martyn Griffiths, executive officer communications, or +32 2 740 08 23.

Notes to editor:

Eurogroup for Animals represents animal welfare organisations in all EU
Member States. Since its launch in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in
encouraging the EU to adopt higher legal standards for animal protection.
Eurogroup represents public opinion through its membership organisations
across the Union, and has both the scientific and technical expertise to
provide authoritative advice on issues relating to animal welfare. For more
information, visit

A biocide active substance or product is one which kills or deters any
harmful organism by chemical or biological means. It can be a chemical or
mixture, micro-organism (bacteria, fungus etc), extract from plant.

Lethal dose 50 per cent test involves dosing animals with the quantity of a
substance that is known to kill half of the test population after a
specified time. Often known as LD50 or median dose test.

The Biocides Directive (98/8/EC) of the European Parliament and of the
Council on the placing on the market of biocidal products was adopted in
1998. The Directive provides in its Article 18(5) that the Commission will
submit, seven years after the date for transposition (May 2000) of the
Directive, a report to the European Parliament and Council on its
implementation, accompanied if necessary by proposals for its revision.
Following this, a proposal to revise the Directive was adopted by the
Commission on the 12 June 2009.

Spain: Tordesillas – Further petition – Please Support and Crosspost.


Please support Samuel with his campaign and support his petition as detailed below:

Thanks – SAV


In the animal rights organization in which I’m volunteer,

we have a too on-line signatures recollection in (that went to Tordesillas Council, Valladolid Province Government, and Castilla y Leon Community Government):  

We have went a lot of years to Tordesillas too to make demonstrations against the “Toro de la Vega”