Spain: Please Sign The ‘Galgos’ (Hunting Dog) Petition Below.

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Bitte Petition unterschreiben und weiterleiten

PLEASE READ, THEN SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION BELOW.…..

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_barbaric_and_cruel_treatment_of_Spanish_hunting_dogs/

100,000 + galgos abandoned at the end of hunting every year – work it out for yourself!…….

People say the figure of 50,000 galgos abandoned every year is exaggerated – usually i…t’s the hunters who say so, of course, as they don’t want the bad press.

Vera of Galgos en Familia, Malaga province in southern Andalucia says, ‘Co-inciding with the end of the hunting season at this time of year, more than 5.000 galgos are abandoned by hunters in our province.
It is estimated that 1,500 galgos are collected each year from the streets of Malaga province and the majority of these from the valley of Antequera, where they are used as tools to capture hares, a hunting activity that is banned in other european countries but is still very much allowed here in Spain.

The galgos, classed as useless and not worthy by the hunters are punished beaten and abused for not doing what is expected of them before being left to their fate on streets, motorways and countryside of Malaga.’  Vera saves many galgos and podencos from Malaga perrera, El Paraiso.

So, 5,000 just from one province in the region of Andalucia. This link, lists the 50 provinces in Spain, including the Canary Islands. Most of the names you will recognise as suffering from abandonment of galgos and podencos.   So, even reducing the number down to, say 30 – that still qives a figure of 150,000 abandoned at the end of hunting every year!
# Galgo news.
www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_barbaric_and_cruel_treatment_of_Spanish_hunting_dogs/

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New Zealand: Way Behind Other Nations – Plans To Undertake Legal High Drug Testing On Animals – Petition and Letter – Please Sign.

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Petition Link

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-new-zealand-house-of-representatives-hon-peter-dunne-leave-animals-out-of-legal-high-testing

Petitioning The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Peter Dunne

The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Peter Dunne : Leave Animals Out of Legal High Testing

LEAVE ANIMALS OUT OF LEGAL HIGH TESTING

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) has joined forces with SAFE and the New Zealand SPCA to prevent the testing of psychoactive drugs (“party pills” or “legal highs”) on animals.

These tests would involve suffering and cruelty to both large and small animals (rats and dogs) leading to pain, distress and death. Using animals as the subject of tests for recreational drugs is unethical and unnecessary.

NZAVS, SAFE and the SPCA want the New Zealand Parliament to include a clause specifically prohibiting animal testing in any proposed legislation aimed at the regulation of these substances.

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If you’re in New Zealand email NZAVS at nzavs@nzavs.org.nz for paper petition signature sheets and get your friends, family, workmates and acquaintances to sign them. You can add your signature to both the paper and online petition.

What is the Government planning?

A Bill is being introduced to regulate the sale of low risk psychoactive drugs (“party pills” or “legal highs”) for recreational use. This will require safety testing. The final stage of the testing will require human trials. Some indication of the risk to people needs to be known before that stage. The main proposal the Ministry of Health (MoH) is considering requires four rounds of fatal animal tests to be carried out on both large and small animals (usually rats and dogs). For these tests the animals will be exposed to large doses of the drugs until adverse effects are found (acute toxicity); repeated long term exposure before being killed to allow internal examination; carcinogenicity and toxicokinetic tests (long term fatal tests that look at the drugs’ passage through the body).

Why oppose animal testing of recreational drugs?

Using animals as the subject of tests for recreational drugs is immoral and unethical; and not only that, it is also unnecessary. The UK has banned all use of animals for the toxicology testing of the recreational drugs tobacco and alcohol since the 1990s, Canada requires three toxicology tests for all tobacco products, none of which use animals.

Investigating the potential harm of these drugs does not require the use of animals. The very idea that animals could be used in this way and killed to facilitate the sale of recreational drugs is something to which the majority of New Zealanders are opposed. By signing the petition you can add your voice to this opposition.

What are the other options?

There are many types of tests available that serve the required purpose that do not use animals. Tests using cell cultures, bacteria and advanced computer modelling can provide all the information, and more, that animal tests do. For example, there are long established carcinogenicity tests that are in common use as they give better results than animal tests. There are non-animal tests that have been approved for use by many regulatory bodies internationally, including in both Europe and the US1, that can be used for all four types of tests the MoH is considering.

What else can I do to stop this happening?

Make a submission to the Select Committee considering the Bill. NZAVS is providing information on how to do this to anyone that is interested. For an info pack send your address by email to nzavs@nzavs.org.nz and one will be posted.

You can also email NZAVS for petition signature sheets and get your friends, family, workmates and acquaintances to sign them.

Peter Dunne is the Minister responsible for the legislation; you can let him know what you think about this issue by contacting him via email: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz or by post with no stamp required: Hon Peter Dunne / Parliament Office / Private Bag 18 888 / Wellington 6160.

To:
The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Peter Dunne

PETITION TO STOP ANIMAL TESTING OF PARTY PILLS

To the House of Representatives

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the New Zealand Parliament includes a clause specifically prohibiting animal testing in any proposed legislation aimed at the regulation of Psychoactive Substances
(“party pills” or “legal highs”).

Sincerely,
[Your name]