Chat Shared referendum for animals: citizen action in favor of animal welfare

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Hugo Clément is the instigator, among others, of referendum for animals. Already, many personalities support this citizen action, and a large number of subscribers have signed up on the platform intended for this noble intervention.
That said, we must continue to mobilize in order to obtain the opening of the signature register. Lovers of nature and your pet, dog or cat, this popular initiative therefore needs you and your commitment to bring this beautiful project dedicated to animal protection to fruition.

What is the Shared Initiative Referendum or RIP?

Three French entrepreneurs (Xavier Niel, boss of Free, Marc Simoncini, founder of Meetic and Jacques-Antoine Granjon, CEO of Veepee (or vente-privée.com) presented at the beginning of July a shared initiative referendum defending the animal cause. The objective of this citizen action is to improve the conditions and the protection of animals in France.

Thus, Hugo Clément, supported by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and other committed associations such as the 30 Million Friends Foundation, the SPA or WWF propose 6 essential measures in favor of the animal condition, namely, the prohibition of the hunting with hounds, fur exploitation, cage breeding, captivity of wild animals, animal testing, and intensive breeding.

Many personalities have joined the movement such as Juliette Binoche and Sheila, Bruno Solo, Yann Artus-Bertrand, Nagui, Monsieur Poulpe, Nicola Sirkis, Stéphane Bern, Lambert Wilson, Hélène de Fougerolles, Nicolas Hulot, Linda Hardy, Estelle Lefébure, Sonia Rolland, Pierre Niney, and many more.

However, this petition must continue to collect a host of signatures in order to be successful.

6 axes of citizen and collective action

1. Prohibition of hunting with hounds, digging up and so-called traditional hunts

The organization of the stalking an animal takes place in French forests, often orchestrated by aristocrats like an ancestral ritual.

Roe deer, wild boar, stag, doe, hare, fox are hunted all day long until the animal is exhausted and completed.

Know that 83% of the population refuses this kind of practices which should be abolished in the 21st centuries.

2. Ban on fur farming

Even today, theare aiming are bred for the purpose ofexploit their fur, and therefore killed to make coats. Locked in cages, these aquatic animals are normally intended to live at the water’s edge.

There are only 6 livestock industries which have no impact on the country’s economy. Why are politicians slow to close them? While the Netherlands has 160 and has launched a 10-year moratorium to remove them permanently.

In addition, the hygienic conditions of this breeding are disastrous and pitiless. 91% of French people oppose the marketing of fur: a good reason to put an end to it definitively.

3. Prohibition of cage breeding

90% of French people want to ban laying hens in cages. Deprived of space, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, geese and ducks are crowded together throughout their painful existence.

The cannibalism and aggressive behavior of these locked up animals are clear signs of intolerable animal suffering.

Moreover, Monoprix or Carrefour no longer sell eggs from cage farming. The concept is anchored in our mores, but policies do not visibly provide a concrete answer.

4. End shows with wild animals

The elephants, Mostly the baby elephants, are forcibly captured in their natural environment. They are then trained and are forced to perform figures that they would never achieve in their home environment.

It is the same with the dolphins in dolphinariums: their artificial pools do not sufficiently meet their vital needs. These marine animals function normally according to the sound, surface and depth of the oceans.

The captivity of wild animals and the violence of training bring its share of distress:

  • anxiety;
  • stress-related infection;
  • lung diseases due to chlorine.

The lions that continuously circle in the cages demonstrate a behavior disorder classic and inevitable depression.

So apparently they are happy, but in order to be able to withstand these daily living conditions, they are given an overdose of antibiotics, anti-ulcers, anti-depressants, and vitamins to stay alive.

Some European countries have put an end to the imprisonment of animals in circuses (United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Portugal). When will France? However, 72% of French people want animals to be banned in circuses or zoos.

5. Stop practicing animal experiments

Many toxic products are ingested by laboratory animals until dying of it. More than 2 million animals are dramatically and drastically dedicated to medical and experimental research and to testing the toxicity of household products.

The beagles and the Golden retriever are selected for these cruel tests because of their bravery. The window cows are also requested: the researcher experiments food directly in the stomach of the animal to assess what can be tolerated or not.

Remarkable advances have been made in cosmetics, plants and plants. Consumers agree to oppose animal experiments, dogs, primates, cats. It would be time to advocate other alternative research methods where possible.

6. Exit intensive breeding

The parked animals are confined and do not see the light of day. These animals intended for human consumption live in unacceptable cruel conditions. The lack of space to stretch their legs, essential to live with dignity, weighs on their daily lives. Locked in cages, they are constantly deprived of the outdoors.

80% of animals are part of intensive breeding in France without access to the outside: laying hens, rabbits, pigs, sows, turkeys, chickens, pigs, calves …

87% of French people want the intensive and cruel use of cages to stop. Alternatives are possible to raise livestock in a respectful manner.

A process of combatant engagement

In order for the referendum to be presented to the French, it is necessary get support of 185 parliamentarians. Consider encouraging your local elected officials to support the referendum project. Next, 4,700,000 signatures will have to be collected, or 10% of voters.

If the Constitutional Council validates this bill, the Ministry of the Interior officially opens the collection of support. Give your support by clicking on “I’m in” : leave a valid email and possibly a phone to be informed of the next steps.

You will also be alerted when the signature collection opens. To trigger the process, share this initiative as much as possible and talk about it on social networks and with your loved ones.

For massively support the referendum, register on the site so that the bill becomes a reality. Take action for a cause essential to the animal wellbeing and participate in the referendum initiative for animals.

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