Let’s Talk Petitions!
Thinking about creating or signing a petition? Take a moment to read our information about Petitions:
Does this mean you shouldn’t sign specific petitions?
No! Even if the petition is not in your state or is vague, petitions that gain social media momentum and interest make a very strong impact. Many times, petitions can be happily resolved and closed JUST from the social media attention it received and the pressure that puts on the target of the petition – regardless of whether it got to the target or not.
And remember, if you feel a petition is worth signing, then it’s also worth sharing. Take the time to always sign AND share petitions. Petitions DO make a difference; they DO elicit change; and they DO matter.
So, what’s the best way to create a petition?
- State just the facts.
- Include as much identifying information as possible in the body of your petition when talking about the issue: Names of Individuals and/or Organization; Location of situation (City/Town/State); Dates; Past effort information; Related links; Current pictures.
- Add Hashtags (#) to the content! Hashtags help others with specific searches. Some good examples of hashtag use in Petitions are: #AnimalPetition, #AnimalWelfare, #AnimalAbuse, #AnimalNeglect, #(Location), #(Organization Name).
- Provide an additional way for signers to contact the target of your petition (example: full mailing address so a follow-up personal letter can be mailed).
- Set a realistic goal for the number of signatures needed.
- Provide updates on your petition so those who have signed know the status.
You can view a listing of the most common Animal Petition sites by clicking here.
We sent this information out to all of the popular related Animal Petition sites, in the hopes that each related site can implement these changes and updates to ensure that the majority of all Animal Welfare petitions, created and signed within the United States, have the very best chance to impact, be read and acted upon.
Do you have any additional comments or suggestions for making petitions better?
Send them to us and we’ll add them!