NEWS: 5 things that happened on Change.org this week

1. Dogs misunderstood as dangerous

Change.org has been ablaze with petitions by distressed owners campaigning to save their pets after they’ve been seized on grounds they might be banned breeds.

Last week we reported, how more than 289,000 helped save #SaveHank - the English Staffy crossed with a Labrador pup who had been ‘condemned to die because he looks like a pitbull’.

You can read about the 7 ways the internet helped #SaveHank here.

Since Hank’s reprieve was granted, over 35,000 people signed and saved Darla - who it also turned out was wrongly classified as a ‘dangerous breed’.

Currently 11,000 are rooting for Zane, whose fate remains to be known. Watch this space.

2. Change.org President hits BBC 5Live

Our company’s President, Jen Dulski has been in town this week and powered through an interview on politics and the internet debunking the “clicktivist” myth.

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‘Clicktivism isn’t an issue’, Jen told listeners, ‘People are more judicious than you would think. They care about certain, specific issues and sign accordingly’.

Jen was air, alongside appearances from #SaveHank campaigner Leonard and animal rights campaigner Lucy Gavaghan who has convinced all major supermarkets to stop selling eggs from caged hens. 

3. Not just any decision maker response... this was an M&S response

The 66,000 who signed Kate’s petition against Marks and Spencer’s proposed changes to pay received a response to the campaign via our Decision Maker tool.

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The response from director of retail, Sacha Berendji stated: ‘The vast majority of our people would be better off under the proposals. However a small but significant number of people, some of whom have worked for M&S for a long time, would be affected financially by the proposals and we understand that they are disappointed.’

Kate (not her real name) told us “it’s not anything we didn’t know” and her campaign will continue going strong.

4. Yazidi campaigner Rozin heads to Canadian Parliament

We sat down 18-year-old Rozin Khalil to catch the latest on her campaign - one year on since she started her petition. Rozin’s, a Yazidi girl living in Coventry, fighting to rescue thousands of women kidnapped by the so-called Islamic State.

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Earlier this week before setting off to met politicians in Canada and watch the premiere of a play inspired by the Yazidi genocide she told us how the  229,000 backing her petition, give her the ‘strength’ to keep campaigning against the horror of ISIS.

She said: “I want my petition to deliver practical steps but also to give Yazidis hope so that they know the world hasn’t turned its back on them. 

“I do sometimes question how much of a difference I can make to the Yazidi women and girls. But I’ve got to try. I won’t stop trying”.

Read the full story here.

5. Dad of teen who died a festival calls for age restrictions at events

The bereaved father of a teenager who died at this year's T in the Park has launched a petition calling for age restrictions at music festivals to be raised.

Seventeen-year-old Megan Bell died at the Strathallan Castle event in Scotland on July 8. She was found hours before the festival got underway.

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Heartbroken dad, Chris wants to see new rules that stop anyone anyone under the age of 21 being allowed to attend. 

He said: “should be able to attend, he said: "My beautiful daughter, Megan, was 17 when she attended a music festival with her friends. She never came home after falling ill. Children as young as 14-15 are attending these events unsupervised. Parents are not aware of what they are up. Please help me in changing all of this.”

You can read more about Chris' campaign here.