In Ghana, people who suffer from mental disabilities face an inordinate degree of discrimination and sickening conditions. Urge the Ghanaian government to improve the living conditions of mentally handicapped individuals.
A recent study has found that China has been overfishing and underreporting it’s catch of overseas fish for more than a decade. This endangers fish populations, and cripples artisanal fisheries which are an important source of food and income for West African countries. Help stop overfishing and underreporting.
A large multi-purpose marine terminal is planning to ship large quantities of thermal coal from the U.S. down a Vancouver-area river, destroying the habitats of marine life and increasing pollutants for nearby residents. Prevent this company from using Canadian waterways for America’s storage and endangering species in the process.
Twenty-five men have recently been sentenced to prison by a city court in Morocco. The sentence was based on confessions made while the convicts were being tortured by military personnel. Sign this petition and demand a fair retrial for these unfortunate prisoners.
The West Virginia Senate recently passed a bill that would prohibit the private possession of dangerous wild animals. This new measure ensures the safety of citizens and wild animals. Applaud the West Virginia Senate for protecting people and animals with this new policy.
The Chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party recently warned that the fight for same sex marriage is not about equality, but rather a way for people to fraudulently marry same sex friends to obtain benefits. Please sign this petition disputing the her claims, and stop the spread of unfounded and ignorant information dressed as fact.
Repairs to a nature trail on the coast of Rhode Island could permanently damage a nearby reef and surf break. Urge Rhode Island to find a way to repair Cliff Walk from Tropical Storm Sandy’s damage that does not harm the surrounding marine environment.
An on-going effort by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to protect wild salmon involves the capture, branding, and potential killing of sea lions, another protected species. Tell the ODFW that one species should not be protected at the grave expense of another. Sign the petition and urge the adoption of a humane alternative plan.
A recent amnesty period in the United Arab Emirates has led to several mothers having to take their children to prison with them. Because these children’s mothers are illegal immigrants with no family they are forced to stay in jail with mom. Help fight the imprisonment of children.
Justin Bieber’s pet monkey was seized in Germany and found to have been taken away from its mother months before it was ready. Bieber hasn’t made any efforts to check in on the quarantined monkey or apologize for mistreatment. Demand Bieber apologize for mistreating his pet.
Wildlife conservation groups have developed a computerized program aimed to help park rangers combat illegal international poaching. The new software is free and available to the whole conservation community. Thank these conservation groups for protecting the planet’s most vulnerable endangered species.
In states that don’t require federal insurance coverage for autism treatment, families are going bankrupt and even losing their children because they can’t afford the $100,000 price tag for the therapy. With treatment, children often begin developing at a normal rate for their age. Urge President Barack Obama to include autism treatment under the list of things insurers must cover.
Wild horses are running out of room to survive in the American West. Ask the Bureau for Land Management to ensure that the horses’ natural environment is preserved, and protect this species from extinction.
A loophole was discovered in a new policy to protect forests from unsustainable logging. The result is creating devastating destruction among forest habitats. Urge the paper company to resolve the loophole and agree to forest restoration plans.
At a festival in China, participants shoot at live chickens that have been hanging from a wall for hours. The chickens then die slowly after being shot to the ground. Demand that the festival eliminate such violence and cruelty.
After reports of chemical weapons use in Syria surfaced recently, the UN is undertaking an investigation that was previously stifled by the Russian and Chinese governments. Urge the UN to keep the chemical weapons probe unbiased.
An editor for a Chinese journal with Communist connections was suspended after he wrote an article for a British newspaper criticizing China’a alliance with North Korea. Sign this petition to ask the journal to respect his opinions and give him his job back.
In a significant break with church tradition, Pope Francis spent Holy Thursday ceremonially washing the feet of juvenile offenders–including women–instead of priests. While his actions have drawn criticism from some conservative Catholics, the pope’s inclusion of those typically ignored by the Church is worthy of praise, not censure. Sign the petition and commend the Pope for his bold example.
A recently proposed bill in the Canadian Parliament aims to increase the transparency of potential conflict mineral use by high-tech multinational companies. The bill would force companies to keep their supplies sourced from ethical suppliers, helping to reduce conflict in war-torn central African countries. Help put an end to conflict minerals in your cellphones and laptops.
The U.S.-Cuban embargo has stunted the Cuban economy for over 50 years and barred any commercial or business transaction between the two countries. With the Cold War long in the past, its time America open its doors to Cuba and not only help their economy through tourism dollars but also open new investment opportunities for American corporations.
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are limited by numerous restrictions. With millions of Americans poised to receive government health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, unrestricted APRNs would greatly help in the transition. Help remove barriers on these nurses and allow them to practice to the fullest extent of their knowledge and abilities.
Google has joined the growing list of big online companies to make an open patent pledge and has even proposed several new patent licensing strategies. Help thank Google for its efforts by signing this petition letter.
Proposed legislation in California would secure an unregulated future for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The environmental hazards of fracking are far too dangerous to allow the industry to grow unchecked. Urge California to protect its environment and work to develop sustainable energy instead.
Schools in Oakland, California have begun seeking alternative approaches to zero-tolerance policies. Suspending or expelling students after a first offense does not adequately address the cause of misbehavior, and can often worsen a student’s situation. Applaud the efforts to create safer schools based on increased understanding and respect.
Recently, President Obama declared five new national monuments across the United States. Thank the president for his efforts to preserve valuable historical and natural areas by making these new national monuments.