Assisted suicide should be a right granted to all American citizens. When individuals are given only a short amount of time to live due to illness, they often spend their last months wasting away in agony and become but a shell of their former-selves. Urge the Surgeon General of the United States to discuss assisted suicide with lawmakers who would construct a federal policy allowing assisted suicide for terminal patients.
Hunting dogs can face a life of violent hunts, neglect, and abuse. Some dogs are rented from hound clubs, where hunters can rent the dog individually or in a pack. We must stop the cruel use of hunting dogs, as they are subjected to dangerous situations and have a history of being severely mistreated, and all in the name of ‘sport’.
Herring trawlers, the massive nets dragged behind boats to catch huge amounts of herring, are over-fishing Rhode Island’s waters. Tell Rhode Island’s State Department of Environmental Management to put an end to the trawlers, as they negatively impact both local business and environment.
Arizona is considering a bill that would force employees to provide proof to employers that they are not using birth control to prevent pregnancy. Employees using contraception would have to make a claim providing evidence to employers, who could then legally fire them simply for using birth control for pregnancy prevention. Arizona lawmakers must not allow this invasive and sexist legislation to become law. This attack on reproductive health and women’s rights cannot stand.
Energy efficient building is an investment that will pay off in the near future in California. Not only will building with energy efficiency in mind reduce global warming pollution, it will also save families hundreds of dollars every year. Call on California to be an example and increase energy efficiency in building codes to reduce global warming and save Californians money.
Genetically modified food is becoming ever more prevalent in our food supply. However, insufficient research has been conducted to determine the long term health effects from consumption of genetically engineered food. Protect consumer choice by urging Vermont to require genetically modified foods to be properly labeled.
Lawmakers in Kansas are attempting to levy a tax on abortions, even for victims of rape and in cases where the mother’s life is at stake. The measure would also allow doctors to conceal medical information from their female patients if they believe the information could encourage an abortion. Tell the Kansas State Legislature that a measure like this is patronizing and a huge step backwards for women’s health care and reproductive freedom.
The Boy Scouts of America maintains an exclusionary policy against homosexuals and atheists. Although they are legally entitled to do so, their policy is harmful to many people involved with the Boy Scouts. Sign this petition to demand the organization end their discrimination against gays and atheists.
Washington State is attempting to pass a bill restricting the use of carcinogenic chemicals in products for children. Previous attempts at regulating this industry have fallen short; help support Washington in passing this important bill that will protect young children who are unable to protect themselves from nasty carcinogens.
Sage-grouse birds were once widespread across the Western United States but are now declining rapidly. The sage-grouse plays a pivotal role in the chain of wildlife but are on the verge of extinction. Tell the government to protect the sage-grouse and save the future of Western wildlife by preserving their habitats.
A new bill would create new opportunities to forgive student loan debt for college graduates. It would allow students who put 10% of their discretionary income towards debt payments for 10 years to have their remaining federal loan debt forgiven, and would create benefits for people in public service professions. Student debt is an ever-growing problem in the United States and it’s crucial that we act now and invest in our future generations.
A bill in Kansas would make it legal for doctors to lie to women about prenatal issues if they believe the information could lead to an abortion. Doctors would be exempt from malpractice suits, even if the woman has a life-threatening condition caused by the fetus. Kansas lawmakers must not allow this dangerous and unethical piece of legislation to continue.
A proposed law in Massachusetts would prevent dogs from being chained up outside for long periods of time. Urge Massachusetts lawmakers to pass this progressive and crucial protective law for dogs.
For years, elephants have been hunted for their valuable (and highly illegal) elephant tusks. Nowadays, however, a new trend is threatening elephant populations around the world—one that involves the slaughtering of the animal to gather their exotic meat for human consumption. This is a threat that could push elephants beyond the point of recovery and must be stopped.
A 17-year-old black boy was gunned-down by a 28-year-old white man in Orlando, Florida recently. The boy was unarmed and was simply walking through a gated community in which his father lived. Demand that the shooter be held responsible and charged for this tragic and senseless crime.
There are thousands of Americans who are ‘underwater’ on their home mortgage loans. Reducing the loan amount for these homeowners is the most effective way to prevent more home foreclosures. Urge the government to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgage loan principles to provide relief for hurting homeowners.
After explaining that he had witnessed the delivery of stillborn pigs, Republican lawmaker Terry England used his experience as an analogy for women’s reproductive rights. Tell Representative England that this attitude toward women is highly offensive and unacceptable.
Petland, a pet store in the United States and Canada, is known to buy most of the dogs they sell from commercial puppy mills. Commercial puppy mills are cruel and should not be supported. Tell Petland USA they must stop purchasing their pets from puppy mills.
Half of all the children born in Puerto Rico are born via cesarean section. This procedure can be wonderful, as it has the potential to save lives when birth complications make a natural birth impossible. In this case, however, women are opting for a c-section without any medical need. Doctors are also agreeing and willingly performing c-sections on mothers without good cause. A campaign has already been launched to better educate women in Puerto Rico, but more should be done to truly stop this issue in its tracks.
Children in the UK are spending less and less time outside. This problem will continue to grow as technology and games become more and more popular and ingrained in children’s daily lives. Families need to be better prepared to teach their children how to budget their time between indoor and outdoor activities in order to fight obesity and to promote a healthy generation.
Utah has tripled the waiting period for women seeking abortions, now requiring that women wait 72 hours between their first doctor’s appointment and the actual procedure. This waiting period is a blatant attempt to impede the accessibility of legal abortions. Tell Utah’s governor Gary Herbert that this requirement does not change women’s minds–it just degrades women’s rights.
L’Oreal, the largest beauty and cosmetics company in the world, tests its products on animals. Animal testing is cruel and unnecessary and must be stopped. Tell L’Oreal to stop testing their products on animals or they will lose our business.
The Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program provides uninsured women with free access to mammograms, but recent state budget cuts have forced its agencies to create waiting lists for these lifesaving cancer screenings. Without timely access to mammography services, Illinois women risk losing their chance for an early diagnosis. Ask Governor Quinn to reinstate funds for this essential health program today.
Plastic bags used by Californians everyday create a toxic soup of trash in the Pacific Ocean that harms marine wildlife. The average person uses 400 of these throw-away bags a year. Tell Governor Jerry Brown to follow the example of many California communities and enact a statewide ban on plastic bags.
In March 2011, the Egyptian military arrested seven female protesters and conducted ‘virginity tests’ on them by examining their hymens. These actions were invasive, unjustified, and the military’s defense of them is nonsensical. Sign this petition to condemn ‘virginity tests’ and to demand that such violations never take place again.