Ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds is a known carcinogen, and the cancer risk from tanning is similar to that from smoking—yet it remains legal for minors to use tanning beds in Illinois. Urge the governor to ban teens from tanning salons.
Tim Hortons, the international restaurant chain, has recently announced a new policy to eliminate gestation crates from its pork supply chain. Gestation crates are small cages that are used to tightly confine breeding pigs for their whole lives. Commend Tim Hortons for removing gestation crates from its pork supply chain in efforts to progress animal welfare.
A Saudi Arabian prisoner might be paralyzed as punishment if he cannot deliver a hefty fee as compensation for his victim. The prisoner has been jailed ever since he stabbed and paralyzed his childhood friend. Demand that the Saudi Justice Ministry prevent this inhumane punishment.
Protests broke out after a South African university forced hundreds of students to move into unsafe temporary housing. Protests demanding safe, permanent accommodation have recently become violent. Demand that the university stop the violence and provide students with permanent, safe accommodations.
Chinese oil companies are negotiating a plan to drill for oil in one third of Ecuador’s remaining Amazon rainforest. The plan likely violates environmental and social guidelines for foreign investment, and would ravage Ecuador’s environment and the lives of its indigenous people. Drilling for oil in one of the world’s last rainforests is unacceptable and must be stopped.
Recently, France enacted a law which will give women free access to birth control. The law removes a barrier which has prevented some women from truly being allowed to choose what to do with their bodies. Applaud France for this progressive law.
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.