Recently, the Swaziland police force announced they will be enforcing a law from the 1800s that prohibits women from wearing mini-skirts. The intent is to prevent rapes, but instead the law takes away the freedom of women to choose how they will dress. Demand the police do not enforce this law and give women the freedom of dress.
Recently, members of the House sponsored a provision of the 2013 Defense Bill that would ban the military from detaining American citizens and permanent residents indefinitely without trial, which would safeguard the Constitutional rights of due process and habeas corpus. However, some lawmakers have dropped this protective provision. Tell Congress to protect our Constitutional rights by reinstating the provision to ban the indefinite and unfair imprisonment of U.S. citizens.
In the wake of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Discovery Channel has decided to ban Ted Nugent, an NRA board member known for glamorizing guns and violence, from the network. Tell the Discovery Channel you support their decision.
For the sixth year in a row Kentucky has been ranked the worst state for animal abuse. The high number of cases of cruelty are the result of weak penalties, legalized bestiality, and a failure by both the police and government to enforce basic standards for the way animals are to be treated and cared for. Sign the petition to demand that Kentucky reform its animal welfare laws.
Each year, trillions of non-biodegradable cigarette butts are thrown out worldwide. They leak toxins into soil and water and often kill marine animals when ingested. Ask the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to require the tobacco industry to manufacture cigarettes with eco-friendly filters.
New York City recently recorded a decline in the city’s childhood obesity rates. The is the first time there has been a drop in the obesity rate for nearly 30 years. Congratulate New York City on successfully lowering their obesity rate.
Since its creation in 2009, the nonprofit organization Fences For Fido has helped over 235 Oregon families keep their dogs unchained by building fences, shelters, and educating those they work with on how to properly care for their dog. All of their work is done at no cost to the families and certainly deserves our gratitude.
In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut, CNN host Piers Morgan has used his pulpit to speak out in favor of a plan to stop gun violence. He has bravely taken on the NRA and gun rights groups, which have created a White House petition to have Morgan deported. Thank Piers Morgan for his continued and outspoken support for gun control.
Recently, a dog was found on the brink of death due to his owner’s negligence. The owner of the dog claims she did nothing wrong and will not assume responsibility for her dog’s pain and suffering. Demand that this irresponsible owner be charged with animal cruelty.
Crayola crayons are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum-based product that can take up to 100 years to decompose. Tell Crayola to make its crayons eco-friendly by using soy wax or beeswax.
Despite the growing number of single parent homes and stay-at-home dads, SC Johnson still uses only women as the lead in cleaning supply commercials. Ask them to stop this sexist misrepresentation of American households by casting men as the lead role in cleaning supply commercials.
569 radiated tortoises were recently seized from an airport in Madagascar in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country. This critically endangered species is a target of both the illegal pet and meat trade. If this continues, they will be wiped off the face of the planet. Call upon the United Nations Environment Programme to take action.
Over 100 endangered bears may be evicted from an animal rescue center in Vietnam. The bears were rescued from an illegal bile-farm where they endured physical and mental torture. The Ministry of Defense wants to use the land for itself and has petitioned the Prime Minister. Tell the Prime Minister to preserve the sanctuary.
Too often, distance is the only thing separating a shelter animal and a loving home. Luckily, an all-volunteer organization is improving the chances of survival for shelter animals by flying them out to their destinations. Say thank you to this organization for their selfless acts of kindness towards animals in need.
Uncommon Ground is the first restaurant ever to grow its own food from a certified organic rooftop garden. In the city of Chicago, this is no easy feat. Praise Uncommon Ground for their dedication to sustainable practices.
The Catholic University of America recently rejected a request by students to officially recognize the school’s LGBT student group. Administrators fear that the group would encourage homosexuality instead of simply providing support for LGBT students. The school must reverse this discriminatory decision and ensure that all students at the school are treated equally.
The National Riffle Association (NRA) proposes that all school security guards nationwide be armed to counterattack school shooters. However, increasing the number of guns around children does not make them safer. This proposal is dangerous and must be retracted by the NRA.
Spain’s annual lottery will distribute $2.2 billion to those who play. Although the lottery will bring joy to thousands, many more people will remain poor and hopeless until the economy gets better. This lottery money should be used to rebuild the nation and create jobs, not as prize money.
The endangered liatris plant is a staple of the American prairie and a vital food source for many animals. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently saved 54 of the plants from destruction by a new highway. Thank the Department for its commitment to saving the flora of Wisconsin.
A recent proposition to keep the US government from going over the ‘fiscal cliff’ has been to move the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. This change could save the government billions over the next ten years, but at the cost of many lives. Urge the Speaker of the House not to shift the cost of healthcare over to seniors.
After her daughter died in a car accident while using her cell phone, a mother pioneered a law making it illegal for new drivers to use their cell phone while driving. Thank Bonnie Raffaele for the creation of a law that will save countless lives.
A new bill in New Jersey seeks to prohibit the use of conversion therapy, which attempts to change the sexual orientation of minors. Those who have received such therapy, which is not approved by the American Psychological Association, have experienced many negative effects including depression, anxiety, and even suicidal tendencies. Sign the petition below to support the banning of dangerous conversion therapy for LGBTQ youths.
In an attempt to make up for the billions in losses that the United States Postal Service accounted for in 2012, one of the top proposals has been to reduce postal delivery days, which would result in thousands of lost postal jobs. Six postal workers have gone on a hunger strike to protest Congress from taking this course of action. Support them in their quest to save jobs and find another solution to aid USPS in its financial difficulties.
Florida’s wild panthers are disappearing. This past year, 26 have died from habitat loss and vehicle strikes. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to re-introduce these animals to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to ensure they do not go extinct.
A week after the Newtown school shooting, the National Rifle Association called for armed guards in schools in order to be able to fight fire with fire. To protect people from guns with more guns would not only increase access to weaponry, but it would also require mass resources that could be better used elsewhere if we simply turned to gun control regulations instead. We must fight the NRA and insist upon gun control regulation instead.