Endangered blue whales are suffering injuries and death from being struck by commercial vessels. A simple relocation of shipping routes would greatly help to stem the problem, but the reroutes would run through current U.S. Navy testing sites. Urge the U.S. Navy to grant these new routes and save whales.
As children flee their homes in search of a better life, they are often met with prejudice when they cross the border into the United States. Sometimes, however, strong voices in support of these immigrants can be heard. Thank George Will for championing the rights of immigrants.
Recent reports have revealed the use of child labor in overseas factories making Apple products. Please urge Apple to end this immoral practice in their factories once and for all.
Fashion models do not represent our diverse population, a fact which leaves the impression that millions of people are not beautiful. Thank companies that are including models with disabilities in their advertisements and in their stores.
Horrific sexual abuse of children still remains rampant in India. Urge India’s prime minister to criminalize all forms of child sexual abuse immediately.
Important diplomatic nominees may be prevented from taking their positions due to a senator’s senseless opposition to the temporary ban on flights to Israel. Urge the senator to allow diplomacy to continue.
Waves of undocumented and unaccompanied minors are crossing U.S. borders fleeing violence and crippling poverty. As Congress stalls on necessary immigration reform, tens of thousands of children face very uncertain futures. Support Governor Kitzhaber’s commitment to housing, protecting and sponsoring these children in a time of crisis.
Great apes are highly intelligent animals capable of understanding language, empathizing with others, and forming deep emotional bonds. And yet, they are being murdered, illegally traded, and stolen from their habitats at alarming rates. Grant our closest relatives basic rights to life and freedom and protect them from extinction.
A transportation company has stubbornly decided to use glue traps to reduce the rodent population, a method which involves the slow and agonizing deaths of any animal caught in its grasp. Urge company officials to abandon this cruel form of pest control and focus on humane ways for fighting infestation.
Thanks to a team of government agencies, environmental groups, local fishermen, and commercial fishing industries, the iconic Chesapeake Bay oyster beds are experiencing a dramatic recovery. Applaud this unique partnership for restoring this vital marine ecosystem.
A Shanghai-based meat supplier was found to have used expired beef and chicken in their products. Push for stricter enforcement of food safety laws, so that no more consumers are put at risk.
A major, privately owned chain of grocery stores, Trader Joe’s claims its private label products are free of genetically modified organisms, though there is no proof of this claim through third-party verification. Urge Trader Joe’s to adopt transparency, assuring consumers that the food they are eating is indeed not genetically modified.
A town has elected to slaughter thousands of pigeons in response to the high bird populations, despite knowing that extermination will actually increase pigeon numbers. Urge town officials to employ humane and effective measures of pest control that do not include the undue harm of innocent animals.
Rhinoceros species are nearing extinction as out-of-control poaching skyrockets. Support action to save these incredible animals before it is too late.
Over one billion tons of food are thrown away each year. Luckily, one supermarket chain is making an effort to reduce the amount of edible fruits and vegetables that end up in the trash. Support this company’s efforts and help reduce food waste.
A drug company has grown to dominate the market in part by disregarding consumer safety. Demand that executives abandon shady cost-cutting measures, and comply with all regulations designed to protect the public.
It may soon be illegal to covertly film or photograph animal cruelty on factory farms and in slaughterhouses in some Australian states. Urge officials to reject this proposal, which would negate current efforts to improve the factory farming industry’s standards.
Women are less likely to enter the tech field because they lack the support to study computer science and engineering. Praise the strides that schools are taking to inspire new perspectives for women by creating an inviting learning environment in computer science and engineering.
Polio, although preventable, poses a problem, especially in Southeast Asia. Thank the international service organizations that are working hard to cultivate healthier communities.
Victims of sexual assault within the military are routinely verbally abused and mistreated by superior officers. Lawmakers must make the changes necessary to protect our troops. Demand reform of a system that punishes sexual assault victims and that gives lenient sentences to attackers.
Monkeys involved in an experiment were recklessly mistreated, being rolled down a hallway in ferret exercise balls. Sign this petition to prevent this abuse from happening again.
Leghold traps force animals to endure hours or days of unimaginable pain. Help end the use of these inhumane devices.
It is commonly known that washing hands reduces the risk of infection, though few hospital staff members do so regularly. Thank an attentive doctor who increased hand washing rates to nearly 100 percent and helped reduced infection rates.
Traditional zoos confine animals in cages under stressful conditions, on display for endless crowds. Applaud a design firm transforming zoo habitats to more closely resemble wild environments, improving the experience for visitors and animals alike.
The highly profitable ship-breaking industry constantly releases oil into the ocean, greenhouse gases into the air, and asbestos fibers into workers’ lungs. Urge company executives to cease this destructive practice and save human lives as well as the environment.