The harvesting of sea turtle eggs was made legal in Costa Rica in hopes of curbing poaching and helping struggling populations. However, the program has not shown any major success, as illegal harvesting and sale of turtle eggs on the black market continues. Ask Costa Rica to reinstate a total ban on the harvesting of sea turtle eggs.
The European Union recently imposed a two-year ban on pesticides linked to drastically declining bee populations. Bees are important to global food production and environmental ecosystems, and must be preserved. Applaud the European Commission for approving this ban in efforts to save worldwide bee populations.
Recently, a man with Tourette syndrome was removed from a flight because a tic caused him to repeat the word ‘bomb.’ Although he had medical documentation proving the condition, he was still forbidden from the flight. Tell the airline to ensure that this syndrome is taken seriously and this situation does not happen again.
The city of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware is about to construct an oceanic outfall that would pollute the nearby marine ecosystem. Urge the city to stop this environmentally destructive plan.
Large-scale commercial dog breeding houses, or puppy mills, provide inadequate care for the dogs they breed. Dogs born at these facilities suffer cramped living spaces, untreated health conditions and are often separated from their mothers too early. Urge Missouri to set an example for the rest of the United States by outlawing puppy mills.
The fair trade label is meant to distinguish products that have been manufactured ethically, but a new labeling policy proposed by Fair Trade USA would fall below the standards of the larger fair trade movement. This deceptive policy would allow products made with a small percentage of fair trade ingredients to be labeled as fair trade. Urge the organization to implement a labeling process that honestly reflects the content of products.
The FBI recently added a former member of the Black Panthers to its Most Wanted Terrorist list with a $1 million reward. Assata Shakur was convicted of killing of a police officer in 1973, but evidence suggests she is most likely innocent. Demand the FBI remove Assata Shakur from its Most Wanted Terrorist list.
Bethany, Connecticut is a town built upon a rural small-town atmosphere. Zoning changes looking to increase development within Bethany now threaten to destroy the very atmosphere that the town’s residents have come to know and love. Please lend your voice in urging that no zoning changes be made to Bethany so it can remain the quiet, peaceful town it always has been.
Medicinal marijuana patients are frequently denied organ transplants. Even in states that allow medicinal marijuana, hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles are denying patients the right to lifesaving procedures because of their prescribed use of the drug. Urge Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to mandate that medicinal marijuana users be eligible for organ transplants.
Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients are widely used in conventional baby forumulas. Despite insufficient information on their long-term impacts and evidence showing that GM products pose potential health risks, these ingredients continue to be used. Tell Abbott Laboratory to remove GM ingredients from their Similac baby formula.
A new bill has been proposed in Louisiana that would prohibit dog owners from transporting their uncrated dogs in the bed of pickup trucks. This legislation aims to protect dogs from becoming severely injured or killed while riding in a moving vehicle. Urge state legislators to approve this bill.
In the event that a Peace Corps volunteer is raped and needs to have an abortion, the Peace Corps does not cover this highly important medical procedure. These women are already at a disadvantage given that they are in a foreign country without typical medical support or the help of their friends and family. Demand that the Peace Corps include abortions in their health coverage.
A major European logging company has proposed the construction of a new lumber factory in the heart of one of Eastern Europe’s oldest forests. Increased deforestation and lumber processing in the area would have ecologically devastating and possibly irreversible effects. Help protect ancient Romanian forests by urging the logging company to stop its plan to open a new lumber factory.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has drafted a plan that would drop protection for gray wolves. These animals are an essential part of an ecosystem, as they help to maintain a delicate balance. Urge the Department of Interior the to eliminate the draft and protect this important endangered species.
A major Exxon pipeline bringing tens of thousands of barrels of Canadian oil from Illinois to Texas refineries recently burst in Arkansas. At least 84,000 gallons of oil were spilled into the small town of Mayflower. The government allowed this pipeline to increase its capacity to transport oil in 2009, and consequently increased the risk of a spill. In order to protect our country’s citizens and environment, this pipeline and others like it must be strictly regulated.
Iraq’s media commission has suspended the licenses of ten satellite television stations, which means that they are unable to broadcast. Officials cannot cite any broken laws or evidence that led to the suspensions, meaning that this censorship is violating Iraqi citizens’ right to free speech. Demand that the Iraqi Media Commission reinstate these stations’ licenses immediately.
The Cache la Poudre River in Colorado has been subjected to human alteration and water redistribution for over a century. Now, a new proposal to construct three destructive dams threatens the river’s only untouched areas. Help preserve the Cache la Poudre River by demanding that these dams be stopped.
Several chains of beachwear retailers sell hermit crabs as pets. However, these animals are at great risk of maltreatment and neglect by owners who do not know how to care for them properly. Ask these stores to do the right thing by ending the sale of hermit crabs as novelties.
The current cost structure of heating/cooling energy companies creates an enormous financial burden on people with Multiple Sclerosis and other medical heat sensitivities that need cool environments in the summer. Proposed legislation in Colorado creates protection from expensive rates for people with a heat sensitive disease. Please sign this petition in support of relieving the added cost for people who are unable to reduce summer energy use without threatening their health.
Recently, a woman in Iowa was denied a job that because she was unable to complete a drug test. Due to a diagnosed shy bladder disability, she was unable to provide the needed urine sample, and accommodations for her condition were denied. Demand that she be offered the job again, with reasonable accommodations.
Hannah Papenfuss, a young woman with cerebral palsy, recently applied to the Granted Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to individuals with chronic illnesses, and requested to meet pop star Adam Levine. Add your name to this petition urging Adam Levine to take a day off of stardom to meet this young woman in person.
A recent issue of DC Comics’ Batgirl debuted the first openly transgender character in mainstream comics. Applaud writer Gail Simone for her efforts to increase transgender awareness and promote diversity in the comic industry.
North Carolina will soon vote on a bill to provide stronger regulations on commercial dog breeding. North Carolina’s puppy mills continue to increase because of weak regulation. Support new legislation and must be stop the suffering of North Carolina dogs.
A Tennessee gun group has announced plans to raffle off an assault rifle model used by the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza. The raffle is intended as a statement to advance efforts to resist gun control legislation. Condemn the Tennessee Firearms Association for this insensitive, disrespectful raffle.
Dartmouth College has threatened to discipline students for protesting sexual assault and other forms of discrimination on campus. Condemn Dartmouth for treating student protestors like misbehaving children, and demand that the college acknowledge the serious issue of sexual assault on its campus.