Articles written by: Leah Holleran

Leah is a freelance writer, actor, and performer based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Do Not Impose ‘Gag Rule’ on Women’s Health Clinics

Do Not Impose ‘Gag Rule’ on Women’s Health Clinics

Women’s rights to affordable health care are once again under attack, as the White House proposes to take away federal funds from all clinics that even refer patients for abortions. Demand that this complete disregard for basic human rights be stopped.

Success: Indiana Will Not Force Slaughter of Wild Animals

Success: Indiana Will Not Force Slaughter of Wild Animals

Thousands of animals will be spared a needless death as Indiana withdraws proposals for new rules, including one that would have forced animal control workers to kill wildlife. Support this move toward humanity and compassion.

Pass California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Pass California’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Animals may be protected from the cruelty of cosmetic testing if a California bill passes and paves the way for the rest of the nation. Demand the passage of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.

Support Harsher Sentences for Wildlife Poachers

Support Harsher Sentences for Wildlife Poachers

After the tragic death of the last remaining male white rhino, Kenya has stated its intention to strengthen anti-poaching laws by making poaching a capital offense. Support this momentous step for wildlife conservation and welfare.

Require Solar Panels on New Houses

Require Solar Panels on New Houses

In the wake of so many devastating environmental disasters, California has approved a proposal to fight global warming and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring solar panels on all new homes built. Demand that the rest of the country follow suit, and that similar measures be implemented nationwide.

Prevent Animal Abusers From Working With Animals

Prevent Animal Abusers From Working With Animals

New York’s Senate has approved a measure forbidding known animal abusers from working with animals again, making it the only state with these kinds of protections. Demand that the rest of the country follow suit and make it illegal for abusers to continue working with animals.

Stop Using Potentially Lethal Medications on Dementia Patients

Stop Using Potentially Lethal Medications on Dementia Patients

Dementia patients living outside of nursing homes are being given dangerous antipsychotic drugs at an increasing rate, unmonitored by the government office that keeps tabs on this risky practice within nursing homes. Demand that outreach be expanded so all dementia patients are protected from being prescribed potentially lethal drugs.

Justice for Elephant Starved to Death as “Punishment”

Justice for Elephant Starved to Death as “Punishment”

A gentle elephant was intentionally starved to death by his owner as punishment for “bad behavior.” The owner withheld food from the elephant for one month before the poor animal died of starvation. Demand justice for this cruel and inhumane abuse.

Do Not Pass Harsh Abortion Restrictions in Iowa

Do Not Pass Harsh Abortion Restrictions in Iowa

Iowa may soon become one of the most restrictive states in the country when it comes to abortion laws, if a bill that has passed the legislature is signed into law. Demand that this bill be rejected and women’s rights respected.

Success: TripAdvisor Increases Animal Welfare Requirements

Success: TripAdvisor Increases Animal Welfare Requirements

TripAdvisor has updated its policies and tightened its standards of animal welfare so that it will no longer promote exploitative attractions that force animals to perform for human entertainment. Support this important stand for the well-being of animals around the world.

Support Maryland’s Stance Against Puppy Mills

Support Maryland’s Stance Against Puppy Mills

Pets in Maryland will now be protected from the cruelty of puppy mills and other forms of mistreatment, as new bills were signed into law banning the sale of kittens and puppies at retail pet stores and preventing convicted animal abusers from owning pets. Support this stand for humanity and compassion.

Save Our Ocean Environments: Ban Deep-Sea Trawling

Save Our Ocean Environments: Ban Deep-Sea Trawling

Deep-water trawling is a fishing practice that threatens ocean ecosystems and sea life, results in millions of tons of unwanted and unreported catch, and contributes very little to the success of the fishing industry overall. Demand that this irresponsible and dangerous practice be internationally banned.

Stop Financial Attack on Teachers in Low-Income Schools

Stop Financial Attack on Teachers in Low-Income Schools

A loan company is taking advantage of teachers working in low-income schools by converting their grants into loans, saddling them with thousands of dollars of debt. Demand that this injustice be righted.

Success: America’s Pets to be Protected with Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition

Success: America’s Pets to be Protected with Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition

Dogs and cats will finally be nationally protected from cruel slaughter for their meat by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Support this important step for animal welfare and combatting the inhumane dog and cat meat trade.

Do Not Resume Hunting Endangered Fin Whales

Do Not Resume Hunting Endangered Fin Whales

The endangered fin whale will once again be exposed to the cruelty of hunting for profit as an Iceland company resumes the commercial hunt. Demand that this inhumane and irresponsible decision be stopped.

Stop Syrian Government from Harassing Medical Aid Convoys

Stop Syrian Government from Harassing Medical Aid Convoys

People in dire need of humanitarian aid in rebel-held areas of Syria are being systematically deprived of the help they need by Syria’s government, which is stalling convoys and stripping them of necessary supplies. Demand an end to this inhumane strategic play that capitalizes on human suffering.

Require Plant-Based Food Options in Hospitals and Prisons

Require Plant-Based Food Options in Hospitals and Prisons

Plant-based meal options, which provide numerous health benefits and meet the needs of most people with dietary restrictions (personal, religious, ethical, and otherwise) may soon be made available in California’s prisons and hospitals if a new bill passes. Demand that California’s health and well-being be prioritized and that these food options be required at these facilities.

President Trump: Do Not End Protections for Hundreds of Threatened Species

President Trump: Do Not End Protections for Hundreds of Threatened Species

Nearly 300 species may face extinction if the Trump administration enacts a proposed rule to eliminate their protections. Demand that this rule be rejected and the vital protections for our wildlife kept in place.

Justice for 70 Horses Abandoned to Die in the Snow

Justice for 70 Horses Abandoned to Die in the Snow

Seventy horses were allegedly abandoned and left to die on a snow-covered mountaintop for months, without food or shelter. Demand justice for these innocent animals and maximum punishment for the one responsible for this cruelty.

Stop Undermining Due Process for Immigrants

Stop Undermining Due Process for Immigrants

New quotas being imposed on immigration judges could have dire effects on the integrity of the judicial system and the human rights of immigrants and their families, for whom deportation can be life or death. Demand that these unjust and irresponsible quotas be overturned.

Bring Back Animal Welfare Rules for Organic Products

Bring Back Animal Welfare Rules for Organic Products

Animals whose meat can be sold as organic can continue to be kept in unacceptable conditions of overcrowded confinement, as the Trump administration announced it will get rid of rules ensuring that these animals won’t be mistreated. Demand that these protections for animals be put back in place.

Cancer-Causing Processed Meats Must be Classified as a Health Hazard

Cancer-Causing Processed Meats Must be Classified as a Health Hazard

Processed meats are classified as cancer-causing substances, and yet they are absent from California’s list of carcinogenic materials. Therefore, the products do not require warning labels and many people are unaware of the health risks. Demand that the health hazards of processed meats be legally acknowledged to stop exposing unknowing consumers to increased risks of cancer.

Shut Down Zoo Accused of Euthanizing Healthy Animal

Shut Down Zoo Accused of Euthanizing Healthy Animal

A beloved and perfectly healthy senior wolf was killed, allegedly so that the zoo would have room for younger animals who were considered “cuter” and potentially more profitable. Demand that this type of cruelty be stopped and the zoo be closed down.

Justice for Student Suspended for His Political Activism

Justice for Student Suspended for His Political Activism

A student who called his congressman asking for gun reform was suspended from his school and denied a position on student government because of the language he used on the call. Demand that this undemocratic intimidation be stopped.

Tell Airport to Stop Shipping Live Horses for Slaughter

Tell Airport to Stop Shipping Live Horses for Slaughter

Live horses are confined in tiny crates at an airport in Canada and shipped across the globe to Japan, where they are often mistreated and then slaughtered for meat and other byproducts. Demand the Edmonton International Airport stop allowing airlines to ship live horses through their facilities.

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