Animal rights groups voicing opposition to the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand have recently found themselves the victims of violent raids and attacks, which many suspect are carried out with the complicity of the Thai government. Demand that Thailand take steps to protect elephants – and their benefactors – from continued abuse.
Articles written by: Scott Moller
Las Vegas is currently attempting to construct a massive set of pipelines to transport groundwater from eastern Nevada to Vegas in an attempt to satisfy Sin City’s enormous water demands. The U.S. government has yet to approve the plan, and with sufficient public support could stave-off Vegas’ brazen water-grab that would irreversibly cripple agriculture and ecosystem sustainability for the rest of the state.
Rural Guatemalans are being forced from their farms in the interest of large-scale biofuel plantations designed to generate profits in the expanding international biofuel market. The Guatemalan government offers no choice to the farmers and often fails to give compensation to those who are displaced. Urge the government of Guatemala to consider the well-being of its own citizens ahead of the demands of the international biofuel market.
India has recently invoked special legislation to crack-down on Tibetan protesters living inside India. A recent visit by the Chinese president prompted a number of demonstrations by Tibetans against the Chinese, and instead of accommodating the displaced-Tibetans’ right to express their discontent with China, the Indian government cracked down on the Tibetans. Demand that India stop propagating the cycle of Tibetan oppression and allow protesters to demonstrate against the Chinese freely.
Pakistan has recently experienced an increase in kidnappings and coercion aimed at converting non-Muslims, and particularly young women, to Islam. The Pakistani government must unite with law enforcement in the interest of religious minorities and Muslims alike, to ensure the safety and religious freedom of the Pakistani people in the face of Islamic extremists.
Endangered sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs are dying, as they become disoriented and confused by the artificial light from a lighthouse in Pompano, Florida. Help urge Florida to make a few minor changes to the lighthouse operation, which will sustain its effectiveness while removing its threat to the survival of turtle populations.
Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law has gained national attention in the wake of the state’s failure to charge George Zimmerman for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. The law gives killers the green-light to kill and protects the murderers from being charged or prosecuted. Demand that Florida put an end to this law before more victims are murdered by overzealous gun wielding civilians.
Arizona legislators are attempting to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing programs. Planned Parenthood offers a number of services, which primarily cater to lower-income women; if this bill is passed, these women will have nowhere to turn for other health services like cancer-prevention. Urge Arizona to strike-down the bill and maintain healthcare options for low-income women.
The U.S. has yet to sign an international treaty calling for the ban of antipersonnel landmines; these same mines are responsible for dozens of innocent refugee deaths at the Syrian border as they flee Assad-imposed crackdowns. Urge the U.S. to sign the Ottawa Treaty and send a message to the international community that it will not tolerate landmine-related civilian deaths.
Washington State is attempting to pass a bill restricting the use of carcinogenic chemicals in products for children. Previous attempts at regulating this industry have fallen short; help support Washington in passing this important bill that will protect young children who are unable to protect themselves from nasty carcinogens.
A 17-year-old black boy was gunned-down by a 28-year-old white man in Orlando, Florida recently. The boy was unarmed and was simply walking through a gated community in which his father lived. Demand that the shooter be held responsible and charged for this tragic and senseless crime.
Utah recently passed a bill that prohibits the discussion of homosexuality and contraceptive methods in sexual education classes. Additionally, the bill requires parents to consent to allow their child to attend sex-ed, and gives schools the ability to refuse to provide sex-ed classes to students altogether. Urge Utah to repeal this outdated, conservative attempt to ignore the sexual activity of teenagers that will only result in less-informed and more at-risk youth.
A combination of low-quality meat scraps and connective beef tissue comprise ‘pink slime,’ a dangerous meat additive that is being fed to our children as part of the National School Lunch Program. The U.S. is planning to purchase seven million pounds of the ammonia hydroxide-laden mixture to serve in school lunches, and is not required to label when pink slime has been mixed into standard ground beef. Stop the government from clandestinely giving our children this dangerous, disgusting meat-additive demand it stop buying pink slime for school lunches.
Louisiana lawmakers are proposing a bill that would criminalize non-doctors for performing abortions. Those who would no longer be allowed to perform abortions include trained nurses and doctors assistants, in addition to other qualified medical professionals. Stop Louisiana’s blatant attempt at further restricting women’s choice rights by demanding the rejection of this bill.
Nebraska is attempting to grant doctors and pharmacists the right to refuse assistance to patients because of religious objections. For example, a Christian doctor could refuse to assist a hemorrhaging woman, perhaps assuming that the injury was the result of an abortion, because he objects to abortions on an ideological level; furthermore, he could refuse to give the woman a referral to another doctor under the proposed bill. Don’t allow Nebraska to endanger human lives for religious dogma.
Call for the Resignation of Department of Fish and Game Commission President for Shooting and Eating a Cougar
The head of the California Fish and Game Commission recently shot, killed, and ate a mountain lion in Idaho. Although the hunting of mountain lions is legal in Idaho, they are protected in California and he should hold himself to the same standards in Idaho as he expects from the people he regulates in California.
An Italian-Spanish and Chilean energy partnership is attempting to construct five dams near Patagonia National Park in Chile. Chileans have voiced their opposition through a series of marches and protests, citing the potential for ecological damage as well as the threat the project poses to the traditional southern Chilean way of life and environment. Chileans have called for a halt to the projects; it is now time for the international community to join them in their call for preservation in Patagonia and demand that dam construction be stopped.
The U.S. is considering investing American tax dollars into two huge coal power plants in India. The U.S. has invested in coal plants in India before and the venture failed and the Indian government has since decided that investment in the new plants is also likely to fail. However, the U.S. continues to consider financing the new plants. Stop the U.S. from allocating our hard-earned tax dollars toward the creation of dirty coal plants in India.
Israel is currently considering a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Such action would trigger a response from Iran towards Israel and its allies, including the U.S. Stop Israel from escalating international tensions and jeopardizing American and Israeli lives by urging Israel to use diplomacy instead of aggression in its standoff with Iran.
Insufficiently Trained New York Police Kill 18 Year-Old After Breaking into Apartment without Warrant – Demand Adequate Officer Training
An 18 year-old man was killed by members of the New York police force in an apartment recently. Officers initially thought he was armed, but found no weapons on the suspect after the shooting that took place after the officers broke into the suspects apartment without a warrant or backup. Members of the police force have questioned the decision-making of the shooting officer, who reportedly had not completed his necessary classroom training. Urge the New York police to amend their training processes so that insufficient training does not lead to more unnecessary civilian deaths.
Peru’s ecologically diverse coastal region is under attack by overfishing and lax regulations. We must protect this oceanic jewel before big fishing interests and pollution destroy it forever.
The recent bus crash in Ecuador that has left at least 26 dead is the latest in a string of public bus accidents that have left dozens of Ecuadorians and foreign travelers dead. Urge Ecuador to reform its public transportation safety standards and regulations so these horrific accidents end.
A current bill being circulated in Congress aims to change the status of the pristine Merced River in California so that the river can be dammed for irrigation and the creation of a reservoir. The river is one of the few wild rivers remaining in California, and repealing its protected status marginalizes the effectiveness of environmental legislation. Help ensure that the Merced River remains wild and that our environmental laws retain their integrity by rejected this bill.
The wild forests immediately surrounding Oregon’s stunning Crater Lake are at risk of falling victim to widespread logging and clear-cutting. Urge Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to designate Crater Lake’s forest-border as wilderness before extensive habitat and species-loss take place from logging.
Gold mining companies are encroaching on the border of Yosemite National Park, contributing toxic runoff including mercury and cyanide into Yosemite’s rivers, streams, and groundwater. Help put an end to toxic contamination in Yosemite by urging Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to restrict mining on Yosemite’s borders.