A recently released video appears to show a student being tackled to the ground by a teacher’s aide. Demand this incident is investigated and the aide punished to the fullest extent possible.
Sperm whale populations in the Canary Islands are under threat from shipping traffic. Researchers believe that the number of whales killed by ship strikes each year exceeds the number born. Tell government regulators to protect sperm whales by diverting shipping routes.
Two old, unstable nuclear plants are remaining open in Belgium despite a request for shutdown from its neighboring country, Germany. Sign this petition to demand that the nuclear plants are shut down until the ongoing safety risks are resolved.
2,500 pangolins are poached in Swaziland annually. Poachers are given free rein, with a slap on the wrist as the only punishment when they are caught. Tell Swaziland’s king that the poaching needs to be stopped.
Emily Waggoner chose to respond to anti-LGBT discrimination with a message of welcome and hope. She formed a coalition of businesses and churches that welcome transgender people to help their community until North Carolina’s discriminatory “bathroom bill” is overturned. Commend Ms. Waggoner for her initiative and compassion.
Around a dozen bears are languishing in a sordid roadside zoo in North Carolina, where they are confined to empty concrete pits. Urge the zoo’s owners to retire their bears to a reputable wildlife sanctuary where they can receive the stimulation and care they need.
Over 300 animals each year are forced to undergo torturous and sometimes deadly surgeries in the name of medical training. Demand that the use of live animals in medical training is stopped in favor of more accurate simulation equipment.
Nine dogs were found locked in the backyard of an uninhabitable home. They were tethered with a heavy chain, injured, and given no access to food of water. Demand justice for these innocent dogs.
Twenty-three nearly lifeless dogs were rescued after a man allegedly tried smuggling them in packed crates across the border. Demand that the suspect be banned from owning or working with animals so that no more dogs have to suffer for his personal gain.
African grey parrots have been dying out due to the international bird trade, which remains largely unregulated and often operates illegally. Sign this petition to demand greater protection for this vulnerable species.
Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill in a significant victory for gender equality. Applaud the Treasury Department for removing a violent racist from America’s currency in favor of a courageous woman who freed thousands of slaves.
One gosling was killed and another was injured when a man allegedly shot at them with an air rifle. Demand he is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
A man who stole $31 worth of candy bars faces the possibility of 20 years to life in prison due to Louisiana’s habitual offender law, which imposes ridiculous mandatory sentences for repeat offenders. Demand that this corrupt law is changed.
A dog recently died of serious injuries sustained after being dragged behind a truck for over a mile. Demand that the driver of the truck is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Plans to construct a new, invasive highway threaten to drive a critical koala population to extinction. These iconic animals need our protection. Urge Australian authorities to block the highway plans from going forward.
The United Kingdom is about to place severe restrictions on the free speech rights of scientists whose work is sponsored by the government. The voices of these scientists are vital to ensuring that policy debates are both open and informed. Urge Prime Minister David Cameron to drop the anti-lobbying clause.
A pair of thieves have been charged with credit card theft after running scams where they allegedly stole from and defrauded senior citizens. One suspect has a history of similar crimes. Demand that the increasing problem of elderly abuse be stopped and this couple punished to the fullest extent.
An architecture school proposed a ban on Styrofoam models, citing its harmful effects on both people and the planet at large. This is one of many recent movements to ban this pollutant. Take a stand this Earth Day and support a national ban on Styrofoam.
A Virginia high school’s policy preventing transgender students from accessing restrooms corresponding to their gender identities must be reexamined, according to a recent ruling. Praise teenager Gavin Grimm for staking this important victory for transgender rights.
A nonprofit recently released a commercial featuring a donkey and an elephant. The elephant comes from a company with a history of animal abuse accusations, including allegations that employees used electric prods and bullhooks on elephants. Sign this petition to demand that the organization no longer uses animal actors in its advertisements.
Fracking could be made easier for drilling companies, threatening environmental safety, by new regulations in the U.K. A vague definition used in the regulations covers only a small percentage of actual fracking cases. Stand up for the protection of the environment and speak out against Prime Minister Cameron’s encouragement of a harmful practice.
Police claim a disabled pet dog charged them during a home sweep, forcing them to shoot. However, the dog’s autopsy reportedly shows that the elderly dog was incapable of this attack and instead was running away when he was killed. Demand the police stop killing innocent pets.
Multinational corporations have been using forced laborers for work abroad in Eritrea. While aware of the forced labor, companies have shown no intention of leaving Eritrea or questioning the system. We must take action now to end forced labor.
Another transgender woman was violently murdered recently. Her death is a singular loss, but also part of a disturbing national trend of violence against transgender people. Tell police to adopt recommendations from the Human Rights Campaign and protect the transgender community more effectively.
A company is currently building a dolphin park in the middle of the desert. This “swim with dolphins” tourist attraction will hurt the animals and potentially injure humans. Sign the petition to stop the construction of this park.