During the 2010 Winter Olympics, a company called Outdoor Adventures slaughtered 100 sled dogs that they no longer needed. The brutal and inhumane killing was done with a gun and a knife and yet the company remains in business and has not been held criminally accountable.
The American pika, a small relative of the rabbit, could be one of the first mammals in North America to become thoroughly extinct as a result of global warming. As temperatures rise, the American pika is particularly threatened, as it resides in cool, mountaintop environments.
Antidepressants are some of the most commonly used prescription drugs in the United States. However, with its popularity there is also a lack of regulations concerning who has access to them. Urge the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association to work together to strengthen these guidelines by which the antidepressants are prescribed.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) serves millions of American families, educational communities, health care professionals, veterans, and citizens in every congressional district across the country. It is imperative for Americans’ futures that we preserve current funding levels which are under attack by some members of Congress.
California businesses are hurting with the slanted practices that allow online businesses like Amazon to skirt around paying sales tax to the state. Urge Amazon to stop playing by different rules and to pay its fair share of taxes to California.
The average consumer may feel that puppy mills are wrong, yet still end up financially supporting them as they succumb to the allure of a pair of large eyes and wagging tail staring at them from the confines of a pet-store window. If we change pet store behavior, we can reduce the number of puppy mills.
Thousands of confused and vulnerable pregnant women are lied to every day in the United States when they seek advice and counseling from crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which falsely claim to offer a range of support for women facing unplanned pregnancies. The Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act will stop these unlicensed anti-abortion clinics from providing false “health” information to women.
A new law will unfairly hinder animal rescue groups from bringing pets from other states into Connecticut. This law gives animal breeders an unfair advantage over adoption agencies by requiring burdensome fees and requirements. Overturn this bill at once to protect animal adoption.
Almost a million Illinois residents went without electricity for as long as a week after the violent July 11 thunderstorm. This extended blackout put at risk those among us who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly and the sick. If a Smart Grid had been operating at the time, these citizens would not have faced this terrible situation.
Many Americans fear that Social Security will run out of funds in the upcoming decade, but few people know that tax exemptions are being offered to the upper classes, intentionally reducing the amount of money available to the American public! We need to force the wealthy to pay their fair share.
Protect defenseless elephants from torture by shock treatments and billhooks. Put a stop to cruel elephant rides offered by San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County fairs.
The non-native brown tree snake poses a serious danger to Hawaii’s delicate ecosystem and human life. The brown tree snake is also venomous to humans and the resultant environmental degradation of its establishment could cost Hawaii an estimated $2.14 billion in tourism loss, power outages, and medical treatment.
13-year-old Ilham Mahdi al Assi bled to death four days after her forced marriage and sexual assault by a husband at least a decade older. Each year, 10-12 million girls under 18 years old in the developing world are forced into child marriages – this will total more than 100 million girls over the next decade. What sets Yemen apart from countries such as India or Ethiopia, where clandestine illegal child marriages are still devastating and prevalent, is that Yemeni women have no legal protections against this coercive practice.
Despite an insistence on abstinence-only, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. Demand Congress redirect funding from abstinence-only mandates to more comprehensive sex education programs!
Hundreds of thousands of poor immigrants are detained in the U.S. federal immigration circuit each year, facing deportation and other punitive measures. Indigent immigrants deserve quality legal representation – or at least a fair shake in the American legal system.
Women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo live in fear of being raped or even being raped again. This should not still be happening in the 21st century! Something needs to be done immediately to prevent these atrocities from happening again and again to countless more innocent women and girls.
Toxic weed and insect killing products cause higher cancer rates, birth defects and increasing sterility. Organic alternatives are available but not widely known. We need to mandate the use of and education of consumers and others in the use of these alternatives.
Every year the City of Denver euthanizes and confiscates thousands of animals believed to be Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls are kind animals who maintain a wrongfully negative reputation because of breed specific legislation, it needs to stop.
The UN estimates that 115 million children worldwide have hazardous and life-threatening jobs like gold mining. Companies like Costco are refusing to agree to fair trade agreements and are perpetuating this international problem.
The military violence in Egypt against anti-government protests is responsible for an estimated 840 deaths and 3000 injuries. To bring justice to and regain trust from the population, the people responsible for the violence cannot be allowed to walk away.
With a little bit of training, school bus drivers can halt the epidemic of bullying of children on school buses.
Honor killing, or the practice of killing a family member because she was believed to have brought “shame” to the family, takes place most often in Muslim communities and in both in third-world and developed countries, such as North America and Europe. Most often the victim is a girl or young woman who had not committed any actual crime.
The best way to save Puget Sound from dangerous water pollution is through compliance with the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
Child sex slavery is commonly thought of as a problem that only takes place in third world countries. However, unfortunately it takes place right in the U.S. as well.
Enforcing stricter laws on irresponsible owners could be a much more effective way of combating dog attacks than blaming and placing restrictions on a particular breed. To this end, we should move away from breed specific legislation.