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Cat Euthanized Because Owner Couldn’t Afford Vet Bill

Cat Euthanized Because Owner Couldn’t Afford Vet Bill

Daniel Dockery, a recovering heroin addict, brought the kitten that had helped him stay sober in to the Humane Society for standard medical attention for non-life threatening wounds. The Humane Society refused his offer to pay with a credit card and his request for 24 hours to come up with cash. A few hours later, Scruffy the kitten was euthanized. Demand that the Humane Society review its payment policies and issue an apology for this tragic lack of compassion.

Stop US Government’s Attempt to Block EU Airline Emissions Control

Stop US Government’s Attempt to Block EU Airline Emissions Control

The US government is attempting to block new EU carbon emission regulations for commercial airlines. Demand the US government stop pandering to the airline industry and instead support efforts to fight climate change.

Save Wetlands From Being Turned Into a Golf Course

Save Wetlands From Being Turned Into a Golf Course

California’s Sharp Park Wetlands are currently under threat to be pumped out in order to create a taxpayer-funded golf course. This not only threatens another of the few remaining California Coastal Wetlands but also endangered species such as the California Red-Legged Frog. This cannot be allowed to happen, lend your voice to protect these wetlands and the animals that call it home.

Prosecute Butterball for Vicious Animal Cruelty

Prosecute Butterball for Vicious Animal Cruelty

Undercover video of a Butterball turkey farm has exposed violent and cruel treatment of these animals. Disturbing images show employees dragging birds by their necks, wings, or legs and even throwing them into the sides of trucks. This abuse cannot be tolerated and criminal prosecutions must be brought.

Demand Probe into Ethical Violations by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Demand Probe into Ethical Violations by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has repeatedly engaged in activities that raise questions about his compliance with ethics laws. His apparent failure to comply with practices that safeguard the integrity of the nation’s highest court merit a comprehensive ethics investigation by the Department of Justice.

End Genetic Engineering in Industrial Agriculture

End Genetic Engineering in Industrial Agriculture

Industrial farming, including its use of genetic technology, places a huge burden on the environment. The methods used have spread through evolved countries but come at irrevocable costs for the environment. Industrial agriculture must make fundamental changes in order to sustainably feed a rapidly growing world population.

Demand that Pennsylvania Dump its State-Run Liquor Monopoly

Demand that Pennsylvania Dump its State-Run Liquor Monopoly

Pennsylvania wastes taxpayer money and limits consumers’ choices through its monopoly on liquor sales. Tell Governor Corbett to privatize the sale of alcohol.

Chicago Should Create ‘Car-Free’ Zones

Chicago Should Create ‘Car-Free’ Zones

In an attempt to cut pollution in major cities, car-free zones have been popping up world-wide. In Chicago, where public transportation is widely available, car-free zones would decrease emissions within the city and improve the quality of life drastically. It is time Chicago adopts an environmentally friendly driving policy in its efforts to become a greener city.

Child Labor: Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret

Child Labor: Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret

It looks like Victoria’s Secret may be using forced child labor to produce their garments. Thirteen-year-old Clarisse has spent recent harvest seasons toiling under debilitating conditions and for no pay: all for the sake of organically grown fair-trade cotton used in Victoria’s Secret lingerie lines. This misuse and abuse of children must be stopped.

Demand an Alternative to Hydraulic Fracturing

Demand an Alternative to Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as ‘fracking,’ is a process used to extract natural gas. Research suggests fracking contaminates drinking water and pollutes air. Demand that fracking be prohibited and support a safer method of producing natural gas.

Protect Immigrants from Rape In Immigration Detention Centers

Protect Immigrants from Rape In Immigration Detention Centers

The Prison Rape Elimination Act protects American prisoners from sexual assault, but it does not currently protect immigrants being held behind bars. Immigrants being detained in immigration detention centers experience rape and assault far too often. It is up to Homeland Security to recognize that immigrants must be protected from rape under federal law, just like any other prisoner in the U.S.

Tell the Defense Department to Ground the Wasteful F-35 Fighter Program

Tell the Defense Department to Ground the Wasteful F-35 Fighter Program

In this tough economy, billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on a military jet that is at least four years from completion and is riddled with problems. Urge Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to cut this overly-costly and wasteful program.

Stop the Torture of Veal Calves

Stop the Torture of Veal Calves

Calves used for veal production on many factory farms spend their short, solitary lives confined to small wooden crates where they are fed diets lacking key nutrients. These young animals suffer severe physical and psychological trauma as a result of this confinement but the U.S. Government has yet to take a stand to improve their living conditions.

Chopping Off Cow Tails (‘Tail Docking’) Should be Banned

Chopping Off Cow Tails (‘Tail Docking’) Should be Banned

Tail docking is a procedure by which up to two thirds of a cow’s tail is removed either with a sharp instrument or by using a tight rubber ring to cut off the blood supply. This procedure, intended to improve sanitary conditions for the cattle and farm workers, causes pain and psychological trauma for the cattle and has proven to provide little or no actual sanitary benefits.

Keep Congress Open: Don’t Ban Photography And Videotaping In Senate And House Galleries

Keep Congress Open: Don’t Ban Photography And Videotaping In Senate And House Galleries

Congress has closed their galleries to photography and videotaping. Demand that Congress respects first amendment rights by allowing cameras on the house and senate floor.

Photo by Rick Smith

Tell PA Governor Tom Corbett to Repeal Education Cuts

Budget cuts have harmed PA students’ pursuit of education at every level, from grad school to elementary school. Tell Governor Corbett to find other ways to balance the budget.

Frankincense—Moving Closer to Extinction

Frankincense—Moving Closer to Extinction

The stories of frankincense may live longer in legend than in actuality at the current rate of which the plant species is declining. A strong human presence is taking a negative toll on populations of boswellia papyrifera , pushing it clear to the brink of extinction. Unless governmental bodies intervene to protect this plant species, frankincense will be nothing more than a memory.

Enforce Zero Tolerance Policy for Police Brutality in Chicago

Enforce Zero Tolerance Policy for Police Brutality in Chicago

Police misconduct must be stopped. For the sake of Chicago citizens and those officers who employ an ethical approach to their jobs, police who abuse their power need to be penalized for their acts. A zero tolerance policy for brutality and negligence must be enforced at once.

Save Land and Lives By Boycotting the Purchase of ‘Blood Mineral’ Coltan From Conflict Regions

Save Land and Lives By Boycotting the Purchase of ‘Blood Mineral’ Coltan From Conflict Regions

Coltan, a mineral used in the production of electronic products, is largely sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it causes mass environmental destruction, and devastation to native species. Furthermore, much of its profit goes to funding civil and military conflict. We must stop the destruction by asking electronics manufacturers to purchase their coltan from conflict-free areas.

Prevent Traffic Accidents By Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

Prevent Traffic Accidents By Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

Cell phone use while driving is statistically known to cause distracted and dangerous driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates that over 3000 fatalities are caused by distracted driving every year. We must protect our fellow citizens on the road by calling for a ban on cell phone use while driving.

Blast Handguns and Save Lives

Blast Handguns and Save Lives

The use of handguns accounts for 86% of firearm crimes in the United States. Such weapons are extremely dangerous to national welfare, and virtually obsolete in comparison to alternate firearms. We must protect our citizens today by calling for a ban on handguns.

Ensure Occupiers’ Rights to Freedom of Speech and to Assemble be Respected

Ensure Occupiers’ Rights to Freedom of Speech and to Assemble be Respected

Occupy camps throughout the United States have been forcibly dispersed, but Occupiers are continuing their cause through a slew of lawsuits asserting their constitutional rights to free speech and to assemble. The suits also aim to expose police brutality at times when no threat to public safety was imposed. In the land of democracy, occupiers must be able to exercise their rights without punishment or restraint.

Tell Twitter Not to Let Somali Militants to Use Site as a Weapon

Tell Twitter Not to Let Somali Militants to Use Site as a Weapon

Somalia’s terrorist militant group has opened an account with the social networking site Twitter and has since posted terrorist threats and propaganda. They have also used the site to gain support from Western adherents. It is time Twitter draws a line between free speech and the open support of terrorism, by taking action to stop it the use of Twitter to spread hate and violence.

Protect Native Peoples, Landowners and Animals From the U.S.-Mexico Boarder Wall

Protect Native Peoples, Landowners and Animals From the U.S.-Mexico Boarder Wall

Many of the 2012 presidential candidates want to build a fence that spans the entire U.S. border in order to prevent trespassing by illegal immigrants. Fragments of the separation barrier already exist, and an overwhelming amount of citizens fear that connecting the barriers would wreak havoc on their property and the environment. Stop the singular barrier wall in order to protect landowners, native peoples, and animals.

Korean Victims of Sex-Slavery Continue Their 1000-Week Protest Outside Japanese Embassy

Korean Victims of Sex-Slavery Continue Their 1000-Week Protest Outside Japanese Embassy

Many South Korean women, young and old, have taken to the streets outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, to demand an end to a 7 decade old injustice. ‘Comfort women,’ as they were called—were women who were seized and forced to serve as sex slaves in brothels used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. All these brutalized women want is closure by way of recognition and compensation from the Japanese government.

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