Petitions:

Stop Animal Cruelty and Medical Neglect of Circus Animals

Stop Animal Cruelty and Medical Neglect of Circus Animals

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are known for treating their animals with extreme cruelty and using abusive training methods. After the collapse of one of their performing elephants due to poor physical condition, it is time to demand these exotic animals acquire better treatment and veterinary care.

Keep Kids in School – Don’t Kick Them Out

Keep Kids in School – Don’t Kick Them Out

Imagine a school system where almost two-thirds of students are nonwhite, and most of these minority students face a disciplinary rodeo of differential rules. It’s high time for Texas Governor Rick Perry and state legislators to rustle up reform for our students’ educational success.

Protect Defenseless Immigrant Girls from Genital Mutilation: Pass the Girls Protection Act of 2011

Protect Defenseless Immigrant Girls from Genital Mutilation: Pass the Girls Protection Act of 2011

Tens of thousands of African, Middle Eastern, and Asian girls in the US are taken back to their native countries for genital cutting or removal. Once they are there, many of them are held down while their external sexual organs are cut with sharp objects, such as knives or unsterilized razor blades, and usually without anesthesia.

Give All Rape Victims a Voice: Demand the FBI Include All Rape Cases and Victims in the Definition of ‘Rape’

Give All Rape Victims a Voice: Demand the FBI Include All Rape Cases and Victims in the Definition of ‘Rape’

The FBI’s definition of rape only acknowledges “forced” rape, meaning vaginal penetration. Rape cases that do not include this method of force are ignored, as well as cases whose victims are male. Law enforcement should protect all rape victims regardless of the details.

Protect Puppies by Stopping PA from De-Regulating Commercial Kennels

Protect Puppies by Stopping PA from De-Regulating Commercial Kennels

Pennsylvania is considering removing laws that regulate critical temperature, ventilation and humidity requirements for commercial kennels. The legislators are supporting a study that reverses the significant protections that have been made to prevent cruelty to puppy mill victims.

Time to Invoke Stricter Standards in Pet Food Regulation

Time to Invoke Stricter Standards in Pet Food Regulation

Lethal chemicals have been found in pet foods at much higher levels then would ever be considered acceptable to remain on a human plate. In order to protect our pets, the FDA needs to invoke higher standards to ensure our pet food is safe for our pets.

Reduce Overcrowding in California Classrooms by Hiring More Teachers

While student population in California continues to rise, the number of teachers has been shrinking due to budgetary concerns. This is a short and a long-term problem, which if not addressed, will devastate the California educational system and economy.

End Circus Animal Cruelty

Many wild and exotic circus animals are trained through the use of both intimidation and physical abuse. Former circus employees have widely reported seeing animals beaten, whipped, poked with sharp objects, and even burned to force them into learning their routines.

Restrict BPA in Baby Products by Supporting California’s Toxin-Free Baby and Toddler Act

Restrict BPA in Baby Products by Supporting California’s Toxin-Free Baby and Toddler Act

BPA, a harmful toxin found in baby products, is known to have damaging effects on the development of children. California can restrict the amount of BPA in baby products by passing the Toxin-Free Baby and Toddler Act.

100 Huskies Slaughtered, Yet the Responsible Company Lives On

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.

Save the Threatened American Pika and its Environment from Global Warming

Save the Threatened American Pika and its Environment from Global Warming

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.

Ask the AMA and the APA to Work Together On Setting Regulations for Prescribing Antidepressants

Ask the AMA and the APA to Work Together On Setting Regulations for Prescribing Antidepressants

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.

Save Humanities Councils Funding: Support America’s Cultural and Competitive Future

Save Humanities Councils Funding: Support America’s Cultural and Competitive Future

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.

Urge Amazon to Stop Skirting its Responsibility and Pay its Fair Share of Taxes in California

Urge Amazon to Stop Skirting its Responsibility and Pay its Fair Share of Taxes in California

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.

End Brutal Puppy Mills and Encourage Pet Adoption

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.

Stop Fake Clinics From Lying to Women about Abortion and Contraceptives

Stop Fake Clinics From Lying to Women about Abortion and Contraceptives

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.

Protect Pet Rescue Efforts by Giving Animal Rescue Groups Equal Rights

Protect Pet Rescue Efforts by Giving Animal Rescue Groups Equal Rights

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.

Protect our Most Vulnerable Citizens From Extended Blackouts in Illinois: Implement a Smart Grid

Protect our Most Vulnerable Citizens From Extended Blackouts in Illinois: Implement a Smart Grid

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.

Tax the Wealthy Equally For Social Security

Tax the Wealthy Equally For Social Security

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.

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Stop All Cruel Elephant Rides at California County Fairs

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.

Silent Spring: Stop the Brown Tree Snake’s Invasion of Hawaii

Silent Spring: Stop the Brown Tree Snake’s Invasion of Hawaii

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.

End Fatal and Oppressive Child Marriage in Yemen

End Fatal and Oppressive Child Marriage in Yemen

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.

End Abstinence-Only Programs: Demand More Comprehensive Sex Education Programs in America

End Abstinence-Only Programs: Demand More Comprehensive Sex Education Programs in America

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!

Guarantee Legal Counsel to Detainees in Federal Immigration Courts

Guarantee Legal Counsel to Detainees in Federal Immigration Courts

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.

Stop Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Stop Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

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