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Petitioning The Food Network, Discovery Channel, FARM , Discovery Communications

Food Network: Compassion in the Kitchen

With 385+ Food Network shows, isn’t it time for programming that will reach a new, growing demographic with a 100% vegan cooking show? Assured 85 million people who identify as vegan and a good percentage of the 775 million who are vegetarians worldwide would tune in if the network launched a plant-based/vegan cooking show. The demand for meat-free food in the UK alone increased by 987% in 2017 and the U.S. is on a similar track. In 2018 the global vegan food market’s worth was $12.7 billion and is expected to rise to $24 billion in 2025. In 2019 the plant-based food sector grew by 11% (compared to 2% in the overall retail food sector) and the rising popularity of plant-based is irrefutable. Roughly 40% of North Americans are including more vegan ingredients in their diet and, of course, this equates to an even larger viewing audience for the network. The whole-food plant-based practitioners, the ethical vegans, the health conscious, the animals, and the planet all win when we consider compassion in the kitchen. With all of the talented vegan chefs, there's no shortage of people who would jump at the chance to host and share their vegan recipes. Considering all the plant-based options that replace virtually every ingredient, the odds of a vegan program being a success are very high and the recipes are endless. If the hurdle is a concern over advertising dollars look no further than Smithfield, Tyson, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, PepsiCo (with expanded partnerships with Beyond Meat), Perdue, Hormel and others, with massive advertising budget and who are expanding their product lines to include more plant-based products. Let’s send the Food Network a strong message and show there's demand for a heart healthy, earth-friendly, animal-saving, plant-based/vegan cooking show.  

Farm Animal Rights Movement
27,350 supporters
Petitioning TLC, The Learning Channel, 90 day fiance, Indivior PLC, expedia, Walmart, novartis, Ford, Hilton Worldwide, Lowes, Angelsoft, Eli Lilly, Shopify, Boost mobile, Getthemirror, Amazon, Home Depot, Pro...

Remove Geoffrey Paschel from TLC shows

Geoffrey Paschel is on the currently airing TLC show "90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 days". This petition is to remove him from the show and have him appear on no further shows due to current allegations and criminal charges made against him. We would also like to make advertisers aware of what they are supporting, and hope to see that your companies will not stand for promoting such atrocities as these. He has been accused of kidnapping, abuse, rape, child endangerment, dealing drugs, felony larceny, theft and battery. He is barred from ever entering Canada. I have included more details below.  1. Alleged child engagement and abuse. He has been accused of abusing his boys physically and using his children as drug mules. During the time he was convicted of dealing opiates he was accused of bringing his children along to his drug deals. 2. He has been accused of abusing his ex girlfriend including a violent attack in which he dragged her bloody by her hair across the wood floors of their home, slammed her head into the walls, gave her a concussion and disabled her cell phone so she was unable to call the police. She said she escaped to a neighbor's house to dial 911. The blood stains on the furniature and around the house support her claims.  3. While under arrest for his abuse he was convicted for causing severe police property damage to a police car and kicking the car with his foot repeatedly.  4. Allegedly he abused his pregnant ex wife and locked her in a hotel room in Costa Rica without food or water. She claimed she was forced to deliver her baby alone in that hotel room. It is speculated that he might have been doing drug deals at the time, but not confirmed.  5. He has a total of four ex wives and three of them have accused him of rape. Sources: https://arrestfacts.com/Geoffrey-Paschel-5l5G21 https://www.blaneysappeals.com/2017/12/09/ontario-court-of-appeal-summaries-december-4-december-8-2017/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2020/01/geoffrey-paschel-upcoming-90-day-fiance-star-accused-of-abuse-ra/amp/ https://www.celebuzz.com/g/90-day-fiance-star-using-child-to-sell/ https://starcasm.net/before-90-days-geoffrey-paschel-criminal-history-timeline/      

C S
5,405 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Discovery Channel, Discovery Communications...CEO David Zaslav

Discovery Channel: Cancel "Ted Nugent's Gun Country" or face a massive boycott of your channel

Ted Nugent is a twice convicted poacher and he participates in penned/canned hunts. He is an admitted pedophile, homophobe and misogynist. He constantly spews hate speech. He recently threatened The President of the United States and The Secretary of State. He stated that if Obama gets re-elected he will shoot him. His behaviour is volatile, obnoxious and arrogant. He recently told a reporter after getting asked a question he didn't agree with, that he should perform oral sex on him ( his words were more vile). When the female producer intervened she was told by Ted that he would f**k her. He is also a draft dodger and is a vocal anti-government proponent. As a former viewer and long time fan of the Discovery Channel, I am shocked and disappointed to know they would promote this hate speech spewing misogynist.The discovery channel used to be known for it's educational programming and content. Why on earth would they lower their standards to partner with this less than stable raving lunatic. I am urging everyone to boycott this channel until this filth is removed. Please join me in signing this petition and share it with everyone you can. National Geographic just cancelled their program featuring trophy hunter Melissa Bachman due to public pressure. We can do this!!! UPDATE: The first episode aired, unfortunately. It featured Ted killing a Scimitar Horned Oryx. An animal who is now extinct in the wild. This just makes it that much important to get the word out about Discovery's decision to promote Nugent.  

Maryann Holm
5,223 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, FOX News

Save Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor Show ". Bloody Do-Gooders Unite!

Please save this show!! Sign the Petition, Share!!!  Keep spreading kindness throughout the nation. Facebook Watch please keep this show, or Media Execs step in to add to your network!! My charity "My Brother Vinny " was fortunate to have been chosen to share our journey on "The Returning the Favor Show" "Serving Those Who've Served - July, 2020.  It was a true blessing to have been provided with an opportunity to share our work with a larger audience especially during a global pandemic.   To receive a new Van has been a life changing gift to us.  The Returning Favor Show is life changing! I feel heartbroken for everyone that works so hard to make this show possible! I feel truly sad for those that have no idea that they may have been next in line and lost their chance to share their good deeds. This was all possible because of the beautiful vision of the Hudsun Media Producers creating a show that was meant for Mike Rowe to lead.  Facebook Watch made a huge mistake in canceling such beautiful "Good Karma".   The Returning Favor Effect Page is powered by every day citizens sharing the beauty in the world! With so many dark times we have all witnessed! We need someone to step up and help keep the joy!! In Mike's Words 1/28/21 Hello Friends I’m afraid I come with sad tidings. After four years of hosting a show like no other, I’m sorry to announce that Returning the Favor has come to an end. I received a phone call yesterday from Facebook, telling me that RTF would not be back for another season. Obviously, I was surprised. Returning the Favor has been a very successful endeavor, and the feedback from everyone has been extraordinarily good – from the first favor returned, to the 100th. In fact, it's the only program I ever worked on the never received a single, negative review, or one critical comment. In that way, it was truly unexampled. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and Returning the Favor was without question, a very good thing - a good thing made possible by a remarkable group of dedicated fans. Indeed, it was your enthusiasm that got this project off the ground, and it was your willingness to nominate over ten thousand exceptional Americans that inspired us to keep going. Unfortunately, it now looks as though we’ve gone as far as we can go. Last week, I saw a short marketing video for the upcoming season. Obviously, that video is no longer relevant, but I wanted to share it with you anyway, because it speaks to how unique this show was, and shows just how many people it touched. More importantly, it reinforces the undeniable fact that Returning the Favor simply couldn’t have happened without the people on this page. Give it a look, and as you watch, please remember that you made it possible. Finally, I want to thank everyone at Facebook for their support over the last four seasons. No network would have given me this much latitude to make such an honest show, or invested so generously in a 22-minute online program. With their help, we gave away over 5 million dollars to people trying to make their communities a better place. I also want to thank my friends at Hudsun Media and my business partner, Mary Sullivan - all of whom helped me present an original show that was tailormade for times like these. And of course, I also want to congratulate the one hundred "bloody do-gooders" who were nominated by the people on this page. It was your determination to make the world a better place that inspired us all. It’s been an absolute privilege to know you. Please, keep doing what you're doing. Our country needs you more than ever. Again, my sincere thanks to all concerned. It was a great run. Mike PS. If you happen to own a network and feel your viewers would enjoy a show that celebrates the neighbors you wish you had, drop me a line. I know some people who can make it happen…

PAULA MIRITELLO
2,352 supporters
Petitioning Government of Sri Lanka, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Nat Geo WILD, Discovery Channel, saveanimalsfacingextinction​.​org , President of Sri Lanka, Wildlife Nature Protec...

Ban on Killing Leopards...!

Stop Killing Leopards - https://news.mongabay.com/2020/06/for-sri-lankas-dwindling-leopards-wire-snares-are-the-leading-killer/ For Sri Lanka’s dwindling leopards, wire snares are the leading killerdilrukshi - Image courtesy of Malaka Kasun Abeywardana. This black leopard was killed by a snare in 2009. Image courtesy of Ajith Gunathunga.COLOMBO — On May 29, a vanishingly rare black leopard — an actual black panther — died at a government wildlife treatment facility in Sri Lanka. It had been brought there three days earlier after being trapped in a snare in a tea estate in the hill town of Hatton, in the central district of Nuwara Eliya district. The big cat’s fate sparked  public outrage in Sri Lanka, a biodiversity hotspot with a fast-dwindling population of leopards. The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies unique to the country, and also the island’s apex predator. Typically  rusty yellow in color with dark spots, leopards sometimes come in an all-black hue caused by the mutation known as melanism. That was the case with this latest leopard, which was discovered on camera trap last October, generating waves of excitement among wildlife enthusiasts at the time. Trapped by a snare on May 26, this black leopard died three days later, prompting outrage among wildlife lovers in Sri Lanka. Image courtesy of Malaka Kasun Abeywardana.Black leopards are a rarity in Sri Lanka; this was only the third one recorded in the past decade. Far more common is the killing of wildlife by snares, typically set to trap deer or wild boar for bushmeat. The two earlier recorded black leopards were also killed in snares, in 2009 and 2013, in southern Sri Lanka on the border of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And it’s not just black leopards: snares are the primary cause of death for Sri Lanka’s leopards at large. In the first five months of this year, six leopards were caught in snares; four of them died. In the second half of May, two leopards were found in snares, one of them the black leopard. The other survived. According to the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), 47 leopards were trapped in snares during the past decade. Of the total 79 leopard deaths reported during this period, 42 deaths were caused by snare-induced injuries. “It is probable that more animals are being caught by snares and just go unreported. So the number could be much higher than this,” Andrew Kittle, a biologist with the WWCT, told Mongabay. Once triggered, the snares tighten around the hip or limb of the trapped animal, causing extensive damage to internal organs like kidneys and making it difficult to save the animal’s life. Image courtesy of Janaka Abeysinghe.A snare, at its most basic, is a noose of steel wire that is concealed along trails frequented by wild animals. When the unsuspecting animal or one its limbs touches the wire, it springs the noose. As the animal struggles to free itself, the trap only gets tighter. Snaring of wildlife is outlawed under Sri Lanka’s Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance, but an exception is made for “pest species” such as wild boars that damage crops. As events have shown, that hasn’t stopped leopards and other wildlife from getting trapped in these snares. “The struggle to break free makes the internal organs to get damaged, making it very difficult to save these animals,” Tharaka Prasad, a veterinary surgeon and director of wildlife health with the Department of Wildlife Conservation(DWC), told Mongabay. In the case of leopards, the snares usually catch around the animal’s hip area, where organs like the kidneys can become damaged as the noose crushes them. WWCT’s data for 2010-2020 show that 90% of leopards that get caught in snares die. This black leopard was killed by a snare in 2009. Image courtesy of Ajith Gunathunga.Of the 47 leopards the WWCT recorded as being snared, 37 were in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. “A century ago, large swaths of montane forests in the island’s central hills were cleared for tea cultivation. This left fragmented small forest patches for the leopards and these spots continue to shrink,” said Anjali Watson, an ecologist with the WWCT. “As leopards come out at night [and] frequently cross these habitats across various corridors, [that] makes them vulnerable to snare traps.” She cited the latest case of the leopard snared in the tea estate in Hatton, the country’s tea-growing capital, noting that the area is “a typical corridor used by the hill country male leopard to cross to different forested areas.” Watson said the vegetable plot the leopard was crossing at the time was a new one that was set up by clearing an overgrown area. Conserving such corridors between tea estates that link fragmented forest habitats is something the WWCT advocates to minimize the problem. But a nationwide lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated the issue, Watson suggested. With many people losing work as a result of the lockdown, she said, they would have explored alternatives such as cultivating vegetable plots by clearing little corridors that are essentially paths used by wildlife such as leopards to cross, setting up snares either to protect their plots or to catch wild game. Highly stressed and soaked in mud when discovered in the central district of Nuwara Eliya, this leopard sustained serious injuries when struggling to free itself from a snare. Image courtesy of Janaka Gallangoda.Need for rapid rescues The fact that snaring is technically banned in Sri Lanka yet continues unabated thanks to the “pest species” exception, needs to be addressed, conservationists say. “Sri Lankan law has sufficient provisions to take legal action against those who set snares, on the basis that it kills indiscriminately other than the targeted wild boar,” Jagath Gunwawardana, a leading environment lawyer, told Mongabay. “We need stringent punishments for those who set snares; perhaps jail terms and confiscation of their properties,” said Rukshan Jayewardene, a conservationist with the Leopard Trust. “This illegal practice has been ignored much too long. Wire snares kill animals indiscriminately, bringing much suffering to victims and cause lingering deaths.” Jayewardene said it’s important to investigate whether the snares are set up in an organized manner targeting leopards. If a leopard gets trapped in a snare at night, it may take until the afternoon of the next day for a DWC veterinary team to reach it. In those hours of struggling, the leopard would be  drained of energy and suffer serious damage to its internal organs. A Sri Lankan leopard killed by a snare at the Argyle tea estate in the central district of Nuwara Eliya. Image courtesy of the Wildlife & Wilderness Conservation Trust.“With each second that’s lost to carrying out a timely rescue operation, the chances of the animal’s survival declines, so time is of great essence,” Jayewardene told Mongabay. He called for a fully equipped wildlife rescue and treatment center to be established in the Central Highlands region to cut down on the response time. Jayewardene also stressed the importance of setting up protocols to be followed in dealing with wildlife emergencies, including the rescue and treatment of snared leopards, to ensure swift coordination among different agencies and mobilize resources in a timely manner. “It’s not about response but rapid response. There is no time to be lost,” he said. The public outrage sparked by the black leopard’s death is now being channeled into an awareness campaign. The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), a leading conservation group, has declared May 29 as Leopard Day to draw attention to the urgent need to protect Sri Lanka’s iconic apex predator and to lead the fight against the deadly snares. Banner image of a leopard cub, the apex predator species in Sri Lanka, courtesy of Erich Joseph.  

Suren Abeyagoonasekera
2,168 supporters