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Petition to Cathy F. Gautreaux, Elaine L. Chao, Donald Trump

Repeal ELDs through USDOT Regulatory Review Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442 #RepealELDs

On November 20, 2017, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC"), an industry trade group, petitioned  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") to reconsider the Electronic Logging Device ("ELD") Rule as a good candidate for repeal in response to an October 2, 2017 Notification of Regulatory Review (and request for comments to be submitted by December 1, 2017) issued by the USDOT under Docket ID: DOT-OST-2017-0069-1442. SBTC requested an emergency stay on the December 18, 2017 ELD rule effective date. On December 18, 2017, the ELD rule went into effect and the request for a stay went unanswered. On January 5, 2018, FMCSA denied SBTC's request for reconsideration as "untimely" and kicked back the exemption application suggesting it must conform to a rule that applies to exemption applications submitted by individual motor carriers. On February 1, 2018, SBTC petitioned for reconsideration of that denial pointing out the request was a timely comment under the USDOT's regulatory review notice and supplemented its request for an exemption from the ELD Rule for all owner operators and companies with less than 50 employees. On April 1, 2018, motor carriers not compliant with the ELD rule will be put out of service. I support the SBTC's efforts to repeal the ELD rule in its entirety. In the event the rule is not repealed, I support the SBTC's exemption application. #RepealELDs

Small Business in Transportation Coalition
20,134 supporters

Petition to South African Government, South African Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, South African Embassy in Madrid, Spain, South African Embassy in Paris, France, High Commission of South Africa in London

Stop the exploitation of captive bred lions and the export of lion bones!

This petition is a joint effort of the following organisations:Stichting SPOTS; Website Lion Aid; Website  Campaign Against Canned Hunting; WebsiteChelui4lions; Facebook pageArca de noe de la fundación raúl mérida; WebsiteLion's Roar (stop canned hunting); Facebook groupBorn Free; WebsiteEquinac; WebsiteStichting Leo; WebsiteKevin Richardson / The Lion Whisperer; websiteRespectons; WebsiteSNDA Société Nationale de Défense animale (National Society for Animal Defense); WebsiteCharlie Hebdo Magazine; WebsiteCRAC Europe; WebsiteGreen Cross France & Territories; WebsiteFoundation Good Planet; WebsiteLPO; WebsiteL214; WebsiteVéthique; Facebook pageLIZA; WebsiteLe Parti Citoyen pour les Animaux; WebsiteGuidisto; WebsiteFondation 30 Millions d'Amis; WebsiteIMD Instituto Marcos Daniel; WebsiteCode Animal; WebsiteCce2a comité contre l'expérimentation et l'exploitation animale; WebsiteLe CEPAN : Club d'Etude et de Protection des Animaux et de la NatureRefuge de l'Arche; WebsiteLa convention Vie et Nature; WebsiteInstituto Ekko Brazil; WebsitePlanet tiger; Website   FRENCH AND SPANISH TRANSLATION BELOW! If you've been following us for a while, you might know that we have been fighting against cub petting farms for many years. These are places where tourists and/or volunteers can get into close interaction with young wild animals such as lions or tigers. These cub petting farms can be found all over the world, but South Africa is notorious because of them. In South Africa, lions are bred for one specific purpose: exploitation. South Africa has more lions living in captivity than there are left in the wild! (8000 lions in captivity vs 2100 wild lions).. Captive bred lions are a part of one big industry that has one goal: making the highest amount of money that is possible at the cost of lions. Directly after birth, the lion cubs are taken away from their mothers, which is an horribly unnatural experience for both of them, as they stay together for about 1,5 years in the wild. But this early separation is needed to get the cubs used to humans. When older, the lion will be used in walking safaris. And after that he will be shot by a hunter who wants to have an easy kill in a canned hunt. South Africa is ill-famed for the canned hunting industry: a form of hunting where the animals are shot from a close distance. The lions used for canned hunting were usually born as cubs on a cub petting farm and therefore used to people and easy to approach. As if this is not horrible enough, the South African government has come up with something new... they want to export 800 lion skeletons of captive bred lions to Asia per year! In Asia, these bones are used in the pharmaceutical industry, as they still believe that the body parts of wild animals have healing powers and health benefits. Tiger bones are very popular for use in these medicines, but the tiger is 'running out'... so they need a substitute. Which they found in the lion. This means the captive bred lion is exploited from the moment he is born until after he has died. Now it is even possible that lions will solely be bred for their bones only. Can you imagine the animal abuse which will go hand in hand with that? With their decision to export 800 skeletons of captive bred lions per year, South Africa is also putting the wild lions at risk. The lion bone trade might fuel poaching of wild lions for their bones as well. There have been several instances of wild lions that were killed for their bones recently. Exactly the same happened with the tiger in past history. Let history not repeat itself. We now have to say: enough is enough. It can't be that the lion, king of the animals, has been downgraded to a simple product. That these animals are being bred and living terrible lives, purely because it makes South Africa money. It can’t be that the wild lion, who is already fighting for survival, is being threatened by another factor: the trade of lion bones. Let us show we won't stand for it, that we want it to end. What do we want to do South Africa relies on tourism for their income for a very large part. Their slogan is 'South Africa, Inspiring new ways'. They promote their country as the anchor of wildlife. But the way they use and abuse lions in their country as well the impact this has on wild lions is a blot on their country. And because tourism is so important for South Africa, it is of utmost importance that their government hears what we, the people worldwide, think about the way they treat lions. They have to know how damaging this is for their international reputation. We have joined forces to offer this petition to the embassies or consulates of South Africa in our respective countries.  So please help us by signing and sharing this petition! We know that many of you are as worried as we are. The lion bone trade in South Africa is not only highly unethical for the lions in question but is also a danger to lions living in the wild. Already, wild lions have been poached for their body parts. For an animal that is close to extinction, this is a disaster! The lions are counting on us!    ------- FRENCH Si vous nous suivez depuis un certain temps, vous savez probablement que nous luttons contre les fermes d’élevage de bébés animaux exotiques destinés aux interactions et caresses avec l’homme, et ce, depuis de nombreuses années. Ce sont des endroits où les touristes et / ou les bénévoles peuvent entrer en interaction étroite avec de jeunes animaux sauvages tels que les lions ou les tigres. On trouve ces élevages de bébés animaux partout dans le monde, mais l'Afrique du Sud est connue pour cela. En Afrique du Sud, les lions sont élevés dans un but précis: l'exploitation. L'Afrique du Sud a plus de lions vivant en captivité qu'il n'y en a dans la nature! (+8000 lions en captivité contre 2100 lions sauvages en Afrique du sud) ... Les lions élevés captifs font partie d'une grande industrie qui a un seul but: gagner le plus d’argent possible possible au prix de la vie de ces lions. Directement après la naissance, les petits sont retirés à leur mère, ce qui est une expérience atrocement traumatisante et anormale pour les deux, car dans la nature ils restent ensemble pendant environ 1,5 ans, le temps pour leur mère de les élever. Mais cette séparation précoce leur est imposée pour obliger les petits à s’habituer à l’homme et à être manipulés. Plus âgé, le lion sera utilisé pour des « safaris à pied » appelés « marches avec les lions». Par la suite, il sera abattu par un chasseur du dimanche souhaitant une mise à mort facile dans une chasse en boîte/chasse au trophée.L'Afrique du Sud est tristement célèbre pour l'industrie de la chasse en boîte: une forme de chasse où les animaux sont abattus à une faible distance voir à bout portant et souvent depuis un véhicule bien que ce soit interdit. Les lions utilisés pour la chasse en boîte sont généralement dans une de ces fermes d’élevage intensif de fauves et sont donc habitués aux contacts avec les gens et très faciles à approcher. Comme si ce n'était pas assez horrible, le gouvernement sud-africain a développé une nouvelle idée... Ils envisagent d’exporter 800 squelettes - par an - de ces lions élevés en captivité à destination de l’Asie! En Asie, ces os sont utilizes dans l'industrie pseudo pharmaceutique, car ils croient encore que les parties du corps d’animaux sauvages auraient des pouvoirs de guérison et des bénéfices pour la santé. L’usage des os de tigre est très populaire dans ces « médicaments », mais le tigre est «en voie d’extinction» et donc d’épuisement comme matière première osseuse pour cette industrie... Ils ont donc besoin de lui trouver un substitut...Et c’est le lion et son squelette qui ont été choisis!Cela signifie que le lion élevé en captivité est exploité depuis le moment où il est né jusqu'à ce qu'il soit mort abattu à cette fin.Pire, il est maintenant même probable que les lions ne soient élevés et massacrés que pour leurs os.Pouvez-vous imaginer les abus sur les animaux qui vont de pair avec cela? AVEC LEUR DÉCISION D'EXPORTER 800 SQUELETTES PAR AN DE LIONS ÉLEVÉS EN CAPTIVITÉ, L'AFRIQUE DU SUD MET PAR LÀ ÉGALEMENT EN DANGER LES LIONS SAUVAGES. Le commerce des os de lion pourrait très certainement ainsi alimenter le braconnage des lions sauvages encore plus prisés pour leurs os. Récemment, de nombreux cas de lions sauvages qui ont été tués pour leurs os ont été recensés. Exactement la même chose s'est produite avec le tigre par le passé. Ne laissons pas l'histoire se répéter encore une fois. Nous devons maintenant dire: Assez c’est assez! On ne peut pas réduire le lion, roi des animaux, à un simple produit de consommation, ni tolérer que ces animaux soient reproduits, élevés et subissent des vies aussi terribles, simplement pour rapporter de l'argent à l'Afrique du Sud. Il n’est pas acceptable que le lion sauvage, qui lutte déjà pour la survie de l’espèce, soit en plus menacé par un autre facteur: le commerce des os de lion. Aidez-nous à leur montrer que nous ne supporterons pas cela et que nous exigeons d’y mettre un terme immédiat. Que voulons-nous faire: L'Afrique du Sud dépend du tourisme pour une très large part de ses revenus. Leur slogan scande «l'Afrique du Sud, pour inspirer de nouvelles manières d’agir». Ils font la promotion de leur pays comme le pilier de la faune sauvage. Mais, la façon dont ils utilisent et commentent des abus sur les lions dans leur pays tout comme l'impact que cela a sur les lions sauvages fait tache sur leur nation.Et parce que le tourisme est si important pour l'Afrique du Sud, il est de la plus haute importance que leur gouvernement entende ce que nous, les personnes du monde entier, pensons de la façon dont ils traitent les lions.Ils doivent savoir à quel point cela est dommageable pour leur réputation internationale. Nous avons uni nos forces pour remettre cette pétition aux ambassades ou aux consulats d'Afrique du Sud dans nos pays respectifs. Alors, aidez-nous en signant et en partageant cette pétition! Nous savons que beaucoup d'entre vous se sentent aussi concernés et préoccupés que nous. Le commerce des os de lion en Afrique du Sud n'est pas seulement contraire à toute éthique pour les lions en question, mais il représente également un danger majeur pour les lions vivant dans la nature. Auparavant déjà, les lions sauvages ont été braconnés pour les parties de leur corps...Mais pour un animal proche de l'extinction, c'est un désastre! Les lions comptent sur nous!   ------- SPANISH   SUDAFRICA ES EL PAÍS DONDE EXISTEN MAS DE 200 GRANJAS (HACE 10 AÑOS HABIA MENOS DE 10) QUE CRÍAN LEONES PARA SER EXPLOTADOS. CUANDO SON CACHORROS SON EXHIBIDOS COMO ATRACCIÓN ANTE LOS TURISTAS PARA QUE PUEDAN SER ACARICIADOS Y FOTOGRAFIADOS.  EN SU ETAPA DE ADULTOS SON VENDIDOS A SAFARIS DE CAZA PARA SER ABATIDOS POR CAZADORES SIN ESCRÚPULOS, QUE LO TENDRÁN FÁCIL YA QUE EL LEÓN SERA SOLTADO EN UN RECINTO VALLADO Y SE LE PERSEGUIRÁ HASTA DARLE MUERTE. A ESTA CRUEL PRACTICA SE LA DENOMINA "CAZA ENLATADA". UNA VEZ LOS LEONES SON ASESINADOS SE PROCEDE A EXTRAER SUS HUESOS PARA EXPORTARLOS Y VENDERLOS A MAFIAS ASIÁTICAS, ALIMENTANDO EL MERCADO ILEGAL Y LAS FALSAS CREENCIAS DE LA MEDICINA ORIENTAL. EN SUDAFRICA SE CALCULA QUE EXISTEN UNOS 8000 LEONES EN GRANJAS DE CRÍA EN CAUTIVIDAD  Y MENOS DE 2100 LEONES SALVAJES. OBJETIVO: GANAR LA MÁXIMA CANTIDAD DE DINERO A COSTA DE LOS LEONES. ESTAS PRACTICAS HAN SIDO CONDENADAS POR LA ORGANIZACIÓN MUNDIAL PARA LA CONSERVACIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA, IUCN, SOLICITANDO AL GOBIERNO DE SUDAFRICA QUE PONGA FIN A LAS MISMAS, PERO LAS AUTORIDADES ESTAN HACIENDO CASO OMISO. POR SI FUERA POCO, EL MINISTERIO DE MEDIO AMBIENTE SUDAFRICANO ACABA DE AUTORIZAR LA EXPORTACIÓN ANUAL DE 800 ESQUELETOS, SUS HUESOS Y EXTREMIDADES; DE LEONES  CRIADOS EN CAUTIVIDAD, LOS CUALES  SERÁN ENVIADOS PRINCIPALMENTE A PAÍSES COMO VIETNAM Y LAOS. ESTA NEFASTA DECISIÓN  SUPONE LA CONDENA DE AL MENOS 800 LEONES CAUTIVOS HACIA UNA MUERTE VIOLENTA, "LA CAZA ENLATADA", PONIENDO A SU VEZ EN PELIGRO LAS POBLACIONES DE LEONES SALVAJES, AUMENTANDO CON ELLO, LA CAZA FURTIVA EN DONDE LOS MISMOS SOBREVIVEN EN LIBERTAD. DATOS: EN TODA ÁFRICA, SOLO QUEDAN MENOS DE 20.000 LEONES SALVAJES, ALGUNOS INVESTIGADORES PIENSAN QUE INCLUSO MENOS DE 14.000 LEONES, CUANDO HACE 50 AÑOS HABÍA 500.000. LA COMUNIDAD INTERNACIONAL TIENE QUE DECIR BIEN CLARO  "BASTA YA". EL MÍTICO “REY DE LA SELVA”, EL REY DE LOS ANIMALES POR EXCELENCIA NO PUEDE SER CONSIDERADO Y TRATADO COMO UN MERO PRODUCTO INDUSTRIAL.

Stichting SPOTS
17,385 supporters

Petition to Government of Sudan

Justice For Noura | Don't execute Noura for self defense against the man who raped her!

#JusticeForNoura "On Monday morning, just as we set out for our daily walk, my mother told me the story of Noura Hussein :  At 16, Noura was forcibly married off by her father. She refused, and in protest left her family home on the outskirts of Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sinnar, a city almost 250 kilometers away. Noura lived with her relative for three years before her father called to say that the wedding was cancelled, and that she should come home. Upon her arrival, Noura found that she had been tricked, that the wedding to which she had never agreed was still happening, and shortly after was given away to her unchosen husband. According to her testimony, Noura refused to consummate the marriage, resisting him for the first four days. On the fifth, she says her husband raped her, with the help of a number of his male relatives (cousins and some people said the husband's brothers aswell), pinned her down while he was raping her right before their eyes.The following day, when her husband attempted to rape her again, she stabbed him in self defence and it killed him. When she told her family, her father delivered her to the police, and then disowned her. That was in 2017. On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Noura was found guilty in court of premeditated murder, the punishment for which is death by hanging. My mother received this article about Noura on WhatsApp, a platform that has grown to be a main “news” source for Sudanese across the world.  I say “news” because much of the information shared over WhatsApp should be taken with a grain of salt, as many of the topics shared take on an exaggerated quality. But the platform does prove useful, occasionally exposing us to issues that either don’t make it on international newsdesks (nobody wants to hear about anything from Sudan that isn’t war or terrorism), or provide a look into the corners of our lives that folks (read: government/society) prefer to stay hidden. My reaction to Noura’s story should have been that of many of my compatriots, of healthy – and sometimes unhealthy – skepticism, to loosely quote @Osochil on Instagram. Except that I wasn’t blessed with the bliss of ignorance (or denial). Except that I know that Noura’s story isn’t new, that it isn’t even uncommon. Except that I personally know women who had been married off against their will, who suffered in silence at the hands of their husbands, whose families had all but abandoned them and/or who tacitly or actively supported their husbands’ (and their families’) abuse. Because the truth that we hate to admit is that the only thing that makes Noura’s story extraordinary is that she killed him. Her circumstance is a daily occurrence that the openminded and “enlightened” of us might not approve of, but will put up with because “that’s just an unfortunate part of our culture”. We will put up with it because the enduring silence of the women who suffer this fate allows our feathers to remain unruffled, it keeps our delicate sensibilities unaffected, it allows us to stay complacent. Noura’s story is extraordinary because she killed her abuser, and that is what she is being faulted for in the court of law and public opinion (and from which all of the following throughout this article are real quotes). “She should have reasoned with him”, “she should have told her family”, “she should have gone to court, she should have found another way”. The last four days have been a flood of should-haves, each one more patronizing than the last, each one ignoring the facts of her case, of her circumstance, of her culture. How could she have reasoned with a man who wasn’t reasonable enough to accept her adamant rejection of him? How could she seek refuge in her family, the same people who put her in this position in the first place? The same people who, when she *did* seek refuge, abandoned her? What other way was there for her to find? How does a 19 year old with no family support gain the access and tools needed to navigate her way through the legal system to get autonomy from her husband? And how long does that take? And how many are successful? The last four days have exposed our ignorance, our callousness, our violent misogyny. “She’s guilty, it’s his right, she can’t refuse him”, “He’s not a man for getting his cousins to help….. he should have just drugged her”, “Tf you talking about, [she’s] his wife he can f*ck her daily if he wants, Allah said that.” One news article read, “Bride Kills Husband on Their Honeymoon […] She stabbed him repeatedly after he tried to take his religious right [حقه الشرعي] from her by force.” Our society does not recognize marital rape and uses hadith (narrations) and other religious texts to justify it. Our society holds women accountable for the heinous actions of men, and then tells them to grin and bear it. “She didn’t choose to marry him, but her father chose for her, what can she do?” “Yes, he raped her, but she shouldn’t have killed him.” “Yes, he raped her, but she killed him in an inappropriate way.” (yes, that is the word-for-word quote)  Our society does not recognize a woman’s right to her body, to choice, to life. Our society does not want to come to terms with the heinous acts that it practices and values it holds. Our society thinks its ignorance is “fringe”, and hides behind the pristine image of “culture and tradition” that it has painstakingly curated. It digs its head in the sand and shows its ass to the world. “Our men don’t involve other men in rape, and not family. It’s not our culture. There must be more to the story.” To preserve this image, it will tell us to put faith in a justice system that it bashes on a daily basis. Noura was painted by the prosecution as a woman who, unprovoked, “brutally” murdered her husband in cold blood. They denied the rape. They did not provide a counter-motive. Even without cause or motive, they never questioned her mental state or theorized on what drove her to commit such a crime – and the justice system did not ask them to. It was content to cast a quick and dirty guilty verdict. Our country protects the perpetrators and demonizes the victims. It sentences a teenager to death, and gives a convicted rapist a presidential pardon (look it up)." Source : ALUCAN. — That’s when I read this blogpost that I decided to start this petition. I had to do something and not let this happen like it did for Asifa, and Zainab, two little girls that have been recently raped and killed in Pakistan. I am, too, a teenager and i could have faced the same thing as Noura if I was born in Sudan. I’m really emotional and Noura’s story touched me.. I can’t let her be executed, i can’t. Please, help me save her ! On the 10th of May (The Day of Decision) the family of the deceased husband decided if they wanted her alive or not, for literally using self defence, against a man who was neither religiously and neither legally her 'husband', she never agreed to that marriage, and he raped her with the help of his cousins and brothers, what a shame, that you have to bring your male relatives to pin down a woman who refused to get married to and you have the gut to rape her, and some people have the atrocity to defend the man. This shows how patriachy and misogyny keep on ruling upon women in a horrible manner, and how Culture is killing innocent people, Islam condems forced marriage aswell as rape, the man had no rights to do this, not one single right! I bet if the man was alive they'd still probably punish Noura. This just show how women are treated so inferiorly, discriminately and with pure misogyny, and inequality and patriarchy, this just show how women are supposed to be only men's sex objects, and women are expected to be quiet baby dolls who never raise their voices, and stand up against which is wrong. "Noura is a Hero and standing up to your oppressor is not a crime. Rape is." -- @ShahdBatal Justice should be served, God is the Most Just, and indeed Justice shall be established, for everyone, every single people who've been oppressed. Let's get this petition a loooot of signatures so that these can be printed, please share this petition, Noura mental's state is really serious, she was forced to get married, she was raped, her family disowned her, and reported her to the police, and now here she is, waiting for her death sentence, subhanaAllah, i urge you all my brothers and sisters in humanity, please share this petition, let's raise our voice against oppression, against injustice, against any form of injustice,whether is misogyny, whether it's about discrimination, racism, and any form of injustice that violates Human rights. Noura may have less than a month to live as from now, please help share this petition, and let's raise our voice for Noura using the hashtag " #JusticeForNoura" to get more attention! We want justice for Noura, against this injustice, and for all the rest of women living this nightmare, and we want them free. Let's show how the voice of the public matters, let's all sign against the death penalty of Noura Hussein, and let's all sign for her Justice to be established! #JusticeForNoura #HumanRights #MaritalRape #Rape #Sudan #Justice    

Zaynub AFINNIH
1,154,447 supporters