in the UK.
I propose a new law to background check potential pet owners for a history of neglect and violence or abuse to ensure that animals are not put at risk when they are owned. Potential pet do so. These background checks should be paid for by the potential owners (like one would pay for a candidates.
If we look into potential pet owners, we could prevent the millions of cases reported each yearRead more
Disaster Looms for Langebaan Lagoon – Aquaculture Development Threat
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Hi! You are one of the over 32 000 + (yes) people who have signed our on-line petition in support of saving Langebaan Lagoon and the town of Langebaan. THANK YOU!
Since Feb 2017, Save Langebaan Lagoon Action Group, a registered NPO, has formally opposed plans by our government and 2 private fishing organisations to develop 884 hectares of floating fish and mussel farms (5 million kilograms of fish), just 1 kilometre off the Club Mykonos and Paradise Beach shoreline.
The R550 000 raised to date has paid for specialist reports from marine biologists, socio-economic experts and legal fees. We sincerely thank all those who have contributed thus far.
In May 2019, we filed an application with the Cape High Court to review the authorisations granted by the Department of Environmental Affairs for this development. The estimated cost of this High Court action is between R1.5 – R2 million ($145 000 / Euro 125 000). In order for our legal counsel to prepare for our court date within the next few months, we URGENTLY need all Supporters to contribute financially to our legal costs. For South African residents, please use our bank details and the deposit reference detailed below. Overseas donors please use our Back- A-Buddy donations platform (See QR code or follow the link)
HOW WILL THIS DEVELOPMENT AFFECT OUR LAGOON?
▪ Rapid decline in property values and demand.▪ Massive job losses in the hospitality and tourism industry.▪ Visual pollution - hundreds of floating mussel rafts, long-linesand fish cages, debris on the beaches.▪ Increase in sharks and seals attracted to rapid ﬁsh movement inthe cages.▪ No-go zones around the ﬁsh farms prohibiting water sports andleisure activities.▪ Beach closure days due to water pollution.ENVIRONMENTALLY
▪ Collapse of lagoon’s ecosystem.▪ Toxic effluent flowing into the lagoon (fish food, chemicals,faecal matter from 5 million kilograms ofcaged fish)
▪ Decimation of indigenous wild ﬁsh stocks.▪ Sterilisation of the sea bed beneath and around the cages.▪ Reduction in local and migrating bird colonies – impact onflight paths, food, breeding grounds and habitat.
Do you want Langebaan Lagoon to be another ecologicaldisaster? ACT NOW! WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!
BANK DETAILS:Bank: ABSA
Account Name: SaveLangebaan Lagoon Account Number: 4094783 363
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Most people associate Langebaan on the West coast of South Africa with the dramatic scenic beauty of the unspoilt tidal lagoon, its long stretches of pristine beaches and sheltered bays, providing protected waters and a temperate climate for a wide variety of leisure activities throughout the year.
However, this RAMSAR site of international importance and tourist hot spot is now under considerable threat of ecological degradation and certain economic decline from plans by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to develop an extensive off-shore aquaculture zone in Langebaan’s bays.
Save Langebaan Lagoon Action Group has started a wide ranging campaign to draw attention to and encourage protest against this environmental and socio-economic injustice. Our role is to educate the public regarding the negative impact that this development will have on the lagoon’s ecosystem, the access to its waters and therefore the prosperity of the town. Further, we represent the collective view of like-minded interested and affected residents and home-owners in interactions with the developers and their agents, ensuring that our voice is heard and that important environmental regulatory processes are followed.
Save Langebaan Lagoon Action Group is not against aquaculture as an industry – we recognise the role that aquaculture can play in contributing to employment creation, food security and addressing the overexploitation of wild marine resources. We therefore would welcome an on-shore aquaculture development in the vicinity of Langebaan. We strongly object to fin fish (and especially alien fin fish) and mussel farming in Langebaan’s waters, which will unduly compromise the numerous ecosystem services that the lagoon provides to the Langebaan community.
Situated in the South African Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, Langebaan is a birding destination of international repute. The extensive intertidal area of the lagoon supports up to 55 000 water birds in summer, most of which are waders. The five islands to the north of the lagoon provide a home for nearly a quarter of a million sea birds, and include important breeding sites for endemic populations. 12% of the global population of black oystercatchers are found in the Langebaan area. Fish farming operations and infrastructure will adversely impact habitats, breeding patterns, flight paths and access to food and place these sensitive avian colonies at high risk.
The lagoon and the surrounding bays provide a multi-purpose recreational zone and as such attract large numbers of holiday makers, as well as local and international water sport events. The vibrant town of Langebaan continues to experience high growth rates, as increasingly South Africans choose to make this town their permanent or second home. The tourism, hospitality and building industries are booming, with a resultant escalation in work opportunities, in contrast to many surrounding rural towns. The fortunes of these sectors and those who work in them will be severely affected by scores of floating fish factories in Langebaan’s bays.
Whilst the current environmental assessment report, commissioned by DAFF, suggests mitigations for a host of identified risks, it falls abysmally short of setting out a rigorous, mandatory, proactive plan, with independent oversight mechanisms, to comprehensively prevent such risks eventuating. The planned development, sited in a shallow and sensitive lagoon system, presents inherently disproportionate risks of creating numerous long-term ecological and therefore socio-economic damage.
Aquaculture is promoted by DAFF as an opportunity for job creation. However, the information available re employment creation as a result of this particular venture, indicates that the number of new permanent jobs predicted pales into insignificance in comparison with current employment statistics in the hospitality and tourism sectors of Langebaan – both high growth sectors for the foreseeable future.
Further, DAFF emphasises the imperative of food security as a motivation for the development: Of concern, fin-fish farming of alien species (e.g. Atlantic salmon) is a major focus of the aquaculture development zone, with much of the harvest destined for higher LSM markets. Whilst this will yield economic benefits, it is disingenuous and opportunistic to use our country’s challenge for food security to justify the farming of stocks that will not benefit the poor. A more responsible approach would be to consider the threat to food security that occurs when healthy ecosystems, like the Langebaan Lagoon, are degraded beyond rehabilitation.
If the proposed development is not stopped, the iconic expansive, uncluttered vistas of tranquil turquoise waters will soon be industrialised and visually polluted by fish and mussel farming infrastructure spread across 884 hectares of marine area. Largely unrestricted enjoyment of these waters will become curtailed through no-go zones around the fish farms and the likelihood of no-access days due to toxic effluent contamination. The sustainability of the richly diverse ecosystem of the Langebaan lagoon, and the welfare of the communities who live on her shores, is inextricably dependent upon the health of this valuable wetland system.
This is the link to the SRK Consulting website it has all official documents regarding the proposed aquaculture development - http://www.srk.co.za/en/za-saldanha-bay-aquaculture-development-zoneRead more
Aston Wrightcape town, South Africa
Created June 13, 2017
Petition to The UK Government, Members of Parliament, Theresa May MP
We the British People call upon the UK Government to put the welfare of the citizens of the UK before the welfare of known terrorists and terrorist sympathisers.
There are currently 3000+ individuals with links to terrorism walking the streets of the UK costing the taxpayer in excess of £6 billion per year.
This is not a good use of the taxpayer’s money, especially as the current monitoring system isn’t working. The damning failures of the current system have been proven over the past few months where many people have died at the hands of terrorists who have been known to our security services.
Reactive policing isn’t and never will be a good way to keep UK citizens safe. We cannot tolerate our families being targeted by known terrorists any longer. As citizens of this great nation, we must be able to feel safe walking around our own cities.
The stance of the British people is simple, we demand those people currently on the terror watch list are deported if not born in the UK, or imprisoned in specialist prisons away from other prisoners if they are UK born citizens.
Any UK citizen who goes to fight against British troops in any other country has committed an act of treason, we demand that their British passports are taken away from them and that they are refused entry back into the UK.Read more
Back Beach is the only beach in the New Plymouth area that allows dogs on and off leashes. It is a place where dogs can be exercised and socialised which is important for their behaviour. Back Beach has rips and is dangerous for swimming, therefore it perfectly suits the needs of dog owners. Other beaches are patrolled, and have no-dog policies. Leave just one beach for our four-legged friends. Thank you.Read more
I want to see if it’s possible to poll those who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election. They report that approximately 74 million voted but many are saying much more. Can we get a petition to seek the truth behind the narratives. If everyone will pass this petition to people on social media it may be possible to get an accurate or an approximate number. If nothing else it will be fun to see how many will sign this petition.Read more
Ruth ReeveLeamington, Canada
Created February 1, 2021
Petition to Robert Califf, Patrizia Cavazzoni, Peter Stein, Hylton Joffe, Norman Stockbridge
Last Friday, Mayra, a senior at ETHS, was waiting in line for the Homecoming Football game when her bag was checked by Safety. They found pepper spray in her bag, a banned item on school grounds, and immediately suspended her. She brought pepper spray because she had to walk home that night, and wanted to protect herself. Now, Mayra will most likely be suspended for TEN days, put on social probation, and RECOMMENDED FOR EXPULSION.
Mayra is a woman of color. She also has no criminal record and is an active community member and student.
This punishment is extreme, unfair, and ignores the nuance of her situation.
Sign this petition to support Mayra and encourage the ETHS administration to repeal her punishment. As students, it is our responsibility to stand against injustice when systems fail us. Please spread the word to your family and friends. Thank you! Read more
Queensland Goverment has granted permission for up to 25 male kangaroos to be killed as part of the translocation management plan for the Pelican Waters Southern Lakes project.
According to Biodiversity Australia 4 have already been killed. Out of 58 kangaroos counted, males over 30kgs have been tagged to potentially be euthanized.
Since the initial count, the figure of 58 kangaroos has decreased.
Taking into account the predicted 10-20% mortality rate of the translocated kangaroos, the number of survivors significantly drops to between 16-18 animals.
This is the cruel truth of translocation that no one wants to talk about and us as a community have a voice for these fit, healthy and innocent animals.
These facts have been accquired from Biodiversity Australia.
Sign the petition to stop this cruel and horrible act. Read more
Created October 19, 2018
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