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animal welfare

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Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Parliament of Australia

Mandatory Palm Oil labelling on all products in Australia by January 2020

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ORANGUTAN!  (Around 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation). We, The People of Australia are seeking mandatory palm oil labelling on all products sold in Australia by January 2020. Why? Around 300 soccer fields per hour of precious rain forest in Malaysia and Indonesia (habitat of the Orangutan) are destroyed each hour for Palm Oil plantations. It is estimated that 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year. Each year, Australia imports approximately 130,000 tons of palm oil and it's found in a huge range of products. These include, (but are not limited to) biscuits, chips, crackers and batters, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics. If an Australian consumer makes the decision to avoid purchasing products that contain Palm Oil,  - under current legislation, (with Palm Oil not required to be labelled), this is an almost impossible task. Here are some examples of how Palm Oil is currently 'hidden' from Australian consumers.  Names for Palm Oil Palm oil kernel “Palmitate” or “Palmate” Elaeis gunieensisHydrated Palm Gylcerides HexadecanoicPalmitic Acid Likely to be Palm OilVegetable oil (if product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil)Anything containing “stearate, stearyl” Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) Sodium Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2Steareth -20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483  Palm Oil is also high in saturated fat so there is a case for it to be labelled for health reasons as well as environmental. We are seeking transparency on our food labels so that we can make informed choices. We request mandatory labelling of Palm Oil on ALL products sold in Australia by January 2020. 

sarah Young
119,460 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Greg O Connor MP for Ohariu

Petition to the New Zealand Parliament to ban the sale of fireworks to the public

  We respectfully request the New Zealand Parliament ban the sale of fireworks to the public. We request this ban to ensure the protection all animal life – domestic, farmed and wild, from the harm that fireworks causes, year after year, whether it be direct or indirect harm. There have been many media reports as well as anecdotal evidence of animals being distressed and injured in their attempt to escape the frightening sound of fireworks explosions. Some injuries and distress have resulted in death. As well as accidental death and injury there have been a number of reports of deliberate cruelty involving the use of fireworks to harm animals. Animal owners are required to comply with the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and as such, owners and carers have a responsibility to “protect from injury”. As long as fireworks are available in our communities our duty of care will always be compromised. Furthermore, the use of fireworks is a hazard for humans, property and the environment and places avoidable pressure on our emergency services. Their use is inconsistent with New Zealand’s changing attitudes towards improving health and safety in our lives. The tradition of Guy Fawkes fireworks in modern Aotearoa bears no cultural relevance to its origins, the Gun Powder Plot of 1605 in England. It is time to let this outdated dangerous backyard tradition go – the sale of fireworks to the public needs to be banned for the sake of keeping our animals safe and well. References: October 2016.  https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/85765647/a-diabolical-night-animal-groups-call-for-fireworks-ban-ahead-of-guy-fawkes   November 2017 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11941147   February 2108 https://www.nzva.org.nz/news/387899/Veterinarians-support-a-ban-on-fireworks.htm  

Catherine Bindon
25,490 supporters