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Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장

Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!

Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”.  Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care.  Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.  It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age.  For the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy.  South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, the more it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer.  Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death.  Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism.  The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption.  This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice.  Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  It is time, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.  This means it is time for the South Korean Government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a humane and decent manner.  And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism.  The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea

531,119 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Parents, Teachers, Students, families, Faculty

Demand Gun Control: Boycott Public School Until Government Makes Change

*** The second half of this thesis, after the bolded text, is the proposed protest.*** AFTER EVERY MASS SHOOTING, THESE EVENTS OCCUR: 1. The NRA goes SILENT. The president and senators tweet "Thoughts and prayers". Nothing is fixed. This is not okay. On Valentine's Day, the 18th mass shooting occurred in the U.S.A. this year. Statistics have clearly shown that gun control laws placed in countries such as Australia and the U.K. have DRASTICALLY diminished the amount of gun related murders, including mass shootings. "My kids' right to survive a day at school outweighs your right to own any kind of gun you want" -Ben Wexler The solution is clear: If we terminate effortless access to semi-automatic weapons, it will contribute to the prevention of deranged and mentally instable people from obtaining them. You cannot murder 50 innocent mothers, fathers, and children if it is impossible to go to the store and purchase the means of doing so the same way you would buy starbucks. So if the solution is so obvious, why is nothing being done? This is because our government officials value profit and revenue over the safety of non-elites. That's right. Your child, your sibling, or your best friend, could be shot and murdered while at school and the people who have invested in weapon stocks are glancing at their bank accounts and laughing. THIS IS HOW WE WILL GET THEM TO LISTEN. We must ALL join together with bravery. If only a small percentage of people engage, this will not work. On February 21st, 2018, all students, teachers, parents, and faculty must boycott public school. Do not attend. Do not show up.  If millions of people contribute to this protest, the impacts will be too high to place consequence on every single individual.  If preceding the first day change is STILL NOT made, continue to stay home. Allow the word to spread, allow thousands and thousands of more families to take notice and refuse to take part. Crumble the sole foundation of this country. Now you might be thining, "Nobody will do this, I have to work, I have to send my kids to school." Irena Sendlerowa, survivor of the holocaust, smuggled hundreds babies out of the ghettos into safety risking her own life. Malala Yousafzai, a teenage middle eastern activist, was shot in the face by the Talbian when speaking up for girls education yet survived, opening schools across her nation. If these people can risk their lives and accomplish the impossible, you can call in sick to end the deaths of our American people. If thousands of schools across the nation are on hiatus due to a severly low attendance level, we will go down in history. Change MUST be made. The government will have no choice but to listen if the main functionality of this nation is SHUT DOWN. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAFETY. IF YOUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS SOMEWHERE THAT YOU COULD ENTER AND NOT SURVIVE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHELTER. REFRAIN FROM SIGNING THIS PETITION UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY.  BOYCOTT PUBLIC SCHOOLING FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018. PROTECT YOUR LIFE. DEMAND SAFETY.  SPREAD THE WORD.  

Marie Astley
38 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Pitzer Board of Trustees

Counter the Board of Trustees' Anti-democratic Revocation of Pitzer Senate's BDS Amendment!

Petition in Support of Palestinian Human Rights at Pitzer College:    On April 30th, the Pitzer College Student Senate amended Article III (Student Activities Funds), Section 2 (Restrictions) of its Budget Committee Bylaws.  The amendment, Paragraph VI, "prohibits the use of Student Activities Funds for…payments on goods or services from the following corporations and organizations associated with the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, as first delineated by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement:   A. Caterpillar B. SodaStream C. Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories D. Hewlett-Packard E. Sabra."    The amendment passed with overwhelming support: twenty-five in favor and nine against. Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine celebrated this amendment as a crucial first step in ending our complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. We want to know that our tuition dollars are not funding companies that violate the basic rights and dignity of Palestinians.   We were deeply disturbed to find out that a month and a half later the Board of Trustees decided to unilaterally rescind this amendment.  In its own letter to the Pitzer community, the Board acknowledges that their legislative intervention breaks with Pitzer’s 54-year history of “Student Senate autonomy over the funds allocated to it by the College.”  It is particularly revealing that the Board rescinded the amendment during the summer break, when students were not present to form a democratic response.   In their letter to the Pitzer community, the Trustees claim that they are applying a so-called neutrality rule in relation to restrictions on the uses of student activity fees. However, the Student Senate has an established history of instituting restrictions on student activity fees as a means of protest.  In 2006, the Student Senate passed a boycott of products purchased at Wal-Mart stores, which was never publicly challenged by the Trustees. We see the roles of the companies on this list in the violation of Palestinian human rights as being fundamentally similar to the role of Wal-Mart in human rights violations via the widespread use of sweatshops. The repudiation of this amendment is therefore clearly a discriminatory act based on its pro-Palestinian viewpoint.   Additionally, the letter states that the point of view expressed in the boycott “does not align with Pitzer's commitment to inclusion and respect for diverse viewpoints.”  Yet, the amendment was passed after spirited debate in the Student Senate, a discussion that included vocal proponents and opponents of BDS.  After this debate, the elected representatives of the Student Senate democratically endorsed Paragraph VI.  This is a legislative embodiment of Pitzer’s community value of action, whereby students, “see [our core values] evidenced, hear them named, debate their integrity, and demand change on their behalf.”  As representatives, the Student Senate has decided to take a principled stand in support of Palestinian human rights.   In the words of South African freedom fighter and vocal supporter of the BDS movement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The decision of the Trustees in this situation legitimizes the heinous violations of international law of the Israeli state.   We call on the Pitzer College Board of Trustees to: 1) Respect the democratic decision of the Student Senate to amend the budget bylaws as stated above, and 2) Implement safeguards to ensure student autonomy in relation to all matters under the jurisdiction of the Pitzer Student Senate.   * See attached document detailing why we chose to include these companies in particular:  

Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine
250 supporters