Petition to People's Bank of China & South Korean Financial Services Commission
Repeal the Ban on ICOs in China and South Korea
This Initiative wholeheartedly agrees and supports that guidelines should be in place around ICOs to protect investors and markets, however an outright ban by regulatory bodies stifles technology innovation, inhibits economic growth, and limits opportunity in what could very well be the biggest advancement in technology since the birth of the internet. With this as the basis of our petition, we ask for your support requesting that The People's Public Bank of China & Financial Services Commission of Korea reverse their draconian bans on ICOs as a funding mechanism for blockchain initiatives immediately. We provide these further points in support: This wave of innovation will inevitably give birth to the next Google or Amazon, and those advancements will be born from other countries if China and South Korea sit out, effectively blocking inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs, from building value for your nations. Many nations look to China and South Korea for leadership, what's done in these countries could be mirrored by others blindly casting a negative tone on critical technological innovations. The ban represents a huge loss for the world economy, in general, as it unfairly discredits cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies and inhibits its global growth and benefit of everyone on the globe. Ultimately, this ban should be reversed immediately, so other regulatory bodies do not blindly follow, slowing the progression or possibly causing us to miss out on what is promising to be the next internet.
Petition to Governor Brown, Jerry Brown
Stop the Brutal Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Guangdong (Canton), China.
Governor Brown. Tell Sister State, Canton Province, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. California and China’s Guangdong Province are now official sister states. Yet the province is responsible for much of China’s horrendous dog and cat meat trade. It accounts for 40% of the dog meat trade and 70% of the cat meat trade in China. That's about 4 million dogs and 2 million cats - many of them stolen pets! There are established laws in Guangdong against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored. Undercover investigators have gathered much first-hand evidence that dogs and cats are being stolen, transported long distances and brutally butchered in filthy slaughterhouses. Since many of the animals are captured through poisoning the meat is known to be toxic and is a public health hazard. Please inform Governor Zhu Xiaodan that California citizens and their friends insist that he issues an official document mandating that the following existing laws be enforced: -- Local police and the Animal Husbandry Bureau must follow the official document issued by the Chinese Agricultural Department on April 22, 2013 that prohibits any trucks without the required certificates to transport live or dead dogs and cats into or out of Guandong Province. -- Restaurants that are serving dog and cat meat should be made to stop and pay fines for violations of Chinese food safety laws. (Chinese FDA law penal code 85 and Criminal Law Code 143). Uninspected meat cannot be sold to consumers under Chinese FDA law, Code 28. -- The Trade and Industry Bureau must enforce commercial licensing laws and close illegal slaughterhouses and markets. We believe these demands are in line with the goal of sister states to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. International and Chinese media coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in Guangdong has stained China’s image and severely tarnished California’s sister state relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now. Thank you for taking swift action. From the Duo Duo Project (www.duoduoproject.org) PS: Please also send Governor Brown a direct email if you can. It's very quick and simple. https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
Petition to Mr. Hong Lei
Chicago Chinese Consul General, help us to end the dog and cat meat trade
China has much to be proud of; many millennia of artistic excellence, its emergence into a manufacturing giant and resulting surging economy, but it also has the most reprehensible and dark side, preventing it from becoming a true world power; the barbaric dog and cat meat trade. 10 million or more dogs and cats, mostly stolen pets, die the most sadistically brutal death each year under the misguided belief that the more the animal suffers and the greater its adrenaline level before slaughter, the greater the medicinal benefit (virility and temperature regulation) to the consumer. Methods of torture include boiling, skinning, blow torching, dismembering and disemboweling them while conscious. Some are simply beaten for hours or days on end to tenderize their meat. Conversely, outbreaks of Rabies, Cholera and Trichinellosis have been connected to handling and eating dogs and cats. Children have also been desensitized and traumatized from observing the torture and slaughter of these sentient beings. 11 million Chinese citizens have signed petitions urging their government to stop this atrocity and many activists there have risked their lives trying to save these pets. An investigation by PETA has uncovered evidence that dog skin has been used in leather products manufactured in China, mislabeled as faux or other leather. It's believed that these products have entered the U.S. market. Since China is our largest trade partner, we have the right to speak up against the barbaric torture inflicted upon those who have no voice. The time has come to put an end to this nightmare for man's best friends! Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Let's pledge to boycott as much as possible from China until this nightmare for dogs and cats ends.
Petition to U.S. Senate
Cut off trade with China until they end Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory imports
Global bans on international trade of ivory and rhino horn are not enough. The black market is continuing on, and winning. The consumer demand in Asian countries, China being the largest, is too strong to stop poachers from murdering these animals for their tusks and horns. If the market continues to drive poaching, both rhinos and elephants could vanish from the wild as early as 2034. While these animals have been killed for their tusks/horns for thousands of years, the elephant and rhino populations are reaching a breaking point. Poachers have begun breaking into European zoos and sanctuaries to murder and maim Rhinos, and just yesterday 1 of 25 remaining "big tusker" elephants was killed by poachers in Kenya. We need to tell our governments that banning the trade of these products is not enough. We must send a message that we do not want to interact economically with countries that do not actively work to conserve these species. We need to get serious about this. If we stopped trade with China for even one day, imagine the message we would send. We want our children to live in a world where elephants and rhinos still exist in the wild. We do not want to see any more articles about how elderly and beloved rhino and elephant were recently shot and poisoned and maimed. The only way this will end is to punish the countries who do not take this issue seriously, and who continue to import these products.
Petition to Office of Business Liaison, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Edward Markey, Nancy Pelosi, Wilbur Ross
Include Karen Christensen in US Trade Mission to China
I urge you to include Karen Christensen, founder and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, in the US Commerce Department’s trade mission to China. Karen is open minded, future focused, and technology savvy, and has the best interests of the United States at heart. Her knowledge and networks are wide. Her grasp of US business interests comes from a childhood in the Midwest, teen years in the Silicon Valley, education in the public university system of California, and a professional life that spans the globe. Her current ventures in China provide a superb foundation for future initiatives in media, education, and technology, and her work can help other US companies and business leaders across the US. Her recent activities as head of the Train Campaign grounds her in infrastructure issues, and her activities as a business leader in rural Massachusetts have given her a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges for US business in the 21st century. Karen will represent small business owners and women leaders in business. Please ensure that Karen Christensen’s voice and vision are part of the US mission to China in 2017.
Petition to President Trump, Christopher Dental, Elliott F. Kaye, Paul Gosar, Louisiana State House, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Cpsc , Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Environmental Protection Agency
Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness
After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black, what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.
Petition to Cambridge University Press, Reed-Elsevier Group, Springer Publishing Company, John Wiley & Sons Publishing company, Taylor & Francis Group, SAGE Publications Publishing company, Oxford University Press, Thomson Reuters, Walter de Gruyter Company, McGraw Hill Education, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan Publishing company, Brill publishers, University of Hawaii Press, University of Chicago Press, Cornell University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Yale University Press, Indiana University Press, Columbia University Press, Duke University Press, Harvard University Press, SUNY press, Australian National University Press, University of Washington Press, University of Michigan Press, Amsterdam University Press, University of Illinois Press, Melbourne University Publishing, Monash University Publishing, Sydney University Press, University of Adelaide Press, University of New South Wales Press, University of Queensland Press, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), Presses Universitaires de Rennes (PUR), European University Press, EBSCO Publishing, JSTOR , ScienceDirect , Web of Science, Association of American University Presses, Association of University Presses
Peer Review Boycott of Academic Publications that Censor Content in China
In recent weeks, the prestigious academic publishing house Cambridge University Press came under unprecedented pressure from the Chinese government to restrict access in China to hundreds of articles and book reviews and thousands of e-books in two of its flagship Chinese and Asian studies journals, China Quarterly and The Journal of Asian Studies. While Cambridge University Press initially agreed to censor articles in China Quarterly, it reversed that decision after outcry from the international academic community. Meanwhile, in the wake of the Chinese government's increasing efforts to tighten controls on academic institutions, other international academic publishers have admitted to quietly censoring their content in order to gain access to Chinese markets, and at least one database company, LexisNexis, pulled two of its products from China after pressure from authorities. As members of the international academic community, we confirm the fundamental value of academic freedom, which should override – in every instance – consideration of governments' demands or market access. We also confirm the right of our colleagues who are citizens of China to unfettered access to international scholarship in all fields. Academic publications are sustained through the social contract they enter into with their authors as well as with the larger academic community. That academic community provides the free peer review service and unpaid contributions of authors that uphold the integrity of publications' brands. As such, academic publications should honor their commitment to broadly disseminate the knowledge they produce without acceding to governments' demands. While we acknowledge that it can be difficult to discern which publications or their holding companies are censoring in China, we call for a peer review boycott of any non-PRC-based academic publication known to be censoring its content in the People's Republic of China. From now on, we will not agree to provide peer review service until editors confirm that their publications do not censor content in the PRC, and we call on all others to do so as well. With a large number of signatories, we can send a strong message to major academic publishers and/or their holding companies. This petition will be sent to the five major publishing companies that control over half of international peer-reviewed academic work (Reed-Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Sage); to all the major university presses in Asian studies in the U.S., Europe and Australia; as well as to the major academic databases (like LexisNexis and Web of Science) NOTE: To display your name on the website for maximum impact, when you sign, please leave the box checked for 'Display my name and comment on this petition,' and type in your academic affiliation, along with any comments you have, in the box for 'Reason for signing'. Your name will be included in the final downloaded list, but only if you add a comment to 'Reason for signing' will your name be displayed on the web page.
Petition to YuLin Government, Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
Dear Ambassador Cui Tiankai, China's rich cultural and traditional history spans thousands of years and now China is fast becoming a recognized and dominating super economic power, with its citizens enjoying a high standard of living as the result of economic and social progress. However, with great success comes great responsibility, and as a global citizen, I am truly shocked and appalled to learn about the cruelty and suffering currently being inflicted upon the helpless companion animals, namely dogs and cats, of Yulin, killed during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This medieval way of treating animals sits at complete odds with how China has progressed as a society in recent years. This is not about cultural differences this is about the most basic of ethics and about treating animals with compassion. It's plain to see that the practices carried out at Yulin represent a new low for China. Those animals we choose to be our working companions, our eyes when we are blind, our guardians of the family home, to share our food and to be our best friends for hundreds of years are suffering and are being slaughtered in the most monstrous of ways. There are many videos on YouTube to evidence this, although they are not easy to watch. Despite how you feel about eating any animal, no living, sentient being should be abused or tortured for any reason, and no right-minded person can rationally argue otherwise. Dogs and cats suffer unspeakable horrors at the hands of farmers, traders and butchers - beaten, torched with fire, boiled alive, etc. Not all these animals are "farmed" - many are beloved, stolen pets. The medieval treatment of companion animals in Yulin provides a cruel contrast to the slick, sophisticated, modern image that China tries so hard to portray to the outside world. Until Yulin and the Chinese government officials begin to legitimately and aggressively police, enact and enforce the companion animal protection laws as a first step in ending this shameful industry, I will be protesting for the tens of thousands of suffering, neglected and abused companion animals living lives of utter misery and pain unto death throughout Yulin and other cities that supply these animals to Yulin. ---------------------------------- To learn more and take action, please visit: English: http://koreandogs.org/yulin/Greek: http://koreandogs.org/yulin-greek/Italian: http://koreandogs.org/yulin-italian/Spanish: http://koreandogs.org/yulin-spanish/ Ambassador Cui TiankaiEmbassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America3505 International Place, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20008 U.S.A.Tel: +1-202-495-2266Fax: +1-202-495-2138E-mail: email@example.com http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/ Consulate General Luo LinquanConsulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115Tel: 415-852-5924http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/eng/ City of Yulin: http://www.yulin.gov.cn/ Italian: FERMIAMO LO YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL Spettabile Governo Cinese, La Cina, con la sua ricca storia di cultura e tradizioni millenarie, è ormai anche un paese dichiaratamente annoverato tra le superpotenze economiche mondiali, con una popolazione ad un alto tenore di vita frutto di un raggiunto benessere sociale ed economico. Tuttavia, con il grande successo arrivano anche le grandi responsabilità e in quanto cittadino del mondo, sono scioccato e disgustato dalla crudeltà e delle sofferenze inflitte su inermi animali da compagnia, i cani e gatti di Yulin, uccisi durante l’annuale Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Questo barbaro modo di trattare gli animali si scontra fortemente con il progresso sociale raggiunto dalla Cina in questi ultimi anni. Le differenze culturali non c’entrano, c’entra la necessità di trovare modi eticamente corretti e compassionevoli di interagire col mondo animale. E’ sotto gli occhi di tutti che le inumane torture perpetrate a Yulin rappresentano una vera e propria macchia indelebile nella storia recente della Cina. Gli stessi animali che abbiamo scelto come compagni di lavoro, come nostri occhi quando non siamo in grado di vedere, come guardiani delle nostre case e delle nostre famiglie, con cui condividiamo il nostro cibo e che sono i nostri migliori amici da centinaia di anni vengono massacrati nei modi più mostruosi. Esistono molti video su Youtube, a testimonianza di ciò, che non sono facili da guardare. E indipendentemente da come la si pensi in merito al consumo di qualsiasi animale, nessun essere vivente senziente dovrebbe essere in alcun modo costretto a sottostare ad abusi e torture e nessuna persona dotata di logica e raziocinio potrà mai dire il contrario. Cani e gatti patiscono sofferenze indicibili per mano di contadini, mercanti e macellai venendo bastonati, bruciati e bolliti ancora vivi. E non tutti questi animali vengono “allevati” a questo scopo, molti sono animali domestici rubati alle loro disperate famiglie. Il trattamento barbaro degli animali da compagnia di Yulin si pone in netta contrapposizione con l’immagine elegante, sofisticata e moderna che la Cina cerca da tempo di mostrare al resto del mondo. Finché Yulin e i rappresentanti del governo cinese non cominceranno a combattere questa pratica con forza e decisione implementando una legge per la protezione degli animali da compagnia come primo passo per porre termine a questa pratica vergognosa, io protesterò per le decine di migliaia di animali da compagnia negletti, abusati e torturati, costretti ad una vita miserrima e pene indicibili e letali in tutta Yulin e in tutte le altre città che forniscono animali a Yulin. Distinti saluti,