Petition to Mr. Gajender Singh, Dr. G.V. Reddy, Ms. Timmie Kumar, Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Elefanten in Not
125 Jaipur Elephants MUST GO to Sanctuary
The estimated 125 Elephants misused in the tourism industry in Jaipur should be moved to a sanctuary. ELEPHANT RIDES MUST STOP NOW ! And here is why: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/tourists-write-to-peta-on-cruelty-to-elephant/articleshow/59314411.cmsutm_source=toimobile&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=referral&from=mdr Please watch the film WHERE THE ELEPHANT SLEEPS. The links to the long and short version of this film by Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky is on the bottom of this page. Where the Elephant Sleeps can also be watched here on the Peta Blog: http://www.petaindia.com/blog/watch-full-documentary-showing-plight-captive-elephants-jaipur/ Objective: In collaboration with Help in Suffering (HIS) in Jaipur, WRRC in Bangalore, and my organisations Elefanten in Not (Elephants in Need) Switzerland/Germany we are more than happy to give suggestions for the urgently needed change in Hathigaon, Elephant Village, Jaipur. We have expert assistance and specialists in Europe and all over the world, who can put the 16 points mentioned below into reality and help with the setting up of the same. 1. Elephants are social animals. They should have an enclosure where they are housed together, CHAIN FREE and having options to move about and socialize with each other. 2. At night, elephants could be housed in separate stalls but able to see and touch each other. In short, they should be able to make contact with one another. 3. Elephants' diet at Hathigaon is extremely faulty. They are given only starch and sugar and are forced to eat by beating. They should be able to eat when and what they want to eat. There should be provided with plenty of green grass fodder, roughage and appropriate rations. They should NOT be forced or beaten to eat, as is the standard practice now. ( Experts suggest that the elephants suffer from depression and mental health issues and going off food is the first sign of this malaise). They need a varied, natural diet and not just cane sugar. 4. Elephants love to have dust bath, mud bath and water bath. They make friends, and they love to play in the mud which also protects them against sun burn and fly bites. 5. The elephant shelters need to be enriched with devices and toys for their entertainment and mental stimulation. 6. Foot baths should be constructed in the facility. This is extremely important for their foot care and hygeine. Foot treatment, vaccinations, health checks, blood tests as well as medical treatment should be done on a regular basis. 7. The lake in Hathigaon should provide clean water. The elephants need to have access to the lake on their own and take a bath when they please. 8. Elephants love to find shade under big trees, NOT small bushes which just give the appearance to tourists that they live in a green environment. However, planting of 15-20 foot saplings is a MUST and should be well protected and watered, enabling them to grow as fast as possible. 9. The mahouts need to be well paid well and should be able to stay with their elephants. They need constant monitoring and education about positive training, using only voice command and violence free upkeep of the pachyderms. 10.Tourists should watch the elephants from outside the enclosures only. They should not be allowed to touch the elephants, give them baths or feed them out of routine. They can support the center with a ticket to buy at the toll gate. A guest book for the visitors can also be maintained where they can leave comments… Donations should be handled by authorized personnel only. 11. NO RIDES should be allowed anymore. Elephant saddles are history and have nothing to do on an elephants back. They can be used to exhibit fabrics for interested buyers. 12. Regarding the facilities, there should be a school for the children of the mahouts, and an elephant veterinary station. Restaurant facilities for the tourists can be handled by the families of the mahouts. 13. The stalls where the elephants are kept now are faulty, badly designed and cause maximum harm to the elephants. These stalls can be used as food storage areas. 14. At the end and very best, the system should be set up and inspections must be done on a regular basis. The team of veterinarians and caretakers should be chosen independently. All attempts by private individuals, professionals or groups to make personal money out of this facility should be discouraged. The system should serve the elephants only. 15. Elephant dung is already being used in Hathi Chaap Paper. It can also be used as a manure to grow vegetables like pumpkins, squash that can be used as an organic attraction for restaurants. 16. There should be no breeding of elephants allowed at Hathigaon. Rajasthan is an alien hostile habitat for elephants and the objective would be to phase them out gradually. Hathigaon Management should be strictly under the control and monitoring of the Forest Department. The elephants entire management regime should be controlled by the Forest Department & selected NGOs for assistance. The Tourism Department position would be one of facilitating the tourists into visits and paid excursions against strictly implemented Standard Operating Procedures laid down by a joint management team of Forest Dept. & NGOs. Where the Elephant Sleeps (99 min) https://vimeo.com/154293352 Where the Elephant Sleeps (40 min) https://vimeo.com/205399400
Petition to Heriot Watt University
End Data Structures Exam - Undergraduate year 2
The second semester for undergraduate computer science students in year 2 has doubled the amount of coursework after removing one exam. There is no justification for doubling the coursework load, especially during a global pandemic where everyone is having a hard time even staying alive. The students deserve to have a workload that actually leaves room to breathe. The students deserve to not feel like they're being crushed. The university needs to cancel this exam or remove 4 coursework. There is no other way that the students (on average) will be able to actually hand in good work. We deserve a university that actually cares about our mental health and doesn't just send empty emails that talk about wellness while people are driven to depression. Cancel the exam, or remove 4 courseworks from our general semester load.
Petition to Ministry of External affairs India, Austrian Embassy New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Austria, VFS in India, Austrian D Visa Aspirants from India
Please restart Austrian Visa Services in India for Students and Work Contract Holders
Please help the Students and Work permit holders to submit the application at the Austrian Embassy and their related visa services by reopening the Embassy. We have been waiting with our admission letters and job contracts. Our livelihood, career and future are on hold. We are ready to follow any preventive and protective measures the Government will put forth for a travel. Many students have paid their fees including accommodation and are ready with all the documents. But unless and until the Embassy wont restart their services we will just be staying behind without any future or a job. Many people have left their jobs and been waiting with the job contract letters so as to join the employment and earn a livelihood. We request the Embassy of Austria in India to accept our applications, atleast start processing the D Visa category for students and work permits. Without your help we won't be able to start our degree programmes or join our job that we’ve been qualified for. Please consider our request as many countries have opened their visa services for students and essential services. A small help will save the life of many people and their families who have invested so much in this.
Petition to United Nations
World map we know is distorted. Increase the use of Winkel-Tripel maps
The world map that we commonly look at is distorted and is misleading in terms of the land area shown. It might not be what we want our next generation to follow. The cultural bias it is bound to, makes it even worse. The current Mercator map projections show Greenland to be similar in size to Africa, when in reality Africa is over 14 times larger. Times have updated, our maps have not. Using a conventional map does not reflect the truth. Continual use of it only promotes the inherent biases in society especially when alternate versions are available. Not only does it affect our perspective of the world, but it also puts a veil on how future generations see and relate to the rest of the world. The Mercator maps, which are widely used today (even in Google Maps), were created in the 16th century to serve a different purpose. Think of it this way - would you still be using a horse carriage today when you have an automobile? Here is an excerpt from one of the articles on Winkel-Tripel projections: "Th [is] map resorts to mathematics to curtail three major types of distortion - area, direction, and distance (and hence the German term for 'triple', Tripel, is in the name). This map projection shows Greenland as the same size as Argentina, and not as the size of all of South America. The National Geographic Society has been drawing all its standard maps using the Winkel-Tripel projection since 1998, and many US schools have followed suit. However, despite its popularity, since the map doesn't preserve angles, it is nowhere close to replacing Mercator for navigation purposes. "* So, the claims on cultural biases are alarming. You can read them up in the articles below. The aim of this petition is to point out and help increase the use of an alternative projection that is as close to reality as possible. Numerous articles and posts are available on this topic. http://metrocosm.com/mercator/ https://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/18/africa/real-size-of-africa/index.html https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-10-28/most-maps-are-lying-you-about-how-big-africa-really-its-really-big https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/02/google-maps-gets-africa-wrong Cited article from (with asterisk *): https://geoawesomeness.com/best-map-projection/
Petition to Lin Manuel Miranda, Shane Madej
Lin Manuel Miranda as a guest on Watcher’s puppet history
Watcher is a new production studio that is focused on creating unscripted shows on YouTube. The show “puppet history” is hosted by the professor, a whimsical puppet played by Shane Madej, who recounts history’s wildest tales for his two guest. During the show, the two guest participate in a quiz and whoever wins is declared “history master”. One of the greatest segments is one of the characters from the story performing a song on stage. Lin Manuel Miranda is one of the greatest playwrights and composers of our time. He’s mainly known for his musicals “In the heights” and “Hamilton”. Especially the later makes him and ideal guest for puppet history. His interest in history and music line up with the shows main features. He also has a great sense of humour and worked as a teacher for some time, showing that he values education which puppet history tries to provide. It would also make Shane happy and we all want to see the Watcher boys happy.