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Petition to Enrique Peña Nieto

Save Río Usumacinta from dams

ENGLISH:  Río Usumacinta is the "Sacred Monkey River" of the Maya but has several dams planned for it that would flood historic Mayan archaeological sites, have devastating impacts for riparian wildlife, force residents to relocate, and destroy one of the finest rafting rivers in all Latin America. The river's Mayan name actually translates to "Sacred Monkey River", appropriate due to the high density of the revered howler monkeys in the river corridor.  This river passes through beautiful jungle rainforest and was home to two major classical Mayan archeological cities: Yaxchilán and Piedras Negras that continue to be popular tourist destinations.  Río Usumacinta is the most voluminous river in all of Mexico and Central America and passes through the "Gran Cañon de San José", one of the most impressive canyons in the world. Raft trips down the river allow tourists to visit the Mayan sites, camp on large beaches, see jungle wildlife and enjoy the calls of howler monkeys. Mexico's energy department (CFE) continues to advance plans to put a dam on this river, and has been actively pursuing the final dam to be built at Boca del Cerro.  However, This river deserves to be protected, not dammed for more energy that can be generated by other means.  HELP US STOP THE PLANNED USUMACINTA DAMS!  MAKE A COMMENT HERE THAT ALL CAN SEE! More info:  see SaveRioUsumacinta, Slideshow, and  RaftTripInfo ESPAÑOL: El gobierno mexicano tiene planes para construir 5 represas en el Río Usumacinta, el Río del Mono Sagrado de los Mayas. Las represas se llaman "Tenosique", "La Línea", "El Porvenir", "Isla el Cayo" y "Yaxchilán". Para construirlas se inundarán sitios arqueológicos mayas; además, sus impactos pueden resultar en impactos devastadores a las selvas, su flora y fauna y en el desalojo de muchos residentes a lo largo del río. El río Usumacinta es el más caudaloso de México y Centroamerica y el principal acceso a los sitios arqueológicos de Yaxchilán y Piedras Negras. En recorrido de balsa, se puede ver todo el río - sus selvas maduras, fauna, playas maravillosas, y el Gran Cañon de San José con sus rápidos. Las presas cambiarán esta oportunidad para siempre. AYÚDANOS A MANTENER EL USUMACINTA LIBRE PARA LAS FUTURAS GENERACIONES!

1,034 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to PetSmart

Tell PetSmart to Stop the Unethical Treatment of Fish

Almost everyone is familiar with PetSmart - the happy place that gives pets to the whole world and sells all kinds of pet food and loves puppies! Right? Unfortunately, the truth is a lot worse, for us and especially for the animals involved. No animal lives a happy life in the pet trade business, but let's focus for now on the one group that suffers the most - the fish.  How many times have I heard, "Fish are so stupid. They die instantly!" in my life? The reason most people find themselves spending twenty dollars on an animal that dies within the week is not because fish are weak, or dumb - it's because they're being cared for improperly.  PetSmart doesn't take perfect care of their fish in the stores, that much is clear from looking at the two or three dead fish in each tank. But at least they have filters and clean glass and proper food. If they didn't, their fish stock would be dead in two days, just like their customer's fish. But PetSmart employees have no reluctance handing over a bag of five goldfish to people who will put the fish in a tiny fish bowl and watch the fish die two days later.  PetSmart wants to sell fish. That is their top priority - making money. What should be their top priority is the welfare of their animals, but PetSmart will willingly sell a fish to someone they know will mistreat it, as long as they get paid. PetSmart is afraid that if they tell people what hard work fish keeping really is, they'll lose customers. So they allow customers to buy fish thinking they can stick them in any small bowl as long as it has water in it. This petition is asking PetSmart to educate their fish customers on the real needs of fish, from life span to the nitrogen cycle. Fish are living creatures who deserve proper care. Their lives are in the hands of PetSmart, so we ask PetSmart to do the minimum effort and inform the public of the basic needs of fish, including water quality, tank size, ammonia levels, cleaning schedules, and compatibility with other fish.  We, as humans who decided to conquer all other living things and take them into our responsibility, are the voice for the voiceless. We stand up against unethical treatment of animals. Boycott PetSmart and help give fish the long, healthy lives they deserve.      

Phoebe Baisch
1,445 supporters