Petition to Walmart
Fight Walmart Fish Cruelty: Ban Live Fish Sales at All Walmart Stores
Over the last several years, Fight Walmart Fish Cruelty (see https://www.facebook.com/fightwalmartfishcruelty) has been raising awareness about the appalling conditions of live fish sold throughout the country and internationally at Walmart stores. These live fish are being "managed" by low-paid workers with virtually no experience in the care and treatment of fish (or other animals). Bettas are "shelved" like other products, with no ongoing care. Many (perhaps most) are doomed to a slow death as their water evaporates (and stagnates), their food isn't replenished, or suffocate when they are stacked on shelves with their lid air hole lids are blocked. Fish in the aquariums at Walmarts are in tanks that are inadequately serviced or filtered, combined other breeds of fish that are incompatible, or in water conditions that are not appropriate for survival. Workers responsible for the "fish department" have no training in their care (and are often simply the same people who manage nearby departments). We have spoken to dozens of these workers who are forced to take care of aquariums with no experience or training. We've seen workers changing aquariums with without treating the water to remove chlorine, tropical fish trying to survive in unheated tanks, long unfed fish living on the carcasses of dead ones. And, customers trying to save bettas literally laying on their sides because the water levels were so low by adding their own bottled drinking water. In nearly all Walmarts that sell fish, you will find dead and dying bettas and aquarium fish. Not only would any customer with any experience with fish not purchase fish from Walmart, it is clear that Walmart is using live fish as "impulse" purchases with an expiration date defined by death. It is cruel and inhumane, and completely unnecessary for Walmart's profit margin, to sell live fish. Walmart needs to either commit to providing adequately trained fish care employees specifically for their fish sales or simply end the sale of live fish entirely. Before you sign this petition, we encourage you to visit your local Walmart and, if they sell live fish, take a good look at the conditions in that department. You will see why this is an important cause. END THE SALE OF LIVE FISH AT WALMART WORLDWIDE.
Petition to Doug McMillon
Tell Wal-Mart to end their live fish sales
Wal-Mart should halt the sale of live fish in it's stores. These fish are often seen floating dead in their tanks and bettas (Siamese fighting fish) are left in tiny cups of water that are rarely cleaned (to potentially suffer, starve and die). Wal-Mart should immediately discontinue this outdated and unnecessary practice and cease contributing to the cruel trade of animals for profit.
Petition to Charles Schumer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Animal Planet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ellen Jaffee, Andrew Cuomo, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, New York State House, Greenpeace USA, Democratic National Committee, Barack Obama, David Carlucci, Bill Fox, World Wildlife Fund, International Animal Rescue, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Blue Marine Foundation
Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy.
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!
Petition to Matt Harrigan
Bring Tang back to FishCenter
Tang has been stuck in the aquarium store ever since he got kicked off of the show. Noone wants to buy him because of his scar. Without Ol' Blue in the tank lots of people think he deserves at least a second chance! Of course there is a serious risk involved but with the right planning it might work! Leave no fish behind!