Petition to Singapore Food Agency, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli
Preserve the Singapore traditional culture of Ice Cream street hawkers
Ice cream street hawkers hold licences that are personal to the holder and non-transferable, according to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). They cannot transfer their licence to family members or friends who might want to take over. This has resulted in dwindling numbers and rapid decline of the count of such hawkers on the streets and neighbourhood areas thoughout Singapore. As the license owners are almost all above the age of 50 years old, the license will be non-existent once the owner passed away or simply choose to forgo the license due to old age and ailments that affected their body health. It may be even within a matter of years before such traditional trade disappear for good. One such example is my mother. She is currently a licensed traditional hawker selling Magnolia ice cream outside Yew Tee mrt station. Both my parents are already close to 70 years old. I have helped them out since my secondary school days more than a decade ago, since attaining the license in 2004. I had previously discussed with my parents that I would like to take over the ice cream hawker when my mother decides to retire in the near future. However, I knew that I could never do that due to the strict regulation and policies in place (eg. Non-transferable license). I grew up learning and appreciating all the different methods of operating the traditional ice cream cart. Therefore, I really hope that such hawkers wont have to come to an end one day. Singapore is, no doubt, always improving and always progressing. However, the government and authorities have stressed the importance of retaining our national heritage. Isn't traditional ice cream hawkers one of our many food heritage? Why then shouldnt it be discontinued? Does it mean that only those selling ice creams at proper stalls/shops are then the right way to go? In that case, what difference does it make for tourists or even local Singaporeans when there are such ice cream parlours everywhere, which also can be found in other countries? Preserve the tradition is by allowing such old trades to remain on the streets of Singapore.
Petition to Restaurants, Food Manufacturers, All Consumers
Be wise, be practical, stop wasting food
Everyday, we produce, manufacrure and consume food. The rate of the world's production is enough to feed 10 billion people but the question is, why many people are still hungry? Why is there hunger? Every now and then, humans eat food, in restaurants, in home, malls and in many other places. Every year, we accumulate 1.3 billion tons of food waste, that are being dumped. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries. Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). From farm to dinner table, the United States loses or wastes 133 billion pounds of food per year, the USDA reported in its 2014 report on food loss. That’s 31 percent of the country’s annual available food supply, or 429 pounds per person, per year. Americans’ food loss was worth about $161.6 billion at retail prices in 2010, the USDA says. Meanwhile, about 815 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life, and nearly 25 percent of people in developing countries are undernourished, according to the World Food Program. We all contribute to the food wasting. Let us start changing our ways, save food be practical, help reach the people who are far who are unreachable. Let us make a zero hunger world.
Petition to Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers
Keep British food safe after Brexit!
When we leave the EU there’s a serious risk of dangerous synthetic hormones in American beef entering our food supply. Shoppers could be left in the dark about the cancer-linked hormones seeping into our diet. This is why I’m calling on the government to officially commit to ensuring that the UK’s food standards are not weakened after Brexit - or raised even higher. In the USA, almost all beef cattle receive hormone supplements, implanted under their skin. There are six hormones used in the US and elsewhere that are banned in the EU for health reasons - including at least one that is judged to be a significant cancer risk. I’ve spent decades researching and writing about food policy in the UK, and I co-authored a report on the risks of hormone-treated beef post-Brexit. We found that there’s a serious risk the UK will lower our food standards to secure a trade deal with the USA - introducing an unnecessary and unacceptable risk to our public health. It could also increase animal suffering by opening the door to high-intensity beef production systems that are associated with overcrowding, poor cattle handling and heat stress. Allowing hormone-reared beef could also mean that EU Member States would stop buying British beef as hormone-treated beef would remain unlawful there. Regardless of what kind of Brexit deal we end up with - the British people deserve the highest food standards. So we want both the Environment Minister and the shadow Environment Minister to provide written statements committing to upholding current standards. Leaving the EU must not mean that food standards decline and the British public are exposed to dangerous hormones. Please sign my petition calling on the government and opposition to make a long-term commitment to maintain, or raise, current food standards.
Petition to Theresa May Prime Minister, Michael Gove MP, George Eustice MP, Jacob Rees Mogg, Boris Johnson
BAN HALAL & KOSHER MEAT IN THE UK
HALAL AND KOSHER MEAT MUST BE COMPLETELY BANNED IN THE UK. THAT INCLUDES THE SALE AND SLAUGHTER. IT CONDONES CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE BRITISH PUBLIC. IT IS OFFENSIVE TO EVERY CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE UK AND IT IS MORALY WRONG IN OUR CIVILIZATION. ALL LIFE IS SACRED AND FIGHTS TO LIVE, IF IT MUST BE KILLED IT MUST BE DONE AS HUMANLY AS POSSIBLE. THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN WISH TO REMAIN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY NOT A BARBARIC ONE. WE DENOUNCE HALAL & KOSHER MEAT IN OUR COUNTRY. ALL THOSE THAT WISH TO LIVE IN THE UK MUST ACCEPT AND ABIDE BY OUR UK LAWS AND PRINCIPLES. British people are against halal and kosher slaughter. Under British Law, animals must be stunned before slaughter, and not killed in full view of other animals. It is distressing to animals morally wrong and unnecessarily cruel. Halal and kosher slaughter is a barbaric way to slaughter an animal. Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands have banned halal slaughter, and as an animal loving nation, we are insisting the same happens in the UK. We are angry at the Government and food industry for pandering to the MINORITY group that want halal and kosher foods, and we stand up and set an example that the halal and kosher slaughter method is wrong. It is completely unnecessary because the people who eat this food can say a prayer over the food which enables them to eat it. We are a predominantly Christian country and we demand that you follow the wishes of the British people. We insist all animals are stunned prior to slaughter. The Danish PM said animal rights have to come above religious rights, and we believe that in the year 2017, this is true. As well as the cruelty, Christians and Sikhs are forbidden to eat halal and kosher and since it is unlabelled, our religious rights are being violated. We therefore insist that all animals are stunned prior to slaughter, and that all halal and kosher foods are banned in this country. We have fought many years to be a civilized nation and we will not let those standards drop to barbaric practices because of a minority living in our country. If you live in Britain you must adapt to our values, custom’s and high standards. WE will NOT allow our standards to drop for the sake of a few. This petition is based on a petition by Johanne Tavares called “Stop unstunned halal and kosher slaughter in the UK”: https://www.change.org/p/stop-unstunned-halal-and-kosher-slaughter-in-the-uk
Petition to To bring back Pizzini's into canteens across Scotland
Bring back Pizzini’s!
I think we can all agree, the piping hot tomato sauce of a pizzini is unrivalled. It simply cannot be put into words how amazing these pizza calzone things are. They have been absent in canteens for too long across Scotland and this must be put to an end! Let’s send a strong message to the Scottish Government that we won’t be played with anymore!
Petition to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fair Trade for British Farmers
Scrap UK farm subsidies, which support an army of civil servants, quangos and hangers on. Instead simply regulate market prices paid for agricultural produce. Most British farmers earn far less than the minimum wage for the hours they work, 365 days of the year in all weathers. Give farmers their due. Fair Trade for British Farmers. The average age of a British Farmer is 57. Farming desperately needs to attract more young people to enter the industry. Despite farm subsidies, which are commonly misunderstood, farms across the country have been struggling to make ends meet, quietly and stoically, for decades. Farms are under-staffed because they don’t make enough money for the hands they need. Farms that used to employ half a dozen people after WW2 are now run by a single farmer, single handed, often while doing other jobs. Agricultural producers are paid a fraction of the retail price of their produce. And yet they do all the work, carry all the risks and losses in producing it. Tax payers' hard earned money is being spent inefficiently on thousands of civil servants, associated organisations and intermediaries to run the farm subsidy system. And most taxpayers are completely unaware at the check-out of a supermarket that they’ve already paid part of the cost of the British produce they are buying. I’m a hill farmer with 700 sheep. I work hard everyday of the year. I don’t take holidays. When I’m sick there’s no sick pay, there’s no one to step in and take over. After a knee operation I Iambed 350 ewes in a leg brace. It was laughable. Farmers are self-sufficient and independent. They don’t want sympathy, charity, or subsidy. Just like everyone else in the world, all farmers want and need is a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. Thanks for reading this petition. Your signature would be very much appreciated.
Petition to Walkers
Make Walkers bring back Prawn Cocktail flavour Wotsits
Walkers have just revealed they will be bringing back two of their iconic flavour Wotsits... sizzling steak and flaming hot – however, this has meant Prawn Cocktail has been snubbed. Everyone knows that Prawn Cocktail was, and always will be, the best flavour Wotsit, so we want Walkers to bring them back. Immediately. That is all.