Petition to James J. Breheny, Max Pulsinelli
End Happy The Elephant's 10 Years of Solitary Confinement
The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it. I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace. New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior. Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had. For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world. Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Travis Tranel, Sheila Harsdorf, Paul D. Ryan, Sean P. Duffy, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Adam Jarchow, Patty Schachtner, Keith Ripp, Romaine Robert Quinn, Lena C. Taylor, Bob Kulp, Tammy Baldwin
Help America’s Dairy Farmers bring milk prices to the 21st Century
America's farmers are the life line for all of us. Without farmers raising their crops and livestock, we wouldn't have food on the table or in our bellies. What's more disturbing is the lack of funding to help the farmers be able to make a living wage without going into debt and losing their farms to bigger conglomerate farms. You know something is seriously wrong with the farming industry when your creameries are sending out letters with suicide prevention resources with the farmer's milk checks. Milk prices today are at the same price they were back in 1978 and this hasn't given farmers a fighting chance. Three years ago my parents at ages 61 and 57 had to make a decision that would change their lives forever. They chose to grow the family farm into 120 cows from 70 cows because they couldn't afford to retire and they were still financially supporting my dad's parents who are 92 and 86 years old and still live on the family farm. Building a new barn was the best thing in the world because it meant the herd they had in the old barn doubled their milk production just by moving them into a modern barn that promoted cow health. At the time of them considering & going through the building process the price of milk was at $22 per hundred weight. Since building 3 years ago there has been a steady drop in the price of milk. As of their last milk check posted this week the price is $14.20 per hundred weight, well below affordable price to make ends meet. As of 3 weeks ago my parents were denied funding to purchase seed corn or other supplies for this growing season which is setting them up to be foreclosed upon as early as this fall. Everyone says they can't thank the farmer enough but when we see the price of $14.20 per hundred weight how can we feel thanked by Americans when the farmer cannot even afford to put 'food on the table' for our precious cows who give us the milk we sell. Milk processing plants have even gone as far as sending letters out in the milk check trying to help farmers deal with depression and anxiety because they know the farmer can't afford to pay their bills on the milk check they are receiving. Over the course of the last 10 years you, as 'The Government', have bailed out the banking industry due to failing housing market prices and predatory lending, the auto market due to failing prices in the automobile market, and several other markets. If the government and people of the United States of America say they 'cannot do it without the farmer' then why is the price of a gallon of milk higher than ever in the store but yet 'in the gutter' for the farmer? Why is the housing, banking, auto, and other industries doing very well and the economy appears to be very strong but yet the farmer that creates your meals not able to put food on their own table due to low milk prices? What we are asking of you is this. What can the government do to augment the price of milk in the very near future (i.e. in the next 30 days as emergency relief) to help our dairy farmers of our great nation make it this growing season? We are looking to achieve $20 per hundred weight and create legislation to keep it no less than $20 so all farmers can continue doing what they love, farming! Please take this into serious consideration. The next 60 days with the price of milk will determine whether my parents will be able to keep the 120 year old family farm and share it with their grandchildren or will they be required to liquidate the farm and be left with nothing for not only their future, but Dad's parents’ future. Please consider this an EMERGENCY and look to create an emergency fund to help 'bail dairy farmers out' of this horrible situation.
Petition to Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman
Support World Heritage protection for takayna / Tarkine
Tasmania's takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture. The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania's rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine's immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining. The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area. Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes billions to the Tasmanian economy. Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection and protect this critical region from mining and logging.
Petition to Brock Long
Urge FEMA to save millions of farm animals
Days before Hurricane Florence violently struck North Carolina, factory farm operators across the state consciously abandoned millions of farm animals in windowless sheds and cages to drown in the rising flood waters of the category 4 hurricane. They were nothing more than property whose loss would be covered by insurance. In the United States, farm animals have no protection under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s PETS Act, the federal legislation drafted after Hurricane Katrina to rescue and care for “household pets” in times of natural disaster. Sign and share today to urge FEMA to mandate protections for farm animals under FEMA’s PETS Act in states susceptible to extreme weather events. During Hurricane Florence, this lack of legal protection was responsible for the reported deaths of more than 3.4 million farm animals—with more and more deaths reported every day. And because of climate change, extreme weather events will undoubtedly become more frequent and destructive, and more farm animals will die in floods, forest fires, and droughts if the government does not take ACTION. Hurricane Florence was devastating for animals. Let’s fight to make sure this tragedy is a catalyst for change. Sign today to tell FEMA to protect farm animals in the PETS Act.
Petition to South Korean Government, President Moon Jae-In
President Moon Jae-In: Please stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in Korea.
Our goal is 300,000 signatures. Please sign and share for the Korean dogs and cats. For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/president-moon-end-dmt/ Thank you! Dear President Moon Jae-In and the South Korean Government, Please watch this documentary: https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY I am extremely upset about the torture and consumption of companion animals in South Korea. With the ubiquity of social medias, every day we are seeing shocking and heartbreaking images and videos of innocent dogs being tortured and killed in your country. Even though Korea has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hung, electrocuted, and treated brutally by farmers and slaughters. Also, dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of ignorant and gullible customers. These practices have no place in the modern world. Other Asian countries have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it, such as Taiwan and the Philippines. Why does Korea persist in lagging behind these countries and other civilized societies? It’s the responsibility of the Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog meat and cat medicine industries in Korea. It is time to dismiss the childish myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. It is time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions. And it is time for Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and show that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the Korean government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a proper manner. Until these things are done, Korea’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. And Korea will continue to be regarded as “third world,” despite its modernization and attempts at globalized thinking. From now on, I will boycott Korean products, and I will not support Korean companies or visit Korea until the abuse of cats and dogs has finally ended. Yours sincerely, [Korean] 문재인 대통령님과 대한민국정부에게: 잔인무도한 개, 고양이 식용을 즉각 중지해주세요! 다음의 동영상을 봐주시기 바랍니다. http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q https://youtu.be/9SKVdNrfIZo 저는 대한민국에서는 반려동물을 고문하고 잡아먹는다는 사실을 접하고 엄청난 충격을 받았습니다. 산재해 있는 소셜 미디어를 통해서 한국에 있는 아무런 죄 없는 개들이 고문 당하고 죽임 당하는 끔찍하고 가슴 아픈 장면이 담긴 사진과 동영상을 매순간 접하고 있습니다. 비록 한국이 반려동물에 대한 동물보호법을 제정했지만 개들은 여전히 개농장 주인과 도살업자에게 구타당하고, 목 매달리고, 감전되고, 잔인하게 취급 당하고 있습니다. 또 보약이라는 미명하에 아직도 개와 고양이를 산채로 끓는 물에 집어넣고 있습니다. 아무런 의학적 효과가 증명된 바 없음에도 불구하고 무지하고 잘 속아넘어가는 사람들은 여전히 효험이 있다고 믿고 있습니다. 이러한 관행은 오늘날 어디에서도 찾아볼 수 없는 일입니다. 대만이나 필리핀 같은 다른 아시아 국가들은 이미 개고기와 개고기 관련 산업을 금지시켰습니다. 한국이 왜 이러한 나라들이나 다른 문명 사회보다 뒤쳐진 채로 남아있는지 이해할 수가 없습니다. 한국에서 이 잔인하기 짝이 없는 개고기 산업과 고양이로 만든 보약 산업을 영원히 근절시키는 것은 대한민국 정부의 책임입니다. 이와 관련된 산업과 혐오식품을 둘러싼 어리석은 괴담과 주장을 떨쳐버릴 때입니다. 낙후되고 불필요한 전통은 과감히 버릴 때입니다. 그리고 동물복지 문제를 심각하게 받아들여서 한국 사회가 자비롭고 윤리적인 사회라는 것을 보여줄 때입니다. 즉, 한국 정부가 대중들에게 반려동물의 중성화의 중요성, 유기금지, 동물에 대한 적절한 취급에 대해 더 나은 교육을 시작할 때라는 뜻입니다. 그렇지 않으면 한국은 국제사회에서 계속해서 나쁜 평판을 이어가게 될 것입니다. 한국 국민들 역시 수치와 곤란함을 겪게 될 겁니다. 한국이 근대화되었고 국제화된 사고를 도입하려 함에도 불구하고 여전히 “제3세계 후진국가”로 인식될 것입니다. 저는 개와 고양이에 대한 학대가 한국에서 완전히 사라지기 전까지 한국 제품을 구매하지 않을 것이고 한국 회사를 이용하거나 한국을 방문하지 않을 것입니다. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- For the translation of this petition in Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Hungarian, visit: http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/contacts-for-protest/sample-protest-letter/
Petition to Kraft Foods, Bernardo Hees, Michael Mullen, Caroline Krajewski, Juliet Levine
Kraft a Better BOCA and Ditch Dairy!
As a staple at cookouts, on camping trips, and on restaurant menus nationwide, Kraft Heinz’ BOCA brand has long been a household name at the forefront of the meatless market. But while other veggie burger brands have embraced the soaring demand for dairy-free dining in recent years, the majority of the BOCA burgers and bowls lining grocery store shelves still contain unhealthy, cruelly produced cow’s milk.In 2009, BOCA took a major, promising step forward by committing to dropping all eggs from its line after hearing from tens of thousands of consumers who were hungry for fully plant-based burgers through a campaign by Compassion Over Killing and other organizations. Yet today, although BOCA has recognized that “consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based options,” most of its meatless products contain cow’s milk. Join us in telling parent company Kraft Heinz that it’s time to ditch the dairy and make BOCA an all-vegan brand!At least 60 percent of adults worldwide can’t digest cow’s milk. Millions more are cutting out milk not only for their own health, but also for the environment and for animals, who, as a recent Compassion Over Killing investigative video exposed, suffer a systematic cycle of cruelty in the dairy industry. On factory farms, dairy cows are impregnated by artificial insemination year after year; each newborn calf is taken from them shortly after birth so their milk can be sold for humans; and when their exhausted bodies can no longer produce milk, these mother cows are sent to slaughter because they’re no longer considered profitable.As more and more Americans turn away from cow’s milk, dairy alternatives are flying off the shelves, with sales projected to reach $35 billion by 2024. To meet the meat-free, dairy-free demand, brands like Gardein, the Bill Gates-backed Beyond Meat, and Field Roast are already producing completely vegan burger lines, and even fast food giants like White Castle are dishing up plant-based patties. After hearing from consumers, meatless brand Lightlife also jumped aboard in 2017, announcing its transition to a 100% vegan line. If Lightlife can do it, why can’t BOCA?A new report by international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman has named plant-based dining as the 2018 trend of the year, citing factors like a 257% increase between 2012 and 2016 in vegan-labeled food and drink products at grocery stores. BOCA is falling behind in this plant-based revolution--but it can reposition itself as an industry leader in this rapidly growing market by dropping dairy for good.Join us today in telling Kraft Heinz that consumers are craving an all-vegan BOCA brand, and it’s time to ditch the dairy!
Petition to Tyson Foods, Tyson CEO Noel W. White
Tyson: Stop feeding pigs dangerous drugs
Tyson is feeding its pigs a drug that is illegal in the European Union, China, Russia, and many other countries. There just isn’t enough evidence proving that pork fed with the drug, ractopamine, is safe to eat. On top of this, there have been many reports of pigs suffering when they get too much of the drug. Ractopamine is a drug that is used to add muscle weight to animals in the weeks before slaughter. Animals gain weight while eating less, saving the farmer money. But animal welfare and human health and safety are more important than saving a buck. While Tyson raises meat without using the drug for other countries, here at home in the U.S. they are still using it. According to an FDA report, it has resulted in more sickened and dead pigs than any other livestock drug. The drug mimics stress in pigs, and makes the heart beat faster. It essentially acts like adrenaline. Can you imagine constantly living with an intense dose of adrenaline? Many pigs also became “downer pigs” - meaning they were no longer able to walk - after taking this drug. This isn’t right. Demand Tyson stop using ractopamine - a dangerous drug to both pigs and humans alike.
Petition to UML Dining Services
UMASS Lowell’s dining services have slipped to an unacceptable level.
Most students pay between $4,500-$4,900 per academic year for meal plans at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. For the last two years, and many more according to alumni, the quality of food served to the student body has been slipping. As of today, it is nearly unacceptable. From apathetic staff, to constantly running out of plates, cups and silverware, UML’s dining service is plagued with issues that are a slap in the face for students shelling out thousands to eat there. On top of that, the staff routinely close their stations early, and take an extended period of time to refill basic self service food items. The students pay to receive food up until your dining hall closes, not an hour before to be left with scraps. The food services offered to UMASS Lowell students pales in comparison to that of UMASS Amherst. $4,900 a year for dry, unflavored, repetitive food, served by rude and apathetic staff is a disgrace to both UMASS, and the state of Massachusetts itself. If we get enough signatures, I will physically print them out and hand deliver them to dining services, as well as as many high ranking administration members possible.