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marine life

29 petitions

Started 3 days ago

Petition to GGP Greg.Sims@ggp.com

Stop Interactive Aquarium Sea Quest Littleton

SeaQuest’s interactive exhibit is an atrocity in the making. With its current construction inside the Southwest Plaza mall, we believe the welfare of the marine life, birds, and other animals will be put at risk. SeaQuest is planning on having over 1200 animals subject to abuse and torture with its opening at the newest location in Littleton. Colorado is a forward-thinking, animal-friendly state that cares about the environment and the planet, this latest addition is not welcome in our state.  There is a documented history of repeated criminal convictions involving illegal acquirement and trade of exotic animals, and lying to investors linked to SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums. Employee and customer safety marks from OSHA are on record, as well as eyewitness testimony of abuse, and neglect. These aquariums also see an unusually high mortality rate compared to averages across the country.  We believe that Colorado is an amazing state, full of caring individuals who stand against what Sea Quest stands for. It is up to us to stop the construction of this building and to stand up for what is morally right for these animals. We pride ourselves on supporting ethical businesses that bring revenue to the area and educates the public. The Interactive Aquarium by SeaQuest does not meet those standards.  Don't be captivated by their captivity. #captivitykills #banseaquest 

Linda Gonzales
1,050 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Xavier Bernat Serra, Massimiliano Zanni, Marcos Bernat Serra, Adrian Romero, Lorena Gracia, Eugenia Casulleras Llorens

Chupa Chups: Stop producing plastic lollipop sticks

On Earth Day 2018 we ask: Why do lollipops which only last a few moments, have to be put on plastic sticks, which last a few centuries? Scientists know now that every year about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It has finally been recognised that there is an overwhelming amount of plastic debris in our oceans, we are becoming engulfed by it. Any quick "plastic ocean" online search will show you that. 91% of plastic is not recycled so every day thousands and thousands of pieces of plastic is washed up on our shores. Every day I take a few minutes and clean my local beach, I collect over 10 lollipop sticks per day just on my little coast line here in Portugal. Apart from this just being saddening and ugly, it also has a direct effect on marine life, such as sea turtles. Although they spend much time swimming underwater, they have to come up to the surface to breath through their tiny nostrils. There are many reports of sea turtles with plastic sticks and straws lodged in their nostrils, meaning this plastic can cause them to drown or live in pain.  We cannot re-use single use lollipop stick plastic again, so the best way to avoid using these plastics is to simply stop buying plastic products. We don't want to stop buying Chupa Chups thats's not the point, we just ask Chupa Chups now to do your bit to lessen the problem by changing to a biodegradable material for your sticks. Better materials are out there when used we are closer to a cleaner ocean and preservation of marine life. Paper sticks (used by other lollipop producers) for instance, will biodegrade relatively quickly if they do end up in the ocean.  Other companies are finding ways to help with this problem. UK Supermarket Iceland has become the first major retailer to announce it will be going plastic-free on all its own label products within the next five years. Tesco and Johnson&Johnson have stopped selling/producing plastic ear buds in the last year (a product very similar to yours). We know that Chupa Chups is not solely responsible for all of these sticks, but you are the market leader, so we ask you on Earth Day 2018, to be next in making a positive change.  Will you stop producing plastic lollipop sticks? 

Nicola Leigh
21 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Duncan Hunter

Stop Murdering and Serving LIVING Octopus In Restaurants

As a fourth year biology major at the University of California, San Diego, most of my advanced educational career has been studying life of the world we live in--anywhere from ecosystems to human development. By no means would I consider myself an expert, but I find myself disappointed in the absence of action and education regarding this issue.  Octopus are considered one of the most primitive underwater species, consisting of nine brains and three hearts. Not only are they extremely intelligent, but they can also feel emotions that many other animals can not.  For example, have you ever heard of the story about Inky the octopus? He was an octopus in a New Zealand aquarium that escaped out of his tank and into a drainpipe, finding his way back into the sea. Octopus are incredibly sophisticated and intelligent animals that can find ways to escape from jars, open containers (even child-proof ones), transport different kinds of shells and objects to make shelter, etc. Their cognitive function and biology is so unfamiliar that there are STILL things we are unclear and unsure of. Therefore, if we do not fully understand their cognition, how can we decide that it is ethical and harmless to murder and serve them as food?  Furthermore, octopus are known to have basic emotions such as feeling happy, angry, sad, and scared; but they can also feel complex emotions such as jealousy, stress, boredom, guilt, depression, and shame. Considering they can feel many similar emotions as us, how would you feel if you were captured from your home and observed others being killed and cooked, knowing you were next?  Many might counter argue that octopus aren't endangered, and that it is okay to hunt them even if they're smart and feel emotion because there are so many--well, there are also many humans in the world, yet cannibalism is unethical and frowned upon... acknowledge the hypocrisy when society is so consumed by gluttony.   These brief KNOWN facts about octopus is the reason why hunting, killing and serving them as food should be banned from the United States. This petition will be sent to California's congressman in hopes that he will take initiative to propose this change.  For more information, please visit PETA.org and search "Octopus".   

Natalia Allos
709 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Christopher Kempczinski, Douglas Goare, Bernie Sanders, Joe hogsett, Joe Donnelly, David Fairhurst, Steve Easterbrook, Lucy Brady, Francesca DeBiase, Robert Gibbs, Jerry Krulewitch, Silvia Lagnado, Kevin Ozan, Jim Sappington, Jano Cabrera, Kristy Cunningham, Morgan Flatley, Marion Gross, Charlie Robeson, Mike Soenke, Linda VanGosen, Rhea Suh, Andrew Steer, Wenonah Hauter, CNN, BBC, CBS, United Nations, NPR, ABC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, U.S. House of Representatives, Reuters, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Twitter, Inc, Snap Inc., Google, Inc, International Animal Rescue, Jack Dorsey, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, reader's digest, Kamala Harris, Shikha Bhattacharyya, Dianne Feinstein, Walt Disney, Tribune-Star

Hey, McDonald's, please buy only biodegradable straws and save turtles from going extinct!

A major problem in today’s world is our plastic usage. Plastic never biodegrades. This means that it will stay forever. It also makes 100-500 million pounds of carbon emissions. Plastic straws are one of the biggest ways that we use plastic. We use more than 500 million straws every single day in the U.S. alone! Fast food stores are the main source of straw. For example, McDonalds contributes to 12% of all the plastic straws. I had an idea that if McDonald’s would only use biodegradable, it would cut down on a lot of that plastic trash. Other chains will follow the lead and one by one we can convert all plastic straw to biodegradable straw.  Plastic straws hurt the environment and wildlife. Straws just pile up in landfills and in the oceans. There are places where you can actually walk on the ocean because of the enormous amount of plastic piled up. It also hurts wildlife. Birds can think that plastic straws look like worms. Turtles can think that straws look like stretched out shrimp. When they eat them, they die from the toxins in the oil that the straws were made from. It also hurts underprivileged kids who don't have proper housing. They can wander about on shores, but all the plastic can make them sick. Why do we do this? We are ruining the planet!!! Think about your own kids and grandchildren. Is this the type of planet that you want to leave for them! Do you want children to worry about eating seafood because of the amount of plastic trash in our fish? Do you want us to not be able to go to the beach because of the amount of trash? Why are you leaving us children a planet of plastic and trash??? There is a solution though. If McDonald's and other franchises stopped using plastic straws, a lot of plastic trash would be avoided. If people still need straws, they can get biodegradable straws. The biodegradable straws would biodegrade and wouldn't hurt the environment. So join me! Join in saving the world for your children! Please sign the petition, and support the idea that McDonald's should get only biodegradable straws!!    

Earth Hero
1,390 supporters