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Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장

Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!

Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”.  Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care.  Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death.  It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age.  For the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy.  South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, the more it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer.  Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death.  Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism.  The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption.  This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice.  Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  It is time, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society.  This means it is time for the South 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 humane and decent manner.  And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism.  The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea

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Petition to Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti: Allow Angelenos to Vote On the Olympics

Regardless of how you feel about the Olympics, past Games around the world — from Rio to London and beyond — have cost taxpayers billions, displaced tenants and increased police militarization, yet the Los Angeles bid was pushed on the city by Mayor Garcetti without our input (or even a budget). There’s a reason Rome, Boston, Hamburg, Budapest, Krakow, Oslo, Stockholm, and other “smart cities” have recently dropped out of the Olympic running; they listened to grassroots pressure — i.e. the actual voices in their cities — and ultimately did the right thing. The organization which owns the Olympic brand — the IOC — is a brazenly corrupt, unaccountable body that trashes the communities it commandeers and financially ruins entire nations, all so they can sell ad time at your expense. The historical evidence against the Olympics isn’t just overwhelming; it’s damning. Olympic bills have bankrupted Rio, Athens, Vancouver and countless other cities. The six Summer Olympics held between the 1988 Seoul Games and the 2008 Beijing Games forcibly evicted or otherwise displaced more than 2 million people. Even the so-called “successful” 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (the only Olympics to ever turn a profit) helped militarize the LAPD and expanded Police Chief Daryl Gates’ infamous police gang sweeps, keeping entire areas of the city under conditions of military occupation that continued well beyond the Closing Ceremony and culminated in the 1992 LA Riots. The 2024 bid process already featured a clear lack of transparency and focused primarily on the financial good the games would bring, ignoring potential problems revolving around human rights — specifically housing, homelessness, and detainment. Once the LA bid committee lost the 2024 bid to Paris, the committee and City Council hastily rushed a new, now controversial 2028 Memo of Understanding even though there was no budget included in the plan. The people in charge decided to gamble LA’s future on a project that doesn’t even have a properly vetted budget. How can they be trusted to handle any aspect of the implementation of a 2028 plan when they can’t even follow the basic rules of procedure and common decency? The truth is now apparent; they never wanted your feedback in the first place. But it’s not too late to make our voices heard. The only reasonable conclusion — regardless of your political persuasion, personal affinity for the brand, or community which you represent — is that this decision should be up to the people. Not City Council, who hasn’t done a thorough job of vetting this project in good faith. Not Mayor Garcetti, who is acting out of self-interest. And certainly not the IOC, which is filled with millionaire and billionaire oligarchs who have no interest in sticking up for the best interests of Los Angeles. The Mayor, the developers, and billionaire CEOs behind this bid want you to think it’s a done deal, when really the conversation is just beginning. NOlympics LA is a growing coalition of over 25 community groups across the state opposed to the prospect of an LA Olympics. The group is changing the conversation around the bid, emphasizing not only the lack of transparency and democracy in the process, but the way the Games will exacerbate issues already facing LA, such as a militarized police force, an affordable housing crisis and the highest rate of homeless people in the country. Support the organization's efforts by donating or buying a shirt.

NOlympics LA
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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Thomas Bach, Leen Coudenys, Bernie Sanders, Theresa Kilbane, Flavia Bustreo, President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, UN Secretary General António Guterres

No Olympics or Paralympics in Radioactive Fukushima!

Children are our most beloved and cherished gift and they are also the most vulnerable to the generational damage of man-made radiation in air, food, soil and water.  Around the world children who are currently adolescent and possibly younger are in training to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.  Their parents most likely have no idea that some of the venues are near the most devastating and ongoing nuclear and industrial disaster in world history, Fukushima Daiichi.  Source:  On March 11, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima triple nuclear meltdowns, the Japanese Olympic minister Toshiaki Endo stated to the Associated Press that preliminary softball and baseball could be moved from the host city of Tokyo to Fukushima Prefecture.  But it gets worse, now soccer has been added too. This isn’t mere speculation, in fact organizers are developing J Village, only a few miles from Fukushima Daiichi, into a training facility for Japan’s soccer team and possibly more.  J Village was used as a disaster staging and support facility during the early days of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  Source:  SO HOW DID WE GO FROM THE WORLD'S WORST NUCLEAR AND INDUSTRIAL DISASTER TO ONE OF THE VENUES FOR THE 2020 GAMES?  In a stunning development in 2013, Japan’s Olympic bid was won by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that "it (Fukushima Daiichi) has never done, and will never do, any damage in Tokyo”.  Consequently, the IOC and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are now left to engage in a dangerous game of bait and switch by using venues not only in Tokyo as originally agreed upon, but also in Fukushima Prefecture, not far from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site. Source: Holding Olympic games in Fukushima Prefecture will endanger young athletes. To date there is no solution in sight to the ongoing radiation releases leaking into air, soil, food and water not only from Fukushima Daiichi but also from areas around the country that have been used for the open storage and incineration of toxic and radioactive tsunami rubble and garbage. The man in charge of decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi, Naohiro Masuda, stated on NHK television in Japan that the solution to the radioactive leaks at Fukushima Daiichi “still needs to be invented” and appealed for international assistance.  Meanwhile, the Japanese government and IOC are planning for children, parents and coaches worldwide to travel to the region for the 2020 Olympics.  Source: Hundreds of types of radioisotopes are emitted in nuclear accidents, many of which are long-lived and remain hazardous for millions of years.  Easily inhaled, they pose a significant danger to everyone in affected environments and certainly to athletes during strenuous competition. Consider these facts: **There is no safe dose. Women are 2 times more vulnerable to the harmful effects of ionizing radiation than men; girls are at 10 times more at risk, boys are 5 times more at risk.   The Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation 7 (BEIR 7) report states "it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers"  meaning that any dose of radiation, no matter how small, carries health risks. Following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster it became scientifically evident that the DNA damaging effects of ionizing radiation are passed on to future generations.   Source: **Highly radioactive water used to cool Fukushima Daiichi’s damaged reactors is leaking and also being intentionally discharged into the Pacific Ocean every day.  In addition, highly radioactive soil and other toxic waste has been moved to locations all over Japan and stored in open fields or incinerated by the ton.  In one location, nearly 11 million tons of bagged radioactive garbage, soil and more is accumulating in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. Source:  **Radioactive hotspots have been detected in other areas of Japan including Tokyo. In one case even further south, in Yokohama, a petition on behalf of public schools and childcare facilities is pleading for the removal highly contaminated mud from rainwater recycling tanks, school roofs and gutters.  Source: **Bioaccumulation and migration of radionuclides are extremely complex issues.  Greenpeace has reported high readings in areas of Fukushima Prefecture where extensive decontamination measures had already been taken by the government.  This information has informed local citizens who had been told previously that they could return home. **Tokyo Electric and Power Company (TEPCO) the owner of Fukushima Daiichi reactors, as of March 2017, has not been able to locate the molten fuel that continues to release significant amounts of radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO is incinerating more than 8 tons of garbage per day, much of it toxic and radioactive, with plans to burn 90% of all waste on site. It's just one example of an aggressive nationwide incineration campaign underway for several years.  Source: **TO MARKTHE 6th ANNIVERSARY of the ongoing Fukushima disaster, March 11, 2017, nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education, provides the most recent update on the condition and near impossible task of "cleaning up" the Fukushima site: Source: **Drinking water and food are critical concerns, because internal contamination is the most dangerous form of radiation exposure.  Trace amounts of radionuclides from Fukushima Daiichi have been found in the tap water of numerous cities, and some samples contain both Cesium 134 and 137.  Cumulative trace amounts can pose a significant health problem because there is no safe dose. Source:  **Laboratory tests have documented that some of the highest concentrations of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi are airborne which then settle to the ground.  Recent samples from vacuum cleaner bags collected in Japan show readings as high as a shocking 4,454 Becquerel’s per kilogram. Source: **The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) guideline for the public is 1 millisievert per year compared to Japan's 20 mSv/year since the disaster.  By hosting the Olympics, Japan is willing to expose not only their own citizens but also children, young adults, families and coaches worldwide to higher than publicly acceptable levels of radiation per the ICRP. The emergency guideline of 20 mSv/year was never intended by ICRP to be a long term solution. Source: Allowing the Olympic and Paralympic games in Fukushima is nothing less than preposterous, because it's impossible to shield children from widespread radioactive contamination. Even after 30 years, the 30 km area around Chernobyl remains an exclusion zone, yet only 5 years after the Fukushima disaster began there are misguided plans to train young athletes in the town of Nahara at J Village, which is located 19 km (12 mi) from Fukushima Daiichi. Source: Here in the United States, Presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders has stated grave concerns about the dangers of nuclear power and has called for the immediate closure of the Indian Point nuclear reactors near New York City.  Now that you know the facts, we petition you to learn as much as possible too and then work to stop any and all plans that will endanger athletes, their families and coaches worldwide due to the Fukushima Daiichi ongoing nuclear disaster at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.  Holding the 2020 Games in Fukushima or in fact anywhere in Japan will not, in reality, make the Fukushima Daiichi humanitarian and environmental crisis go away.  It will only spread it much farther afield. The whole world is watching this very dangerous game.        

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network
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