Petition to Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.
Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too. A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten. But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption. "This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings. This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill. Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.
Petition to Paul Ryan
Sign: Pass the Humane Cosmetics Act to Stop Cruel Animal Testing
The Humane Cosmetics Act -- which would ban animal cosmetic testing in the U.S. -- has been re-introduced in the House. It’s time to pass this bill and save countless animals from being used in tortuous and unnecessary experiments. Animals used in cosmetic testing are subjected to excruciatingly painful procedures. And when the testing is over, they are typically killed by decapitation, neck-breaking, or asphyxiation. In one of these cosmetic tests, rats are forced to breath in a substance to test if it’s toxic. The animals often experience seizures, paralysis, bleeding, and convulsions. Most die within fourteen days of being exposed to the substance. In another horrific test, pregnant rabbits and rats are force-fed a toxic substance throughout their pregnancy. The animal is killed on the day before they’re supposed to give birth. Researchers then extract their babies and test them for developmental abnormalities. “The cruelty animals are subjected to during cosmetics testing is unacceptable—from lethal dose tests to irritation and force-feeding tests. Not only are these tests inhumane, but modern technology makes them unnecessary and overly expensive,” said Representative McSally, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, in a press release. More than 30 countries around the world have banned the sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. Now, it’s time for the United States to follow suit. Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act and finally stop the suffering.
Petition to Missouri State House, Eric Greitens
Remove Representative Mike Moon from the office of Missouri's 157th district.
The purpose of this petition is to seek the removal of Representative Mike Moon (by recall election) from Missouri's 157th District Office for conduct that can only be described as frightening and sociopathic. Conduct that has no place in Missouri's Capitol. A Capitol that is ultimately responsible for the people that it represents. Representative Moon recently proposed House Bill 14, in which he has since named the “Missouri Right to Life Act". The bill was proposed to help garner rights of unborn children. Shortly after the bill's proposal Representative Moon took to social media to promote it's introduction. It was within this video that Representative Moon shockingly participated in the brutal and heartless decapitation of a live chicken, followed by it's full and graphic dismemberment. The following is a transcript of the video's narration by Representative Moon: “We’ve been called back for this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically” Moon then proceeded to focus his attention on a shackled chicken which he then decapitated barehandedly (as it struggled during the process). Moon then proceeded to blissfully and gleefully butcher the animal, before ultimately removing it's heart as an analogy for the following narration; “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here, so today I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri, and I hope you’ll support it.” During this graphic video Representative Moon justified his behavior through his belief that "God had established Dominion for him to do so". A belief that he cannot otherwise prove or establish as factual. A belief that he is also using to establish Missouri House Bill 14. Although Representative Moon is entitled to his religious beliefs, that same luxury should be afforded to both those within Representative Moons' district and Missourian's state wide. Representative Moon's lack of regard for the beliefs and rights of those he wishes to "serve" are also strong indicators as to why he is seemingly unfit to hold public office. In closing we would like to use the very name of the bill Representative Moon is proposing to define the "Right to Life" as something that extends to all life. Despite Representative Moon's archaic beliefs, life is something that is of equal value regardless of species. So it is upon the request by the people of Missouri that Representative Moon be removed from office for not only being a poor representation of the State of Missouri, but a poor representation of himself and the values his claims to live by. Sincerely, Those of us concerned. Attached below is the graphic and unsettling video in question: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article155897439.html
Petition to ryan zinke
Sign: Stop the Slaughter of America's Wild Mustangs
If we don't act now, thousands of America's iconic wild horses may be culled -- or sold off to meat slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada, where torture and painful death await. For nearly 3 decades, wild horses have been protected by a ban on the slaughter of healthy animals or any sale that "results in their destruction for processing into commercial products.” But Trump's 2018 budget proposal would allow “humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.” No horse's life is "excess," and these animals do not deserve to be rounded up, slaughtered, and sold for meat just to give more land to rich cattle ranchers, as many speculate will be the case. Instead of brutally killing America's horses, the government should enact cruelty free population control measures, such as reducing births. Better yet, they should protect the public land on which these majestic creatures roam free. Sign the petition to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he must prohibit the slaughter and sale of America's wild horses. Thousands of horses' lives depend on it!
Petition to Sean Spicer
Sean Spicer: Stop hiding your Press Briefing
Once again, the Trump Administration has gone into unprecedented territory by not allowing the media to cover the press briefings adequately. Sean Spicer has consistently banned the media from recording the briefings, and in some cases have even restricted the release of audio until after the briefing. As citizens, who elect our officials, we have a right to watch and hear our Press Secretary, spokesman for the President, answer questions that are brought forth by the media. This restriction affects ALL Americans in receiving the words of the administration fairly. Without this access, we are moving towards an authoritarian state, which is not what the United States of America stands for. At today's briefing (6/23/17) cameras again were restricted, and CNN sent sketch artist Bill Hennessy to the briefing to document it. (One sketch is shown above in our header photo). THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. The Trump Administration attacks the media as spinning their words, but what better way is there to get your message out to the public, directly from you. Join me in calling on Sean Spicer and the Trump Administration to pledge to the American people that no more games will be played with our Constitution and that ALL future official press briefings will be held on-camera, with audio, with unrestricted access to the people. Let's send a message that we won't stand for this blatant disregard to Democratic norms.
Petition to Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, Elizabeth Warren, Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Joe Manchin, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Van Hollen
Withhold consent until AHCA is released to the Public
The Republican members of the Senate are currently writing their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Millions of families across the United States depend on the ACA to protect them and their families. For many people with pre-existing conditions, the ACA is a lifeline that has allowed them to receive the treatment that has kept them alive. The House bill that was scored by the Congressional Budget Office has determined: 23 million MORE Americans will be without insurance by 2026. American with pre-existing conditions would risk being charged more Out-of-pocket spending on maternity care, mental health, and substance abuse services could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year. $834 billion in spending cuts to Medicaid over the next 10 years Our senior citizens will see premiums skyrocket; a 64 year-old would pay $13,600 per year. The Senate Republicans now have a working committee writing their version of the healthcare bill that includes 13 men and 0 women. Furthermore, the Senate Republicans are violating democratic normalcy, by constructing this bill under a cloak of secrecy. They are refusing to release the text of the bill to the American people, and instead are moving the bill along to a vote without public hearings, comments, or any public input. Senate Democrats are the minority party and with the invocation of the nuclear option, have no power to filibuster the bill. What the Democrats do have is the power to withhold consent. Adam Jentleson, of the Washington Post, laid it out clearly, what the Democrats can do. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/27/democrats-in-congress-can-block-trumps-agenda-if-they-want-to-heres-how/?utm_term=.f4c03544029e Here's what Senate Democrats need to do: Every Senate action requires unanimous consent. If a single senator objects to a consent agreement, Mitch McConnell will be forced to time-consuming procedural steps The 48 Democratic Senators must work together to ensure that there is always a senator on the floor to withhold consent Continue this process indefinitely until the Senate Republicans agree to release their healthcare bill. Join me in signing, sharing, and demanding that the Senate Democrats withhold consent until the Senate Republicans agree to release their healthcare bill for public debate and viewing. This bill affects every American, 1/6th of the US economy, and should not be passed without due diligence.
Petition to Richard Burr, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Thom Tillis
Approve my Social Security Disability
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY IN MY LIFE. YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS, ADVICE, AND FRIENDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED ME THROUGH THIS PAST Year. (I changed my main photo because some said it was too brutal to look at) MY STORY: Raleigh News and Observer article Three years ago, I was in a car wreck that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I now suffer from seizures: I simply black out, with no warning, several times a week. Because of this, I can never drive again; I can’t work. I can’t even shower alone, and I’m running out of hope. Before my injury, I was an electrician by trade. I always worked and supported my three children. I tried going back to work after the wreck, but my seizures forced me to stop. My multiple attempts to get on disability have been denied even though my medical history is well documented by hospitals, neurologists, doctors, and psychiatrists. I have given the Social Security office all the medical and financial records they have asked for. I have had a couple doctor's notes since 2014 that said I could not work because of my condition. The health coverage I have from the county is not enough. It doesn’t pay for rehab or the weeks I’ve spent in the hospital due to further brain injury caused by falls during seizures. I have lost everything I worked for all of my life. I feel so helpless. We’re looking at homelessness as a very real possibility, and all because the Social Security contract I entered into when I started paying in at 16 years old, has failed me. Please, I am not looking for handouts. Simply for the money I have paid into the system in my time of great need. Please call on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant me disability insurance, so that I may have a fighting chance to get better. I know I am not alone in this. I’ve talked to so many people going through similar hardships. My condition is getting progressively worse. I want so badly to live to raise my children to adulthood, to be a good role model for them, and teach them that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in this country. I can only do that with some help. Please help me call on the SSA to grant me disability insurance. I have earned it, and I would not take it if I didn’t really need it. Thank you for your time, God Bless, Christopher E Layne My life as I know it (click here) Every signature under here is probably going through the same hell or loves someone going through the same thing, fighting for their lives. Something has to change fast. One wrong fall and I will not be here any longer to see my chosen grow. Please help me by signing this petition. It truly could mean life or death. A message from my daughter
Petition to NHTSA, Jerry Brown
Investigate blinding headlights and soaring death rate among bike-riders
According to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Assn. death among bicyclists in the state of California is up a dramatic 23% in 2012. This trend is not adequately explained by new ridership or by an increase in overall miles ridden. In addition, with steady and consistent technological improvements to cars, bikes and roadway lighting we should be witnessing a dramatic decline in fatalities and not a sharp increase. So what is driving this fatal trend?At Lightmare.org we believe that the rise in ultra-bright HID and LED headlights is responsible for this increase in cyclist deaths. Anyone who drives, walks or bikes the roads has experienced this problem first hand: harsh, blinding light from the new HID and LED headlights. These technologies produce light that is up to three times more intense than standard halogen headlights and operate at the eye-damaging, blue-light end of the spectrum.By temporarily blinding oncoming traffic, flooding rear and side view mirrors, increasing visual noise and creating an environment of intimidation and aggression, HID and LED headlights may be claiming the lives of the most vulnerable road users.We call upon Jerry Brown, Governor of California to order an investigation into the possible link between HID and LED headlights and the increase in cyclist deaths. We ask that independent tests be conducted to determine the effect that these headlights have on drivers' ability to see and react to cyclists on the road. In addition, we ask that public opinion polling be conducted to determine the effect that these headlights are having on the populace at large.