Petition to Eddie Lucio Jr.
Sign: Ban Cruelly Chaining Up Dogs in Texas
Texas finally has a chance to save dogs from suffering and death with a proposed bill that will ban keeping dogs on chains, or tethering them in any way without access to food, water or shelter from the elements. Tethering can be extremely dangerous for dogs. Many are tied up with thick, heavy chains, and are injured by the weight. Plus, dogs sometimes get tangled up in their chains and are choked to death. With no shade, any kind of tethering can be deadly on hot Texas days. "Imagine being chained 24/7 (in the) blazing heat, freezing ice, or sleeting rain,” a statement from the Texas Humane Legislation Network says. “Thousands of dogs across the state only know life like this and many dogs die as a result of inhumane tethering. Strangulation, heatstroke, freezing to death, and inability to access food, water, or shelter are the most common causes.” Texas animal control officers receive calls almost every day from people who have seen a tethered dog and are concerned for their safety. Plus, shelters often have to take in neglected dogs that were left on a chain for days on end. If the bill, HB 1156/SB 1090, is passed, it will make it a crime to harmfully tether or chain dogs. This bill will help put an end to a cruel practice that has resulted in many dogs' deaths. Sign this petition to urge Texas lawmakers to pass the bill and save dogs from suffering and dying on chains.
Petition to United States Congress, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell
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 Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee
Shorten the US Presidential Election Cycle
By the time Americans go to the polls on November 8th, this Presidential campaign will have run over 600 days, kicking off with Ted Cruz’s announcement in March of 2015. This election cycle has been extremely damaging and has incited fear and hatred in a country founded on the beauty of our differences and the desire to lift each person, no matter race, religion, political party, or economic status, to reach his or her fullest potential. We love our country. It is because we love our country that we want to limit the length of the campaign season. By tweaking the Presidential primary calendar, the DNC and RNC could drastically reduce the amount of time we are exposed to presidential campaigns. Countries across the globe have limited campaign seasons to as short as 6 weeks. With an organized system, a successful, informative, professional campaign could be run. The American people have been extremely disrespected in this campaign season with the ugliness that pits us against each other and with nonsense and fear-mongering. It is time this comes to an end and that we demand better for ourselves. We cannot sustain another lengthy slugfest like what we have witnessed for the past two years and ask both the DNC and RNC to reform the process and shorten our election season.
Petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sign: Stop Poisoning Bald Eagles with Toxic Lead
Five to six feet of majestic, soaring beauty, the bald eagle is America’s national bird and emblem. These raptors are impressive predators and are known to live long lives. Unfortunately, one bald eagle in Oregon recently had her life cut short. She is suspected to have died from ingesting a lethal amount of lead, most likely from lead bullets. After the kill, hunters often leave carcasses and gut piles riddled with ammunition in their wake. These carcasses are attractive sources of food for bald eagles. But because hunters use lead ammunition, this meat is toxic -- and often fatal. Tragically, when bald eagles and other majestic birds of prey consume what looks to be a hearty and healthy meal, they are unknowingly eating poison. Nature rehabilitators across the country take in bald eagles suffering from lead poisoning. Some are able to be nursed back to health, but many are not. Lead's environmental and health risks are well-documented. The toxic metal kills an estimated ten million birds and animals a year. Finally, in January 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service addressed the problem and announced a policy that would prohibit lead ammunition in more than 150 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges and other federal land and waterways by 2020. But the Department of the Interior reversed this action earlier this month. The rescinding of this protection shows a blatant disregard for the well-being of animals. It is too late for the poisoned bald eagle in Oregon, but it is not too late to prevent future unnecessary pain and suffering for birds and other animals. Sign this petition & send a message to the Department of Interior. It is cruel and unjustifiable to knowingly put animals' health at risk. Ban lead ammunition and protect bald eagles and millions of other birds!
Petition to Brian Kavanaugh, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, John Flanagan, Kathy Hochul, Carl Heastie, Joseph Morelle, Brian Kolb, Andrew Cuomo, Fred Akshar, Leroy Comrie, George Amedore, Tony Avella, Martin Malave Dilan, Michael Cusick, Thomas Abinanti, Michael Blake, Karl Brabenec, Robert Carroll, Michael J. Norris, David Buchwald, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Sandy Galef, Joseph Lentol, Barbara Lifton, Chad Lupinacci, Tom McKevitt, Clyde Vanel, Latrice Walker, Fred Thiele, Sean Ryan, Kevin Cahill, Didi Barrett, Daniel Squadron, Timothy Kennedy, Patrick Gallivan, Liz Krueger, Kathleen Marchione, James Tedisco
Allow NY voters to change party affiliation at least 25 days before any election.
The deadline to change party affiliation in NY State is over 6 months before a Presidential Primary, 8 1/2 months before the state and local primary elections, and in 2016 before the first Democratic Presidential debates, and before any candidate can be fully assessed based on the issues of their platform. Currently in NY, a citizen not enrolled in a political party cannot vote in the major primary elections. This creates exclusion from elections which are paid for by tax paying New Yorkers. It affects everyone in all 50 states because the influence of the US President and members of Congress elected in NY make decisions of national importance. It is crucial that every New Yorker be allowed time to assess the candidates of each party and join the party that they wish to vote in. The current instructions on the official voter registration form already state that party registration can be changed at least 25 days before the election one wishes to vote in, but a little known and not clearly stated law actually prohibits it. Let's make the law match the instructions - it makes sense to do so.
Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Schumer
Real people NEED The ACA-Obamacare. Don't play politics with people's health and lives.
My wife has pre existing conditions. Before the blessing that is Obamacare came along, because of those life altering pre existing conditions, we were only able to afford a health insurance policy that had a $10,000 deductible at a very high monthly premium. She couldn't afford to see doctors regularly and her health deteriorated. I remember counting the days to Obamacare and spending most of the night, and many frustrating days following, struggling to sign up, and once we did, the smile on my wife's face, the sigh of relief that she too can see a doctor, and there was hope. I remember tears of relief and hope. We celebrated the peace of mind this brought us with a hug, a smile and a good nights sleep. Today, there are tears again, fear instead of hope, anxiety instead of peace of mind, worries and sleepless nights (it is 3:42 am as I write this). I hear politicians exclaiming, speaking indignantly, waving their fists and wagging their tounges all preaching about what will happen when 25,000,000 get cut and have no insurance, the outcry there will be.....well, we are those 25,000,000, we are each a human being , not a number. You know us, we are your family member, your neighbor, your Uber driver, your friend, your classmate from years ago, your acquaintance of today.... STOP using our plights for political fodder and for so much fist waving and speechifying! STOP being resigned to the fact that there are not enough Democrats in the Senate to stop this lunacy and reach out to Republican Senators who are thinking individuals and STOP the insanity! Senators McConnel and Schumer, do the hard work that is your job and that you know how to do so well and make it known that this end of Obamacare tragedy and travesty will NOT happen. Don't let us suffer with anxiety and sleepless nights and worse ! For my wife, who is asleep as I write this while I am up worrying about her health and healthcare, for all of us , each one of us, real people - not numbers, DON'T wait to see and hear the outcry when 25,000,000 are left without insurance! Do the hard work of bringing sanity back now. Our health, and our healthcare is not, and should not be a partisan issue! DON'T LEAVE 25,000,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SAVE OBAMACARE/ The Affordable Care Act! PS: If you say there will be insurance available for those with pre existing conditions, you know that premiums for those with any pre existing condition will go back to being astronomically expensive and unaffordable and high risk pools are either unavailable, most don't meet criteria eligibility, and those that do see high costs and even higher deductibles.
Petition to Scott Hammond, The President of the United States
I want to stop animal testing with chemicals!
I would like to stop chemical testing on animals. There is currently a bill going to the senate that says that it is illegal to test chemical products on animals. We just need our senators to be convinced to vote yes to this bill. The end is in sight. Please sign this petition to save these poor animals and help them live a happy and healthy life. Please in the comments ask questions. I'll be glad to answer.
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