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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: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ 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:  http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q 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: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea

KOREANDOGS.ORG Activists
534,732 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Induct Lipman Pike into the Baseball Hall of Fame

We, the undersigned, believe it is long past time for Lipman Pike to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (along with the two current Jewish ballplayers, Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax).  Every time a Jewish kid picks up a bat, he is following in Pike’s footsteps. As baseball’s first Jewish star, his legacy deserves to be rescued from obscurity and given its due.  Lipman "Lip" Pike (May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893) the "Iron Batter", was one of the stars of 19th-century baseball in the United States. He was the first player to be revealed as a professional (meaning he was paid money to play),  as well as the first Jewish player.  1. In July of 1866, Lipman hit six home runs in a single game and set baseball’s first Major League home run record. Less than a handful of players have ever hit more than 4 home runs in a game.  2. In 1872 Lip hit 17.2% of all homers in the league, a number not bested until 1920 when Babe Ruth set the record of 20.07% (the last double-digit was in 1938 when Hank Greenberg hit 10.28% of all the HRs). So next to the Babe, Lip has the 2nd highest batter-to league home run percentage. A record that lasted 48 years.  3. For three years in a row, from 1871 to 1873, Lipman Pike led the National Association (the precursor of today’s National League) in home runs.  4. In 1871, the National Association began operations.  Pike played for, and for a short time captained, the Troy (New York) Haymakers.  In those days, the captain was the field manager, so Pike was also the first Jewish manager in baseball history.   5. Pike finished in the top ten in slugging percentage and doubles in seven consecutive seasons and in triples and total bases six times.  He accomplished all this in only eight full seasons.  6. Pike is widely acknowledged as the first openly professional player in the history of Baseball setting the stage for the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NA) in 1871 and the evolution of baseball as a professional sport.  7. Pike’s speed was legendary.  In August of 1873, in one of baseball’s earliest publicity stunts, Pike earned $250 winning a 100-yard race against a trotting horse named Clarence. Even if the details are exaggerated, it illustrates Pike’s reputation as one of the fastest athletes of his time.  8. Pike again led the league in home runs in 1877. That year he hit a homer 360 feet long and 40 feet high.  Reports claimed it stopped only when it hit a metal bar, with enough force to bend it.   Based on career statistics alone, Pike deserves to be in the Hall.  He was baseball’s first great home run hitter. But since the Hall of Fame considers the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL), formed in 1876 to be the first “Major League,” Pikes’ accomplishments in the previous decade do not appear in the official record books.  But even more than mere numbers, as the first professional player, and as the first Jewish player, manager and umpire, Pike was a pioneer, and baseball’s Hall of Fame has a place for pioneers.  Pike was the first American Jew to gain national fame as a sports icon setting the stage for later generations of Jews to make their mark. His accomplishments are even more impressive once we factor in the anti-Semitism he often faced from the general public and his own teammates.  And while Pike’s behavior should not be a Hall of Fame determinant, we cannot help but mention that, as the Sporting News reported, Pike was “always gentlemanly on and off the field.”   His funeral was a major public event attended by Brooklyn’s “Hebrews,” politicians, and Base Ball lovers.  The Committee that decides on the inclusion of pre-integration players meets next in 2015.  Please join us in petitioning the Hall to recognize the achievements of the first Jewish sports superstar. This petition is supported by:  Martin Abramowitz - President of JewishMajorLeagures.org Robert Bloomberg - historian "Lipman Pike: A Truly Historic Figure for the Game of Baseball" John Bowman - SABR member, Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball Benita Boxerman, Burton Boxerman - Jews and Baseball, Volume 1, Entering the American Mainstream, 1871-1948 Marty Dobrow - Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream Michael Freund - chairman, Shavei Israel; Time to honor America’s first Jewish home-run king Jay Goldberg - owner, Bergino Baseball Clubhouse Peter Horvitz - The Big Book of Jewish Baseball Jim Kaplan - The Greatest Game Ever Pitched Ron Kaplan - 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die Harry Katz - Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress Jane Leavy - Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy Richard Michelson - Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King Robert Pinsky - US Poet Laureate (1997-2000); Audio reader of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy Larry Ruttman - American Jews and America’s Game Robert H Schaefer - SABR member – V.P. of Florida Chapter Joey Seymour - historian, "Why Isn't Lipman Pike in the Baseball Hall of Fame?" John Shiffert - Base Ball in Philadelphia: A History of the Early Game Find out more about Lipman Pike: Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King Robert Schaefer’s SABR Biography Michael Freund’s article Time to honor America’s first Jewish home-run king Joey Seymour’s article "Why Isn't Lipman Pike in the Baseball Hall of Fame?"  

Richard Michelson
452 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to UNM Board of Regents, Dr. Garnett Stokes

Save the UNM Ski Team - AGAIN!

Hi Friends and Supporters of UNM Skiing – The UNM Ski Team needs your help and support again! As you may recall, in the Spring of 2017, the University of New Mexico Administration and Board of Regents announced plans to cut the UNM Ski Team, effective immediately.  As you may also recall, the Ski Team launched a huge media campaign to save the team (including this Change.org petition).  Our campaign focused on our athletic and academic achievements.  We were ultimately successful in getting the Ski Team reinstated for two years.  Well guess what – UNM’s Administration and Regents have now again announced that the team will be cut, after the end of the 2018-2019 season.  In addition to cutting Men’s and Women’s Skiing, they are also planning to cut Men’s Soccer, Women’s Beach Volleyball and Women’s Diving.  When the Ski Team was reinstated, we agreed with the Administration that we would work together to generate significant private funding to cover a large portion of the Ski Team’s operating costs … which we did.   We met our promise to develop significant outside funding sources, raising roughly $200,000 towards our annual budget. The UNM Board of Regents will meet this Friday, August 17th at 1:00pm in the Student Union Bldg Ballroom at UNM for a formal vote on whether or not to cut these sports.  If you are in Albuquerque and can attend the meeting, we’d love to have your support.  If you can’t make it in person, it would be great if you could send a message of support for the Ski Team (and other sports) to University President Dr. Garnett Stokes (phone 505-277-2626 or email presidentstokes@unm.edu), as well as the UNM Board of Regents (regents@unm.edu).  Here is the notice for the Regents meeting: http://regents.unm.edu/meetings/agendas/bor-agenda-2018-08-17-special.pdf Thanks for your support!  We will win this thing again! The University of New Mexico Ski Team  

UNM Ski Team
12,671 supporters