Petition: New York Magazine, Don’t Glamorize Fur!

by: Care2 Team
target: New York Magazine

22,174 SUPPORTERS

25,000 GOAL

In recent years, the fashion industry has grown colder to the use of fur in clothing, with many designers embracing cruelty-free fashion. Georgio Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, and Versace have all agreed to stop using fur — and now even fashion magazines are hopping onboard.

InStyle magazine just announced that it is officially fur-free and will not feature photographs of fur in its editorials or advertisements. Now, we’re calling on New York Magazine to make the same commitment. Sign now and tell New York Magazine fur is out!

The fur industry is riddled with animal cruelty and suffering. Every coat, bag, or shoe that uses fur comes at an extreme cost to the animal it belonged to before.

According to PETA, animals on fur farms are contained in tiny, cramped wire cages until they are skinned alive. To minimize damage to the fur, animals are anally and genitally electrocuted, a gruesome and painful process. Some animals are trapped in the wild using steel-jaw traps, where the animals are left suffering with injured limbs until they eventually die, sometimes days later. If there’s a cruelty-free way to obtain fur for clothing, we haven’t found it.

Cruelty is out, fur-free fashion is in. Please sign and share this petition demanding that New York Magazine commit to keeping fur out of its editorials and advertisements.
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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/937/301/329/new-york-magazine-commit-to-going-fur-free/?TAP=1732

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Petition : Stop the whales massacres

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Petition : Stop the whales massacres
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A letter to the International Court of Justice

Japan has just announced the resumption of the hunting of whales in Antarctica next March.

These massacres are stupid and useless. There is an international moratorium on the whaling since 1986, nevertheless, the Japanese whalers continue their barbaric slaughters of whales.

A law must be voted forbidding definitively the destruction of whales, and must be respected by all the countries including Japan.

These magnificent marine mammals are a part of our oceans, let them live in PEACE.

Thank you for signing this petition.

https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animaux/stoppons-massacre-baleines/17114

Petition : Tribute to Naya

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Petition : Tribute to Naya
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A letter to French citizens

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 8PM: While my cat was out, wandering around Bourges’s ramparts next to our house, a woman let her German shepherds run after my poor cat

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A witness attended to the scene and tried to stop this person, but the latter never reacted, she was just looking at this barbaric scene.

When the witness, chocked, called the police, the woman whistled for her dogs to come back to her and then she ran away. The 10-months-old cat was lying on the floor, dying. She had a gouged eye, her hindquarters were paralyzed, and she was suffering from hyperthermia.

By the time the witness went to get his car to save the animal, a young couple saw my cat and called me with the phone number I left on my cat’s collar.We immediately run to the veterinary emergency. The verdict sounded pessimistic.

Naya spent two days between life and death in the veterinary clinic. They gave her morphine and analgesics but unfortunately, she was in critical condition.

We decided to euthanize her on Thursday evening, March 22.

We felt a lot of pain and we were chocked by such cruelty. The city’s surveillance cameras filmed the scene. The images are showing the woman with her two dogs, voluntary attacking my cat. She is apparently known by the neighborhood, which has also been victim of similar acts on her part.

I obviously filed a complaint against her criminal acts, called animal protection organizations, and the witnesses wrote down everything they saw.

Please help up pay a tribute to our cat Naya who did not ask for what she got.

We have to find this woman for this kind of situation not to happen ever again. Thank you!

https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animals/tribute-naya/41453

Petition: Stop The Commercial Slaughter Of Baby Seals!

Stop the cruel commercial killing of baby seals

The unimaginable cruelty involved in commercial sealing has convinced many nations to ban their trade in products of commercial seal hunts. As a result, the commercial seal slaughter has been reduced to a fraction of its former size. While thousands of commercial sealers renew their licenses every year, 90 percent of them no longer participate in the killing because it is not profitable.

Now, the Canadian Sealers Association wants to lift a freeze on commercial sealing licenses so they can recruit and train a whole new generation of baby seal killers.

Tell the Canadian government to reject this absurd proposal and put a final end to the baby seal slaughter.

https://action.hsi.org/page/22048/action/1?ea.tracking.id=email-action-seals-buyout-resend-18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=seals&utm_content=032918+Action+Seals+buyout+mm+10:51:53&ea.url.id=1322026&forwarded=true

In a melting Antarctica, scientists get a glimpse into the life of a mysterious species

https://grist.org/science/a-mysterious-whale-species-swims-in-warming-waters/

A few miles off the coast of the rapidly warming Antarctic Peninsula, scientists are getting their first-ever detailed look at one of the most mysterious mammals on the planet, minke whales.

Smaller cousins of the mammoth blue whale, the elusive minkes have remained mostly out of reach in the deep fjords of the icy Antarctic. It wasn’t until earlier this month that a team of scientists using an array of drones, suction-cap tags, and whale-mounted video cameras uncovered some basic facts about the species, such as their average size and how they moved. They discovered that minkes, long thought to be loners, are outgoing and social. They found out that minkes had spots.

Jeremy Goldbogen, an ecologist from Stanford who helped develop a new type of video tag to study these whales, was surprised to find six minkes feeding together at the same time. “For some reason they’re synchronizing their foraging behavior,” he said. “We don’t know a lot about that.”

There are likely hundreds of thousands of minkes, making them one of the most plentiful whale species. But shrinking Antarctic sea ice is destroying their habitat.

David Johnston, a marine ecologist at Duke University, said the expedition is an “opportunity for science to understand how we’re affecting the planet over the long term.”

The research team shared some of their pictures and video exclusively with Grist. These images from a remote corner of the world offer a window into minkes’ little-known lives, and they also underscore a hidden aspect of human-made climate change: We barely understand what were losing.

The Antarctic Peninsula is warming at a rate four times that of the rest of the planet, leading to large losses of sea ice and a catastrophic collapse of huge ice shelves, prime habitat for ice-loving minkes. Last year, a trillion-ton iceberg — one of the largest ever recorded — broke away from the peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf. In the decades to come, the rate of ice melt will double, and more ice shelves could collapse later this century should the world continue to warm at its current rate.

The slow destruction of the whales’ habitat adds extra urgency to their mission. It’s a true “race against the clock,” said Ari Friedlaender, an ecologist at UC Santa Cruz. I spoke with Friedlaender earlier this month as he and his crew arrived back at Palmer Station — fresh off the icebreaker that served as their base of operations, the R/VLaurence M. Gould. Friedlaender was the first person to tag minke whales a couple of years ago, which helped him gather the support he needed from the National Science Foundation to mount this year’s expedition.

On a trip to Antarctic waters in 2014, Friedlaender’s team learned that minkes rely on intact sea ice for their meals. Using an earlier version of their whale tag, the team found that the whales skim the underside of the ice hunting for krill, the tiny crustaceans that make up the bulk of their diet. No other whale species exhibits this behavior.

“We know the changing ice conditions affect their main food source, krill,” says David Johnston, an ecologist from Duke University on the team and an expert in the use of drones for marine conservation. “And so as the peninsula warms, we’re trying to figure out exactly how the whales are going to respond.”

The research team’s efforts are the latest attempt to crack secrets buried in Earth’s oceans. Just a few years ago, another team of scientists realized that the bristlemouth, a finger-sized fish that occupies the middle-depths of the seas, was the most common vertebrate animal on Earth. Last year, an exploration just a few miles off the California coast discovered an entire ecosystem filled with corals, sponges, and echinoderms — smack in the middle of a zone with minimal oxygen. Meanwhile, there’s new evidence that humanity has has left its fingerprints on every corner of the planet, from putting microplastics in the Arctic to launching new efforts to mine the deep ocean. Entire ecosystems have disappeared before we even knew they existed. (h/t to the many folks in this Twitter thread for these examples)

All of this is a reminder of just how strange our current moment on Earth is. It’s taken a little more than 100 years for people to remake the surface of the planet, and now our atmosphere is changing at a pace beyond that of any point in known planetary history. Yet we’re still learning basic facts about the many creatures we share this world with.
Members of the research team looking for whales to tag. “You have to kind of fake yourself out for a moment and not think about where you are, what those animals are, and you just have this task to do to put a tag on an animal,” Friedlaender says. “Once it’s over you can look at it and think, ‘Oh my God, that’s a minke whale—we just put down three tags in five minutes, that’s unheard of.’”

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Friedlaender prepares to tag a minke in Andvord Bay, Antarctica. “We could go for days and not see any minkes and then it could go from bust to boom and we’d be putting the tags on as quickly as possible,” says Jeremy Goldbogen, an ecologist from Stanford on the trip. “In five minutes, we tripled the amount of information in the world on one of the most difficult species to study.”

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Two humpback whales swim in Ciera Cove with the team’s base of operations, the ASRV Gould, in the background. “We’re working in the Antarctic Peninsula area in these very long and deep fjords,” Johnston says. “Everywhere you look right now you see penguins and seals and whales. It’s hard not to look out across the water and see something alive and amazing.”

Mary Lide Parker
“They’re often very curious,” Johnston says, “so I suspect they are trying to understand what we are. We’re often riding around in zodiacs which might look a lot like whales to them from below. I wonder if they are just curious about what we would be doing, always being at the surface.” Friedlander aims his crossbow for a biopsy sample, while hanging over the zodiac’s side. Duke Marine Robotics & Remote Sensing Lab

Petition: Tell Trip Advisor To Stop Supporting Captive Breeding at the Sloth Center in Oregon

by: Molly B.
target: Trip Advisor

152,224 SUPPORTERS
160,000 GOAL
The Sloth Center (Sloth Captive Husbandry Center) in Rainier, Oregon houses the world’s largest population of captive adult sloths and claims to be a “sloth sanctuary” but it is not.

Sign the petition to ask Trip Advisor to stop supporting this awful sloth “sanctuary”.

Last year the center got a flood of media attention for its “sloth sleepovers” which I’m sure lead to big increase in their tourism. The “Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center” promotes itself as a “highly specialized endangered and delicate species Wildlife Conservation Center” which is focused on “captive husbandry research” of sloths. It all appears normal on the surface but many visitors and sloth advocates have come out against the organization’s operations for good reasons.

Oregon is not an appropriate place for sloths. Sloths naturally live in the rainforest of Central and South America. There is no need for them to be rescued in Oregon. The organization claims to provide a home for displaced sloths but there is no excuse to bring these animals to Oregon in temperature controlled rooms. Displaced sloths should be relocated to forest reserves or in-country rescue centers where rehabilitation back into the wild can happen. The sloths they are breeding are also two-toed sloths that are not considered the species of sloths that are endangered.

The research center doesn’t actually do research. For 30 years they have had hundreds of sloths in captivity and yet there is not one single published article online of their research findings.

The owners have a history of illegally selling sloths and other exotic animals to the black market. The owners have been caught selling sloths and other exotic animals on illegal websites time and time again. Listings show the owners names and company (see here). Sadly most of these animals they resell will be used for roadside attractions or in zoos, and most will die from improper care.

The business exploits animals for personal profit. When they aren’t selling their sloths or exotic animals online they are hosting sloth sleepovers for $600/person. The business is clearly making money, but they are not investing that money back into the facility for the animals. The USDA has cited them for inhumane animal conditions that could harm the animals (see below).
Keeping sloths in captivity for breeding is cruel. Sloths are more slow when they live in captivity which is a sign they are unhappy. Sloths in captivity sleep from 15 to 20 hours per day, which can leave them very little time for social activities. Sloths in the wild, though, sleep about as much as humans. These animals don’t want to be pets forced to sleep in small crates in a temperature controlled rooms. They want to be living in solitude in trees of Central and South America rainforests where they naturally inhabit.

Sloths are being illegally taken from the forest to be resold around the world as pets and entertainment. Sloths are the number one illegally traded animal in Colombia, and trees are literally cut down in Costa Rica to sell a sloth. These animals desperately need protection in their natural habitats and should not be illegally imported, sold and abused in the United States by places like the Sloth Center.

I’ve been OBSESSED with sloths my entire life, and even ran a baby sloth Instagram for a few years. During that time I learned a ton about sloths and grew very concerned about the illegal pet trade. In the last decade humans have become more obsessed with sloths than ever before, and this is a problem.

Please help me to expose the truth about this shady organization and urge Trip Advisor to put a warning label when people go to their travel page.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/108/146/358/?z00m=30291314&redirectID=2636360256

Our Data is our Property #OwnYourData · Change.org

Brittany Kaiser started this petition to Founder and CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, change Facebook’s rules and give us back control over our data, our digital assets, our property. #OwnYourData

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network Facebook, along with other digital platforms and big data aggregators, make billions out of us and our data – and they can not even keep it safe. They collect information about who we are, our friendships and how we view the world. They find out what we buy, what we do online, how we live our lives offline. Then they use our own data to sell to us – from pharmaceuticals to political campaigns. We’re just now realizing the bad news: we’re the product they’re selling. Our data has been exposed without our real consent.

Are these companies ripping us all off? If so, does this have to continue this way? I believe that if we act together, we can change the business model to the benefit of people globally. Sign up and share the #OwnYourData petition now, and let’s take back our rights.

I know about this topic intimately because I used to work for Cambridge Analytica – the data company which works on elections and commercial advertising campaigns. Now I’m blowing the whistle on the whole industry. The problem starts with the Silicon Valley tech platforms, which track our every movement and make us easy to target.

It’s time for us to own our own data. This is a human right. We should be able to decide freely how our data is used (and how it is not); stop anyone using using it to try and manipulate us; take it with us if we leave the platform; And to get paid for the value our data generates.

To decentralize power and drive accountability, we’re demanding that Facebook update its terms of service by April 30th, and grant all its users these simple and fundamental data and property rights immediately.

Facebook is already in crisis. Their stock price has fallen by almost $100 billion. Let’s step up the pressure and make this happen while we have the momentum.

The future is ours. I am the future, are you? Sign up now and share widely.

https://www.change.org/p/tell-facebook-our-data-is-our-property-ownyourdata

Petition update · Update on elephant Anna Louise (+ important info for FL residents) · Change.org

Petition update

Apr 4, 2018 — Dear Friends,

Yesterday, CWI received information from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regarding the elephant Anna Louise, after we submitted a request for follow-up from them.

As you may recall, CWI filed an emergency complaint with the USDA on behalf of Anna Louise last May. We found abnormalities in her gait, and were concerned about her well-being, as well as the safety of the public who were riding her.

Within two weeks of filing of the complaint, to the best of our knowledge, Anna Louise was taken off the road and has been residing at her “home base”, which is located on the property of her “owner” in Florida.

The FWC promised us late last year that they would in fact inspect the property and follow-up on our USDA complaint. We are pleased to report that they did in fact complete the inspection, which was done extremely thoroughly.

The report showed that Anna Louise is suffering from arthritis in her right elbow and appears to be overweight. While she is under regular care from a veterinarian, it was suggested to Anna Louise’s “owner” Tom Demry that she should lose some weight.

We were pleased to note that Mr. Demry stated that he is considering retiring from circus performances with Anna Louise. CWI encourages Mr. Demry to follow that pursuit, and hopes he will further consider retiring Anna Louise to a sanctuary environment where she can have contact with other elephants and not live out her life as a solitary elephant on his property.

CWI has written to the FWC requesting some additional information. We will keep you apprised of any advancements for Anna Louise.

If you are near Lakeland, FL, tomorrow evening you have a tremendous opportunity to speak out for elephants like Anna Louise. The FWC is holding a public meeting seeking comment on their guidelines for elephant riding, and we strongly encourage you to speak out against elephant riding, which is a danger to both humans and elephants. The meeting details are: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on April 5, 2018 at Hampton Inn & Suites, Lakeland South- Polk Parkway, 3630 Lakeland Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803.

Though the successes for animals confined to the circus continue, we still have much work to do. Please email us at info@cwint.org if you are ready to protest a circus heading to your area. You can also visit our site: circusprotest.com to learn more about taking action against circus cruelty.

To support CWI’s actions for Anna Louise and other efforts to end circus cruelty, please visit cwint.org/donate.

Again, thank you for all you do for Anna Louise, and for all animals confined to the circus!

For the animals,

Carrie LeBlanc, M.A.
Executive Director
CompassionWorks International

Ps. You can also follow our work for animals at:

https://www.facebook.com/CompassionWorksIntl/
https://www.instagram.com/compassionworks/

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